Green Bay Packers (6-3) 23, New York Giants (2-5-1) 14
Sunday November 25th 1945 (at New York)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(NEW YORK) - Determined at least to salvage second place in the Western division of the NFL, Green Bay's Packers, taking full advantage of their rival's lapses, exploded in the third period Sunday to defeat the New York Giants, 23-14, before an almost capacity
crowd of 52,681 at the Polo Grounds. To the alertness
of the Packers' Charley Brock and Roy McKay must
go much of the credit for Green Bay's stellar showing
for until these two lads got in their licks in the third
session, the contest had been an even one with the
scored tied at 7-all at the intermission.
BROCK IS TERRIFIC
Brock paved the way for the first Packer touchdown
in the third period by "stealing" the ball from the 
Giants and he later intercepted a Giant forward pass
and scampered 23 yards for another six pointer. 
McKay's contribution to the Packers' drive during the
memorable third period was a sparkling interception
of one of Junior Hovious' aerials intended for Ward
Cuff. He plowed through Giant after Giant for 24 yards
to put the ball on the New Yorkers' 36. A few plays
later Don Huton kicked a field from the 15 yard mark.
Thus was the way paved for the all-important meeting
between the Packers and Detroit Lions at Briggs
stadium next Sunday, which will determine second
place. As New York's subway alumni passed out of
the huge stadium, there could be little doubt about
what they were talking about. It was Brock's
sensational theft in the third period which came at a
time when it appeared that the New Yorkers might be
on their way to a touchdown which would enable them
to break a 7-all tie.
BROCK COMMITS THEFT
Taking over on their own 20 shortly after the half had
begun, the Giants failed to advance on two plays but
on the third, Cuff shook loose and appeared to be well
on his way with Brock one of two Packer men in his
way. Cuff passed Brock on the Giant 36, and then
suddenly stopped running. The reason? He no longer
had the ball. Brock had snatched it away from him 
and he himself was now sprinting down the left side
of the field. At the four yard line he finally was brought
down but Cuff could be seen ruefully shaking his head
as if puzzled as to how it all had happened. On the
second play, Green Bay scored to take a 13-7 lead,
Ted Fritsch going over through left tackle. The game
itself started auspiciously with the crowd brought to
its feet only moments after the opening whistle. Ken
Strong kicked off to the Packer eight and the ball was
taken by Fritsch, who proceeded to spring up the
sidelines for 81 yards while his mates knocked off
would-be tacklers. Crossing midfield, Fritsch was 
forced to veer to the extreme right and finally was
knocked out of bounds by a matter of only inches on
the Giants' eight, by the Giants' Johnny Weiss. 
Fritsch continued into the end zone but was called
back. It all went for no avail, however, as the Packers
lost ground instead of gaining. On the fourth down,
Fritsch tried to kick from placement from the 40 but
the kick was short and Giant rooters breathed easier.
GIANTS STRIKE BACK
It wasn't long before the Giants presented a threat
themselves. Irv Comp, standing on the Giant 42, 
tossed one to Don Hutson but Howie Livingston was
there instead and the fleet footed New Yorker grabbed
the ball on the one yard stripe and raced it back to
his own 39. A 29 yard toss, Hovious to Cuff, was good
for 25, and then came another of the game's 
sensational plays when Hovious hurled one to Cuff
under the goal posts. Cuff managed to grad the ball
despite the fact that he appeared to be hemmed in by
Comp, Lou Brock and Hutson. Strong made good on
the conversion. The Giant rooters had barely set back
to enjoy the experience of seeing their team ahead
when the Packers struck, starting a touchdown drive
late in the first period which was scored after the 
quarter ended. With the ball on the Giant 40, Comp
threw a 20 yard pass to Lou Brock. Another, this time
Brock to Comp, brought the oval to the six. Two plays
and Fritsch was over. Hutson's placement made it 7-all. For the remainder of the half, neither team could make headway, pass after pass, tried by both squads, bring knocked down with monotonous regularity and the team returned to their dressing rooms with the score tied.
