GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - Green Bay's hopes for its sixth NFL championship were dashed for at least another season when the Chicago Bears, employing their famed T-formation in a series of ruthless attacks, brought a 33 to 14 defeat down upon the Packers before 43,425 chilled customers at Wrigley field here Sunday afternoon. The game was played to break the tie for the Western division title, and victory gave the Bears the right to battle the New York Giants, Eastern winners, for the league pennant here next Sunday. Had the Packers won, the titular match would have gone to Green Bay. Despite the trouncing, it will be difficult to convince many a Green Bay fan that the Bears actually were superior. They played better ball Sunday, but on another day things might have been much different. Something happened to the team soon after Clarke Hinkle crossed the Bear goal line early in the game for
the first scoring maneuver. Team play was glaringly
absent a good part of he time. The line failed to hold
with any consistency, and there was little blocking to be
seen. Center George Svendsen, however, had a great
day. The Packers are men enough to take it, but they
must not be blamed too much for the defeat. They were
deadly serious about winning, and felt the sting of the
defeat most keenly. It was just their bad fortune to meet
a red hot team on a day when they were not at their
best. For several thrilling minutes it seemed that the
Packers were set for a great offensive battle. Hugh
Gallerneau fumbled Hinkle's opening kickoff, and Ray
Riddick recovered for the Packers 18 yards from the
goal line. Five plays later, with the game 110 seconds
old, the Hink crashed right guard for a touchdown. Don
Hutson's conversion left the Packers seven points to
the good, and hardly two minutes later Larry Craig
pounded upon Norm Standlee's fumble on the Bears' 35
yard line to set up another potential scoring play.
Immediately Cecil Isbell brought the air attack into
action. Nothing happened, however, so Hinkle made an
ill-fated try at a field goal. The kick was blocked by
John Siegal, and from that moment the Packers were a
beaten team. The Bears scored their first touchdown
about midway in the first quarter when Gallarneau
redeemed himself for the kickoff fumble by taking a
Hinkle punt and dashing 81 yards to the end zone.
Robert Snyder's kick for the extra point was blocked by
Lee McLaughlin, leaving the Packers ahead by 7 to 6.
BEARS THREATEN AGAIN
At the end of the first quarter, George Halas and his
bruisers were threatening again. On the fourth play in
the second quarter Snyder kicked a field goal, and the
Bears led by 9 to 7. The Bears exploded in the second
quarter. They assured victory for themselves when
Standlee bucked the Packer left guard for a touchdown.
Joe Stydahar's conversion made it 16 to 7 - good
enough to make certain that the Bears and not the
Packers will play off for the National league title. But
the Bears did not stop with that. Not long after Standlee
crossed the goal line again, and Stydahar kicked the
extra point. Late in the second period Robert Swisher
scored on a brilliant run, and Stydahar converted.
BETTER SECOND HALF
Green Bay did much better in the second half,
outscoring the Bears by 7 to 3. A pass, Isbell to Hal
Van Every, brought a touchdown in the third quarter,
Hutson kicked the extra point. Well into the fourth
quarter the Bears made good on another effort to end
the scoring for the day. It was a field goal from the 27-
yard line that split the uprights perfectly. The statistics
reveal a superiority for the Bears in several departments,
but they also show that the Packers stayed right in the game. Fourteen first downs were made by the Bears, while the Packers chalked up 12. This might have been a different story if Coach Curly Lambeau's team had been able to put up something in the way of a ground attack. The Packers made 222 yards on passing, but only 35 from rushing, while the Bears gained 48 yards through the air and 267 on the ground. The Packers completed 11 out of 28 forward passes, while the Bears attempted 14 and made good on five. The Bears, however, intercepted five passes and the Packers took only two.
