“I’ve never been associated with a loser and I don’t expect to be now,” Coach Vince Lombardi stated upon assuming command of the Packers in 1959.
Less than three years later, Lombardi was anything but as his team reached the pinnacle of professional football, going 11-3 and whipping the New York Giants 37-0 in the NFL title game.
In their drive to the top, the Packers forged the league’s best rushing attack (2,350 yards) and a defense that allowed the second fewest points in the circuit (223). Green Bay boasted the most accurate passing offense (57.8) and its quarterbacks were sacked for fewer yards than any other team’s (138). So powerful were the Packers that seven of their wins were by a two-touchdown margin or more.
“You’re the greatest team in the National Football League today,” a beaming Lombardi said following the title game. “And I mean it.”