Green Bay Packers (1-0) 23, New York Jets (0-1) 7
Monday September 17th 1973 (at Milwaukee)
(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