1973 IN REVIEW
Any possibility that the Green Bay Packers would repeat as Central Division champions ended abruptly during a three-game stretch that left the team shaken and searching for answers.
The club, unfortunately, did not address many of the problems down the stretch and stumbled to a 5-7-2 record and a third-place finish in the division. After hovering in second place for
most of the first five weeks, the Packers were thrashed by the Rams, Lions and Bears in consecutive weeks. The Rams' Fred Dryer overpowered Malcolm Snider to register two fourth
quarter safeties in the Rams' 24-7 win, and quarterback Bobby Douglass ran for 100 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears' 31-17 triumph. In between, the Lions tossed a 34-0 shutout
for good measure.
THE QUARTERBACKING CAROUSEL OF 1973
To say the Packers had a hard hill to climb in repeating as division champs would be an understatement when examining the quarterbacking situation. Green Bay would use three starters
during the season, and none of them would throw more than two touchdowns passes. Scott Hunter would be given the first shot at leading the team. Coming off a division title, Hunter was
expected to mature into Bart Starr's legitimate successor. He started the first two games of the season, a win over the Saints and a tie with the Lions. He completed 12 of 25 passes with
one touchdown. Head coach Dan Devine showed his short leash, by pulling Hunter in the second half of the Lions' game and putting in Jim Del Gaizo. The team had sent two second
round picks to Miami for the promising prospect. Apparently, Devine saw enough to tab Del Gaizo as the starter for Week Three. Against Minnesota, Del Gaizo went 4-for-14 before Hunter
was put back in an 11-3 loss. The following week, Del Gaizo started against the Giants and completed one of four passes for minus-four years. Hunter came in and went 6-for-7 to lead the
Packers to a 16-14 win. Hunter won the starting spot back for the next two weeks. He was 6-for-11 against the Cbiefs, before Del Gaizo came back in. He tossed a 26-yard touchdown to
Jon Staggers, but was also intercepted twice in a 10-10 tie. The next week, Hunter was a dismal 4-for-10 with an interception as the Rams routed the Packers, 24-7. Devine took one more
shot with Del Gaizo, and the results were disastrous. With the team clinging to its playoff hopes (2-2-2), Del Gaizo was 5-for-9 before suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Hunter
came on and completed only one of ten attempts for minus-four yards and one interception. Detroit would roll, 34-0, and Del Gaizo would be out for a month. Hunter would be given one
more start, on November 4 against the Bears. His numbers were atrocious, as he completed only three of 15 passes for 17 yards. He did throw a 5-yard touchdown to MacArthur Lane in a
31-17 loss. Hunter and Del Gaizo would never start again in Green Bay. Jerry Tagge was given the starts down the stretch, going 3-3 as the season slipped away. He would start the first six
games of 1974, before the John Hadl era began.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Hise Austin         27   CB 6- 4 195 Prairie View     1  1 22  9 1973 Draft - 8th round
Ken Bowman          57    C 6- 3 245 Wisconsin       10 10 30 14 1964 Draft - 8th round
Kent Branstetter    71    T 6- 3 260 Houston          1  1 24  9 1973 FA
John Brockington    42   RB 6- 1 230 Ohio State       3  3 24 14 1971 Draft - 1st round
Aaron Brown         74   DE 6- 5 270 Minnesota        1  7 29  8 1973 Trade - Kan City
Bob Brown           78   DE 6- 5 280 Ark-Pine Bluff   8  8 33 14 1966 FA
Willie Buchanon     28   CB 6- 0 190 San Diego State  2  2 22  6 1972 Draft - 1st round
Fred Carr           53   LB 6- 5 240 Texas-El Paso    6  6 27 14 1968 Draft - 1st round
Jim Carter          50   LB 6- 3 245 Minnesota        4  4 24 14 1970 Draft - 3rd round
Jim Del Gaizo       12   QB 6- 1 198 Tampa            1  2 26  8 1973 Trade - Miami
Mike Donohoe        86   TE 6- 3 230 San Francisco    1  4 28 13 1973 FA - Atl (1971)
Ken Ellis           48   CB 5-10 195 Southern         4  4 25 14 1970 Draft - 4th round
Len Garrett         88   TE 6- 3 230 N.Mex Highlands  3  3 25  2 1971 Draft - 15th round
Gale Gillingham     68    G 6- 3 265 Minnesota        8  8 29 14 1966 Draft - 1st round
Leland Glass        46   WR 6- 0 185 Oregon           2  2 22 12 1972 Draft - 8th round
Les Goodman         25   RB 5-11 206 Yankton          1  1 23  6 1973 FA
Dick Gordon         85   WR 5-11 190 Michigan State   1  9 29  2 1973 FA - Los Angeles
Charlie Hall        21   CB 6- 1 190 Pittsburgh       3  3 25 13 1971 Draft - 3rd round
Bill Hayhoe         77    T 6- 8 260 USC              5  5 26  6 1969 Draft - 5th round
Larry Hefner        51   LB 6- 2 230 Clemson          2  2 24 14 1972 Draft - 14th round
Don Highsmith       32   RB 6- 0 200 Michigan State   1  4 25  7 1973 Trade - Oakland
Jim Hill            39    S 6- 2 195 Texas A&I        2  5 26 13 1972 Trade - San Diego
Dick Himes          72    T 6- 4 260 Ohio State       6  6 27 14 1968 Draft - 3rd round
Scott Hunter        16   QB 6- 2 210 Alabama          3  3 25  8 1971 Draft - 6th round
Noel Jenke          55   LB 6- 1 225 Minnesota        1  3 25  2 1973 FA - Atl (1972)
Larry Krause        30   RB 6- 0 208 St. Norbert      3  3 25 14 1970 Draft - 17th round
MacArthur Lane      36   RB 6- 1 220 Utah State       2  6 31 13 1972 Trade - St. Louis
Bill Lueck          62    G 6- 3 235 Arizona          6  6 27 14 1968 Draft - 1st round
Chester Marcol      13    K 6- 0 190 Hillsdale        2  2 23 14 1972 Draft - 2nd round
Al Matthews         29   DB 5-11 190 Texas A&I        4  4 25 14 1970 Draft - 2nd round
Tom MacLeod         56   LB 6- 3 235 Minnesota        1  1 22 11 1973 Draft - 3rd round
Ron McBride         24   RB 6- 0 200 Missouri         1  1 24  1 1973 FA
Larry McCarren      54    C 6- 3 240 Illinois         1  1 21  5 1973 Draft - 12th round
Mike McCoy          76   DT 6- 5 285 Notre Dame       4  4 24 14 1970 Draft - 1st round
Rich McGeorge       81   TE 6- 4 230 Elon             4  4 24 14 1970 Draft - 1st round
Carleton Oats       73   DT 6- 3 260 Florida A&M      1  9 31  8 1973 Trade - Oakland
Dave Pureifory      75   DE 6- 1 250 E. Michigan      2  2 24 13 1972 Draft - 6th round
1973 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
JANUARY 25 - Traded DT Vern Vanoy and a 1973 5th-round draft choice to OAKLAND for DT Carleton Oats
JANUARY 30 - Traded OT Francis Peay to KANSAS CITY for DE Aaron Brown
JANUARY 30 - Traded LB Dave Robinson to WASHINGTON for a 1975 2nd-round draft choice
JULY 13 - Traded RB Bob Hudson to OAKLAND for RB Don Highsmith. Sold RB Demery Brandon to OAKLAND.
