1967 Green Bay Packers season

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1967 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Vince Lombardi
General manager Vince Lombardi
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 9–4–1
Division place 1st NFL Central
Playoff finish Won Western Conference championship (Rams, 28–7)
Won NFL Championship (Cowboys, 21–17)
Won Super Bowl II
(Raiders, 33–14)

The 1967 Green Bay Packers season was their 48th season in the National Football League and resulted in a 9–4–1 record and a victory in Super Bowl II. The team beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game, a game commonly known as the "Ice Bowl," which marked the second time the Packers had won an NFL-record third consecutive NFL championship, having also done so in 1931 under team founder Curly Lambeau. In the playoff era (since 1933), it remains the only time a team has won three consecutive NFL titles.

The Packers were led by ninth-year head coach Vince Lombardi and veteran quarterback Bart Starr, in his twelfth season. Green Bay's victory in Super Bowl II over the Oakland Raiders was the fifth world championship for the Packers under Lombardi and the last game he coached for the Packers.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1967 NFL/AFL draft

In the first round of the 1967 NFL/AFL draft in March, the Packers selected guard Bob Hyland and quarterback Don Horn.[1]
This was the first common draft with the AFL, following the merger agreement of the previous June.

Round Selection Overall Player College
1 9 9 Bob Hyland Boston College
1 25 25 Don Horn San Diego State
2 15 41 Dave Dunaway Duke
2 25 51 Jim Flanigan Pittsburgh
3 25 78 John Rowser Michigan
4 13 93 Travis Williams Arizona State
5 9 116 Dwight Hood Baylor
5 23 130 Richard Tate Utah
5 25 132 Jay Bachman Cincinnati
6 25 158 Steward Williams Bowling Green
7 2 161 Bob Ziolkowski Iowa
7 25 184 Bill Powell Missouri
8 25 210 Clarence Miles Trinity
9 25 236 Harlan Reed Mississippi State
10 25 262 Bill Shear Cortland State
11 24 287 Dave Bennett Springfield
12 24 314 Mike Bass Michigan
13 25 340 Keith Brown Central Missouri
14 25 366 Claudis James Jackson State
15 25 392 Jim Schneider Colgate
16 25 418 Fred Cassidy Miami
17 25 444 Jeff Elias Kansas

Expansion draft[edit]

With the expansion New Orleans Saints entering the league in 1967, the Packers had to leave 11 players unprotected for the expansion draft. One of the players that Lombardi left unprotected was a future hall of famer, halfback Paul Hornung. Lombardi was distraught when the Saints selected Hornung in the draft.[2] In later years, Hornung revealed that he spoke to Saints coach Tom Fears prior to the draft. Fears was a former assistant in Green Bay and Fears felt that Hornung would help sell tickets in New Orleans.[2] Several weeks later, the Saints also signed Jim Taylor, the Packers fullback. Taylor, a Louisiana native and future hall of famer, had felt underpaid and underappreciated under Lombardi.[3]

Preseason[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Score'
August 4 College All-Stars Chicago Win 27–0 [4]
August 12 Pittsburgh Steelers Green Bay Win 31–20 [5]
August 18 Chicago Bears Milwaukee Win 18–0 [6]
August 28 at Dallas Cowboys Dallas Win 20–3 [7]
September 2 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Win 30–21 [8]
September 9 New York Giants Green Bay Win 31–14 [9]

Regular season[edit]

The Packers finished the regular season 9–4–1. The 1967 NFL season saw the addition of a sixteenth team and the two conferences of eight teams each were subdivided into two divisions. The Packers played in the Western Conference and in the Central Division, with the Lions, Bears, and Vikings; each division foe was played twice, and each team in the Century Division and Coastal Division was played once (and no teams in the Capitol Division). Each of the four division winners advanced to the playoffs.

