Green Bay Packers (4-1) 33, Chicago Cardinals (1-4) 14
Sunday October 28th 1945 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)
(GREEN BAY) - The good folk of Wisconsin last Sunday extended a special day to Don Hutson, the Green Bay Packers' peerless end, in Milwaukee's fairgrounds. He responded with a neat performance, but apparently thought some of the Green Bay citzenry
were not among those present, so this afternoon he
showed his appreciation by scoring 21 points in the
Packers' 33 to 14 triumph over the willing but
undermanned Chicago Cardinals in City stadium. A
happy throng of 19,221 Green Bay loyalists watched
the lanky star from Alabama who now makes his 
home here deliver three touchdowns, two of them on
his copyrighted pass catches, and another on an end
around play, and as many points after touchdown. 
The local zealots were betwixt and between their
enjoyment of Don's work and the report that the
Cleveland Rams, only conquerors of the world
champions this season in league play, had been
knocked over by the Philadelphia Eagles, 28 to 14.
CARDINALS RATE CHEER, TOO
Thus they could afford to cheer for the vanquished
Cardinals, who at all times made the contest quite
interesting, thanks to the work of Paul Christman, the
old Missouri touchdown pitcher; Ed Rucinski; Motts
Tonelli, the returned war prisoner, Ernie Bonelli, and
Leo Cantor, the hustling back who used to play for
UCLA. It was just the sort of exercise required by the
champs as they headed for a road trip on which their
first two games will be with the Bears next week
Sunday in Wrigley field and the following week 
against the Rams in Cleveland. The Cards did a right
nice job of matching their conquerors in statistics,
collecting 15 first downs to the Packers' 14.
Christman tried 31 passes, hitting on 17, while Irv
Comp and Lou Brock of the Packers made good on
10 of 13. The overall yardage tabulation showed
Green Bay with 367 to the Cardinals' 363, with 
rushing and passing profits about even. Roy McKay,
the Packers' young back, had a great day at punting,
averaging 61.6 yards for five boots. The penalty
department showed nine sentences for each team.
PACKERS START TO WORK EARLY
The customers were permitted to relax as early as
the first three minutes of play, which saw the Packers
take a Cardinal kickoff booted over the goal line to
their own 20 yard mark. On the first play, left half
Comp, who did yeoman service thru most of the
game, lofted a dandy pass to Clyde Goodnight on the
Cardinal 36. The Cardinal line rebuked the hardy Ted
Fritsch twice. The Cardinals were offside and the
Packers' acceptance of the penalty moved them to
the 19. Here it was that Hutson engineered a neat
catch of a Comp pass and added the extra point.
That ended scoring for the first period, although late
in the same quarter Green Bay began the 66 yard 
drive which finally found Hutson going thru an end
around romp from the Cardinal 12 yard line. Again 
Don made the point to run it to 14 to 0. The Cards
retorted to this with a 60 yard drive in which an eight
yard smash by Bus Mertes and two Christman 
passes, one to Al Drulis, the other to Rucinski, 
brought the ball to the Packer 4. The locals were
penalized, and Christman finally slipped over for a
touchdown. Joe Kuharich added the point.
HUTSON SCORES ON PASS
The Cardinals then kicked off, and, in the twinkling of
three plays, the score was 20 to 7. Hutson returned
the kickoff to his own 40. Comp picked up one, then
Irv fired the ball to Don, who kept on going for an
overall touchdown profit of 59 yards. Hutson missed
the extra point. The fourth Green Bay touchdown, 
also registered in the second quarter, was just as
swift. McKay returned a Cardinal punt to the Chicago
44. He was stopped on first down, but on the next
play Lou Brock stepped back and whipped a long
pass to Nolan Luhn, former Tulsa end, good for a
touchdown. Hutson made it 27 to 7 with his kick.