AUGUST 22 - Traded a 1974 2nd-round draft choice and a 1975 2nd-round draft choice to MIAMI for QB Jim Del Gaizo
SEPTEMBER 25 - Traded TE Len Garrett to NEW ORLEANS for a 1974 8th-round draft choice
1973 Packers Yearbook
Sports Illustrated - 3 November
Bears at Packers
August 4th
Bills at Packers
August 11th
Oilers at Packers
August 18th
Packers at Bengals
September 8th
Steelers at Packers
September 1st
Jets at Packers
September 17th
Lions at Packers Program - 23 September
Packers at Giants Program - 7 October
Packers at Rams Program - 21 October
Packers at 49ers Program - 26 November
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Alden Roche         87   DE 6- 4 255 Southern         3  4 28 13 1971 Trade - Denver
Barry Smith         80   WR 6- 1 190 Florida State    1  1 22 14 1973 Draft - 1st round
Perry Smith         45   CB 6- 1 195 Colorado State   1  1 22  8 1973 FA - Oakland
Malcolm Snider      67    G 6- 4 250 Stanford         2  5 26 14 1972 Trade - Atlanta
Jon Staggers        22   WR 5-10 180 Missouri         2  4 24 14 1972 FA - Pitt (1971)
Paul Staroba        85   WR 6- 3 204 Michigan         1  2 24  2 1973 FA - Washington
Jerry Tagge         17   QB 6- 2 215 Nebraska         2  2 23  7 1972 Draft - 1st round
Ike Thomas          37   CB 6- 2 195 Bishop           2  3 25 13 1972 Trade - Dallas
Tom Toner           59   LB 6- 3 235 Idaho State      1  1 23 14 1973 Draft - 6th round
Ron Widby           20    P 6- 4 220 Tennessee        2  6 28 12 1972 Trade - Dallas
Clarence Williams   83   DE 6- 5 255 Prairie View     4  4 26 14 1970 Trade - Dallas
Perry Williams      31   RB 6- 2 225 Purdue           5  5 26 14 1969 Draft - 4th round
Cal Withrow         74    C 6- 0 230 Kentucky         3  4 28 14 1971 Trade - San Diego
Keith Wortman       65    G 6- 2 250 Nebraska         2  2 23  8 1972 Draft - 10th round
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age on September 1 G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1973 PACKERS DRAFT (January 30-31, 1973)
RND-PICK NAME                POS COLLEGE 
1  -  21 Barry Smith          WR Florida State 
2  -  46 Traded to Dallas in Ike Thomas/Ron Widby trade
3  -  74 Tom MacLeod          LB Minnesota 
4  -  99 Traded to Los Angeles in Tommy Crutcher trade
5  - 124 Traded to Oakland in Carleton Oats trade
6  - 152 Tom Toner            LB Idaho State 
7  - 177 John Muller         G/T Iowa 
8  - 202 Hise Austin       DB/WR Prairie View 
9  - 230 Rick Brown           LB South Carolina 
10 - 255 Larry Allen        S/LB Illinois 
11 - 280 Phil Engle            G South Dakota State 
12 - 308 Larry McCarren        C Illinois 
13 - 333 Tim Alderson          S Minnesota 
14 - 358 Jim Anderson         DT Northwestern 
15 - 386 Reg Echols           WR UCLA 
16 - 411 Keith Pretty         TE Western Michigan 
17 - 436 Harold Sampson       DT Southern 
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1973 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (3-2-1)
AUGUST (3-0-1)                          RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
4  M-CHICAGO BEARS                     T 13-13      0- 0-1 47,222 Scott Hunter             MacArthur Lane (42)         Scott Hunter (68)           Rich McGeorge (2-20)
11 G-BUFFALO BILLS                     W 10- 3      1- 0-1 56,267 Jerry Tagge              MacArthur Lane (60)         Scott Hunter (35)           Len Garrett (2-26)
18 M-HOUSTON OILERS                    W 33-14      2- 0-1 47,302 Scott Hunter             Don Highsmith (73)          Scott Hunter (107)          Jon Staggers (2-58)
26 at Kansas City Chiefs               W 21-16      3- 0-1 75,231 Jerry Tagge              MacArthur Lane (60)         Jerry Tagge (59)            Rich McGeorge (2-26)
SEPTEMBER (0-2)
1  G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS               L 22-30      3- 1-1 56,267 Scott Hunter             Don Highsmith (35)          Jim Del Gaizo (76)          Barry Smith (4-53)
8  at Cincinnati Bengals               L 10-13      3- 2-1 55,863 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (60)       Scott Hunter (78)           MacArthur Lane (4-16)
1973 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (5-7-2)
SEPTEMBER (1-1-1)
17 M-NEW YORK JETS (0-0)               W 23- 7      1- 0-0 47,124 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (73)       Scott Hunter (107)          MacArthur Lane (2-32)
23 G-DETROIT LIONS (0-1)               T 13-13      1- 0-1 55,495 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (118)      Scott Hunter (80)           Barry Smith (4-72)
30 at Minnesota Vikings (2-0)          L  3-11      1- 1-1 48,176 Jim Del Gaizo            John Brockington (58)       Scott Hunter (44)           MacArthur Lane (3-36)
OCTOBER (1-2-1)
7  at New York Giants (1-1-1)          W 16-14      2- 1-1 70,050 Jim Del Gaizo            John Brockington (71)       Scott Hunter (86)           MacArthur Lane (3-43)
14 M-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-1)          T 10-10      2- 1-2 46,583 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (106)      Jim Del Gaizo (89)          MacArthur Lane (4-38)
21 at Los Angeles Rams (5-0)           L  7-24      2- 2-2 80,558 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (18)       Scott Hunter (48)           Jon Staggers (2-30)
28 at Detroit Lions (1-4-1)            L  0-34      2- 3-2 43,616 Jim Del Gaizo            John Brockington (33)       Jim Del Gaizo (33)          Leland Glass (2-18)
NOVEMBER (1-3)
4  G-CHICAGO BEARS (2-5)               L 17-31      2- 4-2 53,231 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (66)       Scott Hunter (17)           MacArthur Lane (3-17)
11 G-ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (3-4-1)       W 25-21      3- 4-2 52,922 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (137)      Jerry Tagge (67)            Jon Staggers (3-30)
18 at New England Patriots (2-7)       L 24-33      3- 5-2 60,525 Jerry Tagge              Brockington/Williams (35)   Jerry Tagge (267)           Jon Staggers (4-87)
26 at San Francisco 49ers (3-7)        L  6-20      3- 6-2 49,244 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (89)       Jerry Tagge (107)           Rich McGeorge (2-41)
DECEMBER (2-1)
2  M-NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-7)          W 30-10      4- 6-2 46,092 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (74)       Jerry Tagge (109)           MacArthur Lane (4-41)
8  G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-2)          L  7-31      4- 7-2 53,830 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (124)      Jerry Tagge (98)            Barry Smith (4-55)
16 at Chicago Bears (3-10)             W 21- 0      5- 7-2 29,157 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (142)      Jerry Tagge (72)            Jon Staggers (3-72)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
(MILWAUKEE) - Mac Pervical's 27-yard field goal with 7:22 left, set up by a fumble recovery, lifted the Bears to a tie. Chester Marcol's second field goal, a 43-yarder, had given Green Bay a 13-10 third quarter lead. However, Jerry Moore set up Percival's tying kick by recovering Don Highsmith's second fumble of the night on the Packers' 12 early in the final period. LB Larry Hefner intercepted John Huarte's third down pass from the nine, but a pass interference penalty on rookie Hise Austin nullified the turnover. Percival then connected after an intentional grounding penalty on Huarte sent the ball back to the 20. The Packers' last chance expired when a 39-yard field goal attempt by Marcol failed wide to the left with eight seconds to play. Marcol had missed from 37 yards on the last play of the third after kicking successfully from 34 yards in the first quarter.
CHICAGO   -  0 10  0  3 - 13
GREEN BAY -  3  7  3  0 - 13
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   17            18
Rush-yards                40-139        40-125
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   7-16-59-0-0 11-25-111-1-2
Sacked                        -6           -21
Net passing yards             53            90
Total yards                  192           215
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           2-2
Turnovers                      1             4
Yards penalized             7-65          3-33
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - McGeorge, 8-yard pass from Hunter (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - CHI - Carl Garrett, 1-yard run (Mac Percival kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - CHI - Percival, 48-yard field goal TIED 10-10
3rd - GB - Marcol, 43-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-10
4th - CHI - Percival, 27-yard field goal TIED 13-13
​RUSHING LEADERS
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 9-42, John Brockington 9-34, Perry Williams 7-34
CHICAGO - Carl Garrett 20-61 1 TD, Bobby Douglass 4-33
PASSING LEADERS
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 14-5-68 1 TD 2 INT, Jerry Tagge 10-6-43
CHICAGO - Bobby Douglass 11-6-48, John Huarte 4-1-11
RECEIVING LEADERS
GREEN BAY - Rich McGeorge 2-20 1 TD, Jon Staggers 2-14
CHICAGO - Jim Harrison 3-26, Carl Garrett 1-15
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers, despite several missed chances, combined a 33-yard touchdown run by John Brockington and a 34-yard field goal by Chester Marcol for a 10-3 exhibition victory over Buffalo Saturday. Brockington's second-quarter touchdown offset a 22-yard field goal by John Leypoldt on Buffalo's first series as the Packers ran their preseason record to 1-0-1. The Bills have been held to three field goals and no touchdowns in two exhibition defeats. Marcol had a string of five unsuccessful field goal attempts when he connected with 7:31 to play, capping a drive that began at the Green Bay 10-yard line. The Packers had failed to pick up a first down on nine successive third-down plays until the drive that led to Marcol's field goal. O. J. Simpson, playing little more than a quarter, ripped off gains of eight, 10 and 14 yards on the Bills' drive to Leypoldt's field goal.
BUFFALO   -  3  0  0  0 -  3
GREEN BAY -  0  7  0  3 - 10
                         BUFFALO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   11            18
Rush-yards                 35-94        39-125
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 12-27-150-0-0   8-21-62-0-1
Sacked                       -52            -7
Net passing yards             98            55
Total yards                  192           180
Fumbles-lost                   1             0
Turnovers                      1             1
Yards penalized               55            54
SCORING
1st - BUF - John Leypoldt, 22-yard field goal BUFFALO 3-0
2nd - GB - Brockington, 33-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
4th - GB - Marcol, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-3
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 13-60, John Brockington 11-53 1 TD, Dave Kopay 4-22, Jerry Tagge 2-17, Perry Williams 5-14, Les Goodman 3-8, Scott Hunter 1-(-1)
BUFFALO - O.J. Simpson 10-55, Joe Ferguson 1-19, Jim Braxton 10-8, Ernie Koy 4-7, Vince O'Neil 3-4, Dennis Shaw 1-1, Bougus 2-1, Bo Cornell 3-(-1)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 9-3-27 1 INT, Scott Hunter 12-5-35
BUFFALO - Dennis Shaw 16-7-122, Joe Ferguson 11-5-28
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Len Garrett 2-26, MacArthur Lane 2-(-9), Rich McGeorge 1-17, Perry Williams 1-11, Leland Glass 1-10, Dave Kopay 1-7
BUFFALO - J.D. Hill 2-55, Ray Jarvis 2-20, Bo Cornell 2-11, Charles Brinkman 1-30, John Mosier 1-19, Vince O'Neil 1-10, Wallace Francis 1-9, Dwight Harrison 1-(-2), Ernie Koy 1-(-2)
(MILWAUKEE) - Scott Hunter's passing sparked Green Bay to a two-touchdown lead and Chester Marcol added four field goals, leading the Packers to a pre-season victory over the Houston Oilers Saturday night. Hunter completed five of 11 passes for 107 yards, including a 46-yard scoring pass to Jon Staggers on the game's fourth play, before giving way to Jerry Tagge. John Brockington's five-yard touchdown run on Green Bay's second series gave the Packers a 14-0 lead.
