1976 IN REVIEW
The Packers of 1976 were a prime example of why Bart Starr had asked the fans for patience at his first press conference as head coach. Except for a four-game stretch in
October, the team was nearly as ineffective as its counterparts from the year before. The team made a one-game improvement in its record (5-9), yet finished at the bottom
of the NFC Central Division for a second year in a row. Offensively, the team dropped from 23rd to 26th, coming in ahead of only the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and
Atlanta Falcons. Defensively, the team improved two notches to 14th overall, but allowed opponents to score more points in 1975. When the Packers generated more
rushing yards than their opponents, they usually won. In all but one instance, the team with the most rushing yards emerged victorious. The lone exception, the Vikings, who
slipped past the Packers 17-10 on November 21 despite being outrushed 146-100 yards.
THE 1976 SWINE FLU "EPIDEMIC"
During the last swine flu outbreak, in 1976, the government tried to convince every American to get vaccinated. And in Wisconsin, that effort included showing this
public service announcement featuring Johnnie Gray and Steve Luke of the Packers. The swine flu outbreak, also known as the swine flu fiasco, or the swine flu
debacle, was a strain of H1N1 influenza virus that appeared in 1976. Infections were only detected from January 19 to February 9, and were not found outside Fort
Dix. The outbreak is most remembered for the mass immunization that it prompted in the United States. The strain itself killed one person and hospitalized 13.
However, side-effects from the vaccine caused five hundred cases of Guillain–Barré syndrome and 25 deaths. The relatively benign disease outbreak and the
vaccine reactions produced some political and sociological fallout. The vaccination program have been attributed to the political climate associated with President
Ford's re-election campaign in 1976.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Ron Acks            57   LB 6- 2 225 Illinois         3  9 31 13 1974 FA - New England
Bert Askson         88   TE 6- 2 225 Texas Southern   2  4 30 14 1975 FA - NO (1973)
Bob Barber          70   DE 6- 3 240 Grambling        1  1 24 14 1976 Trade - Pittsburgh
David Beverly       11    P 6- 2 180 Auburn           2  3 26 14 1975 FA - Houston
John Brockington    42   RB 6- 1 225 Ohio State       6  6 27 14 1971 Draft - 1st round
Carlos Brown        19   QB 6- 3 210 Pacific          2  2 24 13 1975 Draft - 12th round
Willie Buchanon     28   CB 6- 0 190 San Diego State  5  5 25 14 1972 Draft - 1st round
Jim Burrow          41    S 5-11 180 Nebraska         1  1 26  3 1976 Draft - 8th round
Fred Carr           53   LB 6- 5 240 Texas-El Paso    9  9 30 14 1968 Draft - 1st round
Lynn Dickey         10   QB 6- 4 210 Kansas State     1  5 26 10 1976 Trade - Houston
Dick Enderle        67    G 6- 2 250 Minnesota        1  8 28  3 1977 FA - San Francisco
Gale Gillingham     68    G 6- 3 265 Minnesota       10 10 32 14 1966 Draft - 1st round
Johnnie Gray        24    S 5-11 185 Cal St-Fullerton 2  2 22 14 1975 FA
Jessie Green        86   WR 6- 2 185 Tulsa            1  1 22  1 1976 Draft - 10th round
Jim Gueno           51   LB 6- 2 220 Tulane           1  1 22 14 1976 Draft - 9th round
Charlie Hall        44   CB 6- 1 190 Pittsburgh       6  6 28 14 1971 Draft - 3rd round
Don Hansen          58   LB 6- 2 220 Illinois         1 10 32 12 1976 Trade - Seattle
Willard Harrell     40   RB 5- 9 182 Pacific          2  2 23 13 1975 Draft - 3rd round
Dick Himes          72    T 6- 4 260 Ohio State       9  9 30 14 1968 Draft - 3rd round
Bob Hyland          55    C 6- 5 255 Boston College   4 11 31 14 1976 FA - Giants (1975)
Mel Jackson         71    G 6- 1 267 USC              1  1 22 13 1976 Draft - 12th round
Randy Johnson       16   QB 6- 3 205 Texas A&I        1 10 32  3 1976 FA - Wash (1975)
Steve Knutson       60    T 6- 3 254 USC              1  1 24 12 1976 FA
Mark Koncar         79    T 6- 5 268 Colorado         1  1 23 14 1976 Draft - 1st round
Bob Lally           58   LB 6- 2 230 Cornell          1  1 24  2 1976 FA
Steve Luke          46   DB 6- 2 205 Ohio State       2  2 22 14 1975 Draft - 4th round
Chester Marcol      13    K 6- 0 190 Hillsdale        5  5 26 14 1972 Draft - 2nd round
Larry McCarren      54    C 6- 3 248 Illinois         4  4 24 14 1973 Draft - 12th round
Mike C. McCoy       29   CB 5-11 183 Colorado         1  1 23 14 1976 Draft - 3rd round
Mike P. McCoy       76   DT 6- 5 275 Notre Dame       7  7 27 14 1970 Draft - 1st round
Rich McGeorge       81   TE 6- 4 230 Elon             7  7 27 14 1970 Draft - 1st round
Steve Odom          84   WR 5- 8 174 Utah             3  3 23 12 1974 Draft - 5th round
Dave Osborn         41   RB 6- 0 208 North Dakota     1 12 33  6 1976 FA - Minn (1975)
Ken Payne           85   WR 6- 1 185 Langston         3  3 25 14 1974 Draft - 6th round
Tom Perko           56   LB 6- 3 233 Pittsburgh       1  1 22 14 1976 Draft - 4th round
Dave Pureifory      75   DE 6- 1 255 E. Michigan      5  5 27 14 1972 Draft - 6th round
Alden Roche         87   DE 6- 4 255 Southern         6  7 31 14 1971 Trade - Denver
Dave Roller         74   DT 6- 2 270 Kentucky         2  3 26 14 1975 FA - S. Cal (WFL)
Barty Smith         33   FB 6- 3 240 Richmond         3  3 24  8 1974 Draft - 1st round
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August 28th
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October 3rd
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November 28th
1976 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
MAR 30 - Lost WR Barry Smith (Tampa Bay), LB Ken Hucherson (Seattle) and S Al Matthews (Seattle) in the NFL expansion draft
APR 1 - Signed RB Ken Grandberry (S.CALIFORNIA-WFL), RB Cliff Taylor (CHICAGO), CB Derrick Williams (LOS ANGELES), OT Steve Knutson (ATLANTA), G Larry Butler (CHARLOTTE-WFL), OT Phil Brazeau (PORTLAND-WFL), DT Chris Stecher (PORTLAND-WFL), WR Steve Haggerty (HAWAII-WFL) and RB Howard Strickland (S.CALIFORNIA-WFL)
APR 2 - Traded QB John Hadl, DB Ken Ellis, a 1976 4th-round draft choice (through Philadelphia-WR Steve Largent) and a 1977 3rd-round choice (RB Tim Wilson) to HOUSTON for QB Lynn Dickey
JUN 11 - Acquired WR Earl Thomas from ST. LOUIS for an undisclosed draft choice. Signed RB Tom Jakubowski, LB Jerry Dandridge (15th round), K Tim Black, OT Larry Johnson and P-K Bruce Barnes
JUL 15 - Released RB Tim Jakubowski
JUL 20 - Waived K Tim Black and RB Ken Grandberry
JUL 30 - LB Larry Hefner retired
AUG 2 - Signed WR Ron Mayo. OG Jim Miller retired. Placed DT Chris Stecher (knee) and LB Jerry Dandridge (knee) on injured reserve. Released P-K Bruce Barnes, C Bill Cooke, WR John Green, TE Ray Hall (17th round) and DE Larry Johnson (59 player - 2 All-Stars)
AUG 3 - Placed WR Earl Thomas (did not report) on reserve list (61 players - 2 All-Stars)
AUG 13 - Released WR Curtis Leak (11th round)
AUG 18 - Traded a 1977 4th-round draft choice (C Ted Petersen) to PITTSBURGH for DE Bob Barber
AUG 23 - Waived RB Terry Wells, DE Drew Taylor, WR Ron Mayo, WR Nate Hawkins and LB Tom Hull. Placed WR Gerald Tinker (knee) on injured reserve and DB Jim Burrow (knee) on 15-day inactive list (51 players)
AUG 26 - Traded a 1977 12th-round draft choice (LB Rod Martin) to OAKLAND for WR Ollie Smith
AUG 31 - Traded OG Bill Bain to DENVER for a 1977 3rd-round draft choice (G Rick Scribner)
SEPT 6 - Traded K Joe Danelo to NEW YORK GIANTS for a 1978 10th-round draft choice (C Mark Totten) and a 1977 7th-round (C Derrel Gofourth). Placed LB Jim Carter (broken arm), WR Aundra Thompson (back), DB Derrick Williams (broken leg), OL Keith Wortman and QB Don Milan (wrist) on injured reserve. Waived DT Steve Okoniewski and RB John Henson (14th round) (43 players)
SEPT 15 - Traded an undisclosed draft choice to PHILADELPHIA for WR Don Zimmerman
SEPT 21 - Purchased LB Don Hansen from SEATTLE for cash
1976 Packers Uniform
Bengals at Packers
July 31st
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Ollie Smith         89   WR 6- 3 200 Tennessee State  1  3 27 13 1976 Trade - Oakland
Perry Smith         45   CB 6- 1 195 Colorado State   4  4 25 13 1973 FA - Oakland
Ken Starch          32   RB 5-11 219 Wisconsin        1  1 22  6 1976 FA
Cliff Taylor        27   RB 6- 0 195 Memphis State    1  2 24  7 1976 FA - Chi (1974)
Tom Toner           59   LB 6- 3 235 Idaho State      3  3 26 11 1973 Draft - 6th round
Eric Torkelson      26   RB 6- 2 194 Connecticut      3  3 24 14 1974 Draft - 11th round
Bruce Van Dyke      61    G 6- 2 255 Missouri         3 11 32 14 1974 Trade - Pittsburgh
Steve Wagner        21    S 6- 2 208 Wisconsin        1  1 22 11 1976 FA
