Green Bay Packers (2-0) 42, Chicago Bears (0-1) 28
Sunday September 24th 1944 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers apparently won a football game from the Bears in the first 20 minutes here Sunday afternoon, slowly let it slip away from them in the next 35 minutes and then won it again in the last five minutes in one of the wildest dime novel thrillers these ancient and bitter rivals have ever put on. The score was 42 to 28. After this, you can yawn at Frank
Merriwell. The Packers at one point led, 28 to 0, at another,
with only five minutes left, were tied, 28 to 28, and then in the
closing minutes scored two touchdowns in such rapid
succession that the sellout crowd of 24,000 let out a constant
roar.
PERFECT PLAY BREAKS TIE
The perfect play, simple enough in conception because it was
nothing more than a wide end run, but perfect in execution,
first broke the tie which the Bears created with their 
courageous comeback. It started on Chicago's 36 yard line.
Lou Brock took the pass from center, ran to his right, picked
up within a stride or two a phalanx of four blockers in perfect
alignment in front of him, and went all the way. It was the
perfect play because of the speed with which the interference
formed and the sharpness with which it took care of the Bears
downfield. Glen Sorenson pulled out left guard and Pete
Tinsley from right, and both in a step or two joined Ted Fritsch
and Larry Craig ahead of Brock. In perfect alignment, shoulder
to shoulder, they wheeled around end like a team of horses
with Brock right behind them. You could see the touchdown
even before Brock crossed the line of scrimmage and started
downfield. The four blockers would have been enough, as the
play developed, but just to make it letter perfect. Charley
Brock cut over from center, and helped along. The men who
​sought to stop Brock - Lou Brock - never had a chance.
FRITSCH STEALS PASS
The touchdown would have been enough to win the game, but
just to clinch it a minute later, after the Bears had taken the
subsequent kickoff and had started up field with their deadly
passes again. Ted Fritsch intercepted a pass on his own 45
and went all the way, too. He took the pass intended for big
George Wilson, who had been a pain in the neck to the
Packers all afternoon, raced with the speed of a gazelle down
the north sideline, and when Sid Luckman loomed ahead,
bowled him over and ran the last 20 yards alone. And that was
that, so the Packers ended a victory drought in this series
which extended back to 1939 on this field and back to 1941
on any field. Green Bay was a happy place Sunday night. The
Packers, in building up their 28-0 lead, were just a little less
than terrific. On four of the first five times they laid hands on 
the ball they scored. They muffed the first time, after driving
53 yards down the field and stalling on Chicago's 16 yard line,
but then never missed. They got their first touchdown when
Irv Comp passed to Lou Brock in the flat and the latter raced
52 yards; their second when Comp wheeled eight yards 
around left end; their third, early in the second quarter, when
Fritsch ploughed over from the one yard line, and their fourth,
a couple of minutes later when Comp passed to Don Hutson,
who made one of his copyrighted spectacular catches on the
goal line. Hutson also added all of the extra points, including
the two in the final minutes, and ran his string of consecutive
goals after touchdown to 60. He has 12 more to go to tie Jack
Manders' league record of 72 and 13 to break it.
LOSE MEN TO INJURIES
What happened after the Packers had built up their 28-0 lead,
however, will always make interesting speculation in this
football crazy town on long winter nights. Maybe they let down
a little, because it certainly looked as though they had the 
ball game won. Maybe they started to fold because several
little things, like penalties and fumbles, started to go against
them. Or maybe they missed the men they had lost through
injuries, including both tailbacks, Irv Comp and Paul Duhart,
and the giant tackle, Baby Ray. Whatever it was, though -
maybe it was also the Bears, for the Bears, showing once 
again their great ability to come back, snapped back like
milady's pre-war garter. They did it in the all-star game, after
the collegians had taken a two touchdown lead, and they did
it only last week in an exhibition against the New York Giants
after the Giants had led, 10-7, going into the final quarter. And
they did it in no uncertain way here, causing several hundred
good loyal burghers to swallow their cigars as the tide of
battle turned.
