Cleveland Rams (3-0) 27, Green Bay Packers (2-1) 14
Sunday October 14th 1945 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Curly Lambeau had a nightmare Sunday night. The Packers had a nightmare. The whole town of Green Bay had a nightmare. For earlier in the day, before a capacity crowd of 24,600, the town's good football team, generally invincible
on its home field except for the Bears
"blew" a 14-6 lead in the final quarter
and bowed to the Cleveland Rams, 27-
14. It was catastrophic, stunning,
bewildering. Such a thing just does not
happen in this hotbed of football. But
here it was.
The roof fell in. That's the best way to 
put it. Apparently well on the way to
their third straight victory, the Packers
saw everything they did wrong in the
fourth quarter, yielded three touchdowns
​which might just as well have been four
except for the merciful whistle which
ended the game, and plopped just like
this out of first place in the western end
of the league. The fourth quarter will
cause nightmares up here as often as 
it is recalled. The Packers, to all intents
had the game won with that 14-6 lead,
had even threatened to score again with
the ball on Cleveland's 23 in the last
minute of the third quarter, when the
change in fortunes set in. And the
change was exasperatingly complete.
The Rams first drove 72 yards for a
touchdown which left them only one
point behind, 14-13. A few seconds 
later they recovered McKay's fumble on
Green Bay's 16 and almost immediately
scored again. A couple of minutes later,
they intercepted a pass which they ran
back 55 yards to Green Bay's five and
quickly scored once more. And in the
closing seconds, they intercepted still
another pass and ran it back 45 yards
to the four where the game mercifully
Through all of it, Curly Lambeau on the
sidelines was a moving picture - moving
in more ways than one. After Cleveland's
first touchdown of the fourth quarter, he
took off his hat and stamped on it. After
Cleveland's second, he took off his
sheepskin and threw it after the hat.
And after Cleveland's third - well
modesty intervened. But he was white
with rage. And across the field, his
assistant of last year, now with 
Cleveland, George Trafton, cupped his
big paws and brutally bellowed with
glee. The Rams, on Sunday at least,
were one of the best teams to show here
in a long time. They had a great line, an
exceptional array of backs led by the
versatile Bob Waterfield and explosive
Tom Collela, and flaming team spirit. 
And they were as well prepared 
mechanically to handle the Packers as
any team has been in a long time, 
covering punts well, covering Hutson, 
and choking off Green Bay's rushing
game with 94 yards. The Packers, on 
the other hand, have had sharper days.
The worst that Lambeau feared all week
happened. Their mistakes, both mental
and mechanical, were costly. They 
fumbled three times and lost the ball
each time - and McKay's fumble was
especially costly. They passed almost
sloppily at times - certainly not sharply.
And they often tackled insecurely, 
although part of this may have been due
to the hard running of the Cleveland ball
carriers. And those Cleveland backs
really ran.
The Rams, showing their intentions early, scored their first touchdown the first time they got the ball. They kicked off, got the ball back on their own 49 on McKay's 23 yard punt, and on seven plays went down the field. On the first play, Mason picked up Greenwood's fumble and ran 49 yards across the goal, but referee Tom Hughitt ruled he had blown his whistle and the touchdown did not count. Hughitt was wrong. Greenwood was about to take a lateral pass when Mason hit him, fumbled the ball instantly, and was more or less still on his feet as Mason scooped it up and started for the goal. It was a strange ruling, indeed, but it stood and there was nothing the Packers could do, although Lambeau at once informed Hughitt he was playing the game under protest. The protest, accompanied by pictures, will now be sent to Commissioner Elmer Layden, but vital as the play was and important as its bearing may have been on the future strategy, there is probably little that Layden can do except uphold the official - and then tell him to get a slower whistle. At any rate, after such a break, the Rams swept right down the field. A pass, Waterfield to the pesky Jim Benton, picked up a first down on Green Bay's 20, Gehrke and Greenwood on three more plays ploughed down to the 17, and Waterfield, on first down, passed to Benton in the end zone for the touchdown. Waterfield's first kick was good, but the Rams were caught holding, and his second attempt was wide. The Rams threatened two more times, too, before the Packers got back into the game with a touchdown of their own. Fritsch's fumble late in the first quarter, which Sikich recovered, gave the Rams the ball on Green Bay's 31, but Hutson immediately intercepted a pass. And Fritsch's second fumble early in the second quarter, which Hickey recovered, gave the Rams the ball on Green Bay's 16, but Hutson intercepted a pass again.
