New York Giants (5-1-1) 24, Green Bay Packers (7-2) 0
Sunday November 19th 1944 (at New York)
(NEW YORK) - The Green Bay Packers absorbed a 24-0 drubbing at the hands of the New York Giants before a season's record crowd of 56,451 at the Polo Grounds Sunday, but they clinched the western championship of the NFL despite the defeat. The
Detroit Lions gave the Packers a helping hand by
knocking the title defending Chicago Bears out of
the race. Although the Packers made 18 first downs
to nine for the Giants, they were handicapped by 
the absence of Lou Brock at halfback and the loss
of Irv Comp, their star passer, through an injury.
Green Bay's passing game backfired often, the
Giants intercepting five aerials. The New Yorkers
also threw up a strong defense against line plays,
with the veterans Mel Hein, Len Younce and Vic
Carroll setting the pace. Each played 56 minutes.
The Giants counted in every period to run up the
biggest score in the history of their series with the
Packers. Even Ken Strong, the granddaddy of all
the veterans on the gridiron, figured prominently in
the victory with a 15 yard field goal in the third
quarter and three extra point kicks. The first Giant
touchdown came when New York's rookie back,
Howie Livingston, intercepted Comp's pass,
intended for Don Hutson, and raced 34 yards down
the sideline to count standing up. Another came in
the second quarter as the veteran Arnie Herber, for
years the Packers' passing mainstay, connected
with Frank Leibel for a 36 yard tally, the Giant end
catching the ball on the 12 and crossing the goal
after getting away from old Joe Laws.
Then came Strong's successful placement in the 
third quarter, followed by the final touchdown in the
first play of the closing period when Bill Paschal,
the Giants' league leading scorer of a year ago,
drove over the Packers' left tackle from the one.
Livingston, to whom was delegated the difficult
assignment of keeping on Hutson, set the stage for
the final score by running to the Packer seven yard
stripe after intercepting Laws' pass on the 48, a
jaunt of 41 yards. Seeing that the game was lost,
Coach Curly Lambeau of Green Bay pulled Hutson
out after one play in the second half and the star
end failed to score for the second time this year.
Livingston held him to four catches good for a total
of 31 yards. The nearest the Packers got to the
Giant goal line was in the second period when, with
the score 14-0 against them, they got down to the
New York 13, only to suffer a penalty and lose the
ball on downs. They had marched 67 yards, mainly
on two passes, one from Comp to Hutson, good for
32 yards, and another, Comp to Paul Duhart that 
was good for 29. Prior to that they marched 54 
yards to the Giants' 18 only to have the home team
take over. Another time they went 39 yards to the
Hutson failed to catch the first two passes Comp
threw in the opening period, but when his old
batterymate, Herber, tossed one. Hutson sensed
the familiar float of Arnold's pitch and intercepted it
on the Packer 35. Comp got off a 10 yard aerial to
Hutson but Hutson knocked another down and
Fritsch punted to New York's 25. Hitting Green
Bay's right side, Livingston cut through for 15 yards and Cuff broke loose for 26. After the Giants reached the Packer 19, Herber tossed a wide lateral, intended for Cuff, but it landed on the ground where Comp kicked it as he was about to scoop it up. Comp recovered the ball, and although the Packers were penalized to their 13, they had possession. Comp passed 17 yards to Hutson, but on his next attempt Livingston intercepted the ball just as Hutson was about to catch it, and ran 34 yards for a touchdown. Strong kicked the point.
Taking the kickoff on their 24, the Packers paraded 56 yards with Comp passing 20 yards to Duhart and completing two short ones to Wheba. Livingston batted down a pass to Hutson in the end zone and when two other flings failed, the Giants took the ball on downs on their 20 early in the second quarter. Paschal came in the game and immediately struck off his right tackle for nine yards. Yonce got off a poor punt to the Packer 45 and the Bays marched 33 yards, aided by Comp's 12 yard pass to Hutson and Laws' 12 yard plunge. With the ball on the New York 22, three Giants surrounded Hutson on fourth down and a pass failed, the Giants taking the ball and setting out for their second tally. A 23 yard gallop by Cuff and a 16 yard plunge by Paschal paced a drive to the Packer 36 where Herber passed to Leibel for the second touchdown. Strong again converted.
