Chicago Bears (1-0) 30, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 7
Sunday September 29th 1946 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The collapse of the Green Bay Packers was complete today. Debris lay scattered all over City stadium. The collapse occurred before some 
24,000 fans between 2 and 4 Sunday afternoon when
the football structure for which Curly Lambeau had
held such high hopes, despite creaking noises in
three losing exhibition games, tumbled all over his
curly head at once. The score was Chicago Bears
30, Packers 7 - and the score only begins to tell
how completely the walls caved in. At a late hour
Sunday night, Lambeau was still trying to extricate
himself from the ruins.
Never since their earliest days, if then, have the
Packers looked as futile or inept as Sunday. They
bumped into each other in the backfield, pawed
instead of tackles, and completely forgot whatever
blocking lessons they had ever learned. The Bears,
for all of their superiority, might have won by twice as
much as they did. Only in the final minutes, with the
rookie Cliff Aberson sparking the attack and with the
game hopelessly lost, did the Packers even begin to
look like a football team. Largely because of Aberson,
they swept from midfield to Chicago's nine yard line
from where Tex McKay ran over for a touchdown. The
rest of the time it was the Bears, so completely and
convincingly the Bears, that some in the crowd,
unable to stand more, started to leave in the third
quarter. Frank Maznicki opened the scoring with a 
27 yard field goal in the first quarter, Ray McLean
took a pass from Sid Luckman for a touchdown in
the second quarter, Ken Kavanaugh took another
pass from Luckman for a touchdown a few minutes
later, Dick Schweidler went 27 yards around left end
for a third touchdown in the third period, and Bill
Osmanski ploughed 20 yards over center for the final
tally in the fourth quarter. Joe Stydahar, the 
charitable old soul, missed the point after the final
touchdown. The other points were made.
And now what will poor Lambeau do? Well, first he
must extricate himself from the debris and pick up
what pieces he can, for most of the the season still
lies ahead. And then, just as a suggestion, he better
try to catch the Green Bay rabbit which uncorked 
the best of the run of the afternoon in the second
quarter. Jack Rabbit would look good in the blue 
and gold of Green Bay. At least, if he didn't get any
blocking, he could leg it alone Sunday in the
second quarter, either because he couldn't stand
anymore of the game himself or as an example of
what the Packers needed, among a lot of things
they needed, he started at the east goal line, did
some fancy stepping the first 20 yards, and then,
showing he knows his geometry, too, dashed on a
straight line for the west goal which he easily
crossed. Probably, on second thought, it was that
he couldn't stand anymore of the game, for he
never reappeared. At any rate, Lambeau could use
the rabbit, and he could probably get him for a
little less lettuce then he pays some of his present
The overwhelming superiority of the Bears is best
borne out by the statistics. They not only piled up
some 389 yards themselves, but held the Packers
to 114 - only 15 of them by passing - did not yield
as much as a first down until the third quarter, and
permitted only two completed passes to a team
which for years had prided itself on its passing
skill. On the sidelines, while all this was developing,
the enraged Lambeau occasionally turned away 
from the field and did some Shakespeare before his
charges on the bench, but nothing helped. The walls
were already falling. It is plain today that the team
the others in the western end of the league must 
beat is the Bears. They went into the game without
two of their brightest backfield stars, George McAfee
and Bill Geyer, who did not even make the trip north
because of illness, yet they never missed them. They showed a rock ribbed line and all their old fancy backfield skill built around the ball handling of Sid Luckman and the speed, power and niftiness of their backs. Incidentally, so well did the Bears have the game in hand at all times that Luckman hardly played at all in the second half. Tom Farris, the old Wisconsin quarterback, took Luckman's place - and showed that he is no Luckman which is an accolade for Luckman.
