Green Bay Packers (1-0) 24, New Orleans Saints (0-1) 20
Sunday September 18th 1977 (at New Orleans)
(NEW ORLEANS) -The Green Bay Packers built a 24-point first-half lead on a 75-yard punt return by Willard Harrell and precision passing by Lynn Dickey, then held off a furious late surge by New Orleans to beat the Saints 24-20 in their opener. Green Bay scored twice in the first eight minutes and twice more in the second quarter. The Saints came back with two touchdowns in the third quarter and another just after the final period began. Packer touchdowns came on a two-yard run by Barty Smith, Harrell's punt return and a 15-yard pass from Dickey to Ken Payne. Chester Marcol booted a 15-yard field goal with five seconds left in the half. After gaining 25 yards on 11 carries, RB John Brockington was waived after the game to make room for rookie RB Jim Culbreath.
GREEN BAY   - 14 10  0  0 - 24
NEW ORLEANS -  0  0 14  6 - 20
                       GREEN BAY   NEW ORLEANS
First downs                   11            19
Rush-yards-TDs           34-81-1      32-153-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 11-20-142-1-1 18-30-225-1-1
Sacked-yards                2-19          7-63
Net pass yards               123           162
Total yards                  204           315
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           2-1
Turnovers                      1             2
Penalties-yards             4-50          8-54
SCORING
1st - GB - Smith, 2-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Harrell, 75-yard punt return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Payne, 15-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 19-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-0
3rd - NO - Chuck Muncie, 3-yard run (Richie Szaro kick) GREEN BAY 24-7
3rd - NO - Muncie, 3-yard run (Szaro kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
4th - NO - Henry Childs, 59-yard pass from Archie Manning (Pass failed) GREEN BAY 24-20
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eric Torkelson 12-27, John Brockington 11-25, Barty Smith 9-24 1 TD, Willard Harrell 2-5
NEW ORLEANS - Chuck Muncie 2-86 2 TD, Archie Manning 4-34, Tony Galbreath 8-33
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 20-11-142 1 TD 1 INT
NEW ORLEANS - Archie Manning 30-18-225 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 3-71 1 TD, Ollie Smith 3-40, Barty Smith 2-31, John Brockington 2-1, Willard Harrell 1-(-1)
NEW ORLEANS - Henry Childs 5-83 1 TD, Tony Galbreath 5-64, Don Herrmann 4-44, Jim Thaxton 3-20, Chuck Muncie 1-14
Sept. 21, 1977 – John Brockington’s career, so filled with promise during the days of Dan Devine, comes to a quiet end early in the third season of Bart Starr’s tenure as Green Bay Packers head coach. The second-leading rusher in Green Bay’s history is cut just three days after surpassing the 5,000-yard career rushing mark. “Bart and I have talked,” Brockington says. “I thought I might be traded, but I didn’t think I’d be waived through the league. That was very disappointing.” Brockington became the first player in NFL history to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing in each of his first three years (1971-73). In his final game as a Packer, the fullback manages 25 yards on 11 attempts. The Kansas City Chiefs picked him up to finish out the season, then he retired soon after. Overall, Brockington rushed 1,293 times for a total of 5,024 yards, averaging 3.9 yards a carry.