Saturday, October 14, 2017
1966 Packers: NFL Becoming TV Friendly
For the Packers, 1965 marked a return to the championship winning ways of 1961 and 1962. One of the things missing was a solid kicker who can pull out a win in the waning seconds of a game. Precision kicker Don Chandler was obtained from the Giants and with the return of Jerry Kramer from stomach surgery, the Packers were in shape to compete.
The regular season ended on an odd note for the Packers with an upset tie with the 49ers, giving the Packers an identical 10-3-1 record to the Colts, setting up a showdown with a strong Baltimore team – that is, a strong defensive Baltimore team as both Colt quarterbacks were out with injuries. Without John Unitas and Gary Cuozzo, running back Tom Matte set up under center. The Packers won it on a controversial Don Chandler field goal sending them to the Championship against the Browns. In the Championship game, the packers dominated the running game with Hornung and Taylor combining for over 200 yards rushing while the Packer defense held Jim Brown in check with only 50 yards.
This set includes Bart Starr, Boyd Dowler, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Max McGee, Jerry Kramer, Forrest Gregg, Fuzzy Thurston, Dave Robinson, Willie Davis, Herb Adderley, Willie Wood, Ray Nitschke, Henry Jordan, and Vince Lombardi. Special cards featuring the “Gold Dust Twins,” Jim Grabowski and Donny Anderson, Tony and Bob Jeter, Elijah Pitts and Son (little Ron), an offensive line card, two playoff cards, and a team card of the Packers “Taking The Field.” Order your set here.