Green Bay Packers (5-0) 30, Cleveland Rams (3-1) 21
Sunday October 22nd 1944 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers sit all alone on top of the heap in the western division of the NFL Monday, undefeated in five starts, but they still quaked from the scare Cleveland's spirited and well coached Rams threw into them here Sunday afternoon. They beat
the Rams, 30-21, and Sunday night that was all 
that counted. but they had such a fight to do it,
even more of a fight than the score suggests, that
if they do not have another like it the rest of the 
way, they will be just as well pleased. The Rams,
for whom this was the first defeat of the season,
went even beyond all the rather extravagant things
claimed for them earlier. It was easy to see how 
they came into this game undefeated in three 
league games and three exhibitions. They were
fast, tricky, spirited and exceedingly well coached
- a tribute to Buff Donelli - and they flatly refused
to be awed by Green Bay's reputation. They gave
almost as much as they were forced to take, and
until the closing minutes when Albie Reisz
inadvertently stepped on the end line for a safety,
which gave Green Bay its nine point lead, they
were in the game on both feet.
The Rams showed how little respect they had for
the Packers by scoring their first touchdown in two
plays the first time they had the ball. Tony Collela
raced 75 for the score. On top of this, they piled
another touchdown by Collela, who raced 25 yards
inside left end in the second quarter, and a third
touchdown by lanky and glue fingered Jim Benton,
who took a 23 yard pass from Colella early in the
fourth quarter. Against this, the Packers piling up
a lot of yardage themselves - for this was one of
those free wheeling sprees - came up with four
touchdowns and the safety. Ben Starrett scored 
the first touchdown on a plunge from the one yard
line in the first quarter, Joe Laws the second on a
trap over guard from the nine early in the second
quarter, Lou Brock the third on a pass from Comp
late in the second quarter, and Ted Frtisch the
fourth on a plunge from the two yard line in the
third quarter. The statistics reveal what a free
wheeling game it was. Green Bay gained 437
yards and piled up 24 first downs and Cleveland
389 yards and 14 first downs. There was a
touchdown threat in almost every play.
Colella, a Canisius graduate who for two years
spent most of the time on the bench with the
Detroit Lions, gave one of the finest all-around
​performances this field has seen in a long time.
Albie Reisz, a sleeper from Southeastern
Louisiana State, followed close at his heels. 
Colella alone picked up more than 200 yards 
rushing. The Packers unexpectedly uncovered 
Tony Canadeo, and it was well they had him. 
Home on a furlough, he obtained permission from
his commanding officer to play and sparked the
Packers in their frequent sallies down the field. Ted
Fritsch, one of the hardest running backs in the
league, and Don Hutson gave ample help - Hutson
despite the fact that he was covered as well, 
perhaps, as any team has covered him in years.
The Rams scored their first touchdown in the first
three minutes of play. They kicked off, got the ball
back a couple of minutes later when Colella stole a completed pass from Hutson on their own 25, and then on second down sent Colella wheeling 75 yards inside left end on a perfect play. Hardly a hand was laid on the fleet little Ram back, who faked perfectly to draw the Packers out of position, then raced the other way, all the way, behind the interference of six men. Zontini added the extra point. It was a rather breathtaking start for Packer fans to accept, but their team quickly evened things up. The Bays took the kickoff on their own 21, and with lightning strokes, marched to town, too. Starrett and Brock picked up a first down on the 35, Brock passed to Jacunski for 48 and a first down on Cleveland's 17, Comp passed to Hutson for another first down on the one, and Starrett, on first down here, plunged over. Hutson added the extra point.
The Packers also threatened in the early minutes of the second quarter, driving to Cleveland's one, but Reith intercepted a pass here, and the Rams saved their goal. It was only temporary relief, however. The Rams kicked out at once to their 23, and the Packers proceeded to get what had been denied them a minute before. Perkins and Hutson, the latter on an end around, first swept down to the nine, and on first down here, Laws, on a well executed trap, popped through center into the end zone. Hutson's kick made it 14-7. It was a short lived lead, though. Green Bay's reputation meant nothing to these eager Rams. They took the kickoff, and without giving up the ball, marched 76 yards down the field. On three first downs, they reached Green Bay's 25, then on fourth down here, sent Colella spinning inside left end for the touchdown. A couple of men laid hands on the roaring Ram, but they could not hold him, and he crossed the goal. Zontini again added the extra point, tying the score.
