top of page

Chicago Bears (4-3) 31, Green Bay Packers (6-1) 10

Sunday October 31st 1965 (at Chicago)


(CHICAGO) - There's something about getting beat 31 to 10. It's sort of merciful. Remember last year? That first loss was 21 to 20. It ate your heart out for a week. The Bears gave the Packers an impressive lacing in Wrigley Field Sunday. It ended Green Bay's six-game winning streak and knocked the Packers into a first place tie with the Colts, who nipped the 49ers in the last seconds. The Packers were the last of the unbeatens to fall, and they didn't go down easy. They were full of fight and the vastly improved Bears, a real machine Sunday, had to claw and scratch for their victory. The Packers now return to friendly Lambeau Field, facing the Lions in the opening game of the second half of the '65 season. The Lions, who lost to the Packers and Bears Oct. 10-17, clobbered the Rams Sunday. The Bears, obviously sky high for the Pack, host the Colts next Sunday, and it is hoped that the Bruins get a little higher for the wrisky Baltimores. The Packers got off and running right away, quieting the standing-room audience of 45,664 with a 69-yard touchdown drive with the opening kickoff. The Bears exploded with a 17-point second quarter and then rammed home a touchdown in each of the last two quarters to win going away. The crusty Chicago fans, Packer haters for four decades, went berserk. They never had it so good.


The Bears' first three touchdowns were set up with "unusuals," so to speak. A deflected (by a helmet) Bart Starr pass at the line of scrimmage was turned into an interception by Doug Atkins on the Pack 43-yard line and the Bears scored in four plays from there for a 10-7 lead. Starr then overshot Boyd Dowler and Bennie McRae intercepted, setting off a Bear TD in three plays from the Bear 31. A 62-yard punt return by the slippery Gale Sayers to the Packer 15 exploded TD No. 3. The final TD came in the fourth quarter on a 10-play, 62-yard rushing drive - the Bears' only concerted move of the day. Jim Taylor scored the Packer TD on a one-yard leap. Rudy Bukich threw eight yards to Jimmy Jones for the Bears' first TD. Sayers scored the next on a 10-yard run. Jon Arnett ran two yards for the third and Ronnie Bull romped five yards for the fourth. The field goals came on Roger LeClerc's 24-yard shot and a 43-yarder by the Pack's Don Chandler. A 17-10 game at the half, the Packers' problem really blossomed in the second half when they never got beyond their own 35-yard line. The Bays were limited to four first downs and 58 total yards (24 rushing and 34 passing) in the second half. The Bears stuck pretty much to the ground, throwing only 11 passes, while calling 46 rushes. The tank-like Andy Livingston lugged only four times but gained 40 yards. Sayers made 66 yards and Arnett 73. The Bears won the statistics too - 20 first downs to 14, 255 total yards to 227 and 202 rushing yards to 121. Passing wise, however, the Packers had an edge 106 yards to 53. Starr hit 10 out of 20, Zeke Bratkowski 2 out of 5, and Dennis Claridge, making his first appearance in a league game, hit for one. Starr had three intercepted, but Bart probably lost a little something after being kayoed in the first quarter. The Bays' ace quarterback ran 33 yards to set up the lone TD and was shaken up when hit by Roosevelt Taylor on the Bear 14. Bratkowski took the team in, calling six rushing plays, with Taylor scoring on fourth down. Starr later was nailed twice for losses and had to run three times when receivers weren't open. The Bays started Max McGee at his old station, left end, while Boyd Dowler took over at flanker, with Bill Anderson replacing the injured Marv Fleming at tight end. Bob Long and Carroll Dale saw limited action and Dowler took a turn at right end. McGee led both teams with six catches around Dave Whitsell, but the Bear defense back made an interception in front of Max in the third quarter. One of the Pack's bright spots was the "return" of Taylor, who had been operating on a gimpy leg earlier in the season. The brutish fullback picked up 50 yards in 16 carries - still below his four-yard average, but he was hitting hard. The Packers moved 69 yards in 13 plays for their first TD. Starr included a 14-yard pass to Anderson and Bart's 33-yard run in the advance, with Taylor and Hornung smashing from the 14 to the TD. It took four punches from the three to score. LeClerc then missed a field goal from the 46 but hit on a 24-yarder early in the second quarter. A 30-yard punt by Chandler gave the Bears position at midfield and the running of Sayers and Bull set up LeClerc's FG at 50 seconds of the second period. The Packers appeared to have something going early in the second quarter. Thwarted when a third and one pass went awry, the Packers got a lift when the Bears were nicked 15 for roughing punter Chandler. Pitts and Taylor ran for 11 yards and Starr passed to McGee who got into a scuffle in front of the Bear bench. With position on the Bear 47, Taylor was 

held for no gain on a third and one play and Chandler missed a field goal by inches from the 45. A clutch third third pass from Bukich to Jones for 16 yards set the stage for 24 yards in three rips by Sayers. Livingston, carrying for the first time, fumbled and Dave Robinson recovered on the Bay 37. Again the Packers started to move - what with Taylor gaining 10 in two cracks, but Atkins intercepted and the Bears scored quickly from the 43. Livingston powered 25 yards in two trips and after Sayers made five Bukich hit Jones in the end zone for a 10-7 Bear lead. Starr then passed to McGee for 12 but McRae pulled his interception and the Bears went in again. Bukich passed to Morris for 11 and Livingston, trapped by three Packers, turned on the steam and ran 10 to the 20. Sayers then skirted right end for a 17-7 lead. With time running out in the half, Starr completed passes to Hornung, Pitts, McGee and Taylor to reach the Bear 38. With one second left, Chandler hit his field goal from the 43. That was about the end of the Pack's offense. The teams traded punts at the start of the second half and Sayers returned Chandler's boot 62 yards down the sidelines, escaping four Packers along the way, to the Packer 15. Then Bull hit for four, Arnett for nine and then Arnett two for the TD and a 24-10 edge. The teams traded interceptions, with Whitsell grabbing Starr's throw right in front of McGee and returning 32 yards to the six where Starr bounced him out of bounds. The big throng braced for the kill but Hart kept the spectators quiet by intercepting in the end zone. Again the Packers made a first down, with Starr running 12 yards when no receiver was open. But Chandler was forced to punt when Fortunato belted Starr for a 13-yard loss. The Bears administered the final blow on the next series, starting from their own 38. Arnett carried on eight straight plays as the Bear offensive line outcharged the Bays. He wheeled off runs of 8, 2, 11, 2, 13, 1 (on the first play of the fourth quarter) and 3 to the Packer 11 from where Bull scored in two plays. Bratkowski took over for the Packers and nothing happened. The Bays reached the Bear 25, when Robinson intercepted a batted up pass but three straight smashes by Pitts fell three yards short of a first down. On fourth down, Bratkowski's pass to Dale was incomplete. Claridge went in for the final series and passed to Pitts for 12 yards, but the young quarterback fumbled on the final play, and, as a parting what-kind-of-a-day-was-it gesture. Atkins recovered as the gun ended the game.