FIREWORKS ARE STARTED
But the fireworks started as soon as the players returned. The first of the breaks came early in the third period as Brock succeeded in "thieving" the ball from Cuff, the only fly in the ointment coming when Hutson's try for the extra point, after Fritsch had scored, was blocked. The count was now 13-7. Within three plays, the Packers were on the march again, McKay's interception bringing the ball to the Giants' 26. Two first downs were racked up in short order and after three fruitless attempts to carry across, Hutson kicked from placement to give the visitors a 16-7 leeway. In short order, the Giants were in trouble again, this time because of Brock's interception of Hovious' pass intended for George Franck. 
FINAL QUARTER LISTLESS
With the issue no longer in doubt, the last quarter was a listless one, the only sparkling play being a long aerial, Hovious to Cuff, which brought the ball to the winner's 30. Two first downs placed the action on the three and Bill Paschal, who had just been sent in, went across. The Giants' last touchdown evoked much laughter because when Paschal hit the end zone, Charley Brock, employing his Jesse James' tactics once again, was seen holding the ball on the Packers two yard line. How the officials came to the conclusion that Paschal had scored is quite a question - the answer of which was not forthcoming - at least not Sunday afternoon.
GREEN BAY -  0  7 16  0 - 23
NEW YORK  -  7  0  0  7 - 14
1st - NY - Frank Liebel, 26-yard pass from Junie Hovious (Ken Strong kick) NY 7-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 2-yard run (Hutson kick) TIED 7-7
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 4-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-7
3rd - GB - Hutson, 15-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-7
3rd - GB - Brock, 27-yard interception return (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 23-7
4th - NY - Bill Paschal, 3-yard run (Strong kick) GREEN BAY 23-14 
NEWS AND NOTES
WATERFIELD CHALLENGES PRO GRIDIRON LEADERS
NOVEMBER 28 (Chicago) - Rookie Bob Waterfield almost singlehandedly has turned the NFL upside down. In addition to leading the Cleveland Rams to the western division championship, Waterfield is giving those two passing greats, Sammy Baugh of Washington and Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears, a terrific run for top honors and is contributing to the downfall of Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers. Waterfield ranks no lower than fourth in four different departments of play. Official league statistics Wednesday showed that end Jim Benton of the Rams whittled Hutson's pass receiving lead to six catches and has outgained the Packer star, 943 yards to 794. As fine a receiver as Benton has been for seven seasons, he never could have threatened Hutson without Waterfield's needle threading arm. By grabbing 10 of Waterfield's passes as the Rams scored their title clinching victory over Detroit Thanksgiving day, Benton gained 303 yards, erasing Hutson's single game record and becoming the first player to outgain the Green Bay star since Pittsburgh's Don Looney did it in 1940. Luckman matched Baugh pass for pass to hold first place in the league Sunday, running his total of completions from 96 to 109. Baugh also has 109 but his total yardage, 1,322, is less than both Luckman, with 1,591, and Waterfield with 1,449. Waterfield also is first in pass interceptions with six for 92 yards; third in punting with a 40.7 yard average on 39 kicks, and fourth in scoring with 56 points, mainly on 29 conversions in 31 point tries. Other departmental leaders: Scoring - Hutson, 94 points on 10 touchdowns, 31 conversions and a field goal; pass receiving - Hutson, 43 for 794 yards; ground gaining - Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia, 636 yards on 102 attempts; punting, Roy McKay, Green Bay, 41 yard average on 41 tries; punt returns - Dave Ryan, Detroit, 220 yards on 15 returns; kickoff returns - Steve Bagarus, Washington, 325 yards on 12 returns; field goals, Ken Strong, New York, six in 11 attempts.
