1962 Green Bay Packers season

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1962 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Vince Lombardi
General manager Vince Lombardi
Home field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 13–1
Division place 1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
Timeline
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< 1961 1963 >

The 1962 Green Bay Packers season was their 42nd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 13–1 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 16–7 in the NFL Championship Game, the Packers second consecutive defeat of the Giants in the championship game. This marked the Packers' eighth NFL World Championship.

In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1962 Packers as the fifth-greatest defense in NFL history,[1] noting, "The great 1962 Packers had a rock-solid defense front to back, with five Hall of Famers: defensive linemen Willie Davis and Henry Jordan, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley, and safety Willie Wood. (They also had 1962 All-Pro linebackers Dan Currie and Bill Forester.) Green Bay gave up just 10.8 points per game, shutting out opponents three times. The Packers held opposing QBs to a 43.5 rating, due, in part, to Wood's league-leading nine interceptions. The Packers' defense allowed the Giants 291 yards in the NFL championship game, but held the Giants offense scoreless as the Packers won, 16–7 (New York scored on a blocked punt)."

The Packers' +267 point differential (points scored vs. points against) in 1962 is the best total of any NFL team in the 1960s.[2] Cold Hard Football Facts says that the 1962 Packers "may have been the best rushing team in the history of football. And that team etched in historic stone the image of Lombardi's three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust Packers that is still so powerful today."[3]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 14 Earl Gros Running Back LSU
2 28 Ed Blaine Guard Missouri
3 41 Gary Barnes Wide Receiver Clemson
4 56 Ron Gassert Defensive Tackle Virginia
5 65 Chuck Morris Back Ole Miss
5 70 Jon Schopf Guard Michigan
6 79 John Sutro Tackle San Jose State
6 84 Oscar Donahue End San Jose State
7 98 Gary Cutsinger Tackle Oklahoma State
8 112 Jim Tullis Back Florida A&M
9 126 Peter Schenck Back Washington State
10 140 Gale Weidner Quarterback Colorado
11 154 Jim Thrush Tackle Xavier
12 158 Joe Thorne Back South Dakota State
12 168 Tom Pennington Back Georgia
13 182 Tom Kepner Tackle Villanova
14 196 Ernie Green Back Louisville
15 210 Roger Holdinsky Back West Virginia
16 224 Jimmy Field Back LSU
17 238 Buck Buchanan Tackle Grambling
18 252 Bob Joiner Quarterback Presbyterian
19 266 Jerry Scattini Halfback California
20 280 Mike Snodgrass Center Western Michigan
  • Yellow indicates a future Pro Bowl selection

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1962 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  Defensive coaches


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Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The team was 7–0 at home and 6–1 on the road. It was the first time since 1944 that the club went undefeated at home.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 16, 1962 Minnesota Vikings W 34–7 City Stadium
38,669
2 September 23, 1962 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–0 Milwaukee County Stadium
44,885
3 September 30, 1962 Chicago Bears W 49–0 City Stadium
38,669
4 October 7, 1962 Detroit Lions W 9–7 City Stadium
38,669
5 October 14, 1962 at Minnesota Vikings W 48–21 Metropolitan Stadium
41,475
6 October 21, 1962 San Francisco 49ers W 31–13 Milwaukee County Stadium
46,010
7 October 28, 1962 at Baltimore Colts W 17–6 Memorial Stadium
57,966
8 November 4, 1962 at Chicago Bears W 38–7 Wrigley Field
48,753
9 November 11, 1962 at Philadelphia Eagles W 49–0 Franklin Field
60,671
10 November 18, 1962 Baltimore Colts W 17–13 City Stadium
38,669
11 November 22, 1962 at Detroit Lions L 14–26 Tiger Stadium
57,598
12 December 2, 1962 Los Angeles Rams W 41–10 Milwaukee County Stadium
46,833
13 December 9, 1962 at San Francisco 49ers W 31–21 Kezar Stadium
53,769
14 December 16, 1962 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
60,353

Season summary[edit]

Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 0 0 7
Packers 3 0 3 3 9


Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Championship December 30, 1962 at New York Giants W 16–7 Yankee Stadium
64,892

NFL Championship[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 7 3 3 16
Giants 0 0 7 0 7

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Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 13 1 0 .929 415 148 W-3
Detroit Lions 11 3 0 .786 315 177 L-1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 321 287 W-2
Baltimore Colts 7 7 0 .500 293 288 W-2
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 282 331 L-2
Minnesota Vikings 2 11 1 .154 254 410 L-3
Los Angeles Rams 1 12 1 .077 220 334 L-3

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]