Gary Weaver         52   LB 6- 1 225 Fresno State     2  4 27 14 1975 FA - Oak (1974)
Clarence Williams   83   DE 6- 5 255 Prairie View     7  7 29 14 1970 Trade - Dallas
Don Zimmerman       80   WR 6- 3 195 NE Louisiana     1  4 26  2 1976 Trade - Phil
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age on September 1 G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1976 PACKERS DRAFT (April 8-9, 1976)
RND-PCK NAME                POS COLLEGE
1a     8 Traded to Los Angeles in John Hadl trade     
1b    23 Mark Koncar (A)     OT Colorado
2     39 Traded to Los Angeles in John Hadl trade
3a    70 Traded to Pittsburgh in Bruce Van Dyke trade
3b    72 Mike C. McCoy (B)   DB Colorado              
4a   101 Tom Perko           LB Pittsburgh            
4b   117 Traded to Houston in Lynn Dickey trade (C)   
5    132 Aundra Thompson     RB East Texas State      
6    166 Traded to Houston in Paul Robinson trade     
7    192 Traded to Cincinnati in Pat Matson trade     
8    218 Jim Burrow          DB Nebraska 
9    245 Jim Gueno           LB Tulane 
10   274 Jessie Green        WR Tulsa 
11   301 Curtis Leak         WR Johnson C. Smith 
12   328 Mel Jackson         OG USC
13   355 Bradley Bowman      DB S. Mississippi
14   386 John Henson         RB Cal Poly-SLO
15   413 Jerry Dandridge     LB Memphis State 
16   440 Mike Timmermans     OG Northern Iowa 
17   467 Ray Hall            TE Cal Poly-SLO
A-From Oakland for Ted Hendricks (1975) B-From Kansas City in MacArthur Lane trade (1975) C-Acquired from Philadelphia in Bill Lueck trade (1975)
Bold Italics - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1976 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (2-4)
JULY (0-1)                              RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
31 G-CINCINNATI BENGALS                L 17-23      0- 1-0 50,245 Lynn Dickey              Barty Smith (24)            Lynn Dickey (145)           Eric Torkelson (3-49)
AUGUST (2-2)
7  M-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS              W 10- 6      1- 1-0 53,421 Carlos Brown             Willard Harrell (73)        Don Milan (78)              Jessie Green (2-32)
15 at New England Patriots             W 16-14      2- 1-0 28,448 Carlos Brown             Willard Harrell (55)        Carlos Brown (148)          Steve Odom (3-82)
20 at Buffalo Bills                    L  0-37      2- 2-0 33,706 Carlos Brown             Willard Harrell (25)        Carlos Brown (77)           Ken Payne (2-150
28 G-NEW YORK GIANTS                   L 16-20      2- 3-0 56,267 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (54)        Lynn Dickey (137)           Willard Harrell (4-43)
SEPTEMBER (0-1)
3  M-ATLANTA FALCONS                   L  7-26      2- 4-0 54,989 Lynn Dickey              John Brockington (27)       Lynn Dickey (182)           Eddie Beil (3-51)
1976 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (5-9)
SEPTEMBER (0-3)
12 G-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-0)         L 14-26      0- 1-0 54,628 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (43)        Lynn Dickey (119)           Willard Harrell (4-13)
19 at St. Louis Cardinals (1-0)        L  0-29      0- 2-0 48,842 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (23)        Lynn Dickey (104)           Barty Smith (3-10)
26 at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)         L  7-28      0- 3-0 44,103 Lynn Dickey              John Brockington (26)       Lynn Dickey (45)            Rich McGeorge (2-28)
OCTOBER (3-2)
3  G-DETROIT LIONS (1-2)               W 24-14      1- 3-0 54,758 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (111)       Willard Harrell (40)        Steve Odom (2-45)
10 M-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (0-5)            W 27-20      2- 3-0 54,983 Lynn Dickey              Barty Smith (84)            Lynn Dickey (215)           Ken Payne (6-64)
17 G-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-3)         W 28-13      3- 3-0 55,115 Lynn Dickey              Barty Smith (51)            Lynn Dickey (226)           Willard Harrell (3-91)
24 at Oakland Raiders (5-1)            L 14-18      3- 4-0 52,232 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (41)        Lynn Dickey (303)           Ken Payne (6-120)
31 at Detroit Lions (3-4)              L  6-27      3- 5-0 74,582 Lynn Dickey              Barty Smith (67)            Lynn Dickey (93)            Rich McGeorge (4-29)
NOVEMBER (1-3)
7  M-NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-7)          W 32-27      4- 5-0 52,936 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (52)        Lynn Dickey (138)           Ken Payne (3-35)
14 at Chicago Bears (4-5)              L 13-24      4- 6-0 52,907 Lynn Dickey              John Brockington (71)       Lynn Dickey (181)           Steve Odom (6-92)
21 M-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-1-1)         L 10-17      4- 7-0 53,104 Carlos Brown             John Brockington (51)       Carlos Brown (82)           Ken Payne (3-29)
28 G-CHICAGO BEARS (5-6)               L 10-16      4- 8-0 56,267 Carlos Brown             Carlos Brown (22)           Carlos Brown (125)          Ollie Smith (4-121)
DECEMBER (1-2)
5  at Minnesota Vikings (9-2-1)        L  9-20      4- 9-0 43,700 Carlos Brown             John Brockington (27)       Carlos Brown (93)           Ollie Smith (4-47)
12 at Atlanta Falcons (4-9)            W 24-20      5- 9-0 23,116 Randy Johnson            John Brockington (89)       Randy Johnson (165)         Ollie Smith (5-91)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
(GREEN BAY) - Ed Williams ran two yards with just 15 seconds left to lead the Bengals over the Packers. Williams' run came after a 76-yard drive by quarterback Ken Reaves. Mirro Roder kicked the extra point. Green Bay's new quarterback, Lynn Dickey, completed 12 of 15 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown. After rookie M.C. McCoy returned the opening kickoff to the 32, Dickey led the Packers to a touchdown in a 14- play drive that consumed more than eight minutes. On the next play, Brockington scored on a one-yard plunge. Joe Danelo kicked the first of two extra points. The Packers scored again on Dickey's 32-yard pass to Eric Torkelson.
CINCINNATI -  0  3 13  7 - 23
GREEN BAY  -  7  7  0  3 - 17
                      CINCINNATI     GREEN BAY
First downs                   24            18
Rush-yards                44-146         29-70
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 19-23-172-0-0 14-19-192-1-1
Total yards                  318           262
Fumbles-lost                 4-2           2-1
Turnovers                      2             2
Yards penalized             8-72         11-71
SCORING
1st - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Torkelson, 32-yard pass from Dickey (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - CIN - Mirro Roder, 17-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-3
3rd - CIN - Ed Williams, 1-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 14-9
3rd - CIN - Archie Griffin, 3-yard run (Roder kick) CINCINNATI 16-14
4th - GB - Danelo, 20-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-16
4th - CIN - Williams, 2-yard run (Roder kick) CINCINNATI 23-17
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 7-24, John Brockington 8-20 1 TD, Willard Harrell 5-16, Eric Torkelson 4-7, John Henson 2-7, Carlos Brown 1-1, Howard Strickland 2-(-5)
CINCINNATI - Archie Griffin 12-49 1 TD, Ed Williams 8-30 2 TD, Boobie Clark 11-25, Tony Davis 6-24, Levill Elliott 6-9, John Reaves 1-9
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 15-12-145 1 TD, Carlos Brown 3-1-24 1 TD, Don Milan 1-1-23
CINCINNATI - Ken Anderson 9-8-91, John Reaves 14-11-81
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Eric Torkelson 3-49 1 TD, Steve Odom 3-32, Ken Payne 2-26, Rich McGeorge 2-25, John Brockington 2-15, Jessie Green 1-23, Barty Smith 1-2
CINCINNATI - John McDaniel 4-43, Isaac Curtis 3-34, Chip Myers 2-20, Ed Williams 2-16, Tony Davis 2-15, Boobie Clark 2-9, Archie Griffin 2-5, Bob Trumpy 1-25, Lenvil Elliott 1-15
(MILWAUKEE) - Reserve Don Milan led a pair of scoring drives and an interception by Perry Smith blunted a Tampa rally, lifting the Green Bay Packers over the young Buccaneers Saturday night. Milan directed a 52-yard second-quarter drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Barty Smith as the Packers took the lead to stay at 7-0. Will Harrell carried seven times for 28 yards to spark the march. Milan passed for gains of 11 and 18 yards to Eddie Bell and to rookie Jessie Green for 15, as the Packers marched to a first down at the Tampa nine early in the third quarter before settling for a 24-yard field goal by Joe Danelo.
