Gerry Ellis and Eddie Lee Ivery each scored a touchdown today to lead Green Bay to a 16-9 upset victory over the Chicago Bears in a game Packer Coach Bart Starr said included "mistakes that shouldn't happen in a high school game."
Matt Suhey fumbled on the Green Bay goal line with 23 seconds to play, ending the Bears' hopes for a tying score.
"We came up with the ball and I'm delighted with that," said Starr, "but both the Bears and we have to look at it as a poorly played game."
The Bears began their final drive from their 46 and Suhey appeared to have reached the goal line but the referees ruled he fumbled before he crossed the plane of the goal. The fumble was recovered by safety Johnnie Gray and Green Bay ran out the clock.
For the Packers, Ellis carried 17 times for 94 yards and Ivery had 72 yards in 14 carries before leaving the game in the third quarter with a twisted left knee, the same knee on which he had surgery two years ago.
The Packers limited the Chicago rushing attack throughout most of the game, holding NFC rushing champion Walter Payton to 81 yards in 19 carries.