Ice Bowl 1967

This event took place on December 31, 1967, in Green Bay Wisconsin, and the Green Bay Packers has won four NFL championships. The Dallas Cowboys was a new contender in the NFL; they merged with the NFL in the mid 1960’s. President and General Manager Tex Schramm decided to merge with the NFL form the AFL. He felt like the Cowboys were blowing out teams in a respectful way, to push them Cowboys to play in the NFL. So after interning NFL, the Dallas Cowboys had a nice 9-5 record going into the Easter Conference Championship game. The Cowboys first ever play of game they destroyed the Cleveland Browns 52-14 in there first win in a playoff, now they have earned a trip to the NFL Championship with the Green Bay Packers.

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How this story was covered, it was due to the weather. Wisconsin Green Bay had the longest and coldest stretch in nine days during the 1967-1968 season, and between seven and nine days during the that stretch did not exceed 0 F.

Considering how cold it was the, attendance for the game was 51,000 dedicated fans to witness the game; even announcer Frank Gifford saw his coffee freeze in minutes of the game.  With televised coverage by CBS, with Frank Gifford doing the commentary, Ray Scott and Jack Buck doing separate half play-by-play, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier handle CBS’s sideline reporting.

It was so cold that that the referee, Norm Schachter had his whistle frozen to his lip. Form here on out the referees had to yell out calls. 

This game was covered by CBS network and weather played a major part in the game, on how the temperature dropped so fast over night, now weather is a factor in today’s game. Now no NFL game has been played in such conditions, so this had to be a historical event for Green Bay Wisconsin. America-s-Game-1967-Packers

The Hall-a-Famer.

What made the game another historical event was Bart Star. By the 1960’s he led the NFL in passing three times and was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1966. Bart Starr led the Green Bay Packers to six-division championship and has won a Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs, which was Super Bowl one. Bart Starr had an amazing season from 1960-1967 Bart’s ‘’win-lost record’’  been 62-24-4; this will make him a Hall-of-Famer. The way the story was covered made an impacted on the game itself, it was not named ‘’The Ice Bowl” for nothing. Nether teams had played in weather like this before so this was going to go down in history, welcoming the Dallas Cowboys to the NFL and it being the coldest day in history for Green Bay Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers going for there third title. The local stations in Green Bay covered this game. Packers vs. Cowboys in 1967 will go down as one of the most remembered games in history.

The Green Bay Packers began the game with a touchdown pass to Boyd Dowler to give the Packers a 7-0 first quarter lead over the Cowboys. Then in the second quarter Starr connected to Dowler again, for a 43-yard touchdown to give the Packers a 14-0 lead over the Cowboys. Soon the Cowboys will need to get into a grove and start playing football, and that’s just what they did. The Cowboys adjusted to the weather and came out playing Cowboy football. Defensive end George Andrie recovered a Bart Starr Fumble, and ran it back for a touchdown to cut the Packers lead to a 14-7. Then there was another Green Bay Packer fumble, which led to a second touchdown score and a three point conventions by the Cowboys to cut the led to 17-14 at halftime, Cowboys leading. 

    

After halftime the Cowboys keep the pressure on the Packers till the fourth quarter, with 4:50 left in the game and the Dallas Cowboys are only up by three points. Now the Packers had to “keep their cool”. With a leader like Bart Starr, a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback, they didn’t what to let the Packers down or Bart. So they marched down the field and took almost the whole clock with sixteen-seconds remaining left in the game, the Packers were able to call a time out. The two run plays before that got stopped for no gain. Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi talked it over on the sideline, and there is only one thing to do Lombardi said; go for the win, lets take a gamble. The Packers could go for the tie and send it into overtime, after consulting with the Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr returned to the huddle.        

Bart Starr calls a play, he and had the option to give the ball to the running back or make a quick pass, and if it was dropped the clock would stop so the would have another play to try and execute. So Bart Starr called his own number, Starr takes the ball from the center; the center took out the defensive tackle, which gave Bart Starr a hole to jump over for the winning touchdown. This gave the Green Bay Packers their third NFL title.

On January 14th, 1968 the Oakland Raiders met the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl two. The Packers won with no problem, beating the Oakland Raiders 33-14 their second straight Super Bowl win in two years. Starr was named the MVP that year. 

Beat the Raiders 33-14

 

 

Resources:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grb/?n=icebowl67

http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/09000d5d80130ab3/America-s-Game-1967-Packers

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1102/nfl-steelers-packers-super-bowl-appearances/content.2.html

http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=200

http://www.profootballhof.com/history/decades/1960s/ice_bowl.aspx

http://www.inhistoric.com/2010/12/31/1059489/12-31-1967-the-ice-bowl

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