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PLAYING METHODICALLY AND ALMOST WITHOUT VERVE, THE GREEN BAY Packers won the championship of professional football on Sunday under the warm Miami sun. They beat the Oakland Raiders 33--14 on what can only be described as an off day. To be sure, an off day for Green Bay is equivalent, roughly, to a superhuman effort by most mortal teams. Against the young, eager and at times impressive Raiders, the off day certainly was enough.
"I thought I was ready for this one," Forrest Gregg, the Packers' offensive tackle, said. Gregg, 34 years old, has been around for 11 years, and this was his eighth championship game—including the one two weeks ago against the Cowboys. "When I got out there, I just did not have the zip I had against Dallas and Los Angeles," he said. "It's been a long, long season."
Lee Roy Caffey, the Green Bay linebacker, agreed with him. "I know we did not play as well as we have," he said. "But I guess it turned out all right, didn't it?"
That it did. Even making unaccustomed mistakes and playing with something less than the fire that had animated them through the last five minutes against the Cowboys and all day in the playoff game against Los Angeles three weeks earlier, the Packers were clearly superior to a Raiders team that had won 14 games and lost only one in the AFL.
Green Bay, no team for frippery, did all the things it has done so well for so long. The first time the Packers got the ball, Bart Starr directed in his businesslike way from his own 34 to set up Don Chandler for a 39-yard field goal. At the end of the first period Starr marched them from the Green Bay three to the Oakland 13, and Chandler kicked another field goal. The Raiders' cornerbacks, as expected, played much tighter on the Packers' wide receivers than is customary in the NFL. This cost Oakland a touchdown in the second quarter when Starr, on first down from his own 38, found Boyd Dowler deep down the middle for a 62-yard touchdown.
"I just bulled by [cornerback] Kent McCloughan," Dowler said. "He was playing me tight, and he bumped me and I ran through him. It was a little post pattern, and when I got by, no one was left."
The Raiders produced their best football of the day just after that. Behind by 13 points, Daryle Lamonica, the rather brash but very good young Oakland quarterback, went to work with all the poise of a Starr. He ran Pete Banaszak and Hewritt Dixon into the line, and for the first time they made good yardage. Lamonica passed once to Banaszak and wound up the drive by passing to end Bill Miller in the corner of the end zone.
In the second half the Packers seemed a bit sharper and more determined than they had in the first, and Jerry Kramer, the offensive guard, explained why.
"Some of us old heads got together," he said. "We decided we'd play the last 30 minutes for the old man. I wouldn't be surprised if Lombardi retires before too long, and all of us love him. We didn't want to let him down."