DEC 13 (Chicago) - Two mighty football teams - the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears - will clash in bitter combat on the frozen turf of Wrigley field here at 1:15 Sunday afternoon to determine the supremacy of the Western division in the NFL. If the Packers win, they will meet the New York Giants, Eastern division winners, in a championship battle at Green Bay a week later, Dec. 21. Should the Bears triumph, the titular match will be in Chicago. The two well-matched teams drove neck and neck through the 11-game season to finish in a tie for the title, necessitating Sunday's playoff. Each lost but one game in the regular season - the Bears beat the Packers in Green Bay and the Packers beat the Bears in Chicago. Every available sitting or standing location in Wrigley field has been sold, and thousands of of other fans were turned away disappointed. The crowd will total approximately 46,000. The Packers arrived late this afternoon, having left Green Bay on the 1 o'clock North Western train. They will return on the North Western Sunday evening which will have them back home at 11 o'clock. Chicago betting commissioners listed the Bears as 11-5 favorites, but Lambeau protested that the teams were "neck and neck" on the basis of previous meetings. The Packers will have three veteran stars, Don Hutson, Clarke Hinkle and Cecil Isbell, to try for yardage through the air or on the ground in an effort to overcome the Bears' lauded T-formation. Sid Luckman, pivot man for the Bears, will compete with the Packer trio for individual attention...TWO WEEKS' LAYOVER: The Packers have had two weeks to get set for the game. Their last encounter was in Washington, when they staged a spectacular 22 to 17 triumph. The Bears ended their regular season in Comiskey park Sunday, beating the Cardinals by 34 to 24 but being forced to make a brilliant comeback in order to do so. The week before that the Bears had to overcome a 14-point deficit in Philadelphia. In the event of a tie at the end of the regular playing time, the league's "sudden death" rule will be put into operation. Under the rule there will be a three-minute intermission before a second "game" gets underway. During the intermission, the coin will be tossed as at the start of the regulation contest, but each succeeding 15-minute period, if necessary, will start where the preceding quarter ended. Play 
Green Bay Packers (10-1) 22, Washington Redskins (5-5) 17
Sunday November 30th 1941 (at Washington)
(WASHINGTON) - Battered and seemingly quite thoroughly drubbed at the end of the first half, your representatives, the Packers, got up off the floor and handed the Washington Redskins a 22 to 17 knockout here in Griffith Stadium Sunday afternoon. By winning, the Packers made sure of at least a tie with the Chicago Bears for the Western division title in the NFL. If the Bears beat the Chicago Cardinals next Sunday, a playoff will follow for the divisional title. During the course of the matinee there was all the drama you'd expect from a Barrymore, add the 35,594 customers in their pews were babbling in hysteria when the final gun sounded. Press box habitues here wagged their heads mournfully at the trouncing of the Redskins, but all were in agreement that it was one of the most slam-bang, not-a-quarter-given games of the fall pastime they had ever seen. Don Hutson, old Mr. Arthur Murray on the chalk-marked field, set himself up a pair of records at the party. By scoring the first 20 points for Green Bay he ran his season's total to 95, eclipsing the old mark for one year which Jack Manders set some semesters back. Manders' total was 79. Don also went Andy Farkas of the home forces one better in the matter of total touchdowns for a given year. In 1939, Anvil Andy crossed the last line 11 times, but Don's new record is now 12. Hutson, in fact, scored all his team's points except for a safety which was donated by Ray Hare, Washington back. But, let's get down to some brass tacks about the old ball game. The Redskins, hired hands in the employ of that well known laundryman, Mister G. Preston Marshall, took possession of the apple three times early in the game and on each occasion garnered themselves some points. Meanwhile, the boys from Wisconsin had not looked like a pro football club, and at intermission trailed by 17 large points. But in the second half the game which started out to be as one-sided as the face of your wristwatch, suddenly took a turn. It was then the Packers, dogged and tired, fought back to overcome the seemingly insurmountable lead of the Skins. To the astonishment of those present, the Wisconsin boys laid about them in great fashion, and narrowed the gap, first by 11 points, then by four and finally went ahead to stay. If the Packers ever proved themselves champions they did that warm Sunday afternoon, because you've got to get up and come back when the other guy is way out in front to prove your right to top billing. And that was the task the Packers accomplished. The Redskins took the opening kickoff and in 14 plays had a touchdown when Frank Filchock, a workhorse in the entire drive, lowered his head and ran over the last 10 yards. The next time Washington took the ball they marched from their 22 to the Packers' 20, where Bob Masterson booted a 28-yard field goal. And finally, Sammy Baugh, who hadn't figured in the first 10 points at all, lobbed an aerial to Bob Seymour for 41 yards and the second Redskin touchdown. When Sammy added the extra point it appeared as though the Redskins were about to blast their visitors out of the park. That was the picture then, at the half. They were a discouraged bunch of Packers who just couldn't seem to click, who had watched the Redskins run around and over them, and who seemed about to drop their second game of the season and thus miss their chance for a playoff for the Western division title with the Bears.
And it didn't look any better when the third quarter began, because the Redskins received and roared right down the field to the Packers' 28. There Filchock played butterfingers with the egg, and the Packers recovered. Somebody, it seemed, had breathed a bit of brimstone into their attack, and with Cecil Isbell on the pitching end the Bays waltzed right down to the eight-yard line. At that point the former Purdue star lobbed one to Hutson in the far corner and Don grabbed it just before dashing out of bounds. The score gave him the point leadership for a single season, the title that was once in possession of Manders. Hutson missed the extra point, however, and the Packers still needed 11 units to catch up. Production on those 11 points was soon underway when George Svendsen made himself as popular with the crowd as Henry Morgenthau's recent 15 percent wage tax proposal. George gathered in a Redskin pass near midfield and, although off balanced for the moment, lumbered into the clear as Packers appeared from all over the field to form a convoy.
As he steamed along on his 42-yard gallop, it seemed as though he would make a touchdown, but Bob Titchenal, Washington center, caught him from behind on the three. Clarke Hinkle butted a yard in two attempts, and then Isbell and Hutson duplicated their first scoring pass. This time Hutson added the extra point to cut the home boys' margin to four points. That really was the turning point of the ball game. Just before the final period stated Andy Uram made a 12-yard return of a Sammy Baugh punt to the Packers' 32. An Isbell dash into the line and his passes to Herman Rohrig and Hutson put the ball on the Washington 40. Cecil faded nicely then and lobbed one to his special friend, Don, who took it about 10 yards out, was hit, staggered, but resumed even keel and pranced over while the Washington folks claimed they didn't believe it. When Don added the extra point it gave him all 20 of the Packers' points up to that time. Almost immediately the Packers scored again on a peculiar play. Ray Hare took the following kickoff in the end zone, juggled it, and then ran out about three yards. Blue and gold jerseys surrounded him, and he deemed it wise to get away from there. Turning, he ran back into his end zone and for a moment seemed to be debating about what exit to choose. That added a safety and two points to the Packer total, and the game was all but over.
But the thrills weren't. After the Packers accepted the free kick they were forced to punt, Rohrig booting out on the Washington 13. Brother Baugh wheeled into action at that juncture and the Redskins marched down to the Packer 21. On the last series of downs Baugh had three passes wrapped up and delivered as his receivers stood unguarded in the end zone, but the Packers were smiled on by fate, or some big New Dealer, because all three tosses were dropped. This pleased the loyal handful who supported the Packers but caused no end of anguish for the majority in the stands. The Packers, stalling for time, romped through for two first downs. Then with the ball exactly at midfield, fourth down, two yards to go, and about 25 seconds left, Hinkle punted out on the Washington 27. Sammy Baugh took an incomplete shot and with time for one more play drew a bead on Vic Carroll. Instead, Andy Uram came from the gloaming, snatched the ball to his wishbone, and galloped up the sidelines just inside Washington territory as the gun sounded. The Packers lost the toss and kicked off to open the game, Hinkle's boot going to Filchock, who took it on his five and ran to the Washington 34. Flichock rammed for three and plunged for two. The Redskins got a first down on a penalty of five yards against the Packers for offside. Filchock rammed the middle for five to the Packer 49. He passed to Leroy Zimmerman for a first down on the Packer 42. Filchock made three more, was trapped passing, but then tossed to Joseph Aguirre for a first down on the Packers' 22. Filchock made four and Zimmerman ran to the 14. Filchock plunged twice, and it was first down on the Packer 12. Filchock reversed to Justice for two, and then Filchock ran over his left side for a touchdown from 10 yards out. Aguirre added the extra point and the Redskins lef 7 to 0 after 14 plays from scrimmage. Lou Brock came back with the next kickoff to his 23, and Cecil Isbell promptly passed to Hutson for a first down on the Packers 44. Hinkle made two on the next play. An Isbell-Hutson toss was incomplete, as was a second try. Seymour took Hinkle's punt on his 10 and ran back to the Washington 22. Seymour made one yards on a reverse, and then Filchock plunged for seven. Seymour ran for a first down to the Washington 33. After no gain at the line, Filchock passed to Seymour for a first down on the Packers' 49. Filchock filtered through center for three, Seymour went off tackle for five, and then got a first down on the Packer 39. A pass, Filchock to Masterson, was good for a first down on the Packers' 20. Held, the Redskins attempted a field goal and Masterson's boot from the Packer 28 was true. Score: Washington 10, Packers 0. Masterson kicked off and Rohrig came back to the Packers' 39, a 29-yard gallop. Hinkle plunged to the 42 as the quarter ended. As the second quarter started, Isbell tossed to Rohrig for a first down on the Washington 40. The same combination clicked again, but lost two when Herman was chased back. Baugh intercepted an Isbell bolt intended for Hutson and raced back to his 49. Farkas butted straight through center for nine. Baugh then threw to Seymour, who took the ball behind the Packer secondary and scampered easily the rest of the way for the second Washington touchdown. Baugh added the extra point, and the score was Washington 17, Packers 0. Riddick brought the kickoff back to the Packer 33. Isbell passed to Hutson for a first down on the Washington 48. Isbell then faked a pass and ran to the Redskins' 24. An Isbell-Rohrig pass was complete, but again lost a yard. Isbell lost 10 trying to find a receiver, and Ki Aldrich then intercepted an Isbell pass on his 20 and raced to the Packer 41 before he was knocked out on what had seemed like another sure Redskin touchdown. Farkas made six, and then a pass fell incomplete. Farkas made three, and then Andy Uram recovered a Farkas fumble on the Packers 32. Uram made five, but Eddie Jankowski was held for no gain. Hal Van Every's pass was intercepted by Farkas on the Packer 49. Seymour promptly fumbled, and Lee Mulleneaux recovered on the Packer 37. Uram ran for three. Washington held and Farkas came back with a Packer punt to his 24. He made four and then plunged for a first down on the Washington 35. Baugh threw to Wayne Millner for a first down on the Washington 49. Baugh lost two, and then was chased back to his 41 attempting to pass. Sammy tossed to Robert McChesney for eight. Baugh kicked out over the Packers' goal. Van Every threw to Uram for a first down on the Packer 31. Tony Canadeo faked a pass and ran to the Washington 29 as the half ended. For a moment it seemed as if he would get away for a touchdown.
Hinkle brought Masterson's kickoff back to the Packer 18 as the second half started. He failed to gain, and an Isbell pass was knocked down. Isbell made three on a plunge. Seymour then took the Packer punt and ran back 21 yards to the Packer 49. Filchock made four on a plunge, Seymour added two, and Filchock passed to Cifers for a first down on the Packer 30. Filchock fumbled and the Packers recovered on their 28. Isbell was bottled and lost a yard, but Hinkle rammed for three. Isbell tossed to Hutson for a first down on the Packer 42. Isbell threw to Rohrig for three more but his pass to Hutson was incomplete. Cecil then lobbed one to Hutson for a first down on the Redskins 48. Hinkle ran for 10 yards and a first down on the 38. Isbell passed to Hutson who ran out on the 19. Hinkle made it first down on the 15. Isbell ran from a punt formation and advanced the leather to the eight-yard line. He then tossed to Hutson in the corner for a touchdown. Hutson missed the extra point try and the score was Washington 17, Packers 6. Hinkle kicked off to Filchock who came back to his 38, where he ran out of bounds. Filchock tossed to Masterson for a first down on the 48. Seymour made seven to the Packer 45, and then the Redskins lost five for offsides. Big George Svendsen leaped into the air to spear Filchock's pass. George came down off balance, but sidestepped a couple of tacklers and as a convoy formed, he was off in a lumbering run that took him to the Washington three-yard line, where he was nailed by Titchenal. Hinkle plunged to the two, and was held on the next plunge. Isbell and Hutson then duplicated their previous scoring effort, and this time Hutson chalked up his 13th point with the try from placement, but the Packers were still behind, 17 to 13. Willy Willkin rumbled back with Hinkle's kickoff to the Washington 34. Seymour lost nine, but Filchock made one. Joe Laws took Zimmerman's punt on his 26, although he juggled it for a moment. He made two at the line. Canadeo ran to the 34, but Jankowski was held and Canadeo punted out on the Washington 28. Zimmerman hit tackle for five, but Filchock was held. Uram took Baugh's punt on his 20 and ran back to his own 31 as the quarter ended. Isbell ran his right end for five yards to open the last quarter, and tossed to Hutson for a first down on the Packer 45. Isbell again tossed to Hutson, who took the ball, was thrown off balance for a moment by a desperate Washington block, but recovered to trot over the goal line for his and the Packers' third touchdown. He added the extra point to put the Packers ahead, 20 to 17. Rohrig kicked off and Ray Hare in the end zone picked the ball up and juggled it. He ran out to about the three yard line, and then decided he was outnumbered because he turned and ran back into the end zone. The Packers were given two points on a safety. Washington was given a free kick and Rohrig came back to the Packer 46. Two plays were incomplete, sandwiched around a five-yard gain by Jankowski. Rohrig kicked out of bounds on the Washington 13. Baugh heaved to Zimmerman for a first down on the Washington 24. Sammy lost a pass on an incompletion. Washington was pushed back five for offside. Baugh then passed to Krueger for a first down on the Washington 33. Ray Hare ran to the Washington 43 for a first down. Baugh tried one to Millner, but it was no good. He then connected for four yards and followed with a shot to McChesney for a first down on the Packer 44. Farkas then made three. Baugh tossed to Millner for what looked like a certain touchdown, but the end dropped the ball on the goal line. Farkas made three, and then Baugh shot to McChesney for a first down on the Packers 29. A Baugh pass was was incomplete. A pass, Baugh to Krueger, was dropped by the latter in the end zone. Baugh passed to McChesney for a first down on the Packer 16. Farkas rammed to the 14. The Redskins lost five for offsides. Baugh again passed over the goal to McChesney as he stood alone, but he dropped the ball. Passes failed completely and the Packers took the ball on downs on the 21 after Ray Hare had completed a Baugh toss but was forced back to that point.
Hinkle plunged for six. Uram made two. Hinkle just made a first down on the 31. Hinkle ran out on the Packer 30 for a loss of a yard. Uram raced through for five. He then ran to the Packer 42 for a first down. Hinkle plunged for six and Uram gathered two, which put the ball exactly at midfield. Hinkle failed in the try for a first down. With seconds left, fourth down, and a bit over two to go, the Packers took time out. Hinkle punted out to the Washington 27 with 15 seconds left. A Baugh pass was incomplete, Baugh threw a long one intended for Carroll, which Andy Uram took and ran back to about midfield as the game ended.
