Minnesota Vikings (3-4) 27, Green Bay Packers (4-3) 13
Sunday October 29th 1972 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The Purple Gang has been reincarnated, although Carl Eller believes that it's still a ghost of its former self. After the Minnesota Vikings demonstrated some of their oldtime defensive magic in beating the Green Bay Packers 27-13, their ringleader declared: We're not back yet wherever we've been, we're not back." The brawny DE referred to Minnesota's unimpressive 3-4 record and unimposing last-place posture in the Central Division They were destined for better things this year, according to general opinion. "But we haven't been playing well," said Minnesota Coach Bud Grant, whose team has won four straight Central crowns. No matter where the Purple Gang has been hiding, those tough guys were just as bullish as ever in pushing around a fairly potent offensive team. Paul Krause and Wally Hilgenberg each intercepted a Scott Hunter pass and wheeled back for touchdowns and Eller and his bruising mates on that front four wall made life miserable for the Packers' gifted quarterback. Viking rookie RB Ed Marinaro ran for 80 yards in his first NFL start.
MINNESOTA -  0  3  7 17 - 27
GREEN BAY - 10  0  3  0 - 13
                       MINNESOTA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   15            12
Rush-yards-TDs          37-152-1      32-102-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-22-192-0-0  9-22-130-1-4
Sacked-yards                 0-0           0-0
Net pass yards               192           130
Total yards                  344           232
Fumbles-lost                 3-3           0-0
Turnovers                      3             4
Penalties-yards             3-25          2-20
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - Dale, 6-yard pass from Hunter (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - MIN - Fred Cox, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-3
3rd - MIN - Bill Brown, 1-yard run (Cox kick) TIED 10-10
3rd - GB - Marcol, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-10
4th - MIN - Cox, 32-yard field goal TIED 13-13
4th - MIN - Paul Krause, 32-yard interception return (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 20-13
4th - MIN - Wally Hilgenberg, 14-yard interception return (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 27-13
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 26-93, Scott Hunter 1-15, MacArthur Lane 4-2, Jon Staggers 1-(-8)
MINNESOTA - Ed Marinaro 19-80, Oscar Reed 11-58, Bill Brown 5-9 1 TD, John Gilliam 1-5, Fran Tarkenton 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 22-9-130 1 TD 4 INT
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 22-13-192
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Carroll Dale 3-87 1 TD, MacArthur Lane 3-10, Leland Glass 2-24, John Brockington 1-9
MINNESOTA - John Gilliam 5-106, Stu Voight 3-31, Oscar Reed 3-26, Gene Washington 1-27, Ed Marinaro 1-2