GREEN BAY -  7  3  0  0 - 10

CHICAGO   -  0 17  7  7 - 31

                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO

First downs                   14            20

Rush-yards-TDs          35-121-1      46-212-3

Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-26-116-0-3   5-11-53-1-2

Sacked-yards                2-18           0-0

Net pass yards                98            53

Total yards                  219           265

Fumbles-lost                 1-1           2-1

Turnovers                      4             3

Penalties-yards             3-39          3-25


1st - GB - Jim Taylor, 1-yard run (Don Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 7-0

2nd - CHI - Roger LeClerc, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3

2nd - CHI - Jim Jones, 13-yard pass from Rudy Bukich (LeClerc kick) CHICAGO 10-7

2nd - CHI - Gale Sayers, 10-yard run (LeClerc kick) CHICAGO 17-7

2nd - GB - Chandler, 43-yard field goal CHICAGO 17-10

3rd - CHI - Jon Arnett, 2-yard run (LeClerc kick) CHICAGO 24-10

4th - CHI - Ronnie Bull, 4-yard run (LeClerc kick) CHICAGO 31-10


GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 16-50 1 TD, Bart Starr 3-48, Paul Hornung 7-16, Elijah Pitts 5-13, Tom Moore 1-0, Dennis Claridge 2-(-3), Junior Coffey 1-(-3)

CHICAGO - Jon Arnett 13-73 1 TD, Gale Sayers 16-66 1 TD, Ronnie Bull 12-47 1 TD, Andy Livingston 4-40, Rudy Bukich 1-(-14)


GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 20-10-94 3 INT, Zeke Bratkowski 5-2-9, Dennis Claridge 1-1-13

CHICAGO - Rudy Bukich 11-5-53 1 TD 2 INT


GREEN BAY - Max McGee 6-58, Elijah Pitts 2-19, Bill Anderson 2-17, Paul Hornung 1-13, Boyd Dowler 1-6, Jim Taylor 1-3

CHICAGO - Jim Jones 3-41 1 TD, Johnny Morris 1-11, Gale Sayers 1-1


NOV 1 (Chicago-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "Pete, if you can guarantee the same score, we'd like to have you back next week for the Colt game." At his expansive best, George Stanley Halas couldn't resist this puckish aside to NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, listening from the fringe as Papa Bear's gleefully pontificated for the press in Wrigley Field's congested Pink Poodle following the Bruins' resounding 31-10 dismantling of the Packers Sunday afternoon. "Don't you like to have undefeated teams in your league, commissioner?" one scribe interjected. Rozelle made a negative response, whereupon Halas slyly echoed, "Neither do we," an observation that drew a boisterous collective chuckle from the Chicago wing of the assembled fourth estate. Halas, reveling in the recently infrequent luxury of a victory over the Midway Monsters' oldest enemies, seconds earlier had pinpointed the precise moment the day's die had been cast. "I thought the turning point was when Whitsell (Dave) knocked the ball out of McGee's (Max) hands on that long pass in the third quarter," he volunteered. "They would have gone on in and scored (the Bears led 17-10 at that juncture.) That was a great play," Halas asserted, wagging his head for emphasis. "even greater than the interception he made. Of course, they all played a great game - the offense, the defense and the kicking team. I know it's a cliche, but this really was a great team effort." Halas also paid glowing tribute to offensive line coach Abe Gibron for the explosive arrival of the Bear running attack, which he attributed to the blocking the mountainous ex-Brown has developed since joining the Bear staff this season to spring the likes of the Bruins' fledgling jet set, Gale Sayers and Andy Livingston. Isn't it likely new defenses will be devised to contain this awesome threat? "We had everything in the defensive book thrown at us today," the Chicagoans' veteran owner-coach replied. "We had odd defense strong, odd defense weak, we had their standard 4-3 defense with red dogs - and we'll get a few other strange defenses wherein the safety men will red dog. I really don't know what else they could do." Although he steadfastly refuses to discuss Sayers in superlatives, Halas willingly admitted the Kansas Comet "has picked up the whole team offensively. The whole line is blocking well and all the backs are running hard, whether it be Sayers, or Livingston, Arnett or Bull." Why, in the light of his first half heroics, had Sayers seen only spot duty in the second? "We just put Arnett in to spell Gale, but Arnett got hot," George explained, "and we felt as long as he was doing so well, there was no point in replacing him and risking possible injury to Sayers." He gently but firmly declined to label his prize package the best rookie runner he has seen, observing, "I don't want to put the kid on the spot. I don't want to compare him to anyone - it's not fair to him." The Bears had thrown only 11 passes, a paltry number, it was noted. The explanation was absurdly simple. "We felt we could run on them," Halas said. "That's the reason we threw so few passes." Had this decision been based on study of the Packer-Dallas Cowboy game film? "No, we didn't learn too much from that game," George said dryly. Obviously pleased with the development of rookie linebacker Dick Butkus, the Bears' No. 1 draft choice last November, the Monsters' maestro declared, "Butkus is a lot farther along than I ever felt he would be at this point. I started playing him from the very first day. I said, 'Mistakes or no mistakes, he was going to play,' and it's paid off. Phil Handler, our defensive line coach, has had a great deal to do with Dick's rapid development. Butkus has been having a special hour and a half session with Phil after practice each Wednesday for the last five weeks and it has really helped Dick." Did he think the Bears' NFL opposition would begin attempting to punt out of bounds to avoid disastrous runbacks such as the 62-yard excursion Sayers had executed in the third quarter? "I don't think they'll do that, although they'll try to kick it away from him." "But, of course," George pointed out, "that Dick Gordon is a good journeyman punt returner himself. I would recommend to our opposing coaches," George blandly concluded "that they shouldn't change their tactics. We're not that good." As Vince Lombardi prepared to launch his press conference in the compact visitors' quarters beneath Wrigley Field's sooty girders, a Baltimore writer thrust out his hand and introduced himself. Whereupon Lombardi, with a wink at the other members of the fourth estate, queried, "Baltimore? What the hell are you doing here?" "We had a hunch," was the pithy reply. "It was a pretty good hunch," the Packer headmaster conceded, then added with a sly grin, "You have to play 'em twice yet, don't you?" This matter laid to rest, Lombardi summed up his sentiments with, "It's a long season - and we're still in first place." Why had the Bears been able to run so effectively against the Packers' highly regarded defense? "I haven't the slightest idea - except good running and good blocking." How much improvement had he observed in the Bears? "They're greatly improved - the whole ball club. This," he added significantly, "is a far better club than the one that won the championship in 1963 - all the way around." Bart Starr, who had set a record throwing passes without an interception, had acquired three interceptions against the Bruins, it was noted. "It's about time it caught up with him," Lombardi laughed. "Of course, one was bumped into the air, and one was overthrown - the guy was wide open. But those things happen." How badly had the veteran quarterback been injured? "He hurt his ribs and shoulder," Lombardi replied. Why had Starr been replaced by Zeke Bratkowski, in the second half? "No reason," Vince said. "Who," he subsequently was asked by a Milwaukee writer, "will be your quarterback next week?" "What kind of a question was that?" Lombardi shot back indignantly, then added, "Starr will be my quarterback next week." Inevitably, the name of Gale Sayers arose and Lombardi candidly admitted, "Sayers just outran us. We misjudged him. He's got great speed - and we just misjudged him." Did he think the fantastic freshman was one of the best rookies ever to come into the league? "I haven't been in the league long," Vince replied with a grin. "One thing I will say, he makes a lot of the yards he makes on his own. He's a helluva football player - which I think is a high compliment. I think the whole Bear club has a big lift because of him and Livingston. Some of the veterans have caught fire as a result." Although they weren't too many noteworthy items from the Packer standpoint, Lombardi conceded it had been "the best game Jim Taylor's had this year." Why had Taylor and Paul Hornung not played in the late going? "Because I wanted to see somebody else - it looked like we couldn't move the ball with anybody else anyway. And I wanted to see somebody else - I don't get much chance to see our younger boys." Would he agree that the Bears had played viciously? "I wouldn't say they played particularly viciously," Vince dissented. "They played well - they played strong, but not viciously. I do think they're a good football team, but they have some definite weaknesses, which we didn't exploit." Would he be more specific? "I will not," was the unhesitant reply. Apparently of the opinion the subject had been exhausted, Lombardi declared, "The Bears blocked better, ran better and they passed better - and they defensed us better. That's all there was to it. What the hell do you want me to say? You're trying to make a mountain out of a molehill."