GREEN BAY  -  0  0 13  9 - 22
WASHINGTON - 10  7  0  0 - 17
1st - WASH - Frankie Filchock, 10-yard run (Joe Aguirre kick) WASHINGTON 7-0
1st - WASH - Bob Masterson, 28-yard field goal WASHINGTON 10-0
2nd - WASH - Bob Seymour, 41-yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Baugh kick) WASHINGTON 17-0
3rd - GB - Don Hutson, 8-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Hutson kick failed) WASHINGTON 17-6
3rd - GB - Hutson, 3-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) WASHINGTON 17-13
4th - GB - Hutson, 40-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 20-17
4th - GB - Safety, Ray Hare tackled in the end zone GREEN BAY 22-17
exhibitions we played with the Bears in California in 1936. We tied the first one, 20 to 20, then took the next one, 20 to 17. In this last one, nine of our guys were hurt and seven Bears had something the matter with them when it was all over. Bronko Nagurski had a cut artery in his leg. Arnie Herber's nose was broken in three places, and Johnny Sisk came out of it with a broken finger. And some of the sports writers on the coast said the games looked phony!" Hinkle this season broke Ace Gutowsky's all-time NFL record of total yards gained. The old mark was 3,478 and Clarke busted it in the first game of the season, against Detroit. He wound up with 3,860 yards...Russ Letlow, Packers' veteran guard whose close tab on the Bears in early season games when he was injured was credited with a big part in Green Bay's 16 to 14 victory, inspected Wrigley field and its blanket of hay yesterday evening. He reported the moisture from the hay has softened the gridiron up a bit...There was a big Christmas tree in the lobby of the hotel and one of the players suggested getting in touch right away with Mr. S. Claus and asking him to come up with their Christmas present in the form of a victory over the Bears.
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - If the Packers win the Western division title, the championship playoff game of the NFL will be held in Green Bay, it was announced at noon today by L.H. Joannes, president of the Packers, by telephone from Philadelphia. Decisions on both the divisional playoff and the national championship game were made at a meeting attended by Commissioner Elmer Layden of the league, the Packers and Bears of the Western division, and New York and Brooklyn of the Eastern division. President Joannes and Coach Curly Lambeau represented Green Bay...DIVISION PLAYOFF AT CHICAGO: If the Bears win from the Cardinals in their game next Sunday making a playoff between the Bears and Bays necessary to determine the Western division winner, that game will be played at Wrigley field, Dec. 14, it was decided at the meeting. While Green Bay delegates were concentrating on the 
DEC 2 (Green Bay) - Orders for tickets to the championship game of the NFL to be played in Green Bay between the Packers and the New York Giants if the Packers win the Western division title are now being accepted at the Packer ticket office in the Legion building, it was announced this morning by L.H. Joannes, president of the Packers. Decision to play the championship game in Green Bay if the Packers become entitled to participate was made a meeting of the interested Eastern and Western division teams in Philadelphia yesterday. Mr. Joannes arrived in Green Bay from the Philadelphia meeting this morning and announced the scale of prices for the game fixed by Commissioner Elmer Layden, as follows: $6.60, $5.50, $4.40, $3.30 and $2.20...PLAN FOR REFUND: The game will be played here either on Dec. 14, if the Cardinals beat the Bears next Sunday, or on Dec. 21, if the Bears and Packers must play off for the division title. Mail orders will be accepted immediately if accompanied by check or money order with an additional 25 cents for registration and mailing. Reservations will also be accepted at the Packer ticket office if accompanied by cash. Holders of season tickets are entitled to get the same tickets they have had all season if they wish, but they are advised to get their reservations in immediately. Receipts will be given and money will be refunded if the if the Packers do not win the Western division title. Packer ticket office, Legion building, Green Bay, Wis., is sufficient address for mail orders. The tickets are now being printed and it is expected that they will arrive here about the middle of next week. Immediately upon their arrival the mailing for reservations made in the meantime will be started...HAVE GAME AT HOME: The increase in prices over the regular league schedule rates was fixed so that City stadium, with a total of 23,000 seats, could compete for the championship game with the greater seating capacity of New York's Polo grounds. A sellout of City stadium at the $6.60 to $2.20 scale of prices for the Championship game will bring a total gate of $92,739. The decision to bring the game here with the increased price was made by the Packer management after carefully considering the expressions of thousands of Green Bay, Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan fans who expressed a willingness to pay what might be necessary to keep the game here. It has been a frequent statement that the cost of attending a game in Milwaukee is for thousands of Packer fans easily double the cost for a game in Green Bay. Thus it was argued the price of tickets here might easily be doubled without actually increasing the cost to people in this vicinity, and for that reason the game should be held here even at higher prices.
DEC 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - The distribution of the Journal's quota of tickets for the probably playoff game between the Packers and Bears at Wrigley field a week from Sunday will be handled entirely by mail. No over the counter sale will be held. No mail postmarked later than midnight Saturday December 6 will be accepted. The distribution will be handled as follows: Tickets of two prices will be handled - $3.30 (top price) and $2.50. No more than four tickets will be given to any applicant. All applications must be accompanied by certified check or money order made payable to the Green Bay Packers and must be accompanied by 25c extra for return mailing and registration. It is not necessary to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. Orders should be addressed to the Packer Ticket Office, care of the Journal. Tickets will be mailed the first part of next week. If the Cardinals should beat the Bears in their game at Comiskey park Sunday, eliminating the necessity of a playoff, money orders or checks will be returned immediately...PACKERS NOT LUCKY: "They were lucky, weren't they?" so many fans asked Monday, meaning the Packers in Sunday's game. A measure of luck may have been there, all right. Any winning team in a close game might be said to have been lucky. But it certainly was not luck alone which pilled the Packers through Sunday after they trailed, 17-0, at the half. It was championship football. Once they started to roll in the second half, after their very ordinary jittery first half, they rolled just as you might expect a title bound club to roll. They controlled the ball so well with their own offense, which had sputtered in the first half, that they had not only quickly got the 17 points back, but cut Washington's chance of adding anything to the 17 to a minimum. They had had three passes intercepted in the first half. They had none intercepted in the second. They had little breaks go against them in the first half, such as inopportune offside penalties and lack of time to complete a drive at the end of the period with first down on Washington's 22 yard line. They had little breaks in their favor in the second half such as Ray Hare's automatic safety and inopportune penalties against the Redskins. Washington had returned punts and kickoffs anywhere from 20 to 40 yards in the first half. Washington was bottled up in this in the second. The whole tone of the team's play, after the extreme tension of the first half, changed. Maybe the Packers were a little lucky, but they also played corking good football. There was nothing flukey about any of their touchdowns. They deserved to win...The Packers came out of the game badly banged up. Lou Brock had to retire early in the first quarter with a broken rib, Bill Lee went out with a broken nose, and Bill Letlow retired with a torn ligament in his ankle. Others received less serious bruises. All except Letlow, however, will be ready for the Bear playoff if one is necessary...MARSHALL A SHOWMAN: Showman No. 1 in the National league is unquestionably Washington's George Marshall. Most teams in the league have not even one band. Marshall has two - a marching band of about 100 pieces and a boogie-woogie orchestra perched in a wigwam over the stands. Most teams let the game produce its own color. Marshall "paints" the infield of Griffith stadium green, sticks huge wigwams all over the place, plugs a team song in which the crowd joins lustily, gets a big kiss from his wife, Corinne Griffith, every time his team scores, which is properly publicized, of course, and gives ear to any man who has an idea which might be used to make the atmosphere of the game more attractive as he sees it. Mad Marshall apparently knows what he is doing, however. He packs 'em in - capacity or no county. He boasts that by June 1 next year he will again have more than $100,000 in his coffers on season tickets for 1942...HUTSON TOOK BEATING: Hutson took a bad beating. The Redskins did everything by try to use a lasso on him, pushing him, holding him, tripping him, piling on him, and, because so much of it was done cleverly again, getting away with it. Still he scored three touchdowns, two of them with spectacular catches. On the second touchdown he literally catapulted himself into the air to reach a short pass into the flat on which Isbell had just a little too much "lead". He pulled it in by reaching out in midair, then followed with a one point landing. On the third touchdown, although held by Seymour, he pulled in a 35 yard pass on the five yard line, tore away and stepped across the goal. The first touchdown was scored on a comparatively simple pass into the flat. Hutson never complains, no matter what teams try to do to stop him. He regards it, instead, as a challenge and he meets it in his own way. He has not caught passes all these years without learning a few tricks himself. Let them do their worst, as the Redskins did Sunday. Hutson will still catch his share...THE FIRST SELLOUT: Sunday's game was Washington was the first real sellout this reporter has ever encountered. Other games have been tabbed as sellouts, and as far as the sale of tickets through regular channels was concerned, were sellouts. Until Sunday, however, this reporter never saw a game for which at a price you could not buy a seat - and this includes Army-Navy "sellouts", Bear-Packer "sellouts", Minnesota "sellouts", Notre Dame "sellouts". The price was sometimes very high, but if you were ready to pay you could get a ticket. Sunday, no matter what you offered, you could not get a seat. Several Milwaukee men, used to paying fancy prices, scoured Washington Saturday night and Sunday morning, ready to pay as much as $40 or $50 a seat. They knew their way around and they went to all the sources which might deal in tickets at these exorbitant prices. They did not see a ticket. It was an honest to goodness sellout in which everybody who had a ticket held on to it. The Milwaukee men finally slipped through the gate unnoticed with the Packers.
DEC 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - A price range of $6.60 per seat, down to $2.20 per seat has been established for the NFL championship game against the New York Giants if the Green Bay Packers win the Western half title. it was said Tuesday by Lee Joannes, president of the Packers. The game will be played in Green Bay on December 21 if the Packers are the Western champions. If the Bears win the Western title the game will be played at Wrigley field, Chicago, but the price range was not announced. Prices for the game if played at Green Bay will be $6.60, $5.50, $4.40, $3.30 and $2.20. The Packers' president also announced that his organization is taking reservations for the championship game now if the order is accompanied by a check or money order. Should the Packers fail to reach the title game the money will be refunded. Tickets for the Packers-Bears Western playoff game on December 14 at Wrigley field will go on sale Monday if the Bears win from the Cardinals next Sunday. If the Bears lose, the playoff will not be necessary.
Packers for the sectional title. The Bears and the Packers have had little difficulty plunging into the record book, and the name of Don Hutson was the latest to be added with fresh ink. Hutson scored three touchdowns last Sunday, giving him 12 for the season and breaking the record of 11 set by Washington's Andy Farkas two years ago. The former Alabama star also made two extra points, giving him 95 points for the season and 386 points during his professional career. Jack Manders formerly possessed the marks with 79 for one season and 368 in his career. Hutson and his teammates have ended their regular schedule and they will have more than a passing interest in Sunday's final program of three games, one of which sends the Bears against the Chicago Cardinals in Comiskey park. The Bears must win to qualify for the playoff with the Packers. The Eastern champion New York Giants will entertain the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Philadelphia's Eagles will visit the Washington Redskins in the two other games.
DEC 3 (New York) - The regular draft meeting of the NFL has been postponed until after the championship game, Dec. 21.
DEC 3 (Chicago) - While the Green Bay Packers might have to share the National Pro Football league's Western division title with the Chicago Bears, they are headed for a near sweep of the league's individual offensive honors. Only Pug Manders of Brooklyn, who has maintained first place among ground gainers all season, stands in the way of a complete monopoly, league statistics showed today. Green Bay's Cecil Isbell is the leading passer with 117 of 206 completed for 1,479 yards. Don Hutson tops pass receivers with 58 for 744 yards and leads scorers with 95 points, while Clarke Hinkle is the no. 1 field goal kicker with six.
DEC 3 (Columbus, OH) - Officials of the American Professional Football league will meet Friday and Saturday in Detroit, President W.D. Griffith said, to discuss the annual draft of college players and the structure of the league for 1942. Delegates from present operating league clubs will attend, as will representatives from cities that have applied for franchises, Griffith said. These include Washington, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Chicago.
statisticians are getting ready for another long session following the champion's game with their crosstown rivals, the Cardinals, Sunday afternoon. The Bears won the first game in Wrigley field on Oct. 12, 53 to 7. Statistics released today by the NFL show the Bears have scored 33 touchdowns by rushing, seven more than the mark set by the Detroit Lions in 1936 and equaled by the champions two years ago. The Bears have produced 16 touchdowns on passing and crossed the goal line with two tosses to score 362 points in 10 games.
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau is figuring on the Chicago Bears taking their city rivals, the Cardinals, at Comiskey park Sunday. Curly would like to have it the other way, but you don't win championships by wishing. He knows you've got to expect the worst - and be mighty thankful on the rare occasions that it doesn't happen. "No," he declared, taking a squint at the heavy sky during a breather on the practice field this morning, "we don't have any inside track to the National league championship. We'll have to hang on with our teeth, and be prepared for everything. It will be a big help, though, if the weatherman stays with us." A minute later he was back in action, sending the squad through another stiff workout. But if he can do anything about it, there won't be any Packer taking it a little easy while waiting to see what happens to the Bears. Things would be much simpler if the Bears failed to tie the Packers for the Western division title. That would avoid the playoff in Chicago Dec. 14, and would bring the championship game with the New York Giants to Green Bay here on that date, instead of Dec. 21. Down in Chicago two coaches are worrying themselves into the jitters. George Halas is hoping that his Bears, who have been showing slight signs of a letdown in recent games, will not fail him next Sunday. Jimmy Conzelman, begging for revenge, is trying to build up his Cardinals for a triumph over their hated opponents...CONZELMAN IS WHITE: Conzelman is going to be white about it, however. He knows that the Bears must have a dry field to be at their best, and he has promised that there won't be any snow on the gridiron. "Not even if I have to wash it all off with hoses," he announced. There may not be any snow on the field, but it still won't be all that Halas could desire. It has been raining in Chicago, and while the field now is covered with straw, plenty of moisture has been soaked up by the sod. In their first meeting this season, Conzelman's hate-Halas-to-pieces strategy didn't work, and the Bears roared through with a 53 to 7 victory. Things will be different this time, the Cardinal coach warns - and hopes...PLANS ON GOLDBERG: Conzelman is staking much on Marshall Goldberg, the former Pitt star who is playing the best of his professional career right now. He is a great ball carrier and the best defensive back. Other stars - and they are really that - include Johnny Clement and Ray Mallouf. Meanwhile, Lambeau is expecting the Bears to win, and hoping they won't. All of his workouts this week have been based on that assumption.
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Congratulations are in order for Verne Lewellen after his successful coaching experience with the Long Island Indians, farm club of the Green Bay Packers, this season, the Indians battled their way to first place in the American football association (not to be confused with the American Football league), and are favorites to win the playoffs between the four top teams. Lewellen, one of the immortals of Packer football history, took a leave of absence from his law practice here early in the fall after Coach Curly Lambeau had completed the deal with the Long Island management. Today Lew is one of the big men of minor league football. During the regular season the Indians won eight games and lost two. Scoring 176 points while allowing their opponents only 45, they were the strongest in the league on both offense and defense. The Paterson Panthers of New Jersey finished in second place with 144 points for themselves and 72 for their opponents...Lewellen lost his opening game Sept. 14 to Paterson, 23 to 0. His only other defeat came at Jersey City Oct. 12, but the close count of 6 to 3. Revenge was enjoyed in both cases. The Indians beat Paterson on Oct. 7 by 6 to 3, and last Sunday in winding up the schedule they blasted Jersey City, 34 to 0. Here is the record for the rest of the season: Sept. 21, against Wilmington, 13 to 6; Sept. 28, against Newark, 10 to 0; Oct. 19, against the New York Yankees, 47 to 0; Oct. 26, against Newark, 13 to 0; Nov. 2, against Wilmington, 13 to 7; Nov. 16, against the Yankees, 37 to 0. The Brooklyn Dodgers of the National league were held to a 6 to 3 score Nov. 23. Long Island was ahead in this game until the last two minutes...Opening games in the playoffs will be held next Sunday. The two winners then will meet for the championship, but regardless how that comes out, Lewellen can be given credit for a fine bit of work. The Indians are owned by two sporting gentlemen called William Shea and Ted Collins. They are trying to giver their community an outstanding brand of football, and seem to be highly pleased with Lewellen's work. Just a few days ago the Green Bay attorney was given a watch by the Valley Stream Citizen's committee in appreciation of what he has done for sports in the village. Bob Kahler, the Nebraska back who was on the Packers squad early in the season, was sent to Lewellen for further seasoning. He did so well that he became one of the local heroes. Several times Bob's great play paved the way to a Long Island victory...Coach Lambeau is dishing out plenty of praise for the showing made by Lewellen. Lambeau recalled that Lew remained in Green Bay for the first few weeks of Packer practice, and so had a late start.