HOUSTON   -  7  7  0  0 - 14
GREEN BAY - 17  3  6  7 - 33
                         HOUSTON     GREEN BAY
First downs                   15            26
Rush-yards                 22-83        52-266
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 15-36-158-0-1 12-27-170-1-1
Sacked                        -9           -29
Net passing yards            149           141
Total yards                  232           407
Fumbles-lost                   0             1
Turnovers                      1             2
Yards penalized               88            91
SCORING
1st - GB - Staggers, 46-yard pass from Hunter (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Brockington, 5-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
1st - HOU - Fred Willis, 25-yard run (Skip Butler kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
1st - GB - Marcol, 49-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-7
2nd - HOU - Willis, 2-yard run (Butler kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
2nd - GB - Marcol, 28-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-14
3rd - GB - Marcol, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 23-14
3rd - GB - Marcol, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 26-14
4th - GB - Tagge, 7-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 33-14
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Don Highsmith 17-73, MacArthur Lane 12-64, John Brockington 9-47 1 TD, Les Goodman 5-33, Jon Staggers 1-20, Ron McBride 4-11, Larry Krause 2-9, Jerry Tagge 2-9 1 TD
HOUSTON - Fred Willis 10-50 2 TD, Willie Rodgers 3-12, Dusenberg 4-11, Al Johnson 1-4, Lewis Jolley 1-3, George Amundson 1-2, Dan Pastorini 2-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 11-5-107 1 TD 1 INT, Jerry Tagge 15-6-47, Don Highsmith 1-1-16
HOUSTON - Dan Pastorini 29-11-124 1 INT, Edd Hargett 7-4-34
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jon Staggers 2-58 1 TD, Len Garrett 2-26, Ron McBride 2-20, Carroll Dale 2-17, Rich McGeorge 1-32, Leland Glass 1-9
HOUSTON - Smith 3-16, Jim Beirne 2-40, Billy Parks 2-29, Willie Rodgers 2-25, Lewis Jolley 2-15, Mack Alston 1-23, Al Johnson 1-11, Fred Willis 1-5, George Amundson 1-(-6)
(KANSAS CITY) - AP)—"It was a bad start," said Kansas City Coach Hank Stram of the first Green Bay offensive play in the Packers' 21-16 victory over the Chiefs Sunday night. The first Green Bay play was a plunge off tackle by MacArthur Lane, who went 20 yards for a touchdown. "But the way we retaliated and as hard as we played, especially in the second half, is a good sign," Stram added. Green Bay Coach Dan Devine, in his first visit to Kansas City since moving to the pro ranks in 1971 after a successful career at the University of Missouri, said, "We had a tremendous effort by a lot of people on a hot, muggy night." It was 94 degrees at the start of the game, which saw the Packers' record move to 3- 0-1 and the Chiefs' slip to 1-3. After Lane's touchdown, the teams battled evenly until Kansas City middle linebacker Willie Lanier forced a Green Bay fumble on its own 14. Kansas City made a first down but couldn't get the ball in the end zone and had to settle for a field goal by Jan Stenerud.
GREEN BAY   -  7  7  0  7 - 21
KANSAS CITY -  0  6  3  7 - 16
                       GREEN BAY   KANSAS CITY
First downs                   17            19
Rush-yards                38-135        34-109
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 10-13-109-2-0 16-28-149-0-1
Sacked                       -47           -29
Net passing yards             62           137
Total yards                  197           246
Fumbles-lost                   4             0
Turnovers                      4             1
Yards penalized               65            45
SCORING
1st - GB - Lane, 20-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - KC - Jan Stenerud, 10-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Dale, 8-yard pass from Lane (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - KC - Stenerud, 47-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-6
3rd - KC - Stenerud, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-9
4th - GB - B.Smith, 19-yard pass from Tagge (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 21-9
4th - KC - Jeff Kinney, 1-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-16
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 11-60 1 TD, John Brockington 15-42, Don Highsmith 3-13, Scott Hunter 4-10, Perry Williams 4-6, Jerry Tagge 1-4
KANSAS CITY - Jeff Kinney 5-30 1 TD, Ed Podolak 6-15, Leroy Keyes 5-11, Willie Ellison 7-10, Pete Beathard 2-9, Warren McVea 3-8, Elmo Wright 1-7, Wendell Hayes 4-6, Jim Otis 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 8-5-59 1 TD, Scott Hunter 4-4-42, MacArthur Lane 1-1-8 1 TD
KANSAS CITY - Len Dawson 19-11-109, Pete Beathard 9-5-41 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Rich McGeorge 2-26, MacArthur Lane 2-10, Barry Smith 1-19 1 TD, Leland Glass 1-14, Perry Williams 1-12, Dave Davis 1-11, Jon Staggers 1-9, Carroll Dale 1-8 1 TD
KANSAS CITY - Jeff Kinney 5-37, Otis Taylor 4-44, Ed Podolak 3-6, Elmo Wright 2-31, Albert White 1-24, Willie Ellison 1-7
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers may or may not have found a quarterback here Saturday night. But they most definitely, most certainly lost a football game. Decisively at the end. The Steelers defeated the hopeful Packers in the next to last game of the pre-season. It was a shame, really, because this could have been the game in which, the Packers established themselves. The may-or-may-not-be quarterback is Jim Del Gaizo, the new kid from Miami. He did everything that could have been asked of him in leading the Packers to a 16-7 advantage in the first half. Then - is this an omen for the year? - Del Gaizo got battered up on a pass attempt. The injury was described as bruised ribs.
PITTSBURGH -  7  6  7 10 - 30
GREEN BAY  -  3 16  0  3 - 22
                      PITTSBURGH     GREEN BAY
First downs                   14            16
Rush-yards                38-148         33-92
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  9-17-116-1-1 14-32-135-0-1
Sacked                       -11            -9
Net passing yards            105           126
Total yards                  253           218
Fumbles-lost                   1             0
Turnovers                      2             2
Yards penalized               76            71
SCORING
1st - PIT - Glen Edwards, 79-yard punt return (Roy Gerela kick) PITTSBURGH 7-0
1st - GB - Marcol, 45-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 7-3
2nd - GB - Lane, 5-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 13-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 19-7
2nd - PIT - John McMakin, 18-yd pass from Terry Bradshaw (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 19-13
3rd - PIT - Steve Davis, 1-yard run (Gerela kick) PITTSBURGH 20-19
4th - GB - Marcol, 14-yard field goal GREEN BAY 22-20
4th - PIT - Bradshaw, 13-yard run (Gerela kick) PITTSBURGH 27-22
4th - PIT - Gerela, 22-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 30-22
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Don Highsmith 13-35, Perry Williams 3-20, Scott Hunter 2-14, John Brockington 8-13, MacArthur Lane 6-9 1 TD, Les Goodman 1-1
PITTSBURGH - Rocky Bleier 8-60, Preston Pearson 11-49, Terry Bradshaw 2-17 1 TD, John Fuqua 7-15, Franco Harris 3-5, Steve Davis 6-5 1 TD, Bobby Walden 1-(-3)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 11-4-36, Jim Del Gaizo 16-7-76, Jerry Tagge 4-2-12 1 INT, Ron Widby 1-1-11
PITTSBURGH - Terry Bradshaw 17-9-116 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barry Smith 4-53, John Brockington 2-19, Rich McGeorge 2-17, Leland Glass 1-15, Larry Hefner 1-11, Perry Williams 1-8, Don Highsmith 1-5, Len Garrett 1-4, Jon Staggers 1-3
PITTSBURGH - Ron Shanklin 3-75, John McMakin 3-38 1 TD, Barry Person 1-5, Steve Davis 1-3, John Fuqua 1-(-5)
(CINCINNATI) - Horst Muhlmann's 31-yard field goal with three seconds remaining lifted the Cincinnati Bengals to a 13-10 exhibition victory over the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Ken Anderson came off the bench when Virgil Carter suffered a shoulder injury and directed the Bengals on the game winning drive. Green Bay, trailing 10-0 early in the game when the Bengals turned two interceptions into scoring plays, stormed back in the final quarter behind recently acquired running back Don Highsmith to tie it at 10-10 with 7:53 left. The Packers drove 83 yards in 15 plays, with Perry Williams ramming over from the one. It was the second straight week Anderson guided the Bengals to a corne-from-behind victory. It was Cincinnati's third straight triumph to close preseason play with a 4-2 record - second best exhibition record in the team's six-year history.