BEARS DRAW PENALTIES
It seems needless to say, in view of what has happened in previous games, that the Bears also took more yardage in penalties - most of it in the second half when the game was sewed up. They were called on 12 of their infractions for a total of 128 yards; the Packers drew three penalties for 48 yards. To the observer who sat in the stands, chilled to the bone, it seems a wonder that there were not even more fumbles. The Bears fumbled five times, and the Packers three. Two of the Packer fumbles were recovered by the Bears, and the Packers recovered three that were committed by their opponents. The first fumble occurred on the opening kickoff, when Gallarneau dropped the ball and Riddick pounced on it 18 yards from the goal line. Isbell threw an incompleted pass, but Hinkle made nine yards on two ball carrying excursions. A dash through center took Isbell from the three-yard line to one foot of the goal. Hinkle's weight carried him to pay dirt over right guard, and Hutson converted with a placekick, giving Green Bay a 7 to 0 lead. The Bears drove from the 12-yard line to the 33 before Standlee fumbled the ball and Larry Craig recovered for the Packers on the 35. Isbell shot a pass straight to Hutson, who all but caught the ball on the goal line. Hinkle made only three yards through the line, and another Isbell pass fell incomplete.
FIELD GOAL FAILS
With Isbell holding, Hinkle tried a field goal, but the ball was blocked by Siegal. Dick Plasman recovered and lateraled to Gallarneau, who was downed on his own 42-yard line. The Bears were forced to punt, and two offside penalties helped the Packers to a first down on their own 44-yard line. Isbell was smeared for 13 yards on two plays when the Chicago chargers broke through. Another scoring opportunity fizzled when Hutson, all alone on the 35-yard line, dropped a pass from Isbell. Then the Bears began to assert themselves. Hinkle punted, and Gallarneau, aided by a timely block by Ray McLean, roared down the field 81 yards to the goal line. McLaughlin blocked Snyder's try for the extra point, leaving the Packers ahead by one point. McAfee made two yards, and Andy Uram broke up a Sid Luckman pass. Luckman threw incomplete again, but the Packers were ruled offside, advancing the Bears to the Green Bay 46-yard line. Just as the quarter ended, Standlee broke loose and galloped to the Packers' 15-yard line, a gain of 31 yards, before Uram brought him down from behind.
URAM NAILS MANIACI
Uram nailed Joe Maniaci for a one-yard gain on the opening play in the second quarter. Then Manaici fumbled, but Luckman recovered for the Bears on the 18 for a loss of one yard. Luckman's pass to McAfee was incomplete, so Snyder entered the fray for his fourth down field goal attempt. His kick from the 23-yard line was perfect, and the Bears led 9 to 7. Herman Rohrig returned the kickoff seven yards to the 26, and Isbell passed to Rohrig for a gain of one yard. On the next play Hinkle fumbled and recovered for a loss of four yards. Isbell then went back to pass, looked in vain for his receiver, and finally fumbled. Maniaci recovered for the Bears on the Green Bay 18-yard line and ran to the 12. An offside penalty set the Bears back five yards, but Maniaci more than made up for it by breaking through for 13 yards to the four-yard line. On the next play Maniaci made another yard, setting up the play in which Standlee went over the Packer left guard for the touchdown. Stydahar's kick was good, and the Bears were ahead by 16 to 7. The Packers failed to gain on Isbell's pass attempts and a line buck by Eddie Jankowskis, so Rohrig punted to Swisher to start the Bears on another scoring drive.
INTERFERENCE ON PACKERS
Luckman failed to complete a pass to Swisher, but interference was ruled on the Packers and the Bears marched 27 yards to the 31-yard line. Backfield in motion cost the Bears five yards, but McAfee ran to the 13-yard line on the next play before being brought down by Hutson and Carl Mulleneaux. Standlee dashed to the six-yard line, and went to the two-yard stripe on the next play. Again Standlee carried the ball, going over left guard for a touchdown. When Stydahar kicked the extra point, the Bears were leading by 23 to 7. The Packers failed to make even a first down after the kickoff, so the Bears promptly went on the march again. Standlee downed Rohrig's punt on his own 37. McAfee picked up three yards, and Swisher went around his own right end for 22 yards to the 38. McAfee's next drive netted four yards, and a pass, Luckman to McAfee, gave the Bears a first down on the 25. Swisher picked up a yard, and Standlee was stopped by Jankowski and Mulleneaux for a loss of one yard. Luckman passed to George Wilson to the nine-yard line. Standlee was held by Larry Buhler for no gain, but on the next play Swisher skirted his own right end, finally eluding Isbell, to cross the goal line. Stydahar's conversion kick gave the Bears a 30 to 7 lead with two minutes left in the second quarter. The Packers made a desperate attempt to rally in those last two minutes. Isbell passed to Jankowski for 19 yards, putting the ball on the center stripe. Another Isbell pass, to Buhler, carried them down to the 30, and only 15 seconds remained. Ed Frutig was one foot from the goal when was downed by Swisher after catching a toss from Isbell. George Paskvan lost a little better than a yard, Isbell went back again, elected to run, and was smeared by Luckman for a five-yard loss as the half ended. Svendsen, who had been playing an outstanding game for the Packers all afternoon, recovered McAfee's fumble on the 50. Riddick took Van Every's pass and dashed all the way to the 14-yard line. Tony Canadeo picked up two yards, but was held for no gain on the next play. Larry Buhler was hurt here, and had to leave the field. Van Every tried two more passes, but both fell incomplete and the ball went to the Bears on downs. The Bears were unable to do anything, and the Packers were given another chance.