TAMPA BAY -  0  0  6  0 -  6
GREEN BAY -  0  7  3  0 - 10
                       TAMPA BAY     GREEN BAY
First downs                   11            20
Rush-yards                40-139        46-165
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   6-14-36-0-2  8-19-120-1-1
Yards Sacked                   0             9
Net Passing Yards             36           111
Total yards                  175           276
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           1-1
Turnovers                      2             2
Yards penalized             5-55          5-45
SCORING
2nd - GB - Barty Smith, 1-yard run (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
3rd - GB - Danelo, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
3rd - TB - Vince Kendrick, 1-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 10-6
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 16-73, Eric Torkelson 8-21, John Brockington 6-20, Barty Smith 9-19 1 TD, Don Milan 2-8, Aundra Thompson 3-7, Carlos Brown 1-5, John Henson 1-2
TAMPA BAY - Louis Carter 13-43, Vince Kendrick 11-35 1 TD, Parnell Dickenson 3-23, Essex Johnson 5-16, Manfred Moore 6-14, Steve Spurrier 2-8
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Carlos Brown 11-3-42 1 INT, Don Milan 8-5-78
TAMPA BAY - Parnell Dickenson 9-3-22 2 INT, Steve Spurrier 5-3-14
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jessie Green 2-32, Ken Payne 2-30, Eddie Bell 2-29, John Henson 1-17, John Brockington 1-12
TAMPA BAY - Louis Carter 2-8, Vince Kendrick 1-11, Barry Smith 1-10, Morris LaGrand 1-6, Manfred Moore 1-1
(NEW ENGLAND) - The toe of Chester Marcol and a touchdown pass from Carlos Brown to Steve Odom enabled the Green Bay Packers to outlast the New England Patriots Sunday night. Marcol, who missed all but the opening game last season because of a leg injury, booted field goals of 37, 36 and 32 yards and kicked an extra point to lead the Packers' scoring. The kicks and Brown's 56-yard toss came in the first half of the game. The Patriots also completed their scoring in the first two quarters on a 46-yard pass from quarterback Steve Grogan to veteran Randy Vataha and an eight-yard burst up the middle by Sam Cunningham. Green Bay Coach Bart Starr alternated five running backs throughout the game but used Brown throughout. It was Brown's first start in 2 1/2 years with the Packers.
GREEN BAY   -  3 13  0  0 - 16
NEW ENGLAND -  0 14  0  0 - 14
                       GREEN BAY   NEW ENGLAND
First downs                   14            17
Rush-yards                38-133        34-130
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 10-19-148-1-1 15-26-216-1-2
Yards Sacked                  51            19
Net Passing Yards             97           197
Total yards                  230           327
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           5-4
Turnovers                      2             6
Yards penalized             5-36          6-65
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 36-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - GB - Odom, 56-yard pass from Brown (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 13-0
2nd - NE - Randy Vataha, 46-yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick) GREEN BAY 13-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-7
2nd - NE - Sam Cunningham, 8-yard run (Smith kick) GREEN BAY 16-14
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 14-55, John Brockington10-36, Barty Smith 5-14, Eric Torkelson 4-11, Ken Payne 1-7, Cliff Taylor 3-5, Carlos Brown 1-5
NEW ENGLAND - Sam Cunningham 18-82 1 TD, Andy Johnson 13-35, Lake 1-0, Steve Grogan 2-13
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Carlos Brown 19-10-148 1 TD 1 INT
NEW ENGLAND - Steve Grogan 26-15-216 1 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Steve Odom 3-82 1 TD, Rich McGeorge 3-27, Ken Payne 2-25, John Brockington 2-17, Eric Torkelson 1-1
NEW ENGLAND - Randy Vataha 4-119 1 TD, Andy Johnson 4-26, Sam Cunningham 3-15, Russ Francis 3-49, Ricky Feacher 1-7
(BUFFALO) - Quarterback Joe Ferguson, having signed a new contract earlier in the day, threw a pair of touchdown passes Friday night to lead the Buffalo Bills past the Packers Friday night. Ferguson, who signed the multi-year deal to kill speculation he was playing out his option, entered the game in the third quarter with Buffalo on top 16-0 and hit wide receiver Bob Chandler with scoring passes of nine and four yards. Gary Marangi, who has been Ferguson's backup the last two seasons, directed Buffalo to its first half lead. The Bills overpowered the Packers as they marched up and down Rich Stadium for 34 first downs while limiting Green Bay to seven. The final Bills' TD came on the last play of the game when Ike Harrison intercepted a pass by Green Bay's Dennis Shaw and ran it back 36 yards.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
BUFFALO   -  7  9  7 14 - 37
                       GREEN BAY       BUFFALO
First downs                    7            36
Rush-yards                 17-59        57-240
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   9-28-90-0-2 22-30-237-2-1
Yards Sacked                   3             0
Net Passing Yards             87           237
Total yards                  146           477
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           4-0
Turnovers                      3             1
Yards penalized            11-73          6-45
SCORING
1st - BUF - Darnell Powell, 1-yard run (John Leypoldt kick) BUFFALO 7-0
2nd - BUF - Jim Braxton, 1-yard run (Kick failed) BUFFALO 13-0
2nd - BUF - Ian Sunter, 28-yard field goal BUFFALO 16-0
3rd - BUF - Bob Chandler, 9-yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Leypoldt kick) BUFFALO 23-0
4th - BUF - Chander, 4-yard pass from Ferguson (Sunter kick) BUFFALO 30-0
4th - BUF - Ike Harrison, 36-yard interception return (Leypoldt kick) BUFFALO 37-0
​RUSHING LEADERS
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 6-25, John Brockington 6-12
BUFFALO - Jim Braxton 21-84 1 TD, Vic Washington 10-40
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Carlos Brown 23-7-77 1 INT, Dennis Shaw 5-2-13 1 INT
BUFFALO - Gary Marangi 22-14-162 1 INT, Joe Ferguson 8-8-75 2 TD
RECEIVING LEADERS
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 2-15, Rich McGeorge 1-13
BUFFALO - Bob Chandler 8-78 2 TD, John Holland 6-15
(GREEN BAY) - Halfback Gordon Bell hit off tackle, broke to the right sideline and scored on an 11- ard run with 43 seconds left to play Saturday night to give the New York Giants a victory over the Packers. The loss before 56,267 fans at Lambeau Field in the 16th annual Bishop's Chanties game left the Packers with a 2-3 exhibition record The Giants are 4-1. The Packers started the game by repeating last week's pattern of ineptitude. Derrick Williams couldn't handle the opening kick off and ended up falling on the ball at the 10 yard line Then after quarterback Lynn Dickey scrambled for a first down, the offense was guilty of two consecutive penalties. Willard Harrell and defensive back Johnnie Gray were named most valuable players on offense and defense respectively. Harrell caught four passes for 43 yards, picked up 54 yards in 11 rushing attempts and had two punt returns for 29 yards.
