GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - As usual the cards were stacked against the Packers on their visit to Chicago and Sunday afternoon the Badger state champions were forced to take a defeat, 9 to 6, at the hands of the Cardinals before a crowd of 3,000 on a snow covered gridiron. Charlie Ray in his famous picture "Two Minutes To Go" didn't have anything on Chris O'Brien's hirelings. The only difference was that Ray did his stuff alone while Head Linesman McGregor was the demon in the cast for the Chicago eleven.
WORKED FORWARD PASS
In the fourth quarter after Abramson had put the Bays in the lead by booting two near goals from placement, the Cards opened up with everything in the book and a little more besides. Several well executed forward passes took the ball deep into Packers' territory. The
oval was resting five yards from the Packer goal. Dunn
faked a line plunge and tossed a pass in Erickson's
direction. The Cardinal halfback stabbed at the ball. It
grazed his hands and bounded into Anderson's reach
and Eddie ran behind the goal line with the oval. The
football rules read that a pass is incomplete if the first
man that receives a forward pass does not retain the
oval unless it is touched by a player of the opposing
"PASSED THE BUCK"
No member of the Packer team came near the ball.
Naturally, the Packers expected to have the pass ruled
illegal. Referee Ritter claimed he did not see the play.
He passed the buck to Umpire Herdcamp, who in turn
stated that he not on top of the play. These two officials
questioned Head Linesman McGregor and he ruled that
Basing touched the ball. As a matter of fact, Basing
was covering his man, who had run out as a decoy on
the other side of the field. Basing was, at least, ten
yards from the pass. Then the trouble started, the
Packers were wild and charges of "robbery" filled the air.
Many of the Green Bay rooters, they were there about
600 strong, jumped from the grandstand and ran to the
sides of the playing field. Of course, the Cardinal
followers did the same. One of the Bayites hit Head
Linesman McGregor on the jaw and it wouldn't have
taken much to have started a fine little free-for-all. About
a dozen Chicago cops did a quick step and the field
was cleared and the game went on.
BLOCKED DRISCOLL'S TRY
Driscoll's try for goal after a touchdown was blocked
and the Green Bayite breathed a bit easier. But the
Cardinals launched another savage attack and a partly
blocked punt, Green Bay's only bad kick of the game,
gave the ball to the Chicago team on the 35-yard line.
There was about only 90 seconds to play but it seemed
like hours. A Cardinal pass put the ball near the goal
and Driscoll did the rest with a field goal. Even the most
rabid Chicago fans said after the game that it was one
of the greatest pro football contests ever staged in the
Windy City. With second place in the league standings
practically assured the winner, both teams went at it
with a vengeance.
SAVAGE TACKLING AFFAIR
It was a savage tackling affair. Both clubs smeared for
all they were worth and the man with the ball was given
pretty rough treatment. The Packer backfield remained
intact all the game. Only the superb condition of the
Bay carriers enabled them to stand the gaff. Lewellen,
who played his greatest game in a Packer uniform, was
knocked woozy several times but fought like a tiger
when they wanted to take him out of the game and he
struck to the finish. Although the sun smiled brightly
and a snappy wind swept across the gridiron, the field
was more fit for snowshoes than a gridiron encounter.
For hours before the game, the Chicago management
had an army of workers clearing the snow off the field.
The going was mucky but despite the soft underfooting
some sparking football was pulled off.
FIGHTING PACKER TEAM
It was a fighting Packer team that went down to defeat.
They were beaten but not outclassed. Even after
Driscoll had booted the field goal and there was only 38
seconds left to play, the Bays received the kickoff and
gained considerable yardage. For three quarters, Green
Bay held a decided advantage. Up until the last four
minutes, Chicago was never withing field goal kicking
distance. During this time, however, the Bays were
always dangerous. Just before the end of the first half,
the Packers had the ball in the shadow of the Cardinal
goalposts but a pass went astray, only by inches, as
the ball just grazzed by Lewellen's hands. In the third
quarter, the Packers tried for a field goal but the wind
blew it out. Several other times during this period, it
seemed as if the Bays would come through, but, as
was said before, the cards were stacked. Early in the
final period, Abramson connected for his first placement
and shortly after, he missed another by inches and then
the former Minnesota star connected for his counter
which was a beauty.