SCORE ON LUCKMAN'S PASS
The Bears scored their first touchdown when Luckman, the
master workman even after his layoff, whipped a pass to the
pesky Wilson, who lateraled to McLean, who ran 40 yards for
the score. They got their second in the third quarter, marching
68 yards and finally scoring on a short pass in the corner of the end zone, Luckman to Wilson; their third, early in the fourth quarter, when Luckman passed to Wilson again, who made a spectacular one-handed catch near the end line, and their fourth, with about six minutes left, when the fleet little Henry Magarita, late of Brown, plummeted into the end zone from the six yard line on a split buck. With all Green Bay, all the state, in fact, draped in gloom over this turn of events, however, the "perfect play" turned the trick. Dick Merriwell himself could not have provided a better finish if he had stayed up nights to figure out a way.
LITTLE BREAKS ARE BIG
The game abounded in little breaks which turned out to be of tremendous important. Luckman, for instance, gambled to make a yard on fourth down on his own 25 yard line in the first quarter, failed, and the Packers took over, driving ahead immediately for their second touchdown. The Packers roughed the passer on an incompleted pass a little later, drawing a 15-yard penalty and giving the Bears position in midfield and first down, for their first touchdown. And the Bears, with the score, 28-28, intercepted a pass and ran it  back well beyond midfield which might have been position for the winning touchdown, their winning touchdown, only to have to play recalled because of a penalty. It was right after this that Brock wheeled around for Green Bay's winning "touch". So it went little things, but big things too. Like all Bear-Packer battles, this was stubbornly, almost savagely fought. The Bears never did know what hit them in those early minuts, and the Packers experienced all the agony of Chinese torture as they saw their apparently safe 28-0 lead slip away through the second, third and fourth quarters. Green Bay's line, under George Trafton's coaching, did a magnificent job. The statistics alone tell this. Chicago, for all its vaunted quick openings off the T and fleet backs, was held to a measly 60 yards on the ground, while the Packers, with their sharp execution by line and backs both, pounded out 210.
LUCKMAN A WIZARD
It was different in the air, though. Here, with Luckman pitching, and big Wilson and fleet McLean receiving, the Bears picked up 210 yards. It was suicide almost ever to let the Bears have the ball. Luckman pitched nothing but strikes. Comp, until he was hurt, did a whale of a job himself passing, and in addition was a constant threat running. The value of these two arts in one man was perfectly demonstrated on Comp's eight yard touchdown run, on which he faked his pass beautifully to keep defensive men back, then tore around end. Not in several years have Packer backs, all of them, run as hard as they did Sunday. Fritsch, Brock, Comp, Duhart, Perkins drove with a fury that scattered the Bears right and left - Fritsch especially.  His touchdown run, after intercepting a pass, on which he bowled over Luckman, was typical. Fritsch charged down on him and never veered - then ran over him. 
SECOND VICTORY
The victory, Green Bay's second, left the Packers tied with Cleveland on top of the National league heap. They will make their next start against the Detroit Lions at State Fair park Sunday. The crowd was the largest ever to see a football game here. Ticket Director Ralph Smith said he could have sold 10,000 seats more.