GREEN BAY  -  0  3  0  7 - 10
CINCINNATI -  3  7  0  3 - 13
                       GREEN BAY    CINCINNATI
First downs                   15            13
Rush-yards                43-183        33-131
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   8-19-84-1-2  9-18-107-0-0
Sacked                        -9           -16
Net passing yards             75            91
Total yards                  258           222
Fumbles-lost                   1             0
Turnovers                      3             0
Yards penalized               36            62
SCORING
1st - CIN - Horst Muhlmann, 20-yard field goal CINCINNATI 3-0
2nd - CIN - Boobie Clark, 1-yard run (Muhlmann kick) CINCINNATI 10-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 27-yard field goal CINCINNATI 10-3
4th - GB - P. Williams, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) TIED 10-10
4th - CIN - Muhlmann, 31-yard field goal CINCINNATI 13-10
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 11-60, Don Highsmith 8-54, Scott Hunter 5-28, MacArthur Lane 11-23, Perry Williams 7-17 1 TD, Jerry Tagge 1-1
CINCINNATI - Boobie Clark 15-63  1 TD, Essex Johnson 11-41, Doug Dressler 4-24, Virgil Carter 3-3
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 16-7-78 2 INT, Jerry Tagge 3-1-6
CINCINNATI - Ken Anderson 11-6-73, Virgil Carter 7-3-34
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 4-16, John Brockington 3-62, Barry Smith 1-6
CINCINNATI - Chip Myers 3-31, Bob Trumpy 2-28, Charlie Joiner 2-26, Boobie Clark 1-13, Bob Johnson 1-9
First-Round QB Picks Who Were Busts - Jerry Tagge played on national championship Nebraska teams in 1970 and 1971 before joining the Packers. But Tagge was no match for NFL defenses, as he passed for just three touchdowns (and 17 interceptions) over three seasons. Years later, Tagge was named an all-star of the Canadian Football League, but he could never shed the "bust" label. (Read more from Sports Illustrated)
1973 First Round Pick - WR Barry Smith
A wall calendar featuring the "World Famous Green Bay Packers." The calendar is advertising Hank Lefebvre's commercial photography business. (Credit - Wisconsin Historical Society)
(MILWAUKEE) - Ken Ellis had just been awarded the game ball, but his frown hardly reflected it. "That last touchdown pass is still in my mind. Darn! It will take me a week to get over that," the young Green Bay CB fretted. Ellis needn't worry. He was victimized on a 17 yard touchdown pass from Al Woodall to David Knight, a pair of reserves, with 27 seconds left Monday night, but by that time Ellis and his Packer defensive mates had driven Joe Namath to the bench in abject frustration. Smothering Namath when it counted and running a relentless ball control offense directed by their own quarterback, the much criticized Scott Hunter, the Packers thrashed the Jets 23-7 in a nationally televised opener. Namath, who led the NFL in touchdown passes and passing yardage last year, completed 16 of 32 for 203 yards against the National Conference's No. 1 pass defense of a year ago. But after the Jets' first series, which ended in a missed field goal attempt by Bobby Howfield, Namath couldn't lead the Jets past midfield until 7:41 remained to be played. By that time the Packers had sacked Namath three times and intercepted him once in rolling to a 23-0 lead. Chester Marcol kicked field goals of nine, 37 and 10 yards, while Hunter threw a 19 yard scoring pass to TE Rich McGeorge and led a fourth quarter march capped by John Brockington's one-yard touchdown run. An interception by Ellis set up Brockington's touchdown, while a pair of fumble recoveries by safety Jim Hill led to two other scores.
NEW YORK JETS -  0  0  0  7 -  7
GREEN BAY     -  3 10  3  7 - 23
                   NEW YORK JETS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   16            14
Rush-yards-TDs           17-69-0      48-155-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-38-235-1-1  6-14-107-1-0
Sacked-yards                3-35           1-9
Net pass yards               200            98
Total yards                  269           253
Fumbles-lost                 3-2           0-0
Turnovers                      3             0
Penalties-yards             6-52          8-50
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 9-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - McGeorge, 19-yard pass from Hunter (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - GB - Marcol, 10-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-0
4th - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 23-0
4th - NYJ - David Knight, 17-yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick) GREEN BAY 23-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 21-73 1 TD, MacArthur Lane 18-60, Perry Williams 3-11, Jon Staggers 1-8, Don Highsmith 2-2, Scott Hunter 3-1
NY JETS - Emerson Boozer 7-59, Cliff McClain 1-11, Jim Nance 1-4, John Riggins 6-2, Mike Adamle 1-2, Rich Caster 1-(-9)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 13-6-107 1 TD, MacArthur Lane 1-0-0
NY JETS - Joe Namath 33-16-203 1 INT, Al Woodall 5-2-32 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 2-32, Jon Staggers 1-24, Barry Smith 1-21, Rich McGeorge 1-19 1 TD, John Brockington 1-11
NY JETS - Rich Caster 6-77, Jerome Barkum 5-96, Cliff McClain 2-11, David Knight 1-17 1 TD, Margene Adkins 1-15, Emerson Boozer 1-10, Jim Nance 1-5, John Riggins 1-4
(GREEN BAY) - A 24-yard field goal by Chester Marcol with 19 seconds to play gave the Green Bay Packers a 13-13 tie with the Detroit Lions, who had just taken the lead for the first time in the game. Marcol's field goal, his second of the game, wound up a 56-yard drive by the Packers. QB Jim Del Gaizo came off the bench with 1:53 left to direct the attack and completed three of eight passes before the drive stalled, forcing the Packers to settle for a tie. Marcol, who missed two field goal attempts from 32 and 36 yards, put the first points on the score board with a 30-yarder just 41 seconds into the second period. The Lions tied it at 3-3 about six minutes later when Errol Mann booted a 15-yard field goal. The score came after the Packers' running back John Brockington fumbled the ball away and Mike Lucci recovered. It was the only time in the first half that the Lions were in Packer territory. The Packers grabbed a 10-3 lead with 57 seconds left in the half when MacArthur Lane bulled over from the five to cap an 85 yard drive. The Packers outplayed the Lions in the first half, totaling 160 yards to just 53 for the Lions, and had 10 first downs to only one for Detroit. Landry completed 8 of 15 for 91 yards, and threw three interceptions. The Packers, however, were unable to convert any of them into scores. Scott Hunter, who started for the Packers, completed 6 of 12 for 80 yards before being replaced by Del Gaizo. Brockington, who fumbled twice, was the leading rusher with 118 yards in 22 carries. Altie Taylor led Detroit with 59 yards on 22 carries.
DETROIT   -  0  3  0 10 - 13
GREEN BAY -  0 10  0  3 - 13
                         DETROIT     GREEN BAY
First downs                   12            17
Rush-yards-TDs          37-110-1      40-176-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   8-15-91-0-3  9-20-143-0-0
Sacked-yards                 1-9          4-42
Net pass yards                82           101
Total yards                  192           277
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           3-2
Turnovers                      3             2
Penalties-yards             4-37          5-45
SCORING
2nd - GB - Marcol, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - DET - Errol Mann, 15-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - DET - Lane, 5-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-3
4th - DET - Mann, 38-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-6
4th - DET - Altie Taylor, 3-yard run (Mann kick) DETROIT 13-10
4th - GB - Marcol, 24-yard field goal TIED 13-13
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 22-118, MacArthur Lane 16-53 1 TD, Scott Hunter 1-6, Don Highsmith 1-(-1)
DETROIT - Altie Taylor 22-59 1 TD, Steve Owens 10-27, Greg Landry 5-24
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 12-6-80, Jim Del Gaizo 8-3-63
DETROIT - Greg Landry 15-8-91 3 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barry Smith 4-72, Jon Staggers 2-38, MacArthur Lane 2-23, Rich McGeorge 1-10
DETROIT - Altie Taylor 3-38, Ron Jessie 3-34, Charlie Sanders 1-10, Steve Owens 1-9
(MINNESOTA) - 1972: The year of the running back in the National Football League. 1973: Perhaps the year Alan Page and the Minnesota Vikings showed the NFL how to defense those big backs. The Vikings ran up against two of the NFL's finest power runners in Green Bay's John Brockington and MacArthur Lane, held the vaunted Packer rushing attack to 90 yards and took an 11-3 victory. The Packers never got inside the Viking 25, gave up a safety and fell to 1-1-1 in the Central Division as Fred Cox booted three field goals in Minnesota's third straight victory without a defeat. Quarterback Jim Del Gaizo, making his first start since acquired from Miami in the preseason, completed only four of 14 passes for 36 yards under heavy Viking pressure. Chester Marcol's 42-yard field goal gave the Packers a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. But after Mike Eischetd's punt was downed at the Green Bay eight, Page and Wally Hilgenberg slammed into Lane to force the ball to spurt into the end zone where Brockington fell on it to prevent a possible Viking touchdown. Down 3-2, the Vikings took the punt after the safety and drove for Cox' 22-yard field goal and a 5-3 halftime lead. Page and others hit Lane at the Packer 15 after another deep Eischeid punt in the third quarter, forcing a fumble that Roy Winston picked up and ran to the 11 before Cox kicked his second goal from 13 yards out.
