(NEW YORK) - Class will tell and Coach Curly Lambeau's mighty Green Bay Packers nailed the 1936 National football championship banner to their pennant
pole here Sunday afternoon at the Polo Grounds when
they defeated Coach Red Flaherty's Boston Redskins
by the score of 21 to 6 in the playoff game between the
winner of the Eastern and Western division before a
crowd of 29,543. It was no pushover for Green Bay. 
Aside from the fourth quarter Boston was very much in
the ball game and fighting for every inch of territory. 
Coach Flaherty substituted frequently, to stem the tide
but his efforts proved futile because the Packers had
their eye on that championship and every member of
the squad was determined to do his bit under fire. After
three days of continuous rain the sun beamed forth and
it was a glorious football day. Just enough pep in the air
to keep the spectators and players on their toes. And
what's more there were no bad cross current winds
sweeping the stadium alongside of Coogan's Bluff. The
green of Green Bay, and red of Boston, provided a
drastic color clash as the clubs competed over the sod
which John McGraw once made famous with his 
baseball hirelings. Many of the fans commented, "What
a difference from last Sunday" when Boston and the
Giants clashed in the mud and they had to turn on the
floodlights before the second half got underway. Dusk
hadn't even started to settle over the field yesterday 
when the final whistle blew and the Packers raced to
their training quarters jubilant with job over their 
championship success. The game attracted football
experts from all over the eastern sector. Among those
occupying the throne room of Tim Mara, owner of the
Giants, atop the Polo Grounds were: Jimmy Crowley,
Clipper Smith, of Villanova, Philadelphia; Bill Harlow of
Harvard, Fritz Crisler of Princeton and a number of other
gridiron notables. It was interesting to hear the gridiron
specialists comment on Green Bay's brilliant attack and
the stonewall defense which simply smothered the
Bostonese aerials in the last half. Your scribe sat side
by side with Crowley and the former Green Bay boy,
who is now a headliner in eastern football, was as
enthusiastic over the Packers' march to victory as some
of the youngsters who sit in the knothole section at the
City stadium and root for the Bays. Billed as the 
greatest forward passing team that ever invaded New
York, the Packers lived up to advance notices. Red
Flaherty probably developed a head full of gray hairs 
while the Bays had possession of the ball. Hutson was
a continual threat, even when only in a decoy's role and
the Redskins generally had two men on the former
Alabama star during the game. But every now and then
Don would leap away from his caretakers and the Bays
would go places. It was early in the first quarter when
Herber made one of his copyrighted tosses and Hutson
snagged the ball on the fly and galloped over the goal
line for the first touchdown of the game. And as usual
Ernie Smith converted. The second Packer touchdown
was made early in the third quarter and at that time Milt
Gantenbein, who played his game of all games in a
Green Bay uniform, was on the receiving end of the
nugget in pay territory. Engebretsen sliced the uprights
for the additional marker. Continuing their early quarter
scoring habit, the Packers counted again while the 
fourth stanza was in its infancy. A Boston punt was
blocked and the hustling Bays grabbed the oval right in
the shade of the goal posts. A couple of line plunges picked up several feet and then Bob Monnett sizzled around his own right end for the "touch". Smith made good on the goal attempt. For the rest of the closing period it was all Green Bay. The Packers stepped over the line for what seemed like another touchdown. But Headlinesman Meyers detected an offside, and Green Bay got five yards backwards instead of six points ahead. However, at this stage of the battle no one seemed to be worrying about the ultimate result. Every time Boston got the ball it took to the air in hopes that a "prayer pass" might connect. However, their efforts were really pitiful when it came to the overhead attack in the final frame. Even George Preston Marshall, the big laundry man from Washington and other places, was a picture of dejection as he sat there huddled on the bench seeing his charges take a lacing which really was worse than the score would indicate. Marshall was cocky when Boston showed their only offense of the game. That was in the opening round after the Packers had broken the ice with a touchdown. The Redskins came back with blood in their eyes and  they marched down the field. Quarterback Riley Smith was mixing a slashing line attack with a hit and miss aerial offense which happened to be hitting. One long pass to halfback Justice put the ball deep in Packer territory and the Redskins followed this along with a first down which