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1956 Green Bay Packers

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4-8-0, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.4, Offense: 2.0, Defense: -6.4, SoS: 2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 264 points (22.0/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 342 points (28.5/g), 12th.
 Differential of -78 points (-6.5/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 4.2-7.8.

Coach: Lisle Blackbourn (4-8-0)

Stadium: City Stadium
 Training Camp: UW Stevens Point (Stevens Point, Wisconsin)

Team Info

President Russ Bogda
General Manager Verne Lewellen

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 264 3819 714 5.3 29 11 14 212 171 353 2398 21 18 6.4 112 337 1421 13 4.2 86
Team Defense 342 4710 781 6.0 29 8 13 246 144 260 2091 17 21 7.8 104 512 2619 20 5.1 129
Lg Rank Offense 5 5 2 3 7 1 2 1 3 4 12 10 9 6
Lg Rank Defense 12 12 8 10 12 5 9 10 4 12 11 12 10 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-1 Detroit Lions 16 20 10 160 88 72 2 23 375 200 175 2
2 Sun October 7 boxscore L 0-2 Chicago Bears 21 37 20 267 140 127 25 462 184 278 1
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 1-2 Baltimore Colts 38 33 19 371 187 184 1 17 330 124 206 4
4 Sun October 21 boxscore W 2-2 Los Angeles Rams 42 17 27 492 334 158 18 385 232 153 5
5 Sun October 28 boxscore L 2-3 @ Baltimore Colts 21 28 14 273 253 20 3 16 418 100 318 3
6 Sun November 4 boxscore L 2-4 Cleveland Browns 7 24 13 272 145 127 2 15 272 50 222 1
7 Sun November 11 boxscore L 2-5 @ Chicago Bears 14 38 12 311 249 62 5 21 494 299 195 3
8 Sun November 18 boxscore L 2-6 San Francisco 49ers 16 17 16 319 181 138 4 24 375 149 226 2
9 Thu November 22 boxscore W 3-6 @ Detroit Lions 24 20 21 373 289 84 3 17 352 146 206 3
10 Sun December 2 boxscore W 4-6 @ Chicago Cardinals 24 21 25 351 157 194 4 14 209 129 80 2
11 Sat December 8 boxscore L 4-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 38 16 275 201 74 3 23 427 181 246 1
12 Sun December 16 boxscore L 4-8 @ Los Angeles Rams 21 49 19 355 174 181 2 33 611 297 314 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
18 Tobin Rote* 28 QB 12 11 4-7-0 146 308 47.4% 2203 18 5.8 15 4.9 66 7.2 6.1 15.1 183.6 70.6 0 0
15 Bart Starr 22 qb 9 1 0-1-0 24 44 54.5% 325 2 4.5 3 6.8 39 7.4 5.2 13.5 36.1 65.1 0 0
25 Jack Losch 22 12 0 1 1 100.0% 63 1 100.0 0 0.0 63 63.0 83.0 63.0 5.3 158.3 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 4-8-0 171 353 48.4% 2591 21 5.9 18 5.1 66 7.3 6.2 15.2 215.9 71.6 0 0
Opp Total 12 144 260 55.4% 2166 17 6.5 21 8.1 8.3 6.00 15.0 180.5 71.1 9 75 7.8 5.5 3.3

