The Green Bay team ended up ninth in the circuit, which included 20 teams in all. 22 teams performed under the National league colors in 1926. In the order of finish, they included Frankford (Philadelphia), the Chicago Bears, Pottsville, Kansas City, Green Bay, Los Angeles, New York, Duluth, Chicago Cardinals, Providence, Detroit, Hartford, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Dayton, Akron, Racine, Columbus, Canton, Louisville, Buffalo and Hammond. The 1926 season saw the Packers splitting a two-game series with the Cardinals, 13 to 7 for the Chicago team in the first encounter, and 3 to 0 for the Green Bay club in the second...LAMBEAU IS STAR IN 1927 SEASON: In 1927, when the league was pared down to 12 games, the Packers found themselves in second place behind the New York club. They won the first game with the Cardinals, 13 to 0, but had to be content with a 6 to 6 score in the other encounter. Captain Lambeau was the star in the second game with the Cardinals in 1927. He played fullback for the first time that season. The Cardinals scored in the second period when McDonnell passed to Weller, who ran 10 yards for a touchdown. Swanson's kick for the extra tally was wide, fortunately. Several Packer threats fizzled. Late in the final quarter Verne Lewellen passed to Claude Perry to advance the ball from the 40-yard line to the 15. Eddie Kotal then took Red Dunn's toss down to the one-yard line, and Lewellen plunged over, much to the disappointment of a highly partisan Chicago crowd. Springsteen was knocked out in blocking Dunn's try for the extra point. Green Bay ran into all kinds of trouble in 1928, and wound up in fifth place with six victories, four defeats and three tied games. Their greatest triumph was a 20 to 0 rout of the Cardinals, however...FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP COMES IN 1929: The Packers' first championship came in 1929, when they roared through the opposition with 12 victories and only one tie - a scoreless battle with the Frankford club. Impressive as that 1929 championship was, the Cardinals came close to knocking them off their perch. The Packers won with difficulty in the first game of that season's series, 9 to 2, and had even more trouble coming out ahead by 7 to 6 in the second. In the final game with the Cards that year, the Packers won by 12 to 0. Six thousand fans were at City stadium Oct. 6. The Packers had trounced the Chicago Bears by 23 to 0 the previous Sunday, but too much fumbling made it tough going against the Cardinals. A safety gave the Cardinals two points in the first quarter, and the score remained at 2-0 until late in the third quarter, when Red Dunn kicked a field goal. Late in the game Lewellen went over for a touchdown. Dunn's placekick for the extra point was the margin in the 7 to 6 victory by the Packers in Chicago Oct. 27, 1929. The Cards were the underdogs, and the Packers were still undefeated after six games. Eddie Kotal performed a great service for Green Bay that day. In the second quarter a pass hit Cardinal Rooney in the chest, bounded off and landed in Kotal's arms. Eddie downed the ball on the 19-yard line, and then picked up three yards from scrimmage. Bo Molenda shortened the distance four more yards to set up the final play. Lewellen dropped back to the 20-yard line in punt formation, but went around end instead. He had excellent blocking on the play, and after changing his pace and shifting to the left, he crossed the goal line. Red Dunn kicked, and the score was 7 to 0. Late in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals scored, and all but tied the game. With the ball on the 28-yard line, Ernie Nevers heaved a long pass to McDonald in the end zone for a touchdown. What saved the game for the Packers was Nevers muffing the kick for the extra tally. After winning nine games in a row in 1929, the Packers appeared before the Cardinals in Chicago Nov. 17 with a record of 12,000 fans present. Nevers was bottled up so badly he could do nothing, and Lavvie Dilweg crossed the stripe for two touchdowns, one in the first and the other in the last quarter, for a 12 to 0 victory...CARDS STOP VICTORY STRING AT 22: The 1929 championship flag was raised in Green Bay Sept. 22, 1930, with 8,000 fans in the stands and the Cardinals for opponents. That was one time when the Cardinals did