Jan. 14, 1968: Packers rout Raiders to repeat as Super Bowl champions

Title 11 of 13: Packers win Super Bowl II

Bud Lea
Milwaukee Sentinel
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Editor's note:This story was originally published Jan. 15, 1968.

Packers coach Vince Lombardi is carried off the field by Jerry Kramer after Green Bay defeats the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II on Jan. 14, 1968.

Miami, Fla. — Combining the aerial artistry of Bart Starr and the accurate field goal kicking of Don Chandler, the Green Bay Packers won their second straight Super Bowl game by routing the Oakland Raiders here Sunday, 33-14.

The triumph over the American Football League champions in the Orange Bowl before a capacity crowd of 75,546 was worth $15,000 to each Packer.

Surprisingly, the event was almost a carbon copy of last year’s Super Bowl game at Los Angeles when the Packers started slowly and eventually won easily, 35-10, over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Starr, who was named the game’s most valuable player overcame a swarming, stunting Oakland defense and moved the Packers time and again into scoring position. And when the Raiders stopped Green Bay on third down plays, Chandler calmly booted four field goals.

Oakland, hoping to pull a super upset, scored on two pass plays (23 yards each) from Daryle Lamonica to Bill Miller. The first one cut Green Bay’s margin to 13-7 in the second quarter and the other proved to be the last score of the game.

All week long the papers had been full of George Blanda’s kicking ability. All but forgotten was Chandler, who drilled home field goals from 39, 20, 43 and 31 yards on this cool but pleasant winter afternoon in Florida.

Starr, who completed 13 of 24 passes to five receivers, broke things open in the second period when he fired a 62 yard scoring strike to Boyd Dowler on third down and short yardage giving the Packers a 13-0 lead.

Then, in the third quarter, Starr directed an 82 yard march in 11 plays.

Herb Adderley’s 60 yard return with an interception was a fitting climax to the Packers’ second half showing. The Packers’ cat-quick defensive halfback cut in front of Fred Biletnikoff, picked off Lamonica’s pass and followed his blocking perfectly en route to a touchdown.

While the Raiders lost the ball on two fumbles and one interception, the Packers didn’t err once. Green Bay capitalized on two breaks. After Dick Capp, reactivated just for this game, recovered a punt return fumble, Green Bay scored on Chandler’s third field goal. Then, in the fourth quarter, came Adderley’s game breaking interception.

The first three times the Packers got the ball they scored, although they had to settle on field goals when the Raiders put heavy pressure on Starr on third down passing plays.

But with a 6-0 lead, Starr’s first touchdown was a picture play. Dowler sprinted down the middle practically unnoticed and before the Raiders could move in help for linebacker Dan Conners, Big Boyd was off to the races with Conners a poor second in the foot race.

The quick touchdown did not phase the Raiders, who quickly countered with a 78 yard drive in 9 plays. Lamonica came up with three key plays: 16 yards to Miller, 15 yards to Pete Banaszak, before unloading the scoring bomb to Miller — a pass that sailed over defender Dave Robinson’s head into the waiting mitts of the Oakland receiver on the sideline, where he wheeled in untouched from the five.

The third quarter was all Green Bay. Starr pitched a 35 yard strike to Max McGee and the Packers had field position again from the Oakland 25.

It looked like Bart blew the scoring chance when he overthrew Andersen, who was wide open in the end zone, but he came right back with a 12 yard bullet to Donny and two plays later Anderson sliced over the crunching blocks of Jerry Kramer and Ben Wilson for the touchdown.

Then, after forcing the Raiders to punt again, Starr moved the Packers from their 39 to the Oakland 24. After Wilson was dumped for a yard loss by Dan Birdwell on third down, Chandler kicked his last field goal. The boot, from the 31, barely skimmed over the crossbar.

On the first play of the fourth quarter Banaszak fumbled after picking up 13 yards on a pass and Robinson recovered on the Oakland 40.

Starr was rushed by Ben Davidson and lost 11 yards. He also lost the ball — but after the whistle had blown — and a big section of the crowd voiced its displeasure when the Raiders were not given possession.

But the Raider’ rooters became as quiet as a mouse when Adderley picked off Lamonina’s pass intended for Biletnikoff and behind key blocks by Henry Jordan and Kostelnik raced 60 yards for the Packers’ last touchdown.

The Raiders, who compiled a 13-1 record in winning the AFL championship, had a good rush on Starr by using stunting linebackers with a big and aggressive front four.

Starr was dumped three times for 30 yards in losses. Once he scrambled away from Davidson’s grasp and ran 14 yards to keep the drive going, leading to Chandler’s second field goal.

Lamonina gave the Packers’ defense some trouble with his passing from rollouts. He completed 6 of 13 passes in the first half for 80 yards and forced to play catchup, thereafter, he finished with 15 of 34 for 208 yards.

When the statistics were totaled, the Packers outgained the Raiders rushing, 163 yards to 105, and Oakland had a 186 to 162 edge in passing. While Starr was dumped four times, the Packers got to Lamonica three times.

Oakland had boasted that, unlike Kansas City, it was a second half team. But against the Packers the Raiders could not get anything started because Lionel Aldridge, Willie Davis and company were putting heavy pressure on Lamonica.

Coach Vince Lombardi started Wilson and Anderson at running backs and they responded with 65 and 48 yards, giving Green Bay a better running attack than Oakland, which had to rely primarily on Herwitt Dixon who picked up 52 yards. Banaszak was held to 16 yards in 6 trips.

Travis Williams, who returned one kick-off for 18 yards, also found the going tough from scrimmage. The Packers’ heralded rookie gained 36 yards in 8 carries. Fullback Chuck Mercein, who played a key role in the Packers’ 21-17 victory over the Cowboys, did not get into the game as a running back until the last series of plays.

It was a bruising, bloody battle — especially in the front lines — and guard Gale Gillingham’s arm looked like it had been hacked off in his duel with Tom Keating. And Starr, who reinjured his thumb, had to give way to Zeke Bratkowski with 8:49 left to play. The Raiders came to play, there’s no question about that. But they didn’t have the quarterback or the overall defense to slug it out with the best team in pro football.

Thus the Packers are still the heavyweight champs. And the nation’s fans probably were wondering, who else can play this game?

Packers' championship titles

1. Dec. 8, 1929: The Green Bay Packers' first league title

2. Dec. 14, 1930: Tie clinches second straight championship

3. Nov. 29, 1931: Punter/halfback Verne Lewellen helps secure third title

4. Dec. 13, 1936: Green Bay's first championship decided by a post-season game

5. Dec. 10, 1939: Fifth title dubbed the Dairy Bowl

6. Dec. 17, 1944: The Packers' final championship under Curly Lambeau

7. Dec. 31, 1961: Vince Lombardi's first NFL title

8. Dec. 30, 1962Packers still champs as Ray Nitschke leads way

9. Jan. 2, 1966:1st of 3 straight Packers titles began with 'Mud Bowl'

10. Jan. 15, 1967: Packers beat Chiefs to win Super Bowl I

11. Jan. 14, 1968: Packers rout Raiders to repeat as Super Bowl champions

12. Jan. 26, 1997: Power and the Glory. Packers win Super Bowl XXXI.

13. Feb. 6, 2011: Packers survive injuries to beat Steelers in Super Bowl XLV

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