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1961 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Vince Lombardi
General Manager Vince Lombardi
Home Field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Place 1st NFL Western
Playoff Finish Won NFL Championship Game (Giants) 37-0
Timeline
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1960 1962

The 1961 Green Bay Packers season was their 43rd season overall and their 41st season in the National Football League. The club posted an 11–3 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference and ending a fifteen-year playoff drought. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 37–0 in the NFL Championship Game, the first title game ever played in Green Bay. This was the Packers 7th NFL league championship.

The 1961 season was the first in which the Packers wore their trademark capital "G" logo on their helmets.[1]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
112Herb AdderleyCornerbackMichigan State
226Ron KostelnikDefensive TackleCincinnati
340Phil NugentBackTulane
454Paul DudleyBackArkansas
456Joe LeSageGuardTulane
568Jack NovakGuardMiami (FL)
682Lee FolkinsTight EndWashington
796Lewis JohnsonBackFlorida A&M
9124Vester FlanaganTackleHumboldt State
10138Buck McLeodTackleBaylor
11152Val KeckinBackSouthern Miss
12166John DenvirTackleColorado
13180Elijah PittsHalfbackPhilander Smith
14194Nelson ToburenLinebackerWichita State
15208Ray LardaniTackleMiami (FL)
16222Clarence MasonEndBowling Green
17236Jim BrewingtonTackleNorth Carolina Central
18250Arthur SimsBackTexas A&M
19264Leland BondhusTackleSouth Dakota State
20278Ray RatkowskiBackNotre Dame

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1961 {{{team}}} staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



[2]

RosterEdit

1961 Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Depth chartEdit

Defensive Starters
[3]




CB
Herb Adderley


CB
Jesse Whittenton
Offensive Starters
[4]
FL
Boyd Dowler
LT LG C RG RT
Bob Skoronski Fuzzy Thurston Jim Ringo Jerry Kramer Forrest Gregg
Norm Masters
TE
Ron Kramer
SE
Max McGee
QB
Bart Starr
RB
Paul Hornung
FB
Jim Taylor
Special Teams
PK Paul Hornung
P Boyd Dowler
KR Herb Adderley
PR Willie Wood



PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Score Game site TV Time Record Attendance
1 August 11, 1961 @ Dallas Cowboys W 30–7 Cotton Bowl 9:00 PM CDT 1–0 30,000
2 August 18, 1961 @ St. Louis Cardinals W 31–10 Sportsman's Park 8:30 PM CDT 2–0 31,056
3 August 26, 1961 Chicago Bears W 24–14 Milwaukee County Stadium 8:00 PM CDT 3–0 42,560
4 September 4, 1961 New York Giants W 20–17 City Stadium 8:00 PM CDT 4–0 33,452
5 September 9, 1961 vs. Washington Redskins
(at Columbus, Georgia)
W 31–24 A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium 8:00 PM CDT 5–0 18,000

All times are CENTRAL time

Regular seasonEdit

Despite being named NFL MVP, Paul Hornung was briefly lost to the military. In response to the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Department of Defense activated thousands of reservists. Two dozen football players were activated, including Paul Hornung, Boyd Dowler, and Ray Nitschke.[5][6] On November 14, Hornung was to report to Fort Riley in north central Kansas.[7] Wisconsin residents were so upset that Republican senator Alexander Wiley and Democratic congressman Clement Zablocki requested deferments for the players.[8] On October 18, the final word was that the players had to serve. Hornung missed the November 19 game in Green Bay against the Rams, but was flown from Fort Riley to Detroit for the November 23 Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions at Tiger Stadium.[9] Hornung kicked a field goal and two extra points in the 17–9 victory.[10][11]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Score Game site TV Time Record Attendance
1 September 17 Detroit Lions L 13–17 Milwaukee County Stadium CBS 12:30 PM CDT 0–1 44,307
2 September 24 San Francisco 49ers W 30–10 City Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CDT 1–1 38,669
3 October 1 Chicago Bears W 24–0 City Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CDT 2–1 38,669
4 October 8 Baltimore Colts W 45–7 City Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CDT 3–1 38,669
5 October 15 at Cleveland Browns W 49–17 Cleveland Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CDT 4–1 75,042
6 October 22 at Minnesota Vikings W 33–7 Metropolitan Stadium CBS 1:30 PM CDT 5–1 42,007
7 October 29 Minnesota Vikings W 28–10 Milwaukee County Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CST 6–1 44,112
8 November 5 at Baltimore Colts L 21–45 Memorial Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CST 6–2 57,641
9 November 12 at Chicago Bears W 31–28 Wrigley Field CBS 1:00 PM CST 7–2 49,711
10 November 19 Los Angeles Rams W 35–17 City Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CST 8–2 38,669
11 November 23 at Detroit Lions W 17–9 Tiger Stadium CBS 11:00 AM CST 9–2 55,662
12 December 3 New York Giants W 20–17 Milwaukee County Stadium CBS 1:00 PM CST 10–2 47,012
13 December 10 at San Francisco 49ers L 21–22 Kezar Stadium CBS 3:30 PM CST 10–3 55,722
14 December 17 at Los Angeles Rams W 24–17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum CBS 3:30 PM CST 11–3 49,169

