Green Bay Packers (2-3) 27, New York Giants (2-3) 14
Sunday October 4th 1981 (at New York)
(NEW YORK) - The New York Giants discovered All-Pro receivers James Lofton and John Jefferson hurt you even when they don't catch the ball. With the Giants overly concerned with stopping Green Bay's incomparable wide receivers, Packer QB Lynn Dickey exploited the soft middle of the New York defense with key passes to TE Paul Coffman to spark a 27-14 truimph that snapped a three-game losing streak. Coffman caught a 1-yard touchdown pass and set up three other scores, finishing with a team-high six recptions for 92 yards as the Packers improved to 2-3. Harlan Huckleby, making his first NFL start, added a one-yard TD run, Jefferson caught a 26-yard scoring pass and Jan Stenerud added field goals of 50 and 35 yards. Coffman, who caught 56 passes in 1979 and 42 last year, is perhaps the biggest beneficiary of last months's acquisition of Jefferson from San Diego. The Giants, 2-3, didn't cross midfield until the third quarter against a Green Bay defense that had yielded an average of 33 points per game over the last three weeks The Giants were shut out until Doug Kotar's one-yard TD run late in the third period. Earnest Gray caught a two-yard scoring pass from Phil Simms with 1:20 remaining to close out the scoring. After Kotar's score, the Packers iced the game on a 19-play, 80-yard march, kept alive by three penalties to the Giants - the most penalized team in the NFC. Terry Jackson was guilty of pass interference on 3rd-and- three and after a 25-yard pass to Lofton on 3rd-and-20, Jackson was flagged for running into the punter on fourth down. A roughing-the-passer penalty against Gary Jeter on 3rd-and-8 set up Dickey's 26-yard TD strike to Jefferson on 3rd-and-goal with 8: 48 left in the game.
GREEN BAY -  3 10  7  7 - 27
NY GIANTS -  0  0  7  7 - 14
                       GREEN BAY     NY GIANTS
First downs                   27            17
Rush-yards-TDs          49-148-1       16-41-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-23-231-2-1 20-32-230-1-2
Sacked-yards                2-16           1-9
Net pass yards               215           221
Total yards                  363           262
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           1-0
Turnovers                      1             2
Penalties-yards            12-90          9-70
SCORING
1st - GB - Stenerud, 50-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Coffman, 1-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - GB - Stenerud, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - GB - Huckleby, 1-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 20-0
3rd - NY - Doug Kotar, 1-yard run (Joe Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 20-7
4th - GB - Jefferson, 26-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 27-7
4th - NY - Earnest Gray, 2-yard pass from Phil Simms (Danelo kick) GREEN BAY 27-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Harlan Huckleby 30-88 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 18-56, Eric Torkelson 1-4
NY GIANTS - Doug Kotar 9-31 1 TD, Leon Perry 3-7, Leon Bright 2-2, Phil Simms 2-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 22-17-208 2 TD 1 INT, Gerry Ellis 1-1-23
NY GIANTS - Phil Simms 32-20-230 1 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Paul Coffman 6-92 1 TD, James Lofton 5-75, Gerry Ellis 3-16, John Jefferson 2-31 1 TD, Harlan Huckleby 2-17
NY GIANTS - Mike Friede 5-73, Johnny Perkins 4-69, Doug Kotar 4-10, Leon Bright 3-32, Earnest Gray 2-27 1 TD, John Mistler 1-14, Gary Shirk 1-5