Packers 1961 championship
Photo courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society.

NEW YORK — It was five seasons before Super Bowl I, but the Green Bay Packers were already steeped in a winning tradition.

And tickets were a bargain.

Sixty seasons ago, the Packers defeated the New York Giants 38-0 in the 29th NFL title game on Dec. 31, 1961 at New City Stadium in Green Bay, later to be known as Lambeau Field. It was the first championship game every held in Green Bay.

The victory was No. 8 of what would eventually become 13 championships, including four Super Bowls in the modern era.

Here’s how the game was described in the Kaukauna Times from Jan. 2, 1963, according to the Kaukauna Time Machine blog, edited by former Times owner Lyle Hansen:

Almost everyone in Kaukauna shared the glowing warmth of victory after the Green Bay Packers won the Worlds football championship by defeating the New York Giants 37-0 at Green Bay Sunday.

The cold weather kept some fans home, so tickets were for sale at the stadium. Ten-dollar seats had dropped to five dollars by an hour before kick-off and by game time they sold for three dollars each.

Several buses took groups from Kaukauna to the game. All the riders were delighted with the group spirit of the trip, and many said “Were going to do the bus this fall for all home games.

Kaukauna Time Machine

The Packers hope to claim another title this year.

The road begins Saturday when the San Francisco 49ers come to Lambeau Field for a NFC Divisional Round playoff game.

The Packers had a first-round bye after claiming the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

With a win, the Packers advance to a third-straight NFC Championship game, but this time it will be at home for the Packers.

The Super Bowl LVI will be held Feb. 13, 2022 in Los Angeles.



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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.