GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - In one of the greatest battles against odds that a team ever staged, the Green Bay Packers wound up the National league football season at Wrigley field here Sunday afternoon, but the decision went to the Chicago Bears, 7 to 6. Before a crowd of 7,000 Green Bay turned in a brilliant performance. Only 13 men played, nine of that group fighting in 60 minutes of bruising play. If ever there was a game that they deserved to win, it was this one, but it was not to be. Some of the greatest bits of open field running ever seen on a football field was turned in by Clark Hinkle
and Bob Monnett. Blocking was at its best. Defensive
play left little to be desired. Only on one occasions did
the secondary pass defense slip. That happened to be
the time when Molesworth tossed a pass to Ronzani,
the former Marquette flash. Gene caught the ball and
galloped unmolested for a touchdown. Jack Manders,
the Bruins' placekicking ace, delivered for the extra
point. It brought the Bears six points.
BEARS BOTTLED UP
On no other occasion did the Bears seriously threaten.
They were bottled up, smothered and smashed while
the Packers fought them back. Green Bay was always
dangerous and constantly kept the play in Chicago
territory, but only once were they able to score, the
touchdown coming on a sensational play by Monnett,
who raced 88 yards through a broken field to cross the
line. On other occasions the Bay men were repulsed in
the shadow of Chicago's goal. On the opening kickoff,
Clark Hinkle figured in the sensational play, dashing
with the ball from his own four yard line to the Bear four
yard stripe before he finally was brought down from
behind by Bill Karr. He dragged Karr five yards before he
was finally smothered. Crippled and bruised after a
season of disappointments and heart breaks, the Bays
were out to win the final game against the Chicagoans.
They put everything they had into the game, fighting the
Bears off their feet but to no avail. After Clark's amazing
run to the four yard mark, the Packers had four downs
to make the goal. They cracked the line with all the
power they could muster, but that narrow piece of turf
couldn't be completely crossed. Massed on defense
into a towering wall of beef and bone the Bears repulsed
the Packers on the final two shots, after the first two
plays had put the ball inches from the line.
BOWL OVER BRUINS
Clark had great interference on the run with the kickoff.
His mates bowled over the Bears like ten-pins to give
him room. They couldn't get all the Bruins out of the
way, however, Carlson checking his dash near the 20
yard line of the Chicagoans, throwing him off his stride
just long enough for Karr to overtake him from the side
and rear. He nearly wiggled free from Karr, but couldn't
quite do it as the Bear end hung on and fought him
down. Again, when Monnett scintilated there was
blocking such as seldom has been seen on any football
field. The fleet Packer back started behind his own ten
yard line. He cut wide to the right to elude a pair of men.
Another was cracked out of the way by Mike Michalske
as Monnett started to dash down the east sidelines. He
had to cut into the middle of the field, with four men on
his heels or closing in from the sides. A rapidly forming
wedge of protection smashed down three of the Bear
players. Only Keith Molesworth remained. He hedged,
giving ground cautiously as Monnett shifted and changed his pace. Red Bultman came up from the side, slapped Molesworth to the ground with a perfect block. Molesworth got up but went down again, with Red riding him. A third time he got up, still fighting to get to Monnett, and a third time Red cracked him down. It completely cleared the field and Monnett dashed over the goal line. After the opening plays and the Packers lost the ball on downs on the one-foot line, the Bears tried a surprise prize pass to Hewitt. It connected, seven yards. Then the Bears punted out and Roger Grove made a great return, coming back deep into Bear territory. But Goldenberg fumbled and the Bears recovered to stop the threat momentarily. Again the Bears punted and again Grove made a sensational return behind fine blocking to put the ball on the 31 yard line. Stopped by the powerful Bear line, the Packers tried a placekick with Hinkle doing the booting. The ball sailed high and far but wide of the uprights and the Bears took it again, punting out.
PACKERS FIGHT BACK
The Packers fought back after a third return by Grove that netted more than 15 yards to put the ball on the Bear 33. Three line smashes made it first down on the 20 but a pass over the goal stopped the attack and the Bears struck back. The play slowed up a little and neither side got deep into the other's territory until late in the second quarter. A punt by Hinkle was partially blocked by Carlson and it was downed on the Bear 38. Molesworth got off a quick kick and the ball sailed far down the field, finally coming to rest on the Packer one-foot line where Hewitt downed it. Hinkle punted out safely but Molesworth, by some good running, brought it to the 32 yard line. Then the Bear quarterback faded back and tossed a pass to Ronzani, who caught the ball on the 10 yard line and raced across the goal. Manders came in to take Nagurski's place and kicked from placement, giving the Bears a 7 to 0 lead. During the third period both sides fought stubbornly, forcing each other to punt. Neither side threatened although on one occasion. Monnett broke loose for an 18 yard run around the end. He was stopped before getting deep into Bear territory, however. In the fourth period Molesworth kicked to the Packers 42 and the Green Bay team drew a 25 yard penalty for clipping, pushing them back to their own 17. Dilweg made a remarkable catch of a pass for a seven yard gain but other tosses failed and Hinkle punted to the Bear 40.
STAGE IS SET
This set the stage for Monnett's run. Molesworth punted back and Bob took the ball on his 12 yard mark. He weaved back and forth covering much more than the straight-line distance to the goal, outran and ducked them all to race for a touchdown. Grove then tried the placekick for the extra point that would have tied the score had it been completed, but Zeller blocked it and the Bears still held the edge. In the final minutes Green Bay opened with passes again but couldn't connect and lost the ball on downs. From the 32 yard line Manders tried a field goal as darkness and the end of the game approached, but the ball sailed wide of the uprights and the Packers took it on their 20.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 6 - 6
CHI BEARS - 0 7 0 0 - 7
2nd - CHI - Gene Ronzani, 32-yard pass from Keith Molesworth (Jack Manders kick) CHICAGO BEARS 7-0
4th - GB - Monnett, 85-yard punt return (Grove kick blocked) CHICAGO BEARS 7-6