ONLY FOUR MINUTES LEFT
There was only about four minutes left when the Cards,
driven to desperation, began throwing forward passes all
over the field. It looked as if they were doomed to
defeat. However, Captain Driscoll took a gambler's chance, about one in a hundred, and it came through. Sunday night Driscoll was here on the South Side but from the Green Bay point of view the followers of Chris O'Brien's team should have worshipped Head Linesman McGregor just as much as they tipped their hats to the brilliant Paddy, who is probably the greatest pro footballer in the game today.
THEIR GREATEST GAME
It would be unfair to signal out any member of the Packer team as the Bays played their greatest game of the year even with Captain Lambeau nursing an injured leg on the bench. On several different occasions, Curly got up and tried to run along the sidelines, trying out his leg but he couldn't make it as the battle scarred limb was not fit for action. Norton, Lewellen, Basing and Mathys did everything asked of them behind the lines. Vergara, O'Donnell, and Wilkins performed superbly at the ends, while the linemen, Larson, Gardner, Woodin, Jean, Abramson, Buck and Earpe were in the heat of the mixup every minute. Statistics of the game show that the Cards didn't make forty yards through the Packer forward wall during the game. Paddy Driscoll, Red Dunn and Eddie Anderson were about the whole show for the Cardinal team.
WOODIN KICKED OFF
Brennan grabbed Woodin's kickoff, which opened the game, but was downed on the Cards' 40. After holding the Cards to little yardage on three rushes, a penalty for offside gave O'Brien's hirelings a first down. The Chicagoans couldn't gain much and Dunn punted out of bounds on Green Bay's 26 yard line. Two thrusts netted little for the Packerrs and Buck kicked to the Cards' 34. Driscoll & Co. got a first down. A pass by Driscoll was plucked out of the frigid atmosphere by Ojay Larson and he snowshoed it back to the Packers 45 before his polar voyage was ended.
BEHIND GOAL POSTS
Following two line attacks, Lewellen kicked behind the Card goalposts and the ball was scrimmaged on the 20 yard mark. Red Dunn was replaced by Tays. The Cards lost ground on three downs and Driscoll kicked to Mathys, who was dumped on Green Bay's 48. At this stage of the game, the Packers did not waste much time trying to rush the cowhide and Lewellen punted to Driscoll who skated back to the Cards' 38. On the third down, the Chicagoans punted to Mathys on Green Bay's 29. Norton got a couple of yards but Basing was held tight as the first quarter ended. A punt by the Bays was partly blocked by the Cards but a Packer recovered it. However, much to the surprise of the crowd, the referee gave it to the Cards on Green Bay's 41. O'Brien's team was finding the going getting harder all the time. Driscoll punted and a Cardinal player downed the ball 5 yards from the Packer goal.
PUNTS 55 YARDS
Lewellen got off a swell punt of 55 yards and it was the Cards' ball back of midfield. Soon after a fumble by Driscoll, which was covered by Woodin gave the oval to the Bays. A pass failed but Norton got a couple of yards. Lewellen kicked over the goal line and the Cards put the ball in scrimmage in their twenty. Loose handling of the ball put the Cards in hot water and Driscoll booted to Mathys on the Packers' 45. It didn't take Lewellen long to punt the ball back again. Driscoll was run out of bounds on the Cards' 34. Chicago lost 5 yards for offside and the Cards staged an argument over the ruling. Driscoll booted to Norton who was dumped on the Bays 33. Lewellen kicked out of bounds on the Cardinals 39 yard line. Buck dumped Driscoll hard and he fumbled the ball. Earpe nabbed it for the Packers on the Cards' 40 yard line. After one pass had failed, O'Donnell grabbed a throw from Norton, being dumped 19 yards from the goal line. Norton ran the ball to the center of the field. Abramson replaced Moose Gardner. A pass, Mathys to Norton, put the ball on the Cards' 6 yard line. Basing was held tight. A pass, Mathys to Lewellen, was grounded and the officials ruled it was incompleted in the end zone. They gave the ball to the Cards on the 20 yard line. It was another tough break. After Driscoll blew a pass, the Cards lost a "V" for offside. Halftime was called after Koehler and Erickson failed to advance on line thrusts.
