GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers made the supreme test against the supreme football team before 24,876 at City stadium yesterday afternoon, and the effort wasn't enough. The Chicago Bears whipped their ancient rivals in the 45th National league game between the teams, 25 to 17, with the spectators treated to almost a thrill a minute. The tide of battle surged back and forth along the stadium gridiron, from the opening whistle, and it wasn't until Bob Snyder kicked a 34-yard field goal with three minutes of playing time left in the fourth period, that the victory was beyond the Packers' reach. Even then, with the count 25-17 against them, they forced their way down to the Bears' goal line, passing into the end zone in a desperate attempt to snatch the prize from the invaders. The Chicago line decisively outplayed the Packer forward wall for most of the game, there being several notable exceptions, particularly in the opening minutes of the third period, when a sustained march, much of it along the ground, gave the Packers a touchdown that moved them out in front, 17 to 15. Four plays later the Bears, almost tearing the defenders from the sod, ripped across for their third touchdown of the day and they had the lead again, 22 to 17. It stayed that way until Snyder's clinching field goal, the second he kicked during the day. The other one was for 25 yards in the second period. In losing, the Green Bay team put up a terrific fight, its chief difficulty being an inability to cope consistently with the most powerful attack any football team ever possessed - that which rests among the armaments of the Chicago Bears. When the Bruins got made, when they elected to release all their pent up explosives, it was just a cast of stand back or get hurt. Their deception was perfect. With their plays springing from the mighty T-formation, an ancient offensive display which in this modern era has found a team capable of making it talk, George McAfee, Ray Nolting and Bill Osmanski crashed through the defensive wall repeatedly as low-charging Bear guards, tackles and ends knocked the Packers aside.
IT'S NO WALKAWAY
At that, the Packers might have won. They never gave up the combat, never permitted the game to turn into a rout, although the Bears threatened to drive the team under the stands in the first half. It took Green Bay a long time to find out that its ground attack, which functioned so beautifully against the Cleveland Rams the previous week, was some 80 percent less effective against the Bear line, and as so many times in the past, the principal Packer weapon in yesterday's great game descended upon the Bears from the skies. Hinkle and Hutson accounted for all of the Packers' scoring. The score was 15 to 0 against the Bays with two and a half minutes left to play in the half, when Cecil Isbell pegged nine consecutive forward passes after a Bear kickoff went into the Green Bay end zone. Five of them were complete, the last one being taken by Hutson, who got away on a filtering 40-yard run to the goal line, aided materially by Ed Frutig's sideline block on Ray McLean 20 yards out. Hutson kicked the extra point after that score, and the Packers were trailing 15 to 7. They had another scoring chance immediately afterwards, when Norm Standlee, smacked with stunning force by Buckets Goldenberg, fumbled, Hal Van Every landing on the oval on the Bears' 25-yard line. Time in the half was oozing away, and when three plays failed to net a touchdown, Hinkle stepped back to the 39-yard line and sent home a perfect field goal, altering the score to 15-10 and putting the Packers definitely back into the ball game. The Bears scored their first touchdown late in the first period, on a 44-yard forward pass play, McAfee taking a lateral from Luckman, racing to his left and arching a high toss to Ken Kavanaugh, who got past Joe Laws and pulled home the pill on the 5-yard line, continuing over for the score. Snyder's extra point kick was blocked by Ray Riddick and Charley Brock, giving the Bruins a 6 to 0 lead.
LEAVE PACKERS BEHIND
Early in the second period the Bears were close enough for Snyder to kick his first field goal, and midway through the period, with the ball 13 yards from the Green Bay goal, they caught the Packers flatfooted, McLean riding through center and weaving over, passing within a foot or two of half a dozen Packers who didn't raise a finger to stop him. Lee Artoe's extra point try was low, and the Bears led 15 to 0. That was where the Packers counterattacked. Trailing by only five points, the Packers came out for the second half and blew the Bears back on their heels with the only sustained Green Bay ground campaign of the afternoon. Hinkle, Lou Brock and Isbell followed vicious blocking at the line to tear through for big gains, an Isbell to Hutson pass gobbled up 16 yards, one penalty was attached to the Bears, and the Packers found themselves five yards from pay dirt. Hinkle shot off right end, leaving a litter of Bears in his wake, to reach the 1-yard line, and on the next play he punched through left tackle for the score. Hutson's extra pointer made the score 17 to 15, the only time during the afternoon that the Packers held the lead.
