Green Bay Packers (7-7) 31, Detroit Lions (7-7) 17
Sunday December 6th 1981 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Since coming to Green Bay in a trade with the San Diego Chargers, John Jefferson had served primarily as an expensive decoy and an exuberant Packer cheerleader. Jefferson was all that and more Sunday, catching eight passes for 113 yards to help the Packers gain a 31-17 win over the Detroit Lions and further scramble the wild NFC Central Division race. "I like both roles," Jefferson said of his part as a cheerleader and a star receiver. "When I first came here, I knew that (cheerleading) was going to be my role. People call it hotdogging. I call it John Jefferson." Jefferson, who caught seven passes when he debuted for Green Bay in the fourth game of the season, had just 18 receptions in the last nine games, mainly because the Packers were not throwing to him. If it bothered Jefferson, he never showed it. But he and Lofton did meet with the Packer quarterbacks and coaches prior to last week's victory over Minnesota and urged them to start throwing the ball deep. Lynn Dickey threw two touchdown passes and Harlan Huckleby scored twice from one yard out to put the Packers in the thick of the Central Division race. Dickey, who completed 20-of-31 passes for 279 yards, hit TE Paul Coffman with a five-yard scoring strike with 17 seconds left in the half to give the Packers their first lead at 14-10. Dickey's other TD pass was a 15-yarder to James Lofton in the third period. Lofton finished with four catches for 90 yards and finally was able to team with John Jefferson to give the Lambeau Field crowd its long awaited dynamic duo.
DETROIT   -  3  7  7  0 - 17
GREEN BAY -  0 14  7 10 - 31
                         DETROIT     GREEN BAY
First downs                   20            24
Rush-yards-TDs          31-143-2       34-68-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-33-240-0-2 20-31-279-2-0
Sacked-yards                4-23          2-14
Net pass yards               217           265
Total yards                  360           333
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           0-0
Turnovers                      2             0
Penalties-yards             6-39          2-31
SCORING
1st - DET - Eddie Murray, 38-yard field goal DETROIT 3-0
2nd - DET - Vince Thompson, 9-yard run (Murray kick) DETROIT 10-0
2nd - GB - Huckleby, 1-yard run (Stenerud kick) DETROIT 10-7
2nd - GB - Coffman, 5-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
3rd - GB - Lofton, 15-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
3rd - DET - Billy Sims, 3-yard run (Murray kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
4th - GB - Huckleby, 1-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 28-17
4th - GB - Stenerud, 36-yard field goal GREEN BAY 31-17
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 13-46, Harlan Huckleby 17-18 2 TD, John Jefferson 1-7, Lynn Dickey 3-(-3)
DETROIT - Billy Sims 20-64 1 TD, Vince Thompson 5-34 1 TD, Eric Hipple 4-27, Dexter Bussey 2-18
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 31-20-279 2 TD
DETROIT - Eric Hipple 33-17-240 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - John Jefferson 8-113, Paul Coffman 5-67 1 TD, James Lofton 4-90 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 3-9
DETROIT - Freddie Scott 5-89, Billy Sims 4-72, Leonard Thompson 3-60, Dexter Bussey 2-(-3), David Hill 1-15, Horace King 1-5, Rick Kane 1-2