Swisher quietly cut in with: "Me, I hate Don Hutson!" This broke up the war meeting and set the National league champions' thoughts back in another channel. After all, there will be time enough for some of the Bears to do something about the Japanese after next Sunday, or after Dec. 21 at the latest, which is the date of the title game between the eastern and western champions. The Bears are playing the Green Bay Packers and Mr. Hutson, their pass catching end, Sunday in Wrigley field for the western title and if they get it will meet the New York Giants the following Sunday in the same spot...PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE ANNOYED: Before the Bears were allowed to trot out on Wrigley field to start their week's first practice, they were under lock and key in the clubhouse from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This was a bit annoying to photographers, who had a 9:30 date to snap pictures, and the 30 degree temperature didn't help the cameramen's tempers any, either. Ever one in uniform except Bill Osmanski and Harry Clark. Both, though, declared they were all right and Osmanski especially was insistent. But the suspicion grows that most of the Bears' fullbacking Sunday will be done by Norma Standlee, the 235 pounder from Stanford who already is being likened to Bronko Nagurski. Osmanski has a pulled muscle in his thigh and Clark has a damaged knee. During the practice session, held in the right field section of the park, Standlee was given the ball a generous number of times. In Sunday's 34 to 24 victory over the Cardinals, big Norm carried the ball 18 times for ninety-one yards, or a five yard average...HE MAY HAVE MENTIONED FUMBLES: Owner-Coach George Halas would not release the text of his clubhouse speech, but it is certain that it included a mention of the seven fumbles his team made against the Cardinals. This gave the Bears 37 fumbles for the season, the lead in that department, and who knows, perhaps their twelfth league record of the year. "We're not planning anything startling for the Green Bay game." said Halas. "Just the same old stuff." This is just what any coach would be expected to say. Rival teams never stop trying to figure how Hutson can be stopped. He had made only two touchdown in two games with the Bears this year, which is below par for Don. So it's a cinch new ideas are being mulled over in the "how to stop Hutson" meetings. Halas professes to be not too worried about his team's fumbles. He pointed out that last year the two finalists, Bears and Redskins, led the league in fumbles. Questioned, he gave the opinion the quick handling and delicate timing used in the modern T formation invites more fumbles than the other systems...CHANCE TO WIPE OUT DEFEAT: George McAfee seemed to express the Bears' sentiments when he declared they wanted to be in a better frame of mind Sunday than when they were beaten by the Packers on Nov. 2, 16 to 14. The scoringest Bear thought the pressure of continuing a winning streak led to their downfall. Now the Bears have a chance to wipe out that defeat on the same gridiron before the exact number of fans and once they get an idea are pretty stubborn about it. Five thousand bleacher seats will go on sale at the Hub at 8:30 o'clock tomorrow morning, and half an hour later at Wrigley field. They are $1, tax included. This will complete the sellout of 46,484.
DEC 10 (Chicago) - The National Pro Football league could have crowned its individual champions in the offensive department almost 12 weeks ago, for the race ended exactly as it started, with three Green Bay Packers and a Brooklyn Dodger still in front. Leading the ground gainers was Pug Manders, Brooklyn fullback, with 486 yards in 111 attempts, league statistics showed Wednesday. George McAfee of the Chicago Bears was second in yardage, but his 474 net in 65 attempts enabled him to wind up with the best average of the lot - 7.3 yards a try. Don Hutson and Clarke Hinkle of Green Bay retained their titles as the No. 1 pass receiver and field goal kicker, respectively. They were joined by a third Packers, Cecil Isbell, who dethroned Washington's Sammy Baugh as the league's ace passer. Isbell completed 117 of 206 attempts. They gained 1,479 yards and produced 15 touchdowns, both league records. Hutson's 58 pass catches for the season tied for the league record. He also won the scoring title with 95 points, Hinkle led the field goal kickers with six.
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers continued preparations for a one day "bear season" to be held Sunday. Hunting grounds will be Wrigley field, Chicago, and the prize the Western division championship of the NFL. Helping in creating a conquering state of mind in the Packers are the circulating words concerning the egotistical attitude possessed by the Bears early in the season, reported to have made a comeback. Predictions ventured by the players of George Halas, and more liberally by the Chicago citizenry, have the game in the proverbial bag. Only matter in question is how decisive will it be. Sid Luckman, star Bear back is quoted as saying "the Packers tricked us once with a seven man line, but they're not going to do it this time." Luckman had reference to the only defeat suffered by the Bears this season, when Green Bay triumphed, 16 to 14, at Chicago November 2. The loss forced the Bears into this playoff. The only defeat this season for the Packers was handed to them by the Bears on September 28, 25-17.
Cards, or do no better than a tie, the Western crown will pass on automatically to the Packers, and the championship playoff would be in Green Bay Dec. 14. Otherwise, the game with the Giants will be played here Dec. 21...GIANTS PLAY BROOKLYN: The Giants, who clinched the Eastern flag two weeks ago, finish their regular schedule Sunday at the Polo grounds against the Brooklyn Dodgers, who tripped them earlier in the season at Ebbets field. Brooklyn will be after second place in the Eastern division, and its third victory over the Giants in two years. The only other game on the final league program sends the Philadelphia Eagles against the Washington Redskins in the nation's capital. In Chicago, while the entire Packer squad will scout from second tier seats high above the goal posts, the Bears will sent their high-geared offensive machine against a Cardinal tam which can play great football, but frequently doesn't...SEVERAL CARDS HURT: Several of Jimmy Conzelman's Cardinal backs are limping from last week's debacle in Detroit, and Alton Coppage, the big Oklahoma end, will not even dress. But Ray Mallouf, the passing sensation from Southern Methodist, will return to the Cardinal lineup for the first time in several weeks to wind up his freshman season in the major league. Mallouf's return, plus the stinging humiliation of a 53 to 7 defeat by the Bears on Oct. 12 and the belief that Comiskey part holds a jinx for the defending champions, all have combined to lift the Cardinals to eloquent confidence. It was in Comiskey park a year ago that the Cardinals surprised the Bears, 21 to 7, for their first victory of the season and their seventh since the series began back in 1920.
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - A victory for the Cardinals over the Bears in Chicago Sunday afternoon is far too much to expect, even for the good people of Green Bay who are pleading for their sixth NFL championship. But here is a little history just in case it does happen. It was back in 1936, when the Packers won their fourth world title. In many respects, that campaign parallels this season's pennant drive. The Bears were threatening to head off the Packers, just as this year, but the Cardinals staged a gigantic upset that gave the Western division title and eventually the league championship to Green Bay. The game was played Nov. 28 before 13,704 customers at Wrigley field. And if the truth were known, owner Charlie Bidwell and his Cardinals probably were as dazed as George Halas and the Bears when the game ended with the underdogs ahead, 14 to 7...Early in the opening period, the Bears topped off a 60-yard drive with a pass to Bill Hewitt for a touchdown. Jack Manders converted for the extra point, and the Bruins were ahead, 7 to 0. It was impossible to hold the Cardinals down, however. They kept hammering away at the strong Bear line whenever they got the chance, and their defensive tactics were excellent. Early in the fourth quarter George Grosvenor, who has been sparking the attack, scored a touchdown on a short plunge. Bill Smith made the extra point to tie up the game. A few Green Bay fans were at Wrigley field that Sunday afternoon. Realizing how much the game meant to the Packers, they begged for the Cardinal line to hold. They would have been willing to settle for a tie. As it happened, they got more than they wanted. A few minutes later the Cardinals went into kick formation. But instead of kicking, Grosvenor swept around left end, eluded the bewildered Bears, and sprinted 66 yards for another goal crossing. Again Bill Smith converted, giving the Cards the winning score of 14 to 7...True, the Bears were not as good in 1936 as they are in 1941, but neither were the Cardinals. The Bears finished the season with nine victories and three defeats, while the Cardinals, ending in last place in the Western division, won only three games while losing eight and tying one. The Packers, meanwhile, were having quite an afternoon at Detroit. A crowd of 22,000 turned out for the battle, because the Lions, at that moment, still had some chance of taking over first place. Green Bay won that game by 26 to 7. Don Hutson scored two touchdowns, and Clarke Hinkle got another. Ernie Smith booted a pair of extra points, and field goals were kicked by Ernie and Tiny Engebretsen. Returning to their hotel in Detroit, the Packers at first refused to believe the news that the Bears had been licked. Much had been said that year about the great team that George Halas had assembled. The Cardinals had last beaten the Bears in 1929, and no one really believed that they had it in them for a victory this time...The rest was clear sailing for the Packers. With most of the regulars under wraps, Curly Lambeau's squad played a listless scoreless tie with the Cardinals at Chicago the following Sunday. It was a terribly cold day, and only 4,800 fans turned out to see Engebretsen of the Packers and Bill Smith of the Cards miss field goal tries. Boston was the Eastern division winner that season, but the playoff Dec. 13 at the Polo Grounds in New York City was little more than a formality for the inspired Packers. The score was 21 to 6, with Hutson, Milt Gantenbein and Bobby Monnett scoring Green Bay touchdowns. Ernie Smith got two extra points, and Engebretsen converted for the other. A total of 29,543 attended the game...Chances are that the Cardinals won't win Sunday. Coach Curly Lambeau would like it better if they did, because that would mean going right into the championship battle instead of taking chances with the Bears once more. All of his training this week has been based on the assumption that the Bears will beat the Cards. In fact, he is taking the entire squad down to Chicago Sunday to scout the Halas aggregation wholesale...Coach Jimmy Conzelman, coach of the Cardinals, told an Appleton audience the other night that his team "would like to play the Packers every Sunday." He explained that "we get along pretty well against them, but the Bears always have an awful time with them." Jimmy, incidentally, is a bit dubious about the character-building side of football. "I have a four year old son who sucks his thumb," said Jimmy. "If I were a great character builder, I would have stopped that. But I'm not. Now he's got me sucking his thumb."
DEC 6 (Chicago) - The oldest rivalry in big time football flares up again as the Bears and Cardinals prepare for their final game of the regular schedule Sunday at Comiskey park in a feature that is the cynosure of the National league. Upon the outcome may rest the championship. The Bears must win to tie Green Bay for the Western division title, in which case a playoff will be staged at Wrigley field, December 14, and should this happen Commissioner Elmer Layden has decreed "sudden death" policy in the event of a deadlock, the first time such a rule had been in effect in the history of the circuit. However, the Bears aren't worried about that. The immediate concern is to knock off the Redbirds in their own yard and that had proven difficult on more than one occasion when the Bears were rated strong favorites. On performances this season the Bears are on the long end of the odds, but it has been demonstrated in the league that any club is capable of beating another. In this instance the Bears will be under pressure. Nothing would please the southsiders more than blasting the Bears. Sunday's meeting will be the 43rd in the series that began in 1920 and Cardinal victories have been few, the Bears winning 29, losing 7 and tying 6. scoring 655 to 284. In fact, the Cards have tamed the Bears only once since the opening of the 1937 season, winning last year 21 to 7. In their first clash this year the Bears handed their rivals the worst defeat administered by either in their long feud, 53 to 7. At least 25,000 are expected to view the skirmish.
Chicago with a touchdown in the third quarter and their first lead of the game. It was too much to expect the Cards to take command for a third time, but they did just this early in the fourth quarter with their third touchdown of the game. It was here that the Bears, facing elimination while the Green Bay Packers looked on from the upper deck of the park, summoned all their skill and power, striking for two touchdowns to finally pin down their stubborn enemy...SEVEN BEAR FUMBLES: Keyed, though, as the Cardinals were, they were helped along by seven Bear fumbles, only two of which were recovered by the champions. The south siders were aided, too, by the over-exuberance of the Bears, especially Ray (Muscles) Bray, who was ejected from the game for slugging. After this show of pugilism, the Bears were assessed two more penalties in a row for unnecessary roughness, this loss of yardage putting the Cardinals down close enough for Bill Daddio to kick a field goal just before the half ended to put Chicago ahead, 17-14. It also earned for the champions a chorus of lusty boos as they went to the dressing room at intermission time...ENDING WITH HONOR: It was a grand season's climax for the undermanned Cardinals, who had more than their share of tough breaks. Though short in victories, Coach Jimmy Conzelman and his forces can count this a successful season. They beat the Giants, Eastern champions; they whipped Brooklyn, which twice defeated the Giants; they gave Green Bay two terrific battles. And Sunday they reached their offensive peak with 24 points. McAfee, with his two touchdowns, tied Don Hutson's newly created league record of 12 for a season. Hugh Gallerneau, whose third quarter touchdown put the Bears ahead, 21 to 17, wound up with 11 for the season, quite an achievement for a freshman.
DEC 8 (New York) - The high scoring Chicago Bears romped off with four places on the 1941 National league professional football All-Star team selected by Associated Press sports writers. Sid Luckman, astute field general and crack passer; speedy halfback George McAfee; veteran guard Danny Fortmann and young Clyde (Bulldog) Turner at center are the choices from the Bears. Brooklyn and Green Bay won two places and Washington, New York and the Chicago Cardinals one each. Perry Schwartz at end and Clarence Manders at fullback were the Brooklyn choices while Don Hutson at end and Cecil Isbell at halfback were the Green Bay selections. Wee Willie Wilkin of Washington and John Mellus of New York are the tackles with Joseph Kuharich of the Cardinals at guard. Only Hutson, Fortmann and Schwartz are repeaters from last year. New York's veteran center, Mel Hein, selected on nine previous teams, was easily beaten this year by Turner, the former Hardin-Simmons star. The only unanimous choices in 1940, Ace Parker of Brooklyn and Slinging Sammy Baugh of Washington, are also missing. Every club, except Philadelphia and Cleveland, was represented on the All-Star two-team squad. Here is the second team: Ends: James Lee Howell, New York Giants, and Robert Nowaskey, Chicago Bears; tackles, Lee Artoe, Bears, and Bruiser Kinard, Brooklyn; guards, Augie Lion, Detroit, and Pete Tinsley, Green Bay; center, Mel Hein, Giants; backs, Arthur Jones, Pittsburgh, Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans, New York; Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay and Byron (Whizzer) White, Detroit. Hutson was the only players to receive a unanimous vote. Luckman was named on all but two ballots, and McAfee and Fortmann on all but three.
not match the Packer fullback. Next Sunday Hinkle may show them. He is winding up his 10th season with the Packers, while Manders is only in his third, but you will not be taking much of a chance if you guess that the Hink will play an important role in the Western division playoff game with the Chicago Bears.
