Green Bay Packers (10-4) 30, New Orleans Saints (2-11-1) 20
Sunday December 17th 1972 (at New Orleans)
(NEW ORLEANS) - Chester Marcol booted field goals of 34, 35 and 34 yards and Jerry Tagge and Scott Hunter ran for a touchdown apiece to give the Packers a 30-20 win over the New Orleans Saints. The Packers, champions of the NFC Central Division, finished their regular season with a 10-4 record. The Saints scored when Richard Neal fell on a blocked Packer punt in the end zone, on a nine-yard pass from Archie Manning to Bill Butler and on a 10-yard pass from Manning to Dave Parks. Maybe it was the unusual-for-New Orleans 39 degree weather but the first half brought some of the weirdest scoring plays associated with kicking situations ever seen in Tulane Stadium. It all began with 12:10 left when a 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Joe Owens and Marcol recovered on the Saint 46. The Saints couldn't move it and punted to the Packer 17, whereupon MacArthur Lane ran 41 yards from scrimmage. Green Bay stalled so Marcol tried a 48-yard field goal with 6:21 left in the quarter. Marcol kicked, but Joe Federspiel blocked it and the ball was recovered by holder Ron Widby, who then passed to 15-year veteran linebacker Ray Nitschke, who zipped 34 yards to the Saint seven. A few plays later Hunter ran from the one to make the score 7-0 with 4:19 left in the quarter. Happy Feller, after the Saints stalled on a drive set up by a blocked Widby punt, tried a 49-yard field goal. Willie Buchanon blocked it, the ball bounced into a crowd of players and Clarence Williams came up with it on the Green Bay 43. But Williams was hemmed in and lateraled it back to Buchanon, who sped down the left sideline for a 57-yard touchdown with 5:24 left in the half, making the score 17-0. The third score on a strange kicking situation came when Widby, the ball on the Packer four yard line, punted from deep in the end zone. But the ball hit teammate Jim Carter's backside and Neal fell on the ball for a New Orleans touchdown.
GREEN BAY   -  7 10  7  6 - 30
NEW ORLEANS -  0  7  6  7 - 20
                       GREEN BAY   NEW ORLEANS
First downs                   15            12
Rush-yards-TDs          43-178-2       21-50-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   6-15-75-0-0 14-24-142-2-1
Sacked-yards                 2-9          4-40
Net pass yards                66           102
Total yards                  244           152
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           3-1
Turnovers                      0             2
Penalties-yards             3-25           1-1
SCORING
1st - GB - Hunter, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - GB - Buchanon, 48-yard lateral from B.Brown after a 9-yard return of a blocked FG (Marcol kick) GB 17-0
2nd - NO - Richard Neal, recovered blocked punt in the end zone (Happy Feller kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
3rd - GB - Tagge, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 24-7
3rd - NO - Bill Butler, 9-yard pass from Archie Manning (Pass failed) GREEN BAY 24-13
4th - GB - Marcol, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-13
4th - GB - Marcol, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 30-13
4th - NO - Dave Parks, 10-yard pass from Manning (Feller kick) GREEN BAY 30-20
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 11-84, Perry Williams 13-42, Bob Hudson 5-32, Dave Kopay 5-9, John Brockington 5-5, Jerry Tagge 3-5 1 TD, Scott Hunter 1-1 1 TD
NEW ORLEANS - James Ford 10-28, Bill Butler 5-14, Archie Manning 2-7, Bob Gresham 4-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 8-4-28, Jerry Tagge 6-1-13, Ron Widby 1-1 34
NEW ORLEANS Archie Manning 24-14-142 2 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 2-11, Ray Nitschke 1-34, Len Garrett 1-13, John Brockington 1-10, Leland Glass 1-7
NEW ORLEANS - Dave Parks 4-50 1 TD, Bob Newland 3-18, Bob Gresham 2-11, Bill Butler 2-10 1 TD, Margene Adkins 1-38, James Ford 1-9, Robert Brown 1-6