BRINGS BACK KICKOFF
They didn't hold it long. Hinkle's kickoff was taken by McAfee on the Chicago 1-yard line and returned 50 yards before several Packers dragged him down on the Green Bay 49. Osmanski pounded over right guard, twisting away from three or four defensemen, and was off for 23 yards more before Larry Craig pulled him down on the Green Bay 26. Ray Nolting slid through a quick opening in the line and darted 13 more yards, depositing the ball on the Packer 13, first down. McAfee slid off left end, bumped past Lou Brock, evaded Hutson and crossed the goal line standing up for the touchdown which gave the Bears their final lead. Joe Stydahar kicked the extra point, and the score was 22 to 17. From there on it was a dogfight, the teams slugging it out until the finish, with the Packers holding an advantage in ground gaining, but the Bears protecting their lead. Near the end of the third period a magnificent juggling catch of Isbell's long forward pass by Carl Mulleneaux on the Bear 40 ate up 56 yards in one play, and as the period ended the Packers were pounding away on the Chicago 12-yard line, first down. Here the Packers abandoned the pass game which had proved so successful, and in two line bucks gained as many yards. Isbell's third down forward pass to Hutson in the end zone was knocked down by Bob Swisher, and on fourth down all the receivers were covered, Isbell being chased back and smothered on the Chicago 31-yard line by a flock of Bears. Let it be inserted here that the protection given Packer passers all afternoon was little short of miserable. Almost every time Isbell, Tony Canadeo or Van Every tried to pass, they had the responsibility of keeping away from the rushing Bears strictly to themselves. Rarely did a Packer aerialist have time to spot his receiver and take careful aim, and because the Packer blockers could not hold out the burly attackers, the passers took a terrible physical beating. The Bears, as usual, were extremely rough and great ball stealers. The Packers were charged with four fumbles, and better than half of them had the impetus of clawing tacklers in orange uniforms. As had been mentioned before, there's no law against that; it was the Packers' business to hang onto the ball. The chief defensive problem the Packers faced was the brute strength of the Bear ball carriers and blockers. Time and again a Packer lineman would follow his assignment perfectly and dive against his man, only to be knocked spinning by the depth charge moving ahead of the man with the freight. Still, Green Bay might have won, and in fact came very close to winning, leaving the outcome of the November return meeting between the teams very much up in the air. The early few minutes of the game saw the Bears carry the assault into Packer territory, the drive reaching close enough for an abortive field goal attempt by Lee Artoe. Alert forward pass defense and fighting line play were instrumental in checking the advance, which became dangerous enough. After Green Bay's first slash at the line failed to produce a first down, Hinkle punted past midfield, George McAfee accepting a fair catch on the Bears' 43-yard line.
