- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
Meanwhile, the Packers were working over the Lions' defense, the pride of Detroit. The Lions rarely blitzed, and the few times they did, Starr caught them in it and pitched short passes out to the side. Starr was not passing particularly well, but he juggled the Green Bay offense perfectly. More often than not he feinted with Jim Taylor, then handed the ball to Moore, who responded by running better than he has in the four years he has been with the club.
The power sweep that has proved effective for the last three years for the Packers with Taylor or Hornung trailing the big Packer guards outside tackle worked just as well last Sunday with Moore carrying the ball. Jerry Kramer and Fred Thurston, the guards, time and again wiped out the first wave of Detroit defenders; Starr, with this battering ground game working so well, went to the air less often than usual. The Lion secondary covered well against passes, but no part of the Detroit defense could contain the Packer running.
The Packers kicked a field goal in the first period and added a touchdown in the second when Jim Taylor drove over from the one. It was 10-0 at the half and 17-3 after three periods. Early in the fourth quarter, after Detroit had made it 17-10, Moore scored on a tremendous 77-yard run that was typical of the brute force with which the Packers subdued the Lions.
There was nothing tricky about the play: it was a basic drive into the line and its success depended on hard blocking. Jerry Kramer, the big Packer right guard, drove Peters, Karras' replacement, well out of the way, opening a huge hole. (The Packers probed at Peters all afternoon, making his life miserable.) Ron Kramer, the huge tight end, slid down the line and wiped out Joe Schmidt. As Moore broke through the hole, Bob Skoronski, the tackle on the left side of the Packer line, cut across to knock down a Detroit defensive back coming over, and Moore was in the open field.
Twice he was hit hard on his long run. He ran right through the first attempted tackle. The second he spun out of, running backward for a few steps, then whirling with perfect balance to break clear. By then he had four more Packers to convoy him to the goal line.
Detroit, with a chance to put the Packers away, perhaps for the rest of the season, had failed. "We just couldn't get anything going," George Wilson said. "I think I've seen the Packers play better than they did today, but we never could get started. We were flat."
Back in Detroit, Alex Karras watched the game on television. It was a frustrating experience. He missed the Lions as much as they missed him. The next day, Monday, he would go down to the gym and play handball more furiously than ever.