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Packers Scrapbook: A weird 1971 opener vs. the Giants

8:07 PM, Nov. 21, 2012

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The Green Bay Packers' 1971 season opener was one of the weirdest games in their long history.

On Sept. 19, a rainy Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, new Packers coach Dan Devine broke his left leg in a sideline collision. There also was a field goal returned for a touchdown, fumbles turned into touchdowns on back-to-back plays, and a safety.

The Packers struck first. Second-year cornerback Ken Ellis fielded Pete Gogolak's missed field goal on the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown for a 7-0 first-quarter lead. A new rule allowed such a play. ...

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