But two could play at this game. The Packers, in turn, took the kickoff, and they, too, in this offensive spree, paraded right down the field, driving 64 yards all told. Canadeo picked up 17, Fritsch 12, and Fritsch 20 more, planting the ball on Cleveland's 15. On three plays here, the Packers picked up six, then on fourth down scored on a pass, Comp to Brock, who wiggled away from Huggins on the one and fell into the end zone. Hutson's kick made it 21-14 at the half. The Packers got a swell break early in the third quarter when Colella fumbled on his own 25 and Jacunski recovered, but they could do nothing with it and gave up the ball on second down when Kabealo intercepted a pass. The Rams, in turn, threatened immediately, driving down to Green Bay's 31, but there they, too, were stopped.
It was only the sparring which preceded the scoring, however, for after taking over on the 32, the Packers smashed right down the field again. Hutson, on an end around, raced to Cleveland's 37, Canadeo and Fritsch, on two plays, drove to the 18, and interference on a pass intended for Hutson planted the ball on the seven. Canadeo hit center for five, and Fritsch, on the next play, smashed home. Hutson added the kick which made it 28-14. But these Rams never knew when they were licked. Matheson intercepted a pass on Green Bay's 28 early in the fourth quarter, and on second down, Colella tossed a pass to Benton in the end zone for a touchdown. Zontini's kick made it 28-21. It was hardly a safe lead, and all Green Bay sat on a hot seat until the closing minutes when Reisz, attempting to pass from back deep in his end zone, stepped on the end line and automatically gave the Packers a safety and two points. That ended the scoring. The Packers again had position on Cleveland's 20 as the game ended.
CLEVELAND -  7  7  0  7 - 21
GREEN BAY -  7 14  7  2 - 30
1st - CLE - Tom Colella, 75-yard run (Lou Zontini kick) CLEVELAND 7-0
1st - GB - Starrett, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Laws, 9-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - CLE - Colella, 25-yard run (Zontini kick) TIED 14-14
2nd - GB - Brock, 8-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 2-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 28-14
4th - CLE - Jim Benton, 23-yard pass from Colella (Zontini kick) GREEN BAY 28-21
4th - GB - Safety, Albie Reisz stepped out of the end zone GREEN BAY 30-21
OCTOBER 25 (Chicago) - Frank Sinkwich of the Detroit Lions, who gained 95 yards Sunday against the Chicago Bears, leads the NFL with 288 yards in four games. Bill Paschal of the New York Giants is second with 215 yards gained. Sinkwich's total is almost half of Paschal's of 572 that won the ground gaining title last year. Frank Filchock of Washington pulled farther away from the field in the race for individual passing honors when he completed 15 of 26 tosses for 190 yards against Brooklyn. His score of 50 completions in 78 attempts gave him a .641 mark. His passes have been good for 638 yards and seven touchdowns this season, and only two have been intercepted. Irv Comp of Green Bay is second in passing with 45 out of 88 completions for a .511 percentage, but his total yardage is greater than Filchock's. His tosses have netter 646 yards and seven touchdowns. Tommy Colella of Cleveland is third, with 18 out of 41 completions and .440. Don Hutson of Green Bay stayed on top among both pass receivers and scorers and kicked three points after touchdown against Cleveland Sunday. Hutson has received 35 passes for 513 yards and five touchdowns. Jim Benton of the Rams is second in pass receiving with 18 receptions for 206 yards and four touchdowns. Hutson has 48 points compared with Benton's 30, and 30 of Lou Brock of Green Bay.
OCTOBER 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packer-Cleveland game at Green Bay last Sunday was re-broadcast by short wave, via San Francisco, to fighting men in the south Pacific, and the Washington-Brooklyn game at Washington by short wave, via New York, to fighting men in the European theater...Statistics show the Washington Redskins have missed Sammy Baugh more for his kicking than his passing. Frank Filchock, who has completed 50 out of 78 attempts, has more than filled Baugh's shoes as a passer. But nobody on this team has been able to get off more than good high school punts...The Packers will leave for Detroit Friday morning and work out at Briggs stadium Saturday morning...Listen to Elmer Layden air his ideas about the Cleveland Rams: "Green Bay can't be counted in for the western division championship until the Rams are counted out. Cleveland has more spirit and more confidence than any other club in the league. The team is a giant killer."...The Bear-Packer game at Chicago a week from Sunday is now a sellout.
OCTOBER 26 (New York) - John F. (Chick) Meehan, president of the new Trans-America Football league, announced Wednesday that the Dallas pro club had signed the Cotton Bowl as its home park. Meehan said President George Schepps of the Dallas club had announced plans were underway to increase the bowl's seating capacity to 100,000. The new league, which plans to operate after the war, will be made up of teams in Boston, Dallas, Baltimore, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia.
