Green Bay Packers (5-7-2) 21, Chicago Bears (3-11) 0
Sunday December 16th 1973 (at Chicago)
(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)