The Bears scored quickly the first time they got the ball with a show of power that left the fans just a little breathless. They took the kickoff on their own nine, and on five straight first downs moved down to Green Bay's 20. Here the Packers momentarily braced, but Maznicki on fourth down put the scorekeeper to work with his field goal. It was not until the second quarter that they scored again, although they continued to dominate the play. Starting on their own 40, they hung together two first downs to Green Bay's 3, then pitched a pass, Luckman to McLean, which brought the ball home. They threatened again the next time they got the ball, reaching Green Bay's five yard line, but lost their chance when Rohrig intercepted a pass on which he might have gone all the way if he had had any blocking. As it was, Rohrig, with four Packers around him, was nailed in midfield. Comp fumbled on second down, Wilson recovered, the march to Green Bay's goal began anew. A pass, Luckman to Magnani, carried them to the 23, and a first down pass, Luckman to Kavanaugh, swept them across the goal. A pass Farris intercepted and returned 15 yards to Green Bay's 27 set the stage for the third touchdown in the third quarter. One play did it. Farris lateraled to Schweidler, who swung around left end and crossed the goal standing up. The Packers made their lone scoring thrust midway in the fourth quarter on a 50 yard drive. Aberson passed to Prescott for a first down on the 22, ran the ball to the nine and then turned the job over to McKay. McKay swung inside left end for the touchdown. The brief sally only set the Bears in motion again, however. They took the kickoff, and with Mullins doing some nifty running, went all the way. On the 20, Bill Osmanski took over the job, and on one play exploded over center for the score. It was here that Stydahar did his gracious bit. He missed the extra point. It was not as rough as some Packer-Bear games, but it had a few rough spots - roughest when 240 pound John Schiechl knocked out Carl Mulleneaux. Mulleneaux was carried from the field.
CHI BEARS -  3 14  7  6 - 30
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  7 -  7
1st - CHI - Frank Maznicki, 27-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 3-0
2nd - CHI - Ken Kavanaugh, 23-yd pass from Sid Luckman (Maznicki kick) BEARS 10-0
2nd - CHI - Ray McLean, 33-yard pass from Luckman (Maznicki kick) BEARS 17-0
3rd - CHI - Dick Schweidler, 27-yard run after lateral from Tom Farris (Maznicki kick) BEARS 24-0
4th - GB - McKay, 9-yard run (McKay kick) CHICAGO BEARS 24-7
4th - CHI - Bill Osmanski, 20-yard run (Kick failed) CHICAGO BEARS 30-7
Always aggressive and determined, Ted Fritsch charges through the Bears on September 29, 1946. The Packers lost to the Bears that day, 30-7. Playing from 1942-1950, Fritsch scored 37 touchdowns, 62 extra points, and 36 field goals. His longest field goal was 52 yards, still tied with Paul Hornung, Chester Marcol, Chris Jacke, Ryan Longwell, and current kicker Mason Crosby for the third-longest in team history. For the 1946 season, Fritsch rushed 128 times for 444 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 13 yards and one touchdown — plus one interception on defense. ​(Photo courtesy of
Green Bay Packers end Carl Mulleneaux is carried from the field after being knocked unconcious during the fourth quarter of a 30-7 loss to the Chicago Bears at old City Stadium on September 29, 1946. The Press-Gazette reported that Bears lineman John Schiechl "caught him under the chin with both ‘mitts.’" Mulleneaux sustained a concussion. From left, halfback Bob Forte and assistant trainers Johnny Proski and Rodney Legener carry Mulleneaux off the field. Dr. Henry S. Atkinson, the Packers’ physician, is at right. Press-Gazette archives
OCTOBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - At 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, in the dingy coaches' room under the stands at City stadium in Green Bay, Curly Lambeau paced back and forth - three steps this way, three steps that way - in a significantly white but quiet rage. The Lambeau who had gesticulated so explosively on the sidelines as his Packers were being bounced all over their field by the Bears only a half hour before was gone. This was still a furious Lambeau - the effects of that licking won't wear off for a long time - but it was also now a calculating Lambeau. The big Belgian, as he paced back and forth, didn't need anyone to tell him that his Packers had just looked as bad as any Packer team he had ever turned out. He didn't need anybody to tell him that a few more games like this and his Packers would probably play to half filled stands. Lambeau knew - and the big hope for the season lies in this...'WE STUNK': There was nothing even grim about him when he finally did speak. He was