Green Bay Packers (0-1-1) 12, Chicago Bears (1-0-1) 12 (T)
​Sunday September 30th 1928 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Staging a remarkable comeback after trailing 12 to 0 at the half, the Packers battled the Chicago Bears to a 12 to 12 tie Sunday in one of the most bitterly contested games ever seen here. More than 8,500 fans cheered the efforts of both football squads at the City stadium. Other game between the Bears and Packers have been hard fought but none contained so many thrills and so much action as the contest Sunday. Outplayed in the first half of the game,
the Packers came back in the last two periods with a
great fighting spirit that couldn't be denied, and virtually
ran the Chicago tribe off their feet. The Packers kept up
their great efforts until the very last minute of play and
brought the ball to the Bear ten-yard line as the game
drew near a close. Then with but a few seconds left to
play a kick was tried that missed the goal by inches.
Had it gone over there would have been a different story
to tell today about the game.
BREAK UP PLAYS
Time after time the Packers broke up the Bear plays in
the second half. Not once during the entire game did the
tribe from the city that gunmen and crime investigations
made famous complete a forward pass. The Packers
broke up every pass, intercepting four of them to gain
possession of the ball. To pick out any individual stars
on either team would be an injustice to the sterling
efforts of every man who participated. Not to give credit
to the wonderful work of Perry, Woodin, O'Donnell and
Dilweg in the front line and to Lewellen, Kotal, O'Boyle
and Lambeau in the backfield would be an equal
injustice. And to Senn, Sturtridge and McMillin of the
Bears a lot of credit is due, for it was their great work,
coupled with that of J. Sternaman and Trafton, which
enabled the Bears to do as well as they did. The Bears
gained five first downs in the first half of the game 
mostly through a deceptive attack that went off
alternately the Packers tackled, ends and center. In the
second half, the Bears were on the defensive most of
the time and gained but one first down against the
Packers.
SEVEN FIRST DOWNS
During the second half of the game, the Bays opened
up with a deceptive pass attack coupled with line
plunges that netted them four first downs and both of
their touchdowns. In the entire game the Packers made
a total of seven first downs to six by the Bears. Two bad
breaks for the Packers were partly responsible for the
Bears' first touchdown in the first quarter. A punting duel
in the early stages of the game gave Green Bay an
advantage with the ball in their possession on the 39-
yard line. Two consecutive bad passes from center as
Lewellen was about to punt shoved the ball back to the
Packers' 15-yard line. On the third pass from center,
Lewellen punted. Sternaman received it on his own 40-
yard line and brought it back to the Packers' 36-yard
marker before he was downed. The Bears then started
a march down the field and by several line plunges and
two costly Packer penalties for offside brought the ball
to the 3-yard line. The Packer line held against two
thrusts at their goal line, but Sternaman circled end on
the third play for a touchdown. His try for a point by a
placekick was blocked.
NEITHER HAVE ADVANTAGE
The two teams then battled back and forth until near the
end of the second quarter with neither having much of
an advantage. A Bear punt then went out of bounds on
the Packer 19-yard line and the latter team made a first
down on a pass and a line plunge. Another pass to
Kotal put the ball in the middle of the field. The next two
passes went astray and Lewellen dropped back and
punted from his own 40-yard line. Sturtridge received
the punt on his own 20-yard line and started on the
greatest run of the day. He started down the north side
of the field drawing the whole Packer team over on that
side, then with a great change of pace he completely
reversed his field and went far to the south and ran past
several Packers to cross the goal line for the second
touchdown of the game for the Bears. It was one of the
greatest runs ever seen, as Sturtridge had to evade 
about seven men to go through to the goal. The half
ended with the ball in play in the middle of the field and
the score, 12 to 0 in favor of the Bears. Coming back
into the game at the start of the second half of the
game, the Packers started a forward pass attack that
ran the ball to the center of the field before the Bays
were stopped. Taking the ball on their own 30-yard line
after an exchange of punts, the Bears failed to gain on
three thrusts at the Packer line. On the next play, a
pass from center was fumbled by Senn as he dropped
back to punt. It rolled back to the 23-yard line and the
Packers were given permission of it. Two line plays and
a Bear penalty put the ball on the 15-yard line. A pass,
Kotal to Lewellen, than was completed, and the latter
raced over the line for a touchdown. O'Boyle's try for
goal by a place kick was wide.
