1962 Green Bay Packers season

1962 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Vince Lombardi
General manager Vince Lombardi
Home field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 13–1
Division place 1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship Game (at Giants) 16-7

The 1962 Green Bay Packers season was their 44th season overall and their 42nd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 13–1 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 16–7 in the NFL Championship Game, the Packers second consecutive defeat of the Giants in the championship game. This marked the Packers' eighth NFL World Championship.

In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1962 Packers as the fifth-greatest defense in NFL history,[1] noting, "The great 1962 Packers had a rock-solid defense front to back, with five Hall of Famers: defensive linemen Willie Davis and Henry Jordan, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley, and safety Willie Wood. (They also had 1962 All-Pro linebackers Dan Currie and Bill Forester.) Green Bay gave up just 10.8 points per game, shutting out opponents three times. The Packers held opposing QBs to a 43.5 rating, due, in part, to Wood's league-leading nine interceptions. The Packers' defense allowed the Giants 291 yards in the NFL championship game, but held the Giants offense scoreless as the Packers won, 16–7 (New York scored on a blocked punt)."

The Packers' +267 point differential (points scored vs. points against) in 1962 is the best total of any NFL team in the 1960s.[2] Cold Hard Football Facts says that the 1962 Packers "may have been the best rushing team in the history of football. And that team etched in historic stone the image of Lombardi's three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust Packers that is still so powerful today."[3]


NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
114Earl GrosRunning BackLSU
228Ed BlaineGuardMissouri
341Gary BarnesWide ReceiverClemson
456Ron GassertDefensive TackleVirginia
565Chuck MorrisBackOle Miss
570Jon SchopfGuardMichigan
679John SutroTackleSan Jose State
684Oscar DonahueEndSan Jose State
798Gary CutsingerTackleOklahoma State
8112Jim TullisBackFlorida A&M
9126Peter SchenckBackWashington State
10140Gale WeidnerQuarterbackColorado
11154Jim ThrushTackleXavier
12158Joe ThorneBackSouth Dakota State
12168Tom PenningtonBackGeorgia
13182Tom KepnerTackleVillanova
14196Ernie GreenBackLouisville
15210Roger HoldinskyBackWest Virginia
16224Jimmy FieldBackLSU
17238Buck BuchananTackleGrambling
18252Bob JoinerQuarterbackPresbyterian
19266Jerry ScattiniHalfbackCalifornia
20280Mike SnodgrassCenterWestern Michigan
  • Yellow indicates a future Pro Bowl selection



1962 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



1962 Green Bay Packers final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad



Regular season

The team was 7–0 at home and 6–1 on the road. It was the first time since 1944 that the club went undefeated at home.[5]


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 16 Minnesota Vikings W 34–7 City Stadium
2 September 23 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–0 Milwaukee County Stadium
3 September 30 Chicago Bears W 49–0 City Stadium
4 October 7 Detroit Lions W   9–7 City Stadium
5 October 14 at Minnesota Vikings W 48–21 Metropolitan Stadium
6 October 21 San Francisco 49ers W 31–13 Milwaukee County Stadium
7 October 28 at Baltimore Colts W 17–6 Memorial Stadium
8 November 4 at Chicago Bears W 38–7 Wrigley Field
9 November 11 at Philadelphia Eagles W 49–0 Franklin Field
10 November 18 Baltimore Colts W 17–13 City Stadium
11 November 22 at Detroit Lions L  14–26 Tiger Stadium
12 December 2 Los Angeles Rams W 41–10 Milwaukee County Stadium
13 December 9 at San Francisco 49ers W 31–21 Kezar Stadium
14 December 16 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Season summary

Week 4

1 234Total
Lions 0 700 7
Packers 3 033 9


RoundDateOpponentResultScoreGame siteTVRadioTimeAttendance
NFL ChampionshipDecember 30, 1962at New York GiantsW16–7Yankee StadiumNBCNBC1:00 PM CST64,892

All times are CENTRAL time

Game summary

1962 NFL Championship Game at New York

1 234Total
Packers 3 733 16
Giants 0 070 7
  • Date: December 30
  • Location: Yankee StadiumBronx, New York
  • Game weather: 25 °F (−4 °C), wind 27 mph (43 km/h)



NFL Western Conference
Green Bay Packers 13 1 0 .929 11–1 415 148 W3
Detroit Lions 11 3 0 .786 10–2 315 177 L1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 8–4 321 287 W2
Baltimore Colts 7 7 0 .500 5–7 293 288 W2
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 5–7 282 331 L2
Minnesota Vikings 2 11 1 .154 1–10–1 254 410 L3
Los Angeles Rams 1 12 1 .077 1–10–1 220 334 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Awards and records


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