merely right to the point. "We stunk," he said quietly, with drawing room elegance, and then, in a slightly rising voice which belied his true feelings, he repeated it, "We stunk." Along the wall the Messrs. Walt Kiesling, line coach; Don Hutson, end coach; Wally Cruice, advance man, and Bob Conrad, all-around handy man sat in a row like pallbearers, and just about as happy as pallbearers. Kiesling had just seen his line pulverized. Hutson had just seen his backs bump into each other trying to handle the ball in the backfield. Cruice had just swallowed his confident prediction of a couple of hours before - "We'll win" - and felt a little gagged. And Conrad - well, Conrad, as all-around handy man, had made the mistake of having arranged all details for a little victory celebration and now faced the unhappy task of calling them off. Not one of them even bothered to nod an assent to Lambeau's classic summation of the team's play. They knew, too...AN OMINOUS RING: A man can pace three steps one way and three steps another only for so long, and Lambeau finally stopped in front of a blackboard on the wall. "Look," he began, "this is the defense the Bears were playing" and he drew those funny circles and squares with which coaches drive other people batty. "This is them, and this is us. Look - five against three over here. Five against three, and we got a tough time gaining a yard. Why, even I couldn't recognize some of our plays." And he threw the chalk away in disgust. "But my friend," he went on with an ominous ring in his voice, "you've seen Packers like the ones you saw out there today for the last time this fall. We've come to the end of the rope for a lot of these guys, and they'll either play football from here on - or they'll play it somewhere else - if Don and Walt and Cruice and I have to put on suits to get 11 men. We might get killed, but we'll look better."...LAMBEAU PERLEXED: What ails the Packers is something of a mystery despite Lambeau's assurance that the like of Sunday's team won't take the field again this fall. They do have football players with more than reputations, yet they have achieved nothing. They have lost four straight games, including three exhibitions, before Sunday's league opener. It is doubtful if even Lambeau, wearing down his heels with his endless pacing, had any one or any several things in mind to explain the collapse. A lot of explanations, of course, have gone the rounds for even the lickings in exhibitions did not sit exactly well. There are cliques on the squad some have said. The Packers only now are beginning to find out what the retired Hutson really meant to them. There have been unusually costly injuries. Lambeau has grown soft. The personnel in certain spots in the line is definitely weak. The training discipline has been irksome in details. The offense has been changed. A lot of explanations - and yet how can any outsider put his finger on any one thing or any combination of things when Lambeau himself remains bewildered or at least was bewildered as he trod the boards of his little cage late Sunday afternoon. About the only thing certain about the Packers today is this: Lambeau is furious...NO MORE T: The change in offense brings up an interesting point. The offense has been changed, and if Sunday's game is a criterion, one must wonder about the change. For year, the Packers came out of their huddle, went into their familiar old T, and then shifted right or left into a box or single wing. The T is now out. So is the shift. Instead, the team goes directly from its huddle into the single wing, and then occasionally sends a man in motion. Maybe it is just as good, in conception, as that which they used before - it is solely the coaches' right to say - but as it looked in this league opener, with backs bumping into each other, it certainly didn't work anywhere nearly as well. The performance of the backs Sunday, except perhaps for Irv Comp and Cliff Aberson, was especially discouraging. At any rate, whatever the ailments, in offense or otherwise, it is a furious Lambeau who cogitates on four straight lickings these days - a furious Lambeau, but now also a calculating Lambeau. It may be necessary for the big Belgian to change the spots on a leopard before Sunday's next start against the Los Angeles Rams at State Fair park, and you know what they say about a leopard's spots. But even this does not daunt Lambeau. "My friend," he said, "you've seen Packers like Sunday's for the last time. And the ring in his voice meant more than his words. The veteran Lee Mulleneaux described this ring Monday morning. A wild story came in that Mulleneaux had died of injuries suffered in Sunday's game. Mulleneaux was immediately reached in Green Bay. "Dead?" he said. "I'm only in a hospital, and glad of it. I don't want to be near Lambeau for a week."