Taking the kickoff on their 20, the Packers traveled 64 yards to the 16. A 32 yard pass to Hutson was ruled complete because of interference, and Comp passed 29 more to Duhart. A Comp-to-Hutson-to-Perkins lateral made 13 yards but Petrilas, Younce and Sivell then broke up Comp's passing and New York took the ball on its 24. In the third period, Laws made two eight yard carries and a 12 yard plunge and for 15 yards to Duhart in a 55 yard march, but Younce intercepted a pass by Comp on New York's 41 and the Giants were off for more points. Cuff made 29 yards, and four plunged by Paschal reached Green Bay's eight. Strong then booted a field goal from the 15. Livingston intercepted a pass by Laws and ran 40 yards to the Packers' eight to set up the last touchdown. Paschal made seven yards on three plunges, and in the first play of the fourth quarter Paschal went over his right guard to score. Strong kicked the point.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
NEW YORK  -  7  7  3  7 - 24
1st - NY - Howie Livingston, 34-yard interception return (Ken Strong kick) NY 7-0
2nd - NY - Frank Liebel, 36-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Strong kick) NY 14-0
3rd - NY - Strong, 8-yard field goal NEW YORK 17-0
4th - NY - Bill Paschal, 1-yard run (Strong kick) NEW YORK 24-0
NOVEMBER 20 (Baltimore) - The United States Professional Football league definitely will operate in 1945 with the Honolulu team to have a temporary home location in a "major eastern city" until the war ends, President Roland D. Payne of Pittsburgh said Sunday. Payne announced completion of the organization structure of the league at the close of a two day meeting of directors. Because of expected transportation problems, officials decided not to include several prospective Pacific coast teams in their plans for next season. Lt. M.M. Zenoff of the merchant marine represented Milwaukee. Ralph W. Olson, head of the Honolulu franchise, expressed optimism over the future of football in the islands and said that "as soon as traveling conditions warrant, the Honolulu club will operate there, opening an avenue of expansion which will include cities in the west and south." If the war should end before the start of the 1945 season, there was a definite indication that the directors would revise scheduled to include the west coast teams. Olson said the Honolulu club had made preliminary arrangements for selection of a coaching staff and players and that an announcement might be made soon regarding which city had been selected for the temporary playing site.
NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - A scant 3,500 watched the hapless Card-Pitts against Clevelana t Comiskey park Sunday. It will be a box office triumph, considering everything, if 5,000 watch the Packers and Card-Pitts in the same park this week...Don Hutson's lead in the hot national pro league individual scoring race was cut to 12 points Sunday. Hutson has 68 points, Frankie Sinkwich of the Lions 56 and Roy Zimmerman of the Eagles 55...Saddest men in New York Sunday night were Red Smith, Green Bay's former line coach, who now helps Steve Owen; Arnie Herber, Green Bay's former passing star, who now wears the spangles of the Giants, and Len Calligaro, who had a tryout with the Packers, then was cut adrift to be picked up by the Giants. They all moaned low Sunday night - in between hearty laughs.
NOVEMBER 22 (Chicago) - Lt. Cdr. James (Sleepy Jim) Crowley, one of the famed four horsemen of Notre Dame and a former head football coach at Fordham university, Wednesday had a five year contract to serve as commissioner of the All-America conference, a newly organized professional football league. Crowley, a veteran of 16 months' service in the south Pacific, is athletic officer and football coach at Sampson (N.Y.) naval center. He will assume office as commissioner as soon as he is discharged from the Navy, when headquarters of the league will be established in New York City. Crowley had been signed by Ted Collins as postwar coach of the Boston Yanks of the NFL but was released from the contract so he could accept the commissioner's post. Terms of Crowley's contract were not disclosed but it was reported that he will receive $125,000 for the five year team. He will preside at his first league meeting in New York December 9. Six cities, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco, have been given franchises in the new league. In addition, applications from Boston, Miami, Atlanta and Detroit will be considered at the December meeting. Crowley starred as left halfback on Notre Dame's 1924 team. He began his coaching career immediately following his graduation, serving at the University of Georgia, Michigan State and Fordham. His greatest coaching success was achieved at Fordham, where he served from 1933 to 1941, when his teams compiled a record of 55 victories against 12 defeats and seven ties. Crowley enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as coach of the North Carolina preflight team that season.
NOVEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - The good old toe of Ken Strong, and it is an old one for he has been around the NFL since way back when, has lost none of its "kick". With five field goals in eight attempts, Strong leads the league in this department of play...A lot of requests are still coming in about this season's pro league playoffs now that the Packers have cinched the championship in the western division of the league. The playoffs will be held on the home grounds of the eastern divisional winners...Irv Comp had one of his worst days of the season at New York Sunday, which probably explains in part anyway why the Packers looked so bad. Comp, who could be one of the really great backs in the pro league, still isn't down to his best playing weight...Curly Lambeau is trying to arrange some exhibition for his Packers to fill in on the long layoff between next Sunday's game with the Card-Pitts at Chicago and the playoffs December 17.
NOVEMBER 22 (Chicago) - The hottest package in the NFL, although you have to look twice at loop statistics to notice it, is Frank Sinkwich, the Detroit Lions halfback. Some 21,000 fans at Detroit Sunday were sold on the fact when Sinkwich pitched four touchdown passes as the Lions crushed the Chicago Bears, 41-21, but the league's weekly statistical release shows that the former All-American from Georgia shines at much more than just tossing a football. Actually, passing is Frank's weakest department. He ranks fifth with 48 completions in 123 attempts. He is second in scoring behind Don Hutson with 56 points, third in ground gaining with 533 yards in 134 tries and in punting with a 40.9 average, and fourth in punt returns with a 13.3 average. All of this makes Sinkwich the best triple threat performer by far in a league where specialists abound. Johnny Grigas, the only bright spot in a dismal Cardinal-Pittsburgh season, maintained his leadership in ground gaining last weekend, although his margin over second place Bill Paschal of the New York Giants was trimmed to six yards. Grigas gained only 35 yards in 17 tries against Cleveland for an eight game total of 589, compared with Paschal's aggregate of 583. Frank Filchock of Washington strengthened his lead in passing with six completions in 11 tries as the Redskins lost to Philadelphia, 37-7. Filchock heads the department with 73 hits in 123 tosses, followed by Sid Luckman of the Bears with 62 in 114. Although Hutson still leads in scoring with 68 points, 12 ahead of Sinkwich and 13 in front of Leroy Zimmerman of the Eagles, the great Green Bay end is in danger of being dethroned as the point making champion for the first time in five seasons. He has only one more game to play, while Sinkwich has two and Zimmerman three. Sammy Baugh of Washington, league punting champion for the last four seasons, moved into the lead in that department from fourth place with an average of 42.1 yards in 33 attempts. Hutson continued to lead in pass receiving with 53 catches for 870 yards, while Ken Strong of New York kept ahead in the somewhat neglected field goal department with five out of eight.
NOVEMBER 26 (Chicago) - Officials of four NFL clubs will meet in Philadelphia Tuesday to make plans for the championship playoff December 17. The New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia 
Eagles, who are battling for the eastern title, and the Green Bay Packers, western winners, will be represented.
NOVEMBER 26 (Chicago) - Having "backed" into the championship game last week while losing to the New York Giants (the Chicago Bears also lost), the Green Bay Packers Sunday will simply go through the motions as they close their regular season against the hapless Card-Pitt combination at Comiskey park, Chicago. Lambeau has announced that the game would be played largely by men who haven't seen a great deal of action in the regular season - Roy McKay, Bob Kahler, Ray Wheba, Mike Buccannerri, Bob Flowers, Forrest McPherson and Ade Schwammel among others. Despite this decision, the Packers still ruled overwhelming favorites. A week's vacation will be given the squad after Sunday's battle, after which preparations will be begun for the playoffs in the east December 17. The league spotlight, meanwhile, will swing to Philadelphia, where Greasy Neale's high flying Eagles, leaders in the eastern division of the league and probable opponents of the Packers in the playoffs, will meet the Chicago Bears in the feature game of the day. The Eagles, who are using the T formation with devastating effect, must win to remain on top of the heap. They have still to lose a game. They are slight favorites. In other games, the New York Giants, still with a chance for the title if anything happens to the Eagles, will have a breather against Brooklyn, Washington, also with a chance for the title, will take on Boston, and Cleveland will play host to the resurging Lions who last week ruined the last championship hopes of the Bears. The Giants and Redskins are overwhelming favorites. Detroit is a slight favorite over Cleveland.