Denver Broncos (2-0) 23, Green Bay Packers (0-2) 13
Monday September 29th 1975 (at Denver)
(DENVER) - The heralded duel between Green Bay quarterback John Hadl and Denver's Charlie Johnson never came off, nor did the running battle between John Brockington and Otis Armstrong. Both Johnson and Armstrong were sidelined early in Monday night's game, leaving it up to reserve quarterback Steve Ramsey and an alert Denver defense to star in the Broncos' 23-13 victory. Ramsey, thrust into.action late in the second quarter after Johnson suffered a split nail on the index finger of his throwing hand, passed 10 yards to Jack Dolbin for a touchdown and guided the Broncos into position for the clinching score, Jim Turner's third field goal of the game. The TD pass was made possible by LB Jim O'Malley's interception near midfield and return to the Packer 12-yard line. After Hadl passed the Packers to within 16-13 late in the game, LB Randy Gradishar came up with another defensive gem, picking off a Hadl pass and running 44 yards for a score with 40 seconds remaining. It was Hadl who almost singlehandedly made a game of it in the late stages. His aerial wizardry helped atone for a meager Packer ground game that accounted for just 71 yards in the face of a surprisingly sound Denver defense. Although he finished with 23 completions in 36 attempts for 273 yards, Hadl had to endure a frustrating first half in which he was sacked four times for losses of 31 yards. The Packers also lost CB Willie Buchanon for the season with a broken leg.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0 13 - 13
DENVER    -  0  6  7 10 - 23
                       GREEN BAY        DENVER
First downs                   22            18
Rush-yards-TDs           27-71-1      38-162-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 23-36-273-1-2 14-23-184-1-1
Sacked-yards                4-31           1-9
Net pass yards               242           175
Total yards                  313           337
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           4-1
Turnovers                      3             2
Penalties-yards             4-35          5-25
SCORING
2nd - DEN - Jim Turner, 35-yard field goal DENVER 3-0
2nd - DEN - Turner, 39-yard field goal DENVER 6-0
3rd - DEN - Jack Dolbin, 10-yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Turner kick) DENVER 13-0
4th - GB - Harrell, 1-yard pass from Hadl (Kick failed) DENVER 13-6
4th - DEN - Turner, 32-yard field goal DENVER 16-6
4th - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Pureifory kick) DENVER 16-13
4th - DEN - Randy Gradishar, 44-yard interception (Turner kick) DENVER 23-13
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 12-42, John Brockington 10-15 1 TD, Steve Odom 1-12, Terry Wells 4-2
DENVER - Jon Keyworth 14-59, Otis Armstrong 5-45, Floyd Little 9-32, Oliver Ross 7-12, Rick Upchurch 1-12, Billy Van Heusen 1-2, Steve Ramsey 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - John Hadl 36-23-273 1 TD 2 INT
DENVER - Charley Johnson 12-6-85, Steve Ramsey 11-8-99 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 12-167, John Brockington 5-48, Rich McGeorge 4-36, Willard Harrell 2-22 1 TD
DENVER - Jack Dolbin 4-53 1 TD, Billy Van Heusen 2-33, Rick Upchurch 2-29, Riley Odoms 1-19, Haven Moses 1-18, Otis Armstrong 1-10, Jon Keyworth 1-9, Floyd Little 1-7, Oliver Ross 1-6