1961 Green Bay Packers season

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1961 Green Bay Packers season
Head coachVince Lombardi
General managerVince Lombardi
Home fieldCity Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record11–3
Division place1st NFL Western
Playoff finishWon NFL Championship Game (Giants) 37-0

The 1961 Green Bay Packers season was their 43rd season overall and their 41st season in the National Football League. The club posted an 11–3 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference and ending a fifteen-year playoff drought. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 37–0 in the NFL Championship Game, the first title game ever played in Green Bay. This was the Packers 7th NFL league championship.

The 1961 season was the first in which the Packers wore their trademark capital "G" logo on their helmets.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 12 Herb Adderley Cornerback Michigan State
2 26 Ron Kostelnik Defensive Tackle Cincinnati
3 40 Phil Nugent Back Tulane
4 54 Paul Dudley Back Arkansas
4 56 Joe LeSage Guard Tulane
5 68 Jack Novak Guard Miami (FL)
6 82 Lee Folkins Tight End Washington
7 96 Lewis Johnson Back Florida A&M
9 124 Vester Flanagan Tackle Humboldt State
10 138 Buck McLeod Tackle Baylor
11 152 Val Keckin Back Southern Miss
12 166 John Denvir Tackle Colorado
13 180 Elijah Pitts Halfback Philander Smith
14 194 Nelson Toburen Linebacker Wichita State
15 208 Ray Lardani Tackle Miami (FL)
16 222 Clarence Mason End Bowling Green
17 236 Jim Brewington Tackle North Carolina Central
18 250 Arthur Sims Back Texas A&M
19 264 Leland Bondhus Tackle South Dakota State
20 278 Ray Ratkowski Back Notre Dame

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1961 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


[2]

Roster[edit]

1961 Green Bay Packers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Depth chart[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Game site TV Time Record Attendance
1 August 11, 1961 @ Dallas Cowboys W 30–7 Cotton Bowl 9:00 PM CDT 1–0 30,000
2 August 18, 1961 @ St. Louis Cardinals W 31–10 Sportsman's Park 8:30 PM CDT 2–0 31,056
3 August 26, 1961 Chicago Bears W 24–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 8:00 PM CDT 3–0 42,560
4 September 4, 1961 New York Giants W 20–17 City Stadium 8:00 PM CDT 4–0 33,452
5 September 9, 1961 vs. Washington Redskins
(at Columbus, Georgia)
W 31–24 A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium 8:00 PM CDT 5–0 18,000

All times are CENTRAL time

Regular season[edit]

Despite being named NFL MVP, Paul Hornung was briefly lost to the military. In response to the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Department of Defense activated thousands of reservists. Two dozen football players were activated, including Paul Hornung, Boyd Dowler, and Ray Nitschke.[3][4] On November 14, Hornung was to report to Fort Riley in north central Kansas.[5] Wisconsin residents were so upset that Republican senator Alexander Wiley and Democratic congressman Clement Zablocki requested deferments for the players.[6] On October 18, the final word was that the players had to serve. Hornung missed the November 19 game in Green Bay against the Rams, but was flown from Fort Riley to Detroit for the November 23 Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions at Tiger Stadium.[7] Hornung kicked a field goal and two extra points in the 17–9 victory.[8][9]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Game site TV Time Record Attendance
1 September 17 Detroit Lions L 13–17 Milwaukee County Stadium CBS 12:30 PM CDT 0–1 44,307
2 September 24 San Francisco 49ers W 30–10 City Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CDT 1–1 38,669
3 October 1 Chicago Bears W 24–0 City Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CDT 2–1 38,669
4 October 8 Baltimore Colts W 45–7 City Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CDT 3–1 38,669
5 October 15 at Cleveland Browns W 49–17 Cleveland Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CDT 4–1 75,042
6 October 22 at Minnesota Vikings W 33–7 Metropolitan Stadium CBS 1:30 PM CDT 5–1 42,007
7 October 29 Minnesota Vikings W 28–10 Milwaukee County Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CST 6–1 44,112
8 November 5 at Baltimore Colts L 21–45 Memorial Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CST 6–2 57,641
9 November 12 at Chicago Bears W 31–28 Wrigley Field CBS 1:00 PM CST 7–2 49,711
10 November 19 Los Angeles Rams W 35–17 City Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CST 8–2 38,669
11 November 23 at Detroit Lions W 17–9 Tiger Stadium CBS 11:00 AM CST 9–2 55,662
12 December 3 New York Giants W 20–17 Milwaukee County Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CST 10–2 47,012
13 December 10 at San Francisco 49ers L 21–22 Kezar Stadium CBS 3:30 PM CST 10–3 55,722
14 December 17 at Los Angeles Rams W 24–17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum CBS 3:30 PM CST 11–3 49,169

All times are CENTRAL time

Season summary[edit]

Week 1: vs. Detroit[edit]

Week 1: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 7 0317
Packers 7 3 0313

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 17
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), wind 9 mph
  • Game attendance: 44,307
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score

Week 2: vs. San Francisco[edit]

Week 3: vs. Chicago[edit]

Week 4: vs. Baltimore[edit]

Week 5: at Cleveland[edit]

Week 6: at Minnesota[edit]

Week 7: vs. Minnesota[edit]

Week 8: at Baltimore[edit]

Week 9: at Chicago[edit]

Week 10: vs. Los Angeles[edit]

Week 11: at Detroit[edit]

Week 11: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 7 01017
Lions 3 3 309

at Tiger Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 23
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), wind 8 mph
  • Game attendance: 55,662
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score

Week 12: vs. New York[edit]

Week 13: at San Francisco[edit]

Week 14: at Los Angeles[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Result Score Game site TV Radio Time Attendance
NFL Championship December 31, 1961 New York Giants W 37–0 City Stadium NBC NBC 1:00 PM CST 39,029

All times are CENTRAL time

Game summary[edit]

1961 NFL Championship Game vs. New York[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 0 000 0
Packers 0 24103 37

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Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 11 3 0 .786 9–3 391 223 W1
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .615 7–4–1 270 258 L1
Chicago Bears 8 6 0 .571 7–5 326 302 W2
Baltimore Colts 8 6 0 .571 6–6 302 307 W1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 6–5–1 346 272 L1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 3–9 263 333 L1
Minnesota Vikings 3 11 0 .214 3–9 285 407 L2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Roster[edit]

Stats[edit]

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Kicking

Punting

Kick Return

Punt Return

Interception

Team

Total Yards and Turnovers Passing Rushing

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gridiron Uniform Database: Green Bay Packers
  2. ^ "All Time Coaches Database". Packers.com. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Paul Hornung to enter Army". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 4, 1961. p. 2.
  4. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 284, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  5. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 286, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  6. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 285, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  7. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 287, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  8. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 288, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  9. ^ "Green Bay tops Lions 17-9 to take commanding lead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 24, 1961. p. 16.
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28.