NOV 1 (Chicago-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A picture of perplexity, broad-beamed Jerry Kramer pulled on a soft drink in front of his Wrigley Field locker and slowly shook his close-cropped head. "I can't explain it ("It," of course being the 31-10 defeat freshly inflicted on the Pack by Chicago's marauding Bears)," he said in obvious wonder. "I thought everybody was as ready as could be. Everybody knew how important the game was, and I think we all were ready. And we knew the situation down here in 1963 (when the Bruins blitzed the Bays 26-7 en route to the NFL title). We knew it would be a helluva game." Reflecting further, Kramer came up with a partial explanation. "Of course, Bart's (Starr) getting 

hurt didn't help any. But I don't think that was what decided it. They had nothing to lose, so they could afford to be loose. They were jumping around and stunting out there like crazy. And maybe we played a little cautious," Jerry mused. "And usually when you play cautious, you get beat." An innately honest citizen, he forthrightly added, "They just flat-out whipped us. I just hope they do the same thing to Baltimore next week." Turning philosophical, he pointed out, "It's a long way to Tipperary." "We rounded the turn in pretty good shape - we've got some pretty tough ones behind us." Expressing amazement at the performance of Bear phenom Gale Sayers, Jerry declared, "I can't believe it. Our defensive boys were getting their arms around him, and 99 percent of the time that's good enough, but he was running right through 'em. He's a real fine football player - a real fine one." Starr, openly unhappy with the way things had gone, was firm on at least two points: "(1) "They didn't catch us by surprise," and (2) that he is "all right" physically. "They didn't surprise us - they just played a much more inspired game," Bart said quietly. "And, of course, we put ourselves in a hole a couple of times, and that didn't help any." He shrugged off his first quarter injury, reporting, "I just got a little racked up. I'll be all right." Doug Hart, victimized by Bear split end Jimmy Jones on the Chicagoan's first touchdown, ruefully admitted, "He really was open, wasn't he? He ran a zigout and I looked into the quarterback to see if he was running a quick slant. While I was looking, he turned in and got behind me." Hart, who later blunted a Bear drive with an end zone interception, added, "They've got an offense that's really developed - good runners and that Bukich (Rudy) is a fine quarterback. They're going to win a lot more ball games - I just hope they win the right ones." There weren't too many happy moments for the Pack, but at least one of their numbers made a breakthrough when Dave Robinson intercepted his first pass of the season in the fourth quarter. "Yeah, I finally got one - thanks to Herb (Adderley)," Robinson said with a wry smile. "I was back in the hook zone and I thought Herb was intercepting on the play. Morris (Johnny) came back in and the ball just popped out of Herb's hands and into mine. He deserves a lot of credit - all I did was mess up the run."...The attitude of their rookie has been a major factor in the Bears' surge, veteran halfback Jon Arnett confided in the lighthearted Bruin dressing room. "You get a lot of young kids that are mouthy," he said, "but not our kids - we have a good bunch. They're still trying to learn. If they had come in and had the opposite attitude, we'd have to put up with 'em, but it wouldn't have worked out too well. Fortunately, they're just nice guys. Right now, I feel we're the best team in the league - I've felt that way for a couple of weeks. Maybe," he added cautiously, "we won't be next week, but right today I would say we are." Elsewhere in the Chicago quarters, a teammate was informing Bukich that the offensive linemen were making noise to the effect that opposing defenses were bewildered because "they don't know which way we're going to go." "They better not say it too loudly," Bukich told his colleague with a frown. "The defense may know exactly what to do one of these days." A highly practical fellow with a simple approach to his job, Bukich does not pretend to b a football brain. "I just call the plays I think will work and the plays that Luke (Johnsos) and Abe (Gibron) suggest, along with our game plan. That's all - I'm no magician by any means," said the darkly handsome veteran. "I think we have a good feeling - the offense and defense try to complement each other in their pay. And we're gaining more pride as we go. I think we're improving, but I don't think we're as good as we can be. We still have a way to go - how far I don't know." Towering Doug Atkins, whose second quarter interception keyed the Bears' first touchdown and sent them ahead to stay, reported, "I think the ball hit Leggett (Earl) in the headgear, although I'm not sure. At any rate, it bounced up and right into my hands. And I almost missed it," he grinned. The Bears, it was ventured, appeared to be on their way. "Yeah," he agreed, if we didn't get started too late. Of course, the season's only half over - and things can completely reverse themselves. But I'd rather be in the driver's seat." "If Green Bay's dissatisfied with the game today," the 6-foot-8 Tennesseean said slyly, "just tell 'em we'll swap won-lost records with 'em."