had the ball only a yard from the goal line when the period ended. About this time Marshall was dashing up and down the sidelines like an Oneida Indian filled with some of that prohibition day fluid and he nearly threw a fit when Pug Rentner crashed the Packer line for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Riley Smith's attempt for the extra point missed the uprights by about seven feet and the above mentioned Mr. Marshall walked back to the bench shaking his head. Later in this period Boston made their last real offensive thrust of the game. Several passes took the Redskins up quick from midfield to the Packers' 26 where the Bayites held right and Riley Smith's attempted field goal was blocked and rolled back to the 42-yard line where Green Bay took possession of the ball. From then on Lambeau and Company held the upper hand completely, although every now and then the Redskins would flare up as if they were going somewhere only to have fumbles wreck the ship. As usual in a championship, the officials were very much in evidence and penalties were well distributed on both sides. Boston suffered a 15 yard setback for holding in the second quarter that was costly. After the Packers had scored touchdown number two early in the third period the play roughened considerably and it wasn't long before Bausch and Butler, the rival centers, were sent to the showers for slugging each other. Bobby Cahn, the half pint official from Chicago, worked as umpire and he was all over the field. Once in the last quarter while side-stepping through some charging Redskins he bumped flush into Bob Monnett and ruined an interception of a Boston pass by the Green Bay backfield. When this happened the Bay bench warmers moaned plenty and made faces at Cahn. However, Bobby took it with a smile. Aside from Smith, Engebretsen, Herber and Evans, the Packers came out of the titular tilt little the worse for wear. Trainer Woodward is hopeful of noting serious and all the casualties were on the train when the Packers pulled out for home here tonight at 11:35 over the Pennsylvania road.
GREEN BAY -  7  0  7  7 - 21
BOSTON    -  0  6  0  0 -  6
1st - GB - Don Hutson, 48-yard pass from Herber (Ernie Smith kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - BOS - Pug Rentner, 2-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 7-6
3rd - GB - Milt Gantenbein, 8-yard pass from Herber (E.Smith kick) GREEN BAY 14-6
4th - GB - Bob Monnett, 2-yard run (Tiny Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 21-6
Teams run onto Polo Grounds Field. Toss of coin. Packers throw back Boston team on kickoff play. Packer's Arnie Herber passes to Don Hutson for TD. Boston's star Cliff Battles leaves game with serious leg injury. Herber passes 52 yards to Johnny Blood McNally to eight yard line. Herber passes to Milt Gantenbein for TD and 14-6 lead.
Pug Rentner misses the extra point after Boston's only touchdown in the 1936 NFL Championship
Clarke Hinkle's 1936 title watch up for auction - Green Bay Press-Gazette, May 12th 2015
DEC 13 (New York) - The Packers are out there against the Redskins and Curly Lambeau is on the march. He never sits on the coaches' chairs. He makes little speechs into the wind at luggers 40-yards away with their backs turned. Occasionally he talks to himself, again snaps things at the row of intent figures on the Packer pine. Barks Lambeau, half to himself, half to the bench: "They're not hustling. They're slow. They've got no zip." ... "-! He missed that pass!" ... "Come on, Gantenbein!" It was not clear just where the poisonous Milt was to come. He was mixed up in that Redskin backfield all afternoon. Perhaps Lambeau expected Gantenbein to knock over the whole Redskins tribe on every charge. Says Curley, "We've got to get in there. They are outcharging us." Red Smith, who is also a stander, blinks, for it's his line. "Get that ball in your hand before you look to see where you're going!" snaps Curly. This advice went on the wind. "That's the old fight in there! --! --! Make that point!" ... "Watch out for that safety man!" ... "It's a run! George, get up there! It's a run!" Well, one of the greatest football minds in the country is wrong. It's a pass. Lambeau never blinks an eye. Neither does anyone else. You can bet. George 50 yards away missed the advice entirely. He had it spotted for a pass. Lambeau thinks of the bench, swings on it and says: "Make up your minds that when you get there you are going to WORK." ... "--, That line is tough!" ... "It's a screened pass and they (the officials) didn't do a think." ... "That man was off side three yards on that kick-off and he made the tackle. --. --." ... "--. We've got to play better football." ... "They are screening all day." Tiny Engebretsen is on the bench, blank for a while from a knock on the head. It's the second quarter. Engebretsen thinks it's the first, can't figure how the