Minnesota Vikings (7-0) 28, Green Bay Packers (1-6) 17
Sunday November 2nd 1975 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Fran Tarkenton passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns, including a 19-yard strike to John Gilliam for the go-ahead score with 10:44 left, rallying the unbeaten Minnesota Vikings to a 28-17 win over Green Bay. Tarkenton completed 24 of 30 passes, seven to Gilliam for 98 yards. Gilliam beat cornerback Ken Ellis to grab Tarkenton's pass in the left corner of the Packer end zone as the Vikings, 7-0, took a 21-17 lead early in the final period. Viking S Paul Krause intercepted a John Hadl pass three plays later and returned 14 yards to the Packer 47. Tarkenton then directed the Vikings to an insurance touchdown score, passing 10 yards to Chuck Foreman with 4:54 left. Krause intercepted the 69th pass of his career, good for second place on the all-time NFL list, and returned 22 yards to the Minnesota 30 with two minutes left in the game. Green Bay, 1-6, took a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter as Barty Smith wrestled a seven-yard pass from Hadl away from LB Floyd Simpson and plunged into the Viking end zone. Smith rushed 16 times for 88 yards in relief of injured John Brockington. Smith gained 38 yards in five carries, including the final three, as the Packers drove 57 yards on their first series for a 7-7 tie. The Vikings marched 83 yards in 13 plays after the opening kickoff, scoring on a five-yard pass from Tarkenton to Stu Voigt. The Packers took a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter on Joe Danelo's 23-yard field goal, but a two-yard scoring run by Ed Marinaro gave the Vikings a 14-10 lead less than two minutes before halftime.
MINNESOTA -  7  7  0 14 - 28
GREEN BAY -  7  3  7  0 - 17
                       MINNESOTA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   23            15
Rush-yards-TDs          37-101-1      30-132-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 24-30-285-3-1 14-21-143-1-3
Sacked-yards                2-19          3-30
Net pass yards               266           113
Total yards                  367           245
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           0-0
Turnovers                      2             3
Penalties-yards             5-30          4-20
SCORING
1st - MIN - Stu Voight, 5-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick) MINNESOTA 7-0
1st - GB - Barty Smith, 3-yard run (Danelo kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Danelo, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - MINN - Ed Marinaro, 2-yard run (Cox run) MINNESOTA 14-10
3rd - GB - Barty Smith, 7-yard pass (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
4th - MIN - John Gilliam, 19-yard pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 21-17
4th - MIN - Chuck Foreman, 10-yard pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 28-17
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 16-88 1 TD, Willard Harrell 10-23, Steve Odom 1-12, John Brockington 1-9, John Hadl 2-0
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 25-72, Ed Marinaro 7-19 1 TD, Brent McClanahan 2-6, Dave Osborn 2-5, Fran Tarkenton 1-(-1)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - John Hadl 21-14-243 1 TD 3 INT
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 30-24-285 3 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 5-45 1 TD, Willard Harrell 3-20, Steve Odom 2-36, Rich McGeorge 2-15, Ken Payne 1-20, Bert Askson 1-7
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 9-93 1 TD, John Gilliam 7-98 1 TD, Ed Marinaro 4-63, Stu Voight 3-22 1 TD, Jim Lash 1-9