Films Encore: Break a Leg, Coach

Films Encore, Green Bay Packers

Sideline catastrophe struck Saints Head Coach Sean Payton last weekend.  He suffered a broken leg and torn MCL when TE Jimmy Graham ran him over.  There is only one other incident in NFL History where a Head Coach suffered a broken leg while on the sideline.  On, September 19, 1971, the Green Bay Packers hosted the New York Giants in Dan Devine’s first game as Green Bay Head Coach.

In addition to Dan Devine’s broken leg, the game featured an array of curiosites, mishaps and misfortune, as chronicled at length by Keith Yowell in this article.

Game featured:

  • 82 combined points in a 42-40 Giants win
  • 2 NYG fumble recoveries for touchdowns in a six second span
  • A 43 yd reception by NYG Tight End Rich Kotite – the longest of his career
  • A 100 yard return of a missed field goal for a TD by Green Bay’s Ken Ellis (the first one in NFL history after they changed the rule to allow missed FGs to be returned)
  • A NYG punt was “muffed” by a Green Bay player when the ball hit his foot after he slipped and fell on the wet grass
  • A safety was recorded when the ball was snapped over the Giants punter’s head and into the end zone.
  • And of course, Packers Head Coach Dan Devine broke his leg when the Giants Bob Hyland rolled into him on the sideline following a Fran Tarkenton interception.
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