Eddie Lee Ivery caught a five-yard deflected pass from Lynn Dickey for Green Bay's go-ahead touchdown and Maurice Harvey scored on a 25-yard run with a recovered fumble as the Packers remained unbeaten this interrupted NFL season by beating the Minnesota Vikings today, 26-7.
Only 44,681 attended at Milwaukee's 56,000-seat County Stadium. It was the first time since 1960 that the Packers did not have a sellout and there were 4,700 no-shows. And the crowd was subdued considering the magnitude of the home team's victory -- Green Bay at 3-0 has its best start since 1966 when it went on to win Super Bowl I.
Dickey completed 15 of 22 passes for 244 yards before leaving the game with a bruised hip midway through the third quarter; he said later the injury was not serious. Minnesota passer Tommy Kramer also left in the third period, his throwing arm bruised early in the game.
"Even with only four days of practice, I felt confident we could move the ball and we did," Dickey said.
"The caliber of play was all right," Coach Bud Grant of the 1-2 Vikings said, "but I don't think the enthusiasm was there. The enthusiasm from both teams and the crowd was not what we are accustomed to."
The Vikings failed to cross midfield in the first 23 minutes. Greg Coleman set a Viking record by punting 11 times in the game.
Green Bay's Jan Stenerud scored eight point and, with 1,366, passed former Viking kicker Fred Cox for fourth place on the NFL's all-time scoring list.