The 1965 Green Bay Packers season was their 47th season overall and their 45th season in the National Football League. The club posted 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.
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.
|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|
|1965 Green Bay Packers final roster|
|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.
Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau (April 9, 1898 – June 1, 1965) was a professional American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Lambeau, along with his friend and fellow Green Bay, Wisconsin native George Whitney Calhoun, founded the Green Bay Packers in 1919. From 1919 to 1929, Lambeau served as a player-coach and maintained de facto control on the day-to-day operations of the team. As a player, Lambeau lined up as a halfback, which in the early years of the NFL was the premier position. He was the team's primary runner and passer, accounting for 35 touchdowns (eight as a rusher, three as a receiver, and 24 as a passer) in 77 games. He won his only NFL championship as a player in 1929.
From 1919 to 1949, Lambeau was the head coach and general manager of the Packers. He led his team to over 200 wins and six NFL championships, including three straight from 1929 to 1931. He shares the distinction with rival George Halas of the Chicago Bears and later, Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots of coaching his team to the most NFL championships. Lambeau also coached eight players who went on to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With players such as quarterback Arnie Herber and split end Don Hutson, his teams revolutionized the use of the passing game in football. After a falling out with the Packers Board of Directors, Lambeau left the Packers to coach the Chicago Cardinals for two seasons and then Washington Redskins for two more. He retired from the NFL in 1953.
For his accomplishments, Lambeau has been widely recognized and honored. He was named to the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team as one of the top halfbacks in the league's first decade of existence. He was an inaugural inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1970 in recognition for his role as founder, player, and coach of the Packers. Shortly after his death in 1965, the Packers home stadium, which is still in use today, was renamed to Lambeau Field in his honor.
|1||BAL||Lou Michaels 26-yard field goal||Colts 3–0|
|2||GB||Don Chandler 17-yard field goal||Tie 3–3|
|2||GB||Herb Adderley 44-yard interception return (Don Chandler kick)||Packers 10–3|
|2||BAL||Jerry Hill 1-yard run (Lou Michaels kick)||Tie 10–10|
|4||GB||Don Chandler 41-yard field goal||Packers 13–10|
|4||BAL||Raymond Berry 5-yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)||Colts 17–13|
|4||GB||Max McGee 37-yard pass from Bart Starr (Don Chandler kick)||Packers 20–17|
|Division championships (18)|
|Conference championships (9)|
|League championships (13†)|
|Current league affiliations|
Championship seasons in bold