The Packers clinched the Central division title at Wrigley Field on November 26 at 8–2–1, with three games remaining, as the second-place Chicago Bears fell to 5–6.[10][11][12] With the rotational system (in place until 1975), they had home field advantage for the playoffs in 1967, with the first round (conference) scheduled at Milwaukee against the Coastal division champion.[13][14]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 17 Detroit Lions T 17-17 0–0–1 Lambeau Field
50,861
2 September 24 Chicago Bears W 13–10 1–0–1 Lambeau Field
50,861
3 October 1 Atlanta Falcons W 32–0 2–0–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
49,467
4 October 8 at Detroit Lions W 27–17 3–0–1 Tiger Stadium
57,877
5 October 15 Minnesota Vikings L   7–10 3–1–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
49,601
6 October 22 at New York Giants W 48–21 4–1–1 Yankee Stadium
62,585
7 October 29 at St. Louis Cardinals W 31–23 5–1–1 Busch Memorial Stadium
49,792
8 November 5 at Baltimore Colts L  10–13 5–2–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
9 November 12 Cleveland Browns W 55–7 6–2–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
50,074
10 November 19 San Francisco 49ers W 13–0 7–2–1 Lambeau Field
50,861
11 November 26 at Chicago Bears W 17–13 8–2–1 Wrigley Field
47,513
12 December 3 at Minnesota Vikings W 30–27 9–2–1 Metropolitan Stadium
47,693
13 December 9 at Los Angeles Rams L  24–27 9–3–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
76,637
14 December 17 Pittsburgh Steelers L  17–24 9–4–1 Lambeau Field
50,861
  • Division title was clinched on November 26, and Green Bay had home field advantage for playoffs in 1967, via the rotational system

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 10 7 0 0 17
Packers 0 0 7 10 17
  • Date: September 17
  • Location: Lambeau Field
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C) • Wind 6 mph (9.7 km/h)

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 3 7 10
• Packers 0 10 0 3 13
  • Date: September 24
  • Location: Lambeau Field
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C) • Wind 9 mph (14 km/h)

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 0 0 0
• Packers 7 9 0 16 32

Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 0 7 3 17 27
Lions 3 7 0 7 17

Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Vikings 0 0 0 10 10
Packers 0 7 0 0 7

Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 7 3 10 28 48
Giants 0 14 0 7 21

Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 7 7 3 14 31
Cardinals 3 17 0 3 23

Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 3 0 7 10
• Colts 0 0 0 13 13

Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 0 0 7
• Packers 35 10 3 7 55

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 0 0
• Packers 3 7 3 0 13

Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 7 7 3 0 17
Bears 7 3 0 3 13

Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 3 10 14 3 30
Vikings 3 7 7 10 27

Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 7 7 24
• Rams 0 7 10 10 27

Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Steelers 7 7 10 0 24
Packers 0 10 0 7 17

Standings[edit]

NFL Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 9 4 1 .692 4–1–1 6–3–1 332 209 L2
Chicago Bears 7 6 1 .538 3–2–1 5–4–1 239 218 W1
Detroit Lions 5 7 2 .417 1–3–2 3–5–2 260 259 W2
Minnesota Vikings 3 8 3 .273 1–3–2 1–6–3 233 294 L1

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

Post season[edit]

Western Conference Championship[edit]

For further information, see 1967 NFL playoffs.
Green Bay Packers 28, Los Angeles Rams 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 0 0 0 7
Packers 0 14 7 7 28

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 23, 1967
  • Game attendance: 49,861

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 28–7 on December 23, 1967 at Milwaukee County Stadium, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Rams scored the first points of the game on a 29-yard pass from Roman Gabriel. The Packers scored the next four touchdowns, including two touchdown runs by Travis Williams. With the win the Packers advanced to the NFL Championship game.

NFL Championship (Ice Bowl)[edit]

Green Bay Packers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 10 0 7 17
Packers 7 7 0 7 21

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 31, 1967
  • Game attendance: 50,861
  • Referee: Norm Schachter
  • TV: CBS

The Packers advanced to the NFL Championship game and faced the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game. The game was played on December 31, 1967 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The official game-time temperature was −13°F / -25°C, with a wind chill around −48°F / -44°C. The bitter cold overwhelmed Lambeau Field's new turf heating system, leaving the playing surface hard as a rock and nearly as smooth as ice. The officials were unable to use their whistles after the opening kickoff when a whistle stuck to a referee's lips.

Early in the game, the Packers jumped to a 14–0 lead with a pair of touchdown passes from Bart Starr to wide receiver Boyd Dowler. Green Bay committed two costly turnovers in the second quarter that led to ten Dallas points. Neither team was able to score any points in the third quarter, but then on the first play of the final period, the Cowboys took a 17–14 lead with running back Dan Reeves' 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lance Rentzel on a halfback option play.