MISSES PLACE KICK
The two teams then battled back and forth again with 
the Packers having possession of the ball most of the time. On one of Lewellen's punts the Bears were penalized for holding which put the ball on their own 22-yard line. The Bears fumbled on the first play and Nimick recovered on the Bear 15-yard line. O'Boyle then made a few yards at center and a pass, Dunn to Kotal, brought the ball to the Bear eight-yard line as the quarter ended. As the final period started, four successive line plunges, with O'Boyle, Kotal and Lewellen carrying the ball, put it over for the second touchdown. Lewellen made the final four yards in a great off-guard plunge that carried him far over the goal line. O'Boyle's kick for the goal was blocked. As the game drew near a close the Packers carried the ball down to the Bear 15-yard line with a succession of passes and line plunges in a great attempt for another score. When there was but 15 seconds left to play, the Bays tried a place kick from a difficult angle with O'Boyle dropping back to his own 22-yard line. The kick was high enough but went wide of the posts by inches and deprived the Packers of what would have been one of their greatest victories.
CHI BEARS -  6  6  0  0 - 12
GREEN BAY -  0  0  6  6 - 12
1st - CHI - Joey Sternaman, 3-yard run (Kick failed) CHICAGO BEARS 6-0
2nd - CHI - Dick Sturtridge, 80-yard punt return (Kick failed) BEARS 12-0
3rd - GB - Lewellen, 15-yard pass from Kotal (Kick failed) CHICAGO BEARS 12-6
4th - GB - Lewellen, 4-yard run (Kick failed) TIED 12-12
league race by turning back the Dayton Triangles, 6 to 0. The Ohioans put up a strong front and the Hornets had to step fast to put over the win...The New York Giants, 1927 champs, got off on the right foot by downing the Maroons at Pottsville to the tune of 12-6. The Miners were dangerous every minute. However, they lacked the punch when within scoring distance...The Providence Steamrollers uncorked a slashing offensive to put the skids under the Pyle-men by a count of 20 to 7. Wildcat Wilson, Jimmy Conzelman and other Rollers had a field day in their overhand drive game...The percentage table should be shaken up a bit over Sunday as all of the clubs except Benny Friedman's Detroiters and the Chicago Bears are billed for league games. Both these clubs are booked for exhibitions...Pottsville is looking forward to Sunday's game with the Yankees as Dick Rauch, former Maroon coach, is directing the team. It is a safe bet that Rauch would give a month's salary to hand the Miners a walloping...One of the classics of the season is billed for Providence where the Yellowjackets tangle with the Steamrollers. Somebody's clean record is due for a fall as neither of the clubs have tasted defeat this fall...Chris O'Brien figures his Chicago Cardinals will break into the win column this Sunday at the expense of the Dayton Triangles. O'Brien has shaken up his lineup a bit and several new faces will appear...Williams, a big crashing fullback, is winning a home with the Providence club. He is a New England college product and this is his first year out. So far, Manager Conzelman is is greatly pleased with him...Capt. Owen of the New York Giants has played every minute this season. Last fall he set a pro league record by not losing a second on account of injuries and he hopes to keep it up during the 1928 season...The Detroit club is singling the praises of Sedbrook, a rangy backfielder from Phillips university. He tips the beam about 175 pounds and is a great open field runner. Against Pontiac, he skipped 75 yards for a score...The Bears picked up a great running backfielder in Sturtridge, a product of De Paul. Against Green Bay, the youngster received a punt and ran some 80 yards through a broken field for a touchdown..."Gibby" Welch, all-American backfielder from Pittsburgh, is performing with the New York Yankees. The Smoke-town flash is filling the shoes left vacant by Red Grange, who has deserted the gridiron for the floodlights...Pete Henry, one of the greatest tackles football has ever known, is acting as field general for the Pottsville Maroons. Pete is well past the youngster stage, yet he has a lot of good football left in him...The Chicago Bears have filled their Oct. 7 open date with an exhibition game against the Minneapolis Marines. The Bruins' management figures the Gophers, with Herb
​Joesting up, should draw well in the Windy City...Springsteen, a pro league veteran, is drawing his salary again this year from the Chicago Cardinals. He is a handy man to have because of his ability to play a good game at any position on the forward line...The Giants picked up a first class footballer in Al Bloodgood, who
was with Cleveland last season. Bloodgood can run like a deer and he has been in postgraduate ball long enough to know what it is all about..Business continues
to be good around the National league circuit. Unofficial
reports show the attendance for the September games
was several notches higher than during the same period
a year ago.
