Green Bay Packers (3-1) 24, San Diego Chargers (1-3) 3
Sunday September 24th 1978 (at San Diego)
(SAN DIEGO) - Walter Landers ran 15 yards with a blocked punt for a touchdown and Willie Buchanon raced 77 yards with an interception for another score as the Packers crushed the Chargers in a heat-scorched game. It was 102 degrees at San Diego Stadium and the heat seemed to affected both teams. Buchanon intercepted four passes and the Packers benefitted from 11 turnovers. The Chargers' defense sacked Green Bay quarterback David Whitehurst 10 times to set a team record, but it wasn't enough to prevent them from losing their third game to four outings. After a scoreless first period, San Diego P Jeff West fumbled a high snap from center that was recovered on the Chargers' 13 by Green Bay's Rick Nuzum. On the next play, Terdell Middleton swept right end for 13 yards and a touchdown, giving the Packers the lead for good. Early to the third quarter, West dropped back to punt again with the ball on the San Diego 30. But his kick was blocked by CB Estus Hood and Landers scooped it up and dashed untouched into the end zone, making it 14-0. The Chargers' only score came after backup QB James Harris, who started to place of the injured Dan Fouts, marched San Diego from its 38-yard line to the Green Bay 25, where the drive stalled and Rolf Benirschke booted a 43-yard field goal. The Packers got that score back on Chester Marcol's 34-yard field goal late to the third quarter and Green Bay got an insurance touchdown on Buchanon's fourth interception of the day with 2:46 left to the game.
GREEN BAY -  0  7 10  7 - 24
SAN DIEGO -  0  0  3  0 -  3
                       GREEN BAY     SAN DIEGO
First downs                    9            20
Rush-yards-TDs          33-118-1       30-91-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   7-14-92-0-1 22-37-214-0-5
Sacked-yards               10-83          8-60
Net pass yards                 9           154
Total yards                  127           245
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           9-6
Turnovers                      2            11
Penalties-yards           11-105          7-51
SCORING
2nd - GB - Middleton, 13-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
3rd - GB - Landers, 15-yard blocked punt return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
3rd - SD - Rolf Benirschke, 43-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-3
3rd - GB - Marcol, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-3
4th - GB - Buchanon, 77-yard interception return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 24-3
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 18-66 1 TD, Barty Smith 7-25, Aundra Thompson 1-13, Walt Landers 3-12, Nate Simpson 3-2, David Whitehurst 1-0
SAN DIEGO - Lydell Mitchell 14-47, Hank Bauer 5-17, Bo Matthews 5-17, Larry Barnes 3-8, Don Woods 1-2, Jeff West 1-0, James Harris 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 14-7-92 1 INT
SAN DIEGO - James Harris 18-11-111 2 INT, Dan Fouts 12-6-54 2 INT, Cliff Olander 7-5-49 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 3-52, Barty Smith 1-24, Rich McGeorge 1-10, Nate Simpson 1-4, Terdell Middleton 1-2
SAN DIEGO - Charlie Joiner 4-53, Lydell Mitchell 4-39, Artie Owens 3-46, Don Woods 3-15, John Jefferson 2-24, Larry Barnes 2-13, Hank Bauer 1-12, Johnny Rodgers 1-11, Pat Curran 1-4, Rickey Anderson 1-(-3)