​OCTOBER 1 (Chicago) - Sid Luckman, the best pass thrower in professional football, is a George Halas man and a Chicago Bears' man until he's through playing football. He said so tonight in rejecting an attractive offer from John L. Keeshin, president of the All-America Conference Chicago Rockets. Keeshin tendered the Brooklyn star a three-year contract to coach the Rockets, but Luckman turned it down flat. He said: "As long as I'm playing football I'm going to remain with George Halas and the Chicago Bears." Keeshin's offer was said to be in the neighborhood of $100,000 for the three years, with service as a player optional. Halas, too, had something to say about it. "This is simply a subversive effort," declared the Bears' owner, "to tear down the Bears. It is what I would call hoodlum tactics, and does not belong in sport. This action decisively marks the beginning of the end of the present organizational setup of the All-America conference. Any feeling that we in the National League might ever have had toward cooperating with the new league is now permanently and irrevocably abandoned." Keeshin denied rumors that he planned to offer Luckman the coaching job only an hour before Luckman's announcement. Sid said he was first approached last Wednesday by Eugene (Scarpiron) Young, Rockets' trainer and talent scout. Young, he said, telephoned him and said he would like to see him. Luckman said he reported the conversation to Halas and Halas advised him to make up his own mind on the proposition. The Rockets have been without a coach since last Wednesday night when Dick Hanley was dismissed. Keeshin said Hanley resigned, but the former Marine officer said he was fired. Three player-coaches have handled the team since.
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - Plans for a stadium baseball park and an indoor sports arena are moving slowly toward fulfillment in Milwaukee. Milwaukee always is slow to move. Perhaps this is a good thing most of the time, but right now if the city is to have these very necessary improvements speedy action will pay off in big dividends. Sports are expected to be pay for both of these arenas. Under ordinary circumstances, the payoff would be a long haul. Right now, however, sports are drawing big crowds and big gates. A major league baseball club which did not draw a million spectators or close to it in the season just ended was a flop. The Journal sports pages this week carried a story that the Big Ten, which has never drawn 2,000,000 paid admissions, will surely go over this figure in 1946 and may hit 3,000,000. The big pull in sports will last another season or so, maybe five. Milwaukee, if it builds the stadium and the indoor arena quickly, could play for both of them in the next five years if the sports boom held up. This city and county missed the boat when WPA and PWA funds were available for improvements of this sort. Let's not miss the boat this time. Let's get the stadium and the arena built as quickly as possible and get in on the sports boom while it lasts!...EVEN THE PACKERS: Even the Packers still draw! That is not written sarcastically, either. This observer thinks that a guy like Curly Lambeau and a club like the Packers, who have given $2 worth of football for every $1 of admission over the years, deserve support when they are down. But that is not the way of the fans. Too many desert when the going is tough. They don't like a loser. Now, the Packer fans have a loser - and yet they are so eager to spend their dough that the Big Bays will play to a sellout or close to it Sunday at State Fair park. And we think that is swell. Ollie Kuechle told what Lambeau had to say about the Packers. We will tell you what some of the fans had to say. They said the Packers, when substitutions were made Sunday against the Bears, did not even run out on the field as if they wanted to get there. They said they had seen the Packers licked by just as many points and more but put up a fight - and they did not put up a fight Sunday. They said the Packers did not look like a football team. They said - shucks, what's the use! They said a lot of things, but they will be out there Sunday to see Lambeau's lummocks play again. And maybe they'll see a ball game. This observer does not believe that the Packers will go through the season the way they've started. They've got too man good ball players.
OCTOBER 4 (Milwaukee) - The Los Angeles Rams came to town late Thursday night and with them came bad news - bad news for the Green Bay Packers. Bob Waterfield, ace quarterback of the National league's defending champions and the league's most valuable player a year ago, who through the early part of the week was regarded as a doubtful starter because of injuries to his ribs, has recovered sufficiently to take his regular place in the lineup. At the same time, Coach Adam Walsh, center on Notre Dame's great Rose Bowl team of 1925, announced fullback Bob West, halfback Jack Banta and end Bob Shaw, who were also injured last week, had recovered sufficiently to play at least part of the time here. Only Rams definitely not in shape to play were Jack Wilson and Ralph Ruthstrom. The Rams, who bowed to Philadelphia in their  
OCTOBER 5 (Milwaukee) - Tom Farmer of Iowa, a discharged marine lieutenant who was twice wounded in the battle of Guam and who in his college days was a passing and running star, will draw the starting assignment at right half for the Los Angeles Rams if the injured Jack Banta is unable to play against the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park Sunday. Coach Adam Walsh of the visitors, 1945 champions of the NFL, indicated that Friday as the Rams worked out for the first league game they will ever play away from home under the name Los Angeles Rams. Last year they played for Cleveland. Banta, former USC and Philadelphia Eagles back, was among the many Rams injured in the Eagles game last Sunday in Los Angeles. The others - Bob Waterfield, quarterback and last year the most valuable player in the league; Oat West, regular fullback, and Bob Shaw, former All-American end from Ohio State - have responded to treatment and are judged ready to play. But Banta, suffering from severe leg muscle bruises, was none too chipper in the workout and may not be fit for action until next Sunday, when the Rams face the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Farmer and Bob Sucic of Illinois are being groomed to fill in for Banta, and the former, hastily switched to right from left half, will be given the preference. Waterfield's recovery, while not complete, will give the Rams the scoring threat that otherwise would be lacking. Waterfield received severe transverse muscle tears around the ribs and was feared out of the game for two weeks. But while the injury still pains him he will be able to play and that means Passes with a capital P. Last year Waterfield received a similar injury one Sunday and the next went up to Detroit, where he completed 10 passes to Jim Benton for 303 yards to enable Benton to set a new league record for one game. The Packers, meanwhile, completed their work in Green Bay Saturday morning. They will arrive here Saturday evening.