GIANTS CLASH WITH BAYS TODAY
OCTOBER 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green
Bay Packers will go into their third league game of the
season at City stadium tomorrow when the New York
Giants, 1927 National league champions, invade this
city for the first time in history. The outcome will go a
long way in determining the Packers' championship
hopes of the season. Opposing them will be one of the
greatest collection of stars ever gathered together on a
gridiron, and if the Packers can withstand the charges
of this powerful aggregation they should be able to face
anything in the conference. Two decidedly different
modes of attacks will probably be used after the game
gets underway at 2 p.m. The New Yorkers are mainly a
great line crashing and end running team and rely on 
this method of gaining ground. The Packers will 
continue their aerial game that has been so successful
in former contests. The success of either team should 
go a long way toward proving the comparative methods
of the two attacks...OFFENSE AROUND CALDWELL:
The Giants are expected to build their offense around
the ball carrying ability of Jack McBride and Bruce
Caldwell. McBride, who is considered the best line
buster in the National league, is a veteran pro gridder
and also quite a reputation as a drop kicker. Caldwell in
the few weeks that he has been in the professional
game has proven himself one of the sensations of the
game. Besides these two great stars, the Giants will
have Hinkey Haines, Al Bloodgood and Tony Plansky,
ready to carry the ball. Haines is known for his
sensational advances around the ends and is one of the
scoring aces of the NFL. Bloodgood will be remembered
for the time when playing with Cleveland he grabbed a
pass from Friedman and raced 50 yards for a score. In
a recent game with the Giants, Bloodgood received a
kickoff on his 5-yard line and ran through the entire
opposing team for a touchdown. The Packers will rely
on the ball throwing ability of their backfield men for
most of their gains. The combination of Dunn, Lewellen,
Kotal and O'Boyle probably will start in the backfield for
the Bays and carry the brunt of the work. All of these
men have shown themselves adept at receiving and
throwing passes as well as going through the line for
gains. Marks, who has recovered from his injury of a few
weeks ago, also will see action tomorrow and should
bolster up the Bay backfield. At the end positions,
O'Donnell and Nash probably will be the starters. 
O'Donnell played one of the greatest games of years
last Sunday and has been one of the Packer mainstays
this year. Nash in the short time he worked last Sunday
also looked impressive and should stop any of the Giant
men coming around his end. Dilweg still is suffering
slightly from his injuries of last Sunday and probably will not see action tomorrow. Webber, who also showed well last Sunday, probably will see some action at one of the wing berths. Perry and Jones, who both performed brilliantly against the Bears, are the most likely starters at one set of tackle and guard positions. Woodin, who did the best work of any of the linemen last weekend, is slated to see action at the other guard with Earpe playing at the other tackle. Griffin or Darling will start at the center post. Bowdoin and Ashmore also are certain to see a lot of action in the line during the game. The advance ticket sale indicates that one of the largest crowds of years will be on hand when the game gets underway. Extra seats have been installed to handle the overflow. An ideal football day is forecast by the weather bureau with slightly cooler weather expected.