PASKVAN MAKES NINE
Paskvan made nine yards to the Chicago 45, and Van Every, after failing to spot a receiver for a throw, ran to the 39, chalking up first down No. 6 for the Packers. After Rohrig just missed catching his pass on the 25, Van Every picked up three more yards. Canadeo then was smeared 13 yards, and Van Every was forced to punt. Luckman soon punted out for the Bears, Canadeo returning the leather 15 yards to the Bear 41. Isbell passed to Hutson, who would have scored a touchdown without any trouble if he had not stepped out on the 23. Hinkle lost two yards, but Isbell, after being rushed far back by McAfee while trying to pass, ran to the 11-yard line for another first down. Hinkle was brought down by Standlee after a gain of one yard, and then Isbell passed to Van Every in the end zone. When Hutson converted with a kick to leave the score 30 to 14, only two minutes remained in the third quarter. The Bears lost no time getting started on their next scoring drive. McAfee returned the kickoff 24 yards to his own 34, and the Bears drew a penalty for too much time in the huddle. McAfee ran 31 yards to the Packer 25 as the period ended. Swisher and Osmanski made six yards in six tries. Snyder's pass failed, so he went back to the 27-yard line to kick a field goal, leaving the Bears ahead by 33 to 14 and completing the scoring for the day. Van Every was thrown back for 11 yards, and all hopes of a Packer rally after the kickoff fizzled when Wilson intercepted Van Every's pass. The Bears picked up some yardage and then punted after Snyder was penalized for intentionally grounding a pass. Van Every lateraled to Uram, who galloped to the 35. The Bears were penalize 15 yards for roughness, which put the ball in midfield. Isbell missed on two passes, and then connected to Frutig for six yards.
PACKERS ON MARCH
Another pas by Isbell, to Van Every, carried the Packers from the 44 to the 27-yard line. Lee Artoe rushed Isbell on the next play, and it fell incomplete. Isbell was rushed by Dan Fortmann and Ray Bray for a 10-yard loss, and Bulldog Turner stopped him on the next play, giving the Bears the ball on the 35. The Bears drew two 15-yard penalties for holding, and Canadeo took Luckman's punt to the Packer 35. On the same play, however, the Packers drew 15 yards, and sprinted to the Bear 21. Canadeo tossed to Frutig for 43 yards, and sprinted to the Bear 21 on the next play. Wilson intercepted a pass tossed by Canadeo just before the game ended.
GREEN BAY - 7 0 7 0 - 14
CHI BEARS - 6 24 0 3 - 33
1st - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 1-yard run (Don Huston kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - CHI - Hugh Gallarneau, 81-yard punt return (Bob Snyder kick blocked) GREEN BAY 7-6
2nd - CHI - Snyder, 23-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 9-7
2nd - CHI - Norm Standlee, 3-yard run (Joe Stydahar kick) CHICAGO BEARS 16-7
2nd - CHI - Standlee, 2-yard run (Stydahar kick) CHICAGO BEARS 23-7
2nd - CHI - Bob Swisher, 9-yard run (Stydahar kick) CHICAGO BEARS 30-7
3rd - GB - Van Every, 10-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) CHICAGO BEARS 30-14
4th - CHI - Snyder, 27-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 33-14