From the one Starr twice called on Anderson, and both times Anderson was stopped for no gain. After each play Starr called timeout. The second time he trotted over to confer with coach Vince Lombardi. This was Green Bay's last timeout. There were 20 seconds and possibly two downs remaining. Lombardi, who has unbounded faith in Starr, elected to gamble with his quarterback. ("I was thinking of the fans," he said later, facetiously. "I couldn't stand to think of them sitting in those cold stands for overtime.")
The field, now in the shadow of the stands, was fast becoming an iced-over pond. "I knew Donny wasn't getting any footing," Starr said after the game. "I figured I wouldn't have as far to run and I wouldn't have as much chance to fumble, so I called the wedge to [guard Jerry] Kramer's side."
"When he called the play, I knew he would be following me," Kramer explained. "[Cowboys lineman Jethro] Pugh was playing on my inside shoulder—to my left—and I took my best shot at him. That may have been the biggest block I ever made in my life." The block moved Pugh in and back. Starr came hard and slid into the end zone, and suddenly, for 50,000 people, spring came.
Thawing out in the dressing room, Bob Skoronski, the big offensive tackle whose face was marked and bloody, expressed a sentiment held by most of his teammates. "This game," he said wearily, "was our mark of distinction."