Green Bay Packers (2-2) 17, Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1) 7
Sunday October 20th 1946 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers raced along on a treadmill for three quarters here Sunday afternoon, puffing, panting, laboring, then got off just in time in the fourth quarter to make some of their effort pay off and nosed out a stubborn Pittsburgh
eleven before some 22,500 fans, 17-7. Through
three quarters it was Pittsburgh's game, not in
such incidental things as yards gained rushing
or yards gained passing or first down, but in 
the big thing - the scoreboard. The Steelers led,
7-3. And with the Packers getting nowhere fast,
it seemed the Steelers might continue to lead.
With the switch in goals, though, the last
switch, the whole game changed. The Packers
suddenly got the idea. They stepped off the
"mill", found some good solid ground under 
their feet and piled up two rapid touchdowns 
which decided the game.
It was just a little ridiculous through those first
three quarters, for seldom has a Packer team
worked so hard and done some much and got
so little. They had only a field goal by Ted
Fritsch, and a 38 yard field goal at that, to 
show. They had ground out some 242 yards,
piled up some 20 first downs, yet had failed to
cross the goal. Even the crowd had begun to
despair, and on the sidelines Curly Lambeau - 
well you know Lambeau. He raged with chagrin.
Green Bay went to bed peacefully, though. The
fourth quarter rally took care of everything. The
Packers drew first blood, Fritsch kicking his
field goal as the cap of one of the marches 
down the field in the second quarter.
Immediately, though, the Steelers, led by Bill
Dudley, one of the greatest all-around backs
ever to perform on this field - and that goes for
the best of the Bears or Redskins or Giants or
any of them - drew blood of their own, Dudley
dashing 31 yards through left tackle for a
touchdown. And so it remained, 7-3, in
Pittsburgh's favor until the fourth quarter in
which the desperate Packers finally kept going
long enough to push the ball over twice. A 19
yard pass, Irv Comp to Nolan Luhn, scored the
first of these touchdowns and a two yard 
plunge by Walter Schlinkman the second. 
After each of them Fritsch added the extra 
point as Dudley had after his own. Until the tide
turned in the fourth period, it was largely a duel
between the nifty, elusive Dudley and the
battering Fritsch. And it was Dudley's duel. The
man is a tremendous football player. He needs
but a crack in the line to wiggle through, and
once in the open, he can scoot with any of
them. On top of this, he did most of what little
passing the running conscious Steelers
attempted, punted and played a bangup 
defensive game. Twice he halted the Packers
by intercepting passes near the goal. The
statistics tell what a game he played. Of
Pittsburgh's 152 yards, he gained 132 on 17
plays, and of Pittsburgh's three pass 
completions, he tossed two. In kicking, he
averaged 48 yards.
What ailed the Packers through three quarters,
besides a well coached, spunky Pitt team that
arose to every occasion down close to its own
goal, had Lambeau bewildered Monday and not
a little worried. Six times the boys appeared on
the march yet six times they were thwarted
except for Fritsch's field goal. They marched 88
yards early in the first quarter, then lost the 
ball when Dudley intercepted a pass on his 
own goal line. They drove 38 yards early in the
second quarter after which Fritsch kicked his
field goal. They paraded 43 yards a few 
minutes later but lost the ball on downs, and
after recovering a fumble on Pitt's 21 a minute
later, lost the ball again when Dudley 
intercepted his second pass. They went 54
yards early in the third quarter, gave up the
ball on downs once more and then a few
minutes later went 49 yards, but missed 
making another first down by inches. It was not
until the fourth quarter that they finally found it
in themselves to go all the way. They started
on their own 43, and on seven plays paraded
to Pitt's 19. Here was a situation they had 
often been in, but at last they smashed
through. The pass, Comp to Luhn, who caught
the ball in the corner of the end zone, finally
put the scorekeeper to work - and they led,
It might have remained 10-7 down to the finish,
too, this being the kind of game it was, except
for a bit of faulty Pitt strategy a minute or two
later. Desperately, on fourth down inside their
own 40, the Steelers attempted to rush for two
yards, but failed, and the Packers had position
again on Pitt's 39 yard line. On six plays, they
swept down to the two from where Schlinkman
went over. Pitt's touchdown was scored on a
66 yard drive and was almost a personal
excursion for Dudley. He first returned the 
kickoff from the goal line to his own 36, passed
to Ernie Bonelli for 25 and then, after 
Compagno had gained eight, broke over left
tackle, making a sucker out of Tiny Croft, 
reversed his field and outran the Packer defense to the goal. With the victory the Packers maintained their unbroken supremacy over Pitt. It was the eleventh straight game Green Bay has won from the Steelers.