The third period was scoreless, with the Chicagoans
proving themselves quite annoying. The Cards made
one rush from their own 38 to the Packer 9 before
yielding the ball. McKay got away a magnificent punt
a short time later, the ball being downed on the
Cardinal 7 as the third period ended. On first down,
Mertes broke loose over the defensive right guard, 
and went 52 yards before he was hauled down. 
Bonelli picked up 9 in a thrust at center, then
Christman hurled a touchdown pass to Rucinski, who
scrambled over after he was caught at the 3 yard line.
Kuharich delivered the extra point.
FUMBLE LEADS TO TOUCHDOWN
The final Green Bay touchdown was registered by the 
durable Fritsch, who kept plunging into the Cardinal
line until he went over after a march of 43 yards,
begun when Charley Brock scooped up a Cardinal fumble. Hutson's try for the point struck a goal post and bounded back into the field
CHI CARDS -  0  7  0  7 - 14
GREEN BAY -  7 20  0  6 - 33
1st - GB - Hutson, 19-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Hutson, 12-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-0
2nd - CHI - Paul Christman, 1-yard run (Joe Kuharich kick) GREEN BAY 27-7
2nd - GB - Hutson, 59-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 20-0
2nd - GB - Luhn, 44-yard pass from Brock (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 27-0
4th - CHI - Eddie Rucinski, 31-yard pass from Christman (Kuharich kick) GB 27-14
4th - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 33-14
NEWS AND NOTES
HALAS TO WATCH BEARS BATTLE PACKERS SUNDAY
OCTOBER 28 (Detroit) - Comdr. George Halas of the United States navy will be in Wrigley field next Sunday when the Bears will try to break their five game losing streak against the Green Bay Packers. This was learned unofficially tonight. Comdr. Halas, now on duty in Pearl Harbor, is expected to arrive in Chicago some time this week. Whether he will take an active part in helping prepare his once fearsome Bears for their old rivals is not known. Halas, principal owner and coach of the Bears, left the club in midseason of 1942 to join the navy and has served with distinction in the South Pacific.
​LUCKMAN OF BEARS IS BENCHED; RONZANI WILL GET CALL SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 1 (Chicago) - Sid Luckman, whose passing wizardry and brainy signal calling made the Chicago Bears football's greatest T formation team, was benched Thursday as Coach Hunk Anderson tried to shake the skidding Bears out of their five game losing streak. Anderson announced that 36 year old Gene Ronzani, former Marquette star who once retired from the game a dozen years ago, would start in Luckman's quarterback spot Sunday against the champion Green Bay Packers here. Anderson emphasized that Luckman's assignment to the bench was not a strategy move but a desperation bid to jolt the once mighty Bears out of their doldrums. In earlier games this season Ronzani was sent into the lineup only to give Luckman a rest of after the Bears were hopelessly behind, but Anderson said, "Gene will be given every chance to get our attack going Sunday." Luckman, former Columbia university all-American, has been noticeably "off" this season. In five games he has pitched only two touchdown passes, which used to be his game average. His nose was broken in the Bears' first game with the Packers, and the following Sunday it was cracked again in Cleveland. Since then he has been wearing a nose guard, which, he says, cuts down his vision. Ronzani came out of his third retirement only last fall when he quit an assistant Notre Dame coaching job to return to the Bears.