CHI BEARS -  0  7  7 14 - 28
GREEN BAY - 14 14  0 14 - 42
1st - GB - Brock, 52-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Comp, 9-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - GB - Hutson, 26-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
2nd - CHI - Ray McLean, 50-yard lateral fr George Wilson after a pass fr Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
3rd - CHI - Wilson, 7-yard pass from Luckman (Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 28-14
4th - CHI - Wilson, 3-yard pass from Luckman (Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 28-21
4th - CHI - Bob Magarita, 5-yard run (Gudauskas kick) TIED 28-28
4th - GB - Brock, 42-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 35-28
4th - GB - Fritsch, 50-yard interception return (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 42-28
Photo from a 1948 Packer program
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS FEAR DETROIT LIONS
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Still elated over their thrilling 42-28 victory over the Chicago Bears here Sunday, the Green Bay Packers took things easy Monday, but bore down again Tuesday in preparation for the game with the Detroit Lions at State Fair park, Milwaukee, this week. The Packers expect nothing but trouble from the Lions. "If we let down even a little bit," Curly Lambeau said, "we'll be in for it. Detroit is coming this way with its best club in several years. It has a couple of the best backs in the league in Frankie Sinkwich and Bob Westfall, and a good tough line. The scout reports I got about Detroit's 23-0 victory over the Giants in an exhibition last week sent shivers up my back." The bruising battle with the Bears left its mark. Baby ray, giant tackle, may be out of action indefinitely with a bad knee, and others have bumps and bruises that may slow them down. Lambeau was particularly concerned about his tailbacks, Irv Comp and Paul Duhart, both of whom were knocked out of last week's game. They should be ready for the Lions but will probably have to take things easy in practice this week. The Packers will leave here Saturday afternoon. It will be their last appearance of the season in Milwaukee. A week later they will meet the Card-Pitt combine here.
LIONS GET NEW PLAYS FOR PACKERS SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 26 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions, fresh from their decisive 23-0 victory over the New York Giants in an exhibition game Sunday, were given a new set of running plays built around Bullet Bob Westfall Monday for use against the powerful Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee Sunday. Coach Gus Dorais said that Westfall, who averaged better than six yards a try in his first National league game against New York, would bear the brunt of the Lions' running attack against the Packers. Absent from the Lions' first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of illness, Westfall left a Detroit hospital in midweek to spark the Lions in their triumph over the Giants. The hard running former Michigan all-American  transformed the Detroit club from a listless aggregation on the basis of their play the previous week against the Eagles, into a precise, hard hitting football team against the New Yorkers. In addition to his sensational ball carrying, Westfall played a standout game defensively and snagged several of Fireball Frankie Sinkwich's passes. Sinkwich, smothered by the Philadelphia line in the Lions' opening exhibition, completed 11 out of 16 aerials against the New York club, two of them touchdown aerials to end Dave Diehl and a third a six point toss to Art Van Tone. In all, Frankie accounted for 188 yards against the Giants, and Dorais plans to uncover some new pass plays for the fireball to execute against the Packers. The Lions came through their battle with the Giants in top physical condition and Dorais expects to have all of his squad ready for action Sunday. He indicated that in addition to Westfall and Sinkwich, big Bill Callihan and Van Tone would be in the Lions' starting backfield, with a No. 2 backfield composed of Jackie Lowther at quarter, the veteran Elmer Hackney at left half, Bob Keene at right half and freshman Ivan (Buzz) Trebotich at fullback. Dorais plans no changes in his line against the Packers. Diehl and Jack Matheson will be at the ends, Luke Lindon and Bill Rogers at the tackles, Stan Batinski and Al Kaporch at guards and the veteran Alexander Francis Wokciechowicz at center. The Detroit line, heaviest in years, will average 228 pounds and the starting backfield will average better than 190 pounds.
CURLY NOT WORRIED ABOUT ANY RIVAL PRO GRID LEAGUES
SEPTEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Curly Lambeau doesn't think that any new pro league, whatever its financial backing, will prove much of a rival to the National league for years to come. "It's going to be a long haul for any new league or leagues. They will all have to go through the same growing pains we went through." Maybe so, maybe so - but maybe not so, too. This country won't be able to get enough high class football in the sports boom of the postwar era...The grapevine has it that Sammy Baugh, ordered to take care of his ranch in Texas or face reclassification in the draft, will do the same thing Sid Luckman of the Bears and Bob Paschal of the Giants, both members of the merchant marine, are doing. He will commute weekends between his home and the playing field...Now the Packers have a rival - at least in name. The San Francisco club of the West Coast Professional league has decided to call itself the Frisco Packers.
