Green Bay Packers (1-0) 16, Chicago Bears 9
Sunday September 6th 1981 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - Gerry Ellis and Eddie Lee Ivery led a punishing ground attack and each scored a touchdown to lead underdog Green Bay to a 16-9 victory over host Chicago. The Bears' bid for a tying touchdown ended when Matt Suhey fumbled on the Green Bay goal line with 23 seconds to play. Ellis carried 17 times for 94 yards and Ivery had 72 yards in 14 carries before leaving the game in the third quarter with a twisted left knee, the same knee on which he had surgery two years ago. The Packers took the opening kickoff and marched 72 yards to a touchdown with Ivery smashing for 28 yards before going across from the two-yard line. The snap from center Charlie Ane was low on the extra-point attempt but the Pack still cashed in when Ray Stachowicz picked up the loose ball and threw a conversion pass to Rich Wingo for the 7-0 lead.The win did not come without a price. Ivery was lost for the second time in three years when he tore up his knee on the Soldier Field astroturf, the same place his rookie season ended in 1979.
GREEN BAY -  7  6  0  3 - 16
CHICAGO   -  0  0  6  3 -  9
                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO
First downs                   20            20
Rush-yards-TDs          46-193-2      30-145-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 10-23-165-0-1 17-35-185-0-0
Sacked-yards                2-12          3-24
Net pass yards               153           161
Total yards                  346           306
Fumbles-lost                 2-2           6-4
Turnovers                      3             4
Penalties-yards             6-52         10-72
SCORING
1st - GB - Ivery, 2-yard run (Wingo pass from Stachowicz) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Ellis, 5-yard run (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - CHI - Walter Payton, 11-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-6
4th - GB - Stenerud, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-6
4th - CHI - Bob Thomas, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-9
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 17-94 1 TD, Eddie Lee Ivery 14-72 1 TD, Terdell Middleton 6-26, Lynn Dickey 3-2, Aundra Thompson 1-2, Steve Atkins 5-(-3)
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 19-81 1 TD, Matt Suhey 5-47, Roland Harper 3-9, Dave Williams 1-4, Vince Evans 2-4
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 23-10-165 1 INT
CHICAGO - Vince Evans 35-17-185
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 5-84, Eddie Lee Ivery 2-10, Paul Coffman 1-27, Aundra Thompson 1-25, Fred Nixon 1-19
CHICAGO - Brian Baschnagel 4-67, Walter Payton 4-29, Matt Suhey 4-19, Rickey Watts 2-35, Dave Williams 2-19, Ken Margerum 1-16