JEAN REPLACES WOODIN
When the third quarter started, Jean replaced Woodin at left guard for the Packers and Abramson continued to do duty at right guard. Driscoll's kickoff rolled over the goal line and the Packers scrimmaged on their twenty. Norton was dumped for a loss but Basing got it back. Lewellen punted and Driscoll was chased out of bounds on the Bays' 47. The Cards were stopped dead. Jean bobbed into the limelight by nabbing a pass from Driscoll and it was the Packers ball on the 46 yard line. Lewellen got 5 yards through left tackle and Basing added one. Lewellen booted the ball out of bounds on the Cards' twelve. Driscoll punted to the Bays 48-yard line. The Cards drew a penalty of 15 yards for battling the ball.
LEW GAINS 20 YARDS
Lewellen shot around end for 20 yards. Three passes failed and then Abramson's kick was carried off by the wind. The Cards put the ball in play on their own twenty. After Tays had failed to gain, Driscoll punted to Mathys. Charlie hit the dirt on the Bays' 34. A pair of rushes netted scant yardage and Lewellen punted to Driscoll who came back to to his own forty. Koehler and Tays were halted. Driscoll kicked out of bounds on the Packers' 38. Soon after, Lewellen booted the ball 55 yards and Driscoll covered on the 11-yard mark. Tays was dumped for a loss as the period ended.
Dunn replaced Tays as the fourth quarter got underway. Dunn kicked to Lewellen on the Cards' thirty. Norton made four and Basing added two. Then Abramson kicked the ball through the uprights for the first score of the game and the Packer rooters went wild. The Cards received the next kickoff. Lunz being dropped by Buck on the Cards 29. Wilkins replaced O'Donnell for the Packers as Dick injured his knee. Three Cardinal passes failed and Driscoll booted to Mathys who, after a melee, fell on the ball on the Bays' 37. The Cards lost 15 yards for interference. Two attacks netted the Packers little and Lewellen punted. Vergara downed the ball 9 yards from the Card goal line. The Packers threw the Cards for two losses. Driscoll, standing behind his goal line, punted to Mathys who called for a free catch on the Cards' 25. Abramson missed the attempt for a field goal.
ABRAMSON COUNTS AGAIN
The Cards scrimmaged on their twenty. Basing intercepted a Chicago pass and it was the Packers' ball only 30 yards from the goal. Following a pair of line crashes, Abramson booted a 35-yard placekick for another field goal. Abramson kicked off to Anderson, who was thrown on the Cards 36. Three Cardinal passes were mussed up. Driscoll punted to Mathys on the Bays' thirty. After Norton had made two yards, Lewellen kicked to Driscoll who ran it back to midfield. Dunn passed to Driscoll for a 35 yard gain. Another pass, Dunn to Anderson, put the ball on the Packers' 9 yard line. Then, after Koehler had been stopped at center, Anderson grabbed a pass, which had been touched by Erickson, and scored. This was the disputed play and a real riot loomed. One of the Packer followers hit Head Linesman McGregor in the jaw during the fracas. Finally, police cleared the field. Driscoll's attempt for the goal after touchdown was blocked. Driscoll kicked off and the ball sailed over the goal line. The Packers scrimmaged on their twenty. The Cards lost five for offside. Two plays gained little. Lewellen's punt was partly blocked and it went out of bounds on the Bays' 35-yard mark.
MAKES WINNING KICK
After one pass had failed, Dunn tossed to Driscoll and traveled to the Packers' 15-yard line. Two plays went to the bad and then Paddy Driscoll, with but 40 seconds to play, Driscoll kicked the field goal, which spelled victory for the Cardinals. Driscoll kicked off to Lewellen who ran the ball back to the Bays' 25-yard line. A long pass to Wilkins was grounded and another toss went into the discard. Norton skirted left end for seven yards but the final whistle blew and the score showed the Packers were beat.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 6 - 6
CHI CARDS - 0 0 0 9 - 9
4th - GB - Abramson, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
4th - GB - Abramson, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-0
4th - CHI - Eddie Anderson, 15-yard pass from Red Dunn (Kick failed) TIED 6-6
4th - CHI - Paddy Driscoll, 27-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 9-6