Minnesota Vikings (3-0) 11, Green Bay Packers (1-1-1) 3
Sunday September 30th 1973 (at Minnesota)
(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