SCHLINKMAN - PACKERS' NO. 1 CHOICE IN DRAFT IS TOAST OF ALL TEXAS FANS TODAY
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Texas Tech is hardly a team to throw a lot of fear into any others this football season. The team has won one of its five starts. But Texas Tech's Walt Schlinkman - now that's something else. And who is Walt Schlinkman in case memory lags? Walt Schlinkman is the Hinkle-like fullback who was Curly Lambeau's No. 1 choice in the pro league draft last spring but who decided, under the relaxed wartime rules of eligibility, to play another year at Texas Tech. Schlinkman, on a losing team, has become the toast of Texas. On Saturday nights now it's not a case of "What did Texas Tech do today?" but "What did Schlinkman do?". To Texans, there isn't a better football player in the land. This is what Schlinkman has done against some of the toughest competition in his section of the country - Texas, Texas Aggies, Baylor, Tulsa and Southwestern - and on a losing team: Gained 535 yards carrying the ball on 79 plays, an average of more than six yards a play. Intercepted three passes and returned them 49 yards. Returned four kickoffs for 119 yards, an average of almost 30 yards a return. Punted 32 times for an average of 33.7. Quite a few of his punts, however, sailed out of bounds in the coffin corner of the field. Backed up the line like a terror. Played in every game despite a succession of injuries to his shoulder and his arm. On weekdays, he has been carrying his arm in a sling. Eyebrows were arched last spring when Lambeau made Schlinkman his No. 1 choice. "Who's Schlinkman?" a lot of fans asked. But Lambeau obviously knew what he was doing. Schlinkman is one of the best.
AGAIN SUNDAY; DON HUTSON IN SAME OLD ROLE
NOVEMBER 2 (Chicago Tribune) - Don Hutson, who acts the part of a languid southern gentleman except for his frequent dazzling bursts in pursuit of a thrown football, is coming to town Sunday. The last time Chicago fans saw Don he was racing down the sideline on an 85 yard touchdown journey to make the All-Star game safe for the Green Bay Packers in Soldiers' field. Don said after the game he was afraid it would be his last. If he had turned a deaf ear to the blandishments of his coach, Curly Lambeau, the Packers might now be suffering a fate akin to that of the Bears, the team they meet Sunday in Wrigley field. Hutson not only did not retire, but he returned to the professional gridiron for the 11th season with such enthusiasm that he is now ahead of his record 1942 National league pace when he scored 138 points on 17 touchdowns, 33 extra points and a field goal. With half the season - five games - gone, he has scored 75 points. Last Sunday, against the Cards in Green Bay, Hutson caught three touchdown passes. The third was his 100th in league competition. He can hit even figures in pass receiving, too, if he catches as many pitches in the remaining five games as he has in the first five. His 29 receptions this season put his lifetime total at 471. Twenty-nine more would give him 500 and chances are he will exceed this mark in 1946. Hutson has played 113 league games and George Strickler, the National league publicist and statistical expert, cannot recall that Don has missed a game because of injuries. Here are the other up-to-date Hutson statistics:
- Has carried the ball on end around runds for 258 yards in 57 attempts.
- Has attempted 11 passes, completed two, with two intercepted and seven incomplete. One of the completions was taken by Harry Jacunski for a touchdown in 1943 against the New York Giants.
- Has received 471 passes for 7,809 yards, the longest one for 75 yards and a touchdown.
​PENT UP BEARS' FURY CAN BLAST PACKERS TODAY
NOVEMBER 4 (Chicago Tribune) - This is the day all the pent-up fury of a disillusioned, frustrated Bear team may explode. It's strange match, this 54th meeting of the Bears and the Green Bay Packers in Wrigley field. Its setting is unprecedented, for in every other year in this decade and most any year you'd care to mention this was the big game in the National league's western division. It has been the game when the Bears could clinch western honors or the Packers, by winning, could stay in the fight until the bitter finish. This afternoon a sellout crowd of 43,000 will
see a Bear team which has yet to win a league
victory challenge the 1945 champions who are in a
triple tie for the western leadership. The ingredients
are there for an upset. The Bears' back-of-the-scenes
troubles have been brought into the light. The players
have held at least one secret meeting, where
attempts were made to resolve those little differences
which develop when a team is losing Sunday after
Sunday. Sid Luckman, the one time king of T
formation quarterbacks, will be out of the picture at
the start. In his place will be 36 year old Gene 
Ronzani, given the task to rally the Bears against
their most bitter gridiron foe. Luckman has pitched
only two touchdown passes in five losing games. The
Bears' coaches have gone down the line with him.