PITTSBURGH -  0  7  0  0 -  7
GREEN BAY  -  0  3  0 14 - 17
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 38-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - PITT - Bill Dudley, 31-yard run (Dudley kick) PITTSBURGH 7-3
4th - GB - Luhn, 19-yard pass from Comp (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
4th - GB - Schlinkman, 2-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
OCTOBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Bill Dudley
of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the 132 yards he
gained on 17 plays against the Green Bay 
Packers Sunday, took a long lead in the ground
gaining race in the National league. On 73 plays
he has picked up 369 yards. Frank Filchock of
the Giants, in second place, has gained only 231
on 45 plays...If Curly Lambeau thinks he has
troubles this season, he can sit back, relax, and
consider the unhappy plight of Gus Dorais, who
will bring his Detroit Lions to town on Sunday to
meet the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park.
Dorais' cup of woe is overflowing. His team has
yet to win a league start, having lost every one of
four. His Detroit fans boo every time the Lions
step out on the field and owner Fred Mandel
condones it. "The football we've been playing,"
he said last week, "is awful. I don't blame the
fans for giving the team the bird." His team in
four league starts has not gained a yard rushing.
In fact, the latest league statistics show the 
Lions one yard in the hole on 80 running plays
this season. His team has the worst defensive
record in the league. In four games it has 
yielded 1,500 yards, or an average of 375 a 
game. His team has the worst record against
passes, having allowed its opponents to 
complete 53% of the passes thrown. His team a
week ago had such internal troubles that he was
forced to give three of its veterans, including Wojiechowicz, their walking papers. And Lambeau thinks he is going through a troublesome year?...Pittsburgh's showing against Green Bay Sunday brought up an interesting point on football theory. Can a team, especially a professional team, get along in these days of football without a good pass attack to support its running game? A couple of scouts at Sunday's game had his answer: Definitely not. They didn't say so exactly, but they hinted: "We'd like to play the Steelers every day in the week." Both had the utmost respect for Jock Sutherland as a coach. Both believed his running attack as sound as any to be found. But both thought that Sutherland is so ground conscious that his teams, however well coached in what they do, will never be more than an ordinary factor in the race. They do not pass enough. "Gaining along the ground is too laborious, too tough," they agreed. "A team spends itself running all the time. And what if it does grind out two or three touchdowns? A team with only an average passing attack will match this, and with a good passing attack, as most of them have, will exceed this. Pitt, without a good pass attack, will probably never be more than a stubborn team to beat - but to beat."
OCTOBER 22 (Green Bay) - Whenever two old Notre Damers are matching wits in a football contest, the spectators are sure of a gridiron treat and this is just what will be on the pigskin menu at State Fair park Sunday, when the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions tangle in a National league encounter, staring promptly at 2 p.m. It will be Curly Lambeau vs. Gus Dorais and they both know their Rockne football from top to bottom. Dorais was a teammate of Rockne's at Notre Dame while Lambeau played under the famous coach at N.D. in 1919. So far as years in the coaching post go, Dorais has a few seasons "up" on the Packer mentor. The Detroit pilot handled college teams for quite a spell before casting his lot with the Lions. Lambeau has been a postgraduate coach all the way. He started directing the Bays in 1919 and has been at it ever since. The opposing masterminds in Sunday's conflict lean very strongly to the overhead drive. Both teams play wide-open football and this is the type of gridironing that enables the spectators to see everything that is happening on the chalk-marked playing field. There is a keen rivalry between these two coaches and they always try to outsmart each other. Football experts around the "cash-and-carry" circuit have long liked to sit in at a Packer-Detroit tilt because they know some new stuff will be on tap.
