Oakland Raiders (1-1) 20, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 14
Sunday September 24th 1972 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Charlie Smith scored the lead touchdown after a 34-yard pass interference penalty and Jack Tatum raced a record 104 yards with a fumble recovery, sparking the Raiders to a 20-14 victory over Green Bay. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Green Bay Packers 20-14 Sunday, and pointed to a 313-207 bulge in total yardage as proof they earned it. Moreover, the spread didn't include another 138 yards the Raiders gained on the game's two biggest plays—Jack Tatum's record 104-yard runback with a recovered fumble, and a 32-yard pass interference penalty which set up the winning touchdown. But more than a few Packers felt the officials had misjudged both plays. The interference call on Green Bay rookie Willie Buchanon moved the ball to the Packer one and Charlie Smith crashed over on the next play as the Raiders overcame a 14-13 deficit. Their other scores came on 43-and 14-yard field goals by George Blanda. Tatum's spectacular runback, which erased a 7-3 Green Bay lead, wiped out the NFL's oldest record. George Halas of the Chicago Bears held the old mark with a 98-yard fumble return against Marion in 1923. The Packers had the ball, third and goal, at the Oakland three when MacArthur Lane took a pitchout and tried to circle right end. But the ball dropped loose at the two and rolled four yards deep in the end zone. Tatum pounced on it and outran everyone to the Packer goal. Some of the Packers claimed Lane had committed a "muff," arguing he never had control of the ball and that, therefore, Tatum was ineligible to return it according to the rulebook. George Atkinson, the Raiders' safety who jarred Lane, said Lane "never had control." The call against Buchanon for interfering with Oakland receiver Fred Biletnikoff on the Packer one nullified an interception by safety Jim Hill, who picked off Lamonica's pass in the end zone just behind Biletnikoff and Buchanon. 
OAKLAND   - 10  0 10  0 - 20
GREEN BAY -  7  7  0  0 - 14
                         OAKLAND     GREEN BAY
First downs                   21            15
Rush-yards-TDs          46-196-1      36-143-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  8-21-142-0-0   5-13-75-0-0
Sacked-yards                2-25          1-11
Net pass yards               117            64
Total yards                  313           207
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           2-2
Turnovers                      1             2
Penalties-yards            7-102          4-55
SCORING
1st - OAK - George Blanda, 43-yard field goal OAKLAND 3-0
1st - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2st - OAK - Jack Tatum, 104-yard return of a fumble (Blanda kick) OAKLAND 10-7
2nd - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
3rd - OAK - Blanda, 14-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-13
3rd - OAK - Clarence Smith, 1-yard run (Blanda kick) OAKLAND 20-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 18-73 2 TD, MacArthur Lane 10-44, Bob Hudson 3-16, Leland Glass 1-13, Perry Williams 1-7, Scott Hunter 2-(-3), Dave Davis 1-(-7)
OAKLAND - Marv Hubbard 24-125, Charlie Smith 15-30 1 TD, Pete Banaszak 4-24, Daryle Lamonica 1-10, Cliff Branch 1-5, Don Highsmith 1-2
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 9-4-66, Frank Patrick 4-1-9
OAKLAND - Daryle Lamonica 21-8-142
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Rich McGeorge 2-25, John Brockington 1-33, Dave Kopay 1-9, MacArthur Lane 1-8
OAKLAND - Fred Biletnikoff 4-35, Mike Siani 3-71, Charlie Smith 1-36