Baltimore Colts (12-1) 16, Green Bay Packers (5-7-1) 3
Saturday December 7th 1968 (at Green Bay)
Green Bay Packers linebacker # 66 Ray Nitschke and defensive end #87 Willie Davis tackle Baltimore Colts running back Terry Cole
Green Bay Packers running back #44 DONNY ANDERSON in action against the Baltimore Colts
Baltimore Colts quarterback Earl Morrall (15) in action against the Green Bay Packers
With the Vietnam War being waged half a world away, Packers fans show their patriotism by waving U.S. flags at the end of the national anthem at the Dec. 7, 1968, home finale against the Baltimore Colts. Three Green Bay women — Annabell Dollar, Annette Fuller and Janet Santaga — organized the tribute, and local merchants raised $6,000 to buy the flags. Harry Hulmes, the Colts’ general manager, said: “I seriously doubt if this sort of thing could be held any place in the country except Green Bay.” (Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette archives)
(GREEN BAY) - The Baltimore Colts defense converted three fumbles into 13 points for a 16-3 victory which ended the Green Bay Packers' hopes for another National Football League Central Division crown. The victory gave the Colts a full game lead at least for a day over the Los Angeles Rams in the Coastal Division. The Packers at least temporarily fell a full game behind both Minnesota and Chicago in the Central, and a win Sunday by either the Vikings or Bears would eliminate Green Bay. Baltimore scored its only touchdown 5:03 into the game on a 26-yard pass from Earl Morrall to Willie Richardson, then added field goals of 37, 15 and 15 yards by Lou Michaels. Green Bay's only score was a 45-yard Mike Mercer field goal in the first period as the Colt defense now has allowed just two touchdowns in the last seven games. The Packers, 5-7-1, will suffer their first losing season since the pre-Vince Lombardi year of 1958. On Green Bay's first series of plays, Donny Anderson was hit by Mike Curtis and fumbled with Bob Boyd recovering on the Packer 28. Two plays later, Richardson got behind Herb Adderley on the right side of the end zone and Morrall drilled a perfect scoring pass. The Packers got their only score after the ensuing kickoff. Zeke Bratkowski, who played all the way at quarterback in place of the injured Bart Starr, passed 18-yards to Anderson to set up Mercer's field goal. The Colts scored on the first series of the second quarter following an Anderson punt. Starting at their own 38, Morrall hit John Mackey on passes of 17 and 11 yards. The drive stalled on the Packers 30, and Michaels kicked a 37 yard field goal to give Baltimore a 10-3 lead. Late in the second period, a Bratkowski fumble was recovered by Dennis Gaubatz on the Packer 48. A 36-yard Morrall to Ray Perkins pass sparked a drive to the 6, and Michaels kicked a 15-yard field goal to make the score 13-3 with 15 seconds left in the half. An Anderson fumble was recovered by Curtis on the Packer 37 early in the third period. The Colts drove to the Packer 8 on eight plays, seven of them on the ground, and Michaels kicked his final field goal. After 5 titles in 7 years, Packer fans rose to cheer their heroes in the final quarter as the playoff hopes and the Glory Days ended.
BALTIMORE -  7  3  6  0 - 16
GREEN BAY -  3  0  0  0 -  3
                       BALTIMORE     GREEN BAY
First downs                   14             9
Rush-yards-TDs          38-138-0       29-66-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 10-20-128-1-0 13-24-113-0-1
Sacked-yards                2-24          2-16
Net pass yards               104            97
Total yards                  242           163
Fumbles-lost                 2-2           5-4
Turnovers                      2             5
Penalties-yards             2-21          2-10
SCORING
1st - BA - Jerry Richardson, 26-yd pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick) BALTIMORE 7-0
1st - GB - Mercer, 45-yard field goal BALTIMORE 7-3
2nd - BALT - Michaels, 37-yard field goal BALTIMORE 10-3
3rd - BALT - Michaels, 15-yard field goal BALTIMORE 13-3
3rd - BALT - Michaels, 15-yard field goal BALTIMORE 16-3
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Donny Anderson 11-48, Jim Grabowski 11-27, Elijah Pitts 3-0, Zeke Bratkowski 4-(-9)
BALTIMORE - Terry Cole 21-83, Tom Matte 17-55
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Zeke Bratkowski 24-13-113 1 INT
BALTIMORE - Johnny Unitas 20-10-128 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jim Grabowski 5-26, Carroll Dale 3-33, Claudis James 1-24, Donny Anderson 1-18, Boyd Dowler 1-8, Chuck Mercein 1-3, Elijah Pitts 1-1
BALTIMORE - John Mackey 6-47, Ray Perkins 3-55, Willie Richardson 1-26 1 TD