Moment 5 Frozen In Time

Frozen In Time
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December 31, 1967

Played in minus-13 degree temperatures with a wind chill of minus-46, the Ice Bowl goes to the Packers, 21-17 over the Cowboys, on Bart Starr’s TD sneak behind Jerry Kramer’s block with 13 seconds left.

Lambeau Field had a heating system, but the playing surface froze as moisture built up underneath the tarp overnight and then turned to ice as soon as the tarp was removed.

Starr threw a pair of TD passes to Boyd Dowler, from 8 and 43 yards out, for a 14-0 first-half lead. But the Cowboys returned a fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter and then took a 17-14 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter with a successful halfback option pass. Dan Reeves connected with Lance Rentzel on a 50-yard score.

The Packers’ final drive began at their own 32-yard line with 4:50 on the clock. Running backs Donny Anderson and Chuck Mercein gained the bulk of the yardage on running plays and short passes, setting up third-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line. The Packers used their last timeout with 16 seconds left.

Starr called “31 Wedge,” a fullback dive, but with every intention of keeping the ball because the footing was so poor for the running backs. Kramer combined with center Ken Bowman to block Dallas defensive tackle Jethro Pugh, giving Starr enough room to cross the goal line.

  • Frozen In Time
    Photo credit: Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • Frozen In Time
    Photo credit: Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • Frozen In Time
    Photo credit: Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • Frozen In Time
    Photo credit: Green Bay Press-Gazette