Super finish for legendary coach

Rumors were flying. Prior to Super Bowl II, word got out that it might be Vince Lombardi's final game as Green Bay's head coach.<p>

There was no way that the Packers wanted to let their legendary coach down in what did turn out to be his final game. But after an emotional win in the Ice Bowl a few weeks earlier, it seemed there was no way that the Packers had enough energy left in them to knock off the 13-1 Oakland Raiders.

"I've never been around a flatter football team than us when we were preparing for that Super Bowl," said Packers quarterback Bart Starr. "We'd used up so much emotion (getting there) that there was hardly anything left to give, and it showed. We were awful trying to get ready for Oakland, and I don't think we even started to come around until the Thursday before that game."

The Raiders featured the AFL's number-one passer in Daryle Lamonica, the league's top scorer in George Blanda, and the number one defense, which collected 66 sacks during the season.

Green Bay was still thawing from its heart-stopping 21-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game in icy Lambeau Field, but was intent on putting the heat on Oakland in Miami.

Don Chandler kicked field goals from 39- and 20- yards to cap Green Bay's first two drives, then Starr eluded a blitz and found split end Boyd Dowler with a 62-yard touchdown pass as Green Bay took a 13-0 lead.

Oakland closed to 13-7 on Lamonica's 23-yard scoring strike to Bill Miller, but Chandler's 43-yard field goal just before halftime put the Packers up 16-7. During the intermission, the Packers vowed not to let this one slip away.

"A few of us got together and we decided to play the last thirty minutes for the old man," said Packers guard Jerry Kramer. "And that's what we did. We didn't want to let him down in his last game."

The Packers (12-4-1 overall, 9-4-1 in the NFL Central) erupted for 17 straight points, highlighted by All-Pro cornerback Herb Adderley's 60-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

Starr was sacked four times, but he completed 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, earning him the game's most valuable player honor.

Lombardi rode off the field on the shoulders of Kramer and right tackle Forrest Gregg with an unprecedented record in his nine-year stint with Green Bay. Lombardi's teams won six Western Conference championships, five NFL titles and two Super Bowls.

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