1965 Green Bay Packers season

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1965 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Vince Lombardi
General manager Vince Lombardi
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place 1st NFL Western (playoff)
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
(Browns, 23–12)

The 1965 Green Bay Packers season was their 46th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 10–3–1 record under seventh-year head coach Vince Lombardi, earning a tie for first place in the Western Conference with the Baltimore Colts.

In the final regular season game at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, a late touchdown by the 49ers caused a tie and dropped Green Bay into a tie with the Colts.[1][2] Although the Packers defeated Baltimore twice during the regular season, the rules at the time required a tiebreaker playoff, played in Green Bay on December 26. With backup quarterbacks playing for both teams, the Packers tied the Colts late and won in overtime, 13–10.[3][4][5]

Green Bay then met the defending champion Cleveland Browns (11–3) in the NFL championship game, also at Green Bay. The Packers won, 23–12, for their ninth NFL title and third under Lombardi.[6][7][8] It was the last NFL championship game before the advent of the Super Bowl and the first of three consecutive league titles for Green Bay.

Known as "New City Stadium" for its first eight seasons, the Packers' venue in Green Bay was renamed Lambeau Field in August 1965 in memory of Packers founder, player, and long-time head coach, Curly Lambeau,[9][10] who had died two months earlier.[11][12]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 19 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 41–9 1–0 Pitt Stadium
38,383
2 September 26 Baltimore Colts W 20–17 2–0 Milwaukee County Stadium
48,130
3 October 3 Chicago Bears W 23–14 3–0 Lambeau Field
50,852
4 October 10 San Francisco 49ers W 27–10 4–0 Lambeau Field
50,852
5 October 17 at Detroit Lions W 31–21 5–0 Tiger Stadium
56,712
6 October 24 Dallas Cowboys W 13–3 6–0 Milwaukee County Stadium
48,311
7 October 31 at Chicago Bears L 31–10 6–1 Wrigley Field
45,664
8 November 7 Detroit Lions L 12–7 6–2 Lambeau Field
50,852
9 November 14 Los Angeles Rams W 6–3 7–2 Milwaukee County Stadium
48,485
10 November 21 at Minnesota Vikings W 38–13 8–2 Metropolitan Stadium
47,426
11 November 28 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–10 8–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
39,733
12 December 5 Minnesota Vikings W 24–19 9–3 Lambeau Field
50,852
13 December 12 at Baltimore Colts W 42–27 10–3 Memorial Stadium
60,238
14 December 19 at San Francisco 49ers T 24–24 10–3–1 Kezar Stadium
45,710

Game summaries[edit]

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 7 0 7 17
Packers 0 10 0 10 20

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Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 1965 NFL playoffs
Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Conference December 26, 1965 Baltimore Colts W 13–10 Lambeau Field
50,484
Championship January 2, 1966 Cleveland Browns W 23–12 Lambeau Field
50,777

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 8–3–1 316 224 T1
Baltimore Colts 10 3 1 .769 8–3–1 389 284 W1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 7–5 409 275 L1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 6–5–1 421 402 T1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 5–7 383 403 W2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .462 4–7–1 257 295 W1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 2–10 269 328 L1

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollow, Cooper (December 20, 1965). "49ers tie Packers, 24-24; set playoff". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3. 
  2. ^ Lea, Bud (December 20, 1965). "Packers tied 49ers; play Colts Sunday". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  3. ^ "Packers win, 13 to 10, for NFL Western title". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 27, 1965. p. 1, part 1. 
  4. ^ Lea, Bud (December 27, 1965). "Chandler 'kicks' Packers to title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  5. ^ Strickler, George (December 27, 1965). "Packers win, 13-10, in 'sudden death'". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3. 
  6. ^ Strickler, George (January 3, 1966). "Green Bay wins N.F.L. crown, 23 to 12". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3. 
  7. ^ Lea, Bud (January 3, 1966). "Packers blast Browns for title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  8. ^ Hand, John (January 3, 1966). "Green Bay's ball-control tactics beat Browns for title, 23-12". Youngstown Vindicator (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 18. 
  9. ^ "Packer board backs Lambeau Field idea". Milwaukee Journal. UPI. August 3, 1965. p. 18-part 2. 
  10. ^ "'Lambeau Field' voted by council". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. August 5, 1965. p. 3-part 2. 
  11. ^ "Curly Lambeau is stricken and dies of a heart attack". Lawrence (Kansas) Daily Journal World. Associated Press. June 2, 1965. p. 18. 
  12. ^ "Lambeau, Packer founder, dies; led club to 6 pro league titles". Milwaukee Journal. June 2, 1965. p. 19. 
  13. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com