DEC 9 (Chicago) - Professional football's first "sudden death" game, to be played Sunday in Wrigley field between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, had a sudden death effect on the fans yesterday when a sellout was announced shortly after noon. Later in the day standing room tickets at $1.65 per copy were placed on sale. Long lines formed at the Wrigley field ticket windows and at the Hub, where the sale started at 9:30 o'clock in the morning. Even field seats, to be placed on the west and south sides of the gridiron, found eager purchasers. The tremendous sale insures at least a crowd of 46,484. the record set when the Packers beat the Bears, 16 to 14, in the Cubs' park on Nov. 2...MAY SELL BLEACHERS TOMORROW: For other big games 5,000 bleacher seats have been placed on sale the morning of the contest, but it is likely there will be put up to the first bidders at the two ticket offices tomorrow. A field crowd, with the exception of the 800 field seats, will not be permitted, club officials said. The game will begin at 1:15 p.m. Of his own volition Sunday night, when he held court with his Bear stars of other years, Owner-Coach George Halas admitted this has been his greatest season in more than two decades of professional football. It has had everything - the gorgeous spectacle of the College All-Star game, the majestic sweep over all opponents until the Packers stopped a 15-game winning streak, then a stirring comeback which reached its heights Sunday when a Cardinal team which fought with fury for 60 minutes finally was subdued...WILL GO TO A DECISION: Today the Bears will start preparations for Green Bay's invasion, the game which will break the tie between the two teams in the Western division of the NFL. The Packers, who looked down at Sunday's struggle from the second story of Comiskey park in front of the press box, likewise will begin preparations today. Bill Osmanski and Bob Snyder, of the Bears, suffered minor leg injuries in the Cardinal battle, still were in Illinois Masonic hospital last night, but are expected to be released today. The game with the Packers will be played to a decision. If there is a tie at the end of regulation time, a fifth period will be started after a three-minute rest. As soon as one team scores the game will be over and the winner will have qualified to meet the New York Giants on a western gridiron for the league championship. The Giants are in the playoffs for the sixth time since the circuit was split into two divisions in 1933. They lost to the Bears in 1933, 23 to 21; beat the Bears, 30 to 13, the next year; lost to Detroit, 26 to 7, in 1935; defeated Green Bay, 23 to 17, in 1938; and lost to the same club, 27 to 0, in 1939...47TH MEETING OF TEAMS: On the basis of 1941 play, the Bears and Packers have the equipment to beat the New Yorkers, so to all intents and purposes Sunday's winner in Wrigley field will be a top-heavy favorite to go on and whip the Giants. This is the 47th meeting coming up between the Packers and Bears. The Chicagoans probably will be a slight favorite to win by those who study the football form charts. The Bears rolled up the amazing total of 396 points in 11 league games, an average of 36 points per game. Their opponents scored 147 for an average slightly under 13 points. Green Bay made 258 points to its opponents' 120. The Giants wound up their season with eight victories and three defeats. They scored 238 to 114 points for their opponents.
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - A pair of photographers, one from New York, the other from Chicago, were the only persons allowed to observe secluded maneuvers of the Green Bay Packers this week as Coach Curly Lambeau prepared the squad for its Western division championship bid against the Bears at Wrigley field, Chicago, Sunday. Confident, obliging Curly, allowed a part of the morning's practice to be taken up by the picture men. These pictures will be of particular interest to New Yorkers should Green Bay defeat the Bears, thus becoming a partner with the Giants in a claim for the pro championship. The drill routine employed by the Packers this week calls for a skull session at 9 in the morning, followed by a morning and afternoon drill.
DEC 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Bear-Packer playoff at Wrigley field Sunday was announced as a sellout by both the Bear and Packer ticket offices Tuesday. A crowd of 46,484 will see the game. The demand for tickets, according to George Halas, Bears' coach-manager, was unprecedented in the history of the Bears. The rival teams, meanwhile, settled down to a week of work in preparation for the contest out of which will come the western representative for the league championship game with the New York Giants a week later. Bill Osmanski and Bob Snyder, two of the Bears injured in the 34-24 victory over the Cardinals Sunday, remained in a Chicago hospital Monday night but were to rejoin the squad Tuesday. A light workout Tuesday was to be followed by heavy work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Except for Bill Letlow, whose ankle is in a cast, the Packers were expected to be at full strength Sunday. Both Lou Brock, who had a rib broken in the Washington game, and Bill Lee, who had his nose broken, were ready to join in the heavy workouts which Lambeau prescribed for the rest of the week. The Bears ruled 2 to 1 favorites in straight betting. They were quoted 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 point favorites in point wagering. Sunday's game, which may include a "sudden death" period if the teams are tied at the end of the regular playing time, will start at 1:15 o'clock and not 1 o'clock as originally announced.
against the Washington Redskins. They won two of those game, but they were so close that if they were replayed they might easily go the other way...BEARS SCARE OPPONENTS: There is a feeling among close observers that the Bears were given several touchdowns without even going after them in many of their other eight games. Players were scared almost to death, merely because they believed the tales of the powerful T-formation. What could happen when a team refused to be beaten until the last quarter ended was demonstrated at Chicago last Sunday, when the second rate Cardinals almost triumphed. Just one more break for the Cardinals and the Packers might be playing the New York Giants for the league championship instead of the Bears for the Western title this Sunday. The Bears defeated the Redskins by 35 to 12 on Nov. 16. Three of the Washington scoring threats fizzled, but only by staging a brilliant comeback in the second half were the Bears able to assure themselves of victory...13 FIRST DOWNS: In that game Washington made 13 first downs and the Bears were credited only with nine. Washington gained 334 yards, 263 from passing and 71 from scrimmage, while the Bears were marked up for 305 yards, 136 from the passes and 170 from their ground attack. When the Bears invaded Green Bay Sept. 28 they won by 25 to 17. That was before the Packers were set for the season, but the statistics still give them a good show. The Bears made 298 yards, the Packers 255. The Packers led in first downs, 15 against 11, and the Green Bay air attack resulted in 12 completions out of 27 attempts for 199 yards, while the Bears were held to one pass out of six tries for 44 yards. In Chicago Nov. 2 the Bears were beaten back, 16 to 14, by the Packers. First downs were 16 for the Packers and 10 for the Bears. Green Bay made 274 yards and the Bears were held to 156. The Packers completed 12 out of 21 passes for 151 yards, while the Bears tried 20 and completed eight for 73 yards. Scrimmage resulted in 123 yards for the Packers, and 83 for the Bears.
DEC 11 (Green Bay) - Here is quoted a headline from the Chicago Sun, over a story by scribe Tom Siler: "Packers to Face Bears with Misgivings; Green Bay Glum Lot After 34 to 24 Victory for Halas." But, wires Packer fan Dick Truesdell from Detroit, "Siler mistakes the Packers' keen appraisal of a tough opponent for misgivings, their determination for glumness." And, he adds, "We'll see Sunday."...Edward Prell of the Chicago Tribune staff spent most of Wednesday with Curly Lambeau and the Packers. Prell was not making any predictions, but it was easy to see that he anticipates the game of the year, when Green Bay and the Chicago Bears clash at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon for the Western division title...Motion pictures of the Bear-Packer game in Chicago Nov. 2, when the Green Bay eleven scored a 16 to 14 upset, were run off twice at the squad meeting with Lambeau Wednesday. If possible, the coach was angrier than ever at George Halas when he told about it afterwards. As we all know, the Bears became desperate when they found they were trailing by 16 points in that game. They finally exploded, but still were unable to overcome the Green Bay lead. Now, after having had time to cool off, Lambeau still grows irate when he sees those pictures. There was deliberate holding in the line on the part of the Bears when they were on the march. And Lambeau wonders where the officials were at the time. Lambeau is hoping for some strict officiating in the game with the Bears Sunday. Too often, he claims, the Bears have won games because the men assigned to rule were not looking the right direction at the right time.
DEC 11 (Chicago) - You can be certain the Packers are up to no good (from an enemy's angle) when those two esteemed Green Bay gentlemen, Curly Lambeau and Red Smith, get their heads together. They were inseparable here today and they will see a lot more of each other before the Bays, as they call them up here, answer Sunday's 1:15 o'clock call against the Bears in Wrigley field for the Western division championship of the NFL. They were together this morning when even such sturdy citizens as the Packers welcomed an inside session strategy instead of braving 7 degree weather outside. They had lunch together - now don't laugh - at the YMCA cafeteria, which is about a block from Don Hutson's new bowling alleys. During the meal the Lambeau-Smith braintrust decided that, inasmuch as the mercury showed promise of reaching a mild 10 degrees, this called for a short, snappy short session starting at 1:30 on the practice field neat City stadium...HUTSON LOOKS SLOW, BUT - : Chicago fans will be glad to know that Hutson looked pitifully slow in that practice. Unfortunately, there was a reason for this startling sight, which came to light in the dressing room when the stringy end stated peeling off his garments. First off was his suit, then sweat pants and an extra shirt, and finally a pair of old-fashioned, two-piece underwear sported by the lumberjack in these parts. Mr. Lambeau was smoking peacefully away at his pipe last night and thumbing through his notebook when the phone rang in his office in the Northern building. "Yes, yes, we'll try it. Bring over some for us tomorrow, will you," said Curly. "What do you know," he said, turning away from the phone, "the fellow who called me was a foreman at a warehouse here. He told me the men use 45 grain vinegar on their hands and they never get cold. So we're going to give it a try tomorrow."...SECRET STUFF PUZZLING: This secret stuff, seemed an unnecessary precaution, in view of the weather. The stadium gridiron has a thick covering of hay, which is the Packers' way of letting the world know they think this field will be used once more in this long, drawn out 1941 season. It will be used a week from Sunday in the league title game with the Giants - if the Packers beat the Bears. Lambeau, who is to the Packers what Halas is to the Bear, never makes rash promises. He has much of Halas' professional gloom. Curly was fairly sobbing a few days before his Nov. 2 game with the Bears, but at the last moment contented to bring his team to Chicago. The result was a 16 to 14 victory, which is causing all of this postseason business, this triumph having canceled the 25 to 17 victory scored by the Bears here on Sept. 28...OFF FIELD THINKERS: Smith is to the Packers what Hunk Anderson, Paddy Driscoll, Luke Johnsos and Jack Manders are to the Bears. In other words, two men do the off-field thinking for the Packers against five for the Bears. Lambeau and Smith played football at Notre Dame. The redhead, through, wandered off to Lawrence College and, in 1927 and 1929, played guard for the Packers in the course of a versatile career. Some of his other stops were Seton Hall college as football and baseball coach, at Georgetown as baseball coach, and at Wisconsin as an assistant football coach to Dr. Clarence W. Spears. For years he was connected with the Milwaukee Brewers as coach and manager of their farm teams. The townspeople are sure that the Packers will wind up with their sixth league championship. Two of these titles have been won since the Western-Eastern playoff system was started in 1933, but each was achieved out of the city. The Green Bay fans wanted the league championship game so badly they held still for a top assessment of $6.60 for tickets. They scale down from there a dollar at a time until the $2.20 minimum is reached. City stadium holds only 23,000.. Hence the high prices.
DEC 11 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears again put the accent on offense yesterday as they worked out for Sunday's western division playoff game with the Packers from Green Bay. Another important item on the practice agenda is placekicking, since Sunday's game must be played to a finish. The Bears want to make every point count and would much rather win by a single numeral than be forced into a "sudden death" playoff period. Final National league figures give additional evidence that Sunday's game, in reality, is the championship one. The statistics indicate that the Bears and Packers can beat the Giants, eastern standard bearers, doing almost anything. For instance, the first Giant to show up among the leading ball carriers is Tuffy Leemans, and nine are ahead of him, including three Bears and one Packer. The Bear trio is George McAfee, Norm Standlee and Bill Osmanski. The Packer is 31-year old Clarke Hinkle. Leemans also is the best of the Giants' passers, yet he is ninth on the list. Cecil Isbell, of course, is the passing champion, with 117 completed aerials for 1,479 yards, a new league record. Sid Luckman of the Bears is third, with 68 for 1,181 yards. Leeman has clicked with 31 for 475 yards...NO BEAR TARGET: The leading New York pass catcher, Ward Cuff, is ninth. The No. 1 man is Don Hutson of the Packers, who caught 58 for 738 yards. Thirteen top pass receivers are listed, but not a Bears' name appears. The answer is that there is no particular target on the team. Cuff if fifth in scoring with 46 points, and the top four places are shared by Packers and Bears. Hutson has made 95 points and Hinkle 56. McAfee mad3 72 and Hugh Gallarneau 66. Cuff is next to Hinkle in kicking field goals, with five to the Packers' six. It is expected that Sunday's sellout will be completed today when 5,000 bleacher seats at $1, including tax, go on sale. The rush starts at the Hub at 8:30 and half and hour later at Wrigley field.
DEC 11 (Chicago) - Closing a regular season which set a record for record breaking in the NFL, the Chicago Bears again dominated nearly every important department of play in a surge of offensive power which saw them break eight season and three game marks. The only other record breaking was done by the Green Bay Packers, who rode to a place in a division playoff on the wings of a deadly air attack. Five teams has better offenses than the New York Giants on the basis of yardage gained, in final statistics released today, but the Giants made up for the lack of a flashy attack by combining a superb defense with opportune thrusts and more productive passing to return to the championship playoff after a year's absence. Comparison of official statistics reveals an increase in penalties for the third consecutive year, a circumstance which reflects the improvement in officiating brought by the group instruction and closed examinations instituted by the league three years ago and expanded since then by Commissioner Elmer Layden. Except for the Bears and Packers, whose totals kept this year's figures on par with those of other years, scoring was off a little, principally because of the rebuilding programs instituted by several clubs, particularly Detroit and Philadelphia.
DEC 12 (Green Bay) - Today's two hours of mental exercise and a slightly shorter session out on the frozen practice field left the Green Bay Packers anxious to get into the critical playoff scrap with the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field at 1:15 Sunday afternoon. The two teams having tied for the Western division title, the playoff game will determine whether Green Bay or Chicago will be the scene of the NFL championship battle with the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 21. During whatever time remained today, Coach Curly Lambeau had special meeting with the quarterbacks, ends and several other players. The entire squad was ordered to get every bit of rest possible before game time. Lambeau hardly noticed the snow this morning. "Shucks, that's nothing," he declared. "We don't mind a little snow - it just adds variety to the winter we've been having. If it turns warm for Sunday, we won't know how to act!" That last statement of Lambeau's was an exaggeration. Lambeau has his players so well trained that it should know how to act under any circumstances. If they lose the game it won't be because they had not been prepared...45,000 SEATS SOLD: Nationwide attention is being given the battle. Forty-five thousand Wrigley field seats were gone a few hours after they were placed on sale, and among the purchasers were many of the greatest sports figures in the country. The game will be the 46th renewal of a rivalry which began in a Green Bay park two decades ago. Even without the championship aspects, the meeting would be a headliner. Officially, it will be fight to the finish. A decision must be reached on the frost-crusted turf of Wrigley field; it cannot end in a tie. If at the end of the regulation time the score is knotted, a second game will be started immediately and play will continue until one team scores. Under rules for overtime formulated by the National league three years ago, when it appeared that Washington would tie New York in the east, there will be a three-minute intermission between games. Provision for this was written into the league constitution last year...WILL TOSS COIN: During the intermission of the three minutes, assuming that the game ends in a tie, the teams will not be permitted to leave the field. The coin will be tossed, as at the start of the regulation contest, but thereafter each succeeding 15-minute period, if necessary, will start where the preceding quarter ended. Time out rules applied to the last minutes of the first and second halves in a regulation game will also apply to the second and fourth overtime periods. Players disqualified in the regular game will not be eligible to return in the overtime. Typical of things that have been written about the game is a prominently displayed story by Tom Siler in today's Chicago Sun. Wrote Siler:..."THREE OLD MEN": "Three 'old men' who have played a total of 21 years in the NFL carry Green Bay's hopes of victory over the Bears Sunday at Wrigley field. Without this trio - Don Hutson, Clarke Hinkle and Cecil Isbell - the Packers wouldn't have any business in the league. Hinkle and Isbell share the brunt of the ball carrying; Hinkle is in complete charge of the field goal kicking department, and Isbell is almost always on the starting end of the Packers' great passing game. Hutson is a pass receiver without a peer in the history of the game, college or professional."...HAVE GREAT YEAR: "In fact, the Packers' great record of 10 victories in 11 games this season, and their current streak of eight straight can be explained only by pointing out that Hinkle, Hutson and Isbell all are having a great year together. Hutson has been brilliant in the past, but never as bright as this season. Hinkle, now rounding out 10 years in the league, is much better this season than last, and Isbell is making his fourth campaign the best by a wide margin." Lambeau and the Packers have been hearing countless stories about the strength of the Bears for this game. It is reported that Clark Shaughnessy is giving Coach George Halas a hand in preparing the squad for the battle, and it is further reported that Halas has developed new plays and new strategy. But the Packers have not been idle this week. They have gone over everything and have discovered many flaws in their performance this season...KEYS HIS TEAM: "I've keyed my teams only once in eight year," Lambeau said recently. "The second time is going to be this week." Only Russ Letlow, who injured an ankle at Washington, is expected to be missing from the lineup. The Bears, too, are in good physical condition, with Harry Clark, a halfback, who is limping around on one leg the only one unlikely to see much action...SPECIAL TRAIN ASSURED: Operation of a special train to and from Chicago Sunday, under sponsorship of the Duchateau tavern, is now assured, it was announced today by the North Western traffic department here. Because of the $7.51 round trip fare required, doubt had been expressed whether there would be enough passengers for a special, but reservations already made indicate at least 200 will make the trip. It is planned to have the Packer team as passengers on the return journey. The train will leave Green Bay at 7 a.m, and, operating via the Lake Shore, will reach the Wilson avenue station, about a mile from Wrigley field, at 11:17, and the Chicago terminal at 11:30. On the return trip, it will leave the terminal at 6:15, and will arrive in Green Bay at 11 p.m. There will be no Wilson avenue stop northbound. Refreshments will be available on the train.