NY GIANTS -  3  3  0 14 - 20
GREEN BAY -  3  3 10  0 - 16
                       NY GIANTS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   13            14
Rush-yards                41-164        32-135
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 12-22-101-0-0 13-25-146-1-2
Yards Sacked                   9            56
Net Passing Yards             92            90
Total yards                  256           225
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           2-1
Turnovers                      0             3
Yards penalized             6-40          7-60
SCORING
1st - NYG - George Hunt, 37-yard field goal NY GIANTS 3-0
1st - GB - Marcol, 36-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - NYG - Hunt, 34-yard field goal NY GIANTS 6-3
2nd - GB - Marcol, 39-yard field goal TIED 6-6
3rd - GB - Odom, 24-yard pass from Dickey (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 13-6
3rd - GB - Danelo, 43-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-6
4th - NYG - George Martin, 15-yard interception return (Hunt kick) GREEN BAY 16-13
4th - NYG - Gordon Bell, 11-yard run (Hunt kick) NY GIANTS 20-16
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 11-54, John Brockington 13-41, Steve Odom 1-14, Cliff Taylor 2-13, Lynn Dickey 3-9, Eric Torkelson 1-2, John Henson 3-2
NY GIANTS - Marsh White 13-51, Gordon Bell 9-50 1 TD, Larry Watkins 9-28, Jerry Golsteyn 2-18, Doug Kotar 5-14, Craig Morton 2-3, David Jaynes 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 18-12-137 1 TD, Carlos Brown 7-1-9 2 INT
NY GIANTS - Craig Morton 15-9-86, Jerry Golsteyn 7-3-15
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 4-43, Rich McGeorge 3-41, Cliff Taylor 2-9, John Brockington 2-7, Steve Odom 1-24 1 TD, Ken Payne 1-22
NY GIANTS - Gordon Bell 5-40, Bob Tucker 3-38, Jim Robinson 1-14, Gary Shirk 1-8, Doug Kotar 1-3, Danny Buggs 1-(-2)
(MILWAUKEE) - Steve Bartkowski passed for two touchdowns and Nick Mike-Mayer kicked two field goals to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 26-7 victory over the Packers at the Annual Midwest Shrine game Friday night. Mike-Mayer kicked field goals of 41 and 34 yards and Bartkowski passed 28 yards to Dave Hampton in the second period and 37 yards to Wallace Francis in the fourth in a game dominated by the Atlanta offense. The final Falcon touchdown came on a 16-yard interception return of a Lynn Dickey pass by linebacker Tommy Nobis.
ATLANTA   -  3  0  7 14 - 27
GREEN BAY -  7  9  7  3 -  6
                         ATLANTA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   17            14
Rush-yards                39-189         28-84
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 16-29-235-2-0 16-42-196-1-3
Yards Sacked                   8            39
Net Passing Yards            227           157
Total yards                  416           241
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           0-0
Turnovers                      3             3
Yards penalized             8-85          3-29
SCORING
1st - ATL - Nick Mike-Mayer, 41-yard field goal ATLANTA 3-0
2nd - ATL - Dave Hampton, 28-yd pass from Steve Bartkowski (Kick failed) ATLANTA 9-0
3rd - ATL - Mike-Mayer, 34-yard field goal ATLANTA 12-0
4th - ATL - Wallace Francis, 37-yd pass from Bartkowski (Mike-Mayer kick) ATLANTA 19-0
4th - GB - Eddie Beil, 11-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) ATLANTA 19-7
4th - ATL - Tommy Nobis, 60-yard interception return (Mike-Mayer kick) ATLANTA 26-7
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 9-27, Barty Smith 6-22, Cliff Taylor 10-22, Eric Torkelson 3-13
ATLANTA - Haskell Stanback 8-59, Bubba Bean 10-48, Woody Thompson 5-34, Sonny Collins 6-25, Dave Hampton 9-24, Steve Bartkowski 1-(-1)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 37-15-182 1 TD 2 INT, Carlos Brown 5-1-13 1 INT
ATLANTA - Steve Bartkowski 28-15-234 2 TD, Scott Hunter 1-1-1
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Beil 3-51 1 TD, Ollie Smith 3-33, Eric Torkelson 3-26, Steve Odom 2-44, Ken Payne 2-22, Aundra Thompson 1-13, Cliff Taylor 1-5, John Brockington 1-2
ATLANTA - Alfred Jenskins 7-86, Dave Hampton 2-50 1 TD, Bubba Bean 2-22, John Gilliam 2-19, Wallace Francis 1-37 1 TD, Jim Mitchell 1-15, Haskell Stanback 1-6
(GREEN BAY) - Jim Plunkett fired two scoring passes to Willie McGee, and Delvin Williams sparked San Francisco's ball-control offense with 121 yards rushing, leading the 49ers to a 26-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Williams' 59-yard scoring dash 2:13 before halftime gave the 49ers the lead to stay at 13-7. The Packers had scored on the second scrimmage play when S Johnnie Gray picked off a Plunkett pass and raced 15 yards to the end zone. The 49ers, stopped on their first two scoring threats, got a break when Jim O'Bradovich recovered a fumble by Green Bay's Will Harrell on a punt return at the Packer 39. Five plays later, Plunkett passed over the middle to McGee on a 24-yard scoring play. 
SAN FRANCISCO -  0 13  6  7 - 26
GREEN BAY     -  7  0  0  7 - 14
                   SAN FRANCISCO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   17            17
Rush-yards-TDs          45-210-2      36-125-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  8-12-120-2-1 14-36-149-0-0
Sacked-yards                2-16          4-47
Net pass yards               104           102
Total yards                  314           227
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           5-3
Turnovers                      1             3
Penalties-yards            10-92          4-59
SCORING
1st - GB - Gray, 15-yard interception return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - SF - Willie McGee, 24-yd pass from Jim Plunkett (S. Mike-Mayer kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - SF - Delvin Williams, 59-yard run (No kick, bad snap) SAN FRANCISCO 13-7
3rd - SF - McGee, 29-yard pass from Plunkett (Kick failed) SAN FRANCISCO 19-7
4th - SF - Williams, 1-yard run (Mike-Mayer kick) SAN FRANCISCO 26-7
4th - GB - Taylor, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) SAN FRANCISCO 26-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 16-43, Barty Smith 8-41, John Brockington 8-39, Cliff Taylor 1-1 1 TD, Eric Torkelson 1-1, Lynn Dickey 2-0
SAN FRANCISCO - Delvin Williams 25-121 2 TD, Wilbur Jackson 12-51, Willie McGee 1-19, Sammy Johnson 6-10, Jim Plunkett 1-9
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 36-14-149
SAN FRANCISCO - Jim Plunkett 12-8-120 2 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 4-13, Ollie Smith 2-43, Steve Odom 2-35, Barty Smith 2-17, Cliff Taylor 1-18, Ken Payne 1-10, Rich McGeorge 1-9, John Brockington 1-5
SAN FRANCISCO - Willie McGee 3-60 2 TD, Gene Washington 2-13, Tom Mitchell 1-27, Sammy Johnson 1-12, Delvin Williams 1-8
From the July 31, 1976 game program, a date which had the Cincinnati Bengals in town for an exhibition game.

In 1976, head coach Bart Starr was entering his second year at the helm. What follows is a two-page article on his team heading into the ’76 campaign.

One of the big things that happened that summer was the visit of President Gerald R. Ford to the Packers’ home base in Green Bay. 

(SOURCE: Packerville, USA)

(ST. LOUIS) - Jim Bakken kicked five field goals to help the Cardinals capitalize on three fumbles and two pass interceptions. Bakken's four first half field goals - two after Packer fumbles - gave the Cardinals a 12-0 lead. Then Roger Wehrli picked off Lynn Dickey's first pass of the second half to set up Bakken's fifth kick, a 25-yarder which gave St. Louis a 15-0 lead. LB Ray White nabbed Dickey's first pass of the final quarter and returned it to the Green Bay 18. A Jim Hart-to-Ike Harris pass put the ball at the two and Terry Metcalf scooted around right end for the first Cardinal touchdown of the game. Green Bay's Willard Harrell fumbled a St. Louis punt minutes later and Lee Nelson recovered for the Cardinals at the three. Steve Jones hurdled over on the next play for the final St. Louis score. Green Bay finished with only 62 yards rushing and converted just 2-of-13 third down conversions. Dickey hit 10-of-26 passes for 140 yards and three interceptions while Hart finished 15-for-29 for 207 yards. Metcalf led Cardinal rushers with 73 yards in 15 carries. 