OCTOBER 23 (New York) - Bill Dudley, star Pittsburgh Steeler halfback, continues to pace the NFL in ground gaining, according to statistics released Wednesday. Dudley picked up 133 yards in 17 tries against the Green Bay Packers Sunday to raise his total to 369 yards in 73 attempts for a 5.1 percentage. The Steeler star also leads in pass interceptions and is tied with Ray McLean of the Chicago Bears in punt returns. Dudley has intercepted five passes and returned the ball 101 yards and has returned eight punts for 105 yards while McLean has brought back six punts for 86 yards. Ward Cuff of the Chicago Cardinals replaced Ted Fritsch of Green Bay as the circuit's top scorer. Cuff made 12 points against the Giants to run his total to 38, five more than Fritsch. Cuff also booted the most field goals, four in six tries, with Fritsch runnerup, placekicking three in three attempts. Green Bay's Roy McKay retained his lead among punters, averaging 42.8 yards on 23 punts.
OCTOBER 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - When Lions are hungry, beware! Yes, sir! Those Detroit Lions are really starved. If you don't think so, take a look at their 1946 record to date in NFL games and exhibitions: Six up and six down - Giants, 22-20; Eagles, 10-7; Redskins, 17-16; Cardinals, 34-14 and 36-14, and Rams, 35-14. Not a single victory! What's more, the net yardage on running plays in four league games is minus one - a figure which makes their faces red and their hometown fans boo. No wonder those Lions are ready to roar when they take on the Green Bay Packers at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. "This can't go on forever - we have too good a team," said Fred De Lano, Detroit publicity director, when he arrived in Milwaukee yesterday. "The boys figure Sunday's the day. Besides, they remember the pasting they took from the Packers at Fair Park last year." The Packers aren't exactly overstuffed with victories either. So, with both sides starving or still hungry, a terrific battle should ensue. The Lambeaumen, incidentally, will be trying to boost their all-time National league point total over the 5,000 mark. To date they have 4,957 to their opponents' 2,646.
OCTOBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - Fred De Lano is the tub thumping for the Detroit Lions. It is his job to tell people how good the Lions are and what they proposed to do the next time out, which in this case means the game with the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park Sunday. De Lano admits that his job this year is not as soft as it used to be, what with the Lions being
buffeted around in a rather shameful way every time they take the
field. The Lions have yet to win a league start in four. They are
minus a yard in the season's rushing averages. They have been
booed, and booed lustily, by their own home fans. Whatever the
difficulties, however, De Lano remains his cheerful self. Even more,
at the moment he finds it in himself to come up with a startling
prediction like this: "We're going to beat the Packers Sunday,
mark my words; we're going to beat them."...SOME FIGURES: De
Lano's words might be dismissed as something expected of him in
his job until he drags out his briefcase and begins to provide some
figures. "Who has scored more touchdowns in the four league
games each has played?" he asks, and then answers. "Detroit.
Detroit has scored eight, Green Bay seven. Who has the better
passing record? Detroit. Detroit has a percentage of .427 on passes
and has gained 585 yards. Green Bay has a percentage of .343
and has gained only 434 yards. Who has the better punting record?
