Green Bay Packers (2-0) 27, New York Giants (0-2) 19
Monday September 20th 1982 (at New York)
(NEW YORK) - Green Bay Packers QB Lynn Dickey likes a winning season, even if it's only two games. "If there's going to be a strike, I'd rather be 2-0 than 0-2," Dickey said after the Packers pulled another second-half comeback and thrashed the New York Giants 27-19 Monday night. When the clock ran out, the National Football League players strike had begun. James Lofton, whose 83-yard end-round touchdown run late in the third quarter swung the momentum to the Packers, said the players were distracted by the announcement of a strike hours earlier. Lofton said he was sorry the strike had been announced before the game. "It kind of took some of the air out of us," he said. The Packers scored only once in the first half, on Dickey's 7-yard touchdown pass to fullback Jim Jensen. Before Lofton's late third-quarter touchdown, the Giants had built a 19-7 lead. The Giants scored on 8- and 2-yard touchdown runs by rookie Joe Morris and Cliff Chatman, respectively, as well as a 37-yard Joe Danelo field goal and a Packers' team safety. Lofton raced elegantly to the end zone, holding the football high in the air as the Giants scrambled at his heels with 1:37 left in the third quarter. Eddie Lee Ivery's 11-yard touchdown run pushed the Packers ahead of the Giants, 21-19, and Jan Stenerud completed the score with 37-and 22-yard field goals. The game was a near mirror-image of Green Bay's 35-23 season opener victory over the Los Angeles Rams a week ago. "Second halves are tough on coaches," said Packers Coach Bart Starr, who refused to discuss the strike, called by the players' union after it and the NFL Management Council failed to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement. The job action failed to dampen Starr's sense of humor. Twice during the game, the power went out at Giants Stadium. Thirty seconds into the second quarter, virtually all the lights went cut, bringing a loud and lengthy cheer from the fans.
GREEN BAY       -  0  7  7 13 - 27
NEW YORK GIANTS -  9  3  7  0 - 19
                       GREEN BAY     NY GIANTS
First downs                   16            15
Rush-yards-TDs          41-198-2       25-76-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-20-201-1-0 15-33-191-0-2
Sacked-yards                4-38           0-0
Net pass yards               163           191
Total yards                  361           267
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           3-1
Turnovers                      1             3
Penalties-yards             3-20          4-32
SCORING
1st - NYG - Joe Morris, 2-yard run (Joe Danelo kick) NEW YORK GIANTS 7-0
1st - NYG - Safety, ball snapped out of the end zone NEW YORK GIANTS 9-0
2nd - NYG - Danelo, 37-yard field goal NEW YORK GIANTS 12-0
2nd - GB - Jensen, 7-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) NEW YORK GIANTS 12-7
2nd - NYG - Cliff Chatman, 2-yard run (Danelo kick) NEW YORK GIANTS 19-7
3rd - GB - Lofton, 83-yard run (Stenerud kick) NEW YORK GIANTS 19-14
4th - GB - Ivery, 11-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-19
4th - GB - Stenerud, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-19
4th - GB - Stenerud, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-19
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lee Ivery 28-94 1 TD, James Lofton 1-83 1 TD, Mike Meade 5-14, Del Rodgers 2-9, Gerry Ellis 1-2, Jim Jensen 1-0, Ray Stachowicz 1-0, Lynn Dickey 2-(-4)
NY GIANTS - Cliff Chatman 8-20 1 TD, Joe Morris 5-20 1 TD, Butch Woolfolk 6-16, Larry Heater 3-13, Leon Bright 1-5, Scott Brunner 2-2
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 20-13-201 1 TD
NY GIANTS - Scott Brunner 33-15-191 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 4-101, Paul Coffman 3-60, Phil Epps 1-24, Eddie Lee Ivery 1-12, Jim Jensen 1-7 1 TD, Gary Lewis 1-0, Mike Meade 1-(-1), Del Rodgers 1-(-2)
NY GIANTS - Tom Mullady 5-39, Johnny Perkins 4-82, Butch Woolfolk 2-10, Earnest Gray 1-44, John Mistler 1-8, Leon Bright 1-6, Gary Shirk 1-2