DEC 2 (Green Bay) - In thinking over the Packers' game at Cleveland yesterday, you may get the impression that the contest summarized rather well Green Bay's entire season. It started out with a flash, relapsed before stern competition in the middle and then closed on a high note, to end just short of victory. As things worked out, no championship rested upon the outcome of the game - although wasn't George Haslas fuming during that fourth period in Chicago! - but if the Bears had lost, there would have been a lot of publicity regarding the handling of yesterday's battle. The Packers, to a man, were awfully mad at a series of incidents which checked their scoring campaign, and they talked about it almost all the way home by plane and train. For instance, there was that supreme gesture of ill sportsmanship, in the third period, when with the county 13 to 3 against them, the Packers were knocking at the Cleveland gate. They had the ball on the 9-yard line, with Harold Van Every contributing a grand job of sparking the so-called reserve eleven. They had marched most of the way down the field and it seemed apparent they would score. This advance brought them close to the bleachers at the south end of the gridiron, and as the Packers attempted to call signals, a roar went up as the general admission fans heckled the visitors. The Packers couldn't hear the signals, and appealed to referee David Reese to quiet the throng. He tried to do so, but when Captain Ted Livingston of the Rams stepped across the scrimmage line to protest, Reese suddenly became officious and penalized the Packers five yards for something they couldn't help. Near the end of the game, when Cecil Isbell made his sensational 40-yard run for an apparent touchdown, Reese decided that backs were in motion on the play - although it was a forward pass play and the Packer backs were standing stiff to ward off the tacklers. That angle wasn't at all important, but of more consequence was the fact that Reese didn't decide the backs were in motion and toot his tin whistle until Isbell was almost across the goal line. Then take the final scoring attempt of the Packers, when Clarke Hinkle tried to kick a field goal from the 33-yard line. Charley Brock was in at center for the Bays. As signals were being barked by Isbell, the Cleveland right guard stepped offside, putting his hand on Brock's back to steady himself. Brock, who thinks fast in a crisis, immediately snapped the ball, figuring to benefit by a penalty on the Rams and thus get a kicking chance from five yards closer to the sticks. The hurried pass was a bit high, but Isbell slapped it to the ground and Hinkle met it squarely, the ball carrying a bit to the right of the posts. Headlinesman J.J. Ritter didn't call the offside, which was as obvious as nearby Lake Erie, and the Rams took the ball on downs. They had time for just one more play. We haven't bellyaches about officiating all year, so perhaps it's as well to let it go on the final game. It was a thriller, anyway...It probably was fitting that the Packers' two best scorers should get all the points in the last game of the season. Hinkle, who kicked his 21st and 22nd field goals for Green Bay, boosted his all-time Packer scoring record to 322 points, and for the first time in many moon Verne Lewellen's name doesn't rest at the peak of the point roster. Don Hutson almost crowded past the former halfback star, too. His seven points yesterday, attained on his 46th touchdown and 21st extra point, enabled him to finish with a grand total of 297 points, only four less than Lewellen, which means that Don certainly will forge into second place early next fall.
DEC 2 (New York) - The Eastern division, with seven players, dominates the annual United Press All-Professional team announced today. The Washington Redskins, champions of the Eastern division, led the field with three men on the first team. The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants placed two each. From the west the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Rams placed one each. The lineman of the year was a westerner - Danny Fortmann, the Chicago Bears' slashing 210-pound guard. The back of the year was an easterner - Slingin' Sammy Baugh, the Washington Redskins' passing fool. These two men played major roles in leading their teams to 
the title in their respective divisions...HAM WITHOUT
EGGS: The Redskins without Baugh would be like ham
without eggs and it's doubtful if the Redskins would be
getting ready to play the Bears for the professional
championship if it hadn't been for Baugh. He broke all
the passing record in the book and in addition was the
league's foremost punter, averaging 50 yards from the
line of scrimmage on his kicks. Fortmann played a less
spectacular role in the Bears' success but he was the
heart and soul of the relentless Chicago ground attack
which rolled up a vast amount of yardage overland. Fast
and nimble despite his weight, Fortmann was the
spearhead of the Bears' blockers. On defense he was a
demon and the Bears were a much easier team to gain
against when he was on the bench...PARKER, WHITE
HONORED: With Baugh in the backfield are Ace
Parker, Brooklyn's dynamic field general, Whizzer
White, the Detroit Lions' hard running and all-around
star, and Johnny Drake, Cleveland Rams' blasting 
fullback who averaged close to four yards a clip every 
time he carried the ball. Despite the fact that he started
the season wearing an aluminum brace to protect a
broken foot, Parker had his greatest season in the pro
league. His brilliant play gave the Dodgers their highest
standing in history and their first victory over the Giants
in 10 years. Although Parker isn't as deadly a passer
as Baugh, he is better at long distance throws. And
there's no one in the league more adroit at turning a 
pass into a run. White led the league in ground gained
with 514 yards in 146 attempts for an average of 3.5
yards. He scored 32 points, averaged 41 yards on his
kicks and played great on defense. Drake was one of 
the league's three leading ground gainers and a
powerful blocked and line backer-up...HEIN BEST
CENTER: Mel Hein, the Giants' 31-year old veteran, 
was again the league's best center, an honor he's held
almost continuously for 10 years. Hein was a sure
tackler and one of the best pass defenders, a highly
valuable trait in the pro circuit where it's not unusual for a team to throw 30 passes a game. Steve Slivinski, Washington Redskins' hard charging lineman, was named as running mate with Fortmann at guard. The two tackles are Jim Barber, the Redskins' 230 pounder, and Bruiser Kinard, Brooklyn's outstanding lineman. Jim Poole, New York Giants, and Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers, were picked at ends. Poole is easily the league's best defensive wingman and also is a good pass catcher. Hutson, although he's weak on defense and plays in the Green Bay secondary when the Packers are on the defense, has no peer as a pass catcher.
