Cleveland Rams (6-1) 20, Green Bay Packers (4-3) 7
Sunday November 11th 1945 (at Cleveland)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(CLEVELAND) - The end to what little was left of Green Bay's hopes came quickly and almost painlessly here Sunday. The Cleveland Rams won, 20-7. The end came quickly because the Rams, strong, fast, high spirited, decided the game with three touchdowns in 
the first 10 minutes of play. It was all they needed. 
And the end came almost painlessly, after the bruising
battle with the Bears a week ago, because the Rams
scored all three of the touchdowns on plays from deep
in their own territory with spectacular workmanship.
On the first, the rugged, high stepping Fred Gehrke
took a lateral from Bob Waterfield behind the line, cut
inside Joel Mason at right end, and raced 78 yards 
without a hand laid on him. It was Cleveland's first 
play from scrimmage. On the second, this same
Gehrke, a whale of a man with the ball all afternoon,
popped through the bewildered, poky and porky 
Packer line on a quick opening, eluded the equally
bewildered Packer backs, and raced 42 yards across
the goal again - and once more without a hand to 
detain him. And on the third, the lanky Jim Benton
slipped just behind Don Hutson and Joe Laws who
accommodatingly ran into each other, took a pass 
from Waterfield and dashed across the goal on a play
which covered 84 yards, all told. The whole thing was
over in a hurry and it was painless.
CLYDE GOODNIGHT SCORES
Only briefly, between Cleveland's second and third
touchdowns, were the Packers of this murky Sunday
really in the game. On a play as spectacular as any
of Cleveland's, they covered 75 yards and scored
their consolation six pointer. Clyde Goodnight raced 
far down the field, pulled in a 50 yard pass from Irv
Comp and outran the last defender across the goal.
The boys had other chances, especially in the second
half, in which, realizing what was happening to them,
they perked up. As often as they approached the goal,
however, they were thrown back or with slovenly play,
especially passing, lost the ball. They had seven of
their 38 passes intercepted and they completed only
eight. The combinations of McKay or Comp to 
Waterfield or Jim Gillette were as good as any others
on the field, even better. Waterfield, who covered
Hutson like a tent on all deep passes all afternoon,
intercepted four, Gillette three. A segment of the
capacity crowd of 28,686 probably suffered more
actual pain than any of the Packers. The workmanship
of some temporary bleachers was not quite as good
as Cleveland's in running the ball and a section of the
stands, with some 200 or 300 fans, went down early
in the first quarter. Fortunately, nobody was seriously
hurt, although seven were taken to a hospital and a
score or more treated at a first aid station under the
stands.
​RAMS AND LIONS TIED
The licking all but eliminated the Packers from the 
race. With three games left, they still retain a 
mathematical chance from their position two games 
off the pace, but what a mathematical chance. The
chance of a 10 horse parlay looks better. On
Cleveland's side, the victory left the Rams tied for first
place with the pesky Lions, whom they will meet at
Detroit Thanksgiving morning. The Packers, despite
injuries which affected Comp, McKay and Goldenberg,
thought they could win this one, and yet at the finish
they were only a well beaten team. Their line was
completely outfought and outcharged by Cleveland's,
which on one occasion in the second quarter, halted
the Packers on four plays inside the five, and their
backs, in any comparison with such men as 
Waterfield, Gillette, Gehrke, Collela, Reisz,
Greenwood or West, looked bad. Cleveland's backs
had sharpness, bounce, speed. Green Bay's, except
for Bruce Smith, at times seemed to be anchored in
the mud.
PASS ATTACK WEAK
Weakest of all on this afternoon was the attempt to
advance by air. The efficiency average of a little more
than 20% on eight completions in 38 attempts alone
shows this. But one had to watch the attack to see 
how far it had slipped from what it had been on those
brighter days against the Lions or Yankees in games
in Milwaukee. The passers were brutally rushed or
they threw the ball wildly. It was a strange Green Bay
team. In scoring, the whole game was wrapped up in
that blazing first quarter in which, rather strangely,
each side got only one first down. Each threatened
thereafter, but neither could go all the way. The Rams reached Green Bay's 13 early in the second quarter, but Hutson intercepted a pass in the end zone. The Packers in the same period reached Cleveland's two, first down, and Cleveland's 19, but each time were stopped. The failure to do anything further on the two was especially costly. On first down here Fritsch lost a yard at center, on second McKay lost five at left end, on third McKay lost three after fumbling, and on fourth Fritsch picked up around right end only the yards which had been lost on the three previous downs.
FREQUENT BREAKS
The third quarter was replete with breaks, yet nothing happened. Through a blocked kick or fumbles, the Packers had position in midfield or in Cleveland territory no fewer than five times, yet as often as they had position they lost it on interceptions or downs. The Rams made their last threat in the fourth quarter, Schultz recovering Comp's fumble on Green Bay's 19, but Laws immediately intercepted a pass, and the threat died a-borning. It was a gray, murky day and at the finish Curly Lambeau was happy only to forget it. But it was painless and that was something.