NEWS AND NOTES
SIDELIGHTS
OCTOBER 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Lavvie Dilweg was injured in the first half as he tackled Senn after a punt and was carried off the field. He received a bad cut in the head, but doctors say the injury was not serious and he will be back in practice late this week...Before Dilweg's injury he turned in a great game, frequently breaking up Bear plays and throwing backfield men for a loss. On one play, when Walquist returned the ball on a kickoff from his own 20 yard line to the Packers' 25 yard line. Dilweg raced after him and downed Walquist on the 25 yard line when it seemed as if the latter was headed for another touchdown. It was a great run by Walquist behind almost perfect interference...Paddy Driscoll had to leave the game after the first five minutes of play. Doctors reported after the game that he received three broken ribs. It is the first time in nine years of professional football that Driscoll has received a major injury...Trafton, giant Bear center, was hurt on one of the plays near the close of the game and had to leave the field. It was the first time in many years that the former Notre Dame star has been out of the game for any length of time...Lollar, who was injured in last Sunday's game, was a spectator yesterday. The fullback came to the game on crutches and sat along the sidelines. He probably will be back in the game in a week or so...Marks, who was injured in the Marine game, got into the contest for a few moments near the end. He carried the ball twice and gained ground on both tries...The American Legion band rendered its usual entertaining numbers between the halves. One piece particularly drew the applause of the crowds. It was the "Sidewalks of New York"...Nash looked impressive in the short time he played. An injury to his jaw forced him from the game before the first half was over. The injury is not regarded as serious, however, and Nash probably will be back in the game next Sunday...Curley Lambeau intercepted a Bear pass on his own 5-yard line in the first quarter when the Bears threatened to score after Walquist's 55 yard run. It was one of the many great defensive plays that Lambeau figured in during the game...Jug Earpe did some good work both at tackle which he played at the start of the game and at center when Griffin went out. He was in many plays and did a great piece of work against Trafton.
"WORLD'S GREATEST" HERE SUNDAY
OCTOBER 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Little worse
after their terrific battle of last weekend against the
Chicago Bears, the Packers resumed training today for
next Sunday's game against what probably is the
world's greatest football team - the New York Giants. All
of the men except Dilweg, Lollar and Cahoon were out
for practice this morning and ran through plays and
signals. Dilweg is suffering a bad cut over his right eye,
received in last Sunday's game, and Cahoon's leg is
slightly injured. Dilweg is expected to be back in 
uniform late this week. Lollar still is laid up with his
injured leg received in the Frankford game but is
expected to be able to get around in a week or so.
Sunday will be the first time in history that the Giants
invade this territory. The champions of the National
league have greatly strengthened their lineup this year
and are planning to continue holding their championship.
..CALDWELL ON TEAM: Bruce Caldwell, Yale's famous
star last season and the most colorful player since Red
Grange's days at the University of Illinois, Tony Plansky
formerly of Georgetown and all-around Olympic athlete
who turned pro only three weeks ago, and Al Bloodgood
who was Benny Friedman's running mate last year at
Cleveland, are a few of the new men with the Giants.
These men together with Hinkie Haines, Jack McBride,
Jack Hagerty and Mule Wilson will form two complete
sets of backfield men to be used by the 1927 champions. Three of the men, Caldwell, Plansky and McBride, are triple threat stars who can run, pass and kick with equal skill. Newcomers on the Giants' line are Herbert Levi, who comes from Syracuse, Max Reed, a high class end from the West, and Allison and Walker, guards and tackles, who hail from Texas...WIN TWO GAMES: Numerous college coaches who have seen the Blue and Red team in practice this year stamp it as the greatest eleven that has ever been assembled either in professional or college football. By the time the league champions tackle the Packers they will have been functioning three weeks. Their first game of the season resulted in a 7 to 0 win over the Orange A.C. and last Sunday's game gave them a 12 to 6 victory over Pottsville. In 1927 the Giants won the 1927 league title with the loss of only one game, which occurred on the first home appearance when Benny Friedman's Bulldogs triumphed 7 to 0. From all indications it is going to be a tough task for the Packers to stop this great aggregation.
OPEN TICKET OFFICE AT PRESS-GAZETTE
OCTOBER 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Football corporation will have a ticket office open all this week at The Press-Gazette to handle rush orders for the New York Giants game on Sunday, which is the headline attraction of the professional football year in Green Bay. The ticket office will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is a big demand for tickets and the football corporation hopes to fill the mail orders as fast as they are received as long as the supply lasts. The "eleventh hour" rush will be averted if those desiring extra tickets file their applications early.