Green Bay Packers (6-4-1) 13, Cleveland Rams (4-6-1) 13 (Tie)
Sunday December 1st 1940 (at Cleveland)
(CLEVELAND) - The Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Rams rang down their NFL schedules for 1940 with a 13 to 13 deadlock in an icy game at Cleveland stadium Sunday afternoon. It was a weird affair, played before 16,245, with the Packers taking an early lead, relinquishing it before the strong-armed pegging of Parker Hall, and rallying for 10 points in the final period to tie the score. On the last play but one of the afternoon, Clarke Hinkle, who previously had kicked two field goals, narrowly missed a third, which would have given victory to the Packers. The Packers were the better team, statistically, but they didn't always look it, particularly in the late second and early third periods, when the first line eleven played some of its worst football in recent years. When the Rams scored their second touchdown, Coach Curly Lambeau took out his team and sent in the shock troops, who, sparked by Harold Van Every, launched an explosive rally to hurl the Rams back against their own goal line. Then, as the last period started, the regulars came back in and tore the Clevelanders apart to score the 10 needed points for a tie. The Packers took the field shorthanded in two departments. Bob Adkins, blocking quarterback, experienced a violent reaction from a serum injection given after he acquired a cleat wound a week ago, and was sick all weekend. Carl Mulleneaux, right end, reported to Lambeau that he believed himself suffering from a hernia, and sat out the game on the bench. These casualties resulted in Ray Riddick, iron man right flanker from Fordham, becoming the first 60-minute man in the Packers' recent history, while Larry Craig played almost the entire game at quarterback, as did Don Hutson at left end. Van Every was terrific in the backfield, sparking the third period drive, switching to right half when Lou Brock was injured in the fourth quarter, throwing the Packers' lone touchdown pass to Hutson, intercepting a pass, recovering the fumble, returning punts and holding the Packers' best ground gaining average. Clarke Hinkle, finishing his ninth season with Green Bay, was no less effective. His line charges were potent, his defensive game as sound as always and his two field goals meant the difference between the tie and defeat. Most of the others played consistently good football, except when the Rams were taking the Packers apart piece by piece at the end of the second half, and again in the third period. Hutson, in addition to scoring the Green Bay touchdown, kicked the subsequent extra point, enabling him to finish the season as individual scoring leader of the league. He was tied with Johnny Drake - a Ram who performed brilliantly yesterday - and outscored Drake by one point yesterday. Hutson's 1940 total is 57 points. The Packers scored their first field goal only eight plays after the opening kickoff. They moved in on some fancy ball toting by Cecil Isbell, who got off on an 18-yard gallop, a couple of pokes by Lou Brock and an Isbell to Hutson forward pass for nine yards, all of which ended when Hinkle kicked his goal from the 45-yard line.