JIM CROWLEY'S PRO LEAGUE IS READY FOR AN ALL-OUT PLAYER WAR IN 1946
NOVEMBER 28 (New York) - "Sleepy Jim" Crowley touched off his own explosion Wednesday against the NFL. Crowley, commissioner of the new All-America Football conference, declared that his pro league, which will swing into action next fall, is "going in with both feet" against its established rival. Crowley is getting ready for a player price war "which will be very rough but in which we are very able to meet them - anyway at all." Jim is steamed up over hostile remarks of National leaguers and his onetime buddy, Elmer Layden, commissioner of the rival circuit. "They could have avoided all this," said Crowley. "When we organized we named a committee to contact Layden and he reportedly refused with the remark: "Let them get a ball, first." Well, we'll have the ball next fall - and the players, too. We definitely will operate next year and we have the money behind us to get our share of the headline stars," Jim added. "We need coaches at Baltimore and Los Angeles and we have college coaches committed for these jobs." The problem is not one of getting players, he explained, because no one league can absorb all the collegians. Crowley denied rival charges that the All-America was ruining pro-college relations by signing boys who still have collegiate eligibility. It's simply a case, he animated, of the pot calling the kettle black. "The problem isn't getting players by any means," Crowley reiterated. "It's getting the eye catching, seat filling performers. I think we're in for a real price way and we'll match them dollar for dollar to get what we want." Crowley suggested that the two leagues some day might get together just as the major baseball leagues. In that way they could have an interleague playoff at the end of the season for the championship, similar to baseball's World 
Series.
CARDS TO SIGN JIM CONZELMAN AS HEAD COACH
NOVEMBER 29 (Chicago) - Jim Conzelman will come to Chicago in mid-December to sign his 1946 contract as coach of the Chicago Cardinals, officials of the NFL eleven said yesterday. Whether Phil Handler, present head coach, and his assistant, Buddy Parker, will be retained on the staff, will be for Conzelman to decide, it was indicated. Handler was Conzelman's assistant before the silver tougued Missourian resigned prior to the 1943 season to join the St. Louis Browns baseball organization. The Cardinals said that Conzelman will not be present for Sunday's game against the Bears in Comiskey park. Conzelman, in Indianapolis, last night said he regretted a premature announcement of his return because of the embarrassment it had caused Handler.
HUTSON ENDS CAREER IN LION TILT SUNDAY
DECEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - An amazing career comes to a close in Detroit Sunday afternoon - perhaps the most amazing in football. Don Hutson, master craftsman of them all in the spectacular art of catching passes, pulls on the old No. 14 for the last time as the Green Bay Packers wind up their season against the Detroit Lions at Briggs stadium. Hutson has retired before, then under persuasive urging, returned. But this, after 11 years, looks like it. "I'm definitely through after this season," he declared just before the team headed east. "The game has been good to me, very good, and I'm going to be good to the game. I'm not a kid out there anymore with a kid's desire. I'm going to call it quits and for keeps after Detroit." Just about every pass catching and scoring record in the book belongs to the amazing Hutson. He holds records for a career, a season, a game, with a few miscellany thrown in, that will probably never be touched. Hutson's farewell will occur as the Packers try to break their second place tie with Detroit. A victory, and they will take over the position by themselves. A defeat, and they will settle down into third place which they last occupied in 1934 - the year before Hutson joined them. On the strength of their earlier victory over the Lions in Milwaukee, 57-21, and their sparkling showing against the Giants last week, the Packers ruled seven point favorites. They were in excellent shape as they arrived in Detroit Saturday noon after a week of workouts at the Westchester Country club in New York. Incentive for both teams will be the slice of the players' pool in the championship game two or three weeks hence which the second place club in each division gets. It amounts to several hundred dollars a man. Except for Hutson's farewell, the spotlight Sunday will bear down principally on games in the east where the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, currently tied for first place in the eastern end of the wheel, meet lesser opponents. The Eagles, with a crackling offense built around Steve Van Buren and Roy Zimmerman, will meet the oft beaten Giants at the Polo Grounds, and the Redskins the oft beaten Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington. A week hence the season will close with the Redskins at New York and the Boston Yankees at Philadelphia. If the two current leaders finish in a tie, the divisional playoff will be held in Philadelphia December 16, with the winner meeting the Rams in Cleveland December 23. If one or the other finishes on top in the regular season, the championship game will be played December 16. The fourth game Sunday will send the Cardinals and Bears against each other at Comiskey park. The Cardinals won the first game early in the season. The Bears are three touchdown favorites.