score, 7-6, was run up. Ten minutes later he is clear again. Smith rattles a series of numbers. "I'm all right," says Tiny. "I block left on that one." "They're setting up a long pass," says Wayland Becker. "Here it comes." Becker is wrong, too. Hinkle runs. "Did you ever see 88 more open in your life?" says Lambeau. Apparently the boys are missing an opening. As the second half opens, the starting team huddles on the sidelines and shouts at each other, mostly, "Come on, let's get going." They got going. "That's a losing play - that's no good." says Curley to no one in particular. "Look at our line. --." A touchdown! The whole bench gets up, pounds fists, yells, "Let's go. Let's go. That's the way to go in there." It's fourth quarter and another touchdown. The bench whoops again. "Don't let up! Don't let up!" yells Lambeau. But he lets up himself. His mouth turns up in a big grin. The title is in the bag. World Champions after Curley Lambeau had just about convinced everyone that the boys couldn't even carry the waterbucket. Hank Bruder walking to the clubhouse, looking fresher than the bench warmers after 60 minutes of football says, "I don't feel any different. I thought I would when we won that title." There wasn't a whoop left in the outfit to celebrate the new world title. The boys were keyed up so high that the celebration explosion was a mere sizzle after they had worked out the key against the Redskins.
DEC 14 (New York) - New York sport writers were elaborate in their praises of Green Bay's football machine, following yesterday's 21 to 6 rout of Boston in the playoff game at the Polo Grounds. Excerpts from stories in today's metropolitan papers are reprinted below:
BY KEN SMITH (NEW YORK DAILY MIRROR) - The Green Bay Packers, a name synonymous with powerful football ball for 15 years, rule the professional gridiron for the fourth time as a result of a decisive 21 to 6 victory over the Boston Redskins in the National league Polo Grounds yesterday. Green Bay's great aerial barrage flashed in the third quarter when Herber passed 14 yards to Gantenbein after the kickoff and then tossed a Herculean heave to Johnny Blood who was tackled by Irwin on the Redskins' 9. It was a 51 yard gain but the pass traveled at least 60. Punts by Herber and Hinkle to the Redskins' 9, 3, 17 and 14 lines stalled the Redskins efforts to catch up in the third quarter.
BY ARTHUR DALEY (NEW YORK TIMES) - The old military axiom that fortune is on the side of the army with the heaviest artillery was proved in a football way at the Polo Grounds yesterday, when the ponderous Green Bay Packers crushed the Boston Redskins in the NFL championship playoff, 21 to 6, gained their fourth professional title and demonstrated conclusively that they are quite a gridiron team. For just one halt it was a thrilling and spectacular affair. Then it was a rout. Green Bay had a line that was just as hard bitten and just as rugged as the famed Hub Titans. But what swung the tide definitely in the direction of the Packers was their magnificent passing offensive. A 42-yard forward that involved football's greatest battery,
Arnie Herber and Don Hutson, sent Green Bay to a touchdown and a convertible in the first three minutes. But Boston stormed right back, marched 79 yards and
tallied on the first play of the second quarter, Rentner
cutting back off the Packer left tackle from the one yard
line. Riley Smith missed the extra point and for a while
that looked like a very important failure. But only twice
did the Redskins past midfield in the second half. Their
running attack was discarded in favor of a wild throwing
passing offensive that was equally ineffective; their 
kicks were blocked and everything went wrong at once.
Green Bay Packers, a burly band of bone busters from
the tall timber of Northern Wisconsin, are the finest pro
footballers in these United States, if not in the whole of
God's green footstool. When Frank Bausch and Frank
Butler, rival pivot men, started swinging their fists early
in the third period, both Butler and Bausch got the 
worst of it. The Packers had scored a touchdown on a drive they must have started in the locker room. Then Butler hauled off and belted Bausch right on the biscuit. The Redskins center uncorked a right that missed Butler by a mile. Both men were ejected from the game. It was Baucsh's departure that swung the balance of power against the Redskins. They didn't realize just how good Bausch was until he was gone...Butler's brawling may have been a plot to eliminate the troublesome Bausch, for immediately after the pair of them had been exiled, Green Bay tore that staunch Redskin line to shreds and threw away the pieces. The Packers pushed over their third touchdown as the fourth quarter started. It looked as if they weren't going to stop there. They ran that ball up and down the soggy turf. They passed and kicked the poor Boston's dizzy.
