Moment 96 Taylor's Toughness

Taylors Toughness
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December 30, 1962

Two weeks after Jim Taylor is named the NFL’s MVP over Giants QB Y.A. Tittle, Taylor rushes for 85 yards on 31 brutal carries at bitterly cold Yankee Stadium as the Packers knock off the Giants, 16-7, for their second NFL championship under Vince Lombardi and eighth overall. Ray Nitschke is the game’s MVP.

The victory followed a 13-1 regular season for a team many consider the greatest of all the Packers’ championship squads. They outscored their opponents 415-148 on the year, racking up more than 30 points eight times and holding eight opponents to 10 or less.

On the season, Taylor rushed 272 times for a franchise-record 1,474 yards – a mark that would stand for 41 years. His 19 rushing touchdowns that year remain the team single-season record.

In the title game, 13-degree temps with 40-mph winds highlighted the defensive struggle in a rematch of the previous year’s championship. Nitschke recovered two fumbles and deflected a pass that led to an interception, leading a Green Bay defense that in essence shut out the Giants in the title game for the second year in a row, as New York’s only points came via a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone.