1970 Green Bay Packers season

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1970 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Phil Bengtson
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 6–8
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1969 1971 >

The 1970 Green Bay Packers season was their 50th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record under coach Phil Bengtson, his last at the helm, earning them a third-place finish in the NFC Central division.

Offseason[edit]

The Packers' 1970 season began in a state of mourning. After a summer in and out of Georgetown Hospital, Vince Lombardi succumbed to cancer on September 3, at the age of 57. Over 3,500 people attended Lombardi's funeral, including pallbearers Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and Willie Davis. Three days after his death, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced that the Super Bowl trophy would be renamed in Lombardi's honor.

1970 NFL draft[edit]

In the 1970 NFL draft, the Packers used their two picks in the first-round to choose Mike McCoy and Rich McGeorge. In total, the Packers selected 20 players in the draft, nine of those being in the first seven rounds.[1]

Incomplete list

1970 NFL Draft selections
Round Sel# Player Pos. College
1 2 Mike McCoy DT Notre Dame
1 16 Rich McGeorge Tight end Elon
2 41 Al Matthews DB Texas A&M
3 68 Jim Carter LB Minnesota
4 93 Ken Ellis DB Southern
4 96 Skip Butler K Texas-Arlington
5 120 Cecil Pryor -- Michigan
6 145 Ervin Hunt DB Fresno St.
7 172 Cleo Walker LB Louisville
13 328 Dave Smith RB Utah
15 380 Mike Carter WR Sacramento State
17 432 Larry Krause RB St. Norbert

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Packers finished 6–8 in the regular season, failing to reach the playoffs.[3]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 20 Detroit Lions L 0–40 Lambeau Field* 0–1 56,263
2 September 27 Atlanta Falcons W 27–24 Lambeau Field 1–1 56,263
3 October 4 Minnesota Vikings W 13–10 Milwaukee County Stadium* 2–1 47,967
4 October 12 at San Diego Chargers W 22–20 San Diego Stadium 3–1 53,064
5 October 18 Los Angeles Rams L 21–31 Lambeau Field 3–2 56,263
6 October 25 Philadelphia Eagles W 30–17 Milwaukee County Stadium 4–2 48,022
7 November 1 at San Francisco 49ers L 10–26 Kezar Stadium 4–3 59,335
8 November 9 Baltimore Colts L 10–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 4–4 48,063
9 November 15 Chicago Bears W 20–19 Lambeau Field 5–4 56,263
10 November 22 at Minnesota Vikings L 3–10 Metropolitan Stadium 5–5 47,900
11 November 26 at Dallas Cowboys L 3–16 Cotton Bowl 5–6 67,182
12 December 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–12 Three Rivers Stadium 6–6 46,418
13 December 13 at Chicago Bears L 17–35 Wrigley Field 6–7 44,957
14 December 20 at Detroit Lions L 0–20 Tiger Stadium 6–8 57,387

*Both Lambeau Field and Milwaukee County Stadium were home fields for the Packers.

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 335 143
Detroit Lions 10 4 0 .714 347 202
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 196 293
Chicago Bears 6 8 0 .429 256 261

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Post season[edit]

After a turbulent season filled with labor disputes, blowout losses, and the final merger of the AFL and NFL, the Packers had only their second losing season since 1959. Thoroughly frustrated, Phil Bengtson resigned two days after being shut out in the season finale against the Detroit Lions. Disappointed with Bengston's overall 20–21–1 record during three seasons as Vince Lombardi's handpicked successor, it was obvious the organization and the community craved the high standards of winning established a decade earlier.

The 1970 season was also the final season of Forrest Gregg as a Packer, a year later he returned home to play for the Dallas Cowboys where he joined his own teammate Herb Adderley.

Statistical leaders[edit]

The following players led the Packers in the following statistical categories in 1970.[5]

Passing
Leader Comp Att Yds Td Int
Bart Starr 144 255 1645 8 13
Rushing
Leader Att Yds YPA Tds
Donny Anderson 222 853 3.8 5
Travis Williams 74 276 3.7 1
Receiving
Leader Rec Yds YPC Tds
Carroll Dale 49 814 16.6 2
Donny Anderson 36 414 11.5 0
John Hilton 25 350 14.0 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Draft History – Green Bay Packers". NFL.com. Retrieved 2007-02-09. 
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1970.htm
  3. ^ "1970 Green Bay Packer's Game Results". Pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 297
  5. ^ "1970 Green Bay Packers Statistics and Players". Pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 

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