Green Bay Packers (6-5) 34, San Diego Chargers (3-8) 0
Sunday November 24th 1974 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The irony wasn't lost on Eric Torkelson, a seldom heard from central figure in the blunder which cost the Packers Don Woods. Woods, cut by the Packers September 10 because they considered Torkelson the better of the two rookie running backs, has blossomed into a sensation for the Chargers. But Sunday it was Woods' turn to blunder, and Torkelson was quick to capitalize. When Woods fumbled the kickoff return at the Charger 29 yard line in the second quarter, Torkelson scooped up the ball and raced all the way to his first National Football League touchdown. It gave the Packers a 13-0 lead which snowballed to a 34-0 victory, their third in a row as their playoff hopes suddenly brightened. San Diego, 3-6, failed to cross midfield until 2:12 remained in the game after QB Dan Fouts left early in the second quarter with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. Doctors said Fouts is lost for the season. The Packers' resurgence has coincided with the arrival of veteran John Hadl in a controversial trade. Hadl completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards including a 24-yard touchdown strike to MacArthur Lane for a 27-0 third quarter lead. Green Bay took a 6-0 lead on two Chester Marcol field goals, the first set up by DE Clarence Williams' 23 yard runback of his first career interception. However, Torkelson's touchdown padded the lead to 13-0 less than two minutes before halftime. The Packers broke it open midway in the third quarter after a 46 yard pass from Jessie Freitas to Gary Garrison carried to Green Bay's 24. The play, however, was nullified by what was announced as an offensive interference penalty on Garrison. CB Ken Ellis intercepted on the next play and his 38 yard return for a touchdown made it 20-0. Hadl retired to the bench shortly after his scoring pass to Lane later in the period. Hadl's successor, Jack Concannon, completed the scoring by connecting with rookie Steve Odom on a 56 yard touchdown pass with 7:52 left.
SAN DIEGO -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY -  3 10 14  7 - 34
                       SAN DIEGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   13            15
Rush-yards-TDs          31-109-0       29-73-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  9-28-112-0-2 17-26-234-2-1
Sacked-yards                4-28          1-10
Net pass yards                84           224
Total yards                  193           297
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           0-0
Turnovers                      3             1
Penalties-yards             7-61          4-35
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - GB - Torkelson, 29-yard fumble recovery (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - GB - Ellis, 38-yard interception return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 20-0
3rd - GB - Lane, 24-yard pass from Hadl (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 27-0
4th - GB - Odom, 56-yard pass from Concannon (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 34-0
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 13-47, Barty Smith 7-16, Eric Torkelson 3-6, MacArthur Lane 6-4
SAN DIEGO - Don Woods 14-50, Bo Matthews 10-31, Tom Thompson 4-16, Jesse Freitas 1-9, Harrison Davis 1-2, Glen Bonner 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - John Hadl 22-14-157 1 TD 1 INT, Jack Concannon 4-3-77 1 TD
SAN DIEGO - Jesse Freitas 23-8-95 1 INT, Dan Fouts 5-1-17 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jon Staggers 6-80, Steve Odom 3-75 1 TD, John Brockington 3-20, MacArthur Lane 2-33 1 TD, Barry Smith 2-18, Eric Torkelson 1-8
SAN DIEGO - Gary Garrison 2-32, Dave Grannell 2-30, Jim Beirne 2-19, Wayne Stewart 2-18, Don Woods 1-13