GREEN BAY -  0  3  0  0 -  3
MINNESOTA -  0  5  3  3 - 11
                       GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                   10            17
Rush-yards-TDs           30-90-0      43-206-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   7-20-80-0-1 12-16-109-0-1
Sacked-yards                1-10          3-31
Net pass yards                70            78
Total yards                  160           284
Fumbles-lost                 4-1           3-3
Turnovers                      2             4
Penalties-yards             5-52          4-33
SCORING
2nd - GB - Marcol, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - MINN - Safety, Lane tackled in end zone GREEN BAY 3-2
2nd - MINN - Fred Cox, 22-yard field goal MINNESOTA 5-3
3rd - MINN - Cox, 13-yard field goal MINNESOTA 8-3
4th - MINN - Cox, 14-yard field goal MINNESOTA 11-3
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 14-58, MacArthur Lane 14-36, Jim Del Gaizo 2-(-4)
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 16-89, Ed Marinaro 20-83, Fran Tarkenton 2-16, Brent McClanahan 3-14, Oscar Reed 1-3, Bill Brown 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jim Del Gaizo 14-4-36, Scott Hunter 6-3-44 1 INT
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 16-12-109 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 3-36, Jon Staggers 2-28, Rich McGeorge 1-10, John Brockington 1-6
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 5-62, Ed Marinaro 4-27, Stu Voight 2-19, John Ward 1-1
(NEW HAVEN, CT) - "It's the biggest field goal he ever made," said Green Bay Packers' Coach Dan Devine. But the man who kicked it didn't think it was much to fuss over. "If you can't make this kind you'd better pack your bags and go home," said Chester Marcol after his 32-yard boot cleared the uprights with one second left to play to propel the Packers to a 16-14 win. Twice in the third quarter when the Giant defense stopped the Packers, Marcol kicked field goals for 20 and 11 yards to give Green Bay a 13-7 lead. A 17-yard pass from Giant quarterback Norm Snead to Don Herrmann and a 20-yard run by the Packers' Jon Staggers on a reverse play accounted for the first half scoring. The Giants almost salvaged the game early in the fourth quarter when Bob Grim made a diving catch in the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Snead. It capped a 73-yard drive and gave New York a 14-13 lead. A field goal that the Giants didn't try for in the second quarter may have cost them the game. With fourth down on the Packer 24 and inches to go for a first down, coach Alex Webster chose to go for the yardage. Johnny Roland took a handoff from Snead and appeared to get the first down, but fumbled. The Giants recovered, but lost yardage on the bobble and the Packers took over.
GREEN BAY -  7  0  6  3 - 16
NY GIANTS -  7  0  0  7 - 14
                       GREEN BAY     NY GIANTS
First downs                   11            13
Rush-yards-TDs          37-125-1       25-57-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   7-11-82-0-2 21-28-181-2-2
Sacked-yards                 2-7           1-7
Net pass yards                75           174
Total yards                  200           231
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           5-2
Turnovers                      2             4
Penalties-yards             4-40          3-20
SCORING
1st - NY - Don Herrman, 17-yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick) NY GIANTS 7-0
1st - GB - Staggers, 20-yard run (Marcol kick) TIED 7-7
3rd - GB - Marcol, 20-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
3rd - GB - Marcol, 11-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-7
4th - NYG - Bob Grim, 10-yard pass from Snead (Gogolak kick) NEW YORK 14-13
4th - GB - Marcol, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 20-71, MacArthur Lane 15-31, Jon Staggers 1-20 1 TD, Jim Del Gaizo 1-3
NY GIANTS - Joe Orduna 14-40, Charlie Evans 10-17, Johnny Roland 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jim Del Gaizo 4-1-(-4) 2 INT, Scott Hunter 7-6-86
NY GIANTS - Norm Snead 28-21-181 2 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 3-43, Jon Staggers 2-32, John Brockington 2-7
NY GIANTS - Bob Tucker 8-95, Joe Orduna 6-44, Charlie Evans 4-10, Bob Grim 2-15 1 TD, Don Herrman 1-17 1 TD
(MILWAUKEE) - Jan Stenerud's 36-yard field goal midway through the final quarter gave Kansas City its tie. Defensive end Wilbur Young, a 6-6, 285-pounder, blocked a pair of Green Bay three-point attempts to keep Kansas City alive. "The first one hit my face and the second one hit my hand," explained Young. "I don't know if the kicks were low, but I'm kind of tall too." The Chiefs had a chance to win in the final minute until a penalty and a sack of Len Dawson took them out of field goal range. John Brockington gained 106 yards rushing, while Packer QB Jim Del Gaizo, who took over for an injured Scott Hunter, threw a touchdown pass to Jon Staggers.
KANSAS CITY -  7  0  0  3 - 10
GREEN BAY   -  0 10  0  0 - 10
                     KANSAS CITY     GREEN BAY
First downs                    9            16
Rush-yards-TDs           33-96-0      41-169-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  10-19-67-1-1 12-23-153-1-2
Sacked-yards                2-14           1-7
Net pass yards                53           146
Total yards                  149           315
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           0-0
Turnovers                      1             2
Penalties-yards             5-46          2-20
SCORING
1st - KC - Morris Stroud, 8-yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick) KANSAS CITY 7-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 46-yard field goal KANSAS CITY 7-3
2nd - GB - Staggers, 26-yard pass from Del Gaizo (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-10
4th - KC - Stenerud, 36-yard field goal TIED 10-10
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 15-106, MacArthur Lane 20-52, Perry Williams 4-7, Jim Del Gaizo 1-2, Don Highsmith 1-2
KANSAS CITY - Ed Podolak 15-49, Wendell Hayes 15-45, Jeff Kinney 2-1, Elmo Wright 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 11-6-64, Jim Del Gaizo 12-6-89 1 TD 2 INT
KANSAS CITY - Len Dawson 19-10-67 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 4-38, Leland Glass 3-31, Jon Staggers 2-39 1 TD, Rich McGeorge 1-28, Barry Smith 1-10, John Brockington 1-7
KANSAS CITY - Ed Podolak 6-30, Otis Taylor 2-24, Morris Stroud 1-8 TD, Jeff Kinney 1-5
Green Bay Packers player Dave Pureifory (#75) carries his helmet as he walks among fans to the practice field. Larry McCarren (#54) can be seen ahead of him in the distance. (Credit - Wisconsin Historical Society)
Week 7 - Detroit 34, Green Bay 0
Week 8 - Chicago 31, Green Bay 17
(LOS ANGELES) - The Los Angeles Rams have a new scoring threat as they prepare for next Sunday's battle with the Minnesota Vikings. The threat is DE Fred Dryer. That's right - Fred Dryer. Dryer became the first man in the NFL history to record two safeties - worth four points - when he dropped Green Bay quarterbacks Scott Hunter and Jim Del Gaizo in the end zone as the Rams beat the Packers 24-7. Green Bay had only six first downs against the Rams with 63 yards on offense - 35 by running and 28 by passing. The Packers' only touchdown came on a 23-yard halfback pass from MacArthur Lane to Barry Smith. On the other hand, the Rams had field goals of 44 and 40 yards by David Ray and a one-yard touchdown smash by Larry Smith capping an 80-yard drive that took 11 plays. Smith gamed 65 yards in 13 carries as he took over a starting job, replacing the injured Lawrence McCutcheon. He received a game ball, as did Dryer. Jim Bertelsen led the rushers with 99 yards in 19 carries and Rob Scribner, the rookie from UCLA chipped in with 63 in 10 late in the game. The Rams' led 20-7 late in the fourth quarter when Dryer added four points with his two safeties. It made it three for him in a five-year career. Packer CB Willie Buchanon suffered a possible fracture of the left leg defending against a pass.
