Memorable game: Packers rout Browns

The Packers' recent signing of quarterback Tim Couch stirs memories of a long-ago Green Bay-Cleveland transaction – this one on the field on Nov. 12, 1967.<p>

Coming off a 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Colts the previous week, the Packers must have been looking forward to their game against the Cleveland Browns at Milwaukee County Stadium.

The visiting Browns turned out to be exactly what the Packers needed to put the loss behind them. Rookie Travis Williams returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the first quarter as the defending NFL Champion Packers obliterated the Browns 55-7.

"I'd rather take five of those point and tack them onto our score last week," Packer coach Vince Lombardi said.

The win came before what was then the biggest crowd ever to watch a sporting event in Milwaukee - 50,074. It also propelled Green Bay on a four-game win streak.

Green Bay led 35-7 after the first quarter thanks to Williams, two Bart Starr touchdown passes and a Donny Anderson scoring run. In addition, fumble recoveries by Ray Nitschke and Jim Flanigan set up opening quarter touchdowns.

"It's been our history to rise to the occasion," Lombardi said. "Of course, we were very fortunate at the start – running back the opening kickoff for a touchdown and then intercepting their first pass and turning that into a touchdown.

"Well, that's almost an insurmountable thing to overcome."

The victory improved the first-place Packers to 6-2-1, ran their winning streak over Eastern Division teams to 18 and was their 24th triumph in their last 30 tries in Milwaukee.

Williams, whose 9.3 speed in the 100-yard dash earned him the nickname "Roadrunner," tied NFL records for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a game and season and set a Packer record for kickoff return yardage in a game (172).

"I worried every day that might be cut and now this," Williams said. "It's hard to believe."

Said Lombardi: "One runback for a touchdown is an accomplishment for a lifetime, let alone two in one game."

Lost in Williams' heroics was the return from injury of quarterback Bart Starr and the performance of Anderson and fellow running back Ben Wilson.

Starr was 14 of 21 for 249 yards with two TDs while Wilson ran for 100 yards and Anderson totaled 159 yards from scrimmage in place of injured starters Jim Grabowski and Elijah Pitts.


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