GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(WASHINGTON) - Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packers, playing one of their sharpest games of the season, all but overwhelmed the Washington Redskins before a capacity
crowd of 35,000 here Sunday afternoon, 20-7, atoned for a licking at
Washington's hands in an exhibition game in September, and helped
keep the race in the eastern division of the National league all snarled up.
The Redskins, outcharged, outfought, outsmarted, were hardly in the
game. Except for a brief flurry in the third quarter in which they got their
consolation touchdown, after Green Bay had rolled up 13 points, they
spent the time trying to ward off the trip hammer blows that descended
on them from a hard running backfield of Walt Schlinkman, Ted Fritsch,
Tony Canadeo and Bob Nussbaumer.
PACKERS ROAR ON GROUND
Unlike other Packers team that have played here, this one did its damage
on the ground. Green Bay's passing, with Canadeo or Comp throwing,
was negligible. On the ground, though, the Packers pulverized the
Washington line and left no doubt whatever which was the better team.
Fritsch, the 210 pound baby doll from Stevens Point Teachers college,
scored all of his team's points. He battered over from the one in the
second quarter, smashed over from the one again in the third period, and
bulled over from the 13 in the fourth quarter. After the first and third
touchdowns he also added the extra point; after the second he missed.
He had a good chance to have an even bigger day; but missed three
attempts at field goals. The Redskins, unable to do a thing with the big,
tough Packer line, had only one other avenue open to them - the air - but
except for their brief flurry in the third quarter, they found even this closed
most of the time. Green Bay's solid defensive play included hard rushing
and alert defensive play by the secondary.
A BRIEF MOMENT
Washington's only moments to cheer occurred late in the third period,
when Youel's passing finally paid off. A succession of passes to John
Lookabaugh, John Kovatch and Steve Bagarus carried the Redskins from
their own 19 to Green Bay's six, from where Youel passed to Bagarus in
the end zone for the touchdown. The tally raised only temporary hope,
however. Green Bay immediately smashed down for another touchdown -
and the victory was cinched. Green Bay, with its triumph, strengthened
its hold on second place in the western end of the league and the
Redskins, with the licking, failed to improve their position in the eastern
end, although they did not lose any ground since the Los Angeles Rams
also defeated the leading New York Giants. Washington Sunday night
remained a full game behind New York, with first place and the right to
meet the Chicago Bears for the championship in the playoff December 15
contingent upon the final game of the season between the Giants and
Redskins in New York next Sunday. The Packers had all the better of the
first quarter, but nothing to show for it. They recovered Bagarus' fumble on
Washington's 41 in the early minutes, Wells falling on it, but failed to
gain. They got position on Washington's 43 when Comp intercepted
Youel's pass a minute later, but lost the ball immediately when Todd
intercepted Comp's pass. They got position on Washington's 47 still later
after Comp had returned a punt 25 yards, but again failed to gain and had
to kick. And in the closing minutes of the quarter, led by the terrific
Schlinkman who tore off 43 yards on one play, they drove 73 yards to
Washington's five, first down, but then stalled again and gave up the ball on downs.
PACKERS SETTLE DOWN
It was the same story in the early minutes of the second period. Once more the Packers, dominating the play completely, got off on what looked like a touchdown drive and on 50 yards reached Washington's four. But there they stopped. Canadeo fumbled and Ehrhardt recovered. It was almost laughable, this superiority without anything to show for it, and it must have seemed so to the Packers, too, for they finally settled down, and a minute later they did something about it. Nussbaumer intercepted Baugh's long first down pass, returned it 20 yards, and the Packers had position on the 14. It took five plays from here. A pass failed. Schlinkman on three plays smashed down to the one, and Fritsch on the fifth play, drove home. Fritsch also added the extra point. The Packers also dominated the play the rest of the half, but they reverted to their earlier ways and did not score. Twice they had first down in midfield and once on Washington's 29, but each time they stalled. The Packers wasted no time to add to their lead, however, once the third quarter got underway. Keuper intercepted Baugh's long pass, returned 20 yards to Washington's 34, and the boys had position on which they immediately cashed in. Schlinkman and Canadeo carried to the 15, Forte, Schlinkman and Fritsch to the four, and three plays later Fritsch bulled over from the one. His kick was no good. But with 13 points against them, the Redskins suddenly caught fire. They took the kickoff on their own 19 and without giving up the ball, drove 81 yards down the field. Bagarus, Saenz, Youel and passes to Youel - and the Packers who had played such great defensive ball earlier were helpless to stop them. With the ball on the six yard line, Youel, on third down, passed to Bagarus in the end zone for the touchdown. Poillon added the extra point. After this flurry, however, it was Green Bay's game again. Youel fumbled on his own 37 a couple of minutes later, Lipscomb recovered, and in two plays the big boys from the north had their third touchdown. Fritsch plowed over center from 24 on the first and over center for 13 on the seconds. He also added the extra point, to bring his total for the day to 20. The Redskins had a mild scoring threat in the closing minutes, but after reaching Green Bay's 10 on desperation passes, they fumbled, Kovatch dropping the ball, and Keuper recovered. The Packers had driven to midfield again as the game ended.