not cause much trouble. Lewellen and Dilweg scored touchdowns while Dunn and Molenda kicked extra points for a 14 to 0 victory. In Chicago Nov. 16, however, the Cardinals were the winners by 13 to 6. Nevers was the star for the Chicago team, and was largely instrumental in stopping the Green Bay victory string of 22 in a row. The former Standford flash, playing fullback, passed for one touchdown and scored another, and also kicked for the conversion. In the second period Nevers passed to Kasset to start a Cardinal march from midfield. After a series of ball carrying feats by Beldon, Rose and Nevers the ball was on the seven-yard line. Then a flat pass by Nevers to Beldon brought a touchdown. Green Bay tied up the score in the third. Dunn sprinted from the 18-yard line to the four, and Hurdis McCrary went over. The kick for the extra point went bad, leaving the score tied at 6-all. Nevers and Rose, the right halfback, led the way for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Down on the eight-yard line after a sustained drive, Nevers carried the ball three times to cross the goal. He also kicked the added point. It was defeat for the Packers, that memorable day in 1930, but they retained their first place position when the Bears trimmed the New York Giants in a gigantic upset. The Packers finally won the championship, but only four percentage points ahead of the Giants...CARDS CAUSE TROUBLE IN 1931: The 1931 campaign, when the Packers won their third title in three years, was another narrow squeak. Three defeats instead of two would have left them tied with Portsmouth. The Cardinals lost their first game with the Packers that year, 26 to 7, but came back by 21 to 13 in their second encounter. Johnny Blood scored two touchdowns in the game at Green Bay Oct. 11 in the 1931 season. Dunn kicked two points after touchdown. The Packers did all their scoring in the last half, while Rogge made a touchdown and Nevers an extra point for the Cardinals in the first period. In Chicago Nov. 15 the tables were turned to the extent of 21 to 13 for the Cardinals. Nevers and Rose - especially Nevers - were great in the Cardinal backfield. In the first quarter Nevers passed over the center of the line to Creighton, who ran from the 15-yard line for a touchdown and eluding Paul Fitzgibbons and Johnny Blood on the way. Nevers also converted. In the second quarter Stahlman blocked Nevers' try for a quick kick. Tom Nash did the honors a minute or so later by running from the 15-yard line for a Packer touchdown. The Cardinals increased their lead in the third quarter when Al Rose smashed over left tackle for a touchdown and Nevers converted, making the score 14 to 6. Nevers pitched 16 yards to Kassel in the fourth quarter and Nevers kicked the extra point, leaving the count 21 to 6. Late in the fourth quarter Hank Bruder smashed through for a Green Bay touchdown. Dunn kicked for the extra point, but the game ended 21 to 13 in favor of the storming Cards...FINISH SECOND - BUT BEAT CARDS TWICE: In 1932 the Packers wound up in second place in the league, but they beat the Cardinals twice, 15 to 7 and 19 to 9. Arnold Herber's passing was beginning to make itself felt that season. A pass from Herber to Brude gave the Packers their first touchdown in the third quarter of the game played Sept. 19, 1932, in Green Bay. They had made two points on a safety in the opening period. The Cardinals were as stubborn as ever, but another break came up later in the third quarter. Stennett went back to punt for the Cards, but was rushed and he fumbled, the ball rolling over the goal line where Mike Michalske fell on it for a touchdown. Harry O'Boyle converted for the added tally. A pass from Rose to Stennett set up the Cardinals' touchdown in that game. The play brought them down to the one-yard line, and Hill went over to score. Hill also kicked for the conversion. Johnny Blood ran wild Nov. 6 in Chicago. The vagabond halfback scored two touchdowns, and Clarke Hinkle went over for another. The seasons of 1933 and 1934 were lean years for the Packers. In 1933, Green Bay bested the Cardinals by 14 to 6 in their only game, and in 1934 they broke even, 15 to 0 for the Packers in the first game, and 6 to 0 for the Cardinals in the second...BARELY MISS CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1935: Then came 1935, the