You know what they say about letting sleeping dogs lie. Or in this case, sleeping Packers offenses.
Milwaukee County Stadium was the site of the Green Bay Packers-Los Angeles Rams season opener that became a tail of two halves, one in which the Packers decided to not just finally show up after allowing a four-score lead, but pull off a comeback for the ages.
Green Bay gave up five scores - three Mike Lansford field goals, a Wendell Tyler touchdown run and a scoring throw from Bert Jones to Mike Barber - to create a 23-0 deficit entering the halftime locker room.
"At halftime, we decided that we weren't going to go down without a fight," said Packers receiver John Jefferson to the Milwaukee Journal.
"We went out there with a mission in our minds."
Incredibly, mission accomplished.
Exiting that locker room, the Packers then scored five times of their own in the second half:
- 23-7 L.A.: A Lynn Dickey-to-Paul Coffman four-yard touchdown pass
- 23-14 L.A.: An Eddie Lee Ivery three-yard touchdown run
- 23-21 L.A.: A Dickey-to-James Lofton 15-yard touchdown pass
- 28-23 G.B.: A Dickey-to-Coffman 10-yard touchdown pass
- 35-23 G.B.: An Ivery 27-yard touchdown run
"That's the greatest comeback that I have ever witnessed," said Coach Bart Starr.
That goes for every other Packers observer. It still is tied for the most points overcome to win a game in franchise history.
Green Bay used this win to launch a run to the playoffs, their only playoff berth between the Dan Devine and Mike Holmgren years.