Green Bay Packers Donny Anderson (44) in action vs Atlanta Falcons.CREDIT: James Drake (Photo by James Drake /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
(MILWAUKEE) - Bonus baby Donny Anderson scored two touchdowns, one on a 77-yard punt return, as the Green Bay Packers mauled the defenseless Atlanta Falcons 56-3. Anderson's first regular season score came on a five-yard sweep as the once beaten Packers remained alone atop the Western Conference standings. Green Bay plucked the Falcons for 28 points in the first half alone as Bart Starr completed eight of 11 throws for 217 yards. He stepped aside in favor of Zeke Bratkowski early in the second half. The Packers, unable to score more than 24 points in any previous game, held only a 7-0 lead after the first 15 minutes as Elijah Pitts smashed over from the three to cap a 71-yard drive that began with a Bob Jeter interception of a Dennis Claridge pass. But they added three more touchdowns in the second period with Jim Taylor plunging over from the one, Carroll Dale taking a 51 yard Starr bomb and Anderson's sweep. Atlanta came back in the second half to score on a 41-yard field goal by Lou Kirouac, set up by the power running of Ernie Wheelwright. But Herb Adderly added a fifth Packer touchdown with a 68-yard runback of a pass interception. Bratkowski, who took over for Starr early in the third period, connected with Max McGee for a 24-yard touchdown early in the final period. Anderson's punt return came late in the game as the Packers continued to pour it on despite liberal substituting by Coach Vince Lombardi. Another substitute, Doug Hart, closed out the scoring when he intercepted a Randy Johnson pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. The victory margin remains the largest in Green Bay history.
ATLANTA   -  0  0  3  0 -  3
GREEN BAY -  7 21  7 21 - 56
                         ATLANTA     GREEN BAY
First Downs                   15            19
Rush-yards-TDs          29-140-0      28-126-3
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 11-29-142-0-4 10-19-251-2-0
Sacked-yards                8-66          2-20
Net pass yards                76           231
Total yards                  216           357
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           0-0
Turnovers                      4             0
Penalties-yards             4-48          6-64
2nd - GB - Taylor, 1-yard run (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Dale, 51-yard pass from Starr (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - GB - Anderson, 5-yard run (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
3rd - ATL - Lou Kirouac, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 28-3
3rd - GB - Adderley, 68-yard interception return (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 35-3
4th - GB - McGee, 24-yard pass from Bratkowski (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 42-3
4th - GB - Anderson, 77-yard punt return (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 49-3
4th - GB - Hart, 40-yard interception return (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 56-3
GREEN BAY - Jim Grabowski 7-52, Jim Taylor 10-50 1 TD, Donny Anderson 5-15 1 TD, Elijah Pitts 6-9 1 TD
ATLANTA - Ernie Wheelwright 8-51, Junior Coffey 10-41, Dennis Claridge 3-22, Randy Johnson 2-20, Charlie Scales 2-3, Rudy Johnson 2-3
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 13-8-220 1 TD, Zeke Bratkowski 6-2-31 1 TD
ATLANTA - Dennis Claridge 11-6-51 1 INT, Randy Johnson 17-5-91 3 INT, Billy Lothridge 1-0-0
GREEN BAY - Carroll Dale 4-110 1 TD, Elijah Pitts 2-66, Boyd Dowler 2-41, Max McGee 1-24 1 TD, Marv Fleming 1-10
ATLANTA - Bill Martin 4-42, Alex Hawkins 2-36, Vern Burke 2-22, Junior Coffey 1-21, Taz Anderson 1-16, Ernie Wheelwright 1-5
Green Bay Packers (6-1) 56, Atlanta Falcons (0-7) 3
Sunday October 23rd 1966 (at Milwaukee)