1974 Green Bay Packers season

The 1974 Green Bay Packers season was their 56th season overall and their 54th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record under fourth-year head coach Dan Devine, a consecutive third-place finish in the NFC Central division. The Packers lost their last three games, all to non-playoff teams.

With a year remaining on his five-year contract, Devine resigned a day after the last game of the regular season and returned to college football at Notre Dame,[1][2] following the sudden retirement of Ara Parseghian. Devine was succeeded as head coach at Green Bay by hall of fame quarterback Bart Starr, hired on Christmas Eve.[3][4][5]

1974 Green Bay Packers season
Head coachDan Devine
General managerDan Devine
Home fieldLambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record6–8
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1 12 Barty Smith Fullback Richmond
5 116 Steve Odom Wide Receiver Utah
6 134 Don Woods Running Back New Mexico
6 142 Ken Payne Wide Receiver Langston
7 168 Bart Purvis Tackle Maryland
8 194 Monte Doris Linebacker USC
9 220 Harold Holton Guard UTEP
10 246 Doug Troszak Defensive Tackle Michigan
11 272 Eric Torkelson Running Back UConn
12 298 Randy Walker Punter Northwestern State
13 324 Emmanuel Armstrong Linebacker San Jose State
14 350 Andrew Neloms Defensive Tackle Kentucky State
15 376 Dave Wannstedt Offensive Tackle Pittsburgh
16 402 Mark Cooney Linebacker Colorado
17 428 Randall Woodfield Wide Receiver Portland State
  • Yellow indicates a future Pro Bowl selection

Roster

Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 15 Minnesota Vikings L 32–17 0–1 Lambeau Field
56,267
2 September 22 at Baltimore Colts W 20–13 1–1 Memorial Stadium
41,252
3 September 29 Detroit Lions W 21–19 2–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,292
4 October 6 Buffalo Bills L 27–7 2–2 Lambeau Field
56,267
5 October 13 Los Angeles Rams W 17–6 3–2 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,499
6 October 21 at Chicago Bears L 10–9 3–3 Soldier Field
50,623
7 October 27 at Detroit Lions L 19–17 3–4 Tiger Stadium
51,775
8 November 3 Washington Redskins L 17–6 3–5 Lambeau Field
56,267
9 November 10 Chicago Bears W 20–3 4–5 Milwaukee County Stadium
46,567
10 November 17 at Minnesota Vikings W 19–7 5–5 Metropolitan Stadium
47,924
11 November 24 San Diego Chargers W 34–0 6–5 Lambeau Field
56,267
12 December 1 at Philadelphia Eagles L 36–14 6–6 Veterans Stadium
42,030
13 December 8 at San Francisco 49ers L 7–6 6–7 Candlestick Park
47,475
14 December 15 at Atlanta Falcons L 10–3 6–8 Atlanta Stadium
10,020

Game summaries

Week 3

1 234Total
Lions 3 1060 19
Packers 0 8103 21

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Week 9

1 234Total
Bears 3 000 3
Packers 0 10010 20

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 10 4 0 .714 4–2 8–3 310 195 W3
Detroit Lions 7 7 0 .500 3–3 6–5 256 270 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 3–3 4–7 210 206 L3
Chicago Bears 4 10 0 .286 2–4 4–7 152 279 L2

Awards and records

  • Chester Marcol, NFL Leader, Field Goals Made, (25)
  • Don Woods, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Milestones

References

  1. ^ Hofmann, Dale (December 17, 1974). "Devine resigns, accepts Notre Dame coaching job". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
  2. ^ "Devine quits Packers for Irish". Morning Record. Meriden, Connecticut. Associated Press. December 17, 1974. p. 13.
  3. ^ Lea, Bud; Hofmann, Dave (December 24, 1974). "Starr to be named today". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  4. ^ Kupper, Mike (December 24, 1974). "Starr, Packers, make it official". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, part 1.
  5. ^ Hofmann, Dale (December 25, 1974). "Starr pledges fresh start". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
Scoring summary
1DETErrol Mann 37-yard field goalLions 3–0
2DETErrol Mann 26-yard field goalLions 6–0
2GBSafety, Ted Hendricks blocked punt out of end zoneLions 6–2
2GBChester Marcol 35-yard field goalLions 6–5
2DETLarry Walton 39-yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)Lions 13–5
2GBChester Marcol 36-yard field goalLions 13–8
3DETErrol Mann 41-yard field goalLions 16–8
3GBChester Marcol 41-yard field goalLions 16–11
3GBBarry Smith 27-yard pass from Jerry Tagge (Chester Marcol kick)Packers 18–16
3DETErrol Mann 28-yard field goalLions 19–18
4GBChester Marcol 22-yard field goalPackers 21–19
Scoring summary
1BearsMirro Roder 44-yard field goalBears 3–0
2PackersChester Marcol 45-yard field goalTie 3–3
2PackersSteve Odom 95-yard punt return (Chester Marcol kick)Packers 10–3
4PackersChester Marcol 24-yard field goalPackers 13–3
4PackersJohn Brockington 1-yard run (Chester Marcol kick)Packers 20–3
Franchise
Records
Stadiums
Training facilities
Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Division championships (18)
Conference championships (9)
League championships (13)
Retired numbers
Media
Current league affiliations
Seasons (100)
Championship seasons in bold

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