Green Bay got a touchdown when Starr passed twice to End Max McGee, and Taylor tore through the line from the four.
The Packers continued to fight back in the third period. Bill Forester intercepted on the Colt 40. "Unitas said he just didn't see the linebacker," Coach Weeb Ewbank said. Taylor, carrying and receiving, brought the ball to the 14, where Hornung ran around left end for the score.
The Colts were forced to kick from their 27. Wood took the ball on his own 27 and slithered and dodged his way to the Colt 30 as the crowd groaned. But there was a flag on the play. The Packers were penalized for a personal foul and put back on their own 13. Sample intercepted. The Colts lost the ball on a fumble, but then got it right back when the Packers fumbled. The Colts stalled and settled for a field goal, making the score 24-14.
Still Green Bay came back in the final period. Starr hit Taylor and End Boyd Dowler down the middle. Taylor carried to the two, and Hornung dove in for the touchdown. Five minutes later, Hornung, the league's leading scorer, made it 24—all with a goal from the 21. The Packers, who had been down 21-0 in the second quarter, now had it tied. But the Colts had Unitas and Berry and Moore, and the Packers were without Whittenton.
With the crowd urging him on ("C'mon, Johnny, get us one! Just one!"), Unitas began throwing low line drives to Berry and Moore. From the Packer 16, Unitas hit Berry on the sideline at the eight. For one frozen moment Berry appeared to stand still as Pesonen dove at him, but at the last instant Berry twisted away and ran down the line for the tie-breaking touchdown. That play was the game. "He wouldn't have done that on Whittenton," Ewbank said later, breaking into a smile.
Behind 31-24, only two and a half minutes left, Starr passed to Knafelc, but Halfback Bob Boyd, who hadn't been doing too well until then, intercepted and ran the ball to the Packer 14. The crowd screamed its approval, and so did Colt Backfield Coach Charlie Winner, on the phone up in the press box. "That," said Winner, "makes up for the boners he made."
On the first play Hawkins took a handoff and ran straight through the Packers. The kick was good, and the Colts led 38-24 with only 1:54 left.
Superfluously, the Colts intercepted again. This time it was Davis who took the ball on the Colt 28. There was not time left to score again. The crowd, like a college cheering section, counted the closing seconds—"Five! Four! Three! Two! One!"—as kids ran out on the field to hail their heroes.
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In his office Ewbank sipped a Royal Crown Cola as he accepted congratulations. "They had a little trouble with Berry," he said, "and Hawkins made a fine catch." He exulted over the flea flicker. "I had that in high school," he said. "It isn't worth a damn when it doesn't work!