Strat-O-Matic Football Game Replay
Strat-o-Matic began as a baseball simulation played with cards and dice in the early 1960s before entering the computer age. Football first appeared on the market in 1968 before basketball and hockey came along later.
This game matches the 1967 teams from Super Bowl II, the Oakland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers.
Even though the cards are very accurate, in the world of Strat-o-Matic, the games can really be different because of the lineups, injuries and in football, play calling becomes a factor.
This game was radically different than the result from the real life second Super Bowl that was originally called the AFL-NFL Championship Game.
RAIDERS BEAT PACKERS IN BATTLE OF CHAMPIONSHIP SQUADS
MIAMI — The Oakland Raiders made a statement for the American Football League as they beat the favored Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.
The Raiders pulled off the 23-13 upset victory in the second annual AFL-NFL Championship Game in the Orange Bowl.
A pair of touchdowns in the first half by running back Clem Daniels and the gun slinging of quarterback Daryle Lamonica put the Raiders in position for the win.
After the Packers took a 7-0 lead thanks to a 5-yard scoring pass from quarterback Bart Starr to running back Donny Anderson with 5:00 left in the opening period, the Raiders were able to respond. Daniels scored on an 8-yard run to tie the contest at 7-7 with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter.
In the second frame, the Packers grabbed a 10-7 lead when Don Chandler kicked a 23-yard field goal at the 12:45 mark. Lamonica and Daniels led the charge back as the Raiders would take the lead for good.
But there was still time for a lot of fireworks in the final two minutes for the first half. Lamonica had a 45-yard completion to Fred Biletnikoff to set the stage for Daniels as he crossed the goal line from five yards with 1:15 left to make it 14-10.
Starr then led his team on a drive at the end of the first half that finished with a 29-yard field goal with 15 seconds on the clock, which cut Green Bay’s deficit to 14-13.
Unfortunately for the Packers, Lamonica had 15 seconds to work with and he found Billy Cannon for a 48-yard pass that allowed George Blanda to boot a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the half to give the Raiders a 17-13 advantage at the intermission.
Although both teams never punted in the first half, after the break the game proved to be dominated by the defenses.
Oakland’s Ben Davidson stalled a pair of drives by the Packers as he sacked Starr twice. Green Bay’s Herb Adderley intercepted Lamonica to stop the Raiders as they were headed for a score.
The result for the tightening defenses, neither team could find the end zone as Blanda did all of the scoring with two field goals in the final stanza. The first was from 30 yards and the second from 29.
For the game, Lamonica completed 12-of-20 passes for 240 yards. Biletnikoff and Cannon had identical totals of six catches for 120 yards. Daniels ran for 70 yards on 23 carries. Pete Banasak actually led the Raiders on the ground with 90 yards in 11 attempts.
Starr was 13-of-22 for 219 yards with Max McGee serving as his favorite target. McGee had four receptions for 102 yards. Anderson finished with 47 yards rushing in 10 carries, while also grabbing four passes for 50 yards.
Defensively, Tom Keating had a sack for the Raiders and Bill Laskey recovered a fumble. Willie Davis also had a sack for Green Bay with Lee Roy Caffey picking up a fumble recovery.
IN REAL LIFE: The outcome was the exact opposite of this replay as Green Bay dominated the contest in what would be the final game for Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi on Jan. 14, 1968.
Green Bay (9-4-1) won the NFL title with a 17-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the famous Ice Bowl, while the Raiders (14-2) claimed the AFL championship with a 40-7 victory over the Houston Oilers.
Starr would be named the game’s Most Valuable Player as he led the Packers to a 33-14 victory. He was 13-of-24 for 202 yards that included a 62-yard scoring strike to Boyd Dowler. Anderson also scored a touchdown. Lamonica tossed two touchdowns to Bill Miller.
The difference maker had to be Daniels. He suffered a broken leg in Oakland’s ninth game at home against the Miami Dolphins in 1967 and missed the contest. He still led the Raiders with 575 yards rushing and likely would have helped the cause.
A five-time all-star, Daniels was one of the better players in the history of the AFL. He shared the MVP in 1963 with San Diego Chargers Tobin Rote and Lance Alworth after leading the league in rushing with 1,099 yards.