San Francisco 49ers (4-7) 20, Green Bay Packers (3-6-2) 6
Monday November 26th 1973 (at San Francisco)
((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
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
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
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
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