They have seen him fail and though there has been 
no tendency to center all the blame on Sid, a change
is dictated. Ronzani will get a thorough trial to make
the aerial and ground thrusts in the team's arsenal of
plays. If he fails, Luckman will get his chance and
Luckman in the past has been a competitor who 
comes through in the tight spots. This is a terrific
assignment for Ronzani, who left big time football a
half dozen years ago. Since then he has been a part
time professional coach, a college scout, a college
coach and a player. The war brought him back in 
uniform. He has the spirit of a rookie, is nimble and 
despite all those years, and is thoroughly schooled in
the Bears' T formation maneuvers. It could develop
into the grandest day of his long career. The Bears 
are superior in manpower and condition than when all
this losing business started on September 30 in Green Bay with a 31 to 21 defeat. Since then they've picked up Hugh Gallerneau, Jim Daniell and Bobby Swisher. Lee Artoe, who made his post-war debut against the Packers, played only briefly that day. Leo's play has improved so much that he is a reasonable facsimile of the pre-war Artoe, an all-league tackle. Gallarneau likewise is making headway each Sunday. Green Bay has improved, too, since that September 30 opener. The champions have picked up Bruce Smith, the great back from Minnesota, and Ernie Pannell, tackle, has returned from the war. If the Bears can forget their own problems for the moment for their usual problem in Don Hutson. The 32 year old end has scored 75 points in five games. The Bears have mustered only 59 points in their five defeats. Smith will be making his Green Bay debut. There will be excitement on other National league fields. The Cardinals are expected to contribute another victory to the Redskins in Washington. This team now is favorite to win in the east, but still faces formidable competition in its own sector, plus an engagement with the Bears. The Redskins, with fine personnel at the start of the season, have welcomed several pre-war stars. The Cleveland Rams and Detroit Lions, tied for the western lead with the Packers, are in the east today. The Lions meet the Boston Yanks, a team which is deadlocked with the Redskins with three victories and a defeat, though carrying the impost of a tie. The Lions meet the New York Giants, who have won only one game while losing two and tying one. In the fifth game the Philadelphia Eagles meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Eagles stepped back into the eastern race last Sunday by dealing the Rams their first defeat.
LAMBEAU WORRIED ABOUT BEAR GAME
​NOVEMBER 4 (Chicago) - Curly Lambeau led his Green Bay Packers, 32 strong, into the backyard of the Chicago Bears here Saturday night, fretting and fuming over the difficulties he sees ahead in the return meeting with the arch rivals at Wrigley field Sunday. As little as the mere mention of the odds, which had Green Bay a 10 point favorite, set Lambeau off. "Where do they get that stuff?" he boiled. "Ten points. I'll settle for one right now and be glad. Don't they know that the Bears ripped our line apart with some 26 first downs in the first game? Don't they know that the Bears have been pointing for this ever since and that they are probably in their best shape of the last month? Why, last week, they should have beaten Detroit by two or three touchdowns - and they're even better now. Where do they get that stuff - 10 points." The best that Lambeau would say about his own club Saturday night was that it was ready - but then he insisted again that it would certainly have to be have even as much as an even chance. Physically, the club was in excellent shape and mentally it was "up", realizing what a tough challenge the Bears posed regardless of the odds. The entire approach to the game was good. Most encouraging from the physical standpoint was the condition of Lou Brock who has been bothered with a sore knee since the start of the season and who so far has played only sporadically. Without him, Green Bay's running game has suffered at times. The aging Joe Laws has looked good only on spinners. With him, it should be more nearly what Lambeau wants. The pass, though, with Irv Comp or Roy McKay pitching and with Don Hutson receiving, still promised to be Green Bay's chief threat. Hutson has not been stopped this season, and on occasions, has looked better than ever. He has caught 29 passes in the five league games so far, gained 633 yards and scored eight touchdowns. It will be an event, indeed, if the Bears can stop him. They never have