Green Bay Packers (4-1) 33, Buffalo Bills (3-2) 21
Sunday December 5th 1982 (at Milwaukee)
Jan Stenerud kicks a field goal against the Buffalo Bills in Milwaukee on December 5, 1982
(MILWAUKEE) - Jan Stenerud said he never had played under worse conditions, but Green Bay's placekicker set a milestone, and so did the rest of the Packers. Stenerud kicked four field goals, moving into third place on the NFL's career scoring list with 1,381 points, to help the Packers defeat the Buffalo Bills, 33-21, in driving rain and thick mud. In the process, the Packers stamped themselves among the top contenders for the playoffs with a 4-1 record. Del Rodgers recovered a fumble in the end zone for Green Bay's go-ahead touchdown, while Eddie Lee Ivery powered a yard for another score. Lynn Dickey passed for 195 yards, including a 23-yard strike to John Thompson for another touchdown, for the Packers, who forced five Bills' turnovers. Coaches Bart Starr of the Packers and Chuck Knox of the Bills both were upset that the baseball infield part of the field had not been sodded. "It was very unfortunate to have to put up with that," Starr said. "I was very disappointed. A ball game could have been decided by the weather. That would have been a real tragedy." The Packers took the lead to stay at 13-7 on Rodgers' touchdown with 2:54 in the first half. Gerry Ellis fumbled on second and 7 from the Bills 10, and the ball rolled forward to the end zone, where Rodgers fell on it. It was the first touchdown allowed by the Bills in 11 quarters, and the first touchdown rushing against them in 23 quarters. Ivery's touchdown capped a 60-yard drive at the start of the second half and made it 20-7. James Lofton set up the score with a 30-yard run on a flanker reverse to the 3. The Packers built their lead to 27-7 with 12:24 to play on Dickey's touchdown pass to Thompson.
BUFFALO   -  0  7  0 14 - 21
GREEN BAY -  6  7  7 13 - 33
                         BUFFALO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   23            19
Rush-yards-TDs          34-142-1      35-106-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-36-204-2-2 14-23-195-1-1
Sacked-yards                1-10           0-0
Net pass yards               194           195
Total yards                  336           301
Fumbles-lost                 5-3           4-2
Turnovers                      5             3
Penalties-yards             4-47          4-25
SCORING
1st - GB - Stenerud, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - Stenerud, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - BUF - Joe Cribbs, 1-yard run (Efren Herrera kick) BUFFALO 7-6
2nd- GB - Rodgers, fumble recovery in the end zone (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 13-7
3rd - GB - Ivery, 1-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 20-7
4th - GB - Thompson, 23-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 27-7
4th - GB - Stenerud, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 30-7
4th - BUF - Mark Brammer, 8-yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Herrera kick) GREEN BAY 30-14
4th - GB - Stenerud, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 33-14
4th - BUF - Brammer, 6-yard pass from Matt Robinson (Herrera kick) GREEN BAY 33-21
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 1-30, Del Rodgers 5-28, Eddie Lee Ivery 13-18 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 11-18, Harlan Huckleby 1-7, Jim Jensen 2-5, Lynn Dickey 2-0
BUFFALO - Joe Cribbs 14-61 1 TD, Curtis Brown 10-45, Roosevelt Leaks 9-36, Joe Ferguson 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 23-14-195 1 TD 1 INT
BUFFALO - Joe Ferguson 29-14-134 1 TD 2 INT, Matt Robinson 7-4-70 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - John Jefferson 3-55, James Lofton 3-42, Gerry Ellis 3-31, Phil Epps 2-26, Eddie Lee Ivery 2-18, John Thompson 1-23 1 TD
BUFFALO - Roosevelt Leaks 4-26, Frank Lewis 3-57, Mike Mosley 3-51, Mark Brammer 3-19 2 TD, Joe Cribbs 2-16, Lou Piccone 1-18, Perry Tuttle 1-12, Robert Holt 1-5