"Someone hit me early and slowed me up a little," Taylor said. "Then Gaubatz slanted into the hole with a good angle and hit me hard, and the ball popped out from under my arm. I fell on it, but I was short of a touchdown. If it had bounced forward, I could have fallen on it in the end zone."
So it was still 10-0 as the first half ended and, though the Packers seemed the stronger team, it appeared that the Colts, who had beaten the Rams without Unitas or Cuozzo the week before, would win their second impossible, quarter-backless victory.
But Baltimore's good fortune ran out early in the second half with the first of two bad snapbacks from center. The ball was centered so high that Punter Tom Gilburg barely managed to keep it from sailing over his head toward the Baltimore end zone. Green Bay gained possession on the Baltimore 35 and Bratkowski, who had been throwing as well as Starr, hit Carroll Dale on a crossing pattern with a spectacular 33-yard completion that carried down to the Baltimore one-yard line. Now the Colts went into their new five-one defense again, but the Packers had adjusted their blocking and this time the defenders failed. Hornung followed a strong block by Kramer into the end zone, and somehow, at that moment, the whole feeling of the game changed. No longer did it seem possible that the Colts could fashion another miracle.
The Packers moved the ball handily during the rest of the second half, and although an interception stopped them on a fourth-period drive they came back immediately to set up a 22-yard field goal by Don Chandler, which tied the game with a minute and 58 seconds left.
Once during this drive Fuzzy Thurston toppled over when he tried to get up after a Packer running play. He climbed painfully to his feet and stumbled again and finally hobbled back to the huddle. Lombardi sent Kramer, on the bench at the time, out to relieve Thurston. Kramer had been taking a breather while Dan Grimm spelled him. Thurston, supporting himself by hanging on the shoulders of the players on either side, refused the substitution. He sent Grimm to the sideline and massaged his legs as Bratkowski called the play, then swept the Colt tackle out of Jim Taylor's way for a four-yard gain, which might have been longer if the Packer center had managed to cut off Gaubatz.
"I wasn't about to let someone else come in and play my position," Thurston said after the game, feeling a wide, red raw spot the size of a dime on the bridge of his nose. A lacerated nose is the trademark of offensive linemen. Blocking straight on into big tackles and ends, their helmets are forced down against the bridges of their noses. "I've spent too much time on the bench this year. They were going to have to carry me off the field to get me out of there."
For a while after the sudden-death overtime period began, neither team seemed capable of moving the ball. The Colts' best opportunity in the overtime period was a 47-yard field goal attempt by Michaels.
"I was scared to death when I saw them line up," Starr said later, sitting carefully on a stool in front of his dressing stall. "He can hit them from 50."
But then the second bad snap of the game came dribbling back. The ball hit in front of the holder, Bob Boyd, and, by the time he recovered it and put it down, Michaels' timing was off and the kick was short.
Eight minutes of overtime had elapsed when Green Bay took over the ball on its 20. Bratkowski, who had found Anderson an inviting target all afternoon, threw to him again on a crossing pattern for 18 yards and a first down.