OSMANSKI GOES THROUGH
In a bruising punch at the strong side Bill Osmanski was through for eight yards, Ray Nolting adding one at center and Osmanski hit right tackle for three yards and a first down on the Packer 45. Sid Luckman lateraled to Ray Nolting, who stepped fast through the left side of the Green Bay line and raced deep into Packer territory before Buckets Goldenberg halted him on the Green Bay 17. This wasn't as bad as it might have been, because the Bears were tagged with a 15-yard penalty for pushing, which set them back to the 32. They didn't get any closer. Luckman lateraled to McAfee to the right for no gain, Hinkle knocking down the receiver and Lee McLaughlin tackling him. McAfee tried to circle his left end, but Ray Riddick slammed into him hard and he was nailed by Larry Buhler and Charley Brock for a loss of six yards. Goldenberg and Tony Canadeo covered Nowaskey and Luckman's pass into the right flat zone fell incomplete. With Luckman holding the ball 45 yards from the Packer goal, Lee Artoe tried a field goal, but the ball carried to the left and the first Chicago threat faded. The Packers got nowhere with their next attempt, the heavy Chicago line keeping the Green Bay running attack under control, and Hinkle's punt was downed by Harry Jacunski on the Bears' 27-yard line. Brilliant defensive work by Bill Lee, Larry Buhler and Hinkle kept the Bruins bottled up and McAfee punted back, getting off a high, towering boot which landed in Joe Laws' arms on the Green Bay 35. The Bears had their first scoring chance when Hinkle, rushed off his feet, booted a high punt that the Bears took on the Packer 39. The Packers hurled back the attackers twice, Charley Brock and Buhler spilling Osmanski for a 1-yard loss and Luckman's lateral to Nolting missing fire, Canadeo falling on the receiver four yards behind the Bear scrimmage line. All the effort was wasted, though, for on the next play McAfee and Kavanaugh stuck together their long forward pass for the first Bear touchdown.
RIDDICK DOWNS PUNT
Leading 6 to 0, the Bears kicked off, and the Packers spent the final minute of the first period vainly trying to make a first down, Herman Rohrig delivering a long punt deep into Bear country on the last play of the quarter, Riddick downing the punt on the Chicago 24. A 22-yard gallop by Osmanski, who waded through the scrimmage line, broke to his right, shook off Isbell and was tackled finally by Eddie Jankowski, brought the ball to the Green Bay 25-yard line. A fighting defensive stand sparked by Jankowski and George Svendsen blocked a further advance, and Snyder kicked his first field goal, making the score 9 to 0. An interception of Isbell's long pass by McLean and a coffin corner punt by Young Bussey put the Packers back on their own 6-yard line halfway through the second period. They worked out for one first down, but Hinkle finally had to punt, and he sent the ball out of bounds on the Bear 40.
MARCH TO TOUCHDOWN
McLean, Standlee and Swisher, operating behind a potent interference, which blocked the Packers off their feet, were the spearheads of a 60-yard touchdown march that ended as McLean darted over from the 13-yard line. This gave the Bears their 15 to 0 lead. Then the Packers opened up, starting from their own 20-yard line. Isbell's forward pass to Lou Brock over the right side of the line netted five yards, and another, Isbell to Craig, added 12 for a first down on the Green Bay 37. Isbell fired to Hutson over left for nine yards, and flipped a shot toss over right to the same player for four yards and a first down at midfield. Isbell was rushed off his brogans and the ball sailed wildly into the air, Charley Brock receiving it illegally, but the Bears were offside on the play and drew a 5-yard penalty. Ed Frutig raced to his right and almost got his hooks on Isbell's pass, Bussey breaking it up. Isbell's bullet pass over left to Hutson was dropped by the latter. Isbell kept shooting. His long toss to Frutig down the alley was just too far, Frutig not running hard enough on the play, but the next toss, snatched by Hutson on the 40, saw the Packer end get away on a slippery run down the sidelines. McLean dove at him on the 20, but Frutig spanked him into the stands and Hutson completed the dash for a touchdown, adding the extra point to make the score 15-7. The Packers got in position for Hinkle's field goal as related previously, and left the field only five points in arrears. A hard ground attack which shoved the Bears back against the fences was revealed as the Packers came out for the second half. They started from the Green Bay 40-yard line, with Hinkle smashing right tackle for three yards, and Lou Brock fighting through center for 14 yards and a first down on the Chicago 43. Isbell dove through right tackle, was knocked down, got up and gained seven yards, after which Hinkle powered through left tackle for five more and a first down on the 31. Isbell's forward pass over left was nailed by Hutson on the 17-yard line, Don being spilled on the 15 to complete a 16-yard gain for another first down. After the Bears took time out to talk it over Hinkle rode right end for eight yards, the play being recalled and the Bruins penalized to the 10-yard stripe for holding. This made it easy, and in two plays Hinkle crashed over for the touchdown, Hutson adding the point to give the Packers their temporary lead. We've already told how the Bears got it right back again. Trailing 22-17, the Packers took the next kickoff, and promptly got into another spot as Isbell's forward pass, intended for Larry Craig, was intercepted by Osmanski on the Green Bay 34-yard line. Osmanski found a big hole at right guard and roared through for 14 yards, but the play was recalled and the Bears given a 5-yard penalty. Two plays later Craig knocked one of Luckman's eternal laterals into the air and fell on the ball on the Chicago 47. He kept on going to the goal line for an apparent touchdown, but the run wasn't allowed. That was too bad, for on the next play Jankowski fumbled, Bulldog Turner recovering for the Bears on the Chicago 47. Osmanski made it first down on a 11-yard sprint before Mulleneaux and Isbell hauled him down, but the next three plays were stopped by the defensive work of Goldenberg, Ray and Bill Kuusisto. From the 44-yard line, with Luckman holding the ball, Artoe tried a field goal, but Mulleneaux came in fast and the kick carried off to the right of the posts.