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
ST. LOUIS -  6  6  3 14 - 29
                       GREEN BAY     ST. LOUIS
First downs                    7            22
Rush-yards-TDs           24-62-0      46-208-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 10-26-104-0-3 16-30-216-0-0
Sacked-yards                3-35           1-4
Net pass yards                69           212
Total yards                  131           420
Fumbles-lost                 4-4           1-0
Turnovers                      7             0
Penalties-yards             7-59         10-75
SCORING
1st - STL - Jim Bakken, 28-yard field goal ST. LOUIS 3-0
1st - STL - Bakken, 41-yard field goal ST. LOUIS 6-0
2nd - STL - Bakken, 32-yard field goal ST. LOUIS 9-0
2nd - STL - Bakken, 30-yard field goal ST. LOUIS 12-0
3rd - STL - Bakken, 26-yard field goal ST. LOUIS 15-0
4th - STL - Terry Metcalf, 2-yard run (Bakken kick) ST. LOUIS 22-0
4th - STL - Steve Jones, 1-yard run (Bakken kick) ST. LOUIS 29-0
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 7-23, Barty Smith 7-19, Cliff Taylor 4-11, John Brockington 4-5, Eric Torkelson 1-4, Lynn Dickey 1-0
ST. LOUIS - Terry Metcalf 15-73 1 TD, Wayne Morris 7-52, Jim Otis 15-40, Jarry Latin 6-26, Steve Jones 3-17 1 TD
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 26-10-104 3 INT
ST. LOUIS - Jim Hart 29-15-211, Sam Wyche 1-1-5
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 3-10, Steve Odom 2-52, Rich McGeorge 2-14, Ken Payne 1-13, Ollie Smith 1-12, Willard Harrell 1-3
ST. LOUIS - Ike Harris 6-89, Mel Gray 3-47, Terry Metcalf 2-37, Pat Tilley 2-23, Jerry Latin 1-10, Steve Jones 1-5, Wayne Morris 1-5
(CINCINNATI) - DB Ken Riley raced 53 yards with an intercepted pass for a touchdown, and Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin enjoyed his finest professional outing with 78 yards, powering the Cincinnati Bengals to a 28-7 win over the Green Bay Packers. The Bengals spotted Green Bay a 7-0 lead in the first quarter then overcame a rain-swept first half to boost their record to 2-1. Riley's 32nd career interception allowed the Bengals to tie the game, and a fumble recovery by veteran DE Coy Bacon on the Packers' six set up the go-ahead score. Griffin, the all-time major college rushing leader from Ohio State, carried 20 times, scoring his first NFL regular season touchdown on a brilliant second-effort, nine-yard play in the third period. S Tom Casanova picked off a pass by backup QB Carlos Brown and returned it 33 yards for the final touchdown with just over one minute to play. A stingy Cincinnati defense limited the winless Packers to 71 yards rushing and minus 35 passing for a net total of 36. The Bengals sacked quarterback Lynn Dickey and Brown a total of five times, limiting the Packers to only two third-down conversions in 13 attempts.
GREEN BAY  -  7  0  0  0 -  7
CINCINNATI -  0 14  7  7 - 28
                       GREEN BAY    CINCINNATI
First downs                    7            19
Rush-yards-TDs           25-71-1      48-222-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   5-23-45-0-3  11-24-86-1-0
Sacked-yards                6-80          3-22
Net pass yards               -35            64
Total yards                   36           286
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           2-1
Turnovers                      4             1
Penalties-yards             5-47          5-53
SCORING
1st - GB - Dickey, 7-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - CIN - Ken Riley, 53-yard interceptions return (Chris Bahr kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - CIN - Bob Trumpy, 2-yard pass from Ken Anderson (Bahr kick) CINCINNATI 14-7
3rd - CIN - Archie Griffin, 9-yard run (Bahr kick) CINCINNATI 21-7
4th - CIN - Tommy Casanova, 33-yard interception return (Bahr kick) CINCINNATI 28-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 8-26, Eric Torkelson 7-18, Cliff Taylor 4-9, Barty Smith 3-8, Lynn Dickey 2-7 1 TD, Don Zimmerman 1-3
CINCINNATI - Archie Griffin 20-78 1 TD, Stan Fritts 12-69, Boobie Clark 7-39, Lenvil Elliott 9-36
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 20-5-45 2 INT, Carlos Brown 3-0-0
CINCINNATI - Ken Anderson 24-11-86 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Rich McGeorge 2-28, Don Zimmerman 1-13, Ken Payne 1-12, John Brockington 1-(-8)
CINCINNATI - Isaac Curtis 2-28, Chip Myers 2-20, Archie Griffin 2-17, Stan Fritts 2-10, Lenvil Elliott 2-9, Bob Trumpy 1-2 1 TD
(GREEN BAY) - Steve Odom caught a 40-yard scoring pass from halfback Will Harrell and set up two other touchdowns with a kickoff return and flanker reverse, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 24-14 win over the Detroit Lions. Lynn Dickey's two- yard touchdown pass to reserve Bert Askson gave the Packers the lead to stay at 17-14 with 12 minutes to play and pave the way to their first victory after three losses. The score came two plays after Odom took a handoff from Harrell and scampered 17 yards to a first down at the Lions' one-yard line. Odom raced behind Lem Barney to haul in Harrell's option pass with 8:06 left to clinch the victory. He raced 88 yards to the Lions' two with the opening kickoff and Barty Smith pounded over the goal two plays later. The Packers made it 10-0 on their next possession as Chester Marcol kicked a 35-yard field goal. A 56- yard run by Harrell to the Detroit 27 sparked the drive. Harrell finished with 111 yards rushing in 17 carries. The Lions, 1-3, closed to within 10-7 on a seven-yard scoring run by Dexter Bussey three plays into the second quarter. Detroit took a 14-10 halftime advantage as Greg Landry tossed a three-yard TD pass to Ray Jarvis with 5::06 to go in the second period.
DETROIT   -  0 14  0  0 - 14
GREEN BAY - 10  0  0 14 - 24
                         DETROIT     GREEN BAY
First downs                   20            15
Rush-yards-TDs          39-155-1      48-212-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 12-17-122-1-1   4-11-51-2-0
Sacked-yards                8-61          2-16
Net pass yards                61            35
Total yards                  216           247
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           3-1
Turnovers                      2             1
Penalties-yards             7-56         10-98
SCORING
1st - GB - B.Smith, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Marcol, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - DET - Dexter Bussey, 7-yd pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - DET - Ray Jarvis, 3-yard pass from Landry (Mann kick) DETROIT 14-10
4th - GB - Askson, 2-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
4th - GB - Odom, 40-yard pass from Harrell (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 17-111, Barty Smith 20-62 1 TD, Eric Torkelson 8-22, Steve Odom 1-17, Lynn Dickey 2-0
DETROIT - Dexter Bussey 22-81 1 TD, Horace King 10-48, Greg Landry 2-14, Lawrence Gaines 5-12
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 10-3-11 1 TD, Willard Harrell 1-1-40 1 TD
DETROIT - Greg Landry 17-12-122 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Steve Odom 2-45 1 TD, Ken Payne 1-4, Bert Askson 1-2 1 TD
DETROIT - Charlie Sanders 3-41, Ray Jarvis 3-37 1 TD, Dexter Bussey 3-34, Horace King 2-7, Lawrence Gaines1-3
(MILWAUKEE) - Lynn Dickey passed for 215 yards, including 66 to Steve Odom for a touchdown, while Barty Smith rushed for 84 yards and two other scores to rally the Green Bay Packers to a 27-20 victory over winless Seattle. Smith scored the tying touchdown from six yards out with 7:42 to play and Chester Marcol's extra point made it 21-20. A 21-yard pass from Dickey to Ken Payne to the Seahawks' 15 set up the score. Will Harrell scored an touchdown on a six-yard run with 2:42 remaining.
SEATTLE   -  0 13  7  0 - 20
GREEN BAY -  7  0  7 13 - 27
                         SEATTLE     GREEN BAY
First downs                   17            24
Rush-yards-TDs           23-58-1      44-187-3
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-33-202-0-1 16-24-215-1-2
Sacked-yards                4-33          3-22
Net pass yards               169           193
Total yards                  227           380
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           2-1
Turnovers                      2             3
Penalties-yards             7-69         10-74
SCORING
1st - GB - B.Smith, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - SEA - Steve Raible, 26-yard blocked punt return (John Leypoldt kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - SEA - Leypoldt, 48-yard field goal SEATTLE 10-7
2nd - SEA - Leypoldt, 44-yard field goal SEATTLE 13-7
3rd - SEA - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (Leypoldt kick) SEATTLE 20-7
3rd - GB - Odom, 66-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) SEATTLE 20-14
4th - GB - B.Smith, 6-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 21-20
4th - GB - Harrell, 6-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 27-20
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 20-84 2 TD, Eric Torkelson 6-35, Willard Harrell 11-30 1 TD, Cliff Taylor 4-26, Carlos Brown 1-11, John Brockington 2-1
SEATTLE - Ralph Nelson 14-38 1 TD, Don Testerman 8-19, Jim Zorn 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 24-16-215 1 TD 2 INT
SEATTLE - Jim Zorn 32-17-194 1 INT, Rick Engles 1-1-8
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 6-64, Steve Odom 3-92 1 TD, Eric Torkelson 3-29, Barty Smith 2-15, Willard Harrell 1-8, John Brockington 1-7
SEATTLE - Steve Largent 5-39, Don Testerman 3-54, Sam McCullum 3-29, Ralph Nelson 2-11, Sherman Smith 1-21, Don Clune 1-20, Steve Raible 1-14, Lyle Blackwood 1-8, John McMakin 1-6
(GREEN BAY) - Green Bay's Lynn Dickey passed for 226 yards, including scoring bombs of 44 yards to Ken Payne and 69 yards to Will Harrell, to lead the revived Packers to a 28-13 win over Philadelphia. Barty Smith scored on a pair of one-yard runs as the Packers mounted a 21-6 halftime lead en route to their third successive victory after three losses. DT Dave Roller led a pressure defense. He tackled Eagle quarterback Mike Boryla three times for 24 yards in losses. Dickey's scoring pass to Payne, who beat Al Clark on a fly pattern down the left sideline, gave Green Bay the lead for good at 7-3 with just over 10 minutes gone.