before, and the chances are they won't Sunday. Whether Hutson's contribution will be enough, though, even with the support of an improved running game, remains to be seen. Lambeau was not fooled at all by the Bears' announcement that Sid Luckman, one of the greatest passers in the league and a perennial thorn in the side of the Packers, would not start. "We won't start Hutson, either," he said. "He's never in on the kickoff anymore, so we're even. Tell the Bears that - Hutson won't start either. Hutson will get in, though and play most of the time, and you can make a bet that if Gene Ronzani starts in place of Luckman, Luckman, too, will still be in there most of the time." The Bears will go into the game with a decided psychological edge. Whipped in five straight games, which constitutes a catastrophe the like of which has never befallen the team before, the men of Halas U have everything to gain and nothing to lose and have the intangible advantage which an underrated team always has. Physically, too, the Bears have come back since that unhappy Sunday three weeks ago when the lowly Cardinals beat them. They were really crippled Sunday, but since have gradually recovered and this week will be almost at peak strength - and will have Clyde (Bulldog) Turner to boot. The giant center obtained an extension of his furlough and will definitely play. It was through the line, despite a weakness at center that the Bears did their heaviest damage in the first game at Green Bay, and it is through the line that Lambeau expects them to come again Sunday especially with Turner now at center. A lot of the preparation this week has been directed to plug the holes. Sunday's game will be one of another complete round. In other games, the Cardinals will meet Washington at Washington, Cleveland will play the Giants at New York, Detroit will meet the Yankees at Boston and Philadelphia will play Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh.
- Has intercepted 27 passes for 400 yards, these figures being for the last five seasons. Interceptions were not listed until Mr. Strickler put in his statistical system.
- Has scored four touchdowns on runs from scrimmage, making his total touchdowns 104.
- Has kicked 164 points after touchdowns, with 11 misses.
- Has made five field goals in 14 attempts.
- Has a grand scoring total of 803 points.
- Has a grand yardage total of 8,067.
LOWLY BEARS HAVE SELLOUT FOR PACKERS
NOVEMBER 3 (Chicago) - A complete sellout of all reserved seats was reached yesterday for tomorrow's annual NFL November game in Wrigley field between the Bears and Green Bay Packers. All that remains are 5,000 bleacher seats at $1.25 which will go on sale at 10 o'clock at the ballpark. This is thought to be the first time a last place NFL team achieved a sellout in its home park. The attendance will approximate 43,000. Last year's crowd, when the Bears stopped the Packers' winning streak at six straight with a 21 to 0 shutout, was 45,553. This included standing room, which has been ruled out for this match. Green Bay and Milwaukee will contribute close to 5,000 fans. Meanwhile the ticket scalpers, who always try to get fat on this game, were reported moving into action. The market for the better grade of $3.60 box seats was reported to be $8, with an asking price of $6.60 for others not so advantageously located. The betting, traditionally heavy on this game, was tempting bait for Bear followers, who were being offered eight points. The Bears are seeking to build up a winning spark to bring their unprecedented plunge to a finish. They brushed up on their offensive maneuvers yesterday and last night held a classroom session in Wrigley field. The Bears, strung by recent reports of dissension on the team, might use this as a psychological factor to upset the Packers.
PACKERS DEPART FOR CHICAGO AND BIG, BAD BEARS
NOVEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers left Saturday for Chicago and for the first of a series of five road games left on their schedule. They will play the Chicago Bears Sunday at Wrigley field before an anticipated 40,000 fans. Coach Curly Lambeau worked his Packers extra hours this week in expectation in finding the Bears hepped for this contest more than any other this season. Although the Bears have lost five straight league games this season they were expected to be a tough opponent for Green Bay to overcome in the path of its ambition to win its seventh pro loop title. Green Bay has come through five league games to date with a minimum of player injuries and will be in top physical condition for Sunday's game.