Green Bay Packers (7-3) 23, Houston Oilers (1-9) 10
Sunday November 19th 1972 (at Houston)
Scott Hunter gets a pass away with pressure from the Houston Oilers
(HOUSTON) - Green Bay P Ron Widby completed a 68-yard touchdown pass play to Dave Davis on a fake punt and John Staggers returned a punt 85 yards for another score as the Packers defeated the Oilers 23-10. The two touchdown plays off the Packers' excellent kicking game were the only scores Green Bay could muster from the Oiler defense until late in the fourth quarter when McArthur Lane charged 36 yards for the clinching touchdown with 4:43 left. The victory left the Packers in charge of the Central Division with a 7-3 record and dropped the Oilers to 1-9, the worst record in the NFL. The Oiler defense, playing one of its better games of the season, held the Packers scoreless until the second period when Staggers, ranked 12th in the NFC in kickoff returns, took in a 60-yard punt by Dan Pastorini at his own 15. He broke through the first wave of tacklers and was clear down the sideline with four blockers in front of him. Houston shot right back with its only touchdown of the day, a one-yard dash by Paul Robinson on a quick pitch from Pastorini. MacArthur Lane led the Packer rushing attack with 126 yards on 16 carries.
GREEN BAY -  0 14  0  9 - 23
HOUSTON   -  0  7  0  3 - 10
                       GREEN BAY       HOUSTON
First downs                   14            16
Rush-yards-TDs          40-210-1      32-114-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  6-13-109-1-0 13-27-161-0-0
Sacked-yards                 1-9          3-35
Net pass yards               100           126
Total yards                  310           240
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           0-0
Turnovers                      0             0
Penalties-yards             5-63          3-15
SCORING
2nd - GB - Staggers, 85-yard punt return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - HOU - Paul Robinson, 1-yard run (Skip Butler kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Davis, 68-yard pass from Widby (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
4th - HOU - Butler, 13-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-10
4th - GB - Lane, 36-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
4th - GB - Safety, Brown tackled Dan Pastorini in the end zone GREEN BAY 23-10
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 16-126 1 TD, John Brockington 15-49, Perry Williams 5-27, Scott Hunter 3-5, Bob Hudson 1-3
HOUSTON - Fred Willis 15-64, Paul Robinson 11-32 1 TD, Dan Pastorini 5-15
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 12-5-41, Ron Widby 1-1-68 1 TD
HOUSTON - Dan Pastorini 27-13-161
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 3-23, Dave Davis 1-68 1 TD, Carroll Dale 1-11, John Brockington 1-7
HOUSTON - Fred Willis 4-36, Dave Smith 2-34, Jim Beirne 2-29, Paul Robinson 2-17, Alvin Reed 1-22, Rhett Dawson 1-13, Ken Burrough 1-10