Chicago Bears (3-2-1) 21, Green Bay Packers (6-1) 0
Sunday November 5th 1944 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - The Packers came down here Saturday afternoon in spangles. They went home Sunday night in crepe. Winners of six straight games, conquerors of the Bears in Green Bay six weeks ago, 42-28, and almost sure shot winners of the western division championship in the pro
league, they were put to complete rout by the Bears in the return game before
a record breaking crowd of 45,553 here Sunday afternoon, 21-0. Complete is
the way to describe it. The Packers were beaten at every turn and beaten
roundly - at passing, at rushing, in fight, especially in fight. They were made to
look like just another football team, and not such a good one at that.
And that is only the half of it. On top of the licking itself was the score. This
was Black Sunday, indeed, for this was the first game in 67, going way back
to 1938, that they ever left the field without at least the consolation of a point.
They were skunked. And still  more - this was the first game in 42 that Don
Hutson did not score a point. It wasn't entirely that the Bears were so 
terrifically good. With all they did, they were still not the Bears of a happier
era. They gained only 96 yards rushing and 182 yards passing, and time was,
in the days of the great Bear powerhouses, that they
might have got almost as much as this in a half. It was
rather that the Packers, a little smug, perhaps, with
their long lead in this division, consistently let 
themselves be outfought and outcharged and slipped
into lapses which the alert and spoiling Bears always
turned to their advantage. The Bears, with Luckman at
the throttle - and what a job he did again - sewed up
the game early. They scored a touchdown in the first
10 minutes of play, Luckman sneaking over from the
one yard line. It was enough, as later events proved,
but just to fatten the averages, they added two more in
the third quarter. Scooter McLean scored the second 
on a 31 yard pass from Luckman and George Wilson
the third on a 24 yard pass from the same engineer.
Luckman, a weekend commuter between New York 
and Chicago, had one of his typically big days. He
directed the team smartly, handled the ball flawlessly,
faked beautifully and completed 11 out of 23 of those
soft, lazy passes of his. At times he was rushed, but
he nimbly took advantage of blockers around him and
still got the ball off. But Luckman was only part of the
show. There was also the Bear line. It has been a long
time since any Green Bay team has been held to as
little as 49 yards rushing, and yet that is just exactly
what the Messers. Comp and Canadeo and Fritsch 
and Perkins and Laws and the rest of them got. The
Bear line, with the help of the backersup, choked off
Green Bay on the ground almost completely. The
Packers were actually futile. In the air, the boys of
Lambeau U did well enough. They completed eight out
of 22 passes, most of them to Hutson, for 146 yards.
Without any rushing to support the passing, however,
they were like a one legged runner. In scoring zones
they were always stopped. It was a slow game, 
marked by frequent penalties, and, in the later stages,
by near fisticuffs between the little bantam robster,
Tony Canadeo, whose army furlough expired Sunday
night, and the virtuoso of Wrigley field, Gary 
Famiglietti. There must have been more than name
calling, for the rooster started to square off, and so did
the virtuoso, until teammates intervened. In penalties,
the Bears drew 15 for 109 yards and the Packers 10
for 102.
There was a hint of what the Bears had in mind in the
first minute of play. They carried the kickoff back to
their own 29 and on the first two plays, both with
Fordham hitting center, picked up 27 yards. A couple
of plays later they fumbled, Berezney recovering, but
they got the ball back on a punt on their own 29
shortly after and immediately went into production.
Maragarita, on two plays, drove up to the 46. A screen
pass, Luckman to Wilson, planted the ball on Green
Bay's 41. Another pass, Luckman to Wilson, on fourth
down with seven to go - and a vital play indeed - put
the ball on the 23, and Fordham, on the delayed buck
which bothered the Packers all afternoon, catapulted
to the seven. It took three plays from here. Grygo hit
center for two, Fordham for four and Luckman sneaked
over. Gadauskas added the first of his three extra
points. The Bears rested their scoring for the half with this, although they continued to keep Lambeau in a stew with mild threats. They reached Green Bay's 47. 28, 46 and 26, all with first down, at various times before the intermission, but just as often bumped into trouble. Once a succession of penalties stopped them, another time the Packers braced and held for downs, a third time Fordham fumbled, Charlie Brock recovering, and a fourth time, in the closing minutes of the half, Comp intercepted a pass on his own 14 yard line - and almost went all the way.
