1965 Green Bay Packers season

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.[1][2] 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.[3][4][5]

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.[6][7][8] 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,[9][10] who had died two months earlier.[11][12]

1965 Green Bay Packers season
Head coachVince Lombardi
General managerVince Lombardi
Home fieldLambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Division place1st NFL Western (playoff)
Playoff finishWon NFL Championship
(Browns, 23–12)


1965 Green Bay Packers final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad


Date Opponent Site Result Score'

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
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

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
Colts 3 707 17
Packers 0 10010 20



Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
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
Baltimore Colts 10 3 1 .769 8–3–1 389 284 W1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 7–5 409 275 L1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 6–5–1 421 402 T1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 5–7 383 403 W2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .462 4–7–1 257 295 W1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 2–10 269 328 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


  1. ^ Rollow, Cooper (December 20, 1965). "49ers tie Packers, 24-24; set playoff". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  2. ^ Lea, Bud (December 20, 1965). "Packers tied 49ers; play Colts Sunday". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  3. ^ "Packers win, 13 to 10, for NFL Western title". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 27, 1965. p. 1, part 1.
  4. ^ Lea, Bud (December 27, 1965). "Chandler 'kicks' Packers to title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  5. ^ Strickler, George (December 27, 1965). "Packers win, 13-10, in 'sudden death'". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  6. ^ Strickler, George (January 3, 1966). "Green Bay wins N.F.L. crown, 23 to 12". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  7. ^ Lea, Bud (January 3, 1966). "Packers blast Browns for title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  8. ^ Hand, John (January 3, 1966). "Green Bay's ball-control tactics beat Browns for title, 23-12". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. p. 18.
  9. ^ "Packer board backs Lambeau Field idea". Milwaukee Journal. UPI. August 3, 1965. p. 18-part 2.
  10. ^ "'Lambeau Field' voted by council". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. August 5, 1965. p. 3-part 2.
  11. ^ "Curly Lambeau is stricken and dies of a heart attack". Lawrence (Kansas) Daily Journal World. Associated Press. June 2, 1965. p. 18.
  12. ^ "Lambeau, Packer founder, dies; led club to 6 pro league titles". Milwaukee Journal. June 2, 1965. p. 19.
  13. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
Curly Lambeau

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.

Scoring summary
1BALLou Michaels 26-yard field goalColts 3–0
2GBDon Chandler 17-yard field goalTie 3–3
2GBHerb Adderley 44-yard interception return (Don Chandler kick)Packers 10–3
2BALJerry Hill 1-yard run (Lou Michaels kick)Tie 10–10
4GBDon Chandler 41-yard field goalPackers 13–10
4BALRaymond Berry 5-yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)Colts 17–13
4GBMax McGee 37-yard pass from Bart Starr (Don Chandler kick)Packers 20–17
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League championships (13)
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Seasons (100)
Championship seasons in bold

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