Lynn Dickey threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes 17 seconds apart today to complete a rally for the Green Bay Packers, who trailed by 23 points at halftime but finished with a 35-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams' loss spoiled the debut of quarterback Bert Jones, who completed 17 of 31 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown. Jones went to Los Angeles from Baltimore in a pre-season trade.
Dickey, who fumbled twice and was intercepted twice in the first half, completed a 10-yard pass to tight end Paul Coffman with 11:12 to play, moments after linebacker Guy Prather recovered a fumble Robert Alexander made on a kick return. The touchdown gave the Packers a 28-23 lead, and came shortly after a 15-yard scoring pass from Dickey to James Lofton.
"That's the greatest comeback I've ever witnessed," said Green Bay Coach Bart Starr, who has witnessed a few in his 25-year pro football career. "I'm at a loss for words to tell you how proud I am of this football team."
The Packers preserved the victory when inside linebacker George Cumby intercepted a pass from Jones at the Packer 34 midway through the final period, and later when outside linebacker John Anderson intercepted Jones at the Packer seven with 1:33 left.
Green Bay halfback Eddie Lee Ivery, who rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries, finished the scoring with a 27-yard run up the middle with 3:06 remaining.
Ivery also scored from the three with 6:03 to go in the third quarter to bring the Packers within 23-14.