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
37 Howie Ferguson 26 FB 11 0 99 367 0 24 3.7 33.4 9.0 22 214 9.7 0 25 2.0 19.5 581 0 6
18 Tobin Rote* 28 QB 12 11 84 398 11 39 4.7 33.2 7.0 398 11 5
31 Fred Cone 30 K 12 0 49 211 2 21 4.3 17.6 4.1 12 218 18.2 2 69 1.0 18.2 429 4 2
40 Joe Johnson 27 11 0 35 129 0 14 3.7 11.7 3.2 28 258 9.2 0 20 2.5 23.5 387 0 1
48 Al Carmichael 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 32 199 0 35 6.2 16.6 2.7 13 180 13.8 1 63 1.1 15.0 379 1 6
25 Jack Losch 22 12 0 19 43 0 8 2.3 3.6 1.6 7 85 12.1 0 43 0.6 7.1 128 0 3
24 Breezy Reid 29 LH 7 0 14 39 0 11 2.8 5.6 2.0 3 16 5.3 0 12 0.4 2.3 55 0 1
15 Bart Starr 22 qb 9 1 5 35 0 14 7.0 3.9 0.6 35 0 0
86 Billy Howton*+ 26 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 55 1188 21.6 12 66 4.6 99.0 1188 12 0
84 Gary Knafelc 24 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 418 13.9 6 38 2.5 34.8 418 6 0
22 Bill Roberts 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.3 3.5 14 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 337 1421 13 39 4.2 118.4 28.1 171 2591 15.2 21 69 14.3 215.9 4012 34 24
Opp Total 12 512 2619 20 5.1 218.3 42.7 144 2091 14.5 17 12.0 174.3 4710 37 17

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
48 Al Carmichael 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 21 165 0 22 7.9 33 927 1 106 28.1 1471
25 Jack Losch 22 12 0 8 74 0 58 9.3 15 390 0 51 26.0 592
37 Howie Ferguson 26 FB 11 0 5 83 0 34 16.6 664
69 Bill Forester 24 MG 12 0 4 36 0 17 9.0 36
87 Nate Borden 24 RDE 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
46 Hank Gremminger 23 LDH 12 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
24 Breezy Reid 29 LH 7 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 55
Team Total 26.0 12 30 239 0 58 8.0 59 1442 1 106 24.4 5693
Opp Total 12 49 1516 1 30.9 48 924 0 19.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
80 Dick Deschaine 24 P 12 0 62 2649 57 0 42.7
31 Fred Cone 30 K 12 0 8 5 62.5%% 36 33 91.7%%
Team Total 26.0 12 8 5 62.5%% 36 33 91.7%% 62 2649 57 0 42.7
Opp Total 12 18 12 66.7%% 44 42 95.5%% 50 2038 40.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
37 Howie Ferguson 26 FB 11 0 0 6 3 0 0
44 Bobby Dillon* 26 RS 12 0 7 244 1 45 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Al Carmichael 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 0 6 1 0 0
25 Jack Losch 22 12 0 0 3 3 0 0
18 Tobin Rote* 28 QB 12 11 0 5 1 0 0
69 Bill Forester 24 MG 12 0 4 35 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Fred Cone 30 K 12 0 0 2 2 0 0
66 Deral Teteak 27 12 0 2 20 0 18 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Jim Capuzzi 24 7 0 2 65 0 65 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Ken Gorgal 27 5 0 2 2 0 2 0
46 Hank Gremminger 23 LDH 12 0 2 36 0 21 0
51 Jim Ringo 25 C 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
20 Billy Bookout 24 RDH 7 0 1 4 0 4 0
79 Dave Hanner 26 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Joe Johnson 27 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
83 John Martinkovic 29 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Breezy Reid 29 LH 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
68 Len Szafaryn 28 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Val Joe Walker 26 LS 12 0 1 0 0 0 0
74 Roger Zatkoff* 25 RLB 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 21 406 1 65 0 0 24 21 0 0
Opp Total 12 24 17 9

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
31 Fred Cone 30 K 12 0 2 2 4 33 5 72
86 Billy Howton*+ 26 RE 12 0 12 12 72
18 Tobin Rote* 28 QB 12 11 11 11 66
84 Gary Knafelc 24 LE 12 0 6 6 36
48 Al Carmichael 28 KR/PR/RH 12 0 1 1 2 12
44 Bobby Dillon* 26 RS 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 12 13 21 1 1 36 33 5 264
Opp Total 12 20 17 1 3 3 42 12 342

