Detroit (2-4-1) 34, Green Bay Packers (2-3-2) 0
Sunday October 28th 1973 (at Detroit)
(DETROIT) - Last year Green Bay football fans said "The Pack is back." But with the NFL season half over, that slogan might be amended to say: "The Pack is way back." Green Bay, which climbed back into prominence last season by winning the Central Division title, had been struggling all year and continued their downward spiral with an embarrassing 34-0 loss to division rival Detroit. The two teams tied 13-13 six weeks ago. Green Bay has won only once since and its record has dipped to 2-3-2 compared with 2-4-1 for the Lions. "We didn't play well today and Detroit played well in all facets of the game," said Packer Coach Dan Devine. What has made the Packers fall apart? "We'll have to find out. I don't know at this point." said Devine, whose team managed just 60 yards on the ground. Detroit's offense hammered out 329 total yards, including a career-high 160 yards for Altie Taylor. The defense, meanwhile, held Green Bay star runners John Brockington and MacArthur Lane to just 33 and 14 yards respectively. Jim Del Gaizo started at quarterback for the Packers but left after suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Scott Hunter replaced him. Greg Landry started at quarterback for the Lions and led them to a 10-0 first period lead before injuring a knee. Bill Munson came in and guided the team to 24 more points. The Lions moved gingerly down the field nearly every time they had the ball. It took 11 plays for them to move 58 yards with their first possession, with Steve Owens driving over from the two for a touchdown. Blocking from Owens and right guard Bob Kowalkowski sprung Taylor loose on numerous sweeps. Jim O'Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal in the first period and a 30-yarder in the fourth for the Lions. The first one came five plays and 20 Taylor yards after a Pack punt gave the Lions the ball on the Green Bay 45. Perhaps the key play of the game came midway through the second period when the Packers were moving well for the first time. They reached the Detroit 45 and Devine elected to gamble on a fourth-and-one situation. Brockington was stopped for no gain and Detroit marched 55 yards in six plays with Mel Farr diving over from the one.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
DETROIT   - 10  7  0 17 - 34
                       GREEN BAY       DETROIT
First downs                    7            23
Rush-yards-TDs           25-60-0      56-263-3
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   6-19-29-0-1   7-12-84-1-1
Sacked-yards                2-26          2-18
Net pass yards                 3            66
Total yards                   63           329
Fumbles-lost                 3-2           2-1
Turnovers                      3             2
Penalties-yards             3-37          7-57
SCORING
1st - DET - Steve Owens, 2-yard run (Jim O'Brien kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - DET - O'Brien, 32-yard field goal DETROIT 10-0
2nd - DET - Mel Farr, 1-yard run (O'Brien kick) DETROIT 17-0
4th - DET - Altie Taylor, 9-yard run (O'Brien kick) DETROIT 24-0
4th - DET - O'Brien, 30-yard field goal DETROIT 27-0
4th - DET - John Hilton, 6-yard pass from Bill Munson (O'Brien kick) DETROIT 34-0
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 11-33, MacArthur Lane 10-14, Perry Williams 2-10, Don Highsmith 2-3
DETROIT - Altie Taylor 23-160 1 TD, Jim Hooks 5-44, Steve Owens 13-26 1 TD, Mel Farr 8-26 1 TD, Greg Landry 2-11, Lem Barney 1-7, Larry Walton 1-4, Bill Munson 2-0, Ron Jessie 1-(-15)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Scott Hunter 10-1-(-4) 1 INT, Jim Del Gaizo 9-5-33
DETROIT - Greg Landry 2-2-19, Bill Munson 10-5-65 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Leland Glass 2-18, Rich McGeorge 2-11, MacArthur Lane 1-4, John Brockington 1-(-4)
DETROIT - Steve Owens 3-24, Charlie Sanders 1-22, Earl McCullouch 1-22, Mel Farr 1-10, John Hilton 1-6 1 TD