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1964 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Vince Lombardi
General Manager Vince Lombardi
Home Field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 8–5–1
Place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff Finish Lost NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Cardinals) 17-24
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1963 1965

The 1964 Green Bay Packers season was their 46th season overall and their 44th season in the National Football League. The club was led by sixth-year head coach Vince Lombardi, and tied for second place in the Western Conference at 8–5–1.

The Packers opened the season in Green Bay with a promising win over the rival Chicago Bears, the defending NFL champions.[1][2] They then lost four of six, including three home games, and were 3–4 midway through the season, falling twice to the Baltimore Colts. The first three losses were by a total of five points, but the fourth on October 25, to the Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee, was by ten and came after building a 17–0 lead.[3]

In the season's latter half, Green Bay won five of six and tied the Rams in the finale to end 3½ games behind the Colts (12–2) in the West, tied for second with Minnesota. Baltimore clinched the Western title on November 22, with three games remaining.[4][5] Based on point differential in the season split with the Vikings, the Packers were awarded the runner-up slot in the Playoff Bowl,[6] the consolation third place game in Miami played three weeks after the regular season, on January 3.

Green Bay had played in the previous season's Playoff Bowl and won decisively,[7][8] which followed consecutive league titles in 1961 and 1962, and three straight appearances in the championship game. In the 1964 season's third-place game, the St. Louis Cardinals prevailed over the unmotivated Packers, 24–17.[9][10][11][12]

The 1964 season was arguably the most disappointing for Lombardi as a head coach. Consecutive appearances in the consolation Playoff Bowl, and the loss, keyed Lombardi and the Packers to win three consecutive NFL titles; the latter two followed by victories in the first two Super Bowls. Since the playoff era began Template:Years or months ago in 1933, no other team was won three straight NFL titles.

Hall of Fame right guard Jerry Kramer missed most of the season due to an intestinal condition. After multiple surgeries, it was rectified in May 1965 after sizable wood fragments from a teenage accident a dozen years earlier were removed.[13][14][15][16]

The NFL classifies the ten editions of the Playoff Bowl as exhibition games, not postseason contests.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
113Lloyd VossDefensive EndNebraska
227Jon MorrisCenterHoly Cross
336Ode BurrellBackMississippi State
340Joe O'DonnellGuardMichigan
341Tommy CrutcherLinebackerTCU
444Bob LongWide ReceiverWichita State
455Paul CostaTackleNotre Dame
560Duke CarlisleQuarterbackTexas
569Steve WrightOffensive TackleAlabama
797Dick HerzingTackleDrake
8111Ken BowmanCenterWisconsin
9125John McDowellOffensive TackleSt. John's (MN)
10139Allen JacobsBackUtah
11153Jack PetersenTackleNebraska-Omaha
12167Dwain BeanBackNorth Texas State
13181Jack MauroTackleNorthern Michigan
14195Tom O'GradyEndNorthwestern
15209Alex ZerkoTackleKent State
16223Andrew IrelandBackUtah
17237Len St. JeanEndNorthern Michigan
18251Mike HicksGuardMarshall
19265John BakerEndNorfolk State
20279Bill CurryCenterGeorgia Tech
  • Yellow indicates a future Pro Bowl selection

RosterEdit

1964 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

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 13 Chicago Bears W 23–12 1–0 City Stadium
42,327
2 September 20 Baltimore Colts L 21–20 1–1 City Stadium
42,327
3 September 28 at Detroit Lions W 14–10 2–1 Tiger Stadium
59,203
4 October 4 Minnesota Vikings L 24–23 2–2 City Stadium
42,327
5 October 11 San Francisco 49ers W 24–14 3–2 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,380
6 October 18 at Baltimore Colts L 24–21 3–3 Memorial Stadium
60,213
7 October 25 Los Angeles Rams L 27–17 3–4 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,617
8 November 1 at Minnesota Vikings W 42–13 4–4 Metropolitan Stadium
44,278
9 November 8 Detroit Lions W 30–7 5–4 City Stadium
42,327
10 November 15 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–14 5–5 Kezar Stadium
38,483
11 November 22 Cleveland Browns W 28–21 6–5 Milwaukee County Stadium
48,065
12 November 29 at Dallas Cowboys W 45–21 7–5 Cotton Bowl
44,975
13 December 5 at Chicago Bears W 17–3 8–5 Wrigley Field
43,636
14 December 13 at Los Angeles Rams T 24–24 8–5–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
40,735
  • Week 3 was a Monday night game (September 28).[17]