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 DET L, 16-20 3 5 pass Gary Knafelc 5 yard pass from Tobin Rote
2 1956-09-30 DET L, 16-20 4 8 pass Billy Howton 8 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
3 1956-10-07 CHI L, 21-37 1 106 kickoff Al Carmichael 106 yard kickoff return (Fred Cone kick)
4 1956-10-07 CHI L, 21-37 2 6 pass Billy Howton 6 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
5 1956-10-07 CHI L, 21-37 4 16 pass Billy Howton 16 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
6 1956-10-14 BAL W, 38-33 1 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
7 1956-10-14 BAL W, 38-33 2 32 pass Gary Knafelc 32 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
8 1956-10-14 BAL W, 38-33 2 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
9 1956-10-14 BAL W, 38-33 3 9 pass Gary Knafelc 9 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
10 1956-10-14 BAL W, 38-33 3 42 interception Bobby Dillon 42 yard interception return (Fred Cone kick)
11 1956-10-21 RAM W, 42-17 1 36 pass Billy Howton 36 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
12 1956-10-21 RAM W, 42-17 2 14 pass Gary Knafelc 14 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
13 1956-10-21 RAM W, 42-17 2 63 pass Billy Howton 63 yard pass from Jack Losch (Fred Cone kick)
14 1956-10-21 RAM W, 42-17 3 14 pass Gary Knafelc 14 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
15 1956-10-21 RAM W, 42-17 4 2 rush Tobin Rote 2 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
16 1956-10-21 RAM W, 42-17 4 2 rush Fred Cone 2 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
17 1956-10-28 @ BAL L, 21-28 1 66 pass Billy Howton 66 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
18 1956-10-28 @ BAL L, 21-28 3 5 rush Tobin Rote 5 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
19 1956-10-28 @ BAL L, 21-28 4 7 pass Billy Howton 7 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
20 1956-11-04 CLE L, 7-24 4 10 pass Billy Howton 10 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
21 1956-11-11 @ CHI L, 14-38 2 23 pass Gary Knafelc 23 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
22 1956-11-11 @ CHI L, 14-38 3 49 pass Billy Howton 49 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
23 1956-11-18 SFO L, 16-17 1 39 pass Billy Howton 39 yard pass from Bart Starr
24 1956-11-18 SFO L, 16-17 4 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
25 1956-11-22 @ DET W, 24-20 4 2 rush Tobin Rote 2 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
26 1956-11-22 @ DET W, 24-20 4 14 pass Fred Cone 14 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
27 1956-11-22 @ DET W, 24-20 4 13 pass Billy Howton 13 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
28 1956-12-02 @ CRD W, 24-21 3 2 rush Tobin Rote 2 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
29 1956-12-02 @ CRD W, 24-21 3 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
30 1956-12-02 @ CRD W, 24-21 4 2 rush Tobin Rote 2 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
31 1956-12-08 @ SFO L, 20-38 1 69 pass Fred Cone 69 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
32 1956-12-08 @ SFO L, 20-38 2 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
33 1956-12-08 @ SFO L, 20-38 4 11 pass Billy Howton 11 yard pass from Bart Starr
34 1956-12-16 @ RAM L, 21-49 1 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
35 1956-12-16 @ RAM L, 21-49 3 13 pass Al Carmichael 13 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
36 1956-12-16 @ RAM L, 21-49 4 5 rush Fred Cone 5 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 DET W, 20-16 2 1 rush Don McIlhenny 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
2 1956-09-30 DET W, 20-16 4 1 rush Bobby Layne 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
3 1956-10-07 CHI W, 37-21 1 9 pass Rick Casares 9 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
4 1956-10-07 CHI W, 37-21 2 3 fumble Ed Brown 3 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
5 1956-10-07 CHI W, 37-21 3 14 rush Rick Casares 14 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
