Green Bay Packers (3-1) 20, Chicago Bears (0-3-1) 17
Sunday October 8th 1972 (at Green Bay)
Chicago Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass has his helmet knocked off as Green Bay Packers linebacker Fred Carr (53) closes in at Lambeau Field on Oct. 8, 1972. The Packers won 20-17. (SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette archives)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers blew a 14-point halftime lead, then marched behind Scott Hunter to a 37-yard field goal by Chester Marcol with 30 seconds left and edged the Chicago Bears 20-17. Hunter completed 15 of 30 passes for 240 yards, including three of six on the winning drive that began on the Green Bay 27 with 5:09 left. The key gains were completions of 11 yards to Len Garrett, seven to John Brockington and 15 to Jon Staggers. Marcol kicked his winning goal into winds gusting to 30 miles per hour after a third down pass at the Bear 30 fell incomplete. After Marcol's field goal, Chicago marched from its 20 into Green Bay territory behind Bobby Douglass passes of 10 and 22 yards to Roger Lawson. But Mac Percival, who had kicked a 12-yard field goal earlier, missed from 51 yards with five seconds left. The Bears, down 17-3 at halftime, scored in the third period on a two-yard run by Cyril Pinder and a two-yard rollout by Douglass to tie early in the fourth quarter. The Packers' third victory in four starts kept them tied for first place in the NFC Central Division with Detroit.
40 years ago, Packers edged Bears in a Lambeau Field thriller (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
CHICAGO   -  0  3  7  7 - 17
GREEN BAY -  7 10  0  3 - 20
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   13            17
Rush-yards-TDs          45-139-2      31-101-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  7-15-119-0-0 15-30-240-1-0
Sacked-yards                 0-0           0-0
Net pass yards               119           240
Total yards                  258           341
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           4-2
Turnovers                      1             2
Penalties-yards             3-25          6-68
SCORING
1st - GB - C.Williams, 21-yard fumble recovery return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - CHI - Mac Percival, 12-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Staggers, 48-yard pass from Hunter (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - GB - Marcol, 26-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-3
3rd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 2-yard run (Percival kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
4th - CHI - Bobby Douglass, 1-yard run (Percival kick) TIED 17-17
4th - GB - Marcol, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-17
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 20-59, MacArthur Lane 10-41, Scott Hunter 1-1
CHICAGO - Cyril Pinder 16-52 1 TD, Bobby Douglass 12-45 1 TD, Jim Harrison 13-40, Don Shy 3-3, Cecil Turner 1-(-1)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 30-15-240 1 TD
CHICAGO - Bobby Douglass 15-7-119
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Leland Glass 4-74, MacArthur Lane 4-35, John Brockington 3-36, Jon Staggers 2-63 1 TD, Len Garrett 2-32
CHICAGO - George Farmer 2-60, Roger Lawson 2-32, Don Shy 2-13, Jim Seymour 1-14
Green Bay linebacker Jim Carter (#50) intercepting a Bears’ pass during the October 8, 1972 contest. The home team won at Lambeau Field that day, 20-17. Carter, who played collegiate ball at the University of Minnesota, played in 106 games for the team from 1970-1975, and again from 1977-1978. (SOURCE: Packerville, USA)