New England Patriots (3-7) 33, Green Bay Packers (3-5-2) 24
Sunday November 18th 1973 (at New England)
(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