Season summaryEdit

Week 1 vs BearsEdit

Week One: Chicago Bears (0–0) at Green Bay Packers (0–0)
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 3 9 0

12

Packers 7 10 3 3

23

at City StadiumGreen Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 13
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C) • Wind 10 miles per hour (16 km/h; 8.7 kn)
  • Game attendance: 42,327
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 11: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Green Bay Packers 28, Cleveland Browns 21
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 14 0 0 7

21

Packers 7 0 14 7

28

at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • no scoring
Third quarter
  • GB   – Jim Taylor 1-yard rush - (Hornung kick), tied 14–14
  • GB   – Bart Starr 4-yard rush (Hornung kick), GB 21–14
Fourth quarter
  • GB   – Taylor 5-yard rush (Hornung kick), GB 28–14
  • CLE – Warfield 19-yard pass from Ryan (Groza kick), GB 28–21

StandingsEdit

Template:1964 NFL Western standings

Playoff BowlEdit

Season Date Winner Score Runner up Venue Attendance
1964January 3, 1965 St. Louis Cardinals 24–17Green Bay Packers Orange Bowl 56,218

Source:[9][10][11][12][18]

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Bart Starr, NFL Leader, Passing Yards, (2,144 yards)

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Lea, Bud (September 14, 1964). "Packers hammer Bears, 23-12!". Milwaukee Sentinel: p. 4, part 2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=L5hRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7BAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6988%2C2386970.
  2. "Packer smash Bears by 23-12". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press: p. 34. September 14, 1964. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=j9haAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hWwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5167%2C2314520.
  3. Lea, Bud (October 26, 1964). "Rams' rally rips Packers, 27-17". Milwaukee Sentinel: p. 3, part 2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4XdQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SBEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7182%2C3739455.
  4. "Colts jar Rams, 24-7, to clinch Western title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 4, part 2. November 23, 1965. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=A4BQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZBEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5897%2C4810040.
  5. "Colts clinch title; Bears beat 49ers". Chicago Tribune. UPI: p. 1, section 3. November 23, 1964. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1964/11/23/page/77/article/dump-rams-24-7-to-win-10th-in-row.
  6. "Packers win spot in Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press (Oregon): p. 4B. December 14, 1964. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TrZQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_eIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4154%2C3135503.
  7. Lea, Bud (January 6, 1964). "Starr-led Packers bomb Browns". Milwaukee Sentinel: p. 2, part 2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=j_sjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QxEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7080%2C855726.
  8. "Packers cuff Browns, 40-23". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press (Spokane, Washington): p. 12. January 6, 1964. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rDlWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HekDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7244%2C1919052.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lea, Bud (January 4, 1965). "Cards blunt Packers' rally, 24-17". Milwaukee Sentinel: p. 2, part 2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hXhQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XREEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7314%2C681209.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Johnson, Chuck (January 4, 1965). "Packers season ends as it began; Cardinals win in an exhibition". Milwaukee Journal: p. 8, part 2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=RU0aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jycEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6801%2C1524607.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "'Peanuts' leads Cards to victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press (Oregon): p. 3B. January 4, 1965. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GwBWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-eIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5111%2C627288.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Segreti, James (January 4, 1965). "Cards outlast Packers in runner-up bowl, 24-17". Chicago Tribune: p. 1, section 3. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1965/01/04/page/69/article/billy-makes-the-long-stretch-and-tucks-away-a-touchdown.
  13. "Splinters from old injury caused Kramer's illness". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 15. May 12, 1965. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qKZfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4187%2C1875207.
  14. "Kramer surveys". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 24. May 13, 1965. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FbBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nfcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6401%2C3320923.
  15. "(Photo)". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press: p. 12, part 2. May 13, 1965. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_FEaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nScEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1794%2C1371697.
  16. "'Defense did a super job'". Milwaukee Sentinel: p. 2, part 2. September 29, 1964. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OZhRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7BAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4008%2C4634881.
  17. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369

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Related: 1964 AFL Season

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