PHILADELPHIA -  3  3  0  7 - 13
GREEN BAY    -  7 14  0  7 - 28
                    PHILADELPHIA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   16            17
Rush-yards-TDs           33-96-1      40-130-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 19-32-172-0-0 12-20-226-2-1
Sacked-yards                4-29           0-0
Net pass yards               143           226
Total yards                  239           356
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           1-1
Turnovers                      1             2
Penalties-yards             4-40          4-20
SCORING
1st - PHIL - Horst Muhlmann, 26-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 3-0
1st - GB - Odom, 44-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - PHIL - Muhlmann, 26-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-6
2nd - GB - B. Smith, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-6
2nd - GB - B. Smith, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 21-6
4th - PHIL - Mike Boryla, 1-yard run (Muhlmann kick) GREEN BAY 21-13
4th - GB - Harrell, 69-yard from Dickey (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 28-13
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 20-51 2 TD, Willard Harrell 9-25, John Brockington 4-19, Steve Odom 1-18, Eric Torkelson 4-10, Lynn Dickey 1-7, Cliff Taylor 1-0
PHILADELPHIA - Bill Olds 11-31, Tom Sullivan 13-29, Herb Lusk 2-14, Dave Hampton 3-12, Mike Boryla 4-10 1 TD
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 19-12-226 2 TD 1 INT, Willard Harrell 1-0-0
PHILADELPHIA - Mike Boryla 32-19-172
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 3-91 1 TD, Ken Payne 3-61 1 TD, Barty Smith 3-47, Steve Odom 1-18, Eric Torkelson 1-6, Rich McGeorge 1-3
PHILADELPHIA - Harold Carmichael 5-60, Bill Olds 5-22, Keith Krepfle 3-35, Tom Sullivan 3-12, Charlie Young 1-26, Charlie Smith 1-10, Dave Hampton 1-7
From November 1 to November 7, 1976, N.F.L. Films kept its eye on the New Orleans Saints as they struggled to find their winning ways and prepared to travel to Milwaukee to face the Green Bay Packers. This project, however, was shot down after the Saints fired head coach Hank Stram after the 1977 season. (SOURCE: Packerville, USA)
Second-year head coach Bart Starr leads his team out of their dugout and onto the field. One other trivia piece about County Stadium is that both teams were on the same sideline, in what was the outfield side. This was to make the game easier to see by those in the lower box seats along the first base line.
On a defensive play, defensive back Johnnie Gray (#24) scoops up a loose ball, as linebacker Fred Carr (#53) looks on.
The Saints, with quarterback Bobby Douglass (#10), formerly of the Chicago Bears, are set at the line of scrimmage.
(OAKLAND) - Ken Stabler's three second-quarter touchdown passes, including the longest of his career on an 88-yard play to Cliff Branch, gave the Oakland Raiders an 18-14 victory over Green Bay in a penalty-filled game. The underdog Packers drew 17 penalties including those refused by Oakland and trailed 18-7 after three periods. But Willard Harrell ran four yards for a Green Bay touchdown with 6:34 left in the game and it took an interception by Oakland CB Skip Thomas at the Raiders' 19-yard line to stop a final Green Bay drive. Stabler increased his NFL-leading touchdown pass total to 14 as he hit TE Dave Casper on a 27-yarder, Branch on the longest bomb, and Fred Biletnikoff on a 10-yard play. The Oakland quarterback totaled 202 yards passing in the first half but had little success in the second. Packers' quarterback Lynn Dickey, who fired a 57-yard touchdown pass to Ken Payne in the first quarter, aimed for Rich McGeorge on his final attempt of the game. The tight end slipped and fell near the right sideline and Thomas was there to make the crucial interception.
GREEN BAY -  7  0  0  7 - 14
OAKLAND   -  0 18  0  0 - 18
                       GREEN BAY       OAKLAND
First downs                   21            15
Rush-yards-TDs          30-108-1      33-115-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 22-34-303-1-2 13-21-220-3-1
Sacked-yards                4-39          5-59
Net pass yards               264           161
Total yards                  372           276
Fumbles-lost                 3-2           3-1
Turnovers                      4             2
Penalties-yards           13-151        13-119
SCORING
1st - GB - Payne, 57-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - OAK - Dave Casper, 27-yard pass from Ken Stabler (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 7-6
2nd - OAK - Cliff Branch, 88-yd pass from Stabler (Kick blocked) OAKLAND 12-7
2nd - OAK - Fred Biletnikoff, 10-yd pass from Stabler (Kick failed) OAKLAND 18-7
4th - GB - Harrell, 4-yard run (Marcol kick) OAKLAND 18-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 14-41 1 TD, Barty Smith 5-23, Eric Torkelson 6-23, Lynn Dickey 1-12, John Brockington 4-9
OAKLAND - Pete Banaszak 10-33, Carl Garrett 4-30, Clarence Davis 8-29, Mark Van Eeghen 7-27, Rick Jennings 2-2, Ken Stabler 2-(-6)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 34-22-303 1 TD 2 INT
OAKLAND - Ken Stabler 21-13-220 3 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 6-120 1 TD, Willard Harrell 5-63, Eric Torkelson 5-63, Rich McGeorge 3-31, Steve Odom 1-21, Cliff Taylor 1-3, John Brockington 1-2
OAKLAND - Cliff Branch 4-135 1 TD, Fred Biletnikoff 3-35 1 TD, Clarence Davis 3-16, Dave Casper 1-27 1 TD, Mark Van Eeeghen 1-7, Pete Banaszak 1-0
(DETROIT) - Veteran Ray Jarvis enjoyed his finest day as a wide receiver by catching six Greg Landry passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Detroit Lions past the Green Bay Packers 27-6. Landry completed 12-of-19 passes for 211 yards and the two touchdowns. His 74-yard TD pass to Jarvis with 10:12 to play in the first quarter was the longest Lion score by passing or running in three seasons, since Landry threw an 86-yard scoring strike in 1973. When Jarvis caught a 13- yard scoring pass from Landry with 3:30 left in the first half, it hiked Detroit's lead to 24-3 and assured the Lions' vengeance for a 24-14 loss the Packers hung on them a month ago which cost Rick Forzano his job as head coach two days later.
GREEN BAY -  0  3  3  0 -  6
DETROIT   - 10 14  0  3 - 27
                       GREEN BAY       DETROIT
First downs                   11            21
Rush-yards-TDs           25-87-0      43-222-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 11-26-102-0-2 12-20-211-2-1
Sacked-yards                4-26          4-24
Net pass yards                76           187
Total yards                  163           409
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           3-2
Turnovers                      5             3
Penalties-yards             9-69          8-68
SCORING
1st - DET - Benny Ricardo, 34-yard field goal DETROIT 3-0
1st - DET - Ray Jarvis, 74-yard pass from Greg Landry (Ricardo kick) DETROIT 10-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 39-yard field goal DETROIT 10-3
2nd - DET - Lawrence Gaines, 26-yard run (Ricardo kick) DETROIT 17-3
2nd - DET - Jarvis, 13-yard pass from Landry (Ricardo kick) DETROIT 24-3
3rd - GB - Marcol, 37-yard field goal DETROIT 24-6
4th - DET - Ricardo, 39-yard field goal DETROIT 27-6
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 14-67, Eric Torkelson 5-20, John Brockington 2-3, Willard Harrell 4-(-3)
DETROIT - Dexter Bussey 20-93, Lawrence Gaines 17-88 1 TD, Andy Bolton 2-27, Greg Landry 2-11, Bobby Thompson 1-3, Leonard Thompson 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 25-10-93 2 INT, Carlos Brown 1-1-9
DETROIT - Greg Landry 19-12-211 2 TD, David Hill 1-0-0 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Rich McGeorge 4-29, Steve Odom 3-54, Willard Harrell 1-9, Eric Torkelson 1-8, John Brockington 1-3, Barty Smith 1-(-1)
DETROIT - Ray Jarvis 6-163 2 TD, Lawrence Gaines 2-8, Charlie Sanders 1-15, Dexter Bussey 1-10, Larry Walton 1-8, David Hill 1-7
(MILWAUKEE) - Willard Harrell scampered 32 yards to the New Orleans seven-yard line, then swept over from the two with 4:47 to play, rallying the Green Bay Packers to a 32-27 victory over the Saints. Lynn Dickey's 13-yard pass to Ken Payne ignited the decisive drive and Harrell broke off tackle for his run on the next play. The Packers added an insurance safety with 2:48 left when Saints OG Terry Stieve was called for clipping in the New Orleans end zone. The Saints had taken a 27-23 lead as Bobby Douglass' passing set up touchdown runs of one yard by Tony Galbreath and Mike Strachan in the third quarter. The Saints' comeback followed Fred Carr's 10-yard touchdown return with an interception as Green Bay took a 23-13 lead on the second play of the third quarter. Green Bay strung together 17 points in a 94-second span late in the first half and in the first moments of the second. The Packers gained a 13-13 tie 1:12 before halftime when Rich McGeorge caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Lynn Dickey. Warren Capone, a New Orleans reserve LB, fielded the ensuing kickoff and tried to lateral to running back Alvin Maxson, who fumbled. Rookie Steve Wagner recovered for the Packers at the Saints' 29, setting up a 38-yard field goal by Chester Marcol four seconds before halftime.