GREEN BAY - 0 7 6 7 - 20
WASHINGTON - 0 0 7 0 - 7
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 3-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - WASH - Steve Bargarus, 6-yd pass from Jim Youel (Dick Poillon kick) GREEN BAY 13-7
4th - GB - Fritsch, 14-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 20-7
NEWS AND NOTES
60,000 MAY WATCH PACKERS, RAMS
DECEMBER 7 (Los Angeles) - With two of the greatest stars in the NFL, fullback Ted Fritsch and quarterback Bob Waterfield, in action, the game here tomorrow afternoon at the Coliseum between the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams will attract a bumper throng. Some of the pigskin experts are predicting a turnstile count that may click over 60,000. The duel between Fritsch and Waterfield had kicked up no end of interest. The husky Packer back leads the league in scoring while the Rams' signal caller can do about everything with the pigskin except eat it. Los Angeles' hopes for a victory rest mainly on Waterfield's sticky-fingered receiving. Last Sunday against the Giants in New York this pair clicked on a dozen aerials. The Packers will be "33 strong" for the encounter as every player on Coach E.L. Lambeau's squad is reported fit for the whistle. The Wisconsin invaders have got in several practice licks here. Tomorrow's game, with second place money as an added incentive, gets underway at 4 p.m, CST. Radio station WTMJ, Milwaukee, will broadcast the encounter.
PACKERS AND RAMS MEET FOR SECOND PLACE
DECEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams will have it out for second place in the western division of the NFL when they meet in Memorial coliseum here in the final season game for both clubs. A crowd of 50,000 is expected. The Chicago Bears have cinched the division title. The game pits the Packers' bruising fullback, Ted Fritsch, and a gigantic line, against the Rams' stellar passing combination of quarterback Bob Waterfield to end Jim Benton. The Rams won an earlier game in Milwaukee, 21-17. Since arriving from Washington Wednesday, the Packers have stressed pass defense in their workouts, obviously figuring their line can contain the Rams' runners. The game will start at 4 o'clock Milwaukee time.
GIANTS PLAY REDSKINS IN CRUCIAL GAME
DECEMBER 8 (New York) - Washington's Redskins, with a freshman coach, Turk Edwards, and their 120 piece Indian band invaded New York Saturday night bent on extending the NFL race beyond the official closing in Sunday's closing battle with the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Coach Turk Edwards' highly efficient braves need only to repeat an earlier 24 to 14 victory over the New Yorkers to throw the eastern division race into a tie and force a playoff a week hence in Washington for the right to meet the Chicago Bears in the championship game. A New York victory or a tie will wind up the race on schedule with the Giants eastern division champions for the eighth time in 14 years. The Giants approach the kickoff with a one game lead on a record of six won and three lost, against five won and four lost for Washington. Both have played one tie, New York against Boston (28-28) and Washington against Pittsburgh (14-14) in the season opener. Three other games complete the regular season. Green Bay will line up at Los Angeles, the Bears at Detroit and Philadelphia at Boston. An Eagle victory and a Redskin defeat will move Philadelphia into second place in the eastern division, over Washington.