year the Packers failed to win their fourth National league championship all because of the Cardinals. In the league opener in Green Bay Sept. 15, Bobby Monnett, one of the Packer stars, missed the kick for the extra point to leave the Packers on the short end of 7 to 6. Swede Johnson had scored the touchdown. Meeting the Cardinals at Milwaukee Oct. 13, the Packers were superior from about every angle but scoring. Paul Pardonner's 12-yard field goal gave the Chicago team a 3 to 0 victory. The Packers had their third chance to beat the Cardinals and cinch the pennant in Chicago Nov. 28. Bobby Monnett ran 60 yards through the Cardinal team for a touchdown, and Ernie Smith kicked the extra point. With 55 seconds to play the Packers were behind by 9 to 7. Tar Schwammel kicked a field goal attempt, but in a close decision the boot was ruled against the Packers...TIE GAME WITH CARDS: Green Bay's fourth league championship was won in 1936. Twice the Packers defeated the Cardinals, 10 to 7 and 24 to 0, but the third game was a scoreless tie. The Packers opened their 1936 campaign Sept. 13 by defeating the Cardinals in a bitter, rough game, crippling several of the visitors as they won the 10 to 7 contest. The Cardinals led at the half, but in the third period George Sauer scored a touchdown and Schwammel kicked the extra point. In the final quarter Ernie Smith made good on a field goal try. At Milwaukee Oct. 11, the Packers trounced the Cardinals by 24 to 0. Swede Johnston, Clarke Hinkle and Joe Laws scored touchdowns; Ernie Smith kicked two extra points, and Schwammel got one. Tiny Engebretsen also booted a field goal. Engebrtsen of the Packers and Bill Smith of the Cardinals missed field goal tries in the game at Chicago Dec. 6, and the finish came without a score for either side...SPLIT SERIES IN 1937: The Packers were impressive in 1937, but a brilliant winning streak was cut short at seven straight, and the team wound up in third place in the division. In the series with the Cardinals, the Packers lost the first game, 14 to 7, but won out in the other, 34 to 13. Listless after losing to the College All-Stars, 6-0, the Packers opened their league season at Green Bay Sept. 12 by bowing to the Cards, 14 to 7. Hinkle scored a touchdown and an extra point was made by Ernie Smith for the Packers, but the Cardinals had George Grosvenor and Bill Smith going over, and Smith also kicked for two points. At Milwaukee Oct. 10, the Cardinals were taken by 34 to 13, before 17,187 fans. Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski and Bernard Scheer made the Packer touchdowns, Ernie Smith kicked three extra points and Engebretsen got one, while Hinkle and Engebretsen also booted field goals. A touchdown by Gaynell Tinsley and one by Pat Coffee, along with an extra point by May, constituted the Cardinals' scoring. Another Green Bay championship was all but won in 1938, and the drive was helped by two wins over the Cardinals, 28 to 7 and 24 to 22. The Packers wound up ahead in the Western division, but they were trimmed, 23 to 17, by the New York Giants in the playoff...WIN FIFTH LEAGUE CROWN IN 1939: Green Bay won its fifth championship in 1939, the playoff game with the Giants in Milwaukee resulting in a 27 to 0 victory. That year the Packers again beat the Cardinals twice, but they were by narrow margins. The 1939 season opened here Sept. 17, when the Packers put down a Cardinal uprising to win by 14 to 10. Carl Mulleneaux and Jankowski scored touchdowns, and Engebretsen kicked two extra points for Green Bay. In Milwaukee Oct. 8, before a crowd of 18,965, the Packers triumphed over the Cardinals by 27 to 20. At the end of the third period the Packers were ahead by 21 to 0, but the Cardinals were not quitting this time either. Don Hutson scored two touchdowns in that game, Andy Uram got one on a 95-yard run, and Hinkle went over for another. Last season, when the Packers finished in second place behind the Bears in the Western division, the Packers whipped the Cardinals twice, 31 to 5 and 28 to 7. It was not easy in their initial game this year, played Oct. 5 in Milwaukee. Don Hutson's extra point kick was the margin in the 14 to 13 victory. Sunday they meet again. It will look much better for Green Bay's championship hopes if the Packers win by an impressive margin, but the odds are against it.