It was after Hutson's second interception that the Packers, who had been choked off in just about everything they tried, finally built up a large enough head of steam to score. They started on their own 20, swept down to the 16 where they lost the ball on downs, but got it back almost immediately on Collela's fumble which Lipscomb recovered on the 25, and then went the rest of the way. It was a personal excursion for Fritsch except for the last year. He hit right tackle for 11, for eight and then for five to the one yard line from where Comp roared over left tackle for the touchdown. Hutson's kick was good. The one point was hardly a safe lead, however - perhaps the boys even had a premonition of what was to happen - and the first time they got the ball in the third quarter, they scored again. Laws returned Waterfield's punt 10 to his own 46 in the second minute of play and the boys were off. Perkins and McKay picked up one first down on Cleveland's 38, Perkins and Fritch another on the 28, and a pass, McKay to Hutson, a third on the three. The catch was a beauty with Waterfield almost hanging on Hutson's neck. It took only two plays from the three. Fritsch hit center for two, then catapulted himself into the end zone. Hutson's kick was good - and the crowd breather easier. The eight point lead looked good. There was even a suggestion in what the Packers did in the closing minutes of the third quarter that they might score again. They started in midfield and surely proceeded to Cleveland's 23, first down, before they were stopped. McKay failed to gain, a couple of passes failed and Hutson, on fourth down, was nailed on an end around. The crowd still felt pretty good - but then the rook caved in. The Rams started to ram. They took the ball and on seven plays went all the way. A pass, Waterfield to Pritko, carried from midfield to Green Bay's eight, and after West had lost a yard, Waterfield passed to Collela for the touchdown. Waterfield also added the point, which made it 14-13. The air seemed charged here, and one could almost feel the unhappy events which were about to cascade over all of Green Bay. McKay fumbled on the first play after the subsequent kickoff, Eason recovered, and the Rams were on their way again. Greenwood, Collela and Waterfield, on three plays, went to the four, Collela added two, Greenwood one, and then Greenwood went over. Waterfield's kick again was good and the Rams led, 20-14.
Here, momentarily, the Packers rallied.  They took the kickoff and went 45 yards to Cleveland's 33, but the rally ended abruptly. Brock's second down pass sailed right into Mike Scarry's hands and that was that. It wasn't all for the Rams, however, for, with three minutes lest, the fleet little Albie Reisz intercepted a long pass on his own 40 and raced 55 yards through the whole Packer team to the five before he was stopped. It took only one play, Collela went over standing up. Waterfield converted again. At this point the game had become a rout. Once more in the closing seconds the Packers went into the air, and once more the Rams turned the attack to their favor. Another little speedster, Art Jones, intercepted a pass and ran it back to the four, where the game ended. The victory left Cleveland high and dry in first place in the western division of the league with three straight victories. The licking dropped Green Bay into a second place tie with Detroit.
CLEVELAND -  6  0  0 21 - 27
GREEN BAY -  0  0  7  7 - 14
1st - CLE - Jim Benton, 17-yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Kick failed) CLEVELAND 6-0
3rd - GB - Comp, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-6
4th - GB - Fritsch, 3-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-6
4th - CLE - Tom Colella, 9-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) GREEN BAY 14-13
4th - CLE - Don Greenwood, 1-yard run (Waterfield kick) CLEVELAND 20-14
4th - CLE - Collela, 5-yard run (Waterfield kick) CLEVELAND 27-14

OCTOBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Stoney McGlynn) - The Packers have only themselves to blame for their 27 to 14 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Rams Sunday, a defeat that stunned a capacity throng of 24,600 rabid Packer boosters. They weren't sharp on attack and they were far from bright and alert on defense. In contrast, the speedy Rams, playing with a spirit that would do credit to any college club, never let up, never stopped knocking at opportunity's door and when the door opened they were on the job to cash in...RAMS HAD SPEED, DASH: Seldom has any pro team showed the dash and elan and reactive ability as the Rams displayed on pass interceptions; reactions that recovered one fumble deep in Bay territory to open the gates for the third touchdown and reactions that turned ordinary pass interceptions into lengthy returns that set up one other score and had the ball on the Packer 4 as the game closed. The Bays were spotty. At times they displayed the class of old, but those times were far too scattered. Their running attack was not good - because blockers were not blocking consistently. All too often every player but one would carry out his assignment, but that one failure turned the play into a minimum effort. Bay passing, so uncanny in the game here against the Lions, was poor. Many times receivers got into the open, but the aerials sailed far overhead or to the side. That the Rams were well drilled on pass defense there is no doubt, but even that sound defense would have been cracked had the passing been of the same sharpness that has come to be associated with Packer teams...TOMMY THE TOOTER: Referee Tommy Hughitt's eager-beaver whistle that robbed the Packers of a merited touchdown early in the game when Joe Mason ran 49 yards with a recovered fumble very probably was the most important factor in the entire game. Why Hughitt, a veteran official in both college and pro ranks, ever blew his whistle is something that will be debated through the years and when the movies PROVE that Greenwood was hit by Mason as he was taking a lateral and that Mason instantly picked up the ball his early whistle will go down as one of the prize boners of all time. At no time was Greenwood completely stopped with the ball in his possession. It cost the Bays a touchdown and had a very important bearing on future strategy...PROTEST WILL FAIL: Coach Curly Lambeau announced at once he was playing under protest, but there is little chance it will do him any good. Commissioner Elmer Layden can hardly overrule a decision, but when he sees the movies, which Lambeau will send to him, there is little doubt but what he'll warn Tommy the Tooter and others to keep their whistle buttoned up until the play is dead or there is a rules infraction involved. However, Tommy the Tooter should not be the exclusive goat. The Packers themselves were far from perfect and helped create their own disaster. What they didn't do Bob Waterfield, Jim Benton, Tommy Collela, Red Hickey and Greenwood did - just as Lambeau figured after watching his charges go through a very unimpressive week 
​of practices.