NOV 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "We/re not pushing the panic button." "One win doesn't make a season and one loss doesn't lose it." That was Vince Lombardi's sum-up and/or reaction today after the Packers' first loss of the season Sunday - a 31-10 decision to the Bears in Chicago. The Packers thus finished the first half of the campaign with a 6-1 record and now embark on the second half against the Lions in Lambeau Field Sunday. Lombardi summarized the Packers' performance with one lowlight and several highlights, and then pointed a finger at himself. "We did a bad job of tackling overall," the Packer coach said, pointing out perhaps the Pack's shortcoming. On the bright side, Vince noted that "we made a fine start, our running game picked up a bit - until we had to play a different kind of game, and Taylor looked like himself." In sort of a second guess on himself, Lombardi, discussing the injury to Bart Starr early in the game, said "that might have been my fault. Maybe he shouldn't have come back in." Starr was shaken up badly and suffered shoulder and rib injuries when belted hard by Roosevelt Taylor on a 33-yard run that set up the Packers' touchdown. Quickly revived on the bench by Dr. Jim Nellen, Starr wanted no part of the bench and went back in the next time the Packers had the ball. Zeke Bratkowski led the Bays to the TD in six 

LB Dave Robinson returns an interception 41-yards against the Bears at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

plays after the injury. "There's no doubt that the injury affected Starr's passing. He was sharp when he started but could not regain this edge thereafter," Vince said. Starr completed the first two passes he threw - a 14-yarder to Bill Anderson and a four-yarder to Max McGee to reach the 50. On the play before he was hurt, Starr was thrown for a five-yard loss when he went back to pass on a rollout to the right. Lombardi felt that the Packers got off to a "good start. We were in front 7-3 and went down there again and then stopped them. Then that pass bounced off a helmet and they intercepted." This had to be classified as a bad break. Starr's short pass bounced off Dick Kilcullen's helmet and smack into the arms of a surprised Doug Atkins, giving the Bears possession on the Packer 40. They scored from there for a 10-7 lead. Two plays prevented Green Bay from taking a possible 14-3 lead and later tying the score at 17-17. Midway in the second quarter the Packers had Rudy Bukich trapped on the goal line when he lost the ball in an apparent attempt to throw it away to prevent a possible safety. The officials, faced with a judgment call, ruled an incomplete pass. "Yes, it might have been," said Lombardi, "but who am I to argue with the officials." Early in the third quarter, McGee broke down the middle on the Bear 25 and appeared set to gobble up Starr's long throw when Dave Whitsell batted it down at the last possible instant. Here was a sure six points, but, as Lombard put it, "this is a game of inches I guess and the Bears had the inches." Other than Starr, the Packers came through without any injuries. "It's too early to tell yet on Bart," Lombardi said. The practice week will thus determine whether Starr is ready for the Lion game. Wrapping up the Bear game, Vince noted that "nobody likes to lose, but maybe this was a good thing for us. We'll come back." From Detroit came word today that Lion flanker Terry Barr may be lost to the team for three weeks because of a knee injury. He was hurt in the Lions' 31-7 win over the Rams. Coach Harry Gilmer said Pat Studstill would take over Barr's flanker job.


NOV 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers and Bears were confronted with 22 of these tantalizing third down situations in their battle Sunday. And only five were turned into first downs. The Packers won the third down battle, 3 to 0 in points (on Don Chandler's 43-yard field goal) and 53 to 48 in yards. The Bears scored three of their four TDs on first down situations and the other came on second down. Their field goal came on fourth down. Green Bay scored its only TD on a fourth down. Green Bay "made" two third down situations out of a possible 12, not counting the field goal with one second left in the half, and the Bears hit on three out of 10 attempts. Now extinct is the old fantasy that you can't win unless you make your third downs. This is an outgrowth of the old-fashioned two runs and a pass offenses. While pro quarterbacks often pass on first down, the third down is still a sort of yardstick in most games, though the Packer-Bear game was a real exception. A good example was the Bears' 62-yard touchdown drive. Ten rushing plays were called, with Jon Arnett running the first eight, in which five were first down plays and two were second downers. A third down situation didn't come up until the Bears had third and six on the Packer 11. Ron Bull made that yardage and the Bears scored on the next play from the five. The Bears' only other successes on third down came on passes of 12 and 16 yards from Rudy Bukich to Jimmy Jones. Green Bay's first third down situation presented the need for 13 yards from the Bear 47. Bart Starr called for a pass, couldn't find a receiver and then ran straight up the middle. He cut to the right sideline and was bumped out of bounds on the Bear 14 -a gain of 33 yards. The next third down success came late in the second period on the Packer 47. Starr needed four yards and hurled a nine-yard pass to Max McGee to make it. Three plays later Chandler kicked his field goal - on third. Neither team could do much with their third and short yardage plays. The Bays had three third and ones. Paul Hornung was stopped cold on the first - just before Jim Taylor leaped into the end zone. In the second quarter. Starr had two third and ones but missed on both. His pass to McGee was incomplete on the first and Taylor was held with no gain on the next. Bukich had a third and three and a third and four call but netted by one yard on passes to Morris and Sayers. The third down score, 3 to 0, won't go into the record books. But we just knew we could figure a Packer "win" out of that business in Chicago Sunday.


