1964 Green Bay Packers season

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1964 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Vince Lombardi
General manager Vince Lombardi
Home field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 8–5–1
Division place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff finish Lost in Playoff Bowl
(Cardinals, 24–17)

The 1964 Green Bay Packers season was their 45th season in the National Football League. The club was led by sixth-year head coach Vince Lombardi, and tied for second place in the Western Conference at 8–5–1.

The Packers opened the season in Green Bay with a promising win over the rival Chicago Bears, the defending NFL champions.[1][2] They then lost four of six, including three home games, and were 3–4 midway through the season, falling twice to the Baltimore Colts. The first three losses were by a total of five points, but the fourth on October 25, to the Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee, was by ten and came after building a 17–0 lead.[3]

In the season's latter half, Green Bay won five of six and tied the Rams in the finale to end 3½ games behind the Colts (12–2) in the West, tied for second with Minnesota. Baltimore clinched the Western title on November 22, with three games remaining.[4][5] Based on point differential in the season split with the Vikings, the Packers were awarded the runner-up slot in the Playoff Bowl,[6] the consolation third place game in Miami played three weeks after the regular season, on January 3.

Green Bay had played in the previous season's Playoff Bowl and won decisively,[7][8] which followed consecutive league titles in 1961 and 1962, and three straight appearances in the championship game. In the 1964 season's third-place game, the St. Louis Cardinals prevailed over the unmotivated Packers, 24–17.[9][10][11][12]

The 1964 season was arguably the most disappointing for Lombardi as a head coach. Consecutive appearances in the consolation Playoff Bowl, and the loss, keyed Lombardi and the Packers to win three consecutive NFL titles; the latter two followed by victories in the first two Super Bowls. Since the playoff era began 84 years ago in 1933, no other team was won three straight NFL titles.

The NFL classifies the ten editions of the Playoff Bowl as exhibition games, not postseason contests.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1964 NFL draft
Round Pick Player Position School
1 13 Lloyd Voss Defensive End Nebraska
2 27 Jon Morris Center Holy Cross
3 36 Ode Burrell Back Mississippi State
3 40 Joe O'Donnell Guard Michigan
3 41 Tommy Crutcher Linebacker TCU
4 44 Bob Long Wide Receiver Wichita State
4 55 Paul Costa Tackle Notre Dame
5 60 Duke Carlisle Quarterback Texas
5 69 Steve Wright Offensive Tackle Alabama
7 97 Dick Herzing Tackle Drake
8 111 Ken Bowman Center Wisconsin
9 125 John McDowell Offensive Tackle St. John's (MN)
10 139 Allen Jacobs Back Utah
11 153 Jack Petersen Tackle Nebraska-Omaha
12 167 Dwain Bean Back North Texas State
13 181 Jack Mauro Tackle Northern Michigan
14 195 Tom O'Grady End Northwestern
15 209 Alex Zerko Tackle Kent State
16 223 Andrew Ireland Back Utah
17 237 Len St. Jean End Northern Michigan
18 251 Mike Hicks Guard Marshall
19 265 John Baker End Norfolk State
20 279 Bill Curry Center Georgia Tech
  • Yellow indicates a future Pro Bowl selection

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 13 Chicago Bears W 23–12 1–0 City Stadium
42,327
2 September 20 Baltimore Colts L 21–20 1–1 City Stadium
42,327
3 September 28 at Detroit Lions W 14–10 2–1 Tiger Stadium
59,203
4 October 4 Minnesota Vikings L 24–23 2–2 City Stadium
42,327
5 October 11 San Francisco 49ers W 24–14 3–2 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,380
6 October 18 at Baltimore Colts L 24–21 3–3 Memorial Stadium
60,213
7 October 25 Los Angeles Rams L 27–17 3–4 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,617
8 November 1 at Minnesota Vikings W 42–13 4–4 Metropolitan Stadium
44,278
9 November 8 Detroit Lions W 30–7 5–4 City Stadium
42,327
10 November 15 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–14 5–5 Kezar Stadium
38,483
11 November 22 Cleveland Browns W 28–21 6–5 Milwaukee County Stadium
48,065
12 November 29 at Dallas Cowboys W 45–21 7–5 Cotton Bowl
44,975
13 December 5 at Chicago Bears W 17–3 8–5 Wrigley Field
43,636
14 December 13 at Los Angeles Rams T 24–24 8–5–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
40,735

Game Summaries[edit]

Week 11: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Green Bay Packers 28, Cleveland Browns 21
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 14 0 0 7 21
Packers 7 0 14 7 28

at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • no scoring
Third quarter
  • GB   – Jim Taylor 1-yard rush - (Hornung kick), tied 14–14
  • GB   – Bart Starr 4-yard rush (Hornung kick), GB 21–14
Fourth quarter
  • GB   – Taylor 5-yard rush (Hornung kick), GB 28–14
  • CLE – Warfield 19-yard pass from Ryan (Groza kick), GB 28–21

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts 12 2 0 .857 10–2 428 225 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 5 1 .615 6–5–1 342 245 T1
Minnesota Vikings 8 5 1 .615 6–5–1 355 296 W3
Detroit Lions 7 5 2 .583 6–4–2 280 260 W2
Los Angeles Rams 5 7 2 .417 3–7–2 283 339 T1
Chicago Bears 5 9 0 .357 5–7 260 379 L2
San Francisco 49ers 4 10 0 .286 3–9 236 330 L1

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

Roster[edit]

Playoff Bowl[edit]

Main article: Playoff Bowl
Season Date Winner Score Runner up Venue Attendance
1964 January 3, 1965 St. Louis Cardinals 24–17 Green Bay Packers Orange Bowl 56,218

Source:[9][10][11][12][13]

Awards and records[edit]

  • Bart Starr, NFL Leader, Passing Yards, (2,144 yards)

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lea, Bud (September 14, 1964). "Packers hammer Bears, 23-12!". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 4, part 2. 
  2. ^ "Packer smash Bears by 23-12". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. September 14, 1964. p. 34. 
  3. ^ Lea, Bud (October 26, 1964). "Rams' rally rips Packers, 27-17". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 3, part 2. 
  4. ^ "Colts jar Rams, 24-7, to clinch Western title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 23, 1965. p. 4, part 2. 
  5. ^ "Colts clinch title; Bears beat 49ers". Chicago Tribune. UPI. November 23, 1964. p. 1, section 3. 
  6. ^ "Packers win spot in Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. December 14, 1964. p. 4B. 
  7. ^ Lea, Bud (January 6, 1964). "Starr-led Packers bomb Browns". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  8. ^ "Packers cuff Browns, 40-23". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 12. 
  9. ^ a b Lea, Bud (January 4, 1965). "Cards blunt Packers' rally, 24-17". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  10. ^ a b Johnson, Chuck (January 4, 1965). "Packers season ends as it began; Cardinals win in an exhibition". Milwaukee Journal. p. 8, part 2. 
  11. ^ a b "'Peanuts' leads Cards to victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 4, 1965. p. 3B. 
  12. ^ a b Segreti, James (January 4, 1965). "Cards outlast Packers in runner-up bowl, 24-17". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  13. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369