Coach Lombardi expressed his disgust for the bowl, which pitted the two second place teams against each other and took place one week after the NFL title game, to anyone within earshot, a considerably wide range for the vocal Italian. My mother, meanwhile, was pregnant…with me.
We found my dad’s handwritten notes recently, and they piqued our interest in one of sports history’s oddest bowls. Deemed an exhibition game,the Playoff Bowl did not count toward any statistics. Even though Bart Starr completed 15 of 18 passes for three touchdowns and 259 yards, including a record-setting 99-yard touchdown pass, none of those numbers factored in his career numbers.
Other records set that day but not counted included:
|The 1963 Packers won the 1964 Playoff Bowl, a game
their coach called the toilet (or something less appropriate) bowl.
|We found these notes and started wondering
why the team would be preparing to play a
football game after the NFL championship
game already had been played.
|They took notes on scratch paper back in the day.|
|Pretty thorough preparation for a game no one wanted to play.|