NOV 2 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's decisive 31-10 defeat administered by Chicago Sunday may have disappointed Packer fans, but Coach Vince Lombardi says he'll take a record for the second half of the season exactly like the first half. "First of all," he said, "I'll settle for that (6-1) the rest of the way." The Packers still have a share of first place in the power-packed Western Division and with that in mind are preparing for Detroit's invasion Sunday. Lombardi said he didn't know Monday if quarterback Bart Starr would be ready for the Lions game. "I'll have to wait and see how he does in practice," he said. Starr was racked up by a shattering block thrown by Roosevelt Taylor at Wrigley Field Sunday. Starr was dazed but came back the next time the Packers had the ball despite a shoulder injury. "There's no doubt that the injury affected Bart's passing," said Lombardi. "He was very sharp when he restarted but could not retain this edge, thereafter." Starr shrugged off the injury Monday and said he felt fine. He said he did not go to a hospital for precautionary x-rays upon the team's return to Green Bay. And he saw no reason why he shouldn't be ready for the Lions. After checking the game films, Lombardi said the Packers committed too many errors, but added, "I'm not taking anything away from the Bears. They were a good football team." Lombardi said he was disappointed with the tackling of the Packers. "Our tackling was very poor," he said. "In fact, we played on defense like we were stuck in the mud." Outside of Starr, Green Bay came through the hard-fought Chicago clash without serious injuries, according to Lombardi. "Nobody likes to lose but maybe this was a good thing for us," Lombardi said. "We'll come back."

NOV 2 (New York) - Pete Rozelle has been talking to the television networks about that new contract for the NFL. The current deal with Columbia Broadcasting System ends with the 1965 season and championship game. The next one may be a shocker. Although the National Broadcasting Co. has a five-year pact with the AFL and the colleges recently signed with the American Broadcasting Co., Rozelle will talk to all interested parties. The current contract brings the NFL clubs a total of $14.1 million a year for regular season plus $1.8 million for the championship game. Everybody expects the price to go higher. The NFL already has accepted Atlanta as a 15th team for 1966 and will operate on a 15-week schedule with each team having one open date. This will increase the television potential. In 1967, the league will have 16 teams and each of the eight-team conferences will be split into two four club divisions. This new format for 1967 will result in an extra week of playoff games, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, following the close of the regular schedule. Then the two winners will meet the following week for the league crown. It is conceivable that the package will amount to more than $20 million a year for the 16 clubs when the deal finally is signed and sealed. The NFL is researching about six cities for its 16th member. New Orleans and Seattle are believed to be the two most likely candidates but others are included.


NOV 2 (Atlanta) - Former Cleveland Browns' Coach Paul Brown has flatly denied printed reports that he would be named head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, who make their NFL debut next season. Contacted at his La Jolla, Calif.. home Monday, Brown said the story he will coach the Falcons is "absolutely false." Brown said his discussions with Falcon owner Rankin Smith last summer were "more exploratory and social than anything else." Brown said he met Smith at that time to offer advice on the operation of a professional football team. He said he has not seen Smith since that time. Fred Russell, sports editor of the Nashville Banner, reported the Brown will join the Falcons within two weeks. He said Brown, who still draws about $80,000 annually from the Browns on a long-term contract, is eager to return to football. Smith said he plans to stand by an earlier decision not to name a coach until the current NFL season has ended. "Putting Brown's name in the rumor mill is all right with me. The more the merrier," Smith said. He said a coach probably will be hired in December. Bud Erickson, Smith's assistant, said if Brown is named "it would be a big surprise to me." He said the Falcons do not expect to have a coach when the NFL drafts college players in late November or early December. A Browns' spokesman said he knew nothing of Brown planning to take the Atlanta job and he quoted Brown as saying he will not go to Atlanta. With Brown apparently out of the Falcons' coaching picture, speculation continues that the team is hoping to lure Vince Lombardi from the Green Bay Packers.

NOV 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Before diving into the business at hand - the Lions at Lambeau Field Sunday, let us look at the fierce race going on in the Western Division. And, more specifically, what's ahead. The seven clubs in the West have seven games left and at the moment the Packers and Colts are leading the group with 6-1 records. Two games behind, and snorting, are the Bears, Vikings and Lions with 4-3 marks. The 49ers have 3-4 and the Rams bring up the rear with 1-6. Thus, it appears that our boys are engaged in a wicked five-team battle. And it could be six if the 49ers come up with a defense to match their high-geared offense. The Packers have a unique "home stretch" since their last seven games will be against 5 different teams. They have double matches against the Rams and Vikings and singles against the Lions, Colts and 49ers. Green Bay plays the Lions, Rams, Vikings, Rams, Vikings, Colts and 49ers in that order. GB will be home to the Lions, Rams and Vikings. The Colts have two with the Bears (oh, boy) and one each with the Packers, Vikings, 49ers, Rams and Eagles. The Colts play these teams in this order - Bears (next Sunday), Vikings, Eagles, Lions (Thanksgiving Day), Bears, Packers and Rams. The Colts get the Bears (second game), Eagles and Packers at home. The Bears have those two with the Colts - plus matches against the Lions, Cardinals, Giants, 49ers and Vikings. In order, the Bears meet the Colts, Cardinals, Lions, Giants, Colts, 49ers and Vikings. The Lions, who snapped back with a strong win over the Rams last Sunday, play two with the 49ers and one with the Packers, Bears, Colts, Vikings and Eagles. This is the Lions' order: Packers, 49ers, Bears, Colts, 49ers, Vikings and Eagles. Okay, you experts, can you pick a champion? Since the Packers and Colts are in the drivers seat, it would be easy to figure out how one of them could win the championship. All the Packers (or Colts) would have to do would be to win the rest of their games, which means that the Packer-Colt smash in Baltimore Dec. 11 would decide it. This is foolish talk and maybe the above paragraph should be stricken from the record since you and I know that the amazing balance of power in the West could come to the front in the next four weeks and produce a 4 or 5-team dogfight. It could, we say, but, despite all of the so-called balance in the past five years the Western Division champion emerged with some fantastic records - the Colts of 1964 with only two losses, the Bears of 1963 with one loss and two ties, the Packers of 1962 with one loss and the Packers of 1961 with 3 losses. This, of course, is what the teams are striving for. This Sunday's game, involving the two leaders offer another case in point. The Packers and Colts both face teams which are coming away from impressive victories. The Lions swatted the Rams (in Los Angeles yet) and the Bears did our Packers in...FOURTH LOSS?: The Bears and Lions each have three losses. And what's the old bromide about giving a team it's fourth loss? It would be easier to live through a snake bite. And what about that proverbial momentum? The Colts have won five in a row, beating the 49ers, Lions, Redskins, Rams and 49ers since losing to the Packers 20-17. The Bears have a four-game winning streak going. After losing three straight, the Bears whipped the Rams, Vikings, Lions and Packers. Since losing three of their first five, the Vikings won two straight, beating the 49ers and Browns. The Packers had the longest win streak - six, before losing to the Bears. A new skein is in order. And there's no place like home to start it!