DEC 12 (Chicago) - Curly Lambeau wants it known that the Packers of 1941 do not begin and end with two fellows named Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson. "Sure, Isbell is the best passer and Hutson the best pass catcher," the Green Bay coach said this afternoon while his athletes were prancing around on the half-frozen practice field, getting ready for Sunday's playoff game with the Chicago Bears in Wrigley field, Chicago. "There are only so many plays in a game," he continued, "so naturally we try to use Isbell and Hutson all we can. But we have some other good players. Take Harry Jacunski, the end from Fordham. He's really the fellow who beat the Bears last month in Chicago. He's the one who charged in and caused Luckman to fumble twice." That last fumble, incidentally, was late in the fourth quarter, and it ended the Bears' last chance to win...10,000 AROUSED FANS: George Calhoun, who has been the Packers' publicitor for the 23 years of their existence, declares this is the strongest Green Bay team since 1929. That one was the first of five championship Packer teams and it won 12 of 13 games, tying the other. The tenor of the newspaper stories up here is that the Bears are confident of a decisive victory and that Luckman has declared the Packers won't beat the champions again with a seven-man line. This, of course, is calculated to fire up the Packers and the 10,000 Wisconsin fans who will accompany them to Chicago. On Lambeau's desk are a number of slightly indignant wires from his Wisconsin constituents who were unable to obtain tickets. He estimates that requests for at least 10,000 tickets could not be filled...TRY BASKETBALL SHOES: Before this afternoon's practice, Lambeau and his aid, Red Smith, conducted another long classroom session. The Packers' coach is a believer in sparing his men on the practice field by spending more time teaching them how to go through their maneuvers. The ground was so hard that several of the players complained of sore feet from the pressure of their cleats and substituted basketball shoes. Asked about the Packers' probable defense in this western division title game, Lambeau answered: "It wouldn't be smart to repeat with the same defense, would it? What we'll do is throw up a defense the Bears won't be expecting. We have used perhaps eight different defenses trying to stop the Bears' T formation plays since 1930, and six of them in the last three or four seasons."...CHICKEN HEARTED, EH?: Then Curly told a touching story of the Packers' tender heartedness, "Our boys don't have that killer instinct like the Bears," he said. "They get a lead and then start feeling sorry for the other team. That Pittsburgh game where we ran up those 54 points? Most of 'em were made by third stringers on recovered fumbles or intercepted passes." The strongest asset of his team, the veteran coach continued, is its ability to come from behind or make points in the clutch. The latest evidence of this is the 17 point half time deficit they overcame in Washington. In the first game of the season with the Bears, the Packers also wiped out a 15 point lead by scoring 17 before the Bears got going again. "No one's mentioning anything about the New York game," said Curly in referring to the Dec. 21 games between the Giants and the winner of the Packers-Bears battle. "None of us think there will be any occasion for a fifth quarter in Chicago Sunday, either. If it does go into extra time, one of us will score within 10 minutes."
DEC 12 (Chicago) - Between calls on the telephone and personal visits to his office, George Halas yesterday managed to attend to his most important task - getting the Bears mentally and physically ready for their third meeting of the season with the Green Bay Packers. It seemed like every one in Cook county was trying to get tickets for the finish battle in Wrigley field and those who were lucky enough to get the Bears' owner-coach on the phone did so only after long waits. The usual answer is no. Halas, the owner, is pretty sore and disgusted with Halas, the coach, who has got him into all this trouble. Halas, the coach, has made the team so popular that never before has there been such a box office crush as this one. Halas, the owner, is afraid he will lose a lot of friends, which makes him unhappy...11,700 TO WISCONSIN: Sunday's playoff was awarded to Chicago, but it is almost as much a home game for the Packers as for the Bears. As a result, Halas, the owner, felt duty bound to accede to Green Bay's ticket request. In all, 11,700 tickets were sent to Wisconsin. Promises he made before he knew such a large number would go out of the state now cannot be fulfilled. He really is disturbed about it. Halas, the coach, though, got a lift out of the squad's enthusiasm in yesterday's practice. He limited his comment to the simple statement that "we'll be ready Sunday." The 5,000 bleacher tickets went on sale yesterday morning and practically completed the 46,484 sellout. Only 500 standing room tickets are left. The Bears put some hard thought and effort in trying ways to cut down the efficiency of Don Hutson and the Green Bay attack in general. The champions had worked on offense the first part of the week. It is their creed that you can't score without the ball, so this phase of the game comes in for the first, and most, consideration...MCAFEE VS. HUTSON: The outcome of Sunday's game rests on which of the two has the biggest day - George McAfee of the Bears or Hutson of the Packers - in the opinion of quite a few. Here's what these two spectacular gents did during the last season: McAfee - Carried the ball 65 times from scrimmage for 474 yards, a 7.3 average; caught seven passes for 144 yards, three for touchdowns; led the Bears with six interceptions for 78 yards; punted 12 times for an average of 35.8 (a blocked kick cut down his yardage); returned five punts for an average of 31.6 yards; brought back seven kickoffs for an average of 31.8 yards; scored 12 touchdowns in all. Hutson - Carried the ball four times for 22 yards; caught 58 passes for 738 yards and 10 touchdowns (one against the Bears); intercepted one pass and ran it back 32 yards; returned one kickoff for eight yards; kicked one field goal in one attempt; made 12 touchdowns, and kicked 20 out of 24 tries for the extra point...BEARS BETTER AT PASSING: The league's final figures show that the Bears used the forward pass as a scoring weapon more effectively than the Packers. Sid Luckman and five other Chicagoans completed 98 out of 196 passes for 2,002 yards and 19 touchdowns. Cecil Isbell threw 206 of the Packers' 253 passes and completed 117 of their 133. Their total yardage was 1.731, and 17 touchdowns came directly on aerials. The answer to this is that the Bears throw longer passes, which cuts down their percentage of successes, but nets them more yardage when they do connect.
Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers beats defensive back Bob Seymour of the Washington Redskins to catch a touchdown pass
DEC 3 (Green Bay) - An intensive 10-day training schedule, to be climaxed by the Western division playoff in Chicago Dec. 14 unless the Bears lose to the Cardinals next Sunday, was mapped out at a squad meeting of the Green Bay Packers this morning. Following the session, Coach Curly Lambeau took the team out to the practice field for limbering up exercises. Thursday the team will plunge into its first heavy workout since the spectacular 22 to 17 triumph over the Redskins in Washington last Sunday. The players returned to Green Bay Monday night, but Lambeau did not get back until Tuesday evening. Monday he was in Philadelphia for a meeting with Commissioner Elmer Layden and executives of other teams involved to work out details for the Western division and championship games. Should the Packers emerge with the Western division title, the battle with the New York Giants for the National league championship will be held here Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21. If the Bears take the Cardinals next Sunday, the Packers and Bears will be tied and will have to go on with the Dec. 14 playoff. Orders for tickets to the tentative championship game here Dec. 21 are coming in fast. The morning's mail brought a flood of orders, and hundreds of fans have made applications in person since reservations went on sale Tuesday. All applications made at the ticket office must be accompanied by cash for the amount of the tickets, while mail orders must be accompanied by check or money order with an additional 25 cents for registration and mailing. Receipts will be given for the orders, and if the Packers do not win the Western division title the money will be refunded at once. The ticket office is located in the Legion building, 319 E. Walnut street. Mail may be addressed to to Packer Ticket Office, Legion Building, Green Bay, Wis...PRICES FOR TICKETS: Prices for tickets are $6.60, $5.50, $4.40, $3.30 and $2.20, as established at the Philadelphia meeting. The tickets are being printed, and are expected to arrive here by the middle of next week. A total of 23,000 seats will be available. The Packers, meanwhile, have the Chicago Bears on their minds. They are not even considering the possibility that the Cardinals might simplify everything with a victory next Sunday. Coach Lambeau and the players welcome a chance to rest next Sunday. The squad was quite badly battered in Washington, but two full weeks should get it back into good physical condition...WON'T BE EASY: Beating the Bears won't be an easy job, the Packers know. The Bears have as much at stake as the Packers, and the victor will emerge only after a great battle. If the Packers win, it will be their sixth National league championship. They won the title for the first time in 1929, and they repeated the two following seasons. In 1936 they won again, and they took their fifth pennant in 1939. In 1938 they were the Western division champions, but they lost the playoff game to New York, 23 to 17.
DEC 3 (Chicago) - The NFL's 1941 campaign is drawing toward a whirlwind finish, and it requires just a quick glance at the season's statistics to find the answer to the thrilling Western division race - which probably will not come to a conclusion until Dec. 14, when the Chicago Bears meet the Green Bay
however, weighs heavily in Chicago's favor. The Bears have an edge in most phases of play. Halas has scoffed at the idea that his team, because of the early start due to the all-star game inAugust might at this time begin to show signs of weariness. He admits that in its last three games his club failed to play up to its early season standard, but he attributes this to the type of opposition faced. "I've only keyed a club once in eight years," he told his "alumni" at their meeting last Sunday night. "I'm going to key them for the second time Sunday." Both teams will be in good shape except for Russ Letlow of the Packers, whose ankle is in a cast. Bill Osmanski and Harry Clark of the Bears, who spent last Sunday night in the hospital after the Cardinal game, were in tip-top shape Saturday. Lou Brock of the Packers, who had a rib broken in the Washington game two weeks ago, and Bill Lee, who had his nose broken, were ready. The game will be the 46th between the teams. The Bears have won 22, the Packers 19 and five have been ties. The Bears won the first game this season, 25-17, and the Packers the second, 16-14, after leading, 16-0, at the end of the third quarter.
title game and had no plans for bringing the divisional playoff to Green Bay, they were saved the trouble of making any decision on that matter when the Bears won the toss of the coin and the game went to Chicago under NFL rules. The opposition to playing the championship game here was not as great as had been expected. New York put forth its claims but Commissioner Layden took no side in the argument. Layden announced that should the Packers win the division title the Championship game would be held in Green Bay, but that if the Bears take the division title the game would be played at Wrigley field, Chicago...PRICE MAY BE $6.60: Commissioner Layden, who under the rules must fix the price of the tickets for the championship game, had not completed his work on this matter up to noon. However, Mr. Joannes, who is leaving Philadelphia by plane for Green Bay this afternoon, will announce the scale of prices when he arrives here tomorrow morning. It was thought that the top price would be $6.60. The Packer ticket office, under the direction of E.A. Spachmann, has its decks cleared to launch the sale of tickets for the championship game as soon as it gets the information on the prices as fixed by the commissioner. However, no reservations will be made unless accompanied by cash, check or money order so the sale cannot start until the prices are known. The playoff for the division title in Chicago if that becomes necessary will be decided by the "sudden death" plan for the first time in league history, Commissioner Layden said...PLAY EXTRA PERIOD: The "sudden death" system is provided for in the league by-laws to determine the winner in case of a tie after the regular playing time in the divisional playoff. Under this system the team scoring first in the overtime period will be declared the winner. When the regulation playing time ends there shall be a 5-minute intermission, and the teams will toss a coin for the choice of kicking off or receiving, just as at the start of a game. If neither team scores in the first extra period, there shall be a two-minute intermission and the game will continue with 15-minute periods and two-minute intermissions from the point where the ball was declared dead, until one team has scored.
DEC 1 (Washington) - World records and the Redskins were blasted by the Big Bay Bombers here at Griffith Stadium Sunday as the Packers treated a crowd of 35,594 to dazzling aerial display in a magnificent second half comeback. Red Flaherty and his Washington Redskin strategists had been working a long time on what they called a "new-fangled pass defense designed to clip Don Hutson's wings." Well, they tried hard down here in Roosevelt's town, and for 30 minutes they didn't do at all badly. But there were 30 more minutes in the ball game, and Dashing Don didn't need all of them to hang up two world professional football marks and set another record for all-time Packer touchdown production. The 20 points that Don collected on three superb aerials from Cecil Isbell and a pair of after-touchdown boots brought this season's total to 95, just 16 more than the old record set by Jack Mander in 1934. The ex-Alabama flash also dumped Andy Farkas' single season touchdown record into the ash can by scoring his 12th six-pointer of the season and added to his margin over Verne Lewellen's old Packer record of 50 goal crossings. Don now has 57 professional excursions over the last white line to his credit. Cecil Isbell also hung up a new pro record during the festivities. The former Purdue star completed 12 out of 21 passes for 154 yards to bring his season pass total to 1,511 yards against Sammy Baugh's old record of 1,367 yards last year. Commenting on the Redskins' difficulty in breaking up the Isbell-Hutson combination, Baugh said after the game: "There just is no defense against a perfect pass." Ray Flaherty seemed to think that Hutson might have had more trouble snaring Isbell's pegs if Dick Todd had played. Todd was out with a broken ankle. In Flaherty's opinion Todd is the only Redskin with sufficient speed to keep up with Hutson..."HUTSON IS CHAMPION": "That boy Hutson is a champion," said Flaherty after the game. "He is an outfielder on a football team. I'm surprised now when he doesn't catch the ball. I've never seen his likes at pass catching." Coach Lambeau beamed over his touchdown twins. He gave Hutson a rousing slap on the back as he left the game and then pointed to Isbell. "There's a pretty good pitcher," said Curly. "It takes two men to make a pass go and Isbell never had better control. But those Redskins acted as though they wanted to get into the playoff. I knew in the first five minutes that we had a tough one to get over. Some people thought I was fooling when I said I would settle for a one-point victory." Steve Owen, New York Giant coach, was scouting the Packers with a view toward meeting them in the championship playoff. Steve joined in the big argument over the safety scored in the final period, and no doubt got a good idea of what the Giants will have to face if the Packers reach the playoff. The local fans were dazzled, bewildered and dumbfounded by the Isbell-Hutson aerial circus, and generally failed to note how the aggressive and heads-up line play of the Packers helped turn the tide in the second half. Lambeau and Company's forwards took a bit of a pushing during he Redskin rampages of the first half, but the Packer linemen outplayed their burly opponents by a decisive margin in the second half and contributed some defensive gems that more than once saved the day...BAUGH IS RUSHED: They gave Slingin' Sammy Baugh less and less time to get off his passes as the game waned, and hurried him into missing three end zone pegs in the final minutes. Packer forwards also kept Ray Hare cornered in the end zone after his brainstorm reverse until officials and other players finished arguing as to whether it was a safety or touchback. The Bays' hard tackling seemed to stimulate an attack of fumbilitis among the Redskin backs. Alert Packers recovered a number of the Washington bobbles and some of them came at opportune moments when the red shirted boys were getting up steam...SVENDSEN RECOVERS BOBBLE: George Svendsen, in addition to his long gallop with an intercepted pass, contributed another gem by hitting Filchock hard on the Packer 20, and then sharing the Washington back's fumble. Filchock was goalward bound when George hit him and recovered the fumble to nip another serious first half threat by the Redskins. Ki Aldrich matched Svendsen's pass interception and long gallop, but the Bays cashed in on George's effort and the Redskins couldn't get much further after Ki's trot. Bob Seymour, Washington back, would be glad to see less of Don Hutson in the future. Seymour dogged Don like a shadow all afternoon, but Don's change of pace and wide-angled sprints left the big Redskins clutching air as Don gathered in the pigskin. Seymour looked disgusted as he left the game after Hutson's third score. Don also set a new record for grid nonchalance in scoring his final touchdown. He snared Isbell's pass on the Redskin 10 as Seymour lunged at him. Don twisted neatly as a ballet dancer, stepped out of Seymour's embrace and leisurely walked - not ran - over the goal with Seymour prostrate behind him and no other Redskin within waving distance...THREE MEN HURT: The afternoon's bruising left the Packers with three men on the injured list. Lou Brock received a fractured rib. Russ Letlow had to be carried off the field with a separation of the achilles tendon, and Bill Lee suffered a probable fractured nose. Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician, indicated that all three probably would be ready for action in the Bear playoff. X-rays will be needed to determine the exact extent of Lee's injury. George Marshall, Redskin impressario, certainly gives Washington fans football with all the trimmings, win, lose or draw. In addition to the 100-piece Redskin band all togged up in red and white feathered war bonnets, a red hot swing band and a 20-piece glee club gave out from a teepee perched atop the south stand. When the Skins were piling up their 17-point lead, smoke poured from the teepee top and the Indian jive artists really gave out on the Redskin victory march, but when the Packers got going they played, "Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away"...REALLY STAGE SHOW: On every kickoff the trombone slid all the way down the scale in a weird wail that continued until the ball dropped into the receiver's hands, between halves the Redskins' band maneuvered their war bonnets through formations that made the Bears stuff look simple. Maybe Red Flaherty could use a few of those brass drummers as running guards. Before the game each of the starting Packers was introduced individually over the public address system, and each romped out on to the field with an escort of green-clad field attendants. In making the introductions they saved Hutson for the last, and that is just the way the ball game went. As one eastern sportswriter remarked in the press coop after Don made his final score, "Well, there goes Mr. Football, boys." The crowd mobbed Don on the field after the game and autograph hunters just wouldn't let him go to the dressing room. The crowd was howling for a Redskin victory but there also were quite a few lusty former Green Bay voices shouting for the Bays. Among them were those of Lieutenant James H. Straubel, now stationed at army air corps headquarters in Washington; Vince Engels, now of Chevy Chase, Md., and John Christ of the government printing office...LAFOLLETTE SEE GAMES: Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr., also attended the game. Two soldiers from Green Bay who are now stationed at Camp Lee in Virginia hitchhiked up to Washington and saw the game from the Packer bench. Another solder did his bit for the Packers was Bob Adkins, now on duty at Fort Sheridan, Ill. Bob got weekend leave, arrived in Washington Saturday, and played a lot of football Sunday. Today he went back to carrying the ball for Uncle Sam. The weather for the game was prefect and the field was dry and dusty, providing excellent footing for the players. Just to make things pretty, Owner Marshall, of laundry game, had his hired hands spray the brown patches in the turf with green vegetable dye. A rival Washington laundryman used Marshall's grid spectacles to lure football fans' dirty shirts away from the "long live linen" place of the Redskin chief. He had a crew in Indian costumes with his own advertising emblazoned on their shirts parade up and down the entrances to the stadium shouting the virtues of the rival laundry. Coach Curly Lambeau and Don Hutson will be heard over the Mutual Broadcasting System's radio network on Monday night. Lambeau will speak at 4:15 p.m., central standard time, from Mutual's Philadelphia outlet, and Hutson will broadcast from WGN at 7:15 p.m., central standard time. There were no major penalties during the game, but the Redskins lost some crucial yards on five-yard penalties for offside and illegal man in motion. Both players and fans seemed satisfied with the officiating, and nary a book was heard from the boys in the white pants.