NEW ORLEANS -  0 13 14  0 - 27
GREEN BAY   -  6 10  7  9 - 32
                     NEW ORLEANS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   21            19
Rush-yards-TDs          33-136-2      47-175-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 15-35-173-0-2 10-25-138-1-1
Sacked-yards                2-12          2-15
Net pass yards               161           123
Total yards                  297           298
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           3-2
Turnovers                      3             3
Penalties-yards             8-56          5-35
SCORING
1st - GB - Torkelson, 8-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - NO - Richie Szaro, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
2nd - NO - Szaro, 32-yard field goal TIED 6-6
2nd - NO - Jim Merlo, 45-yard interception return (Szaro kick) NEW ORLEANS 13-6
2nd - GB - McGeorge, 20-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) TIED 13-13
2nd - GB - Marcol, 38-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-13
3rd - GB - Carr, 10-yard interception return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 23-13
3rd - NO - Tony Galbreath, 1-yard run (Szaro kick) GREEN BAY 23-20
3rd - NO - Mike Strachan, 7-yard run (Szaro kick) NEW ORLEANS 27-23
4th - GB - Harrell, 2-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 30-27
4th - GB - Safety, New Orleans clip in the end zone GREEN BAY 32-27
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 13-52 1 TD, John Brockington 15-51, Eric Torkelson 13-44 1 TD, Steve Odom 1-28, Dave Osborn 3-7, Lynn Dickey 2-(-7)
NEW ORLEANS - Tony Galbreath 13-48 1 TD, Mike Strachan 14-47 1 TD, Chuck Muncie 4-28, Bobby Douglass 2-13
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 25-10-138 1 TD 1 INT
NEW ORLEANS - Bobby Douglass 35-13-173 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 3-35, Rich McGeorge 2-48 1 TD, Steve Odom 2-32, Eric Torkelson 2-13, John Brockington 1-10
NEW ORLEANS - Larry Burton 4-77, Don Herrmann 2-35, Chuck Muncie 2-28, Tony Galbreath 2-22, Henry Childs 1-9, Tinker Owens 1-7, Paul Seal 1-3, Bobby Douglass 1-(-2), Mike Strachan 1-(-6)
(CHICAGO) - Walter Payton scored one touchdown and became the first back to gain 1,000 yards in the NFL this season leading the Chicago Bears to a 24-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Payton gained 109 yards on 18 carries for 1,008 yards so far this season. He scored on a two-yard run in the first period to put the Bears ahead to stay and then went over the 1,000 mark when he broke a 42-yard run late in the final period. The Bears turned a pair of Green Bay fumbles into first period touchdowns and then saw the Packers creep within one point before Roland Harper scored on a 16-yard run in the third quarter. Bob Thomas' 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter capped the Bears' fifth victory against five losses while Green Bay dropped to 4-6. Any hopes the Packers had of coming back disappeared when Lynn Dickey left the game with a bruised shoulder with 8 1/2 minutes left to play. Dickey completed 13 of 24 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown to keep the Packers' in contention.
GREEN BAY -  0 10  3  0 - 13
CHICAGO   - 14  0  7  3 - 24
                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO
First downs                   16            16
Rush-yards-TDs           33-82-0      45-202-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 15-28-205-1-1   9-19-79-1-2
Sacked-yards                3-26          3-32
Net pass yards               179            47
Total yards                  261           249
Fumbles-lost                 5-3           0-0
Turnovers                      4             2
Penalties-yards             6-54         12-96
SCORING
1st - CHI - Walter Payton, 2-yard run (Bob Thomas kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - CHI - Mike Adamle, 4-yard pass from Bob Avellini (Thomas kick) CHICAGO 14-0
2nd - GB - Payne, 27-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) CHICAGO 14-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 19-yard field goal CHICAGO 14-10
3rd - GB - Marcol, 27-yard field goal CHICAGO 14-13
3rd - CHI - Roland Harper, 16-yard run (Thomas kick) CHICAGO 21-13
4th - CHI - Thomas, 46-yard field goal CHICAGO 24-13
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 17-71, Eric Torkelson 7-20, Willard Harrell 9-(-9)
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 18-109 1 TD, Roland Harper 13-62 1 TD, Johnny Musson 10-38, Mike Adamle 2-5, Greg Latta 1-(-5), James Scott 1-(-7)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 24-13-181 1 TD 1 INT, Carlos Brown 4-2-24
CHICAGO - Bob Avellini 19-9-79 1 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Steve Odom 6-92, Ken Payne 3-51 1 TD, Ollie Smith 2-24, John Brockington 1-20, Willard Harrell 1-8, Rich McGeorge 1-6, Eric Torkelson 1-4
CHICAGO - Greg Latta 4-40, Roland Harper 1-20, Johnny Musso 1-9, James Scott 1-8, Mike Adamle 1-4 1 TD, Walter Payton 1-(-2)
Week One- San Francisco 26, Green Bay 14
Week Two - St. Louis 29, Green Bay 0
Week Three - Cincinnati 28, Green Bay 7
(MILWAUKEE) - Fran Tarkenton threw two scoring passes, including an 11-yarder to Ahmad Rashad 44 seconds into the fourth quarter, and the Minnesota Vikings intercepted four passes to beat the Green Bay Packers 17-10 and clinch their fourth straight NFC Central title. The Vikings drove 88 yards for the winning score after the Packers had tied the game on John Brockington's one-yard run as Minnesota won its eighth divisional crown in nine years. DT Mike McCoy recovered a fumbled snap to set up Green Bay's only first half score, a 23-yard field goal by Chester Marcol. Later in the first quarter, Minnesota's Nate Allen picked off a pass at the Vikings 45 and, nine plays later Fred Cox tied the score with a 41-yard field goal. Dropped passes plagued both teams for most of the first half, although the Vikings penetrated to the Packers 32 midway through the second quarter. Then, however, LB Fred Carr blocked Cox' 48-yard field goal attempt. Later in the game, Carr blocked a 33-yard attempt - his sixth block and the Packers' eighth this season. With just 1:58 left in the second quarter, Tarkenton took charge and led the Vikings 48 yards to the Green Bay 4. With six seconds left, Tarkenton scrambled, then hit Robert Miller with a touchdown pass and the Vikings led 10-3. Tarkenton, throwing mainly to his backs, threw 29 passes in the first half, completing 15 for 115 yards. Overall, he hit on 23 of 43 for 180 yards. Carlos Brown, making the first start filling in for Lynn Dickey, completed 11 of 25 passes for 82 yards. He threw three interceptions, two of them tipped by receivers.