GIANTS HAVE 215 POUND LINE
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - When the
New York Giants take the field against the Packers at
the City stadium Sunday, the NFL champions will have
a line that averages about 215 pounds from end to end
to charge against the Green Bay forward line. At end
positions the Giants will have Cal Hubbard who weighs
238 pounds and is 6 feet 6 inches tall and John Allison
who weighs 195. Hubbard was an All-American end at
little Geneva college and three years ago was the man
who was responsible for his team gaining a 6 to 0
victory over Harvard. He is one of the biggest players on
any gridiron in the country. Allison joined the team this
year, coming from the University of Texas, where he had
a great reputation. He is rated as one of the best 
tackles in the country. The tackle positions will be held
down by Steve Owen, captain of the team, and either
"Century" Millstead or Al Nesser. Owen weighs 227 and
is regarded as one of the most dependable linemen in
the country. Millstead is a former Yale player who
gained All-American fame in his college days. He
weighs 210 and first played with the Philadelphia
Quakers. Nesser is one of the famous seven Nesser brothers of Columbus. He weighs 206...HAVE NEW GUARD: John Allison, who also hails from Texas, weighs 192 pounds and is one of the new guards with the Giants. Ed Garvey is with the team for his second year as a guard. He is a former Notre Dame star and played with the Chicago Bears and Hartford before coming to the Giants. He weighs 200 pounds. George Murtagh is playing his third year with the team at center. He is a 190-pound man but very aggressive for his weight and a sure passer. The Giants have lost but one game since the start of the 1927 season, that a setback in October last year at the hands of the Cleveland Bulldogs. Since that time they have scored 142 points to 19 scored by opponents. This will be the first meeting of history between the Packers and the Giants, and one of the largest crowds in the history of Green Bay football is expected to be on hand for the game...HOLD STIFF WORKOUT: The Packers went through another stiff workout this morning in preparation for the contest and showed a lot of power in charging. Capt. Lambeau is drilling his men in defensive play against line charging assaults as the Giants are rated to be the best in this department of the game. Very few aerial plays are in the Giant offense and the team relies on its great backfield for most of its gains through the line and around the ends. At least three of the men will be out of the game Sunday due to injuries, Capt. Lambeau said today. Dilweg, while able to be up and around after his injuries last Sunday, is still in a bad way and will not be able to play, he said. The star end should be in shape for the game a week from Sunday, however. Tiny Cahoon also will be out of Sunday's game because of an injury to his leg it was reported, but is expected to be in shape in another week or so. Lollar is suffering from his injury received in the Yellowjacket game. Two or three other members of the Packer team are suffering minor injuries and will not play Sunday, unless they are needed badly, Capt. Lambeau said. Tickets for the game are still available at The Press-Gazette and at the regular places around town.
N.Y. GIANTS ARE REALLY BIG BOYS
OCTOBER 4 (Green Bay) - A football team is as good as its tackles and this probably is the main reason why the New York Giants, National league champions of 1927, have had such winning ways during the past two seasons. This aggregation from Broadway, which faces the Packers here Sunday, boast of two All-American stars at the these positions. One of them is the famous Milstead, who represented Yale on the gridiron for three seasons and who during that time was named on the All-American team for two seasons. Since entering the pro game some three years ago he has shown up equally as well as he did in college and other teams in the league who have met the Giants have found it almost impossible to gain over either Milstead or Owen, who occupies the other position. Owen, who is a graduate of Oklahoma, captains the New York aggregation. He tips the beam at about 235 pounds and is the holder of a more or less unique record as far as pro football is concerned. It is rather unusual for a football player to play through an entire season without taking time out for injury and especially so in postgraduate game but this same Owen did just that last season not losing a single minute of play because of injury. And in addition to these two stars, the Giants also boast of having the biggest man in the NFL in their lineup. He is Cal Hubbard, an end hailing from a little college named Geneva in Pennsylvania and who stands 6 feet 6 inches in his stocking feet and weighs 242 pounds. It was just two seasons ago that Geneva went up to Harvard and gave the haughty eastern boys quite a trimming and this same Cal Hubbard was very much responsible for the downfall of the Crimson.