The Packers, meanwhile, threatened a few times themselves, but, like the Bears, bumped into trouble, too. They reached Chicago's 45 late in the first quarter, then had to punt against a stiffening defense. They reached Chicago's 32 in the second quarter, then saw a pass bounce off Hutson's head into McLean's arms. And immediately after Comp's interception in the closing minutes of the half, they reached Chicago's 31, then gave up the ball on first down when Margarita intercepted a pass. It was still a football game, however, as play was resumed in the third quarter. Seven points did not look too big to erase. But the end was not long in coming. With two rapid touchdowns late in the period, the good old boys of dear old Halas U sewed up the game. A punt, which left the Bears with the ball on their own 47 yard line, gave them position for the first of the two touchdowns, and they wasted no time to get it. Margarita picked up a first down on Green Bay's 43. A pass, Luckman to Berry, added another on the 31. On first down here, another pass, Luckman to McLean, who scooted down the middle and took the ball on the dead run as he crossed the goal, put the scorekeeper to work.
A pass, which Grygo intercepted and returned 25 yards to Green Bay's 43 a couple of minutes later, preceded the final touchdown. Again the Bears went into the air. Luckman passed to Margarita for a first down on the 24, then, on second down, passed to Wilson in the near flat for the touchdown. They don't come much slower than Wilson in pro football, yet the big Bear end nimbly danced in and out of tacklers' arms and finally lunged across the goal. And that was that. The Bears continued to dominate the play, although they got nothing further to show for it. They reached Green Bay's 31 and 25, first down, in the fourth quarter, but as in the second, ran into difficulties. The Packers, with the game already lost, made only one mild threat in the second half. Early in the fourth quarter they reached Chicago's 34 yard line but four plays later, three of them incomplete passes, gave up the ball on downs. It was a sad day, maties, a sad day indeed.
GREEN BAY -  0  0   0  0 -  0
CHI BEARS -  7  0  14  0 - 21
1st - CHI - Luckman, 1-yard run (Pete Gudauskas kick) CHICAGO BEARS 7-0
3rd - CHI - Ray McLean, 31-yard pass from Luckman (Gudauskas kick) BEARS 14-0
3rd - CHI - George Wilson, 24-yd pass from Luckman (Gudauskas kick) BEARS 21-0
NOVEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - Bill Paschal of the Giants, who busted through the Boston line for 113 yards Sunday, has replaced Frankie Sinkwich of the Lions as the best ball carrier in the National league...The pack is closing in on Don Hutson of the Packers in the National league scoring race. Hutson, who failed to score a point against the Bears Sunday, has 50 for the season and he can now feel the hot breath of Zimmerman of Philadelphia, who has 45, Benton of the Rams who has 42 and Aguirre of the Redskins who has 37...The Bears tried to be "cute" at the end of the first quarter on Sunday's game when, with the Packers slowly walking up the field to change goals, not knowing the referee had called a penalty on the last play of the quarter, the Bears tried hurriedly to line up and run another play before the Packers had returned to their positions. The referee dove on the ball before it could be snapped. Sporting of the Bears, eh?...Sunday's game between the Packers and Rams in Cleveland is expected to draw a crowd of 40,000.
NOVEMBER 8 (Chicago) - Bill Paschal is running the
NFL dizzy. The workhorse of the New York Giants'
backfield, the first year sensation of 1943, currently is
leading the professionals in ball carrying for the second
straight year. Paschal played only a freshman year at
Georgia Tech and spent a year in the army air corps
before he made his debut with the Giants. He started a
bit slow this season and Detroit's Frank Sinkwich led
the pack for three weeks. Bill battered Boston's line for
113 yards in 23 tries last Sunday to replace Sinkwich
at the top with 467 yards gained and a 4.9 rushing
average. Frank Filchock of Washington continued his
drive to the passing championship against Cleveland
Sunday, boosting his total yardage to 853 and his
average to .600. Sid Luckman, like Paschal, a member of the maritime service, threw two touchdown passes to stay on Filchock's heels with 500 yards gained and a .500 average. While Don Hutson of Green Bay went scoreless for the first time in 42 consecutive games Sunday, Leroy Zimmerman of the Philadelphia Eagles cut his scoring lead to five points, 50 to 45. Cecil Johnson of Brooklyn shoved the Giants' Len Younce out of the punting leadership for the first time this season.
NOVEMBER 11 (New York) - Green Bay and Cleveland will clash at Cleveland Sunday in the highlight game of the NFL, with the Rams eager to avenge a previous defeat by the league leading Packers. Previous to the 30-21 setback by the Packers the Rams had won three in a row. Since then they have dropped three straight. Coach Buff Donnelli will shoot his able Reisz-Jim Benton pass and catch combination against Irv Comp, Don Hutson and Co. Green Bay tasted a 21-0 defeat after six victories last week when Hutson was held scoreless by the Chicago Bears for the first time in 42 consecutive games. Second in important Sunday will be the clash of New York and Philadelphia. The Giants are rankled by their 24-17 defeat at the hands of the Eagles at New York two weeks ago, a loss which dropped them out of the eastern division lead and spoiled their unbeaten record. Greasy Neale's undefeated Eagles, who have only a tie with their co-leaders, the Washington Redskins, to mar their otherwise perfect record, will attempt to stop Bullet Bill Paschal, the league's leading ground gainer, who showed a net gain of 138 yards in their previous clash. Leading the Eagles at home will be Rocket Roy Zimmerman, former San Jose back, who is second to Green Bay's Don Hutson in scoring. Unbeaten Washington will try to repeat its triumph over Brooklyn of two weeks ago, and the Chicago Bears, revived by the return of Luckman, will seek their third straight victory at the expense of the Boston Yanks at Chicago. A Green Bay defeat plus a Bears triumph would put last year's champions in a position to repeat. Detroit and Card-Pitt will engage in their second half of the home and home series, with the Card-Pitts out to reverse last week's 27-7 setback by Frank Sinkwich and the Lions at Pittsburgh.