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - Adventures of a radio listener: At 2:15 Sunday afternoon the NFL's Western division title hung in the balance. Like most football fans in Green Bay, we left a woebegone Russ Winnie announcing that the Packers were behind, 17 to 0, at the half, to hear an equally dispirited Ford Pearson relate that the Chicago Bears were trailing the lowly Philadelphia Eagles, 14 to 0, in the second quarter. At Philadelphia the half ended with the Eagles holding off a Bruin drive to make the score unchanged midway in the game. The two teams that are probable opponents in a playoff game for the Western division crown Dec. 14 were both behind. From that point Green Bay listeners divided their time. Both elevens were in danger and a defeat for either could decide the Western division contest...SPIRITS PICKED UP: Winnie's spirits picked up slightly as he described a Packer touchdown drive that netted six points. A quick check revealed that the Bears still trailed, 14 to 0. George Svendsen's pass interception with a return to the Redskin three-yard line set up another touchdown. Don Hutson scored on a third down pass. The kick was good. But a turn of the dial proved that the Bears had struck for the first time and the score was Philadelphia 14, Chicago 7. The two touchdowns had come at almost exactly the same moment. After Hutson's successful extra point, we found Pearson describing how the Bear touchdown had been made, and the placement attempt was made immediately afterward...BEARS TIE SCORE: Washington had possession of the ball and took time out so we again moved to the Chicago broadcast to learn that the Bears had tied the score, 14 to 14. We turned back to the Capital broadcast. Don Hutson caught a third touchdown pass and kicked the extra point to give Curly Lambeau's charges a three-point lead, 20 to 17. Hoping for another touchdown to put the game out of danger, we remained tuned to Winnie's description while the Bays counted two points on a safety. Then we went back to the Pearson narrative. The House of Halas had counted twice more and the score was 28 to 14. From that point the Bears moved on without this particular Green Bay audience and eventually won, 49 to 14. We found this out after hearing the Packers repulse a Washington threat in the closing minutes and retain the ball until almost the end of the game. The victories immediately focused Green Bay attention on two things - today's league meeting in Philadelphia, and the encounter Sunday between the two Chicago teams. Jimmy Conzelman, on his last visit here, expressed the hope that the Redskins could finish in third place in the Western division this season. He felt very strongly about next week's meeting with the Chicago Bears and thought a victory for his team was possible...ODDS FAVOR BEARS: The Cards lost to Detroit, 21 to 3, and can do no better than a third place tie with the Lions even if they beat the Bears. The opinion that the Bears have a walkaway in store for them against the Conzelman team, is by no means unanimous in Packer city, although the odds all favor the Halas squad. Packer followers like the idea that the Bays have this next week to men their injuries and are pulling for a Cardinal victory at the same time, although a good share of that spirit can probably be attributed to wishful thinking on the part of local followers. The fact remains that the Packers have an idle Sunday, while the intra-city Chicago game is played - a definite advantage for the impending playoff against the defending champions.
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson's name will be sprinkled liberally throughout the revised edition of the NFL's statistics books. The pass catching artist had another sensational performance at Washington Sunday, and I hereby nominate him as my choice for the most valuable player in the league for 1941. George Calhoun told of two league records shattered by the fleet Don, but George Strickler, the National league's director of public relations, stayed up nearly all night in Chicago checking statistics. The result is that Don now is credited not with two, but with seven league records for his seven years of professional football. Here they are:
1. The former Alabama star has scored 95 points in his 11 league starts this season. This snaps the record of 79 points established by the famous Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears back in 1934. Hutson scored 12 touchdowns, 20 conversions and one field goal, while Manders ran up his total of 79 with only three touchdowns, but 31 extra points and 10 field goals.
2. During his seven years with the Green Bay Packers, Hutson scored a total of 386 points. Manders also held this record ever since 1940, when he ended a career of eight seasons that started in 1933, with a total of 368 points. Hutson's average is 55.1 points per season, Manders' is 46.
3. Twelve touchdown passes this season means still another record for the Packer star. Andy Farkas of Washington, against whom Don played Sunday afternoon, established the previous record of 11 touchdowns in the 1939 season.
4. When Hutson broke Verne Lewellen's achievement of 50 touchdowns in nine seasons, it was not only a Green Bay record but also a league record. Don's record is a total of 57 touchdowns.
5. He merely added to one of his own league records when he finished the regular schedule this year with a total of 260 passes to his credit for his seven years.
6. Four times Hutson has caught three touchdown passes in a single game. No other NFL player has been able to do that more than once.
7. Statistics show that Hutson gained a total of 6,163 yards from passes during the past seven years, resulting in another record.
Hutson deserves unstinted praise, but don't forget against Washington the Packers established a new season's efficiency record for more than 250 attempts. The Packers completed 133 passes in 251 attempts for a mark of 52.98 percent. Cleveland set the old record of 50.1 in 1939.
DEC 1 (Washington) - Steve Owen, coach of the New York Giants, champions of the eastern division of the NFL, scouted Green Bay in the Packers' victory today over Washington. Owen was accompanied by Tuffy Leemans, Giants' star halfback, and Mel Hein, Giants' center...The Giants will meet either Green Bay or the Chicago Bears for the league championship. Since the western division championship hinges on the Bears-Cardinals game in Comiskey park next Sunday, the entire Packer squad will watch the contest...Although no announcement has been made, George Marshall, owner of the Redskins, told newspapermen today that he had learned the National league championship in Green Bay if the Packers qualified. Official announcement may be made after tomorrow's scheduled meeting between the Giants, Bears and Packers in Philadelphia.
DEC 1 (Philadelphia) - The NFL today set December 21 for its East-West league championship game, with the possibility a playoff may be necessary to decide which Western division team will meet the New York Giants for the title. The Giants have won the Eastern half championship, chalking up eight wins and two losses to the six and four of their nearest competitor, Brooklyn. New York and Brooklyn are matched in a final game next Sunday, but the outcome will not affect the division standing. In the Western division, the Green Bay Packers have ended their season with 10 wins and a single loss, but they will be tied with the Chicago Bears if the latter defeats the Windy City's Cardinals next Sunday. The Bears now have won nine and lost one. Should the Bears move into a Western division tie with the Packers, Commissioner Elmer Layden said a "sudden death" playoff for the division title would be staged between them and the Green Bay team at Wrigley Field, Chicago, December 14. The game would go into as many extra periods as necessary to determine the winner, he explained. The national championship game will be held at Green Bay, Wis., if the Packers take Western division honors, Layden added, while in the event of a Bear victory, the game will go to the latter's home grounds at Wrigley field.
DEC 1 (Washington) - Steve Owen, coach of the New York Giants, champions of the eastern division of the NFL, scouted Green Bay in the Packers' victory today over Washington. Owen was accompanied by Tuffy Leemans, Giants' star halfback, and Mel Hein, Giants' center...The Giants will meet either Green Bay or the Chicago Bears for the league championship. Since the western division championship hinges on the Bears-Cardinals game in Comiskey park next Sunday, the entire Packers squad will watch the contest...Although no announcement has been made, George Preston Marshall, owner of the Redskins, told newspaper men today that he had learned the National league championship game would be played in Green Bay if the Packers qualified.
DEC 4 (Green Bay) - Unusually mild December weather is not pleasing anybody more than Curly Lambeau, who is faced with the gigantic task of having his Green Bay Packers in top shape for the closing drive of the NFL's championship campaign. If the Chicago Bears win from the Chicago Cardinals next Sunday - and few of even the most optimistic expect anything else to happen, the Packers and Bears will be tied for the Western division championship. The Packers wound up their regular schedule last Sunday when they came from behind to score a thrilling 22 to 17 victory over the Redskins at Washington...WOULD MEAN PLAYOFF: A tie for the Western division title would mean a playoff at Wrigley field in Chicago Dec. 14. Only by winning this game would the Packers become eligible to meet the New York Giants here Dec. 21 for the national championship. Wednesday morning Coach Lambeau assembled his squad for an indoor meeting, and followed this with a light workout on the practice field. This morning the team was back at work with a heavy 10-day schedule lying ahead. Whipping the Chicago Bears will be one of the greatest assignments ever faced by a Green Bay Packer team. The Bears probably are stronger than they ever started fighting for the championship long before the first workout was held last August...COACH WELCOMES LAYOFF: Lambeau welcomes next Sunday's layoff for two important reasons. He can concentrate fully upon the game with the Bears, and at the same time there will be two weeks instead of one for injuries to mend. Several of the players were hurt at Washington, and probably would not be at their best if only one week was allowed them to recover.
DEC 4 (Chicago) - Byron (Whizzer) White of the Detroit Lions, the former Colorado All-American and Rhodes scholar who soon will forget football uniforms to slip into an army outfit, may clinch the No. 1 position in two of the NFL's statistical departments, it was revealed today with the release of the latest defensive figures. White, who concluded the season against the Chicago Cards last Sunday, leads in the punt returns with an average of 13.8, and in the kickoff returns with 25.9. The leader in the punting division is Norm Standlee of the Chicago Bears, who has an average of 63. Marshall Goldberg of the Cardinals seized the lead in interceptions from  George McAfee, who was on top last week.
DEC 4 (Chicago) - It's big news this season when the Chicago Bears fail to surpass former records, and 
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - When the Cardinals and Bears charge out on the turf at Comiskey park in Chicago shortly before 1:30 Sunday afternoon for their vital NFL clash, some 30 of the best end zone seats will be occupied by the Green Bay Packer squad. Coach Curly Lambeau announced today that he is taking the entire team to Chicago. The Bears are highly favored to take the Cardinals, and Lambeau want to make a thorough job of scouting them. Unless the Bears lose or come out with a tie, they will battle the Packers in Chicago Dec. 14 for the Western division title. The Packers will leave Green Bay on the North Western train at 7 o'clock Sunday morning, and will be back by midnight. Two parlor cards and a diner will have been chartered, and they will all three meals on the train. Monday the team is scheduled to resume workouts. Whether they will be pointing for the Chicago Bears or the New York Giants depends entirely upon what happens in Chicago on Sunday. If the Bears beat the Cardinals, as they are likely to do, the Western division title will be determined in Chicago Dec. 14. Should the Bears lose to the 
DEC 8 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears had no open sesame to the NFL's Western division playoff Sunday in Comiskey park. A Cardinal team, fighting with all the bitterness stored up since absorbing a 53 to 7 whipping from their crosstown rivals when last they met, almost succeeded in its self-appointed spoiler's role. Almost, but not quite. When you sifted all the remarkable factors of this terrific battle, the core of it all was George (One Play) McAfee. His two lightninglike touchdowns, the last one a 70-yard darting sweep, brought the Bears from the shadows of a humiliating upset and returned them 34 to 24 victors. The Bears walked off the field wearily, thankful they had skimmed through and qualified for a playoff game with Green Bay next Sunday in Wrigley field. The winner will play the New York Giants on Dec. 21 for the league championship...RAY MALLOUF MAKES TROUBLE: The fury of the Cards' attack, with Ray Mallouf passing and Marshall Goldberg's running, made the Comiskey park assembly of 18,879 forget the biting cold. Unbelievable was that 14 to 0 advantage the Cardinals piled up after only two minutes had been played in the second quarter. Then the Bears struck twice, but just before the half ended, the south siders, helped by three 15-yard penalties assessed against the champions, again took the lead with a field goal. Back came 
DEC 8 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears toppled four more NFL records in Sunday in their final regulation-season game. Previously having broken seven team marks, the Bears Sunday created a new figure for most yards gained in a season, 4,265; most yards gained passing in one season, 2,002; most yards penalized in one season, 676.5; and most first down in one season, 181. The New York Giants ended the season having matched the opposition yard for yard in 11 games.
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - If you've any appetite left tonight
for sports news, in view of the shocking international situation, you surely will be interested and gratified to see that Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers is the only unanimous choice on the 1941 NFL All-Star eleven. It is the fifth time that he was placed on the first team. We Packer fans knew, of course, that the unassuming, popular Don is the greatest offensive play in the entire circuit, and now we have ample expert opinion to back us up. Don was selected for an end position by every sportswriter who participated in this poll which was conducted by the Associated Press...Cecil Isbell, who originated most of the passes caught by Hutson, was a backfield choice, which gives Green Bay two players on the first string. I voted for a couple of Packers in addition, but obviously some of the other scribes had their own favorites. Still, the Packers didn't do badly. Pete Tinsley, a guard, and Clarke Hinkle, a back, made the second team, and honorable mention went to Buckets Goldenberg, a guard, and to Charles Brock and George Svendsen, centers. The Bears won four places in the top lineup, but they will be called upon to prove this superiority in the Western division's rubber match in Chicago next Sunday. Sid Luckman, quarterback and passer, was listed on all but two ballots. One vote behind were George McAfee, a halfback, and Danny Fortmann, guard. Center Clyde Turner was the other Bear to win a place on the first team...
