Green Bay Packers (9-4) 23, Minnesota Vikings (7-6) 7
Sunday December 10th 1972 (at Minnesota)
(MINNESOTA) - The running of MacArthur Lane and John Brockington and a big-play defense powered the Green Bay Packers past the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 and into the playoffs for the first time since the Vince Lombardi glory days. The Packers, down 7-0 at halftime, clinched the NFC's Central Division championship with a 9-4 record and one regular season game to play after staggering the Vikings with a 17-point third quarter in bitter Minnesota cold of two degrees below zero. Lane, who rushed 19 times for 99 yards, set up Green Bay's first score, a 36-yard field goal by Chester Marcol, with a 37-yard run. He also bulled in from the three for a touchdown. Brockington, Lane's bruising running mate, carried 25 times for 114 yards, making him the first NFL player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Packer LB Fred Carr turned in the first big defensive play when he picked up Bill Brown's fumble at the Green Bay 46 and ran down the sidelines to the Viking 28. Scott Hunter, the Packer quarterback, dived over from the one six plays later to put Green Bay ahead 10-7. Then, Green Bay rookie DB Willie Buchanan intercepted a pass that had bounced off Viking John Gilliam's chest and charged 25 yards to the Minnesota 24. Lane plunged in with 1:56 left in the third as the Pack took a 17-7 lead.
GREEN BAY -  0  0 17  6 - 23
MINNESOTA -  0  7  0  0 -  7
                       GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                   18             9
Rush-yards-TDs          45-214-2       21-54-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   7-14-74-0-111-21-118-0-3
Sacked-yards                3-18          4-28
Net pass yards                56            90
Total yards                  270           144
Fumbles-lost                 3-1           4-1
Turnovers                      2             4
Penalties-yards             4-74          4-30
SCORING
2nd - MINN - Stu Voight, 1-yard run (Fred Cox run) MINNESOTA 7-0
3rd - GB - Marcol, 36-yard field goal MINNESOTA 7-3
3rd - GB - Hunter, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
3rd - GB - Lane, 3-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
4th - GB - Marcol, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-7
4th - GB - Marcol, 10-yard field goal GREEN BAY 23-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 25-86 2 TD, MacArthur Lane 19-99 1 TD, Scott Hunter 1-1 1 TD
MINNESOTA - Bill Brown 6-22, Dave Osborn 7-17, Jim Lindsey 1-8, Oscar Reed 6-6, Stu Voight 1-1 1 TD
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 14-7-74 1 INT
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 21-11-118 3 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Carroll Dale 3-32, Leland Glass 2-30, Jon Staggers 1-9, John Brockington 1-3
MINNESOTA - Bill Brown 3-20, John Henderson 2-31, John Beasley 2-15, Dave Osborn 2-12, John Gilliam 1-43, Oscar Reed 1-(-3)