NOVEMBER 11 (Chicago) - If team statistics can be taken as a criterion, that should be a ding-dong affair when unbeaten Philadelphia and once beaten New York of the NFL meet in Shibe park, Philadelphia, Sunday. The two teams have played five games each, and their offensive statistics are strikingly similar except in the passing department. For example, the Giants have made 49 first downs to 50 for the Eagles - 36 from rushing to 37 for Philadelphia. The Eagles have rushed the ball 210 times for an average of 4.1 yards a rush. New York's figures are 208 rushes and an even four yard average. In punting the Giants have averaged 39 yards on 31 kicks; Philadelphia 39.2 yards on 33 punts. Each has returned 20 opponents' punts; the Giants for a 12.5 yard average; the Eagles for 13.4 yards. In passing, however, the Eagles had a .447 percentage, compared to New York's .361, and it may be in this department Philadelphia again may dump the Giants to clarify the eastern division title chase somewhat. The Eagles won the first meeting between the two clubs, October 29, 24-17. Official statistics of the pro league revealed that the Giants, although beaten by Philadelphia, have turned in the best defensive performance in the circuit. The Giants have given up but 41 points and 945 yards in their five league games. And there again is another parallel between New York and Philadelphia. The Eagles have yielded 42 points, but only 43 first downs. And the two teams head the league in number of yards yielded - 945 for New York and 989 for Philadelphia. Green Bay, beaten by the Chicago Bears Sunday, but still heading the western division, continued to lead in most offensive departments of the league. The Packers have marked up 108 first downs in seven game, 2,123 yards gained by both rushing and passing, and 23 touchdowns. Their total of 1,122 yards gained passing topped the rest of the league. Cleveland led this week in punting, with an average of 40.2 yards, one-tenth of a year ahead of Brooklyn. The Rams also led in kickoff returns, with an average of 22.3 yards, one-tenth of a year more than Philadelphia.
NOVEMBER 12 (Chicago) - Knocked out of their complacency by the Chicago Bears last week, the Green Bay Packers arrived here Saturday morning in an ugly mood and eager to get underway in the return engagement with the tough Cleveland Rams at municipal stadium Sunday afternoon. It has suddenly dawned on the men of Lambeam U that despite what at one time looked to be an entirely safe lead in the western division of the league, they still have the championship to win. It has dawned on them that no dream about one thing - and a week ago against the Bears they only dreamed - and to win it is quite another. They were primed as they arrived, therefore, for an all-out effort and not so sure that even it will be enough against a team which in Green Bay three weeks ago gave them a fit. As against the Bears, the Packers will go into the game without their stellar right halfback, Lou Brock, who is still on the sidelines with an injured knee and whose absence hurt so much a week ago. Brock may play but he will not start. His place will be taken by the veteran Joe Laws or Kahler. But for the first time this season the team will have one of the men Lambeau has counted upon from the beginning to become one of the stars of the league - rookie Roy McKay. McKay was injured on the exhibition trip through the east early in September and has not seen a minute of league action so far. He was finally ready Saturday, however, and was due to open at left half. Except for Brock, the rest of the team was in fairly good shape. Fullback Ted Fritsch still nursed a slightly bruised ankle and tackle Baby Ray a slight muscle pull, but both were ready to start. The Rams, while without any title hopes themselves since they lost to the Packers, Bears and Redskins in succession, were no less eager than Green Bay to get into action. They felt they might have won the first game in Green Bay, and before the home folks they hoped to prove it. They, too, were in good shape except for bumps any team gets playing three such tough teams as they did in the last month. Green Bay ruled a slight favorite. A crowd of 30,000 was expected. The game here will be one of a complete schedule of five. In others, Philadelphia will play host to the New York Giants, Brooklyn to the Washington Redskins, the Chicago Bears to the Boston Yankees and Detroit to the hapless Card-Pitts about whom Congress ought to do something if their owners, Art Rooney and Charlie Bidwell, will not. Philadelphia, Washington, the Bears and the Lions were all favorites.