Green Bay Packers (5-1) 24, Chicago Bears (3-3) 14
Sunday October 8th 1978 (at Green Bay)
Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Carl Barzilauskas (75) pressures Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini (7) during the Packers’ 24-14 victory over the Bears at Lambeau Field on Oct. 8, 1978. At left, defensive end Ezra Johnson (78) and an unidentified teammate battle Bears guard Noah Jackson (65); at right, defensive end Mike Butler takes on Bears tackle Dennis Lick (70). Press-Gazette archives
(GREEN BAY) - S Steve Luke returned an intercepted pass 83 yards for a touchdown and an interception by tackle Carl Barzilauskas set up another score, leading the surprising Green Bay Packers to a 24-14 victory over the Chicago Bears. Chester Marcol kicked a 41-yard second-quarter field goal after a fumble recovery by Luke, as the swarming Packer defense forced five turnovers. The Packers (5-1), off to their best start since 1966, broke open the defensive struggle after DE Mike Butler hit Bear QB Bob Avellini's arm as he tried to throw from his 28-yard line early in the third quarter. The ball squirted to near the line of scrimmage where a charging Barzilauskas grabbed it and lumbered 5 yards to the 14. Terdell Middteton scored from 2 yards out on fourth down six plays later for a 10-0 Green Bay lead. Avellini, rushed hard by rookie LB John Anderson on the next Bears' series, overthrew Greg Latta. Luke picked off the ball and raced down the right sideline to the end zone behind a crushing block by DE Ezra Johnson. The Bears (3-3) capped a 71-yard march when Avellini passed 15 yards to James Scott for a touchdown with 12:08 to play. However, the Packers wrapped it up two scrimmage plays later when David Whitehurst fired a 58-yard touchdown bomb to rookie James Lofton for a 24-7 lead. Avellini passed 17 yards to Scott for the Bears' second touchdown with 2:51 to play.
CHICAGO   -  0  0  0 14 - 14
GREEN BAY -  0  3 14  7 - 24
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   21             8
Rush-yards-TDs          40-147-0       36-98-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 23-37-224-2-3   6-12-88-1-0
Sacked-yards                2-14          2-20
Net pass yards               210            68
Total yards                  357           166
Fumbles-lost                 3-2           4-2
Turnovers                      5             2
Penalties-yards             8-70          8-50
SCORING
2nd - GB - Marcol, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
3rd - GB - Middleton, 2-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
3rd - GB - Luke, 63-yard interception return (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 17-0
4th - CHI - James Scott, 15-yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
4th - GB - Lofton, 58-yard pass from Whitehurst (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 24-7
4th - CHI - Scott, 17-yard pass from Avellini (Bob Thomas kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 16-64 1 TD, Barty Smith 15-36, Eric Torkelson 2-7, David Whitehurst 2-(-1), Aundra Thompson 1-(-8)
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 19-82, Roland Harper 18-68, Brian Bachnagel 1-0, Bob Avellini 2-(-3)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 12-6-88 1 TD
CHICAGO - Bob Avellini 37-23-224 2 TD 3 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 2-65 1 TD, Terdell Middleton 2-18, Aundra Thompson 1-6, Barty Smith 1-(-1)
CHICAGO - James Scott 9-113 2 TD, Golden Richards 5-66, Walter Payotn 5-39, Roland Harper 3-4, Greg Latta 1-2