Green Bay Packers (4-3) 19, Chicago Cardinals (4-4) 7
Sunday November 10th 1946 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packers, snapping back after their bitter 10-7 licking at the hands of the Bears a week ago, upset the Chicago Cardinals in an almost weird game of fumbles and rapidly changing fortunes here Sunday afternoon, 19-7. Maybe
it was the slippery ball, maybe the big Packer line, which on
the slippery field harassed Chicago's quarterback in the T no
end, but whatever it was, this old field has seldom seen such
loose ball handling as it saw on this day - and only some of it
shows up in the statistics. The passes that were dropped and
that should have been caught or intercepted, mounted steadily
all afternoon. The Packers, playing perhaps their best ball of
the season, except for some of the loose ball handling, led all
the way. They put the score marker to work in the first quarter
when Ted Fritsch booted a 30 yard field goal, and ran their 
lead to 17-0 before their stubborn defense, now one of the best
in the league, yielded Chicago its consolation touchdown. To
the field goal, Fritsch and Comp each added a touchdown in
the second quarter, and Nolan Luhn a safety in the closing
seconds by pouncing on Paul Christman with the ball in the
end zone.
Chicago got its only points early in the third period, driving 67
yards on the first four plays from scrimmage. A pass into the
flat, Christman to Frank Seno, brought the ball home. Fritsch
added each of Green Bay's extra points and Ward Cuff the
point after Chicago's tally. The game was clearly won in the
line - by the weight and size of Green Bay's line on a field 
made slippery by an early morning rain. The Cardinals, despite
their record as one of the most potent offensive teams in the
league, might as well have tried to buck through the
government pier for all the success they had on the ground,
and they finished the afternoon with a lone first down rushing
and a meager total of 16 yards.
Especially effective in this defense was the giant Ed Neal at
center, who kept throwing his 280 pounds into Vince Banonis
at center and not a few times pushing Banonis into Christman
or Mallouf at quarterback, gumming up the whole play. And if
it wasn't Neal, it was one of the ends who slashed in off the
five man line. Among them, they made life miserable for the
Cards. On the other hand, it was a field day just to the liking
of the Packers with their weight. Not especially strong at any
other time this season with their running game, they still
managed to grind out 218 yards rushing with Fritsch, Cliff
Aberson, who looks better with every start, and Walt
Schlinkman doing the heaviest work. Only in the air were the
Cardinals a threat. Despite the condition of the ball, they tried
31 passes and they completed 11 for 221 yards. Except for
the loose ball handling, it might have been more than 11, too,
for the Cardinals repeatedly dropped passes they might have
had, although by the same token, the Packers also might
have intercepted more. Green Bay did snag five, but also
dropped others on this strange afternoon.
On their own, the Packers, with the poorest passing record in
the league, did nothing to improve it. They completed only
three out of 11 and dropped down to about 28% for the season
which is as low as they have been in a decade or more. The
punting with the slightly heavy ball was terrific. McKay 
averaged better than 48 yards on six kicks, some of them
sailing so high the ends going down had time to gather for a
game of pinochle while awaiting the descent. The kicking was
a big help in keeping the Cardinals bottled up much of the
With the victory the Packers vaulted back into second place 
in the western division of the league. And from a personal
standpoint, Curly Lambeau, with the victory, maintained his
unbroken superiority over Jimmy Conzelman coached teams
dating back to 1921. Conzelman has not played or coached
on a winning team against Green Bay since his days with 
Rock Island. Fritsch set the scoring wheels in motion in the
first quarter when he stepped back to the 25 yard line and
with Rohrig holding booted a goal. It was only the beginning,
too, of what was to be a surprisingly big Packer half as the
Cardinals fumbled all over the wet field and the alert hirelings
of Lambeau fell on the ball. The first touchdown was scored
early in the second quarter with the help of an opportune 15
yard penalty. Apparently stopped on fourth down on Chicago's
28 yard line, the Packers got a lift when officials detected
roughing, paced off 15 yards and gave Green Bay the ball,
first down, on Chicago's 13 yard line. The rest was simple.
Fritsch on two plays smashed down to the one, then on the
first play from here went over left guard for the touchdown. He
also added the point. It was only a matter of minutes, too,
before the Packers added touchdown No. 2. They swapped
punts after the kickoff, then swapped fumbles and after the
last of the fumbles, by Christman which Rohrig recovered,
found themselves on Chicago's 11 yard line. Again it was a
simple matter to go the rest of the way. Aberson on two plays
and Schlinkman on one drove to the one foot line from where
Comp carried it over. Fritsch converted again and the half
ended, 17-0. It didn't remain like this long, though, as the
second half got underway. The Cardinals received, Goldberg
returning the kick to his own 33, and in four plays they had
one of the touchdowns back. Except for four yards which
Seno picked up at right tackle, they traveled entirely by air,
​Christman passing to Kutner for 29, to Goldberg for eight and
to Seno for the last 26 yards. Cuff made it 17-7.