OCTOBER 18 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau has announced four player changes on the Green Bay Packer roster as the team drilled hard for the clash at State Fair park in Milwaukee Sunday with the unbeaten Boston Yanks. Two players left the squad and two were added. The first addition is Navy Lt. Ken Snelling, former UCLA star, who will help bolster the fullback spot and bring it up to par three for the first time this season. A kickoff, placekick specialist, Snelling will share will share the ball toting duties with Ted Fritsch, second in National league scoring, and Don Perkins. The other addition to the squad is right halfback Tom Kincaid, former Ohio State university player who recently received an honorable discharge from the Navy. Kincaid has been working with the club and appeared on the program list for the first time last Sunday but did not see action. He'll spare off veterans Joe Laws and Lou Brock. Alex Urban, an end, and Ray Frankowski, a guard, have departed. Urban went to Toledo, where his wife is ill and will play no more pro ball this season, Lambeau said. Frankowski was released because he found it hard to get in shape after long service in the Army. He formerly played with Washington State. The Packers will have their work cut out for them against the Yanks, who have beaten Washington and Pittsburgh and have been held to a tie by the New York Giants. The team has reacted strong following their defeat by the Cleveland Rams last Sunday. The Chicago Bears, beaten three in a row this season, will probably face loss No. 4 Sunday. For they play the rampaging Cleveland Rams in Wrigley Field.
OCTOBER 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and Coach E.L. Lambeau were in an upset mood - the frame of mind for defeating undefeated teams - as they prepared to day to mar the unblemished record of the Boston Yanks at Milwaukee October 21. The game was expected to attract 23,500 fans , the 8th capacity crowd the Packers have played to this season. It will bring the number the Packers have entertained to date this season to a total of about 336,600 fans. This included the College All-Star game they played at Chicago as the defending champions of the NFL and three exhibition games besides the league schedule. The Packers have been the "knock off" team of the western division of the pro league this fall. They started by knocking off the usually tough Chicago Bears and on the following Sunday handed the Detroit Lions their first defeat in seven games. The Lions' victory string extended back to the middle of 1944. At Green Bay last Sunday, however, the Packers' self-appointed mission as the "knock off" masters of the pro loop came to grief in the last 10 minutes of a game with the Cleveland Rams. Cleveland took undisputed possession of the western division lead and Green Bay dropped into a second place tie with Detroit, each having won two and lost one game. Lambeau was driving his team through the hardest drills of the season here this week with the intention of resuming the Packers' knock off role against the Boston Yanks. Lambeau hoped to eliminate certain deficiencies in blocking and tackling that showed up in the Ram game and there was a little wrinkle in the pass execution that needed ironing out. Against the Rams; strong defense last Sunday, the Packers tried a "get-rich-quick" scheme of tossing long passes to Don Hutson in spite of the fact that three sticky-fingered Rams were following him everywhere on the field. It was only the Packers' good fortune and Don's skill that saved them from costly interception of passes before the fourth period. The Rams, meanwhile, were proving the effectiveness of short passes, both behind the scrimmage line and over it. Boston will come to Milwaukee as the leader of the eastern division of the league with a record of winning two and tying one game this fall and the reputation of being the surprise team of the loop. They beat Pittsburgh, 28 to 7, upset Washington 28 to 20, and tied New York, 13 to 13. The squad is the result of combining the best players of last season's Brooklyn and Boston teams. Its backfield included John Grigas, George Cafego, Pug Manders, Ace Parker, Bo Davis and John (Wild Horse) Martin. The line includes one of the best field goal kickers in the loop, Augie Lio. He kicked two field goals when the Yanks tied New York last Sunday. Other veteran linemen included Bob Masterson, Tony Leon of Alabama, Don Currivan, formerly with the Chicago Cardinals, Keith Ranspot and Ellis Jones. Parker's return from service strengthened Boston's aerial game. Capable receivers included ends Bob Davis and Ned Matthews.
