It was 46 years ago today that 50,861 professional football fans crammed into Lambeau Field on a 49-degree Sunday afternoon to watch the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears in the long-running rivalry that would play out once more.
In a different era with different rules, played during the time when many of our parents were cheering … the Packers and Bears were the best ticket in town – and for good reason. These two teams played some of the best football in all of the National Football League.
And while we love it when Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler clash on the modern day field, many of us also remember when the Kansas Comet slashed through defenses and Ray Nitschke manned the middle of the Packers defense.
Such was the case on this day. In a game where the Packers would prevail 13-10 when Don Chandler kicked a fourth quarter game-winning field goal, it was all about pounding the rock. Today, it’s not uncommon for a quarterback to throw the ball 50 times. Well, on this particular day, the Packers ran the ball 50 times, 32 of those rushes by Jim Grabowski, who plowed for a total of 111 yards.
On the other side of the ball, Gale Sayers was held well under 100 yards, rushing 15 times for 63 yards.
Bart Starr, the Packers quarterback that day, passed for 113 yards on 10 completions in 19 attempts. And despite the fact that the Packers moved the ball up and down the field, churning out 24 first downs to the Bears’ 6, they also turned the ball over five times, which allowed the Bears to stay in the game.
Consider that the Bears’ quarterback Jack Concannon was just 2-of-5 passing for seven yards on the day – yes, you read that right – and you can understand the difference in the game of the 60s from that of 2013.
Chicago turned the ball over just once – Packers linebacker LeRoy Caffey picked off one pass from Jack Concannon.
After the Packers opened the game with a drive capped by a 2-yard run for a touchdown by Grabowski, there wasn’t much scoring. In addition to Grabowski’s TD, Chandler kicked a field goal and the Packers took a 10-0 lead into halftime, but it was a field goal by Chicago’s Mac Percival and a touchdown by Sayers and the Bears tied the game in the second half.
That was before Chandler ended the game with his field goal to give the Packers the 13-10 win.
Defense was the name of this game, but there were other teams scoring on this particular day back in 1967.
Here’s a rundown of all the NFL games on this particular day in history:
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