1965 Green Bay Packers season
The 1965 Green Bay Packers season was their 47th season overall and their 45th season in the National Football League. The team finished with a 10–3–1 record under seventh-year head coach Vince Lombardi, earning a tie for first place in the Western Conference with the Baltimore Colts.
|1965 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Vince Lombardi|
|General manager||Vince Lombardi|
|Home field||Lambeau Field|
Milwaukee County Stadium
|Division place||1st NFL Western (playoff)|
|Playoff finish||Won NFL Championship|
In the final regular season game at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, a late touchdown by the 49ers caused a tie and dropped Green Bay into a tie with the Colts. Although the Packers defeated Baltimore twice during the regular season, the rules at the time required a tiebreaker playoff, played in Green Bay on December 26. With backup quarterbacks playing for both teams, the Packers tied the Colts late and won in overtime, 13–10.
Green Bay then met the defending champion Cleveland Browns (11–3) in the NFL championship game, also at Green Bay. The Packers won, 23–12, for their ninth NFL title and third under Lombardi. It was the last NFL championship game before the advent of the Super Bowl and the first of three consecutive league titles for Green Bay.
Known as "New City Stadium" for its first eight seasons, the Packers' venue in Green Bay was renamed Lambeau Field in August 1965 in memory of Packers founder, player, and long-time head coach, Curly Lambeau, who had died two months earlier.
|1||September 19||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 41–9||1–0||Pitt Stadium|
|2||September 26||Baltimore Colts||W 20–17||2–0||Milwaukee County Stadium|
|3||October 3||Chicago Bears||W 23–14||3–0||Lambeau Field|
|4||October 10||San Francisco 49ers||W 27–10||4–0||Lambeau Field|
|5||October 17||at Detroit Lions||W 31–21||5–0||Tiger Stadium|
|6||October 24||Dallas Cowboys||W 13–3||6–0||Milwaukee County Stadium|
|7||October 31||at Chicago Bears||L 31–10||6–1||Wrigley Field|
|8||November 7||Detroit Lions||L 12–7||6–2||Lambeau Field|
|9||November 14||Los Angeles Rams||W 6–3||7–2||Milwaukee County Stadium|
|10||November 21||at Minnesota Vikings||W 38–13||8–2||Metropolitan Stadium|
|11||November 28||at Los Angeles Rams||L 21–10||8–3||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|12||December 5||Minnesota Vikings||W 24–19||9–3||Lambeau Field|
|13||December 12||at Baltimore Colts||W 42–27||10–3||Memorial Stadium|
|14||December 19||at San Francisco 49ers||T 24–24||10–3–1||Kezar Stadium|
|Conference||December 26, 1965||Baltimore Colts||W 13–10||Lambeau Field|
|Championship||January 2, 1966||Cleveland Browns||W 23–12||Lambeau Field|
|NFL Western Conference|
|Green Bay Packers||10||3||1||.769||8–3–1||316||224||T1|
|San Francisco 49ers||7||6||1||.538||6–5–1||421||402||T1|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||10||0||.286||2–10||269||328||L1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- Rollow, Cooper (December 20, 1965). "49ers tie Packers, 24-24; set playoff". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
- Lea, Bud (December 20, 1965). "Packers tied 49ers; play Colts Sunday". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
- "Packers win, 13 to 10, for NFL Western title". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 27, 1965. p. 1, part 1.
- Lea, Bud (December 27, 1965). "Chandler 'kicks' Packers to title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
- Strickler, George (December 27, 1965). "Packers win, 13-10, in 'sudden death'". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
- Strickler, George (January 3, 1966). "Green Bay wins N.F.L. crown, 23 to 12". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
- Lea, Bud (January 3, 1966). "Packers blast Browns for title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
- Hand, John (January 3, 1966). "Green Bay's ball-control tactics beat Browns for title, 23-12". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. p. 18.
- "Packer board backs Lambeau Field idea". Milwaukee Journal. UPI. August 3, 1965. p. 18-part 2.
- "'Lambeau Field' voted by council". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. August 5, 1965. p. 3-part 2.
- "Curly Lambeau is stricken and dies of a heart attack". Lawrence (Kansas) Daily Journal World. Associated Press. June 2, 1965. p. 18.
- "Lambeau, Packer founder, dies; led club to 6 pro league titles". Milwaukee Journal. June 2, 1965. p. 19.