Los Angeles Rams (6-4-1) 38, Green Bay Packers (6-5) 17
Sunday December 8th 1946 (at Los Angeles)
(LOS ANGELES) - Incomparable Bob Waterfield led the Los
Angeles Rams to second place in the Western Division of the NFL here today as the Rams defeated the Green Bay Packers, 38 to 17, before 46,838 fans. Waterfield, last year voted most valuable player in the league, convinced not only
the crowd but Curly Lambeau's men as well as he contributed the deciding factors in a game that otherwise might have gone to Green Bay. The Packer line and fullback Ted Fritsch played superb ball, Goodnight and Luhn were brilliant ends and until the final period when the Rams added two touchdowns and a field goal to a 21 to 17 lead the courageous Green Bay men were right in there playing their hearts out and with always a chance to win. But there was simply too much Waterfield - too much and too brilliant. The former UCLA quarterback threw three touchdown passes, tossed the passes that set another, kicked a 28 yard field goal and five conversions. Those kicks made it 37 conversions out of 37 for Waterfield for the regular league season, with the added luster of six field goals out of nine attempts. Waterfield also contributed a timely pass interception at a time when the Packers were swirling goalward in the first half. He outpunted Green Bay's Tex McKay, 47.5 yards average to 31.6, and his calling of the plays was faultless. Two of Waterfield's touchdown passes were to Red Hickey of Arkansas who took over after Jim Benton, his fellow Razorback, had been injured. Tom Harmon scored one, Bob Hoffman one and Jack Wilson one. Throughout the first half the dominant figure was Wilson, the
Baylor star whose injuries and weak pass defense in early season had placed him on the ragged edge of being dropped
from the squad. Wilson awoke with a start last Sunday in New York and today his play was magnificent. Ted Fritsch scored the first touchdown for the Packers by bulling over from the 5 yard line. Clyde Goodnight scored the other on a 51 yard pass from Tony Canadeo. Fritsch, who was held to a two yard average on the ground, contributed two conversions and a beautiful 40 yard field goal that kept his team very much in the ball game until the fourth period collapse. The Fritsch score came almost as soon as the game began. Ralph Ruthstrom fumbled on the first scrimmage play of the game. In three drives Canadeo and Fritsch had it over and Ted converted. Wilson's 69 yard return of a punt and then the short pass from Waterfield to Wilson tied it up but the Packers went ahead 10-7 on Fritsch's great field goal. Benton made a sensational catch of Waterfield's pass on the eight to set up the second Ram touchdown, Jim fumbled after the whistle, was hurt and left the game for good. Harmon scored from the three yard line. Waterfield passed to Hickey for 45 yards and a touchdown soon after the second half began. Then Canadeo passed niftly to Goodnight on the Ram 40 and Tom Farmer fell out of bounds trying to break up the play. The man from Tulsa sidestepped several possible tacklers and went on to score one of the most spectacular touchdowns of the day. It was a 51 yard gain. On the third play of the final period Waterfield kicked his field goal to make it 24-17. Waterfield soon after kicked a long one out on the Packer 12 and Bouley blocked McKay's punt and fell on it on the two. Hoffman drove over for the score. Just for good measure Waterfield in the waning moments tossed a high, wobbly pass to Hickey for the final touchdown. Baby Ray of the Packers and Riley Matheson and Steve Pritko of the Rams were defensive standouts.
GREEN BAY   -  7  3  7  0 - 17
LOS ANGELES -  7  7  7 17 - 38
1st - GB - Fritsch, 5-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - LA - Jack Wilson, 13-yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Waterfield kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 40-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - LA - Tommy Harmon, 5-yard run (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 14-10
3rd - LA - Red Hickey, 45-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LA 21-10
3rd - GB - Goodnight, 51-yard pass from Canadeo (Fritsch kick) LA 21-17
4th - LA - Waterfield, 28-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 24-17
4th - LA - Bob Hoffman, 2-yard run (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 31-17
4th - LA - Hickey, 28-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LA 38-17

DECEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Ted Fritsch, Green Bay's hard running, point collecting, placekicking fullback, is one of seven National League players named to the the first All-Professional team, picked by the promotional wizard, Christy Walsh, and nine sport writers representing as many key cities throughout the nation. By the way, the No. 1 attempt to select the top operators in both leagues, National and All-America, should start arguments galore. Other National Leagues honored are: Jim Benton, Los Angeles Rams, end; Jim White, New York Giants, tackle; Riley Matheson, Los Angeles Rams, guard; Bulldog Turner, Chicago Bears, center; Sid Luckman, Chicago Bears, quarterback, and Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh Steelers, halfback. The All-America foursome is made up of: Jack Russell, New York Yankees, end; Lou Rymkus, Cleveland Browns, tackle; Bill Willis, Cleveland, guard, and
Glenn Dobbs, Brooklyn, halfback. Quite a ball club - line weight average 220, backfield 195. To date that's the only real pass in the direction of a get-together. Those directly involved, club owners and league officials, have yet to indicate they are reaching the point where they are ready to arrange peace teams and level off for future operations. Judging by the crowds, greater pressure is on the All-America. Except for Cleveland, fan response hasn't kept pace with the new league's financial commitments. National League attendance, on the other hand, has been so good that the first real move won't come from there.