'LIONS MAY LICK US', FRETS PACKER COACH
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - If you want Curly Lambeau's idea about his Packers' assignment against the Detroit Lions at State Fair park Sunday afternoon, it couldn't be tougher. Two days before the game the big Belgian finds himself with a squad that is still nursing bumps and bruises of the victory over the Bears and that is still enjoying the back slapping of the fan on the street. "We're apt to be licked," Lambeau fretted over the telephone Friday morning. "We took a good physical beating from the Bears for one thing, and you'd think, from the attitude of some of the boys that we had the championship already won for another. That's bad. And don't sell that Detroit club short. It's a young, aggressive team that has been pointing for us from the start. We scouted them last week in the exhibition against the Giants (which Detroit won, 23-0) and we know it's a better team than last year's. Westfall alone has added a lot of punch. And Sinkwich is much improved." All of the injured men will be ready to play, Lambeau said, but they have missed so much of the practice this week that he fears they have lost the fine edge they had against the Bears. "A couple of the boys haven't even been in suits," he said. "On top of this, a lot of the back slapping around town hasn't helped. We've got to snap out of it or we're sunk." Lambeau's fears, while no doubt justified, have no basis, however, in the record of past games. Detroit, with some of the finest teams in the league, has still been something of a "cousin" to Green Bay. Out of 27 games, going back to the Portsmouth days - Portsmouth held the franchise before Detroit got it - Green Bay has won 21, tied one and lost only five. The Lions haven't won since 1940, when they triumphed, 23-14, and they have lost seven straight since. A year ago they were beaten at Green Bay, 35-14, and in the return engagement at Detroit, 27-6. For those who could take it, the work this week has been heavy. Those who may see more action than usual Sunday because of the injuries to the usual starters especially were pushed. Sunday's game will be Green Bay's last appearance here this fall. A week later the Packers will meet the Cardinal-Steeler combine at Green Bay. The Packers will arrive here Saturday night, the Lions Saturday morning. Indications Friday morning were that a crowd in excess of 20,000 would see the game.
20,000 TO SEE PACKERS PLAY
SEPTEMBER 30 (Milwaukee) - Indications were Saturday that a crowd of 20,000 or more would see Sunday's battle between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at State fair park. The kickoff is scheduled at 2 o'clock. Both the Lions, who will be making their first league start, and the Packers were to arrive here late Saturday afternoon. Green Bay ruled a slight favorite. Curly Lambeau hardly shared in the optimism of his club's followers, however, fearing a letdown may have overtaken his club since the victory over the Bears last week and fearing further that injuries, which prevented some of his key men from working out this week, might have dulled the fine edge which his team had last week. The Lions will come with two of the greatest college performers in recent years - Frankie Sinkwich of the University of Georgia and Bob Westfall of Michigan.
SEES EAGLES AND PACKERS AS PRO GRID FINALISTS
SEPTEMBER 30 (Washington) - It may be the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers in professional football's world series, come December. At least, that is what the boys in the know in pro circles are saying, now that Washington's Mr. Football, Sammy Baugh, and Chicago's passing star, Sid Luckman, seem about to depart. Baugh's draft board in Texas has notified him that he will be reclassified, subject to induction, if he forsakes his ranch and plays football, while Luckman returns to the Maritime service after a brief fling with the Bears against the Packers last Sunday. For years, the Bears and 
Redskins have dominated the pro league but that was due principally to the ability of Messrs. Baugh and Luckman to pitch touchdown strikes. "This definitely puts the Philly Eagles up as the No. 1 club of the eastern division," Redskin Coach Bud DeGroot says, and he has seen all clubs, both eastern and western, in action this season except Detroit. "But Brooklyn looks like a whale of a club with lots of manpower and playing a hard, rugged game," he added, "while no one has ever sold Steve Owen and his New York Giants short, although they usually are slow starters." DeGroot doesn't mean to shove his Redskins or the Bears to far down their respective ladders. "Even without Luckman, I'm counting the Bears entirely out of it because they've got too much high class personnel," he said. Minus Baugh, the Redskins' hopes must rest on the ability of the coaches to bring "along somebody who can complete a few passes" or a decided improvement in the ground game or a lucky break in the release of "one of our fine kids" from service.