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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Starr of the Ice Bowl leads Packers
By Larry Schwartz
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Dec. 31, 1967

NFL championship game in Green Bay: It's 12 degrees below zero and the wind is blowing at 14 miles per hour. The Dallas Cowboys have a 17-14 lead after halfback Dan Reeves, who had been a quarterback at South Carolina, throws a 50-yard touchdown pass to Lance Rentzel on the first play of the fourth quarter.

With 4:50 left, the Packers take over on their own 32-yard line. Quarterback Bart Starr, whose two touchdown passes to Boyd Dowler in the first half gave Green Bay a 14-0 lead, moves the Packers 67 yards to the one when he takes the team's final timeout with 16 seconds left.

Coach Vince Lombardi rejects a field goal. If the running play doesn't work, it's doubtful the Packers will have time for another play. But they don't need one. Starr, behind blocks by guard Jerry Kramer and center Ken Bowman, gets into the end zone. Barely.

The Packers win 21-17 and become the first team in the 47-year history of the NFL to win three consecutive league championship games. The game forever will be known as "The Ice Bowl."

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