Green Bay Packers (6-7-1) 28, Chicago Bears (7-7) 27
Sunday December 15th 1968 (at Chicago)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Don Horn of the Green Bay Packers gets nailed by defensive tackle Dick Evey of the Chicago Bears — NFL photo by Vernon Biever
(CHICAGO) - Don Horn started the day backing up Green Bay's back-up quarterback and wound up throwing the Chicago Bears for a fatal loss. He had an unlikely band of Packer-backers from Minnesota behind him all the way. Horn, activated Saturday night by the Packers as standby for Zeke Bratkowski, Bart Starr's relief pitcher, came off the bench and keyed a 28-27 triumph over Chicago that knocked the Bears out of the National Football League championship picture. Chicago's setback, coupled with Minnesota's 24-17 victory at Philadelphia, crowned the Vikings as champions of the Central Division. But the Vikings, who followed the Green Bay-Chicago game via clubhouse radio after the finish of their game, had to sweat out a furious Bear charge in the final minutes before nailing their first division title in eight years as a NFL expansion franchise. Horn, released from the Army just 10 days ago, entered the Packers-Bears scrap with Chicago leading 10-7 in the first quarter after Bratkowski, who had started in place of the injury-plagued Starr, was shaken up. The 23-year-old San Diego State alumnus, Green Bay's No. 1 draft choice last year, uncorked a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jim Grabowski and then set up Chuck Mercein's one-yard scoring plunge with a 45-yard pass to Boyd Dowler as the Packers grabbed a 21-10 halftime lead. Horn capped an 83-yard third quarter drive with a 25-yard TD strike to Dowler, boosting the margin to 28-10, before the Bears struck back. Ronnie Bull's eight-yard touchdown run and Mac Percival's 26-yard field goal closed the gap to 28-20 and Dick Gordon grabbed a 51-yard TD pass from Jack Concannon with 3:58 remaining in the game. Percival's conversion left the Bears one point back. The Packers, unable to move the ball after the kickoff, were forced to punt. Chicago stormed back to a first down on the Packer 43 with 1:19 to play, but Concannon was thrown for a five-yard loss, two passes failed and Ray Nitschke intercepted Concannon's desperate fourth down toss.
GREEN BAY -  7 14  7  0 - 28
CHICAGO   - 10  0  0 17 - 27
                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO
First downs                   12            14
Rush-yards-TDs           28-65-1      33-134-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 11-18-259-3-0 10-26-171-2-2
Sacked-yards                 1-8          2-14
Net pass yards               251           157
Total yards                  316           291
Fumbles-lost                 3-1           3-1
Turnovers                      1             3
Penalties-yards             6-70          6-61
SCORING
1st - CHI - Mac Percival, 14-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
1st - GB - Dowler, 72-yard pass from Bratkowski (Mercer kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
1st - CHI - Dick Gordon, 48-yard pass from Jack Concannon (Percival kick) CHICAGO 10-7
2nd - GB - Grabowski, 67-yard pass from Horn (Mercer kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
2nd - GB - Mercein, 1-yard run (Mercer kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
3rd - GB - Dowler, 25-yard pass from Horn (Mercer kick) GREEN BAY 28-10
4th - CHI - Ronnie Bull, 8-yard run (Percival kick) GREEN BAY 28-17
4th - CHI - Percival, 26-yard field goal GREEN BAY 28-20
4th - CHI - Gordon, 51-yard pass from Concannon (Percival kick) GREEN BAY 28-27
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Donny Anderson 12-54, Jim Grabowski 11-15, Chuck Mercein 2-3 1 TD, Don Horn 3-(-7)
CHICAGO - Ronnie Bull 13-80 1 TD, Brian Piccolo 15-45, Jack Concannon 4-10, Austin Denney 1-(-1)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Zeke Bratkowski 2-1-72 1 TD, Don Horn 16-10-187 2 TD
CHICAGO - Jack Concannon 26-10-171 2 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Boyd Dowler 5-182 2 TD, Jim Grabowski 4-83 1 TD, Chuck Mercein 1-(-6)
CHICAGO - Dick Gordon 6-147 2 TD, Bob Wallace 2-15, Austin Denney 1-6, Ronnie Bull 1-3