Green Bay's Jan Stenerud kicked a 42-yard field goal with 9:05 left in overtime, after Lynn Dickey had thrown a team record-tying five touchdown passes, to give the Packers an exhausting 41-38 victory over the Houston Oilers today.
Dickey threw four scoring passes the first half. After completing a team record 18 straight passes to start the game, he went 27 of 31 for 333 yards. His fifth touchdown pass tied the score late in the game. But he had to give way to backup David Whitehurst at the start of overtime because of recurring back spasms.
The Packers took the kickoff and drove from their 17 to Houston's 24, from where Stenerud won the game.
Whitehurst completed a 10-yard pass to Philip Epps on third down to keep the drive going, and running back Eddie Lee Ivery contributed gains of nine, 12 and eight yards.
Earl Campbell led Houston's rally with three second-half touchdowns--one more than he had in all of 1982. He gained 123 yards before going out in the final minute with a bruised knee. Rookie teammate Larry Moriarty put the game into overtime on a yard plunge with 48 seconds left after Dickey had thrown a 74-yard touchdown pass to James Lofton.
Campbell scored on runs of 7-, 8- and 1-yard, the last tying the score at 31 with 4:23 left. The Packers had led at halftime, 28-10.
Dickey did not miss until he overthrew John Jefferson with 1:12 left in the first half. He broke the record he set Oct. 12, 1980, against Tampa Bay.
Campbell gained more than 100 yards for the 33rd time as a pro and, with 7,118, became the 11th player in NFL history to surpass 7,000 yards.
Dickey's only interception came in the fourth quarter, and linebacker Robert Abraham returned it to Houston's 38. That set up Campbell's tying touchdown.
Dickey's final touchdown pass came moments later, when Lofton made a leaping, fingertip catch and raced into the end zone to score.