Green Bay Packers (4-6) 26, New York Giants (5-5) 24
Sunday November 8th 1981 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - Jan Stenerud's fourth field goal of the game, a 23-yarder with 2:36 to play, rallied the Green Bay Packers to a 26-24 victory over the New York Giants. The Giants, 5-5, who had trailed 20-0 after one quarter, stormed back behind second-year QB Scott Brunner and took a 24-23 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Joe Danelo with 6:14 left. The Packers, 4-6, started the next series at their 21 and drove to the Giants 6 behind David Whitehurst's passes covering 41 yards to John Jefferson and 17 to Paul Coffman. Stenerud kicked his decisive field goal on fourth down and one. Stenerud's field goals gave him 301 for his 15-year NFL career, third highest in league history. The Packers built their 20-0 lead on a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown by Estus Hood, a 94-yard scoring dash with a punt return by Mark Lee and Stenerud field goals of 32 and 28 yards. Hood's second interception of the game and a Brunner fumble, which was recovered by Green Bay's Casey Merrill, set up Stenerud's first two field goals. Brunner, who started because No.l quarterback Phil Simms was out with a groin injury, retaliated with touchdown passes covering 18 yards to Gary Shirk and 24 yards to Johnny Perkins in the second quarter. Brunner threw the first scoring pass after he had lined up as the holder on a fake field goal attempt by Danelo. Stenerud kicked a 35-yard field goal 1:13 before halftime to put the Packers ahead 23-14. The kick followed an interception by the Packers' Mark Murphy at the Giants' 48. The Giants closed within 23-21 with 10:39 to play when Brunner threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Mike Friede.
NEW YORK  -  0 14  0 10 - 24
GREEN BAY - 20  3  0  3 - 26
                       NY GIANTS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   17            13
Rush-yards-TDs           31-88-0       30-82-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 23-46-251-3-4 14-31-203-0-2
Sacked-yards                2-18          2-18
Net pass yards               233           185
Total yards                  321           267
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           1-0
Turnovers                      7             2
Penalties-yards             8-54           1-5
SCORING
1st - GB - Hood, 41-yard interception return (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Lee, 94-yard punt return (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
1st - GB - Stenerud, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-0
1st - GB - Stenerud, 28-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-0
2nd - NY - Gary Shirk, 18-yard pass from Scott Brunner (Joe Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 20-7
2nd - NY - Johnny Perkins, 24-yard pass from Brunner (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 20-14
2nd - GB - Stenerud, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 23-14
4th - NY - Mike Friede, 7-yard pass from Brunner (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 23-21
4th - NY - Danelo, 33-yard field goal NEW YORK 24-23
4th - GB - Stenerud, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 26-24
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 20-75, Harlan Huckleby 5-11, Terdell Middleton 1-2, David Whitehurst 3-(-3), Jim Jensen 1-(-3)
NY GIANTS - Rob Carpenter 15-38, Leon Bright 7-30, Leon Perry 5-18, Doug Kotar 2-4, Scott Brunner 2-(-2)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 4-4-60, Lynn Dickey 27-10-143 2 INT
NY GIANTS - Scott Brunner 46-23-251 3 TD 4 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Paul Coffman 4-68, John Jefferson 3-71, Harlan Huckleby 3-7, Gerry Ellis 2-45, James Lofton 2-12
NY GIANTS - Leon Bright 6-78, Johnny Perkins 5-82 1 TD, Gary Shirk 3-27 1 TD, Tom Mullady 3-20, Mike Friede 2-20 1 TD, Rob Carpenter 2-18, Leon Perry 1-9, Doug Kotar 1-(-3)