GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) - A spectacular, record-smashing season that had everything but a championship locked up for 1942 and possibly for the duration as the Green Bay Packers mowed down a right smart Pittsburgh Steeler eleven, 24 to 21, before 5,138 shivering customers at snow-capped State fair park here Sunday afternoon. Except for a few minutes late in the fourth quarter when the Steelers pushed over two quick touchdowns, the Packers had the situation under control as they held a 10-0 lead at the intermission and a 10-7 margin going into the final canto. In the end, the difference between victory and a tie was Don Hutson's 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. The Packers, virtually without their pass catching ace, Mr. Hutson, smashed across a pair of aerial touchdowns early in the fourth frame, after which they let down to the tune of two Steeler markers. Cecil Isbell and Hutson closed their 1942 careers with a splash of glory. Isbell, whose pitching control was almost unbelievable in view of the weather conditions, won the National league's passing championship in a breeze by completing 17 aerials, three for touchdowns, in 31 tries for 243 yards. He needed only five completions to beat out Sammy Baugh and became the first league thrower to take the title two years in a row. The game was the 23rd straight in which Isbell had completed a touchdown pass. The three T.D. passes gave him two dozen for the year. He has 145 completions for 2,021 yards this year.
BREAK MANDERS' MARK
And who what about Hutson. Well, Alabama Don wiped
Chicago Bear Jack Manders out of the record book in his
best deed of the day, despite badly bruised ribs. Hutson
kicked three extra points, giving him 33 for the season - 2
more than Manders' mark set in 1934. This was the 25th
straight game in which Hutson has scored one or more
points. His field goal was the second in his career. His first
defeated Cleveland, 17-14, two years ago. The Packer wing
finished the season with 138 points - a figure no other
athlete even came close to in the history of the circuit. On
an average basis, lanky Don chalked up slightly more than
12 points in every game. Isbell and Hutson added to other
numerous records in Sunday's fray, although Hutson caught
only one pass, a gain of eight yards.
The actual pass catching duties were shared by several
other players including Ray Riddick, a rough, tough boy
from Fordham; Harry Jacunski, who made the most
spectacular catch of the day; and reliable Lou Brock, all of
whom got T.D. passes. Chuck Sample, celebrating the
arrival of a daughter at his Appleton home Saturday night,
caught many of Isbell's throws. The Packers scored the
second time they got their hands on the ball in the first quarter. Starting on their own eight after a neat Bill Dudley punt, the Packers counted in 15 plays with the payoff coming on a 21-yard throw from Isbell to Brock who took the ball in the open and eluded two runners on the way to pay dirt. In the drive Isbell completed 18 and 13-yard throws to Riddick; a 13-yarder to Joel Mason who made a one-handed catch; and a 29-yard toss to Brock. Isbell's 13-yard pass to Riddick who put the ball on the Pittsburgh 40 gave Cece the record.
DRESSING ROOM CALL
Speaking from a bench microphone which was connected with a speaker in the Packer dressing room, Lambeau dispatched Hutson into the game to try the extra point. Don's kick was perfect, the ball sailing about 10 feet over the center of the crossbar to tie Manders' record. With the exception of Green Bay team officials, the Packer bench was bare of players. The gridders heard the game by radio in the dressing room, and went into the battle "hot". It was the first time in the history of the league and possibly in the history of the game that a football team was kept in the dressing room during the contest. Hutson stayed in the game and started the Packers off on a touchdown march but Tony Bova ended the threat by intercepting Isbell's bullet pass. Both teams exchanged punts before Pittsburgh put on a definite scoring drive in the second heat.
LAWS RECOVERS FUMBLE
Starting on their own 15, the Steelers, with Dick Riffle and Andy Tomasic throwing and catching passes, marched to the Packer 21 where Little Joe Laws recovered a fumble on the seven. After Tony Canadeo got off a 44-yard punt from the end zone the Steelers drove to the Packer five where they lost the ball on downs. Another exchange of punts led to Lou Brock's 24-yard dash down the sidelines and eventually into a snowbank on the Steelers' 30. With the aid of some very obvious holding of Hutson, the Steelers managed to force Green Bay to try a field goal from the 28 from where Hutson very promptly split the crossbar from a slight angle just before the half. The early third period developed into a punting duel after each club made sizeable gains, but the spark was touched off when Canadeo and other Packers caught themselves in a bit of fisticuffs with the Steelers. Two fights later, Riffle went off tackle and lateraled to Vernon Margin, who went 45 yards to a touchdown. The play covered about 60 yards. Armand Miccolai kicked the extra point, and the score was 10-7. Isbell stamped himself as a defensive hero shortly after when Dudley intercepted his pass on the Packer 45, and ran back to the 20 where Cece put the Virginia flash to earth with a crushing block. At this point as in many others, the Packers line stiffened and the Pittsburgh club lost the ball. Baby Ray and Paul Berezney smothered Dudley a couple of times, and Captain Buckets Goldenberg, now a Milwaukee businessman, took care of the guard defense. A two-yard punt by Dudley in the fourth period set the stage for the Packers' scoring activities. First Isbell threw to Jacunski for 14 to the Pittsburgh 49, and then, fighting off a mess of Steeler charges, lined a strike to Jacunski on the seven. Harry eluded Martin in a pretty maneuver and raced over. Hutson, looking as sure as death and taxes, kicked the extra point and thereby broke Manders' record. A moment later, Larry Craig, who played a whale of a game, recovered Dick Riffle's fumble on the Steeler 40. With Hutson acting as decoy, Isbell threw to Uram for ten yards and a moment later Riddick, who was as free as a leaf in a windstorm, took a 24-yard toss for a touchdown. It was Riddick's first touchdown in his Packer career. With the pressure off, Hutson added this third point after, leaving the count 24-7. On the next kickoff Pittsburgh opened up a deadly passing attack, with Riffle and Dudley throwing, that pushed the easterners to the Bay two-yard line from where Dudley carried it over. Jack Binotto's kick was good, and there was still about two minutes left. The screwiest play of the season came up next when Pittsburgh pulled a deliberate short kick which Hoague, the kicker, gobbled up on the Packer 45 and ran to the Green Bay 21. After Dudley ran to the nine, Riddick tossed Curt Sandig back to the 24, but a screen pass play from Dudley to Martin counted for another touchdown. Milt Simington kicked the extra point. The Steelers tried another short kick but guard Fred Vant Hill fell on the ball as the gun went off. Some say the Packers line was the difference between victory and defeat, and they may be right. The Bay forwards, at times, made hash of the tough Pittsburgh line which was bolstered by two 240-pound tackles and center Chuck Cherundolo., Charley Brock at center, Ray and Berezney, Goldenberg, Pete Tinsley and the rest of them were superb. Defensively, Riddick was a star of the game and he gained offensive brilliance by snatching many passes, one for a touchdown. The hottest guy on the field? He was Isbell. The Manitowoc dealer all but threw curves, so masterful was his control.
PITTSBURGH - 0 0 7 14 - 21
GREEN BAY - 7 3 0 14 - 24
1st - GB - Lou Brock, 21-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Hutson, 28-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
3rd - PITT - Vernon Martin, 45-yard run after a lateral from Dick Riffle after 15-yard run (Armand Niccolai kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
4th - GB - Harry Jacunski, 49-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
4th - GB - Ray Riddick, 24-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 24-7
4th - PITT - Bill Dudley, 2-yard run (Milt Simington kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
4th - PITT - Martin, 24-yard pass from Dudley (Jack Sanders kick) GREEN BAY 24-21