Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) 25, Minnesota Vikings (6-6) 13
Sunday November 23rd 1980 (at Minnesota)
(MINNESOTA) - The Green Bay Packers, playing nearly flawless football, broke with tradition and jarred the Minnesota Vikings out of first place in their division. "It surely is exciting to be in the NFC Central Division race, isn't it?" Green Bay Coach Bart Starr asked after his club pounded out a 25-13 upset victory over the Vikings. The triumph knocked the Vikings, 6-6, out of a first-place tie with Detroit, 7-5, which defeated Tampa Bay 24-10. It also gave Green Bay its first road win in six outings this year and its first in Minnesota since 1974. Eddie Lee Ivery and Gerry Ellis supplied the ground power, teaming for 246 yards and two touchdowns, while Lynn Dickey passed for more than 200 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown strike to Aundra Thompson. Green Bay used a varied attack and aggressive defense to down the Vikings at Met Stadium for the first time in six years. It was the Packers' first season series sweep since 1965. Ellis' 1-yard TD run three seconds into the second quarter gave the Packers a 7-0 lead and after the Packers built a 10-6 halftime edge, Dickey's scoring pass to Thompson made it 16-6 early in the third period. The Vikings, who got two first-half field goals from Rick Danmeier, drew within three points on Ted Brown's 5-yard TD run midway in the third. Danmeier's field goals were 22 and 23 yards. Green Bay failed to increase its lead when a fake field goal attempt came up short at the Minnesota 5-yard line, and a genuine 30- yard attempt by Tom Birney sailed wide right in the third quarter. Birney later converted a 33-yarder with 1:57 to play. Ivery, who rushed for 145 yards on 24 carries, bolted 38 yards for the Packers' final touchdown with 56 seconds remaining. Ellis carried 15 times for 101 yards for the Packers, who hadn't seen one of their runners post a 100-yard game all year. Lofton, who upped his season totals to 59 receptions for 1,015 yards, became only the third 1,000-yard receiver in the Packers' 61-year history. Birney, who had missed three extra points and seven field goals since joining the team in October, was cut after the game and replaced by Jan Stenerud.
GREEN BAY -  0 10  6  9 - 25
MINNESOTA -  0  6  7  0 - 13
                       GREEN BAY      MINNESOTA
First downs                   25             17
Rush-yards-TDs          40-246-2        24-89-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-21-218-1-0  18-34-201-0-0
Sacked-yards                2-21           4-14
Net pass yards               197            187
Total yards                  443            276
Fumbles-lost                 0-0            2-0
Turnovers                      0              0
Penalties-yards             4-35           3-15
2nd - GB - Ellis, 1-yard run (Birney kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - MINN - Rick Danmeier, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Birney, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-3
2nd - MINN - Danmeier, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-6
3rd - GB - Thompson, 35-yard pass from Dickey (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 16-6
3rd - MINN - Ted Brown, 5-yard run (Danmeier kick) GREEN BAY 16-13
4th - GB - Birney, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 19-13
4th - GB - Ivery, 38-yard run (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 25-13
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lee Ivery 24-145 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 15-101 1 TD, David Beverly 1-0
MINNESOTA - Ted Brown 12-47 1 TD, Rickey Young 8-21, Tommy Kramer 3-17, Sammy White 1-4
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 21-13-218 1 TD
MINNESOTA - Tommy Kramer 31-16-174, Steve Dils 3-2-27
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 5-93, Paul Coffman 3-47, Aundra Thompson 2-44 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 2-24, Eddie Lee Ivery 1-10
MINNESOTA - Ahmad Rashad 6-92, Sammy White 3-45, Rickey Young 3-21, Joe Senser 2-22, Terry LeCount 2-21, Ted Brown 1-5, Bob Tucker 1-(-5)