Starting from his own 32-yard line with 4:54 left in the game, Starr led his team down the field to the one-yard line. Running back Donny Anderson attempted two runs into the end zone, but fell short. Facing a third down with sixteen seconds left in the game, Starr executed a quarterback sneak behind center Ken Bowman and guard Jerry Kramer's block through defensive tackle Jethro Pugh, scoring a touchdown that gave the Packers a 21–17 win and their unprecedented third consecutive NFL championship.

Super Bowl II[edit]

Main article: Super Bowl II
Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 13 10 7 33
Raiders 0 7 0 7 14

at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

  • Date: January 14, 1968
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 86 °F (30 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 75,546

After beating the Cowboys in the NFL Championship game, the Packers advanced to the AFL-NFL World Championship Game to face the American Football League champions, the Oakland Raiders. The Packers scored early with two field goals from kicker Don Chandler. Later in the second quarter, quarterback Bart Starr threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to receiver Boyd Dowler to give the Packers a 13–0 lead. Oakland struck back on their next possession when quarterback Daryle Lamonica completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to receiver Bill Miller. At the end of the half, Don Chandler added another field goal, making the score 16–7.

In the second half, Starr completed a 35-yard pass to receiver Max McGee, which was the last reception of McGee's career. The pass helped set up Donny Anderson's two-yard touchdown run. Early in the fourth quarter, Chandler kicked his fourth field goal, making the score 26–7. After the field goal, Starr was injured on a sack and was replaced by Zeke Bratkowski. Later in the fourth quarter, Packers defensive back Herb Adderley intercepted a Raiders pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown, making the score 33–7. The Raiders managed to score a second touchdown on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Lamonica to Bill Miller late in the fourth quarter. The Packers went on to win the game 33–14. Coaching his last game for the Packers, Vince Lombardi was carried off the field in victory.

Season statistical leaders[edit]

[15]

Roster[edit]

Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Coaching Staff[edit]

Name Title Age College'
Vince Lombardi Head Coach 54 Fordham
Phil Bengtson Defensive Coach 54 Minnesota
Jerry Burns Defensive Backfield Coach 40 Michigan
Dave Hanner Defensive Line Coach 37 Arkansas
Tom McCormick Offensive Backfield Coach 37 College of Pacific
Bob Schnelker Offensive End Coach 39 Bowling Green
Ray Wietecha Offensive Line Coach 39 Northwestern

[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1966 Green Bay Packers draft on Database Football obtained 21 December 2006.
  2. ^ a b When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 407, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  3. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 408, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  4. ^ Instant Replay, The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer and Dick Schapp, p. 66, Doubleday, New York, 1968 (reprint 2006), ISBN 978-0-385-51745-4
  5. ^ Instant Replay, The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer and Dick Schapp, p. 78, Doubleday, New York, 1968 (reprint 2006), ISBN 978-0-385-51745-4
  6. ^ Instant Replay, The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer and Dick Schapp, p. 92, Doubleday, New York, 1968 (reprint 2006), ISBN 978-0-385-51745-4
  7. ^ Instant Replay, The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer and Dick Schapp, p. 104, Doubleday, New York, 1968 (reprint 2006), ISBN 978-0-385-51745-4
  8. ^ Instant Replay, The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer and Dick Schapp, p. 109, Doubleday, New York, 1968 (reprint 2006), ISBN 978-0-385-51745-4
  9. ^ Instant Replay, The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer and Dick Schapp, p. 119, Doubleday, New York, 1968 (reprint 2006), ISBN 978-0-385-51745-4
  10. ^ Lea, Bud (November 27, 1967). "Packers defeat Bears, clinch crown". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2. 
  11. ^ Johnson, Chuck (November 27, 1967). "Packers win title 3 weeks early". Milwaukee Journal. p. 10, part 2. 
  12. ^ Strickler, George (November 27, 1967). "Packers beat Bears; win division title". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  13. ^ "Vince: Got what we wanted". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. July 11, 1967. p. 1, part 2. 
  14. ^ Johnson, Chuck (July 11, 1967). "Milwaukee will get play-off game if the Packers win division crown". Milwaukee Journal. p. 9, part 2. 
  15. ^ 1967 Packers on Database Football obtained 23 December 2006.
  16. ^ Instant Replay, The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer and Dick Schapp, p. 7, Doubleday, New York, 1968 (reprint 2006), ISBN 978-0-385-51745-4

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