Thus in possession of a 3-0 lead, the Packers settle down to a series of punt exchanges, with the Rams getting a march underway late in the first period. Hutson halted it by intercepting Marty Slovak's forward pass, but the Rams intercepted right back, Ollie Cordill picking off Isbell's toss on the Green Bay 39-yard line just as the period ended. Here was a scoring chance for Cleveland, but it fizzled and Hall punted over the goal line. There was a spasmodic kick in the middle of the period, when Larry Craig fumbled after receiving a pass and the Rams recovered, only to lose the ball on the next play as Arnie Herber intercepted a Hall aerial. A holding penalty set the Rams back on their own 11-yard stripe, and the next time the Packers got the ball Hinkle and Andy Uram lugged it in. The drive reached the Cleveland 23-yard line, where the Rams braced and took the ball on downs. They immediately went 77 yards to score without losing possession, a combination of Hall's deadly tossing and weak Green Bay pass defense turning the trick. Hall completed three passes in a row for two first downs, plugged the line once and then threw two more first down tosses consecutively. This brought the Rams to the Green Bay 22-yard line, and Hall added five more with a sprint around end on a play which started as a forward pass. Hall fired a bullet to Vic Spadaccini, who leaped into the air and hauled down the ball on the 5-yard line. Hall threw two more passes, both of them incomplete over the goal line, and then Drake rolled between right guard and tackle with the power of an army tank to cross the line. Spadaccini kicked the goal, and the Packers had lost their lead for good. The Packers looked equally bad in the early stage of the last half. They had a promising start when the toiling Riddick flopped on a loose ball on the Cleveland 36-yard stripe, but the Rams grabbed it back on the downs on their own 29 and then scored in five plays. Ends and backs ran wild all over the place to pull in Hall's tosses past the bewildered Packer secondary, and finally, with the ball on the Green Bay 7-yard line, Cordill made a sensational catch on the dead run while crossing a corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Spadaccini missed the extra point, and that slip cost the Rams the ball game. Practically a new Packer team entered the game, and with Van Every calling the signals, running and throwing passes, it moved right down the field. A 26-yard gain on a Van Every to Riddick forward pass was a big help and finally, with the ball on the Ram 28-yard line, Van Every slipped through an opening on a forward pass play and scooted 19 yards through the defenders to the 9-yard line. Here the Packers had a miserable break, for the crowd's noise prevented them from hearing the signals, and when they protested to the referee, all they got was a 5-yard penalty for their trouble. Van Every hit Harry Jacunski with a pass over the goal line, but Dante Magnini reached up and deflected it. Andy Uram filtered back through to the 7-yard line, and added one yards on the next play, but a fourth down pass was incomplete and the Rams took the ball. Once again the Packer reserves wrested the ball from their opponents and moved in, Van Every's 21-yard forward pass to Uram bringing the pill to the Cleveland 19 as the period ended. Back into the game piled the first team, but a pass and two line plays gained only four yards, and on last down the Packer line broke like paper, permitted charging Rams through to spill Isbell for an 8-yard loss on a pass attempt. This was the last time  of the day that the Packers looked sour, for after Van Every, now playing right half, sped back to nab Hall's quick kick and returned it to the Green Bay 49, the invaders moved in to score. Smashing line drives by Hinkle, a Van Every to Hutson forward pass for five yards, a short plug by Isbell and a 16-yard charge through the center of the line by Hinkle set the ball 10 yards from the Rams' goal. Two line plays netted a 2-yard loss, and then Van Every smoked a pass to Hutson, who was tackled over the goal line by Drake, and dragged back onto the playing field, but not until the touchdown was ruled O.K. Hutson kicked the important extra point, and the score was 13 to 10, Cleveland's favor. The Packers got the ball right back again, because Baby Ray cuffed down Cordill as he returned Hinkle's kickoff, and Van Every flopped on the ball on the Cleveland 24-yard line. Isbell, Hinkle and Isbell again made it first down on the 10-yard line, and two more line pokes by the same pair brought the ball to the 6-yard stripe. On third down the Packer line broke again, and Van Every was thrown for a 12-yard loss trying to pass. The Packers decided to play safe, and from the 26-yard line Hinkle placekicked the field goal which tied the score at 13-all.
The Rams took the next kickoff and were stopped by a hard fighting Packer defense, but Green Bay lost ground when Isbell permitted Hall's high punt to fall in back of him, rolling down to the Bay 9-yard line. The Packers worked right out, Jankowski lunging through twice for a first down, but Hinkle was forced to punt. As the Rams tried to get out of their own territory, Charley Brock, the old pass interceptor, picked one of Hall's pegs out of the icy atmosphere and scooted back to the Ram 40-yard stripe, setting up the final Green Bay scoring chance. The brutal part of the climax was a 40-yard touchdown run by Isbell, the most spectacular play of the day, during which he shook off tackler after tackler and rode across the goal line with Hall on his back. About the time Isbell crossed the 10-yard line Referee Dave Reese decided the Packer backs had been in motion and started tooting his whistle frantically. Cecil was called back and the furious Packers tagged with a 5-yard penalty.
​Even then, the Packers nearly won. One play from the end of the game they tried for a 33-yard field goal, and when the Ram right guard stepped offside Charley Brock shot the ball back to Isbell, the holder. Brock figured the Packers would benefit by the 5-yard penalty for offside, but Hinkle kicked anyway, on the assumption that if the goal was good, Green Bay would decline the penalty. But the offside wasn't called, and when the ball carried to the right of the sticks, the Packers' last chance to win evaporated.
GREEN BAY -  3  0  0 10 - 13
CLEVELAND -  0  7  6  0 - 13
1st - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - CLE - Johnny Drake, 5-yard run (Vic Spadaccini kick) CLEVELAND 7-3
3rd - CLE - Ollie Cordill, 6-yard pass from Parker Hall (Kick failed) CLEVE 13-3
4th - GB - Don Hutson, 11-yard pass from Hal Van Every (Hutson kick) CLEVELAND 13-10
4th - GB - Hinkle, 26-yard field goal TIED 13-13