1970 Green Bay Packers season
|1970 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Phil Bengtson|
Milwaukee County Stadium
|Division place||3rd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1970 Green Bay Packers season was their 50th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record under coach Phil Bengtson, his last at the helm, earning them a third-place finish in the NFC Central division.
The Packers' 1970 season began in a state of mourning. After a summer in and out of Georgetown Hospital, Vince Lombardi succumbed to cancer on September 3, at the age of 57. Over 3,500 people attended Lombardi's funeral, including pallbearers Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and Willie Davis. Three days after his funeral, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced that the Super Bowl trophy would be renamed in Lombardi's honor.
1970 NFL draft
In the 1970 NFL draft, the Packers used their two picks in the first-round to choose Mike McCoy and Rich McGeorge. In total, the Packers selected 20 players in the draft, nine of those being in the first seven rounds.
|1||2||Mike McCoy||DT||Notre Dame|
|1||16||Rich McGeorge||Tight end||Elon|
|2||41||Al Matthews||DB||Texas A&M|
|6||145||Ervin Hunt||DB||Fresno St.|
|15||380||Mike Carter||WR||Sacramento State|
|17||432||Larry Krause||RB||St. Norbert|
The Packers finished 6–8 in the regular season, failing to reach the playoffs.
|1||September 20||Detroit Lions||L 0–40||Lambeau Field*||0–1||56,263|
|2||September 27||Atlanta Falcons||W 27–24||Lambeau Field||1–1||56,263|
|3||October 4||Minnesota Vikings||W 13–10||Milwaukee County Stadium*||2–1||47,967|
|4||October 12||at San Diego Chargers||W 22–20||San Diego Stadium||3–1||53,064|
|5||October 18||Los Angeles Rams||L 21–31||Lambeau Field||3–2||56,263|
|6||October 25||Philadelphia Eagles||W 30–17||Milwaukee County Stadium||4–2||48,022|
|7||November 1||at San Francisco 49ers||L 10–26||Kezar Stadium||4–3||59,335|
|8||November 9||Baltimore Colts||L 10–13||Milwaukee County Stadium||4–4||48,063|
|9||November 15||Chicago Bears||W 20–19||Lambeau Field||5–4||56,263|
|10||November 22||at Minnesota Vikings||L 3–10||Metropolitan Stadium||5–5||47,900|
|11||November 26||at Dallas Cowboys||L 3–16||Cotton Bowl||5–6||67,182|
|12||December 6||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 20–12||Three Rivers Stadium||6–6||46,418|
|13||December 13||at Chicago Bears||L 17–35||Wrigley Field||6–7||44,957|
|14||December 20||at Detroit Lions||L 0–20||Tiger Stadium||6–8||57,387|
*Both Lambeau Field and Milwaukee County Stadium were home fields for the Packers.
|Green Bay Packers||6||8||0||.429||2–4||4–7||196||293||L2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
After a turbulent season filled with labor disputes, blowout losses, and the final merger of the AFL and NFL, the Packers had only their second losing season since 1959. Thoroughly frustrated, Phil Bengtson resigned two days after being shut out in the season finale against the Detroit Lions. Disappointed with Bengston's overall 20–21–1 record during three seasons as Vince Lombardi's handpicked successor, it was obvious the organization and the community craved the high standards of winning established a decade earlier.
The following players led the Packers in the following statistical categories in 1970.
- "Draft History – Green Bay Packers". NFL.com. Retrieved 2007-02-09.
- "1970 Green Bay Packer's Game Results". Pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2007-01-06.
- "1970 Green Bay Packers Statistics and Players". Pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2007-01-06.