GREEN BAY   -  0  0  7  0 -  7
LOS ANGELES -  0 10  3 11 - 24
                       GREEN BAY   LOS ANGELES
First downs                    6            21
Rush-yards-TDs           25-35-0      50-244-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   5-12-71-1-1 10-19-144-1-0
Sacked-yards                4-43          1-10
Net pass yards                28           134
Total yards                   63           378
Fumbles-lost                 3-1           2-1
Turnovers                      2             1
Penalties-yards             1-11          3-36
SCORING
2nd - LA - David Ray, 44-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 3-0
2nd - LA - Harold Jackson, 46-yard pass from John Hadl (Ray kick) LOS ANGELES 10-0
3rd - GB - Barty Smith, 23-yard pass from Lane (Marcol kick) LOS ANGELES 10-7
3rd - LA - Ray, 40-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 13-7
4th - LA - Larry Smith, 1-yard run (Ray kick) LOS ANGELES 20-7
4th - LA - Safety, Fred Dryer sacked Hunter in the end zone LOS ANGELES 22-7
4th - LA - Safety, Dryer sacked Del Gaizo in the end zone LOS ANGELES 24-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 8-18, Perry Williams 1-9, MacArthur Lane 12-8, Scott Hunter 2-1, Don Highsmith 1-1, Jon Staggers 1-(-2)
LOS ANGELES - Jim Bertelsen 19-99, Larry Smith 13-65 1 TD, Rob Scribner 10-63, Les Josephson 5-15, John Hadl 1-5, Dave Chapple 1-0, Harold Jackson 1-(-3)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 10-4-48 1 INT, MacArthur Lane 1-1-23 1 TD, Jim Del Gaizo 1-0-0
LOS ANGELES - John Hadl 19-10-144 1 TD 19-10-144 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jon Staggers 2-30, Barry Smith 1-23 1 TD, Mike Donohoe 1-10, John Brockington 1-8
LOS ANGELES - Larry Smith 3-18, Harold Jackson 2-55 1 TD, Jack Snow 2-33, Bob Klein 2-25, Rob Scribner 1-13
Week 9 - Green Bay 25, St. Louis 21
Week 11 - New England 33, Green Bay 24
Week 12 - Green Bay 30, New Orleans 10
Week 14 - Green Bay 21, Chicago 0
(DETROIT) - Last year Green Bay football fans said "The Pack is back." But with the NFL season half over, that slogan might be amended to say: "The Pack is way back." Green Bay, which climbed back into prominence last season by winning the Central Division title, had been struggling all year and continued their downward spiral with an embarrassing 34-0 loss to division rival Detroit. The two teams tied 13-13 six weeks ago. Green Bay has won only once since and its record has dipped to 2-3-2 compared with 2-4-1 for the Lions. "We didn't play well today and Detroit played well in all facets of the game," said Packer Coach Dan Devine. What has made the Packers fall apart? "We'll have to find out. I don't know at this point." said Devine, whose team managed just 60 yards on the ground. Detroit's offense hammered out 329 total yards, including a career-high 160 yards for Altie Taylor. The defense, meanwhile, held Green Bay star runners John Brockington and MacArthur Lane to just 33 and 14 yards respectively. Jim Del Gaizo started at quarterback for the Packers but left after suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Scott Hunter replaced him. Greg Landry started at quarterback for the Lions and led them to a 10-0 first period lead before injuring a knee. Bill Munson came in and guided the team to 24 more points. The Lions moved gingerly down the field nearly every time they had the ball. It took 11 plays for them to move 58 yards with their first possession, with Steve Owens driving over from the two for a touchdown. Blocking from Owens and right guard Bob Kowalkowski sprung Taylor loose on numerous sweeps. Jim O'Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal in the first period and a 30-yarder in the fourth for the Lions. The first one came five plays and 20 Taylor yards after a Pack punt gave the Lions the ball on the Green Bay 45. Perhaps the key play of the game came midway through the second period when the Packers were moving well for the first time. They reached the Detroit 45 and Devine elected to gamble on a fourth-and-one situation. Brockington was stopped for no gain and Detroit marched 55 yards in six plays with Mel Farr diving over from the one.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
DETROIT   - 10  7  0 17 - 34
                       GREEN BAY       DETROIT
First downs                    7            23
Rush-yards-TDs           25-60-0      56-263-3
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   6-19-29-0-1   7-12-84-1-1
Sacked-yards                2-26          2-18
Net pass yards                 3            66
Total yards                   63           329
Fumbles-lost                 3-2           2-1
Turnovers                      3             2
Penalties-yards             3-37          7-57
SCORING
1st - DET - Steve Owens, 2-yard run (Jim O'Brien kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - DET - O'Brien, 32-yard field goal DETROIT 10-0
2nd - DET - Mel Farr, 1-yard run (O'Brien kick) DETROIT 17-0
4th - DET - Altie Taylor, 9-yard run (O'Brien kick) DETROIT 24-0
4th - DET - O'Brien, 30-yard field goal DETROIT 27-0
4th - DET - John Hilton, 6-yard pass from Bill Munson (O'Brien kick) DETROIT 34-0
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 11-33, MacArthur Lane 10-14, Perry Williams 2-10, Don Highsmith 2-3
DETROIT - Altie Taylor 23-160 1 TD, Jim Hooks 5-44, Steve Owens 13-26 1 TD, Mel Farr 8-26 1 TD, Greg Landry 2-11, Lem Barney 1-7, Larry Walton 1-4, Bill Munson 2-0, Ron Jessie 1-(-15)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 10-1-(-4) 1 INT, Jim Del Gaizo 9-5-33
DETROIT - Greg Landry 2-2-19, Bill Munson 10-5-65 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Leland Glass 2-18, Rich McGeorge 2-11, MacArthur Lane 1-4, John Brockington 1-(-4)
DETROIT - Steve Owens 3-24, Charlie Sanders 1-22, Earl McCullouch 1-22, Mel Farr 1-10, John Hilton 1-6 1 TD
(GREEN BAY) - Bobby Douglass passed for 118 yards and ran for 100 more, including four short touchdown thrusts, sparking the Chicago Bears to a 31-17 victory over the fading Green Bay Packers. The Bears, down 17-7 in the second quarter, closed to within 17-10 on Mac Percival's 10-yard field goal two seconds before halftime. Douglass scored touchdowns on runs of one and two yards the first two times the Bears had the ball in the second half, triggering both drives with runs of 42 and 10 yards as Chicago took a 24-17 lead. Chicago's defense held Green Bay to seven yards in the second half after trailing 17-10 at the intermission. The Packers ended up with -12 net yards passing, second worst in team history. Chicago's Ike Hill returned a punt 72 yards, the top such punt return in the NFC in 1973.
CHICAGO   -  7  3 14  7 - 31
GREEN BAY -  7 10  0  0 - 17
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   21             8
Rush-yards-TDs          52-230-4      32-110-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 10-15-118-0-0   3-16-17-1-1
Sacked-yards                1-11          4-29
Net pass yards               107           -12
Total yards                  337            98
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           0-0
Turnovers                      3             1
Penalties-yards             6-66          6-81
SCORING
1st - CHI - Bobby Douglass, 1-yard run (Mac Percival kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - GB - Lane, 5-yard pass from Hunter (Marcol kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Hunter, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-7
2nd - CHI - Percival, 10-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-10
3rd - CHI - Douglass, 1-yard run (Percival kick) TIED 17-17
3rd - CHI - Douglass, 2-yard run (Percival kick) CHICAGO 24-17
4th - CHI - Douglass, 1-yard run (Percival kick) CHICAGO 31-17
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 16-66, MacArthur Lane 13-53, Perry Williams 1-(-4), Scott Hunter 2-(-5) 1 TD
CHICAGO - Bobby Douglass 19-100 4 TD, Carl Garrett 20-72, Jim Harrison 10-52, Joe Moore 2-5, Gary Kosins 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 15-3-17 1 TD 1 INT, Jerry Tagge 1-0-0
CHICAGO - Bobby Douglass 15-10-118
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 3-17 1 TD
CHICAGO - Craig Cotton 3-34, Earl Thomas 2-26, Carl Garrett 2-25, Roger Lawson 2-18, George Farmer 1-15
(GREEN BAY) - On the day Bart Starr had his jersey retired, it wasn't fancy, but it didn't have to be, not with John Brockington and his pad-pouding blockers back in form. The Green Bay Packers, averaging just 75 yards from scrimmage in three previous games, erupted for 305 behind home-grown quarterback Jerry Tagge. Brockington accounted for 137 yards, a personal season high, in 28 carries as Green Bay countered a St. Louis comeback with ball control and won 25-21. Atlanta reject Les Goodman, a rookie who had never carried in a regular-season game, added 56 yards in 11 attempts. Chester Marcol contributed four field goals to help the Packers snap a three-game losing streak. "I am sure the old Pack is back. They are going to win a lot more games," Cardinal coach Don Coryell said. The Cardinals, behind brilliant passing by Jim Hart, cut a 22-7 halftime deficit to 22-21 with 8:47 left. The Packers responded with a time-consuming, 64-yard, 11-play drive, culminating in Marcol's nine-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining. The Cardinals had one more chance, but lost the ball on downs at their 45-yard line when Terry Metcalf was stopped for no gain by linebackers Tom MacLeod and Fred Carr after taking a short pass from Hart. Tagge then ran out the clock and had a victory to show for his first NFL start. He had been summoned from the taxi squad with regular Scott Hunter performing inconsistently and Jim Del Gaizo on the inactive list with injury.
ST. LOUIS -  7  0  0 14 - 21
GREEN BAY - 10 12  0  3 - 25
                       ST. LOUIS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   19            21
Rush-yards-TDs           19-71-1      52-243-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 19-30-198-2-0   7-14-67-0-0
Sacked-yards                1-11           1-5
Net pass yards               187            62
Total yards                  258           305
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           3-1
Turnovers                      1             1
Penalties-yards             3-34          5-58
SCORING
1st - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Marcol, 12-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
1st - STL - Donny Anderson, 30-yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - GB - Tagge, 1-yard run (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 16-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 19-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 22-7
4th - STL - Ahmad Rashad, 23-yard pass from Hart (Bakken kick) GREEN BAY 22-14
4th - STL - Terry Metcalf, 2-yard run (Bakken kick) GREEN BAY 22-21
4th - GB - Marcol, 9-yard field goal GREEN BAY 25-21
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 28-137 1 TD, Les Goodman 11-56, MacArthur Lane 5-36, Larry Krause 1-8, Barry Smith 1-5, Jerry Tagge 6-1 1 TD
ST. LOUIS - Donny Anderson 6-39, Terry Metcalf 10-29 1 TD, Don Shy 2-3, Jim Otis 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 14-7-67
ST. LOUIS - Jim Hart 30-19-198 2 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jon Staggers 3-30, Les Goodman 2-19, John Brockington 1-10, MacArthur Lane 1-9
ST. LOUIS - Ahmad Rashad 6-90 1 TD, Terry Metcalf 6-23, Walker Gillette 4-42, Donny Anderson 2-24 1 TD, Jackie Smith 1-19
(NEW ENGLAND) - Put away all the signs "The Pack is Back." Change them all. How about "Plunk is no flunk?" Jim Plunkett, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Stanford, answered many critics in decisive fashion in rallying the New England Patriots to a 33-24 victory over the once-mighty Green Bay Packers. Struggling to regain his brilliant rookie form of 1971, Plunkett has been a chief target of radio talk shows in the Boston area. Many fans have urged he be traded to get badly needed help in many areas. Plunkett got off to a terrible start against Green Bay, but was not responsible for the Packers' quick 14-0 lead. That was on a drive with the opening kickoff and then a short march after a fumble recovery on the Patriots' first play from scrimmage. Plunkett got unwound in the second period, but was frustrated and had to settle for field goals from 19, 21 and 26 yards by Jeff White. In rallying the Patriots from a 24-9 deficit, he completed 18 of 32 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first 300-yard passing day for a Patriot quarterback since Babe Parilli did so in 1966. For Green Bay, Jerry Tagge completed 17 passes for 267 yards, but the Packers see their division title repeat hopes officially end.
