1963 Green Bay Packers season

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1963 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Vince Lombardi
General manager Vince Lombardi
Home field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 11–2–1
Division place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff finish Won Playoff Bowl (3rd place)
(Cleveland Browns, 40–23)

The 1963 Green Bay Packers season was their 44th season in the National Football League. The two-time defending NFL champions posted an 11–2–1 record under fifth-year head coach Vince Lombardi for a second-place finish in the Western Conference, a half game back.

Both losses were inflicted by the Chicago Bears (11–1–2), the NFL champions in 1963, as the indefinite suspension of halfback Paul Hornung was too much for Green Bay to overcome.[1][2] The Packers had won the previous five regular season games with rival Chicago, but scored just ten points total in the two games in 1963,[3][4][5][6] and needed only a tie in one of them to advance to the championship game. (The tie at Detroit on Thanksgiving did not impact the Packers' title chances; ties were omitted from the winning percentage calculation until 1972.)  Chicago's only loss was at last place San Francisco in October and they tied Pittsburgh and Minnesota in consecutive weeks after their second defeat of the Packers.

Quarterback Bart Starr suffered a hairline fracture in his passing hand at St. Louis on October 20. Up 23–0 in the third quarter, Starr couldn't find an open receiver on third down and took off on a run that gained 15 yards, tackled with a late hit out of bounds by Cardinal cornerback Jimmy "Iron Claw" Hill, who was ejected.[7] Second-string quarterback John Roach filled in for the rest of the game, a 30–7 win in 85 °F (30 °C) heat, and the next four starts. Zeke Bratkowski was acquired in late October, waived by the Rams,[8][9][10] and saw some action, too.[5][6] Starr returned a month later, in week eleven on November 24 against San Francisco in Milwaukee, a week after the second loss to Chicago.[11]

Following their regular season finale, a 21–17 win at San Francisco on Saturday, Green Bay needed Detroit to defeat the Bears at Wrigley Field on Sunday.[12] The game's progress was updated to the Packers during their flight home;[13] Chicago's 24–14 win ended Green Bay's bid for an unprecedented third consecutive championship game win, which came four years later in 1967.

In the third place Playoff Bowl in Miami three weeks later on January 5, the Packers overwhelmed the Cleveland Browns, 40–23.[14] Green Bay led 28–10 at halftime and extended it to 38–10 in the fourth quarter.[15][16]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 15 Chicago Bears L    3–10 0–1 City Stadium
42,327
2 September 22 Detroit Lions W 31–10 1–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
45,912
3 September 29 Baltimore Colts W 31–20 2–1 City Stadium
42,327
4 October 6 Los Angeles Rams W 42–10 3–1 City Stadium
42,327
5 October 13 at Minnesota Vikings W 37–28 4–1 Metropolitan Stadium
42,567
6 October 20 at St. Louis Cardinals W 30–7 5–1 Busch Stadium
32,224
7 October 27 at Baltimore Colts W 34–20 6–1 Memorial Stadium
60,065
8 November 3 Pittsburgh Steelers W 33–14 7–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
46,293
9 November 10 Minnesota Vikings W 28–17 8–1 City Stadium
42,327
10 November 17 at Chicago Bears L    7–26 8–2 Wrigley Field
49,166
11 November 24 San Francisco 49ers W 28–10 9–2 Milwaukee County Stadium
45,905
12 November 28 at Detroit Lions T  13–13 9–2–1 Tiger Stadium
54,016
13 December 7 at Los Angeles Rams W 31–14 10–2–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
52,357
14 December 14 at San Francisco 49ers W 21–17 11–2–1 Kezar Stadium
31,031

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 3 7 10
• Packers 3 7 7 14 31

[17]

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 11 1 2 .917 10–1–1 301 144 W2
Green Bay Packers 11 2 1 .846 9–2–1 369 206 W2
Baltimore Colts 8 6 0 .571 7–5 316 285 W3
Detroit Lions 5 8 1 .385 4–7–1 326 265 L1
Minnesota Vikings 5 8 1 .385 4–7–1 309 390 W1
Los Angeles Rams 5 9 0 .357 5–7 210 350 L2
San Francisco 49ers 2 12 0 .143 1–11 198 391 L5

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

Playoff Bowl[edit]

The Playoff Bowl matched the runners-up of the two conferences to determine third place in the league. It was played in January at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, the week following the NFL Championship game.

Week Date Opponent Score Venue Attendance
Playoff Bowl January 5, 1964 Cleveland Browns W, 40–23 Orange Bowl 54,921

Source:[14][15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hornung suspended". Milwaukee Sentinel. April 18, 1963. p. 1, part 1. 
  2. ^ "Suspend 2 football stars". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. April 18, 1963. p. 1, section 1. 
  3. ^ Strickler, George (September 16, 1963). "Bears shatter Packers' invincibility". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  4. ^ Strickler, George (November 18, 1963). "Showdown battle is all Bears, 26-7". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  5. ^ a b Lea, Bud (November 18, 1963). "Spirited Bears maul Packers, take lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Chuck (November 18, 1963). "Bears rip Packers in showdown, 26-7". Milwaukee Journal. p. 9, part 2. 
  7. ^ Lea, Bud (October 21, 1963). "Packers win, 30-7; tie for 1st". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  8. ^ Hollow, Cooper (October 30, 1963). "Packers get Bratkowski from Rams as insurance". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Chuck (October 30, 1963). "Packers get Rams' Bratkowski as insurance at quarterback". Milwaukee Journal. p. 21, part 2. 
  10. ^ "Packers buy Bratkowski". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. October 30, 1963. p. 11D. 
  11. ^ Lea, Bud (November 25, 1963). "Starr spurs Packers of 49ers". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  12. ^ Strickler, George (December 15, 1963). "Up to Bears, now! Packers win". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 2. 
  13. ^ Lea, Bud (December 16, 1963). "Packers are disappointed, not surprised". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 3, part 2. 
  14. ^ a b "Packers trounce Browns in Playoff, 40–23". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 23. 
  15. ^ a b Segreti, James (January 6, 1964). "Packers salvage runner-up honors; whip Browns, 40-23". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  16. ^ a b "Starr outshines Browns, 40-23". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 6, 1964. p. 27. 
  17. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Aug-26.