MINNESOTA -  3  7  0  7 - 17
GREEN BAY -  3  0  7  0 - 10
                       MINNESOTA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   17            13
Rush-yards-TDs          30-100-0      38-146-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 23-43-180-2-0 12-27-100-0-4
Sacked-yards                3-29          4-18
Net pass yards               151            82
Total yards                  251           228
Fumbles-lost                 4-2           0-0
Turnovers                      2             4
Penalties-yards             2-25          4-25
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - MINN - Fred Cox, 41-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - MINN - Robert Miller, 4-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 10-3
3rd - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) TIED 10-10
4th - MINN - Ahmad Rashad, 11-yard pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 17-10
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 13-51 1 TD, Willard Harrell 8-42, Eric Torkelson 10-36, Carlos Brown 5-11, Dave Osborn 2-6
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 19-84, Sammy Johnson 1-7, Robert Miller 2-5, Brent McClanahan 3-4, Fran Tarkenton 5-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Carlos Brown 25-11-82 3 INT, David Beverly 1-1-18, Willard Harrell 1-0-0 1 INT
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 43-23-180 2 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 3-29, Ollie Smith 2-27, Eric Torkelson 2-11, Charlie Hall 1-18, Melvin Jackson 1-8, Rich McGeorge 1-7, Willard Harrell 1-6, John Brockington 1-(-6)
MINNESOTA - Robert Miller 9-63 1 TD, Chuck Foreman 5-39, Stu Voight 4-28, Ahmad Rashad 3-37 1 TD, Sammy White 1-7, Brent McClanahan 1-6
(GREEN BAY) - Bob Thomas kicked three field goals and the Chicago Bears held on in the closing seconds to defeat the Green Bay Packers 16-10 Thomas put the Bears ahead for good at 13-10 with a 22-yard field goal late in the third quarter and moments after CB Allan Ellis picked off his second pass of the day, Thomas connected form 25 yards with 9:46 left in the game. The Packers, who trailed 10-3 at the half, tied the game on Carlos Brown's 11-yard TD pass to Ken Payne early in the third quarter. Reserve quarterback Randy Johnson replaced Brown and led the Packers to the Bears' 39 in the final minute. But the drive ended there, preserving the Bears' victory. The Bears spurted to an early 10-0 lead on Thomas' 40-yard field goal and Bob Avellini's 49-yard pass to James Scott. On the touchdown, Scott beat cornerback Willie Buchanon, then caught the pass on his fingertips on the Packers' 10.
CHICAGO   - 10  0  3  3 - 16
GREEN BAY -  0  3  7  0 - 10
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   16            11
Rush-yards-TDs          53-201-0       31-82-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   7-12-97-1-0  9-25-189-1-2
Sacked-yards                3-25          1-12
Net pass yards                72           177
Total yards                  273           259
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           5-2
Turnovers                      3             4
Penalties-yards             4-40          5-40
SCORING
1st - CHI - Bob Thomas, 40-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
1st - CHI - James Scott, 49-yard pass from Bob Avellini (Thomas kick) CHICAGO 10-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 45-yard field goal CHICAGO 10-3
3rd - GB - Payne, 11-yard pass from Brown (Marcol kick) TIED 10-10
3rd - CHI - Thomas, 22-yard field goal CHICAGO 13-10
4th - CHI - Thomas, 25-yard field goal CHICAGO 16-10
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Carlos Brown 4-22, Eric Torkelson 8-19, Willard Harrell 3-18, John Brockington 13-15, Randy Johnson 2-5
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 27-110, Roland Harper 14-57, Johnny Musson 4-23, Mike Adamle 4-8, Bob Avellini 4-3
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Carlos Brown 17-5-125 1 TD 2 INT, Randy Johnson 8-4-64
CHICAGO - Bob Avellini 12-7-97 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ollie Smith 4-121, Ken Payne 3-28 1 TD, Rich McGeorge 2-40
CHICAGO - Roland Harper 4-26, James Scott 3-71 1 TD
(MINNESOTA) - Chuck Foreman scored on a pair of one-yard runs in the fourth quarter to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 20-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers at cold, snow-covered Metropolitan Stadium. Foreman's first scoring run came with two minutes gone in the final quarter, capping a 72-yard drive. The touchdown gave Minnesota a 13-6 lead before Chester Marcol booted a 24-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Robert Miller set up Foreman's second touchdown, his 14th of the year, with a 36-yard run to the Green Bay two with less than three minutes left in the game. Miller carried the ball 13 times for 95 yards. Foreman, who rushed 18 times for 42 yards, broke his club record of 1,070 yards rushing set last season. The versatile back now has 1,077 yards rushing. Minnesota trailed early in the third quarter, 6-3, before Fred Cox kicked a 30-yard field goal. Fran Tarkenton hit on 23 of 32 passes for 196 yards despite the snowy, 16-degree weather. The Packers, who lost to the Vikings 17-10 earlier in the season in Milwaukee, took a 6-3 halftime lead on Carlos Brown's 12-yard touchdown pass to Ollie Smith in the first quarter. The snap from center was high on Marcol's extra point attempt and the kick was blocked by Bobby Bryant. The Packers held Minnesota scoreless until Fred Cox booted a 34-yard field goal with 3:33 to go in the half.
GREEN BAY -  6  0  0  3 -  9
MINNESOTA -  0  3  3 14 - 20
                       GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                    8            29
Rush-yards-TDs           21-59-0      48-218-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  8-26-113-1-0 23-32-195-0-1
Sacked-yards                4-28           0-0
Net pass yards                85           195
Total yards                  144           413
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           3-2
Turnovers                      0             3
Penalties-yards             3-30          7-56
SCORING
1st - GB - O. Smith, 12-yard pass from Brown (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - MINN - Fred Cox, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
3rd - MINN - Cox, 30-yard field goal TIED 6-6
4th - MINN - Chuck Foreman, 1-yard run (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 13-6
4th - GB - Marcol, 24-yard field goal MINNESOTA 13-9
4th - MINN - Foreman, 1-yard run (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 20-9
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 7-27, Eric Torkelson 5-18, Willard Harrell 7-9, Carlos Brown 2-5
MINNESOTA - Robert Miller 13-95, Sammy Johnson 6-43, Chuck Foreman 18-42 2 TD, Brent McClanahan 11-38
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Carlos Brown 24-7-93 1 TD, Randy Johnson 2-1-20
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 32-23-195 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ollie Smith 4-47 1 TD, Rich McGeorge 3-46, Ken Payne 1-20
MINNESOTA - Ahmad Rashad 6-61, Robert Miller 5-37, Bob Grim 4-33, Sammy Johnson 2-22, Sammy White 2-19, Brent McClanahan 2-11, Chuck Foreman 1-8, Stu Voight 1-4
(ATLANTA) - Eric Torkelson scored on a one-yard plunge with only 2:20 left to play to give the Green Bay Packers a 24-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in a rain-soaked season finale. The Packers, who had fallen behind 20-10 in the third period, had cut the gap to three points with 11:20 left in the contest on a one-yard plunge by John Brockington, his last touchdown as a Packer. The Packers next got possession of the ball at their own 31 yard line with 9:26 left to play and launched a 69-yard drive featuring the running of quarterback Randy Johnson, who was given the start, Willard Harrell and Brockington. But Torkelson swept the final yard to the score. Willie Buchanon sealed the Green Bay victory when he intercepted a Scott Hunter pass at the Packers' 25-yard line with a little over a minute to go. The Falcons had broken out of a 10-10 halftime tie when Billy Pritchett scored on a seven-yard run early in the third period began and then widened their lead when Nick Mike-Mayer kicked a 44-yard field goal with 41 seconds left in the period.
GREEN BAY -  0 10  0 14 - 24
ATLANTA   -  0 10 10  0 - 20
                       GREEN BAY       ATLANTA
First downs                   24            16
Rush-yards-TDs          43-196-3      27-145-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 16-26-165-0-1 10-24-119-0-1
Sacked-yards                1-11          1-11
Net pass yards               154           108
Total yards                  350           253
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           2-0
Turnovers                      1             1
Penalties-yards             2-30          7-69
SCORING
2nd - ATL - Nick Mike-Mayer, 19-yard field goal ATLANTA 3-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 40-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - ATL - Mike Esposito, 36-yard run (Mike-Mayer kick) ATLANTA 10-3
2nd - GB - Johnson, 3-yard run (Marcol kick) TIED 10-10
3rd - ATL - Billy Pritchett, 7-yard run (Mike-Mayer kick) ATLANTA 17-10
3rd - ATL - Mike-Mayer, 44-yard field goal ATLANTA 20-10
4th - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) ATLANTA 20-17
4th - GB - Torkelson, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 24-20
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 20-89 1 TD, Willard Harrell 12-53, Randy Johnson 3-20 1 TD, Eric Torkelson 7-19 1 TD, Steve Odom 1-15
ATLANTA - Billy Pritchett 10-63 1 TD, Mike Esposito 9-53 1 TD, Haskel Stanback 4-16, Scott Hunter 4-13
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Randy Johnson 25-16-165 1 INT, Willard Harrell 1-0-0
ATLANTA - Scott Hunter 23-10-119 1 INT, Mike Esposito 1-0-0
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ollie Smith 5-91, Eric Torkelson 4-6, John Brockington 3-16, Rich McGeorge 2-17, Ken Payne 1-20, Steve Odom 1-15
ATLANTA - Alfred Jenkins 6-101, John Gilliam 2-10, Mike Esposito 2-8
THE VINCE LOMBARDI SCRAPBOOK (1976): "Following the life of Green Bay’s legendary head coach, The Vince Lombardi Scrapbook is one that we’d recommend for students of this era in Packers history. With classic photography by Vernon Biever, and also period photos from throughout his life (as well as newspaper clippings — hence the “scrapbook” concept), there is much to learn here. A fine volume." - Packerville, USA for more pictures and content