GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(DENVER) - In weather fit only for a ski tournament, the champion Green Bay Packers and the scrappy Brooklyn Dodgers put on a sprightly New Year's day grid show today, the champions winning by 21 to 13. Snow powdered the frozen Denver university stadium sod and temperatures stood at far below the freezing point, yet the professionals gave a performance that for spirit and talent could not have not been bettered on a crisp October day. More than 6,000 hardy spectators, blanketed and braving pneumonia, saluted George Henry Sauer, carrot-haired Green Bay halfback from Nebraska, who scored all three Packer touchdowns, all of them in the last period. The throng roared approval of the pro champions' superior power, but it looked as though the green-garbed Brooklynites held the edge in thrills. Both of the Dodgers' scores were earned on tingling aerials thrown by Phil Sarboe, 168-pound quarterback from Washington State. Colorado's own Jimmy Hartman, now a brawny 210-pound halfback, caught one of Sarboe's smooth-clicking passes for the first score of the game. Jeff Barrett, Dodger end from Louisiana State, snagged another long, high fireball deep in the Green Bay end zone for the loser's second score. The count stood at a tight 14 to 13 until the final minute of play, when Sauer, who played a slashing, driving game all day, shuttled and pounded his way 65 yards along the sideline before Sarboe, deftly dodging blockers, nailed him on Brooklyn's 3-yard line.
GOES OFF TACKLE
On the second play the ex-Nebraska ace slanted off right tackle for the final score. Green Bay came to this city's mile high gridiron billed as the pro league's best passing outfit, but the Dodgers were the lads who made the onlookers forget their chilled feet with their passing exhibition. With Sarboe doing the throwing from a "spread" formation, the Flatbush outfit completed one long pass after another. Their second touchdown was scored with the third of three consecutive aerials that wiped out 80 yards. Green Bay, trailing 6 to 0, started the first of its touchdown sallies
late in the third period, moving to Brooklyn's 20-yard
line as the period ended. The Packers then fooled the
Dodgers almost ludicrously with a play that started as
an apparent end sweep and left Sauer all by himself for
a 23-year sprint to the goal line. Arnold Herber, rated as
the pro league's best passer, didn't connect with his
receivers once in 14 heaves but he made the Packers'
second touchdown opportunity with a beautiful 79-yard
SAILS OVER HEAD
The ball sailed far over Joe Maniaci's head and rolled to
a stop, as if charmed, one foot short of the Dodger goal.
Brooklyn tried a strategem which boomeranged.
Hartman faked a punt, then slung a pass which Clarke
Hinkle, Green Bay fullback, intercepted eight years out
and returned to the 3-yard line, from where Sauer
cracked across. Right back came the Dodgers with the
chunky, irrepressible Sarboe scampering out of the
reach of Green Bay tacklers to throw three consecutive
strikes, one to Maniaci for 26 yards, the second to
Kaska for 26 yards, the third to Barrett for 29 and a
touchdown. Later Brooklyn marched to Green Bay's 23
yard line, only to lose the ball when Kaska's attempted
placekick from 31-yard line was blocked. This left the
way for Sauer's pretty run through a swarm of foes and
the third Packer score.
COULDN'T FIND RANGE
Herber just couldn't seem to find the range in the rarified
atmosphere. Usually his throws were yard ahead of the outstretched fingers of his targets. Twice Sarboe stole long distance throws off the arm of Herber, former Regis college player here. Don Hutson, the Packer all-league end, was outclassed completely by Barrett, who played as if the game counted for the championship. His tackling was savage. Hinkle, another all-league star, punted well and hammered the line for sizeable gains. Bernard Scherer of Nebraska played sparkling football at end for the champions.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 21 - 21
BROOKLYN - 0 0 6 7 - 13
3rd - BRK - Jimmy Hartman pass from Phil Sarboe (Kick failed) BROOKLYN 6-0
4th - GB - George Sauer, 23-yard run (Kick good) GREEN BAY 7-6
4th - GB - Sauer, 3-yard run (Kick good) GREEN BAY 14-6
4th - BRK - Jeff Barrett, 29-yard pass from Sarboe (Hartman kick) GREEN BAY 14-13
4th - GB - Sauer, 3-yard run (Kick good) GREEN BAY 21-13