Green Bay Packers (8-7) 35, New Orleans Saints (4-11) 7
Sunday December 13th 1981 (at New Orleans)
(NEW ORLEANS) - It was one of his best days as a professional, but Green Bay QB Lynn Dickey said he would swap his glittering personal statistics for a guaranteed berth in the playoffs. Dickey hit 19 of 21 passes for 218 yards and five touchdowns in leading the Packers to a 35-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints. He was not intercepted. The Packers retained their slim hopes for a playoff berth, needing a victory over the New York Jets in their season finale next week, plus a Tampa Bay loss to Detroit and an Atlanta split in its final two games. Dickey had a strong shot at the Packers' single-game touchdown passing record, but he didn't push it. He matched the team record with five touchdown passes, his fifth TD strike coming with 9 37 left to play. Two of his touchdown passes went to wide receiver John Jefferson - a 24-yarder in the first quarter and a 30-yarder in the third period. His other touchdown completions were for nine yards to fullback Gerry Ellis, in the first quarter, 25 yards to James Lofton in the second quarter and two yards to Paul Coffman in the third. Three of the Green Bay touchdowns were set up by turnovers from New Orleans, which had four passes intercepted and lost two fumbles as the Packers won their sixth game in the last seven to improve to 8-7. New Orleans got its only touchdown on a one-yard plunge by rookie tailback George Rogers in the third quarter. Maurice Harvey intercepted two Archie Manning passes and Dickey turned both breaks into touchdowns. The first came near the end of the first quarter when Harvey picked off a tipped Manning pass at his own 28 and returned it 46 yards to the New Orleans 26. Four plays later, Dickey hit Jefferson in the end zone. Harvey's second interception, at his own 23 in the third quarter, was returned 53 yards Again, it took Dickey only four plays to score, with a 2-yard pass to Coffman. Manning, who was replaced in the fourth by Dave Wilson, completed 10-of-14 passes for 121 yards and 3 interceptions.
GREEN BAY   - 14  7  7  7 - 35
NEW ORLEANS -  0  0  7  0 -  7
                       GREEN BAY   NEW ORLEANS
First downs                   17            16
Rush-yards-TDs          29-116-0       34-87-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 19-21-218-5-0 14-21-165-0-4
Sacked-yards                2-16           0-0
Net pass yards               202           165
Total yards                  318           252
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           2-2
Turnovers                      0             6
Penalties-yards             4-30          1-12
SCORING
1st - GB - Ellis, 9-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Jefferson, 24-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Lofton, 25-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
3rd - NO - George Rogers, 3-yard run (Benny Ricardo kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - GB - Coffman, 2-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
4th - GB - Jefferson, 30-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 35-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 11-64, Harlan Huckleby 10-29, Terdell Middleton 4-13, Jim Jensen 4-10
NEW ORLEANS - George Rogers 26-70 1 TD, Toussaint Tyler 2-9, Scott Stauch 1-5, Jimmy Rogers 3-2, Jack Holmes 1-2, Jeff Groth 1-(-1)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 21-19-218 5 TD
NEW ORLEANS - Archie Manning 15-10-121 3 INT, Dave Wilson 6-4-44 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 5-26 1 TD, John Jefferson 4-91 2 TD, Paul Coffman 4-30 1 TD, James Lofton 3-52 1 TD, Gary Lewis 1-7, Terdell Middleton 1-6, Harlan Huckleby 1-6
NEW ORLEANS - Guido Merkens 3-67, Jeff Groth 2-15, George Rogers 2-4, Jack Holmes 2-3, Hoby Brenner 1-16, Toussaint Tyler 1-18,  Larry Hardy 1-15, Jimmy Rogers 1-9, Scott Stauch 1-7