GREEN BAY   - 14  3  7  0 - 24
NEW ENGLAND -  0  9 10 14 - 33
                       GREEN BAY   NEW ENGLAND
First downs                   15            23
Rush-yards-TDs           30-75-2      33-116-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-23-267-0-1 18-32-348-2-1
Sacked-yards                 1-4           1-8
Net pass yards               263           340
Total yards                  338           456
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           3-1
Turnovers                      2             2
Penalties-yards             5-36          1-15
SCORING
1st - GB - Brockington, 4-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - P.Williams, 6-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - NE - Jeff White, 19-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - NE - White, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-6
2nd - NE - White, 26-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-9
2nd - GB - Marcol, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-9
3rd - GB - Ellis, 47-yard interception return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 24-9
3rd - NE - Bob Windor, 28-yard pass from Jim Plunkett (White kick) GREEN BAY 24-16
3rd - NE - White, 18-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-19
4th - NE - Reggie Rucker, 63-yard pass from Plunkett (White kick) NEW ENGLAND 26-24
4th - NE - Plunkett, 1-yard run (White kick) NEW ENGLAND 33-24
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 16-35 1 TD, Perry Williams 11-35 1 TD, Jon Staggers 1-7, Jerry Tagge 1-2, Dick Gordon 1-(-4)
NEW ENGLAND - Mack Herron 14-43, Sam Cunningham 9-30, Darryl Stingley 1-18, Bob McCall 6-17, Jim Plunkett 3-8 1 TD
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 23-17-267 1 INT
NEW ENGLAND - Jim Plunkett 32-18-348 2 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jon Staggers 4-87, Rich McGeorge 4-54, Leland Glass 3-39, John Brockington 2-45, Barry Smith 2-28, Perry Williams 2-14
NEW ENGLAND - Reggie Rucker 5-108 1 TD, Bob Windsor 5-87 1 TD, Mack Herron 3-69, Darryl Stingley 3-50, Randy Vataha 1-32, Bob McCall 1-2
((SAN FRANCISCO) - The San Francisco 49ers, blessed by perfect weather and timely Green Bay mistakes, pulled out of the four-week slide which took them to NFL oblivion. "I feel like we've just won the Super Bowl," tight end Ted Kwalick said after Monday night's 20-6 nationally televised victory over the Packers, illustrating how bad things had gotten. Green Bay, another team on the skids, produced enough misplays to match some recent Super Bowls, and Coach Dan Devine moaned, "I'm sick to my stomach." But 49ers' Coach Dick Nolan attributed the victory to good defense, a strong running attack Jed by Vic Washington and some timely late passing by Steve Spurrier. The team produced 268 yards on offense and suffered just one turnover in breaking its four-game losing streak. "The weather conditions were perfect for passing," said Spurrier, as if apologizing for his 20-yard fourth period touchdown pass to Kwalick which put the Niners ahead 17-6. Rookie Joe Reed, who moved ahead of Spurrier and 33-year old John Brodie in the quarterback picture three weeks ago, completed just five of 16 passes for 44 yards before leaving with a pulled groin muscle. Washington rushed for 94 yards, scored the game's first touchdown on a one-yard plunge in the second period and added a 37-yard kickoff return. Fullback Ken Willard had 55 of the team's season-high 174 rushing yards. But it was too late to make much difference this season. The 49ers, winners of the Western Division the past three seasons, are 4-7 now and tied for third with New Orleans. The Packers, Central Division winners last season, fell to 3-6-2 and remained third. The game was a sellout, allowing 11,931 fans to stay home and watch on television. The crowd of 49,244 was the 49ers' smallest since Candlestick was expanded to its current 61,000 capacity last year.
GREEN BAY     -  0  3  0  3 -  6
SAN FRANCISCO -  0 10  0 10 - 20
                       GREEN BAY SAN FRANCISCO
First downs                   16            18
Rush-yards-TDs          36-131-0      39-174-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 14-26-147-0-3   9-21-94-1-0
Sacked-yards                4-23           0-0
Net pass yards               124            94
Total yards                  255           268
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           5-1
Turnovers                      3             1
Penalties-yards             9-92          4-37
SCORING
2nd - SF - Vic Washington, 1-yard run (Jeff Gossett kick) SAN FRANCISCO 7-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 35-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 7-3
2nd - SF - Gossett, 25-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 10-3
4th - GB - Marcol, 15-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 10-6
4th - SF - Ted Kwalick, 20-yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Gossett kick) SAN FRANCISCO 17-6
4th - SF - Gossett, 22-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 20-6
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 23-89, MacArthur Lane 10-30, Jerry Tagge 1-7, Perry Williams 2-5
SAN FRANCISCO - Vic Washington 21-94 1 TD, Ken Willard 13-55, Joe Reed 3-13, Steve Spurrier 1-10, Jimmy Thomas 1-3
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 18-10-107 2 INT, Jim Del Gaizo 7-4-40 1 INT, John Brockington 1-0-0
SAN FRANCISCO - Joe Reed 16-5-44, Steve Spurrier 5-4-50 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Rich McGeorge 2-41, Barry Smith 2-24, Leland Glass 2-23, Jon Staggers 2-18, Perry Williams 2-16, John Brockington 2-13, MacArthur Lane 2-12
SAN FRANCISCO - Danny Abramowicz 3-22, Ted Kwalick 2-31 1 TD, Vic Washington 2-22, Gene Washington 1-15, Ken Willard 1-4
(MILWAUKEE) - Jerry Tagge's 41-yard scoring run late in the third quarter and touchdowns by Al Matthews and Jim Carter on interception runbacks sparked the Green Bay Packers to a 30-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Green Bay mounted a 13-0 second quarter lead on two field goals by Chester Marcol and Matthews' 58-yard dash, then withstood a rally led by the passing and scrambling of Archie Manning to hand the Saints their fourth consecutive defeat. The Saints got on the scoreboard on a 22-yard field goal by Bill McClard seven seconds before halftime, then closed to within 13-10 in the third period on a 29-yard scoring pass by Manning to Jubilee Dunbar two plays after a Tagge fumble. However, rookie linebacker Tom Toner picked off a Manning pass moments later. On third and two from the Saints' 41, Tagge faked a handoff inside, kept the ball himself, circled the left corner and then cut back into the middle for a touchdown. Carter, Green Bay's middle linebacker, intercepted a Manning pass on the Saints' next series and streaked 42 yards down the right sideline for the clinching score. It was the Packers' first fourth-quarter touchdown since their season opener. Marcol booted his third field goal, a 33-yarder, midway through the fourth quarter. Second-year quarterback Bobby Scott replaced Manning after Carter's interception, but the Saints' last chance vanished when Joe Profit lost the ball on a fumble at the Packer 15 with 3:17 left.
