But the Colt field goal had an immediate effect on Green Bay. It aroused what had been a torpid attack. Quarterback Bart Starr deftly shepherded the Packers from their own 22 to the Baltimore eight. That drive was killed when Michaels broke through to block Don Chandler's field-goal attempt.
"I thought that might break their spirit," said Jimmy Orr, one of Baltimore's top receivers, who was injured and unable to play. "But they came right back. You can knock 'em down, but you can't stomp on 'em."
On the fourth play after the blocked kick Green Bay came bouncing back. Linebacker Lee Roy Caffey, a swift 250-pounder who once played in the Texas A&M backfield, intercepted a Unitas pass over the middle that was intended for Johnny U.'s most reliable receiver, Raymond Berry, and rumbled 52 yards for the first Packer touchdown. "It was a great play," Shula said. "He read Johnny's eyes." "I was just dropping back into the hooking area," Caffey said. "Berry was running a post pattern, and I think Johnny was rushed out of his rhythm. He's a rhythm passer, and he threw before he wanted to. The ball came right into my hands. Then I just remembered how it used to be when I was a fullback."
Caffey's memory was good. Helped by strong blocks from Henry Jordan and Ron Kostelnik, he dashed into the end zone without being touched. It was a shocking development for the Colts, but for the time being they did not lose their poise. That loss was to come later. After the kickoff Unitas began another short-passing attack and moved to a first down. But on third and four from his 39 he made the error of doing the obvious.
"He had been throwing a square-out to Raymond in that situation," said Bob Jeter, the Packer corner back who was covering Berry. "When it was third and four, five or six yards, he liked to go to Raymond, and he had stung me a few times. I figured the square-out, and I laid back a little and waited. And he did it."
"It was a lousy pass," Unitas maintained, but it wasn't really. Berry was reaching for the ball, thrown so that he could shield it from Jeter with his body, but Jeter nipped in front of him and took the pass with a clear field ahead. Jeter merely had to sprint 46 yards for the second Packer touchdown.
Jeter is a small, very fast man, who played flanker for Green Bay until Lombardi put him at corner back last year. "You know, I think my hands got better when I moved over to the defense," he says. "I just couldn't relax my hands as a flanker. Man, I could not catch that ball. But now I got confidence."
"He did the same thing a year ago in a game with the Colts," said the Green Bay defensive coach, Phil Bengtson. "But he got so excited about intercepting the ball that he fell down. He was right in front of our bench and everyone was yelling at him to stand up and run, and he just couldn't get his legs under him. Somebody finally fell on him after he had crawled six or eight yards. But he's different this year."
Although the Colts were down 14-3 at the half, they hardly seemed a beaten team. "I thought we could still win the game," Shula said. "We were moving the ball well, and we were running well, too. But then Starr's running destroyed our defense in the second half."
The Colts had outgained Green Bay 158 yards to 103 in the first half and, more important, had kept the ball for 34 plays to the Packers' 22, so Shula's optimism was not unjustified.