Green Bay Packers (3-0) 23, Chicago Bears (0-3) 14
Sunday October 3rd 1965 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - In the first game in Green Bay to draw more than 50,000 fans, the winless Chicago Bears may have found what the Green Bay Packers have been looking for since the start of their season - a running game that goes. The Packers, 23-14 victors over the Bears followed their opportunistic defense to victory for the third straight week. But their ground game, which netted only 78 yards, was plainly in need for nourishment. So was the Bears before rookie Gale Sayers and second-year man Andy Livingston, teamed to give Chicago a second-half boost. The efforts of Sayers and Livingston came too late for the Bears to overcome a 20-0 halftime deficit, but they did take some of the sting out of the defeat. Sayers scored twice, one on a 65-yard pass play, while picking up 80 yards in 17 carries. Livingston, who signed as a free agent after attending Phoenix Junior College, gained 70 yards in 10 carries. The success of the two young runners opened up the airwaves for Rudy Bukich, who took over at quarterback in George Halas' revamped second-half backfield. Bukich proceeded to complete 13 of 20 passes for 195 yards as the Bears, outgained 186 to 104 in the first half, rolled up 309 yards in the second half to take total offense honors, 413 to 299. Only a Green Bay defense that was stingy inside its own 10 and a rules infraction that nullified a Bukich to Johnny Morris touchdown pass kept the Bears from an upset. Bart Starr picked up a bit of the slack with his passing as he completed 11 of 20 throws for 263 yards.
CHICAGO   -  0  0  7  7 - 14
GREEN BAY - 14  6  3  0 - 23
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   23            14
Rush-yards-TDs          40-192-1       27-78-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-29-250-1-1 11-20-263-1-0
Sacked-yards                4-29          5-42
Net pass yards               221           221
Total yards                  413           299
Fumbles-lost                 4-1           0-0
Turnovers                      2             0
Penalties-yards             6-67          4-51
SCORING
1st - GB - Hornung, 1-yard run (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Caffey, 42-yard interception return (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Long, 48-yard pass from Starr (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 20-0
3rd - GB - Chandler, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 23-0
3rd - CHI - Gale Sayers, 6-yard run (Roger LeClerc kick) GREEN BAY 23-7
4th - CHI - Sayers, 65-yard pass from Rudy Bukich (LeClerc kick) GREEN BAY 23-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 16-45, Paul Hornung 8-33 1 TD, Tom Moore 2-0, Bart Starr 1-0
CHICAGO - Gale Sayers 17-80 1 TD, Andy Livingston 7-70, Joe Marconi 3-18, Jon Arnett 6-16, Billy Wade 3-13, Ronnie Bull 3-(-1), Rudy Bukich 1-(-4)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 20-11-263 1 TD
CHICAGO - Billy Wade 9-4-55 1 INT, Rudy Bukich 20-13-195 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 4-76, Paul Hornung 3-85, Bob Long 2-67 1 TD, Max McGee 1-27, Tom Moore 1-8
CHICAGO - Johnny Morris 6-57, Gale Sayers 5-104 1 TD, Mike Ditka 3-23, Andy Livingston 2-27, Joe Marconi 1-29
Green Bay Packers linebacker Lee Roy Caffey (60) heads to the end zone on a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown during the first quarter of a 23-14 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Oct. 3, 1965. Packers cornerback Doug Hart (43) is at right, running past Bears coach George Halas on the sideline. Bears cornerback Dave Whitsell (23) also watches from the sideline. (Source - Green Bay Press-Gazette archives)
Green Bay Packers halfback Paul Hornung (5) scores on a 1-yard run in the first quarter of the Packers' 23-14 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Oct. 3, 1965. From left, other Packers are guard Jerry Kramer (64, left of goal post), tackles Steve Wright (72) and Forrest Gregg (75), tight end Marv Fleming (81), quarterback Bart Starr (15) and fullback Jim Taylor (31). From left, other Bears are defensive end Doug Atkins (81), linebackers Larry Morris (33) and Dick Butkus (51), defensive end Dick Evey (79) and linebacker Joe Fortunato (31). Press-Gazette archives