OCTOBER 6 (Milwaukee) - The battle of
redemption it might be called when the Los
Angeles Rams, defending champions of the
NFL, and the Green Bay Packers take the
field at State Fair park Sunday afternoon at
2 o'clock. Each of them opened the season
a week ago with high hopes, each of them
was whipped, and the team which loses
Sunday's second start can just about kiss
itself out of the race. The Packers bowed to
the Chicago Bears, 30-7, the Rams to the
Philadelphia Eagles, 25-14. The first league
appearance of the Packers here, despite
what happened last week, and the presence
in Los Angeles' lineup of such stars as Bob
Waterfield, Tom Harmon, Jim Benton and
Kenny Washington, just to mention a few,
has created a mild football fever, and some
30,000 fans, if not more, will see the game
in the new enlarged stands which now rise
50 rows on the east side of the field. Good
weather may even bring the attendance up
to capacity of 32,500. At any rate, it will be
the largest crowd to see a football game
here since the championship playoff 
between the Packers and Giants in 1938.
The Rams, with Waterfield definitely ready
to play again after his injury of last Sunday,
ruled a one touchdown favorite Saturday 
night. The team has last week's game with
the Eagles practically sewed up, 14-6, until
injuries forced Waterfield from the field. The
collapse followed. Waterfield has meant as
much to the Rams as Luckman has to the
Bears, or as much as Hutson, in his day,
to the Packers. As he has gone, so have
the Rams. Without him in the lineup, the
club has stumbled. In workouts at State
Fair park Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, Waterfield appeared none the worse from the rib injury which forced him from the game last week. The Packers, in anything except a pleasant mood after the hail and brimstone which Lambeau hurled their way all week, arrived here Saturday night ready mentally at least for an about-face after the shoddy showing against the Bears last week. Physically, the team is far from top notch shape with Bruce Smith, Clyde Goodnight and Ken Keuper still ailing slightly, and Bob Adkins lost for another month at lease. The chief hopes rest on the passing arm of Irv Comp and the plunging of Ted Fritsch. Comp was one of the few who last week played up to par.
OCTOBER 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - Sunday's game will be one of a complete schedule in the National league. In others, the Chicago Bears will meet the Cardinals at Comiskey park, the Boston Yankees will be at Philadelphia, the Detroit Lions will visit the teepee of the Washington Redskins, and the New York Giants will be at Pittsburgh. The Bears, Redskins, Eagles and Giants all ruled slight favorites.
league opener last week, arrived here late Thursday night by special plane. They will work out both Friday and Saturday.
OCTOBER 4 (Green Bay) - The severely chastised Green Bay Packers Friday put the finishing touches ontheir preparations for the game with the Los Angeles Rams at State Fair park, Milwaukee, Sunday afternoon after one of the hardest weeks of work in the memory of old observers here. Curly Lambeau never relented in his attempt to whip the team into shape and he felt Friday that he had succeeded at least in part. "You will see a different team this week from the one you saw last week," he said. "We may not win, but we'll look like a football team." The Packers will arrive here Saturday evening.