New Orleans Saints (1-3) 20, Green Bay Packers (0-4) 19
Sunday October 12th 1975 (at New Orleans)
(NEW ORLEANS) - Rich Szaro, playing his first game in the NFL, kicked a 20-yard field goal with with 22 seconds left to give the New Orleans their first victory of the season. The Saints spotted Green Bay 16 points, including two Packer touchdowns in the first 1:05 of play, then came from behind to win it. Archie Manning engineered the first two offensive touchdown drives the Saints have managed this season, one for 80 yards and the other for 31 yards. Mike Strachan, who rushed 24 times for 105 yards, capped the 80-yard drive in the second quarter with a two-yard scoring dive, and Joel Parker caught an 11-yard scoring pass from Manning for the other Saints touchdown in the third quarter. Szaro's first field goal, from 36 yards out, came with 8:15 left in the game and put the Saints ahead for the first time, 17-16, but Joe Danelo kicked a 45-yard field goal with two minutes left to regain the lead for Green Bay, 19-17. Szaro, who played college ball at Harvard and played with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League, was signed four days ago to replace ousted kicker Bill McClard. The Packers, whose record is now 0-4, jumped to an early lead on Steve Odom's 93-yard touchdown runback on the opening kickoff. Three plays later Mike McCoy recovered a Manning fumble and scampered 19 yards into the end zone. Early in the second quarter, Saints P Mike Blanchard got a bouncing snap from center while trying to punt near his own 10 yard line and had to run into his own end zone where he was downed by Tom Toner for a Green Bay safety. New Orleans overwhelmed Green Bay in first downs, 26-8, and outgained the Packers in total yardage, 393-161. Manning completed 17 out of 39 passes for 191 yards. Saints RB Alvin Maxson ran 17 times for 89 yards. Packers QB John Hadl completed 11 of 20 passes for 66 yards. The Packers played most of the game without the services of their top running back John Brockington.
GREEN BAY   - 14  2  0  3 - 19
NEW ORLEANS -  0  7  7  6 - 20
                       GREEN BAY   NEW ORLEANS
First downs                    8            26
Rush-yards-TDs           27-98-0      45-223-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  11-20-66-0-0 17-39-189-1-0
Sacked-yards                 1-3          2-20
Net pass yards                63           169
Total yards                  161           392
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           4-3
Turnovers                      3             3
Penalties-yards             6-61          9-80
SCORING
1st - GB - Odom, 93-yard kickoff return (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - McCoy, 19-yard fumble recovery (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Safety, Toner tackled Tom Blanchard in the end zone GREEN BAY 16-0
2nd - NO - Mike Strachan, 2-yard run (Richie Szaro kick) GREEN BAY 16-7
3rd - NO - Joel Parker, 11-yard pass from Archie Manning (Szaro kick) GREEN BAY 16-14
4th - NO - Szaro, 36-yard field goal NEW ORLEANS 17-16
4th - GB - Danelo, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 19-17
4th - NO - Szaro, 20-yard field goal NEW ORLEANS 20-19
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terry Wells 13-72, Barty Smith 8-22, Willard Harrell 5-4, John Hadl 1-0
NEW ORLEANS - Mike Strachan 24-105 1 TD, Alvin Maxson 17-90, Archie Manning 3-16, Andrew Jones 1-12
PASSING
GREEN BAY - John Hadl 20-11-66
NEW ORLEANS - Archie Manning 39-17-189 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 3-35, Terry Wells 3-3, Rich McGeorge 2-25, Barty Smith 2-(-4), Willard Harrell 1-7
NEW ORLEANS - Andy Hamilton 4-75, Paul Seal 3-41, Joel Parker 3-27 1 TD, Mike Strachan 3-10, Larry Burton 2-32, Alvin Maxson 2-4