Moment 68 Rowdy Rebound

Rowdy Rebound
Photo credit: Harmann Studios
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September 07, 1980

Following an 0-4-1 preseason in which the Packers are outscored 86-17, Green Bay wins its opener in improbable fashion, as kicker Chester Marcol catches his own blocked field goal in overtime and runs 24 yards for the winning score in a 12-6 victory over the Bears.

Marcol accounted for all the Packers’ points on the day, as his field goals from 46 and 41 yards out in the first half were all Green Bay could muster until the OT. Green Bay’s defense held Walter Payton to just 65 yards on 31 rushes and intercepted QB Mike Phipps three times to stay in it.

The unbelievable ending gave the Packers their first overtime victory since the 1965 Western Conference Championship, but it didn’t spark the type of season fans hoped for. The Packers immediately lost three straight and then dropped four straight at the end of the season to finish 5-10-1.

The rough finish included the rematch with the Bears, a 61-7 drubbing that made the Week 1 victory stand out even more as the anomaly it was.
Rowdy Rebound
Photo credit: Harmann Studios