6 1956-10-07 CHI W, 37-21 4 9 pass Bill McColl 9 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
7 1956-10-14 BAL L, 33-38 1 9 rush Lenny Moore 9 yard rush
8 1956-10-14 BAL L, 33-38 2 8 pass L.G. Dupre 8 yard pass from Lenny Moore (Bert Rechichar kick)
9 1956-10-14 BAL L, 33-38 2 10 rush Lenny Moore 10 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
10 1956-10-14 BAL L, 33-38 3 90 punt Carl Taseff 90 yard punt return
11 1956-10-14 BAL L, 33-38 4 25 fumble Jesse Thomas 25 yard fumble return (Tom Feamster kick)
12 1956-10-21 RAM L, 17-42 1 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
13 1956-10-21 RAM L, 17-42 3 26 pass Leon Clarke 26 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Les Richter kick)
14 1956-10-28 @ BAL W, 28-21 2 7 pass Jim Mutscheller 7 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
15 1956-10-28 @ BAL W, 28-21 2 43 pass Raymond Berry 43 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
16 1956-10-28 @ BAL W, 28-21 2 72 rush Lenny Moore 72 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
17 1956-10-28 @ BAL W, 28-21 4 79 rush Lenny Moore 79 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
18 1956-11-04 CLE W, 24-7 1 39 fumble Chuck Noll 39 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
19 1956-11-04 CLE W, 24-7 2 26 pass Ray Renfro 26 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Lou Groza kick)
20 1956-11-04 CLE W, 24-7 4 1 rush Fred Morrison 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
21 1956-11-11 @ CHI W, 38-14 1 5 rush John Hoffman 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
22 1956-11-11 @ CHI W, 38-14 2 23 pass Harlon Hill 23 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
23 1956-11-11 @ CHI W, 38-14 2 69 pass Bill McColl 69 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
24 1956-11-11 @ CHI W, 38-14 2 52 interception J.C. Caroline 52 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
25 1956-11-11 @ CHI W, 38-14 3 70 pass Harlon Hill 70 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
26 1956-11-18 SFO W, 17-16 2 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
27 1956-11-18 SFO W, 17-16 3 86 rush Hugh McElhenny 86 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
28 1956-11-22 @ DET L, 20-24 1 5 rush Leon Hart 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
29 1956-11-22 @ DET L, 20-24 4 56 pass Dave Middleton 56 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
30 1956-12-02 @ CRD L, 21-24 1 16 pass Max Boydston 16 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
31 1956-12-02 @ CRD L, 21-24 2 8 rush Ollie Matson 8 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
32 1956-12-02 @ CRD L, 21-24 4 1 rush Ollie Matson 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
33 1956-12-08 @ SFO W, 38-20 1 26 rush Hugh McElhenny 26 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
34 1956-12-08 @ SFO W, 38-20 2 9 pass Clyde Conner 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
35 1956-12-08 @ SFO W, 38-20 4 6 pass Billy Wilson 6 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
36 1956-12-08 @ SFO W, 38-20 4 31 interception Dicky Moegle 31 yard interception return (Gordie Soltau kick)
37 1956-12-08 @ SFO W, 38-20 4 4 rush Joe Perry 4 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
38 1956-12-16 @ RAM W, 49-21 1 1 rush Joe Marconi 1 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
39 1956-12-16 @ RAM W, 49-21 1 95 interception Will Sherman 95 yard interception return (Les Richter kick)
40 1956-12-16 @ RAM W, 49-21 2 3 rush Joe Marconi 3 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
41 1956-12-16 @ RAM W, 49-21 2 56 pass Bob Boyd 56 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
42 1956-12-16 @ RAM W, 49-21 2 2 rush Joe Marconi 2 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
43 1956-12-16 @ RAM W, 49-21 3 9 pass Leon Clarke 9 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
44 1956-12-16 @ RAM W, 49-21 3 56 pass Bob Boyd 56 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)