GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(NEW YORK) - A titanic struggle of the professional gridiron, started in broad daylight before 48,120 and ended under the floodlights, yesterday afternoon gave the New York Giants the championship of the NFL, as they outmaneuvered the Green Bay Packers, Western title holder, for a 23 to 17 triumph. It was one of the most sensationally spectacular combats ever staged under the league banner, with the issue never decided, the players never relaxed until the very last thrust of the day. The Packers, outplayed decisively at the outset and buried under a 9 to 0 New York spurt,
ripped from behind in the third period and took over a 17
to 16 lead, only to relinquish that small but vital margin
before a slashing Giant counterattack that would not be
denied. Statistically, the Packers appear to have
outplayed their formidable rivals of the Atlantic seaboard
but the Giants looked like the better team much of the
way. They couldn't stop Green Bay's Carl Mulleneaux
from grasping a depth bomb pass from the arm of Arnie
Herber in the second period; they couldn't keep Clarke
Hinkle from charging across the goal line for the second
Packer touchdown, a short time later; and they had no
defense against Tiny Engebretsen's sharply kicked 15-
yard field goal in the third stanza. But they got the ball
in position for Ward Cuff's 14-yard field boot in the first
period; they hurled Tuffy Leemans across from the 6-
yard line soon afterwards; they shook Feets Barnard
home with a forward pass from Ed Danowski before the
half; and in their all-important third period victory drive they executed a final aerial insult, Danowski to Soar, for the touchdown that placed the final dent in the Packer hopes. Not one bit of credit should be taken from the Packers for a magnificent stand against a New York team inspired beyond all reasonable heights, playing before an enthralled crowd which set a new metropolitan record for professional football enthusiasm. The Packers gave every bit they had counter-charging from one disheartening break after another, turning back many a Giant offensive sally, wearing themselves out in a valiant but vain attempt to check the inroads of an opponent which wouldn't recognize defeat.
HAVE GREAT TEAM
But the better team won Sunday. Make no doubt of that. The New York Giants looked the equal of any team which ever stepped on a National league gridiron, and the championship of that circuit today rests with a team which, in possessing it, does so entirely with honor. Hank Soar, Danowski, and Leemans were the offensive spearheads of the penetrating New York attack, but they were only part of a Giant machine which rumbled inevitably to the highest laurel professional football offers. Jim Lee Howell and Jimmy Poole contributed an afternoon of flawless end play to the winners' cause. The outstanding man on the field was Earl (Bud) Svendsen, permitted to play by the Giants in a magnificent gesture of sportsmanship, and who must have made his rivals regret that decision many a time during the day. Around him battled a Packer team which was at times great, at times unable to cope adequately with a tremendously fired foe and heart-breaking events of the game.
BACK ONTO HEELS
The Giants set themselves up as potential victors in the very first minutes of the game, when they drove the Packers back onto their heels with a savage demonstration of blocking, tackling and charging unexcelled in National league warfare this season. They kept the invaders bottled up throughout the first period, didn't permit them a single first down, and set up that 9 to 0 margin which placed the Packers in a highly competitive position. The Packers fought back spasmodically for their two scores in the second period, but it was in the last half that Green Bay hit its true stride, matching the Giants blow for blow, gain for gain, and appearing the superior of their mighty rivals upon offense. The Packer line was parted on two occasions in the first period, when bitterly fighting Giants broke through to block Green Bay punts, and to point directly for the opening New York scores. After Cuff downed a Giant kick on the Packer 12-yard line, and Hinkle attempted a return punt from his own end zone, Howell wormed through to block the boot, the ball twisting high into the air and falling into the arms of New York's Leland Shaffer on the Packer 7-yard stripe.
STAVE OFF TOUCHDOWN
Green Bay arched its back for a great defensive display, granting Soar and Bull Karcis but one yard in two plays, and forcing Danowski to turn loose an incomplete forward pass. So Cuff stepped back to the 14-yard line and whipped over a field goal to give the Giants a 3-point lead. The next time the Packers tried to punt, the same series of events reoccurred, with Isbell's kick being blocked by Poole, Howell recovering for New York on the Green Bay 28-yard line. The Giants, appreciative of the break, slammed the ball right over. A Danowski to Leemans forward pass gained five yards, and Leemans smashed through for 17 yards on two plays, bringing the ball to the 6-yard stripe. On the next play he battered through the disorganized Packer defense for a touchdown, and when John Gildea missed the extra point kick, the score was 9 to 0.
