"You have to beat them at their own game," Orr said. "That's what we were doing." They were, that is, until Starr got the Green Bay offense moving. At the beginning of the third quarter he put together one of the drives that have become Green Bay's trademark—a steady, precise and overwhelming series of plays that swept aside the Baltimore defense time and again. It started mildly enough, with Jim Taylor gaining four yards and Hornung one, making it third and five on the Green Bay 26-yard line.
Knowing that the Colt defense would expect a short-pass pattern for the first down, Starr called a hitch-and-go to Boyd Dowler, and the towering end gained 25 yards on the play. Two plays later Starr hit Dowler again, this time sending him on a slant into the heart of the Colt defense.
Having created a Dowler complex in the Colt thinking, Starr used him as a decoy on his next call and threw to Hornung for a 12-yard gain and a first down on the Baltimore 27.
The first time Starr ran was on the next play. He ducked into a hole in the middle of the Baltimore pass rush and trundled sedately for 13 yards and another first down. This was not a planned maneuver but an improvisation.
Starr's run put the ball on the Baltimore 14. He tested the Colt defense with a quick pass to Hornung, who was open at the five, but this was one of the few passes Starr threw badly and it fell incomplete. On the next play he sent Taylor through a good hole in the Colt line pried open by Kramer and Tackle Forrest Gregg. Taylor, who looks quicker and stronger than ever this year, gained six yards.
Whatever small hope remained for Baltimore died with the next play. Starr flooded the right side of the field with receivers, looked briefly, found none of them open and ran again. He loped eight yards for a touchdown, diving awkwardly between defenders for the score. That made it 21-3, and the Colts were cooked. Don Chandler's field goal later in the quarter completed the scoring.
Lombardi had been a fidgety, nervous man during the long afternoon before the game as he watched the Clay-Mildenberger fight on television in his Milwaukee hotel suite. He admires Clay as an athlete. "Clay's great," he said. "He could play anywhere."
But after the game Clay had been forgotten, and even the impact of the tremendous victory over Baltimore was fading. Lombardi does not dwell on past triumphs, however recent.
"This could be the year of decision," he said. "If we can get through this season all right we'll be up there for a long time, I think."
Although the Packers won the championship, last season was, for Lombardi, a rebuilding time. The rebuilding has continued this year. The Packers have eight rookies, an unusually large number for a championship team. Vince spent much of the preseason schedule testing them.