GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(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.
SCORE IN TWO PLAYS
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 STANDOUT
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.
COLELLA STEALS PASS
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.
LAWS SCORES OVER CENTER
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.
64 YARD SCORING DRIVE
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.
PACKERS DRIVE 68 YARDS
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