Moment 25 Clutch D In Big D

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January 01, 1967

Two weeks after Bart Starr is named league MVP, it’s the Packers’ defense that comes through in the clutch. Linebacker Dave Robinson’s pressure on Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith on fourth-and-goal in the final minute leads to an interception by safety Tom Brown to preserve the Packers’ 34-27 road win over Dallas in the NFL Championship Game.

After leading the Packers to a 12-2 regular-season record and a three-game margin in the Western Conference, Starr threw for 304 yards and four TD passes in Dallas, to four different receivers (Elijah Pitts, Carroll Dale, Boyd Dowler, Max McGee), as Green Bay built a 34-20 lead in the fourth quarter and then hung on for dear life.

Meredith’s 68-yard TD pass to Frank Clarke cut the Cowboys’ deficit to just seven points, thanks in part to a blocked PAT on Green Bay’s final TD, setting up the dramatic finish. The Packers’ goal-line stand was helped by a false-start penalty on the Cowboys on second down, and Robinson’s recognition of the fourth-down play from film study produced the crucial turnover.
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