NOV 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Though admittedly embarrassed in last Sunday's unhappy Chicago invasion, as it has not been in recent memory, the Packer defense is hardly disposed to throw in the proverbial towel. So, at least, says the defenders' current elder statesman, Raymond Carl Nitschke, a member of the Pack's resistance since 1958 and one of the NFL's more hard-nosed hombres. The memory of that Wrigley Field contretemps is not overly pleasant, Nitschke readily admits, but he is not inclined to regard it as a major tragedy. He takes a practical view, writing it off as "one of those games we didn't make any breaks for ourselves. Consequently, we didn't make the big play. We did make a few breaks, but they weren't very bit. A lot of it was because of our poor tackling - as a team. And, of course, that's something you can work on, and you can improve. We still have a lot of good football players on our defense - we just had our poorest day of the season." Dismissing a Bear contention the Packer defenders "didn't know where we were going," Nitschke declared, "Fundamentally, they were using the same plays we knew they had - they didn't fool us with anything different. It was just a matter of not getting to the right place and not making the good tackle." Continuing his post-mortem, he made another pertinent point in this connection. "Of course, you've got to respect their speed - and I guess we didn't respect it enough," the erstwhile University of Illinois fullback, now the NFL's premier middle linebacker, admitted, "They like to run that end." "By speed, of course, I'm referring to Sayers (Gale) and Livingston (Andy). That's what makes them so hard to handle - just sheer speed. And they can dip in and dip out - you can't team anybody that." How did he feel about the suggestion, voiced in some quarters in the wake of Sunday's stumble by fickle members of the faithful, that the Packers might have been over-rated? Standing firmly on the record, the balding blonde did not grope for a rebuttal. "We've won six and lost one," he was nothing loath to point out. "We have a good football team, but we haven't got a real good football game under our belts, both offensively and defensively. But we'll get a couple along the line. And, of course, there's this thing about emotions. Everybody that plays us feels it will make their season if they beat us, so every team is emotionally high for us. And you have games when you're not up like you should be. It's hard to maintain that emotional level. It's still a physical game, but there's a lot of tension each week. I don't think the average layman realizes just how much pressure there is on you every week - there's tremendous tension. One play can make a ball game, you know. You've got to be on your toes every minute - this is a 60-minute game" All of this, inevitably, led to the subject of the next assignment, Sunday's rematch with the Detroit Lions in Lambeau Field - and a new concern. "I noticed they got five fumbles and three interceptions against the Rams last Sunday, which had to give them a big lift," the bespectacled Neufield Street resident thoughtfully observed. "They're still in the race and they have a good defense and a hard-running offense, with guys like Looney (Joe Don), Pietrosante (Nick) and Watkins (Tommy). You've got to be on your toes every week," he added with something akin to a sigh. "There's no rest - no rest for the wicked." Always committed to the positive approach, he concluded, "We've got to come up with a complete game - we haven't yet."


NOV 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Vince Lombardi's contract as head coach and general manager of the Packers has been renewed and extended to Jan. 31, 1974. This was announced today by Dominic Olejniczak, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc. Thus, rumors and reports that Vince would take over the new Atlanta franchise are happily put to rest. Olejniczak said that "the renewal and extension assure Packer fans of good and sound fundamental football for at least another eight years." Lombardi could not be reached for comment when the news broke this morning. He was smack in the middle of preparations for the important Lion game in Lambeau Field Sunday. This is the third extension to Lombardi's contract, which reflects the former New Yorker's spectacular success since he took over the club in January of 1959. Vince has never had a losing season, compiling records of 7-5 in 1959; 8-4 and a Western Division title in 1960; 11-3 and a world title in 1961; 13-1 and a world title in 1962; 11-1-2 in 1963; 8-5-1 in 1964; and 6-1 thus far this season. Lombardi came to Green Bay after serving five years as the Giants' offensive coach and signed a five-year contract, covering the seasons of 1959 through 1963. This pact was ripped up in August of 1961 when he signed a five-year pact, running until Jan. 31, 1966. This contract was torn up early in 1964 when he signed another new pact, extending through the 1968 season. The new pact is effective Jan. 31, 1966, and extends for eight complete seasons - until Jan. 31, 1974. Olejniczak said "we are pleased to have the outstanding coach of the nation right here in Green Bay. It was only natural that other clubs in the nation wanted him through the years." Lombardi has been on the "wanted list" of at least five pro football clubs - not to mention Army and Notre Dame. He was here hardly a year when the rumors popped out of New York that the Giants were after him. Then came the 49ers and Rams - not to mention the AFL's proposed team in Philadelphia. Only yesterday, an Atlanta radio announcer revealed that his source "close to the Packers" said that Vince would take over the Falcons. In answer to reports of his moving, Lombardi always said he had a contract to live up to in Green Bay. Lombardi ranks as the most successful coach in football and already has built up a dynasty of solid football that is rapidly approaching an era of his own. The onetime Fordham guard has produced an even 100 Packer victories against only 28 loses and two ties for an amazing won-lost percentage of .781. His teams, including the 1965 edition, scored 64 wins, 21 losses and 2 ties in league competition, and 32 wins and 5 losses in preseason play against pro opponents. In addition, the Lombardi Packers won two out of three