All times are CENTRAL time

Season summaryEdit

Week 1: vs. DetroitEdit

Week 1: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 0 3

17

Packers 7 3 0 3

13

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 17
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), relative humidity 63%, wind 9 mph
  • Game attendance: 44,307
  • Referee: Bud Brubaker
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Lions
Packers

Week 2: vs. San FranciscoEdit

Week 2: San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 3 0 0

10

Packers 7 13 3 7

30

at City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), relative humidity 90%, wind 17 mph
  • Game attendance: 38,669
  • Referee: George Rennix
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
49ers
Packers

Week 3: vs. ChicagoEdit

Week 3: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0

0

Packers 7 3 7 7

24

at City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 1
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), relative humidity 76%, wind 19 mph
  • Game attendance: 38,669
  • Referee: John Pace
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Bears
Packers

Week 4: vs. BaltimoreEdit

Week 4: Baltimore Colts at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 0 0

7

Packers 7 10 14 14

45

at City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 8
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), relative humidity 71%, wind 11 mph
  • Game attendance: 38,669
  • Referee: Bill Downes
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Colts
Packers

Week 5: at ClevelandEdit

Week 5: Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 14 7 7 21

49

Browns 0 3 7 7

17

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: October 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), relative humidity 62%, wind 16 mph
  • Game attendance: 75,042
  • Referee: Ron Gibbs
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Packers
Browns

Week 6: at MinnesotaEdit

Week 6: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 10 3 3 17

33

Vikings 0 7 0 0

7

at Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 22
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), relative humidity 82%, wind 13 mph
  • Game attendance: 42,117
  • Referee: John Pace
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Packers
Vikings

Week 7: vs. MinnesotaEdit

Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 3 0

10

Packers 14 7 0 7

28

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), relative humidity 87%, wind 16 mph
  • Game attendance: 44,116
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Vikings
Packers

Week 8: at BaltimoreEdit

Week 8: Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Colts
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 0 7

21

Colts 7 14 10 14

45

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C), relative humidity 78%, wind 11 mph
  • Game attendance: 57,641
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Packers
Colts

Week 9: at ChicagoEdit

Week 9: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 21 3 0

31

Bears 7 0 7 14

28

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), relative humidity 78%, wind 13 mph
  • Game attendance: 49,711
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Packers
Bears

Week 10: vs. Los AngelesEdit

Week 10: Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 3 0 7

17

Packers 0 28 0 7

35

at City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 26 °F (−3 °C), relative humidity 81%, wind 5 mph, wind chill 20 °F (−7 °C)
  • Game attendance: 38,669
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Rams
Packers

Week 11: at DetroitEdit

Week 11: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 7 0 10

17

Lions 3 3 3 0

9

at Tiger Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 23
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), relative humidity 97%, wind 8 mph
  • Game attendance: 55,662
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Packers
Lions

Week 12: vs. New YorkEdit

Week 12: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 10 0 0

17

Packers 13 0 0 7

20

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), relative humidity 87%, wind 16 mph
  • Game attendance: 47,012
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Giants
Packers

Week 13: at San FranciscoEdit

Week 13: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 7 7 7

21

49ers 0 14 2 6

22

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 10
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), relative humidity 72%, wind 12 mph
  • Game attendance: 55,722
  • Referee: Emil Heintz
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Packers
49ers

Week 14: at Los AngelesEdit

Week 14: Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 0 10

24

Rams 0 3 7 7

17

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: December 17
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), relative humidity 78%, wind 8 mph
  • Game attendance: 49,169
  • TV: CBS
  • Box Score
Game information
Packers
Rams

PlayoffsEdit

Round Date Opponent Result Score Game site TV Radio Time Attendance
NFL Championship December 31, 1961 New York Giants W 37–0 City Stadium NBC NBC 1:00 PM CST 39,029

All times are CENTRAL time

Game summaryEdit

1961 NFL Championship Game vs. New YorkEdit

1961 NFL Championship Game: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 0 0

0

Packers 0 24 10 3

37

at City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 31
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 17 °F (−8 °C), relative humidity 82%, wind 10 mph, wind chill 6 °F (−14 °C)
  • Game attendance: 39,029
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score
Game information
Giants
Packers

StandingsEdit

Template:1961 NFL Western standings

RosterEdit

StatsEdit

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Kicking

Punting

Kick Return

Punt Return

Interception

Team

Total Yards and Turnovers Passing Rushing

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gridiron Uniform Database: Green Bay Packers
  2. "All Time Coaches Database". Packers.com. http://nfl.packers.com/history/all_time_roster/coaches/. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  3. "Paul Hornung to enter Army". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 2. November 4, 1961. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3speAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6295%2C525143.
  4. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 284, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  5. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 286, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  6. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 285, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  7. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 287, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  8. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 288, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  9. "Green Bay tops Lions 17-9 to take commanding lead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 16. November 24, 1961. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8speAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2312%2C3824389.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. https://web.archive.org/web/20090619081037/http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
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