DOWN IN BEAR COUNTRY
On the very next play Isbell and Mulleneaux stuck together their great forward pass completion for 56 yards, and four plays later, as the period ended, the Packers were on the Bears' 12-yard stripe. They lost the ball on downs and the Bears, hindered by a 15-yard penalty, were forced to punt. McAfee's hurried boot going out of bounds on the Chicago 43-yard line. Hinkle and Uram hit the line for five yards, and a short Van Every to Uram pass netted six yards for a first down on the Bears' 32. After this, the Bear line couldn't be dented. Uram was halted at right tackle, Hinkle gained a scant yard at left tackle, and Canadeo, circling right end for a good gain, lost the ball as tackling Bears clawed it from his hands on the 21-yard line. Back came the Bruins, using fullback Norm Standlee as spearhead. They made one first down, then made a second, crossing midfield and moving into Green Bay territory. Finally Swisher wormed through for a big gain but fumbled, Riddick recovering for Green Bay on the Packer 16-yard line.
RECOVERS FOR BEARS
Two plays later Isbell, stumbling through center all alone, fumbled as he was hit and Ray Bray recovered for the Bears on the Packer 30, a miserable break at the very time the Packers needed all their luck with them. Line plays failed to produce a first down, and on fourth down Snyder kicked the game-clinching field goal from the 34-yard line, boosting the score to 25-17. On the next series of downs Isbell, chased back by a horde of Bears, flung a forward pass which Hinkle caught and brought to the Bears' 41-yard line to complete a gain of 28 yards. Isbell fired another aerial to Mulleneaux for 18 yards and a first down on the Chicago 23. Interference was ruled on Danny Fortmann as Hutson couldn't reach Isbell's pass near the goal line, and there was the Packers, first down and goal to go on the 7-yard stripe. Time was running too short. Isbell's forward pass over the left side of the line almost was touched by Hutson, but McLean slapped it down, and on another attempted pass Isbell found no receivers open, running instead and gaining two yards. On the last play of the game Isbell passed over center to Mulleneaux, Fortmann intercepting the ball for the Bears as the final gun barked.
CHI BEARS - 6 9 7 3 - 25
GREEN BAY - 0 10 7 0 - 17
1st - CHI - Ken Kavanaugh, 44-yard lateral from George McAfee on a pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Synder kick blocked) BEARS 6-0
2nd - CHI - Snyder, 25-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 9-0
2nd - CHI - Ray McLean, 13-yard run (Lee Artoe kick failed) CHICAGO BEARS 15-0
2nd - GB - Don Hutson, 45-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Hutson kick) CHICAGO BEARS 15-7
2nd - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 39-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 15-10
3rd - GB - Hinkle, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 17-15
3rd - CHI - McAfee, 13-yard run (Joe Stydahar kick) CHICAGO BEARS 22-17
4th - CHI - Snyder, 34-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 25-17