Moment 72 Kick Controversy

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December 26, 1965

Two weeks after staying alive in the Western Conference race with a victory over the Colts, the Packers win the franchise’s first sudden-death overtime game on a Don Chandler field goal over the same Colts to take the conference title.

Chandler’s kick to tie the game with 1:58 left in regulation, from 22 yards out, was so close and created so much controversy it prompted the NFL to paint all goal posts bright yellow and extend them 20 feet above the crossbar.

His game-winner came at 13:39 of overtime, a 25-yarder, capping a battle of backup quarterbacks, as Baltimore’s Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo missed the game with injuries and Green Bay’s Bart Starr injured his ribs on a Colts fumble return for a touchdown on the Packers’ first offensive play.

Zeke Bratkowski brought the Packers back from a 10-0 halftime deficit with 248 yards passing overall, while Colts fill-in at QB, halfback Tom Matte, completed just five passes.

The playoff game was necessary because the two teams finished tied for first in the conference at 10-3-1, though the Packers had swept the two games in the regular season. Green Bay would not have another postseason game go to overtime for 38 years.
Kick Controversy
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