Detroit. Detroit has averaged 45 yards a kick, Green Bay 43. Who
has the better defense against rushing? Detroit. Detroit has allowed
647 yards rushing, Green Bay 667. You see," he summed up,
"we're not as bad a team as the records may show. We lost twice
to the Cardinals and last Sunday to Los Angeles by big scores - five
touchdowns to two. But we also lost to Washington by a single
point, 17-16; to the New York Giants by two points, 22-20,
and to Philadelphia by three points, 10-7."...WEAK RUSHING: And
about the one yard in the hole rushing? "Sure, we're one yard in the
hole for the season, and that's bad, but even that isn't as bad as it
looks. We've been smeared quite a few times trying to pass, and
those losses have naturally been charged against our rushing. Our
rushing attack is probably the weakest thing about us, but really
it's not as bad as that one yard suggest." And the booing of the
Detroit fans? "Well, they had a right to boo. Even Mandel, who
owns the club, said after the game (Cardinals) that he didn't blame
the fans. Every team has one bad day a season, and that was ours.
But we snapped out of it last Sunday, and even though we finally
lost to Los Angeles, 35-14, we were very much in the game until
midway through the fourth quarter. It was 21-14 against us, and we
had the ball down in Ram territory until the tide of the whole game
turned on an intercepted pass and then later on a fumble. This team
of ours is hopping mad right now. It doesn't like the idea of having
been pushed around any more than our fans do, and it means to do
something about it. We're not stupid enough to think we can win
against a team like the Bears. But we don't think we're out of our
class with Green Bay or Boston or Pittsburgh. And those are the
teams we're pointing for. Mark my words - we're not as bad as our
record looks, and we're going to beat the Packers Sunday." And
with that Mr. De Lano went his way.
OCTOBER 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Except for Ivan Schottel, 
rookie quarterback sensation, the Detroit Lions will be in the best
shape of the season for Sunday's game with the Green Bay 
Packers at State Fair Park. A crowd of at least 25,000 is expected
to see the Bays in their last 1946 appearance here. Word to that
effect came last night from Coach Gus Dorais in Detroit, where the
Lions will complete the preparatory program today. They will arrive
here tomorrow afternoon. Schottel, rugged blocker and linebacker,
who is one of the top new men in the National League, was injured last Sunday at Los Angeles. He was a "Little All-American" at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College before going into service. Although he won't start, Bob Westfall, ex-Michigan All-American, will see considerable service at fullback. He is rapidly rounding into shape after the early season layoff resulting from a broken arm sustained in practice. Camp Wilson, Tulsa grad, will draw the opening assignment. A much sought after newcomer, Jack Helms, giant end at Georgia Tech in pre-war days, joined the Lions yesterday and may get into the game here. Helms stands 6 feet 4 and weighs 240. Reports from Green Bay indicate the Packers have been concentrating on setting up a defense against the passes Dave Ryan and Jim Callahan are expected to throw for Detroit. They have fired from 25 to 30 a game. With Irv Comp and the rest of the Packer flingers hitting their stride, the game may well develop into a passing duel.
OCTOBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Gus Dorais, coach of the Detroit Lions, will be honored by a group of old friends from his native Chippewa Falls, Wis., in a pregame ceremony at State Fair Park Sunday, when the Lions clash with the Packers in a National league game. Dorais starred on the 1909 Chippewa Falls High School team which won the state championship in a playoff game played in Milwaukee. He went on to win national fame at Notre Dame on the business end of the immortal Dorais-to-Rockne passing combination. After a long and successful career as head coach at Detroit University, he switched to the professionals. Among those who won't be wishing Dorais and his Lions well Sunday will be the Packers, who must win this one if they are to retain any slim hope of the Western Division championship. After 
defeats at the hands of the Bears and the Rams, Coach Curly Lambeau's charges finally tasted victory when they upset the Eagles in Philadelphia. They followed up by knocking off the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and are now anxious to get over the .500 mark - up with the "big" boys. Advance sales point to a crowd of at least 25,000. Both Packers and Lions will arrive here late today after doing all their practice work on their home fields.
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It will be
"do or die" for the Green Bay Packers when 
they square off with the Detroit Lions at State
Fair Park, starting at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
Twenty-five thousand or more fans are expected
to sit in on the proceedings as the Bays make
their third and final appearance here this season.
