New York Giants (1-0) 42, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 40
Sunday September 19th 1971 (at Green Bay)
Green Bay Packers receiver Carroll Dale (84) makes a sliding catch against the New York Giants Press-Gazette archives
(GREEN BAY) - A pair of second-quarter touchdowns on fumble recoveries just six seconds apart by LB Ralph Heck and S Joe Green on the ensuing kickoff, along with three touchdown receptions by WR Rich Houston, highlighted the Giants' opening day win after six straight pre-season losses. LB Jim Files halted a late Green Bay drive by intercepting a Scott Hunter pass. Green Bay's Ken Ellis tied an NFL record by returning a missed FG 100 yards for a touchdown. During the game, head coach Dan Devine broke his leg in a pileup following a 4th quarter interception by Doug Hart.
NEW YORK  -  0 28 14  0 - 42
GREEN BAY -  7  7 10 16 - 40
                       NY GIANTS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   12            17
Rush-yards-TDs          31-102-0      30-124-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-21-236-4-1 15-26-224-3-1
Sacked-yards                2-15           0-0
Net pass yards               221           224
Total yards                  323           348
Fumbles-lost                 3-0           6-4
Turnovers                      1             5
Penalties-yards             5-25          4-28
SCORING
1st - GB - Ellis, 100-yard missed field goal return (Conway kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - NY - Rich Houston, 6-yd pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - NYG - Houston, 39-yard pass from Tarkenton (Gogolak kick) NY GIANTS 14-7
2nd - NYG - Ralph Heck, fumble recovery in end zone (Gogolak kick) NY GIANTS 21-7
2nd - NYG - Joe Green, fumble recovery in end zone (Gogolak kick) NY GIANTS 28-7
2nd - GB - Hampton, 19-yard pass from Bratkowski (Conway kick) NY GIANTS 28-14
3rd - GB - Michaels, 28-yard field goal NEW YORK 28-17
3rd - NYG - Houston, 81-yard pass from Tarkenton (Gogolak kick) NY GIANTS 35-17
3rd - GB - McGeorge, 21-yard pass from Hunter (Conway kick) NY GIANTS 35-24
3rd - NYG - Tucker Frederickson, 20-yd pass from Tarkenton (Gogolak kick) NY GIANTS 42-24
4th - GB - Anderson, 19-yard run (Conway kick) NEW YORK 42-31
4th - GB - Dale, 18-yard pass from Hunter (Conway kick) NEW YORK 42-38
4th - GB - Hart tackled Tom Blanchard in the end zone NEW YORK 42-40
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Donny Anderson 16-99 1 TD, John Brockington 9-34, Scott Hunter 2-(-1), Dave Hampton 3-(-8)
NY GIANTS - Tucker Frederickson 10-42, Joe Morrison 6-30, Rocky Thompson 2-9, Bobby Duhon 2-8, Fran Tarkenton 7-7, Junior Coffey 4-6
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Zeke Bratkowski 10-6-66 1 TD, Scott Hunter 16-9-158 2 TD 1 INT
NY GIANTS - Fran Tarkenton 21-13-236 4 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - John Spilis 3-70, Carroll Dale 3-66 1 TD, John Brockington 3-9, Rich McGeorge 2-34 1 TD, Dave Hampton 2-25 1 TD, Donny Anderson 2-20
NY GIANTS - Rich Houston 6-151 3 TD, Rich Kotite 3-52, Tucker Frederickson 2-20 1 TD, Clifton McNeil 1-7, Bobby Duhon 1-6