championship games; split two College All Star games; and split two Runnerup Bowl appearances. Lombardi, an ardent golfer, is active in other fields. He is director of the Peoples Bank of Green Bay; a member of the Council for Human Relations in Green Bay; a director of Fordham University; a member of the Citizens Committee of St. Norbert College; president of the State Mental Health Assn.; chairman of the Cancer Fund Drive; chairman of June Dairy Month in Wisconsin; and special events coordinator for City of Hope. With Lombardi as the driving force, the Packers have made three additions to the stadium, raising the capacity from slightly over 32,000 to its present capacity of nearly 51,000. In addition, an administration building was constructed, giving the Packers the most modern pro football plant in the nation.


NOV 4 (Green Bay) - A healthy Bart Starr, the difference in the Green Bay Packers' 31-21 victory over the Detroit Lions three weeks ago, could be the difference again Sunday when the two teams collide in a rematch. Except, this time. Starr might not be as healthy. Badly racked up in the Packers' 31-10 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday, Starr is expected to play but whether he'll be physically able to put on the show he did in the first Detroit game is questionable. Starr personally led the Packers back from a 21-3 halftime deficit as he completed seven of eight passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the third period. He scored a final touchdown himself on a roll out in the last quarter...MORE YARDAGE: The veteran quarterback has completed 80 of 141 passes for 1,149 yards, picking up more yardage than both Detroit quarterbacks combined. Milt Plum and George Izo have thrown for a total of 1,008 yards. Starr and the Green Bay defense have stood in the way of what could have been a disastrous season for the Packers, who have been unable to generate much of a running game in winning six of their first seven games. Going into Sunday's clash, the leading Green Bay ball carrier is Jim Taylor with 274 yards in 88 carries. Joe Don Looney leads the Lion backs with 328 yards in 98 carries. The thrice-beaten Lions should prove difficult even with a sound Starr. Without him, the Packers will have to rely on Zeke Bratkowski or Dennis Claridge at quarterback, and the resurgence of their running game. But Detroit is one of the toughest teams in the league to run against. The Lions have yielded only 673 yards rushing in seven games. The Packers have allowed 1,035. The Lions' pass defense is unimpressive, however. While Green Bay has allowed a league low of only 912 yards passing, the Lions have been hit for 1,258 yards through the air.

SIMMONS TRIES OUT WITH BAYSNOV 4 (Green Bay) - John Simmons, an offensive end from Tulsa drafted as a junior eligible in 1963, has joined the Packers for a tryout, Vince Lombardi said Tuesday. Simmons, 6-3 and 200 pounds, tried out with Buffalo in 1964, then moved to the Canadian Football League.


NOV 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - You never know what danger lurks on the shelf - forgotten items like a "set" mousetrap, a discarded hat pin, or even a quarterback named George Izo. The Lions' Izo pitched his team to a 30-7 win over the Rams in Los Angeles last Sunday in his first Detroit start. It was only his third start in his six-year career. "It felt good, real good to be able to play again. I'm still awfully rusty. I've been on the shelf a long time," said Izo, adding: "When I was a rookie with the Cardinals in 1960 I started two games. Then I got hurt and I didn't have much chance after that. Just before the 1961 season they traded me to Washington. The Redskins were high on Norm Snead so I didn't play. Then Snead went to Philadelphia for Sonny Jurgensen. It was the same old story. Like I said, I've been on the shelf for a long time." Izo is a sure bet to start ahead of Milt Plum for Detroit against the Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday. The Packers know what can lurk on the shelf. The Bears took well-graveled Rudy Bukich off the shelf a year ago and he had led the Bruins to four straight wins, including the 31-10 win over our boys last Sunday...Vince Lombardi said today he is "real pleased" with the renewal and extension of his contract as the Packers' head coach and general manager. Lombardi, a native of Brooklyn who spent most all of his life in New York until coming here, had to make a severe adjustment

in switching to the small-town way of life, but Vince puts it this way: "I've grown to like Green Bay, and I've made a lot of friends here and that's very important." Vince said "the spirit has been excellent from the people and the Packer organization." Lombardi's teams have scored 100 victories to date and like the centenarian, Vince would the first to admit today that the second 100 will be the toughest...The Lions' Karras brother, Alex and Ted, do things for and against the quarterback. Ted is rated one of the Lions' leading offensive linemen for protecting the passer, while big Alex is a noted expert on rushing the enemy passer...Ed Converse, the FBI man, has joined his organization in hunting scores of fugitives, but this is the first time one of his subjects carried the label - "a great pro football spectator." Thus, the FBI keeps an eye on all pro football game for one John William Clouser, who is rated in the FBI's top ten. Converse said Clouser is considered dangerous and likely to be armed. Anyone spotting him is asked to call the FBI...Pat Studstill, who will replace Terry Barr at flanker for the Lions, has the best pass receiving average. He stretched his eight receptions to 148 yards, averaging 18.5, in backing up Gail Cogdill earlier.