GREEN BAY -  7  0  0  0 -  7
CLEVELAND - 20  0  0  0 - 20
1st - CLE - Fred Gehrke, 72-yard run (Bob Waterfield kick) CLEVELAND 7-0
1st - CLE - Gehrke, 42-yard run (Waterfield kick) CLEVELAND 14-0
1st - GB - Goodnight, 75-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) CLEVELAND 14-7
1st - GB - Jim Benton, 84-yard pass from Waterfield (Kick failed) CLEVELAND 20-7
NEWS AND NOTES
THREE PACKERS ARE RELEASED
NOVEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers football team Tuesday released three players and returned one to the active list. Those released were fullback Don Perkins, guard Mike Bucchianieri and tackle Forrest McPherson. Fullback Chuck Sample, formerly of the University of Toledo, was placed on the active list. Sample, a native of Appleton, has received his honorable discharge from military service. The Packers will leave Friday morning on a road trip that will include games with the Boston Yanks Sunday, New York Giants November 25 and Detroit December 2.
GOLDENBERG QUITS PROS; FOOT HURT
NOVEMBER 15 (Milwaukee) - Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, veteran lineman of the Green Bay Packers, has retired from professional football. Goldenberg, manager of Pappy's restaurant, received a foot injury in the game with the Chicago Bears November 4. He notified Coach Curly Lambeau Wednesday that he could not play in the remaining games of the schedule. Goldenberg was playing his thirteenth season with the Packers. He said he was through "for good".
CURLY LAMBEAU SIGNED TO A FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT
NOVEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, Thursday signed another five year term as head coach and general manager. In announcing his renewal of contract Lambeau insisted there was no truth to the report that the team may leave Green Bay and seek headquarters elsewhere, and he was equally indignant over talk that the club might become a traveling organization, playing no games at home. In three games at Green Bay this fall the Packers have played before more than 67,000 fans. The two games at Milwaukee added more than 43,000 to this total. At present the Packers are in third place in the western division standings of the NFL. Lambeau said he was somewhat disappointed with the present makeup of the team he has coached for 26 yards. Some of its members, he explained, lack the proper spirit for a winning club and he is weeding out these players gradually to build for next year. Terms of the contract renewal authorized Lambeau to represent the Green Bay Packers, Inc., at league meetings. This function, Lambeau explained, merely empowered him to carry out the wishes and policies formed by the club's executive committee. The Packers left here Friday for Boston, where they will play the Yanks Sunday. Boston will be the first stop on the Bays' three game road schedule. They will play the Giants at New York on November 25 and wind up the season at Detroit December 2.
PACKERS FACE YANKS, TEAM IN GOOD SHAPE
NOVEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - There isn't much more for the Green Bay Packers to shoot for this football season, but what little there is, they will try to bag in the return game with the Boston Yankees at Fenway park in Boston Sunday. This little that remains within their reach, after having been humbled by the Bears and Rams on the last two weekends, is second place in the western end of the league which carries
with it a small share of the players' cut in the championship playoff. It isn't much, but it might buy a Christmas tree. The Packers find themselves in a strange position as they go into the last lap of the race. Any chance for the championship has just about disappeared. They are two games off the pace, set jointly at the moment by the Cleveland Rams and Detroit Lions, and they need almost miraculous assistance from several different quarters to catch either or both of the leaders. Second place, though, lies within their reach if they can come through in their last three games. The Rams and Lions will meet in what may well be the championship game in this end of the league on Thanksgiving day, which will take care of one of the two games by which the Packers trail, and they themselves will then have another shot at the Lions in the last game of the season two weeks hence. If everything works out right, if the Rams can beat the Lions and if they in turn can do the same, they can tie for second place. It isn't much of an incentive for a club used to going down to the last game, or so, before it is counted out, if counted out at all, but it is enough to give hte club more fire than Curly Lambeau dared hope for after the beating in Cleveland last Sunday. The Packers were actually in high spirites as they passed through here Friday. The championship pressure was off for one thing, and the bit of housecleaning during the week, in which Don Perkins, Forrest McPherson and Mike Bucchanieri were dropped, had patently had a salutory effect. "We'll win them all from here on in," Lambeau commented. "We hit a dead spot in midseason, but we're out of it now." The new hopes also stemmed partly from the improved physical condition of the club. Irv Comp and Roy McKay both were almost fully recovered from the bad beatings they took from the Bears two weeks ago and were ready to run again. Against Cleveland they were badly handicapped. Despite the ease with which the Packers beat the Yankees in the first game this season, at State Fair park, Green Bay ruled only a seven point choice in the return meeting. Boston, like Green Bay, still has only an outside mathematical chance for the title. Sunday's game in Boston will be one of a full schedule of five. In others, the Rams will meet the Cardinals in Chicago, Detroit will play the Giants in New York, the Bears will face Washington in Washington and Pittsburgh will go against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia and Cleveland all are favorites.