1962 Green Bay Packers season
The 1962 Green Bay Packers season was their 44th season overall and their 42nd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 13–1 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 16–7 in the NFL Championship Game, the Packers second consecutive defeat of the Giants in the championship game. This marked the Packers' eighth NFL World Championship.
|1962 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Vince Lombardi|
|General manager||Vince Lombardi|
|Home field||City Stadium|
Milwaukee County Stadium
|Division place||1st NFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Won NFL Championship Game (at Giants) 16-7|
In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1962 Packers as the fifth-greatest defense in NFL history, noting, "The great 1962 Packers had a rock-solid defense front to back, with five Hall of Famers: defensive linemen Willie Davis and Henry Jordan, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley, and safety Willie Wood. (They also had 1962 All-Pro linebackers Dan Currie and Bill Forester.) Green Bay gave up just 10.8 points per game, shutting out opponents three times. The Packers held opposing QBs to a 43.5 rating, due, in part, to Wood's league-leading nine interceptions. The Packers' defense allowed the Giants 291 yards in the NFL championship game, but held the Giants offense scoreless as the Packers won, 16–7 (New York scored on a blocked punt)."
The Packers' +267 point differential (points scored vs. points against) in 1962 is the best total of any NFL team in the 1960s. Cold Hard Football Facts says that the 1962 Packers "may have been the best rushing team in the history of football. And that team etched in historic stone the image of Lombardi's three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust Packers that is still so powerful today."
|1||14||Earl Gros||Running Back||LSU|
|3||41||Gary Barnes||Wide Receiver||Clemson|
|4||56||Ron Gassert||Defensive Tackle||Virginia|
|5||65||Chuck Morris||Back||Ole Miss|
|6||79||John Sutro||Tackle||San Jose State|
|6||84||Oscar Donahue||End||San Jose State|
|7||98||Gary Cutsinger||Tackle||Oklahoma State|
|8||112||Jim Tullis||Back||Florida A&M|
|9||126||Peter Schenck||Back||Washington State|
|12||158||Joe Thorne||Back||South Dakota State|
|15||210||Roger Holdinsky||Back||West Virginia|
|20||280||Mike Snodgrass||Center||Western Michigan|
- Yellow indicates a future Pro Bowl selection
|1962 Green Bay Packers staff|
|1962 Green Bay Packers final roster|
The team was 7–0 at home and 6–1 on the road. It was the first time since 1944 that the club went undefeated at home.
|1||September 16||Minnesota Vikings||W 34–7||City Stadium|
|2||September 23||St. Louis Cardinals||W 17–0||Milwaukee County Stadium|
|3||September 30||Chicago Bears||W 49–0||City Stadium|
|4||October 7||Detroit Lions||W 9–7||City Stadium|
|5||October 14||at Minnesota Vikings||W 48–21||Metropolitan Stadium|
|6||October 21||San Francisco 49ers||W 31–13||Milwaukee County Stadium|
|7||October 28||at Baltimore Colts||W 17–6||Memorial Stadium|
|8||November 4||at Chicago Bears||W 38–7||Wrigley Field|
|9||November 11||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 49–0||Franklin Field|
|10||November 18||Baltimore Colts||W 17–13||City Stadium|
|11||November 22||at Detroit Lions||L 14–26||Tiger Stadium|
|12||December 2||Los Angeles Rams||W 41–10||Milwaukee County Stadium|
|13||December 9||at San Francisco 49ers||W 31–21||Kezar Stadium|
|14||December 16||at Los Angeles Rams||W 20–17||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
- November 22 was Thursday (Thanksgiving)
Week 4 vs. LionsEdit
- Date: October 7
- Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C) • Wind 8
- Game attendance: 38,669
Week 11 vs. LionsEdit
- Date: November 22
- Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C) • Wind 15
- Game attendance: 57,598
Thanksgiving Day game
|NFL Championship||December 30, 1962||at New York Giants||W||16–7||Yankee Stadium||NBC||NBC||1:00 PM CST||64,892|
All times are CENTRAL time
|NFL Western Conference|
|Green Bay Packers||13||1||0||.929||11–1||415||148||W3|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||8||0||.429||5–7||282||331||L2|
|Los Angeles Rams||1||12||1||.077||1–10–1||220||334||L3|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
Awards and recordsEdit
- The List: Best NFL defense of all-time, 2007
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1960 to 1969, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points Differential.
- "Cold Hard Football Facts: 40 and Fabulous: in praise of passer rating". Archived from the original on 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
- "All Time Coaches Database". Packers.com. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 266