NOV 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers have a new pass receiver on the board. That would be Bill Anderson, the former Redskin who sat out 1964 while coaching at the University of Tennessee. Anderson was given the starting nod over Marv Fleming in the Bear game last Sunday, and Coach Vince Lombardi said he may give Anderson another opening shot against the Lions at Lambeau Field Sunday. Anderson caught two passes for 17 yards, nailing Bart Starr's first pass of the day to start the Bays' lone touchdown dive. Fleming, who started the first six games at tight end, has nine receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions' opening tight end likely will be Ron Kramer, the former Packer who started vs. Green Bay in Detroit three weeks ago. With R.K. is Jim Gibbons, the Lions' old reliable who has nine for 90 yards. Kramer caught eight for 69 yards and one TD - against the Pack. Teamwise, the Packers and Lions are virtually even. The two clubs are tied in first downs, with 104 each. The Packers have produced 1,832 yards compared to the Lions' 1,720. The Pack rushed for 781 yards, the Lions 712. Green Bay has 1,051 passing yards, the Lions' 1,008. The Lions have given their passers better protection than the Packers. Lion pitchers were dumped 15 times for 148 yards while Packer aerialists, chiefly Bart Starr, were thrown 21 times for 193 yards. The Packers and Lions have turned in the same number of punts, 37. Pat Studstill is averaging 45.5 yards for Detroit and Don Chandler 42.4 for GB. And here's an important "stix." The Packers have fumbled but six times (lowest in the league) while the Lions fumbled 15 times. In the "other" mistake category - interceptions, the Packers have given up five interceptions, the Lions 15. The Packers and Bears are tied for the league lead in fewest interceptions. The Lions and Packers have each scored nine touchdowns by passing. Green Bay has 10 TDs by running, the Lions eight. Three of the Pack's running TDs were scored by defensive players - Herb Adderley 2 and Lee Roy Caffey. Two of the Lions' TDs came on interceptions - both by Wayne Rasmussen, who returned one of Starr's passes, a tipped job, for six...The Lions placed flankerback Terry Barr on the injured reserve list Friday to make room for rookie halfback Bob Felts, acquired on waivers from Baltimore. Coach Harry Gilmer said Barr's right knee, sprained in the game with Los Angeles Sunday, would require about four weeks to heal. Under NFL rules, Barr may not be removed from the injured roster until Dec. 2

when Detroit meets San Francisco. Pat Studstill will take Barr's place.

NOV 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers start the second half of their season Sunday against the Detroit Lions still looking for a solid running game to augment the passing of Bart Starr. If they find it, the Packers could be off on another winning tear such as the six-game streak that shot them to the top of the NFL's Western Division. The streak came to an end against Chicago last Sunday and left the Packers in a first place tie with the Baltimore Colts. Both have 6-1 records. Running room won't be easy against the Lions, a team 

notoriously stingy when it comes to giving up yards on the ground. The Lions, however, have been hurt through the air. Starr did it when the teams first met three weeks ago. He passes for three quick three period touchdowns to bring the Packers back from a 21-3 halftime deficit. Green Bay won the game 31-21...MINUS YARDS: Starr has not had a good game since. He was held to minus 10 yards passing by Dallas two weeks ago and was thrown off his form by the Bears last Sunday after being jarred hard by Roosevelt Taylor. Starr's condition could be the key to the game which will introduce Packer fans to George Izo as a starting quarterback. The one-time Notre Dame quarterback was promoted to first string last Sunday against Los Angeles and impressed in the Lions' 31-7 victory. The Lions will be without Terry Barr, their ace receiver who injured a knee against the Rams and has been placed on the injured reserve list. Coach Harry Gilmer has named Pat Studstill to take over Barr's flanker spot. Amos Marsh, an acquisition from Dallas, will play fullback instead of Nick Pietrosante.


NOV 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers scored but two touchdowns in their last two games. And they are fresh from a 31 to 10 pasting in Chicago. Thus, it goes without saying, the Packers will be attempting a double comeback - on offense and defense - against the Lions in Lambeau Field this afternoon. This is a kickoff game for the Packers and Lions - starting the second half of the 1965 season. Green Bay came through the first half with an impressive 6-1 record, including a 31-21 decision over the Lions. Detroit posted 4-3, topped by a strong 31-7 verdict over the Rams in Los Angeles last Sunday. Coming home to nearly 51,000 of their faithful figures to be a fine tonic for the Packers - especially after being on the wrong end of the noise in Wrigley Field. Kickoff is set for 1:05. The Packers scored one TD - after recovery of a fumble - and two field goals in nipping the Cowboys 13-3 in Milwaukee two weeks ago. Their production was one TD - on a 69-yard drive - and one field goal in Chicago. The fact that Jim Taylor scored both TDs - his first of the season - is a good sign. The Packers' smashing fullback, a big key in the Bay offense, started to look like himself vs. the Bears after an injured leg bothered him in the first six games. Bart Starr probably won't wait long to test Taylor, though the Packer quarterback had his best success of the current season as a passer against the Lions in Detroit. Starr hurled three touchdown passes in the third quarter to overcome a 21-3 deficit and then scored the fourth TD, himself, on an end run. Starr's passing to Taylor, Paul Hornung, Tom Moore - plus wing receivers Boyd Dowler, Max McGee, Carroll Dale, Bob Long, Bill Anderson and Marv Fleming. Fleming is always a major challenge against the Lions because of their terrific defensive line. The major thorn is Alex Karras, who is having his best season - not to mention giant Roger Brown. The Packers offensive line has come under plenty of pressure and Starr has felt some of it - about 20 times worth. The success of the Packers' offense rests in the hands (and blocks) of the linemen. The Packer defense, a bulwark in the first six games, permitted its largest total in Chicago, including a 62-yard all-rushing drive for the Bears' fourth TD. Green Bay's defense finished the first half of the season by allowing the fewest number of points in the league, 105, for an average of 15. Green Bay held the high-powered Colts and 49ers to a total of 27 points - 17 for J. Unitas and Co., and 10 for John Brodie, Inc. The only quarterback to give the Pack real fits was Rudy Bukich of you know where. The Bay defensers will run into something new today. That would be George Izo, the traveled one-time Notre Dame flash who made his third start in six years of pro football last Sunday and turned it into the victory over the Rams. He has been rewarded with a start 

against the Packers. In the rare role of back-up man is Milt Plum, who started the Bay game in Detroit. The Lions will be without Terry Barr, leading pass catcher who is out for a month with a bad knee. He will be replaced by the lively Pat Studstill, who has been troublesome for the Packers in various capacities in recent years. The Packers will also be exposed to one of the league's top young ball carriers - Joe Don Looney, who picked up 67 yards in 13 carries vs. GB in Detroit. Nick Pietrosante added 74 yards in 14 trips but Amos Marsh started the Ram game at fullback. The Packers go into action today in generally good physical condition. Starr has recovered from the pounding he took in a fierce sideline tackle by Roosevelt Taylor. Several other Bays have minor hurts but nothing serious. The Packer-Lion rivalry ranks second only to the 94-game Packer-Bear series. The Motors and Green Bay will be tangling in their 65th game since the series started in '34. The Packers won 37 games, the Lions 25 and two finished in ties.

bottom of page