OCTOBER 27 (Detroit) - To strengthen the squad for Sunday's tilt with the powerful Green Bay Packers, 
two new players have been signed by the Detroit Lions, Coach Gus Dorais announced Friday. Riley Rexer, former Tulane university end, came to the Lions after former service with the Chicago Cardinals and the Boston Yanks. He was released recently by the Boston club. The other newcomer is Fred Dawley, who was a member of the University of Michigan squad after starring for Detroit's Pershing high school. A crowd of nearly 40,000 is expected for the game with the Packers, who will arrive in Detroit Saturday.
OCTOBER 28 (New York) - Green Bay and New York, the two unbeaten, untied clubs in the NFL, face rugged tests Sunday from Detroit and Philadelphia, respectively, as the pro circuit presents another full five game schedule. Curly Lambeau's Packers, who disposed of Cleveland's threat, must take on the improved Lions in Detroit, where they figure to be much tougher than the club that dropped a 27-6 verdict to the leaders October 1. With Frankie Sinkwich, the league's leading ground gainer, in the lineup, Detroit will have an offensive wallop to partially counterbalance the Irv Comp-Don Hutson aerial combination of the Packers. Steve Owen has one of the best lines in the circuit at New York and his attack is beginning to click around Bill Paschal, ward Cuff and Howard Livingston. However, the explosive T formation scoring power generated by the Eagles around Roy Zimmerman may knock the Giants out of the eastern lead at the Polo Grounds. The Chicago Bears, pennant winners in three of the last four years, need to defeat Cleveland at Wrigley field to stave off virtual elimination from the western half chase. Buff Donelli's Rams have been the surprise package of the season, winning three straight until beaten by the Packers, 30-21, last Sunday. Jim Benton, who is giving Hutson a run of it for pass catching honors, and is tied for second in scoring, teams up with Tom Colella as the air arm of the Cleveland club. Washington, like Philadelphia undefeated  but once tied, takes on the Card-Pitt combination at Griffith stadium with a chance to move up in the race while the Giants and Eagles are scrapping. Brooklyn and Boston, the only eastern teams without a victory, meet at Ebbets field, where Pete Cawthon's Tigers are favored to shake off a string of tough luck with their first victory.
OCTOBER 29 (Detroit) - The Green Bay Packers, with five straight victories behind them, go out there Sunday afternoon with a bunch of Detroit Lions who have been itching for this chance ever since losing the first game in the annual home and home series in Milwaukee a month ago, 27-6. The Lions hit their low of the season in that meeting, and there hasn't been a week since in which they have not kept one eye on the second meeting, and the chance to redeem themselves. Since their low, they have been nosed out by the Cleveland Rams, after taking a 17-0 lead, have beaten the Brooklyn Tigers and have tied the Chicago Bears. No. 1 Lion problem early in the season was the lack of sustained drive. It was apparently solved in the Bear battle last Sunday, however, and Coach Gus Dorais now believes his Lions can take care of themselves. Packer power is wrapped up in a set of backs that includes Ted Fritsch, Lou Brock, Irv Comp and Tony Canadeo, plus the ever present Don Hutson at end. Comp has inherited the Packer passing mantle, worn in the past by Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell, and like his predecessors has as his main target the greatest pass receiver in gridiron history. Lion defensive drills throughout the week have been aimed at halting the Packer passing threat. The Detroit offense still reads: Frank Sinkwich and Bob Westfall, aided by a set of capable blockers and a line averaging 223 pounds from end to end. Sinkwich rates as one of the finest all-around backs in the league. The Packers, who arrived here Saturday morning, and who worked out lightly, ruled two touchdown favorites, despite the fact that both Baby Ray, giant tackle, and Lou Brock, veteran halfback, were not in the best of shape. The Lions only smiled, however. They have an upset on their mind. A crowd of 40,000, largest of the season here, will watch the game. A full schedule of other games will support the battle here. At Wrigley field, the Chicago Bears will entertain the Cleveland Rams before an estimated 35,000, at New York, Steve Owen's Giants will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles before an estimated 50,000, at Brooklyn, the Tigers will meet Boston before 20,000, and at Washington, the Redskins will meet the hapless Card-Pitts before 30,000. Washington, Philadelphia and Brooklyn are favorites. The Bear-Cleveland game looks like a tossup.