(MILWAUKEE) - When the Green Bay Packers focused their attention on the running game, they figured it would be in stopping the Cleveland Browns. Little did the Packers realize that their own running game would be a factor in the 35-21 win in Milwaukee County Stadium. The Packer defense, led by LB Mike Anderson's eight tackles, held Cleveland to just 119 yards rushing. And the Packer offense, which had been averaging only 96.2 yards rushing a game, picked up 154 yards on the ground. "Taking Cleveland out of the running game was our main objective," said Green Bay Coach Bart Starr. "Cleveland is capable of running the ball against anyone. That (rushing defense) has been our nemesis lately." But Starr wasn't surprised by the rushing game, which was keyed by Gerry Ellis' 86 yards on 17 carries and Jessie Clark's 50 on 12 rushes. Green Bay QB Lynn Dickey, who completed 20 of 33 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns and who was intercepted three times, was appreciative of the running game. While the Browns were able to amass 365 passing yards, several key turnovers and mistakes knocked them out of scoring opportunities. Green Bay took a 7-0 lead with 3:08 left in the first quarter on Dickey's 18-yard scoring toss to John Jefferson. The 10-play, 89-yard drive started after LB Mike Douglass recovered Willis Adams' fumble, which had come after an 18-yard pass play from Paul McDonald. Another Cleveland mistake led to another Packers' score in the second period. On a fourth-and-two punting situation on the Cleveland 42, the Browns were penalized five yards for having 12 men on the field. Six plays later, including CB Rod Perry's pass interference at the 6, Dickey hit Paul Coffman on a four-yard strike. A third Green Bay touchdown came after Tim Lewis picked off a McDonald pass and returned it 46 yards to the Cleveland 22. Four plays later, with 1:46 to go in the half, Dickey flipped a 10-yard pass to Gary Lewis for the score and a 21-7 lead. Green Bay increased its lead to 28-7 in the third quarter on Dickey's two-yard pass to Ellis. Cleveland wasn't able to generate any offense until Coach Sam Rutigliano sent in Brian Sipe midway through the third quarter. The Browns' only points had come with 1:19 left in the first quarter on NT Bob Colic's 7-yard pass interception after Dickey's arm was hit by LB Chip Banks. Sipe, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 231 yards, cut the margin to 28-21 in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard pass to Bobby Jones at 3:47 and 19 yards to Dwight Walker at 13:35. Ellis gave Green Bay the clincher on a 25-yard run with 56 seconds to go in the game.
CLEVELAND -  7  0  0 14 - 21
GREEN BAY -  7 14  7  7 - 35
                       CLEVELAND     GREEN BAY
First downs                   24            26
Rush-yards-TDs          25-119-0      40-154-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 27-50-365-2-2 20-33-228-4-3
Sacked-yards                4-28          2-12
Net pass yards               337           216
Total yards                  456           370
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           3-1
Turnovers                      3             4
Penalties-yards             7-70          4-45
SCORING
1st - GB - Jefferson, 18-yard from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - CLE - Bob Golic, 7-yard interception return (Matt Bahr kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Coffman, 4-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - G. Lewis, 10-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - GB - Ellis, 2-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
4th - CLE - Bobby Jones, 20-yard pass from Brian Sipe (Bahr kick) GREEN BAY 28-14
4th - CLE - Dwight Walker, 19-yard pass from Sipe (Bahr kick) GREEN BAY 28-21
4th - GB - Ellis, 25-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 35-21
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 17-86 1 TD, Jessie Clark 12-50, Mike Meade 5-18, Harlan Huckleby 3-3, Lynn Dickey 2-1, James Lofton 1-(-4)
CLEVELAND - Mike Pruitt 16-73, Dwight Walker 2-19, Boyce Green 4-14, Paul McDonald 1-10, Brian Sipe 23
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 33-20-228 4 TD 3 INT
CLEVELAND - Paul McDonald 21-11-134 1 INT, Brian Sipe 27-16-231 2 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - John Jefferson 7-102 1 TD, Jessie Clark 3-20, Gerry Ellis 3-5 1 TD, James Lofton 2-64, Paul Coffman 2-9 1 TD, Phil Epps 1-12, Gary Lewis 1-10 1 TD, Mike Meade 1-6
CLEVELAND - Ozzie Newsome 8-90, Mike Pruitt 5-40, Bobby Jones 4-93 1 TD, Dave Logan 4-73, Dwight Walker 4-41 1 TD, Willis Adams 1-18, Boyce Green 1-10
Green Bay Packers (5-5) 25, Cleveland Browns (5-5) 21
Sunday November 6th 1983 (at Milwaukee)