Sunday, October 4, 2015

The 1966 Packers On Their Way To Three In A Row

Donny Anderson, Ken Bowman, Tom Brown, Tommy Crutcher, Carroll Dale, Marv Fleming, Gale Gillingham, Jim Grabowski, Doug Hart, Hank Jordan, Ron Kostelnik, Red Mack, Elijah Pitts, Bob Skoronski, Fuzzy Thurston, Phil Vandersea, Jim Weatherwax, Steve Wright.
The last Championship to be played in the NFL before the advent of the Super Bowl was the Green Bay Packer vs. the Cleveland Browns, January 2, 1966.  It was played in the mud at Lambeau Field in Green Bay after several inches of snow had fallen.  The Packer defense, who always had Jim Brown's number, held the NFL's leading rusher to 50 yards in a 23-12 victory, the 9th title for the Green Bay Packers.

Perhaps more interesting was the prior playoff game, the Western Conference Tie-breaker of the Packers vs. the Baltimore Colts.  The Packers narrowly beat the Colts, who were playing without John Unitas or Gary Cuozzo and had to settle for a running back, Tom Matte, to play quarterback.  Packer backup Zeke Bratkowski played most of the game when the Colts forced Bart Starr to the sidelines with an injury. A questionable field goal by Don Chandler that some say sailed wide right, was kicked so high above the upright that the league lengthened the height of the goal post as a result!

This 1966 set supplements the existing 1966 Philadelphia Gum card set with 18 more players: Donny Anderson, Ken Bowman, Tom Brown, Tommy Crutcher, Carroll Dale, Marv Fleming, Gale Gillingham, Jim Grabowski, Doug Hart, Hank Jordan, Ron Kostelnik, Red Mack, Elijah Pitts, Bob Skoronski, Fuzzy Thurston, Phil Vandersea, Jim Weatherwax, and Steve Wright.  Coming Soon.

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