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Packers Beat 49ers, 31-21, Clinch Tie for Western Division Title

Dec. 9, 1962 - The Green Bay Packers clinched at least a tie for the Western Division title with a comeback victory today over the San Francisco 49ers. The 31-21 triumph gave the defending NFL champions a record of 12 victories and 1 defeat and kept them one game ahead of the Detroit Lions. The Lions maintained the pressure by trouncing Minnesota, 37-23. Green Bay bounced back for 3 touchdowns in the second half after trailing 21-10 at intermission. A crowd of 53,769, the season’s high in San Francisco, saw the 49ers play one of their strongest games. John Brodie, 49er quarterback, completed 13 of 15 passes for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half. But coach Vince Lombardi and his staff tightened up the Packer defense, and Brodie spent much of the second half running for his life. Green Bay needs only a tie against the Los Angeles Rams next week to clinch the division crown.


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