RUN UP SCORE
It began to look like a New York field day, and it continued to do so until the midway point in the second period, when Green Bay suddenly swung the tide of battle into reverse. Tiny Engebretsen started it by getting under a Leemans forward pass which Hank Bruder batted into the air. Three plays, including a 12-yarder by Eddie Jankowski, moved the oval to the New York 40-yard line, and the Packers executed the most spectacular play of the game. Herber, perfectly protected, waded back and blasted loose a siege gun forward pass, right down the alley to the 3-yard line, where Carl Mulleneaux, one step ahead of Leemans, Gildea and Burnett, absorbed the ball and loped across the line. Engebretsen kicked the goal and the lead was cut to 9-7. It was the Giants' turn to score, and they marched 50 yards for the marker after Mel Hein recovered Jankowski's fumble in midfield. Running plays and a pass by Leemans ate up the territory to the Green Bay 21-yard line, and Danowski lofted a pass to Barnard, who caught the ball as he stepped past Uram on the 2-yard line, and breezed over the goal line. Cuff kicked the extra point and the Giants were out in front by 16 to 7. The Packers forced their opponents to recoil with a slashing counterattack after receiving the next kickoff. After some indefinite maneuvering, with the ball on the Green Bay 17-yard line, Isbell exploded an over-the-line pass which Wayland Becker speared on the dead run, traveling laterally on the Packer 35. Packer blockers carved a path for the receiver and he got loose on a jaunt down the sidelines that didn't end until Soar dragged him down on the New York 17-yard stripe, a gain of 66 yards. Isbell ripped through for eight yards on the next play, and then Hinkle was handed the apple five consecutive times, finally banging over left tackle for the touchdown from the one-yard stripe. Engebretsen kicked goal, and at half time the New York Giants lead stood at 16 to 14.
BOOTS FIELD GOAL
Prayers for a Green Bay field goal must have been rising over Wisconsin at this time in carload lots, and it was Engebretsen who obliged in the crisis, sending the Packers into the lead with a perfectly kicked field goal early in the third period. The Giants kicked off, and the Packers scored without losing the ball, looking every inch a championship football team in the process. Joe Laws hauled back the opening boot 29 yards to the Packer 32, Laws and Hinkle gained six yards in two plays, and then Bobby Monnett broke suddenly around right end on a 33-yard gallop which didn't end until he reached the Giant 29-yard stripe. Hinkle shouldered through left tackle for five yards, and Monnett was stopped. Laws gently moved the apple out in front of the posts with a carefully executed punch off left end, and from the 14-yard line Engebretsen rapped over a kick that hurtled the Packers into a 17 to 16 lead, and caused relapses all through the crowd.
TEAM OF DESTINY
But it was New York, and not Green Bay, which was football's team of destiny that day, and the Giants marched 61 yards for a touchdown to wrench the short-lived lead from the Packers. Mixing the plays beautifully, tossing short passes, skirting the ends, slicing the tackles, the Giant machine rumbled toward the Packer goal until the ball rested on the Green Bay 23-yard line. Then Danowski, who completed seven passes out of 11 he attempted during the day, turned loose his masterpiece, a flip to Soar which that fighter took near the goal line and hauled across despite the handicap of a Hinkle tackle. Desperation marked the Packers' vain attempt to attain the touchdown and extra point which would have wiped out the New York margin. The battle wave washed up and down the gridiron through the last period, but every Green Bay scoring attempt was frustrated by the supremely effective defense of the Giants. As the afternoon light faded, Polo Grounds lights were turned on, but the vitally needed touchdown pass of the Packers was never completed.
GREEN BAY - 0 14 3 0 - 17
NEW YORK - 9 7 7 0 - 23
1st - NY - Ward Cuff, 14-yard field goal NEW YORK 3-0
1st - NY - Tuffy Leemans, 6-yard run (John Gildea Kick failed) NEW YORK 9-0
2nd - GB - Mulleneaux, 50-yard pass from Herber (Engebretsen kick) NEW YORK 9-7
2nd - NY - Hap Barnard, 20-yard pass from Ed Danowski (Cuff kick) NEW YORK 16-7
2nd - GB - Hinkle, 6-yard run (Engebretsen kick) NEW YORK 16-14
3rd - GB - Engebretsen, 15-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-16
3rd- NY - Hank Soar, 23-yard pass from Danowski (Cuff kick) NEW YORK 23-17