GIANTS IN GREAT SHAPE FOR GAME HERE
OCTOBER 5 (New York) - The New York Giants departed on their first western invasion of the season when they pulled out of the Grand Central station here today on the Twentieth Century Limited bound for Green Bay, Wis., where they take on the Packers in the first professional football meeting of the two teams Sunday. The squad is in perfect shape after four days of hard training for the game. The team came out of last Sunday's game in good condition with but a few minor injuries, and plans to continue its winning streak at the expense of the Wisconsin eleven. Particular stress has been paid to a defense against the Packers' vaunted aerial attack by the Giants in their practice session this week, and the management announced that it believed the squad would effectively block this mode of attack if used by the Bay gridders...DRILL HERE SATURDAY: The team expects to arrive in Chicago early Saturday and then proceed immediately to Green Bay. After the game Sunday against the Packers, the Giants will either train in Green Bay for the game the following week at Chicago or will depart for the Windy City immediately after the game and work out at the latter town. The work of McBride, Al Bloodgood and Caldwell with the Giants this year has been particularly impressive. McBride showed some of the finest open field running ever seen last Sunday when he returned a punt 45 yards through the entire Pottsville team for a touchdown. Bloodgood, in the opening game of the season, also was practically unstoppable. His kicking has been unusually good, averaging 65 yards on every punt. "We plan to build our attack against the Packers around Caldwell Sunday," the Giant managers said before departing. "With him carrying the brunt of the offense and Hinkey Haines and McBride as running mates to alternate at carrying the ball we expect to do a lot of damage to the Green Bay line despite its size and strength."...CALDWELL IS COLORFUL: "We have stressed the line plunging and end running plays in our practice and probably will use that mode of attack most of the time. We also have built up a good defense against the Packers forward pass offense. We think we can efficiently stop that threat." Caldwell had a colorful past before joining the Giant team this season. The son of poor Rhode Island mill workers, Bruce earned his way through Yale, waiting on tables and doing other menial jobs. Soon after his surprise disqualification from the Yale squad, the disappointed youth was showered with offers that represented a fortunate. He disregarded all of them, however, and clung to his original idea and continued at school until he graduated last June. Leaving college, Caldwell signed to play baseball with the Cleveland Indians. Meanwhile, most of the teams in the National league tried to persuade him to sign a contract. He finally decided to cast his lot with the Giants...Considerable interest around the state has been shown in the Packer-Giant game here Sunday and when the two teams take the field at 2 p.m., one of the largest crowds in history is expected to be on hand. Despite the heavy advance ticket sale, there are still a few choice reserve seats to be hand, club officials announced today. Fans desiring these can secure them by calling at The Press-Gazette ticket office any day or evening this week. Capt. Lambeau had his men out for their daily training and scrimmage session today, sending them through tough line bucking and forward pass plays.
MCBRIDE OF GIANTS GREATEST FULLBACK
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay) - "Bullet Jack". That's Jack McBride, New York Giants fullback, who will be seen in action here Sunday against the Packers, and the best line buster in the National league. Given the ball and two yards to gain "Bullet Jack" could undoubtedly smash his way through a brick wall. No opposing set of forwards have been able to consistently stop McBride when he jams through the smallest of openings. For the last three seasons McBride has been the Giants' most reliable ground gainer and once out in the open it usually takes two or three tackles to bring him down. McBride weighs 187 and cleverly put every ounce of brawn and muscle into action when he goes crashing through. He is not a fast starter in the full sense of the word, but follows the custom of Notre Dame backs who first spot their opening before starting their rush. In this way the Giants great line smasher never runs "blind". Jack is not only the league's greatest line wrecker, but also is a powerful defensive player and kicks and passes with exceptional skill. He is the key to the Giants backfield and the Giants always perform with more confidence when Jack is on the field. McBride came to the Giants from Syracuse university, where he was one of the outstanding backs in the East as well as a dropkicker of renown. Tony Plansky, former all-around Olympic athlete who turned pro this season, is giving McBride a close call for line smashing honors. Plansky weighs 232 and is very fast and when he hits opposing lines something must give way - and generally it is the smiling Tony with the ball under his arm.
PRO GRID NOTES
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Frankford Yellowjackets made it two straight in the National