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau was the picture of complete confidence today as he sent his Green Bay Packer squad through another long workout in preparation for the dramatic and crucial struggle with the Bears at Chicago next Sunday afternoon. Lambeau knows perhaps better than anyone else how tough a game it is likely to be, but he sees no reason why the Packers cannot win if they approach the task in the proper manner and spirit. His confidence is based, of course, upon the work and attitude of his players during practice. Today everything went along smoothly, and the coach is leaving nothing undone to maintain the present state of affairs...CHAMPIONSHIP AT STAKE: When the Packers clash with the Bears at Wrigley field in Chicago next Sunday afternoon, the championship of the Western division will be at stake. If the Packers win, the National league's championship game against the New York Giants will be played here in Green Bay Dec. 21. Last Sunday, the Bears defeated the Chicago Cardinals, 34 to 24, and closed their regular schedule in a tie with the Packers for the Western title. Only an explosion in the closing minutes, made possible by several breaks in their favor, gave the Bears a victory. Coach Lambeau and his entire squad occupied end zone seats during that epic struggle. They returned home with profuse notes and diagrams which should be of great help in preparing for next Sunday's battle...PHOTOGRAPHERS ARRIVE: Monday's workout was handicapped somewhat by the presence of two visiting news photographers, one from New York City and the other from Chicago. They begged for shots of the Bays from all angle, and Lambeau obligingly consented. The schedule for the week calls for a lecture conference at 9 o'clock every morning. Workouts have been ordered for the rest of the day. Except for Russ Letlow, who received a leg injury at Washington Nov. 30, the Bays are in good condition physically. Several players are still recovering from ailments, but Lambeau is quite certain of having a healthy squad of gridders to field
against the Bears.
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - An injustice was done, in my opinion, when fullback Clarke Hinkle failed to get a berth on the starting All-Star eleven of the NFL which was selected by Associated Press sportswriters. He did make the second team, which still is quite an honor, but his performance during the 1941 season deserved nothing less than top rating. True, I may be prejudiced about Clark, and I tried to take that into account when I made my selections. The tabulation of votes was not announced, but it is probable that the opinion of one or two scribes kept him off the first team. Hinkle's achievements this season are so well know that little may be said about them here. He would up fourth in scoring, behind Don Hutson of the Packers, who led the field, and George McAfee and Hugh Gallarneau of the Bears. Clarence Manders of the Brooklyn Dodgers was given the backfield spot which Hinkle would have won otherwise. Manders was an outstanding player, but the final statistics undoubtedly will show that he did 
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - Chicago football fans apparently encouraged by hints that have been passed out by Coach George Halas and some of husky satellites, are counting heavily upon a decisive victory for the Bears over the Packers at Wrigley field next Sunday afternoon. Down in the loop, in the hotel lobbies and other meeting places, a Bear triumph is being taken for granted. The only point upon which there seems to be much doubt is the margin by which the team is likely to win. Some are predicting an advantage of at least 40 points. Sid Luckman, talkative quarterback who was obtained from Pittsburgh in one of the strategic Halas 'deals" of 1938, may have had a little to do with increasing the Chicago fans' cockiness. "The Packers tricked us one this season with their seven-man line, but they are not going to do it this time!" is the statement credited to the irate Sid. He was referring, of course, to the incident of Nov. 2, a date that is recalled only with mingle anticipation and anger by the Bears and their host of followers. On that memorable occasion, the Packers exploded the myth of Chicago Bear invincibility with a 16 to 14 victory...TWO GOOD REASONS: The Chicago fans have two important reasons for being angry at the Packers. In the first place, the highly rated T-formation was found to be somewhat short of perfect. Second, that one defeat resulted in a tie for the Western division title which must be played off before the championship game with the New York Giants, Eastern division winner. Those rabid Chicago fans have invented the axiom that the Bears are the world's best football team, and therefore it is impossible for them to lose to the Packers. They have been fed high powered publicity so long that they are believing it with the same conviction that the devout believe in the Bible. Football to them has become an exact science, with Halas the mastermind in the lab. Most of the faithful of Chicago don't like to be reminded that the Bays really defeated them on that unfortunate Sunday in November. To them it was just one of those accidents that happens once every fifth blue moon, and would not be brought up by other people if they wanted to be decent about it..."BEARS BEAT THEMSELVES": "The Bears beat themselves," asserted Edward Prell in a Chicago newspaper, and the fans gratefully accepted that as their alibi. "You can't fumble five times against an aggregation like Green Bay without some sort of penalty," Prell wrote. Scribe Prell, who is a bona fide newspaper man and not a member of the Halas staff, remarked this week as follows: "Owner-Coach Halas admitted this has been his greatest season in more than two decades of professional football. It has had everything - the gorgeous spectacle of the College All-Star game, the majestic sweep over all opponents until the Packers stopped a 15-game winning streak, then a stirring comeback when reached its heights Sunday when a Cardinal team which fought with fury for six minutes finally was subdued." Halas has every reason for wanting to whip the Packers. It irritates him to know that Coach Curly Lambeau has won five National league championship for Green Bay, while he has taken only four. This is the year, he figures, for settling that league supremacy issue for good. They argue in Chicago that the Bears have a statistical advantage over the Packers. The Bears rolled up a total of 396 points in 11 league games, an average of 36 points per game. Their opponents scored 147 points for an average slightly under 13 points. The Packers, figures show, ran up a total of 258 while giving up 120 to their opponents. However, a comparison of statistics for the Packer-Bear game of Nov. 2 provides interesting and encouraging reading material for Green Bay fans. In that game, which the Packers won by 16 to 14, Coach Lambeau's team made 16 first downs, compared to 10 for the surprised Halas men. Green Bay was credited with 274 yards, while the Bears gained only 156. From the line of scrimmage, it was 123 yards for the Packers and 83 for the Bears. The Packers completed 12 out of 21 passes for a total of 151 yards, while their opponent tried 20 and completed eight for a mere 73 yards...BEARS WIN FIRST TIME: The Bears were victorious, 25 to 17, when they met the Packers in Green Bay Sept. 28, but even then the giant killers stacked up favorably in the statistics. Yardage in that game was 298 for the Bears and 255 for the Packers. There were 15 first downs by the Packers and 11 by the Bears. Even in that early game the deadly passing attack of the Packers was taking effect. Out of 27 attempted aerials, the Packers completed 12 for a total of 199 yards, while the Bears completed only one out of six for 44 yards. Green Bay's chief weakness that day was its ground attack, the Bears allowing only 56 yards while marking up 254 for themselves. As for fumbles, the Bears were put down for six on Sept. 28, an interesting fact in view of the five committed in the Nov. 2 game. The Packers fumbled four times in the game at Green Bay, and only twice in the later encounter. Lambeau had no comment on the big talk in Chicago, although he indicated that he may be ready to say something on Thursday, "just so the fans don't worry unnecessarily." Naturally Lambeau is worried. Any coach is before a game. From the way the team has been playing and drilling lately, however, it ought to be able to put up a good fight if it is approached in the proper fashion. Mental attitude will go a long way toward deciding the winner.
DEC 10 (Chicago) - It cost George Halas, owner-coach of the Chicago Bears, $100 Tuesday for his unrestricted charges onto the playing field and along the sidelines during last Sunday's National league football game with Chicago's Cards. Elmer Layden, commissioner of the league, fined him that amount for the rule violation. The commissioner's office also fined Ray Bray of the Bears $50 for slugging. Lou De Filippo, New York Giants center, and Jim Sivell, Brooklyn guard, each drew $50 fines for their fight in last Sunday's game in New York.
DEC 10 (Chicago) - The football players were stirred by
this war, too. Yesterday morning, the Bears were taking
turns venting their wrath on the Japanese when Bob 
DEC 11 (Green Bay) - Enough heat was generated by the Packers today to easily offset the arctic blast that is holding a shivering city within its grasp, but not all of it was caused by the heavy two-piece woolen underwear that has been issued as part of their training equipment. Wednesday the Packers learned that Chicago fans have visions of an easy triumph by the Bears in the Western division playoff in Wrigley field Sunday afternoon. A good many fans, so the Packers heard, are expecting a margin of at least 40 points. Coach Curly Lambeau, whose spry system keeps him well informed of such things, had been keeping the Chicago rumors to himself, but in view of Wednesday's public airing he decided to come out into the open. "Yes," admitted the Belgian, winner of five NFL championships, "they really do have a chance of winning, even by 40 points. But don't forget - we have as excellent a chance of trimming them by the same kind of score!" Lambeau is both confident and worried. He declined to elaborate upon his statement, but one can guess - and be reasonably sure of being right - that he is more concerned about the mental attitude than the physical readiness of his squad...BEAT BEARS ONCE: The Packers beat the Bears once this season, and they can see no reason why they should not do it again. There seems to be some question, however, whether they are approaching the job in the proper frame of mind. Only by being ready both physically and psychologically can the Packers be sure of standing a show against the Bears. If the Bears are off form Sunday the Packers should win, but if the Bears are set it will take alert, powerful football to beat them. It was an aroused, resentful team that drilled on the practice field today. Tackles and blocks were so vicious that Coach Lambeau immediately found a new thing to worry about - that the team might be worn out before it gets to Chicago...BABY RAY ANGRY: Baby Ray, tackle and sparkplug, was much less talkative than usual, and he was anything but his usual easy-going self. Even Don Hutson, the top pass receiver and most valuable player in the league, and a gentlemen always, came close to snarling several times. Buckets Goldenberg, who usually is steady as a mountain in practice, was ready to take on the Bears at once. Unless the statistics for the season are studied carefully, it would appear that the Chicago eleven is considerably stronger than the Packers. They broke more records this season than any team ever did before, and it would seem that they have an edge on a team basis in just about everything but passing efficiency. The fact is, however, that the Bears played only three first division games this season, two against the Packers and one 
Play will continue until one team scores...ENTHUSIASM RUNS HIGH: Enthusiasm for the impending clash has mounted to heights never attained before in pro football. Bear partisans are bragging heatedly of how their team slapped a 25 to 17 defeat on the Packers in their first game this season, and of how the Bears staged a great rally only to lose the second, 16 to 14. Lambeau has announced that his squad is in excellent physical condition. The only player certain not to see action is Russell Letlow, veteran guard, who was injured in the Washington game. The Bears will also field a full strength squad, halfback Harry Clark being the only one not likely to play. Green Bay and other Wisconsin communities will be represented by some 10,000 fans, although many more tickets could have been sold if they had been available. Many will ride the Duchateau-sponsored North Western special, which will leave Green Bay at 7 o'clock Sunday morning.
came back two weeks later and won, 73 to 0, for the 1940 league title. The Bears will tell you that since they were beaten by the Packers, 16 to 14, on Nov. 2, they have been anxious to make amends. Sid Luckman, the Bears' slick field general, certainly will be keyed up for one of the best games of his career. In that game, the Bears, trailing 16 to 0, at the end of the third quarter, rallied in the final period for two touchdowns. They started a third drive when Bob Swisher ran back a punt 32 yards to the Packers' 46. The Bears made a first down on the 36 - within striking distance of a field goal which would have put the champions ahead, 17-16...FUMBLE WRECKS STRATEGY: Luckman elected to try long passers first, with the idea of going for a field goal on fourth down if the aerials failed. The first pass to Hamp Pool was knocked down. On the next down, Harry Jacunski pounded through from left end, and Luckman, looking to his left to pass to Ken Kavanaugh, never knew he was in danger until he was hit by the man from Fordham. Down went Sid and the ball popped out of his hands. Pete Tinsley fell on the ball and there was no more scoring. After the game, Luckman, second guessing himself, said he should have tried running plays. Bob Snyder, another Bear quarterback, whose to field goals were important items in the 25 to 17 victory over the Packers on Sept. 28, looks for a terrific battle...BOB HAS HIS OWN REASONS: "We've just got to win this one," said Bob yesterday after the squad finished a workout in the University of Chicago fieldhouse. "Besides it's my sixth wedding anniversary." During the week, Halas has warned his players to keep their emotions under control. The Bears were assessed three straight fifteen yard penalties in the Cardinal game, which put the south siders in position for a successful field goal. From the depths of literature, or maybe it's a Halas original, the coach has come up with this one: "Anger doth a bonehead make." Chilly and cloudy weather is predicted for tomorrow. It is certain that the game will be played on a dry field. The gridiron has been protected from the rain, snow and cold by a heavy blanket of hay, and completely covered by a tarpaulin...THERE ARE NO TICKETS: The search for tickets yesterday still was a desperate game. When the Packers and Bears last met, a dozen scalpers were rounded up before game time, but these folks never get discouraged. The Bears rule slight favorites, though an analysis of the two previous games gives no basis for this.