Coach Curly Lambeau's rapidly improving club,
despite setbacks dished out by the Bears and
Rams, still have a chance for the Western
Division crown - PROVIDING they can push the Lions deeper into the National League cellar today. Should the favored Bays fall before the victory starved Lions, they will be out of the running - not mathematically, but almost as definitely. With the Bears running wild, there would be little chance to catch them after three reversals. A wide open passing duel is in prospect. Dave Ryan and Jim Callahan, rookies from the great state of Texas, have pitched the Lions to most of their touchdowns to date, while Irv Comp, Herman Rohrig and the rest of the Packers tossers were rapidly finding the range. With one exception, the Lions will be in top shape for the first time since practice started early in August. Only Ivan Schottel, rookie backfield sensation, is sidelined by injuries. Bob Westfall, ex-Michigan All-American, is about ready for real service after being held in check by a broken arm. Gus Dorais, Detroit coach and a native of Chippewa Falls, Wis., will be honored by pals from his old hometown in a pregame ceremony.
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - Having finally got their heads above water, so to speak, by winning their two games for a .500 rating in the standings, the Green Bay Packers will attempt to remain there Sunday when they meet the Detroit Lions at State Fair Park. The game will start at 2 o'clock. It has been nothing but a struggle this season for the once mighty men of the north - the worst kind of struggle. On top of three straight defeats in exhibition games, they bowed in their first league game to the Chicago Bears and in their second to the Los Angeles Rams, before they finally thrashed around enough to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in their third start and the Pittsburgh Steelers in their fourth. Ordinarily, they might be expected to have little trouble with a team such as the Lions have showed themselves to be so far. Detroit has lost all four of its league starts, and worse, has the dubious distinction at this time of being one yard in the hole rushing in these four. But this is no ordinary team, as Green Bay teams generally come. This one has had to struggle as seldom before for what relatively little it has won and it will probably have to struggle Sunday, too. The game will probably be waged in the air - at least, so far, as the Lions are concerned. While they have a minus sign to show for their efforts rushing, they do have a fair pass attack built around Jim Callahan, Dave Ryan or Bill De Correvont passing, and Jack Matheson, John Greene, Bob Westfall, Ed Frutig, Tippy Madarik, De Correvont, Camp Wilson or Bob Cifers receiving. The Lions, stealing what was once Green Bay's chief stock in trade, will probably be in the air all the time. Whether the Packers, without a Hutson to do the catching, will be able to match the Lions in this is doubtful. At the moment, they stand absolutely last in the league in passing efficiency with an average of .343. With their rushing, though, with backs like Ted Fritsch, Tony Canadeo, Bruce Smith, Bob Forte, Walt Schlinkman, Bob Nussbaumer and Cliff Aberson carrying, they hope to offset, and more, any superiority the Lions might have passing. Off the records this should be relatively simple, too. The Packers have one of the league's better marks rushing, 601 yards; the Lions one of the league's worst defensive records, 667 yards. Whether the Packers will be able to cash in on the ability to move the ball around, however, is something else. Against the Steelers last Sunday the boys of dear old Lambeau U rolled up 20 first downs before they finally got a touchdown. What the opposing lines do will probably decide the game - Green Bay's in rushing the passer, Detroit's in halting the Packers on the ground. As a prelude, Chippewa Falls friends of Gus Dorais, Detroit coach, will present him with a gift before the kickoff. Dorais played his high school football at Chippewa Falls before entering Notre Dame. The Lions arrived here Saturday noon, the Packers Saturday evening. The game will be Green Bay's last here this season. A crowd of 24,000 is expected.
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - A full round of games will be played in the National league Sunday. In addition to the Packer-Lion game at State Fair Park, the New York Giants will play host to the Chicago Bears, the Los Angeles Rams will meet the Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey park, Chicago, Washington will be host to the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh will meet the Boston Yankees at Boston.