win "Ice Bowl"
Bay downed Dallas in famous '67 Championship
Starr (#15) scored the winning TD.
fans in Green Bay, Wisconsin have always been recognized as a loyal and
hearty bunch. But one wouldnt have faulted even the most loyal "Packer
Backer" if hed decided not to attend the 1967 NFL Championship
game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys. Played at Lambeau Field on
December 31, the temperature at game time registered a frigid 13 degrees
below zero. Nonetheless, more than 50,000 parka-clad fans braved the elements
that New Years Eve and watched in awe as the Packers claimed their
third consecutive NFL title, with a 21-17 victory.
start, Green Bay fans felt their team had a distinct advantage over the
warm-weather Cowboys, After all, the Packers lived and practiced in the
cold Wisconsin climate. Green Bays early 14-0 lead probably convinced
fans that they were right. However, the severe weather affected the Packers
too. Dallas scored a touchdown and a field goal after two Packer fumbles
and added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter. Suddenly, with 4:50
left in the game the Packers were behind, 17-14.
Lombardi celebrates the Packers' victory.
literally and figuratively "kept their cool." Behind the leadership
of future Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, they marched down field.
With sixteen seconds remaining and the temperature down to eighteen below
zero, the Packers found themselves about two feet away from victory. Starr
called time out. The field was like a sheet of ice. The two previous running
plays had gone nowhere. With no time outs left, a running play seemed
totally out of the question. A completed pass surely would win it. Even
an incomplete pass would at least stop the clock so the Packers could
set up a field goal to tie the game and send it into overtime. After consulting
with Packers coach Vince Lombardi, Starr returned to the huddle.
the snap from center Ken Bowman. Bowman and guard Jerry Kramer combined
to take out Dallas tackle Jethro Pugh. With Pugh out of the way, Starr
surprised everyone and dove over for the score. "We had run out of
ideas," Starr said of the play. However, Lombardi put it another
way, "We gambled and we won."