DEC 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, oldest and bitterest rivals in pro football, provide the climax of the 1941 season here Sunday when they meet to  break their tie for first place in the western division of the National league. The game will start at 1:15 o'clock, with the Bears odds-on favorites. Through the regular season, which ended last week, each won 10 games and lost 1. Each suffered its only defeat from the other. Sunday's victory will represent the western end of the league in the anticlimax championship game against the New York Giants, winners in the eastern end, a week hence. For the first time in the history of football, college or pro, a tie will not be possible. Under rules which govern a divisional playoff like this, the teams will continue into an extra period if they are tied at the end of the regular playing time. A three minute intermission will follow the regular 60 minutes of play, a coin will be tossed to determine the choice of goals and the teams will start what in effect will be another game, continuing through another game, continuing through regular quarters, if necessary, until one or the other has scored. Despite the snow and cold of the last few days, the chances are that the teams will have fairly good footing and a dry ball. Hay and a heavy tarpaulin covered the gridiron of Wrigley field all week. An inspection of part of the field Saturday showed the turf firm and dry. The tarpaulin and hay will not be removed until Sunday morning so that only bad weather just before the game can spoil the footing. A capacity crowd of 46,800 is assured. Tickets, which went on sale 10 days ago, were gobbled up in a couple of days. Even standing room in the outfield has already been sold. About 10,400 of the tickets went to Green Bay. The Bears ruled heavy favorites. Odds on them to win the rubber game of the series jumped during the week from 9-5 to 2-1 to 13-5. To most fans, except red hot Packer rooters, the Bears on paper still stand out as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, collection of football players ever assembled. The season records bear out the contention. Eight season marks and three game records fell before the Bears in the regular campaign which closed last Sunday. The team hung up new season records in first downs (181), in total yards gained (4,265), in yards gained passing (2,002), in touchdowns (56), in touchdowns rushing (37), in points after touchdowns (45), in total points (396), in penalties (676 yards), which, despite its negative importance, indicated aggressiveness. The team has impressive balance all the way through. It has one of the greatest quarterbacks in pro history, Sid Luckman; one of the fleetest running backs in George McAfee, a couple of great fullbacks in Osmanski and Standlee, better than average ends in Dick Plasman and George Wilson, fine tackles in Lee Artoe and Joe Stydahar, a better than average guard in Danny Fortmann, one of the great centers of recent pro history in 245 pound Clyde Turner and an array of reserve strength which the Packers cannot being to match. As the list of new records shows, the team has been effective in the air, with Luckman passing, as on the ground with any one of the great backs carrying. Owner-Coach George Halas has developed a balance in his attack not often achieved. The Packers Sunday cannot concentrate against any one mode of attack, but must concentrate on all. Yet, despite this superiority of the Bears, the Packers will go into the game armed with the sharpest single weapon either team has - the pass. With Isbell pitching and Don Hutson catching or decoying, the Packers have an attack with which they may well wing their way to victory despite the Bears' edge in other phases of play. It is sharper than ever. The records prove it. Green Bay this season set a new passing efficiency mark of 52.6%. It is on the pass, of course, that the Packers pin most of their hopes. No team has stopped them in the air, and, if the weather does not suddenly turn cold again, the Bears will not stop them either in this third meeting, or at least Lambeau predicts. The entire Packer squad, which arrived here late Saturday afternoon, refuses to share in the sentiment reflected by the odds. "We beat them once," Lambeau, as spokesman, declared, "and we can beat them again. The idea of invincibility which had grown up around the Bears and their "T" was blasted in our first meeting. If we have anything except cold weather, we have an even chance. The team which goes out with the greatest heart and desire will win." Lambeau does not share the general opinion, either, that his team will have only the pass in Sunday's game. "We have a pretty good running game of our own, and don't be surprised if we run a lot against the Bears. Hinkle has been going great guns this week, and as he goes, our running game usually goes." The season's statistics,
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have not been frightened, awed or worried by the propaganda campaign of the Chicago Bears, Coach Curly Lambeau asserted this morning, shortly before he took his squad to Chicago for the Western division playoff battle with the George Halas aggregation at Wrigley field Sunday. "The Halas strategy," remarked Lambeau, includes frightening the opposition with propaganda. A good many of the teams the Bears played this year were licked on Saturday afternoon. They had been fed so much about the powerful mysterious T formation that they were believing it. "But," declared the Packer coach, "they can't fool my boys that way!?" In other words, the Packers face the great battle with every intention of fighting for victory. They defeated the Bears once this season, and they can see no reason why they cannot do it a second time...Lambeau reported that the past two weeks gave the team enough time for thorough preparation on both offense and defense. "I don't think I ever saw any Packer team so well prepared," the coach asserted, and Assistant Coach Red Smith agreed, adding that he believed he had never seen any football team work harder to attain perfection. "The Bears can't possibly win if we have the same fire throughout the game as we had in the first half against the Bears in Chicago Nov. 2," Lambeau continued. "We held them to 25 yards in the first half, you recall. In the second half we made some mistakes, but I am counting on the boys not to make them this time."...Suggestion to Bear fans: Be careful how you apply statistics in trying to prove which team is stronger and deserving of victory. The only statistics that count if you want to make an accurate comparison are those from the two Packer-Bear games this year. Records against other opponents don't have any bearing. Now that we have that settled, will you please recall that in their two games this year the Bears made 21 first downs and the Packers 31. As for yardage, the Bears were credited with 454, the Bays with 529. In view of these statistics, the odds of 11 to 5 for the Bears to win do not seem quite justified. The Chicago gamblers were suckers Nov. 2, and what's to prevent that from happening again?...The general public and the press, except in Green Bay, are under the impression that the Bears are the better team. Coach Lambeau and the Packers feel that some people are taking too much for granted. "The team that shows the most fight and desire for victory will come out on top," Lambeau declared. He was confident, of course, that the officiating would be fair, and that it would be simply a fair and square fight...The records show that the Bears have won 23 of the 46 games that have been played in the series. The Packers were victorious 19 times, and four games ended in ties. In that series the Bears have scored 508 points, and the Packers collected 436. It was back in 1921 that the Bears and Packers played the first game of their famous series. The Bears, then known as the Staleys, were victorious by 20 to 0. In 1923, in the second meeting, the Bears won 3 to 0, but Green Bay hit its stride in 1924 and split two games, winning the first by 5 to 0, and losing the other, 3 to 0...I won't come out in print with any prediction on the game. But I will say that I am confident that Green Bay will be there with everything they have. If they lost, they can still be satisfied that they did their best, and that is all that anybody can do. If the Packers win you can expect to see a rousing homecoming crowd when the train pulls into the North Western station at 11 o'clock Sunday night. But what kind of a crowd will turn out if they should happen to lose?...Seats for the title game Dec. 21 will go on sale at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon if the Packers win the Western division title from the Bears. And fans might be warned that they probably won't last long, since they will be sold on a strictly, first-come, first-served basis...HERE'S HOPING!
DEC 13 (Chicago) - Mad Marshall Goldberg, who often wondered during the previous two seasons, whether he had brought anything besides a campus reputation into the NFL, further strengthened his claim to a place among the outstanding players of all time this year by finishing at the top in two departments of play in official league statistics released today. Goldberg, the heart of a spirited, but luckless Chicago Cardinal attack, led the league in kickoffs returned and tied for first among pass interceptors, winning the No. 1 rating by carrying back seven interceptions 19 yards farther than Art Jones, the Pittsburgh Steelers' spectacular ball carrying rookie. Goldberg also finished third among the league's ground gainers, trailing only Pug Manders, the new champion from Brooklyn, and One-Play George McAfee, the Chicago Bears' accomplished transportation engineer. Whizzer White, of Detroit, who led the league in kick returns most of the year, surrendered the kickoff lead to Goldberg late in the season, but kept the punt handling championship for himself by taking 19 punts back for an average of 13.8 yards per catch. His longest runback was 64 yards. Sammy Baugh of Washington, one of football's finest punters, although he is known almost entirely for his passing, retained the title he won last year by averaging 48.7 yards on 30 punts. His average, however, was under his winning mark of 1940, when he had achieved 51 yards per try with a best effort of 85 yards. His longest kick this year was 75 yards, the season record in the National league.
DEC 13 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers will come into town today, a few thousand fans will continue their hopeless pursuit of tickets, and the Chicago Bears will wind up their week-long day and night preparation. This is the picture 24 hours before those old gridiron enemies go to Wrigley field tomorrow for their finish battle which will determine the western division champion of the NFL. The park is sold out, assuring attendance of more than 46,000. Most of the previous 46 battles between the Bears and Packers have been furiously fought, but none has ever had the "fight to a finish" label. Four of their meeting over the last 21 years have resulted in ties. But there can be no deadlock tomorrow, because the New York Giants, eastern winners, have a date with the western champions on Dec. 21...PACKERS WELL RESTED: The Packers have had two weeks to prepare. Their last game was in Washington, a heroic 22 to 17 triumph. The Bears ended their regular season warfare in Comiskey park Sunday, beating the Cardinals only after three rallies, 34 to 24. The week before that the Bears also had to overcome a 14 point deficit in Philadelphia. Tomorrow's foes, then, have won the hard way in their final games. The rival coaches, George Halas of the Bears, and Curly Lambeau of the Packers, haven't forgotten to mention that the cold weather this week has handicapped their preparation. If it is a disadvantage, both have been affected by it. The Green Bay headquarters will be in the Knickerbocker hotel on the near north side...PSYCHOLOGY FAVORS BEARS: Those who like to figure psychological factors believe the Bears will have an advantage. They profess to see a parallel to the two Washington games of 1940. After the Redskins beat the Bears, 7 to 3, the latter 
DECEMBER 14 (Chicago Tribune) - Well, the nerve of those Packers. Last night, right here in Chicago, right on the near north side in fact, they completed their two weeks of preparation for today's western division championship game with the Bears in Wrigley field. Well dressed and looking fit, they arrived in the city at 5:45 o'clock, were hustled to the Knickerbocker hotel, and a few minutes later had captured the dining room. That is, all but Coach Curly Lambeau. After speaking over the radio a few minutes after the team's arrival from Green Bay, Curly was too busy to eat. He was lining up material for a squad meeting at 8 o'clock and only when this was over did he get chummy with a thick steak. Lambeau, looking military in a light tan trench coach, was his usual non-committal self. This was as far as he would go: "We're battling a tough team and we're going to give 'em everything we've got." First of the Packers to be paged was Buckets Goldenberg, the old Wisconsin star, who is playing guard in his ninth pro campaign. Soon there were messages for other Packers, and most were last minute appeals for tickets. There was a call from a lady for Charley Brock, the Packer center, and some of his pals acted interested until Charley said it was from his brother's girlfriend. Clarke Hinkle, looking like a page out of a men's fashion magazine - tweed coat, tan vest, blue shirt, and a swank brown hat, sounded a bit incongruous when he said: "It'll be a dog fight." These pro footballers will fool you if you don't know 'em. Clarke looks like he might have left Bucknell only a year or so ago, but here he is going as strong as ever in his ninth season with the Packers. Mr. Hinkle was in a reminiscent mood. "I hope it's not as rough as those two so-called 
averaged 39 2/3 points in nine games, exclusive of the two with Green Bay. Their average in these is only 20 points. The Bears have psychological factors working for and against them. They have been gradually working up to this third meeting with their old foe. But no team has repeated as champion since the east-west playoff system was adopted in 1933. It is said the strain of preparing for the College All-Star game proves too much for the defending champion. Of course, psychology flies out the window when Don Hutson makes a squirming run and an impossible catch of a Cecil Isbell pass, or when George McAfee takes the ball anywhere on the field and winds up behind the goal line. Hutson and McAfee are the two most feared players in the league. The Packers have as much respect for McAfee, the golden boy from Duke, as have the Bears for Hutson, the lanky Arkansan who made his college reputation at Alabama. There are any number of others, though, who may emerge as today's heroes and your guess is as good as any one's. The last time they met, the Packers' line badly outpointed the Bears' forwards. The Chicago passers were rushed and thrown for losses or forced to throw so rapidly their aim was bad. The teams come up to the battle in excellent condition. Harry Clark, Bears' halfback, suffered a knee injury last week, but in an emergency he could play. Russ Letlow, veteran Packer guard, is definitely out with a recurrence of a foot injury. The weather prediction is chilly and cloudy. The gridiron, protected by a hay mattress and tarpaulin since mid-November, should be in good condition. Game time is 1:15 p.m., which won't give the rivals much extra time if there is a deadlock at the finish. Neither of those Connie Macks of pro football, George Halas of the Bears, and Curly Lambeau of the Packers, believes more than the 60 minutes of regulation will be required for a decision, favorable, of course, to their forces. Halas and Lambeau earn their right to be called Connie Macks because they were among the founders of organized professional football. They fought as player-coaches back in the '20s, and though time has relegated them to the sidelines as coaches, they have matched the zeal of their active days. Today's game was awarded to Chicago at a league conference, but Green Bay will have plenty of vocal support. The Packers' quota of tickets was 10,000, and several times this number could have been sold to Green Bay adherents. In two games this season against the Bears, Hutson has scored only once. He took a pass and ran for a 35 yard gain in their opening battle in Green Bay last September. All week long Halas and his associates have mapped special strategy to stop Hutson. The trouble is that the one-time Alabama star also has a nuisance value. If he is watched too closely, Cecil Isbell throws the ball to any number of other Packers, chiefly Carl Mulleneaux and Lou Brock. Since 1933 either the Bears or Packers have won their section with the exception of one season. The Bears went into the title playoffs in 1933, 1934, 1937 and 1940. The Packers represented the west in 1936, 1938 and 1939. The Detroit Lions finished first in 1935 and went on to whip the Giants for the league championship, 26 to 7.
DEC 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Chicago Bears, defending NFL champions, will go into Sunday's Western division championship playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Wrigley field, Chicago, the favorite at odds of about 2 1/2 to 1. Over 46,000 fans, a sellout crowd, will see these old rivals in their "rubber" game of the 1941 season. Friday's snowstorm is expected to be more harmful to the Packers' chances than to the Bears, as the Bays, with the deadliest passing game in football history, will find a wet, soggy ball anything but conducive to enhancing their chances of triumph. The two clubs have broken even this season. On September 28 the Bears defeated the Packers, 25 to 17, at Green Bay, and on November 2 in Wrigley field the Packers gained revenge by a 16 to 14 margin. Followers of both teams have found all kinds of reasons why their respective favorites should have won both games. Packer followers cite two costly fumbles in Bear territory and a late fumble deep in their own territory was prime reasons why the Bears emerged victorious in the affair at Green Bay. They point out the fumble not only cost the Bays potential scores, but that the late fumble gave the Bears the chance to try for the field goal that gave them the eight point lead and sewed up the verdict. Bear fans have their inning, too. They claim the Bears took the November 2 game too much in stride, that the Packers caught them off form and that only in the last period, when the Bears rallied for two touchdowns, did the Chicago club play the ball it is really capable of. Be that as it may, the fact is the two teams are the best in football and that either club, if it plays the ball it is capable of, and the other is slightly off color, can win comfortably. If both are at the top of the games it is likely that defense will go by the boards and it will be a riproaring offensive struggle, with the Bears' vaunted T formation, man in motion and quick opening plays attack pitted against the Bays' deadly aerial game backed by a running attack which has never been exploited to its full advantage. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers foiled Coach George Halas of the Bears with a surprise defensive alignment on November 2. The Packers used a seven man line on most occasions, shifted to a six, two, two, one on others, but in the main, even with the six, two, two, one they had a virtually seven, even eight man, setup. The man in motion was covered usually by the defensive end on the side he was running toward and backers up in the six man setup dropped into the front line, or virtually so. Admittedly, this setup has weaknesses against certain offensives and Halas can be counted upon to have something ready in an attacking way to take advantage of it. However, Curly, too, knows its strong points, its weaknesses and can be counted upon to have something in reserve. In fact, it is a good bet he'll rely upon the seven man line more sparingly than he did on November 2, and will use it only on certain downs and position situations. On November 2, the seven man line was most successful in stopping the Bears' quick opening thrusts through the middle and in rushing Sid Luckman, keyman of the T formation. Luckman had little success in the air because he was hounded so relentlessly by Bay pass rushers; and also found himself swarmed over by tacklers while attempting to run the T formation quick opening shots that depend largely upon his clever ball handling and faking. Both teams will go into the battle somewhat the worse for wear owing to the long and arduous schedule they had this fall. The Bears' Bill Osmanski will not be in top shape. He's their best fullback. Other Chicagoans, too, are worn and torn. The Bays will find themselves minus the services of Russ Letlow, star guard, with the chances that Lou Brock, right halfback on the No. 1 backfield, will be below par owing to some cracked ribs. The game will start at 1 p.m. The sudden-death rule will hold in the playoff and if the regulation 60 minutes ends with no decision, the boys will play on and on until someone scores. A good shot of cold weather may numb the ball handlers or take some of the accuracy out of the passing, but it shouldn't interfere with the footwork. Halas, a believer in firm turf, has kept the Wrigley field gridiron under a foot of straw and a tarpaulin for two weeks, and the field will be in fairly good shape unless it rains or snows after the contest starts.
DEC 14 (Chicago Tribune) - Bears vs. Packers. These are three of the most explosive words in sports competition and need no amplification under ordinary circumstances. But in these extraordinary times, today's battle has elements which never before have come up since these football titans started matching touchdowns in 1921. The 46,484 who will sit and stand and cheer in Wrigley field this afternoon will see: 1. A Western division champion crowned in the NFL's first sectional playoff game. 2. Professional football's first overtime game, if the score is tied at the end of the regulation 60 minutes. (After a three minute rest the teams will start sudden-death combat, to end when the first score is recorded or when darkness prevents further play. The latter result probably would lead to a midweek game.) These added attractions to game No. 47 between these perennial rivals are occasions by their identical records in National league competition - 10 victories and 1 defeat. There must be a decision reached because either Green Bay or Chicago will be the scene of the league championship game a week from today against the New York Giants, who won the Eastern division title three weeks ago. The single defeats on the Bears' and Packers' records were love taps inflicted by each other. Since the Chicagoans, who by the way are 1940 champions, slapped the Packers on September 28, 25 to 17, Green Bay has won eight straight league games and an exhibition. The men from the north cancelled their lone defeat by beating the Bears in Wrigley field, 16 to 14, on November 2, breaking a 15 game winning streak. After that setback the Bears righted themselves and went on to five straight conquests, although their final two were achieved only after their rivals, the Eagles and Cardinals, has swept into 14 to 0 leads. Then the Bears piled on touchdown after touchdown to become the highest scoring team in the league's history, with 396 points in 11 games, they made no wild scoring surges against the Packers. They