BY LEWIS BURTON (NEW YORK AMERICAN) - In a masterful exhibition of upper class football, the Green Bay Packers practically annihilated the Boston Redskins yesterday at the Polo Grounds. Under the impetus of Arnold Herber's super passing and Milton Gantenbein's murderous tackling, they defeated the Redskins by 21 to 6, for the NFL championship and the Ed Thorp Memorial trophy before a paying clientele of 29,545. Herber, who completed six of 14 passes for a total gain of 129 yards, struck the keynote of the fray in the opening period when he delivered a forty yard pass to Don Hutson for the opening touchdown. Hutson made a magnificent catch over his left shoulder, bringing the ball down with his right hand, and continued some 20 yards to the goal.
BY STANLEY WOODWARD (HERALD TRIBUNE) - Green Bay is a strange football team in that it makes no pretense of having a consistent running attack. Hank Bruder apparently calls running plays only to distract the attention of the defense from the passes on which he relies to score. The passing attack is sound, first, because Herber is outstanding as a heaver; second, because it is well conceived, and, third, because the passer is given adequate protection. Herber never was bothered by the Boston linemen. His companions in the atrocious looking mustard brown and green uniform of the Packers gave him a screen which the Boston linemen couldn't penetrate. The comparison with the protection afforded by the Boston line is striking. Our Eastern representatives never blocked the Green Bay right end on passes. Inasmuch as this operative was Milton Gantenbein, who has no superior in the country, this piece of negligence was disastrous. It gave the Boston passers an awful bearing and he was aided by other Green Bay linemen who swarmed in every time Boston tried to throw the ball.
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - No. 1 nominee for Green Bay's forgotten man - the gent who predicted there'd be no Packer franchise here this season...very hard to find last night...certainly would be a pleasure to speak personally with all those people who knew the franchise was going to Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cleveland and intermediate points. No getting away from it, that Victory banquet would have been a sad affair Wednesday night if the team had lost yesterday, despite the determination of the committee to hold it, win or getting away from it, now that the Packers are champions, the banquet will be one of the greatest single testimonial events ever held in Green Bay. Fans who haven't been boosting this great team as they should, have two big chances this week to show they're ashamed of is tonight at 10:15, when the victorious Packers roll in at the Milwaukee road station...another is Wednesday night, the banquet date, at the Columbus club. But the fans who have backed the squad to the limit, who have spent their money for tickets, have traveled out of town, listened breathlessly to radio accounts, have built the Packers to the skies as the finest football team they've ever been privileged to support - these are the folks who'll be at the station by the thousands tonight, and who'll have plates in front of them at the big affair Wednesday. The Packers have taken their national championship the hard way, coming from nowhere to whip successively the best professional talent in the nation...and does Wisconsin know it?...see you at the station tonight...Final changes for 1936 in the Green Bay Packers' all-time National league scoring list were made yesterday, when the Bays won the national title at New York...Don Hutson added a touchdown to his total, which was his 17th for Green Bay, and enabled him to pass the 100 mark, the fifth Packer who has done so since 1921...he now has 103 points, six less than Curly Lambeau, who is in fourth place...Bob Monnett's touchdown, his first this season, was his eighth as a Packers, and lifted him to a tie for seventh place on the big list with Lavvie Dilweg, in seventh place...each has 86 points..Ernie Smith kicked extra points No. 29 and 30, and his total now is 45, which is 18th place, three points behind Myrt Basing...Milt Gantenbein, who reestablished his position as one of the greatest ends in professional football, if not the greatest, scored his fourth Packer touchdown...this gives him 24 points on the all-time list, the same total as has Dick O'Donnell, end of former years...Tiny Engebretsen, who has been booting along at a steady clip this season after scoring only one point previously, kicked another extra point Sunday, which was his have him an all time total of 19.
NFL CHAMPIONSHIP: Green Bay Packers (10-1-1) 21, Boston Redskins (7-5) 6
Sunday December 13th 1936 (at New York)