OCTOBER 19 (Milwaukee) - The first place undefeated Boston Yanks of the eastern division and the second place western division Green Bay Packers will tangle Sunday in a NFL game at State Fair park with signs pointing to a sellout crowd if the weatherman is cooperative. Boston has won two and tied one while the Packers show two victories and one defeat, the latter administered last week by the Cleveland rams. The Beantown aggregation, coached by Herb Kopf, regarded as one of the craftiest gridiron mentors along the eastern seaboard, is loaded with dynamite and the Bays are expected to find the going rough. The sparklers in the Yank lineup this year have been Pug Manders, veteran halfback, who has always fared well against Green Bay, and George Smith, a 215-pound center, who, like Charley Brock of the Packers, rates as one of the leaders in his profession. The Packers' Don Hutson, football's No. 1 end, will be honored during Sunday's game. The team management and Packer fans from throughout the state will pay tribute to the Alabama passsnatcher.
OCTOBER 20 (Milwaukee) - The undefeated Boston Yanks will risk their undisputed lead in the standings of the eastern division of the NFL when they clash at State Fair Park here Sunday with the champion Green Bay Packers. It's a sort of backs to the wall proposition for Coach E.L. "Curly" Lambeau and his Packers. The Packers already have lost one game, and in the tight western division race this usually means that any team with designs on participating in the playoff for the league title has to win all of the rest of its games on its schedule. This will be the last Packer game in Milwaukee this season, and a sellout crowd of 23,500 was expected with a prospect of fair crisp weather to make their enjoyment complete. Lambeau's team is booked for only one more pro loop contest in the state this season. They are scheduled to play the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay on October 28. After that the Packers will hit the road for the last five games. Sunday has been designated as Don Hutson day at State Fair park. The famous Green Bay end, who holds more pass catching and scoring records than any other pro loop flanker in history, will be honored at the intermission and be presented with gifts by a delegation headed by his longtime friend and teammate, Charles "Buckets" Goldenberg, who recently broke his retirement to return to the Green Bay lineup as a guard.
OCTOBER 21 (Chicago) - Green Bay's Packers, NFL defending champions, still smarting from last week's 27-14 whipping by the Cleveland Rams, meet another undefeated team, the Boston Yanks, at Milwaukee today in a game which may decide the Packers' chances of repeating as Western division titlist and world champions. The game will be the fourth of the campaign in which Green Bay has faced an unbeaten eleven. The Bears, Lions and Rams had clean slates when they stepped out against the Packers, and the Rams, after last week's spectacular three-touchdown fourth period rally against Curly Lambeau's charges, still have theirs. They lead the western division with a 3-0 record. Boston too has yet to drop a game, having beaten Pittsburgh and Washington and tied New York to share first place in the matter of percentage with the Giants in the eastern division. New York, however, has one less win than the Yanks. Herb Kopf has one of the really good teams in the circuit - a combination of the best that Brooklyn and Boston had last year. Another contest upon which title hopes may hinge today pits the Cleveland Rams against the cellar-dwelling Chicago Bears at Chicago, with the Bears in the potential role of spoilers. The Bears have dropped three in a row for the first time since 1938, one of the losses to Cleveland two weeks ago by a 17-0 score. Although the Bears have no hopes of capturing the Western title, they do expect to have something to say about who eventually does win it. All that's left for them in 1945 is to gain the satisfaction of knocking off contenders for the western and eastern championships. The New York Giants, unbeaten but tied last week 13-13 by the Yanks will open their home schedule today in the Polo Grounds against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are last in the eastern division standings with an 0-3 record. Another home opener is scheduled at Washington, where the Redskins clash with a Philadelphia Eagle club which lost its prestige by dropping a 28-24 decision to the Detroit Lions. With Sammy Baugh of Washington arrayed against the Eagles' flashy Steve Van Buren, the Philadelphia-Washington game looks like a high scoring affair and rates as a tossup. Boasting a one game winning streak - their first since 1942 - the Chicago Cardinals, after humbling the Bears, 16-7, last week, will travel to Detroit, and they may catch the Lions off guard. Detroit defeated the Cardinals in the season's opener, 10-0, but since then the Cards have snapped out of the doldrums and are determined to run their win streak to two straight.