Green Bay Packers (5-6) 21, Chicago Bears (3-8) 17
Sunday November 15th 1981 (at Green Bay)
Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton tries to cut through a hole as Green Bay Packers safety Mark Murphy (37) and defensive end Mike Butler (77) close in during the Packers’ 21-17 victory over Chicago at Lambeau Field on Nov. 15, 1981. Payton rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries in that game. (Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette archives)
(GREEN BAY) - David Whitehurst threw touchdown passes covering 1 and 39 yards to Harlan Huckleby and 2 yards to Terdell Middleton, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 21-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. S Mark Murphy set up Green Bay's go-ahead touchdown with a 50-yard interception return, and CB Mark Lee picked off two other passes by the Bears' Vince Evans as the Packers won their third game in a row. Murphy intercepted a sideline pass intended for Brian Baschnagel and returned to the Bear 29 before Evans pushed him out of bounds. After a holding penalty set the Packers back to the 39, Huckleby caught a pass about 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, faked past Jeff Fisher and Gary Fencik and raced to the end zone for a 14-10 Packer lead 7:41 before halftime. Whitehurst's scoring pass to Middleton made it 21-10 with just over a minute left in the half. A pair of 12-yard runs by Huckleby and a 15-yard pass from Whitehurst to James Lofton sustained the 63-yard, 5-minute drive. The Bears closed to within 21-17 when Walter Payton, who rushed 22 times for 105 yards, scored on a 2-yard run with 9:58 left. However, Lee preserved the victory with his second interception and a 12-yard return to the Packer 35 with 7:44.
CHICAGO   - 10  0  0  7 - 17
GREEN BAY -  7 14  0  0 - 21
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   20            18
Rush-yards-TDs          39-165-2      34-114-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-29-114-0-3 11-32-140-3-1
Sacked-yards                3-26           1-7
Net pass yards                88           133
Total yards                  253           247
Fumbles-lost                 6-0           2-1
Turnovers                      3             2
Penalties-yards             5-50          4-41
SCORING
1st - CHI - John Roveto, 36-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
1st - GB - Huckleby, 1-yard pass from Whitehurst (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
1st - CHI - Matt Suhey, 1-yard run (Roveto kick) CHICAGO 10-7
2nd - GB - Huckleby, 39-yard pass from Whitehurst (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
2nd - GB - Middleton, 2-yard pass from Whitehurst (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
4th - CHI - Walter Payton, 2-yard (Roveto kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Harlan Huckleby 11-71, Gerry Ellis 13-37, Terdell Middleton 2-8, David Whitehurst 2-(-2)
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 22-105 1 TD, Vince Evans 4-31, Matt Suhey 12-18 1 TD, Ken Margerum 1-11
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 31-11-140 3 TD 1 INT, Gerry Ellis 1-0-0
CHICAGO - Vince Evans 29-13-114 3 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 5-80, Paul Coffman 3-18, Harlan Huckleby 2-40 2 TD, Terdell Middleton 1-2 1 TD
CHICAGO - Matt Suhey 4-11, Rickey Watts 3-52, Walter Payton 2-8, Dave Williams 2-8, Robin Earl 1-23, Brian Baschnagel 1-12