Houston Oilers (2-0) 16, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 10
Sunday September 25th 1977 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - CB Willie Alexander returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown with just 4 minutes and 40 seconds left to lift the Houston Oilers to a 16-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Alexander caught the ball - which was tipped by end Al Burton - in front of RB Barty Smith and streaked down the sideline for the winning score. A blocked punt by the Packers' Steve Wagner set up the game's first score, Lynn Dickey's 40-yard pass to Steve Odom early in the first quarter. Odom caught the ball at the sideline, waited for C Larry McCarren to throw a key block, then cut across field for the score. Houston retaliated with an 80-yard scoring drive on which Dan Pastorini hit TE Jimmy Giles with three crucial third down passes. The third moved the Oilers to the Packer one and, on the next play, Tim Wilson dived into the end zone. The Packers took a 10-7 lead on Chester Marcol's 34-yard field goal, but Pastorini - who completed 14-of-21 passes for 120 yards in the first half - quickly struck back. He completed four straight passes to move the Oilers to the 15 and, when the drive died Toni Fritsch tied the game with a 32-yard field goal. Gregg Bingham's fumble recovery gave the Oilers a lift late in the third quarter But after Houston reached the 13, the Packers stiffened and Fritsch was wide on a 42-yard attempt. Then Dickey took over. The former Oiler reserve hit TE Rich McGeorge with a 12-yard pass and Smith with a 21-yarder. But the Packers' hopes were snuffed out by Alexander's interception. The Packers drove to the Oiler 41 on their final possession, but Dickey's pass over the middle was picked off by LB Ted Washington.
HOUSTON   -  0 10  0  6 - 16
GREEN BAY -  7  3  0  0 - 10
                         HOUSTON     GREEN BAY
First downs                   18            15
Rush-yards-TDs           34-90-1       32-95-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-30-152-0-0 16-26-193-1-3
Sacked-yards                2-15           1-9
Net pass yards               137           184
Total yards                  227           279
Fumbles-lost                 2-0           1-1
Turnovers                      0             4
Penalties-yards             8-40          6-38
SCORING
1st - GB - Odom, 40-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - HOU - Tim Wilson, 1-yard run (Toni Fritsch kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Marcol, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - HOU - Fritsch, 32-yard field goal TIED 10-10
4th - HOU - Willie Alexander, 95-yard interception return (Kick blocked) HOUSTON 16-10
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eric Torkelson 20-55, Barty Smith 9-22, Lynn Dickey 1-10, Steve Odom 1-6, Willard Harrell 1-2
HOUSTON - Tim Wilson 14-50 1 TD, Ronnie Coleman 12-35, Billy Johnson 2-15, Rob Carpenter 3-7, Dan Pastorini 2-(-7), Jimmie Giles 1-(-10)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 26-16-193 1 TD 3 INT
HOUSTON - Dan Pastorini 30-18-152
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 7-66, Rich McGeorge 3-43, Steve Odom 2-56 1 TD, Eric Torkelson 1-13, Randy Vataha 1-9, Willard Harrell 1-6, Ken Payne 1-0
HOUSTON - Jimmie Giles 5-59, Tim Wilson 4-31, Ken Burrough 3-23, Rob Carpenter 2-19, Eddie Foster 2-12, Ronnie Coleman 2-8