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That's how many people packed Lambeau Field on New Year's Eve 1967 to see the Green Bay Packers battle the Dallas Cowboys for the NFL championship.

Many more claim to be in that number, but they lie.

And, those who actually were there are starting to dwindle in number.   The passage of 45 years will do that.

I vividly remember watching on our venerable RCA black-and-white TV in our flat on Sheboygan's north side 45 years ago this very afternoon.  Ray Scott and Frank Gifford handled the call on CBS as Green Bay got off to an early 14-0 lead.   The warm-weather Cowboys looked uncomfortable in the bone-chilling cold--not that the Packers looked cozy, either, but the conventional wisdom was that Green Bay players would more easily acclimate to the artic climes.

Then came the second half.

The Dallas offense finally came to life, with running back Dan Reeves hurling an option pass to wideout Lance Renzel to give the Cowboys a 17-14 lead.   The Pack's attack sputtered after its brisk start, but started hitting on all eight in the game's closing moments.

You know the rest.

There are documentaries about the game, and the stories from the players who actually took part are the stuff of NFL legend.   Vince Lombardi's last coaching win at Lambeau.  A third straight league crown, won with a team that admittedly was far from the legendary coach's best assemblage of talent.   That said, it might've been his finest job over the course of his years in Green Bay.

Relive some of  the radio broadcast here. Check out some photos of the scrape. Watch how NFL Films and Steve Sabol re-tell the story below. 

 

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