NEW ORLEANS -  0  3  7  0 - 10
GREEN BAY   -  3 10  7 10 - 30
                     NEW ORLEANS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   16            13
Rush-yards-TDs          29-100-0      42-154-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-36-180-1-4  9-13-109-0-0
Sacked-yards                3-24           1-4
Net pass yards               156           105
Total yards                  256           259
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           2-2
Turnovers                      5             2
Penalties-yards              1-5          4-39
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 14-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Matthews, 58-yard interception return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 39-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-0
2nd - NO - Bill McClard, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-3
2nd - NO - Jubilee Dunbar, 29-yd pass from Archie Manning (McClard kick) GREEN BAY 13-10
3rd - GB - Tagge, 41-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 20-10
4th - GB - Carter, 42-yard interception return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 27-10
4th - GB - Marcol, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 30-10
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 22-74,Jerry Tagge 4-45 1 TD, MacArthur Lane 10-28, Perry Williams 4-9, Jon Staggers 2-(-2)
NEW ORLEANS - Archie Manning 7-35, Joe Profit 13-30, Jess Phillips 8-27, Lincoln Minor 1-8
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 13-9-109
NEW ORLEANS - Archie Manning 24-14-143 1 TD 3 INT, Bobby Scott 12-4-37 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 4-41, John Brockington 3-17, Rich McGeorge 1-44, Jon Staggers 1-7
NEW ORLEANS - John Beasley 8-73, Jess Phillips 5-37, Jubilee Dunbar 2-37 1 TD, Joe Profit 1-16, Doug Winslow 1-12, Lincoln Minor 1-5
(GREEN BAY) - The playoff-bound Vikings, led by two Fran Tarkenton touchdown passes and the running of rookie Chuck Foreman, showed no mercy for numerous Green Bay mistakes, crushing the Packers 31-7. The Vikings, rebounding from the first shutout loss in 11 years a week earlier, scored touchdowns following a fumble recovery, an interception, a short punt and a blocked field goal and then added a field goal after another interception. John Brockington provided the only real cause for joy among the Packers by rushing for 124 yards in 27 carries to climb over the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in as many years as a pro - a feat never before accomplished in the NFL. Brockington, who received a standing ovation when it was announced, has 1,002 yards with one game to go. But the hero of the game as far as the Vikings were concerned was CB Bobby Bryant who intercepted three Jerry Tagge passes and returned one of them 46 yards for a touchdown. Bryant's runback came came in the first quarter less than a minute after the Vikes took a 7-0 lead on a 21-yard TD pass from Tarkenton to Stu Voigt. That score came after Brockington fumbled the ball on his first cary of the game and Jeff Siemon recovered on the Packer 46 midway through the first period. The Vikings made it 21-0 with 4:50 gone in the second period when Foreman bolted 50 yards for a TD on the first play following a 23-yard Green Bay punt. Foreman, a leading candidate for rookie of the year honors, finished the day with 100 yards in 19 carries to give him 785 for the season. Minnesota increased its margin to 28-0 when Tarkenton connected with John Gilliam on a 20-yard scoring strike with 26 seconds left in the half. The score capped a 59-yard drive after Alan Page blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt by Chester Marcol. The Vikings finished their scoring midway through the third period when Fred Cox booted a 15-yard field goal, while the Packers finally got on the scoreboard when Jim Del Gaizo, replacing Tagge, passed 17 yards to rookie Barry Smith with less than two minutes left in the game. Tarkenton, who didn't play the second half, completed 8 of 12 passes for 79 yards.
MINNESOTA - 14 14  3  0 - 31
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  7 -  7
                       MINNESOTA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   10            17
Rush-yards-TDs          37-138-1      36-152-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  10-19-91-2-014-32-159-1-4
Sacked-yards                 1-8          1-11
Net pass yards                83           148
Total yards                  221           300
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           1-1
Turnovers                      0             5
Penalties-yards             2-10          4-37
SCORING
1st - MIN - Stu Voight, 21-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick) MINNESOTA 7-0
1st - MIN - Bobby Bryant, 46-yard interception return (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 14-0
2nd - MIN - Chuck Foreman, 50-yard run (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 21-0
2nd - MIN - John Gilliam, 20-yard pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 28-0
3rd - MINN - Cox, 15-yard field goal MINNESOTA 31-0
4th - GB - B.Smith, 17-yard pass from De Gaizo (Marcol kick) MINNESOTA 31-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 27-124, MacArthur Lane 8-26, Jerry Tagge 1-2
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 19-100 1 TD, Oscar Reed 8-18, Bill Brown 3-11, Brent McClanahan 5-8, Dave Osborn 2-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 25-10-98 3 INT, Jim Del Gaizo 7-4-61 1 TD 1 INT
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 12-8-79 2 TD, Bob Berry 7-2-12
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barry Smith 4-55 1 TD, Rich McGeorge 3-43, MacArthur Lane 2-1, Paul Staroba 1-23, Perry Williams 1-14, Leland Glass 1-8, John Brockington 1-8, Jon Staggers 1-7
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 3-21, John Gilliam 2-33 1 TD, Oscar Reed 2-4, Stu Voight 1-21 1 TD, Carroll Dale 1-9, Bill Brown 1-3
(CHICAGO) - Ever hear of the Disappointment Bowl? The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers played in it. Green Bay won 21-0, ending a disappointing season in next to last place in the Central Division with a 5-7-2 record. They were divisional champions last year. The Bears finished dead last with 3-11, and to say their season was a disappointment would be making the understatement of the year. "If I sit here and say I'm not disappointed I'd be a damn liar," said Bear Coach Abe Gibron. ''And a lot of the players feel the same way. Obviously, we've got a lot of things to do. Defensively, we could be pretty good. Offensively we have some problems." Coach Dan Devine of the Packers said, "I'll have to sit back now and rate the season ... I've got to say it was a disappointing season, but in the last four weeks we played much better than it looks although we won only two of the games. One reason we played better was that quarterback Jerry Tagge gained experience and our offensive line was a little healthier. We will go into the 1974 season with Tagge our quarterback." Was Devine glad the season was over? "I never have been glad when a season ends in my 26 years of coaching." he said. "A coach lives for a season." The Packers' only victory over a Central Division opponent this season was their triumph against the Bears, who had defeated them earlier in the campaign This provided some Green Bay satisfaction, along with the performance of John Brockington. He gained 142 yards in 22 rushes, boosting his total to 1,144 yards—the best in his three years as a pro. He has gained more than l,000 yards each year. In the second quarter, Brockington got off a 53-yard run before being knocked out of bounds near the Bear nine. His previous longest run as a pro was 52 yards against Denver in 1971. The 53-yard dash set up the Packers' second touchdown, scored by Les Goodman from the three. Tagge hit on only three out of 12 passes, but two of them were touchdown tosses of 20 and 36 yards to Jon Staggers in the first and fourth quarters. They were Tagge's first scoring passes as a pro. Meanwhile, the Bears' Gary Huff completed 10 of 27 aerials for 110 yards. The rookie was sacked five times for 42 yards but despite the beatings came back for more. The Bears penetrated Packer territory only four times. They reached the Green Bay 18 in the second period, mainly on Huff's 21-yard pass to Roger Lawson, but stalled. A 16-yard pass to George Farmer and a 25-yard run by Joe Moore carried the Bears to the 18 in the fourth. Then Huff was sacked for 10 yards. He made it up with a 15-yard toss to Ike Hill and the Bears eventually reached the 12, and that was as close as they came to scoring. As a team, the Packers rushed for 298 yards and set a team record with six fair catches.
GREEN BAY -  7  7  0  7 - 21
CHICAGO   -  0  0  0  0 -  0
                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO
First downs                   16            12
Rush-yards-TDs          53-298-1      36-125-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   3-12-72-2-1 10-27-110-0-1
Sacked-yards                 0-0          5-42
Net pass yards                72            68
Total yards                  370           193
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           3-2
Turnovers                      2             3
Penalties-yards             7-55          5-35
SCORING
1st - GB - Staggers, 20-yard pass from Tagge (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Goodman, 3-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
4th - GB - Staggers, 36-yard pass from Tagge (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 22-142, MacArthur Lane 19-101, Les Goodman 5-34 1 TD, Paul Staroba 1-11, Perry Williams 4-5, Jerry Tagge 2-5
CHICAGO - Joe Moore 11-52, Roger Lawson 13-39, Jim Harrison 5-17, Gary Huff 4-9, Reggie Sanderson 3-8
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 12-3-72 2 TD 1 INT
CHICAGO - Gary Huff 27-10-110 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jon Staggers 3-72 2 TD
CHICAGO - Reggie Sanderson 3-12, George Farmer 2-41, Roger Lawson 1-21, Earl Thomas 1-20, Ike Hill 1-15, Joe Moore 1-6, Jim Harrison 1-(-5)
BART STARR - PROFESSIONAL QUARTERBACK (1973): Bart Starr — Professional Quarterback seems to be geared towards America’s youth, like many other Starr biographies. After all, who was a better role model in his era? It was written by Hamilton “Tex” Maule, a writer and editor with Sports Illustrated at the time of publication. Not a well-known volume, but worthy of inclusion in any Packer fan’s library. (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and pictures)
VINCE LOMBARDI ON FOOTBALL (1973): One book (or set of books) you should have in your football library is Vince Lombardi on Football. This was released first in a two-volume boxed set, and then later with both combined in one bound volume (cover seen above). The amount of football knowledge contained in this book is staggering, and even if you don’t read anything, the collection of period photos is outstanding. You won’t be disappointed after purchasing this!  (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and pictures)
RETURN TO GLORY (1973): Green Bay’s Packers — Return to Glory was published following the team’s 1972 Central Division championship season, which saw them finish 10-4 and advance to the NFC playoffs. The fans thought this could be the revival of the organization to the winning habits of the Lombardi Era, this time under the command of head coach Dan Devine. New Packer heroes came to the forefront — QB Scott Hunter, RBs John Brockington and MacArthur Lane, LB Fred Carr, K Chester Marcol and more. Unfortunately, the championship quest came to an end in Washington with a 16-3 loss. The real “Return to Glory” would have to wait more than 20 years.  (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and pictures)
MEAN ON SUNDAY (1973):  “Ray Nitschke was not only the greatest middle linebacker in the history of professional football, he was also one of the most beloved of the extended and far-flung Green Bay Packer family. Mean on Sunday is Nitschke’s own story, as told to Robert Wells, prizewinning writer for the Milwaukee Journal. It follows Nitschke from his underprivileged boyhood in Chicago, through his playing days at East Proviso High School and the University of Illinois, and culminating with his extraordinary 15-year career with the Packers (1958-73).” — From the back cover of the second edition, 1998  (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and pictures)