Green Bay Packers (5-3-1) 41, St. Louis Cardinals (5-4) 16
Saturday January 8th 1983 (at Green Bay)
On January 8th 1983, Packers fans celebrated a 41-16 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs by trying to tear down the Lambeau Field goalposts. The postseason appearance, coming as part of a different playoff format resulting from the strike-shortened 1982 season, was the Packers' first in a decade, and the win was their first in the postseason since Super Bowl II.
James Lofton and John Jefferson celebrate in the endzone during the Packers playoff win over the St. Louis Cardinals
(GREEN BAY) - Green Bay's Lynn Dickey, the highest-ranked passer in the NFL, broke out of his late-season slump and led the Packers into the NFC playoff semifinals. Dickey passed for 260 yards and four touchdowns, including a 60-yard strike to John Jefferson for Green Bay's go-ahead score in the first quarter, and the Packers rolled to a 41-16 first-round playoff victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. "Our pass protection was excellent and our passing game was as good as we've had it," Packer Coach Bart Starr said. "If you look back over the season, any time we were running the ball effectively it opened up the passing game," Dickey said. "If we can't run, the defense isn't dumb. It knows it can tee off. Today we had a good day rushing the football." 'Dickey also passed for touchdowns covering 20 yards to James Lofton, four yards to Eddie Lee Ivery and seven yards to Jefferson, while Ivery scored on a one-yard run and Jan Stenerud kicked two field goals for the Packers. Jefferson, who had been used mostly as a decoy in recent weeks and had not caught a touchdown pass all season, had six receptions for 148 yards. Neil Lomax threw touchdown passes of 5 yards to Pat Tilley and 18 to Mike Schumann, and Neil O'Donoghue kicked an 18-yard field goal. However, O'Donoghue missed 44- and 45-yard field goal attempts and had a 44-yarder blocked by Gary Lewis, who also deflected a conversion attempt. The Cardinals lost star running back Ottis Anderson, who sprained his left ankle on the second play of the second quarter and did not return after he had rushed for 58 yards on eight carries. Tilley, the Cardinals' top receiver, went out with a sprained knee in the third quarter. The Packers, who built a 28-9 halftime lead, sacked Lomax five times for 38 yards in losses and forced four turnovers. It was the first playoff game at Lambeau Field since the famed Ice Bowl 14 years before. Still, the game was not even a sellout, mainly because the strike had soured many fans on pro football.
ST. LOUIS -  3  6  0  7 - 16
GREEN BAY -  7 21 10  3 - 41
                       ST. LOUIS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   27            22
Rush-yards-TDs          23-106-0      31-108-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 32-51-385-2-2 19-26-286-4-0
Sacked-yards                5-38           0-0
Net pass yards               347           286
Total yards                  453           394
Fumbles-lost                 3-2           1-1
Turnovers                      4             1
Penalties-yards             6-78          5-35
1st - STL - Neil O'Donoghue, 18-yard field goal ST. LOUIS 3-0
1st - GB - Jefferson, 60-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Lofton, 20-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - GB - Ivery, 2-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-3
2nd - GB - Ivery, 4-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 28-3
2nd - STL - Pat Tilley, 5-yard pass from Neil Lomax (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 28-9
3rd - GB - Stenerud, 46-yard field goal GREEN BAY 31-9
3rd - GB - Jefferson, 7-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 38-9
4th - GB - Stenerud, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 41-9
4th - STL - Mike Shumann, 18-yard pass from Lomax (O'Donoghue kick) GREEN BAY 41-16
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lee Ivery 13-67 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 5-27, Del Rodgers 6-18, Jim Jensen 3-10, Lynn Dickey 1-0, Harlan Huckleby 2-(-1), James Lofton 1-(-13)
ST. LOUIS - Ottis Anderson 8-58, Stump Mitchell 7-21, Wayne Morris 3-14, Neil Lomax 4-9, Roy Green 1-4
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 23-17-260 4 TD, Rich Campbell 2-1-15, Gerry Ellis 1-1-11
ST. LOUIS - Neil Lomax 51-32-385 2 TD 2 INT
GREEN BAY - John Jefferson 6-148 2 TD, Paul Coffman 4-39, James Lofton 3-52 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 3-29, Del Rodgers 1-10, Eddie Lee Ivery 1-4 1 TD, Jim Jensen 1-4
ST. LOUIS - Roy Green 9-113, Pat Tilley 5-55 1 TD, Mike Shumann 4-59 1 TD, Stump Mitchell 4-57, Ken Thompson 3-41, Ricky Thompson 3-41, Wayne Morris 3-32, Doug Marsh 2-18, Willard Harrell 2-10
Green Bay Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey reacts after hitting James Lofton with a touchdown pass during the playoff win over the Cardinals. Walking off the field is St. Louis' Curtis Green (75).
For more content from the 1982 program of the First-Round playoff game against the Cardinals, check out Packerville, USA.