Green Bay Packers (12-2) 27, Los Angeles Rams (8-6) 23
Sunday December 18th 1966 (at Los Angeles)
(LOS ANGELES) - Green Bay destroyed Los Angeles' hopes of going to the Playoff Bowl as reserve quarterback Zeke Bratkowski led the champion Packers to a 27-23 victory. A crowd of 72,416, the largest in two years, turned out in summerlike weather in hopes that the Rams might win and journey to Miami, Fla,, for the game between the second place teams of the NFL's two divisions January 8. Green Bay wound up the regular season with a record of 12-2, while the Rams, 8-6, had their best season since 1958. The Rams suddenly caught fire in the final three minutes of the game and scored two touchdowns to go with the record-making three field goals kicked by Bruce Gossett. Gossett's three field goals were for 36, 30 and 17 yards and brought his total for the season to 28, breaking the NFL record of 26 set in 1962 by Lou Michaels with Pittsburgh. As the fans were streaming out, punter Jon Kilgore faked a punt pass and threw the ball to DB Claude Crabb, a member of the kicking team. It went for 47 yards to the Packer 15, and two plays later, Roman Gabriel ran for the touchdown. There was a multi-fumble scene in the last minute, and Merlin Olsen came up with the ball. Gabriel passed for 65 yards to Steve Heckard to the Packer three and then passed for the TD to Marlin McKeever to pull within four points of Green Bay. Bratkowski, filling in for regular Bart Starr, played the entire game and threw one touchdown pass, 23 yards to Carroll Dale. Bob Jeter intercepted a Gabriel pass and returned it 75 yards to put Green Bay in front 7-3. The Packers led 17-9 at the half and 27-9 until the Ram explosion in the final period. Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung lined up in the second half for the final time in their Packer careers.
GREEN BAY   -  7 10  0 10 - 27
LOS ANGELES -  3  6  0 14 - 23
                       GREEN BAY   LOS ANGELES
First downs                   14            19
Rush-yards-TDs          35-118-1      26-100-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-23-245-1-1 23-38-284-1-1
Sacked-yards                 2-8          6-33
Net pass yards               237           251
Total yards                  355           351
Fumbles-lost                 5-3           3-1
Turnovers                      4             2
Penalties-yards             3-49          5-56
SCORING
1st - LA - Bruce Gossett, 36-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 3-0
1st - GB - Jeter, 75-yard interception return (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - LA - Gossett, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-6
2nd - GB - Chandler, 10-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-6
2nd - LA - Gossett, 17-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-9
2nd - GB - Anderson, 2-yard run (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 17-9
4th - GB - Dale, 23-yard pass from Bratkowski (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 24-9
4th - GB - Chandler, 47-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-9
4th - LA - Roman Gabriel, 11-yard run (Gossett kick) GREEN BAY 27-16
4th - LA - Marlin McKeever, 3-yard pass from Gabriel (Gossett kick) GREEN BAY 27-23
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Donny Anderson 11-58 1 TD, Jim Taylor 6-27, Paul Hornung 5-19, Jim Grabowski 9-9, Zeke Bratkowski 1-4, Elijah Pitts 3-1
LOS ANGELES - Dick Bass 14-49, Roman Gabriel 4-24 1 TD, Tom Moore 5-22, Jim Stiger 2-3, Ken Iman 1-2
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Zeke Bratkowski 23-13-245 1 TD 1 INT
LOS ANGELES - Roman Gabriel 37-22-237 1 TD 1 INT, Jon Kilgore 1-1-47
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Carroll Dale 3-121 1 TD, Marv Fleming 3-27, Jim Taylor 2-0, Bob Long 1-42, Donny Anderson 1-22, Elijah Pitts 1-18, Max McGee 1-10, Paul Hornung 1-5
LOS ANGELES - Marlin McKeever 6-53 1 TD, Tom Moore 6-26, Tommy McDonald 4-46, Dick Bass 3-0, Jack Snow 2-62, Steve Heckard 1-50, Claude Crabb 1-47