The Packers late in the period had two great chances to score
again. Lipscomb recovered Seno's fumble on Chicago's 12 and Keuper intercepted Christman's pass on the 11 a little later. Neither time could they do anything with their position, however, and it was still 17-7 as the quarter ended. Only a penalty and a stubborn defense halted the Packers early in the fourth quarter after Rohrig had intercepted one of Christman's passes and returned 40 yards to the Chicago's three. A touchdown looked like a cinch. In fact, Fritsch, on the second play, bulled his way into the end zone. The officials detected backfield in motion, however, paced off five yards, and the threat faded. Schlinkman, on three plays, got down to the one foot line where the Cardinals took over. The men of Conzelman made a valiant bid to score again from the deep position in which they found themselves, and on a succession of passes, Christman to Kutner to Goldberg and to Dewell, reached Green Bay's 18 yard line, first down. It was as far as they could get, however. Rohrig intercepted a first down pass, and the Packers took over. Luhn in the last six seconds of play dumped Christman, attempting to pass from the end zone, for a safety and the last two points of the game.
GREEN BAY -  3 14  0  2 - 19
CHI CARDS -  0  0  7  0 -  7
1st - GB - Fritsch, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - GB - Comp, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 17-0
3rd - CHI - Frank Seno, 27-yard pass from Paul Christman (Ward Cuff kick) GB 17-7
4th - GB - Safety, Christman tackled in the end zone by Luhn GREEN BAY 19-7
The Chicago Cardinals receive the 2nd half kick-off from the Green Bay Packers in a 1946 game at Comiskey Park. (Photo courtesy of
NOVEMBER 12 (Chicago) - Curly Lambeau, who has coached many of the best players in the business during his long tenure with the Green Bay Packers, picks two members of his present squad - quarterback Larry Craig and center Charley Brock - on his all-time Packer team. Lambeau named his all-time squad at a meeting of a Quarterback club Monday and his selections awakened fond memories for the Packers fans of bygone years. His choices: Ends, Don Hutson and Lavvie Dilweg; tackles, Cub Buck and Cal Hubbard; guards, Mike Michalske and Buckets Goldenberg; center, Charley Brock; quarterbacks, Larry Craig and Red Dunn; left halfbacks, Verne Lewellen and Cecil Isbell; right halfback, Johnny Blood; fullback, Clarke Hinkle. Lambeau said that under the old quick opening style, the passer played in the quarterback spot and for that reason he decided on Dunn. Under the Packers' present system, the quarterback (Craig) is strictly a blocker. Asst. Coach Hutson also had his say at the Quarterback club. "Ninety percent of catching passes is having a good passer," said Hutson. "I had the best in the business - Dixie Howell at Alabama and Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell with the Packers."
NOVEMBER 13 (Green Bay) - Ted Fritsch, Green Bay Packer fullback, has replaced Ward Cuff, Chicago Cardinal veteran, as top scorer in the NFL.
Fritsch scored 11 points against the Cards
Sunday on a touchdown, a field goal and
two conversions to boost his point total to
54. Cuff picked up only one point in the 
contest for a total of 47 and dropped to third
place, behind Pittsburgh's Bill Dudley, who
has 49. Dudley, although stopped by the
Detroit Lions, still ranks No. 1 among the
ground gainer. with a total of 443 yards,
according to official league statistics released Wednesday. Frank Filchock, New York, noted more for his passing than his running, is runnerup to Dudley with 324 yards. Hugh Gallarneau, the Chicago Bears' fleet back, who picked up 62 yards against Los Angeles to raise his mark to 281 yards, advanced from ninth to third place. Fritsch is fifth with 276. Passing honors are shared by Paul Christman of the Cards, with 81 completions for a high yardage of 1,304. Tommy Thompson of the Philadelphia Eagles has the best percentage mark, .632 on 50 completions, while Sid Luckman of the Bears has thrown the most touchdown passes, 11, one more than Christman and Bob Waterfield of Los Angeles. Waterfield is third in passing yardage with 1,018 to Luckman's 1,146, and ranks with his pass receiving end, Jim Benton, as one of the best batteries in the loop. Dudley has intercepted the most passes, eight, for 181 yards, and returned more punts (16) and for more yardage (261) than any of the others. The Pittsburgh star is also second to Frank Seno of the Cards in returning kickoffs. Waterfield has the best punting average, 46.3 on 23 kicks, but the league ranks the Packers' Roy McKay first on a 43 average because of his greater total of punts, 41.
NOVEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - Most promising rookie Packer in several seasons and a back who became one of the best in the National league before he calls it quits is Cliff Aberson. Aberson, a Chicago boy who never attended college, looks better with every start - and one wonders why he wasn't played more in the troublesome left halfback slot early in the fall...The all-time Packer football team, now being voted on by fans, will be introduced between halves of the return Packer-Cardinal game at Green Bay November 24. Wherever they may be at this time, the men on the team will be brought to Green Bay by the Packers for ceremonies at the half. Balloting will end with mail stamped at midnight Saturday...Carl Mulleneaux, veteran end, has finally hung up his Green Bay shoes after a season of injuries. Rejoining the club this year after a 43 month hitch in the Navy, Mulleneaux in succession suffered a brain concussion, a broken nose and a spine injury. He will shortly leave for his home near San Francisco, where he is in the construction business with his brother, "Brute", also a former Packer. This was his sixth season...George Sauer, the old Packer halfback, is making a decided hit with his current edition of football Jayhawkers. Not only is he turning out a football team where not much of one stood before, but he is paying attention to the little things outside of coaching that the old grads like. Among those activities is a weekly informative letter, like Stuhldreher's to Wisconsin grads, which includes, besides comment, diagrams of KU's scoring plays. Incidentally, in his letter explaining KU's 14-13 victory over the Oklahoma Aggies, Sauer heaped praise on a Milwaukee boy, Dave Schmidt, 165 pound end, who tackled All-American Bob Fennimore no fewer than 13 times - and frequently for a loss. Sauer uses the T.
NOVEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - A week of work devoted almost entirely to offense behind them, the Green Bay Packers, 33 strong, prepared to leave here Friday afternoon for their next assignment in the National league race - a return game with the hapless Detroit Lions at Briggs stadium Sunday afternoon. There was reason for the emphasis on offense. Of all the things that have held the the Packers back this fall, the lack of a sound attack, especially a passing attack, has been the most pronounced. Green Bay has had to make defense pay off this year as never before, and while the club has been fairly successful in this, its crying need for a punch has claimed more and more of Curly Lambeau's time. This week, except for a little attention to defense, he spent all of his time on offense. Chief weakness in the attack has been the lack of a passing game to support the running game, which at times, after a bad start, has looked fairly good. The Packers at the moment stand absolutely last in the league in passing efficiency, which is something that has had Lambeau tearing his hair. The improvement of Cliff Aberson, however, may finally give Lambeau the ingredient which the overall attack has lacked. Aberson, working at left halfback, has done some of the best
passing of the season this week, and he will get the starting assignment Sunday. If he clicks, the whole offense may explode. Sunday's game will be a return engagement. The Packers beat the Lions in Milwaukee three weeks ago, 10-7, on Ted Fritsch's field goal. Since then, the Packers have bowed to the Bears and have beaten the Cardinals. The Lions last Sunday won their first game of the season, an upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sunday's game is expected to draw upward of 25,000 fans. The Packers a week later will make their last home start of the season, meeting the Chicago Cardinals in a return game here.
NOVEMBER 16 (New York) - The Cleveland Browns and New York Yankees can clinch a tie for the title in the two divisions of the All-America Football conference Sunday. Only three games are scheduled in the younger of the two major professional circuits Sunday afternoon but all of them will have a direct bearing on the title race. The Chicago Rockets will be at Cleveland with the San Francisco Forty-Niners at New York and Los Angeles invading the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. A triumph for the Yankees would give them a record of eight victories, two losses and a tie, with three more games to play. The Dodgers, runners up in the eastern division, must defeat the Dons to retain a mathematical chance to share in the title. Cleveland can boost its records to nine wins and two losses by beating Chicago but it would take a San Francisco defeat to enable the Browns to sew up a share of the western crown. In the National league, a full slate of five games is on tap but it may be another week or two before the division winners are determined. The most important of the games in the senior circuit will be the one in Chicago between the Bears, who lead the western division by a game and a half, and the Washington Redskins, second place team in the eastern standings. The New York Giants will play the last place Boston Yanks. The Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, both in the running for the eastern title, will meet at Pittsburgh while the Green Bay Packers, runners up in the western division, will be at Detroit and the Chicago Cardinals will be at Los Angeles.
NOVEMBER 17 (Detroit) - When Curly Lambeau called his best Green Bay team of the season ready here Saturday night for its return game with the Detroit Lions at Briggs Stadium Sunday afternoon. Green Bay won the first game, at Milwaukee three weeks ago, 10-7. Lambeau unhesitatingly labeled it his best team because of the slow but steady development in the offense and the equally slow but steady improvement in the condition of his many cripples. This last was especially encouraging as he regarded Sunday's assignment. Even Bruce Smith, who has been hampered all season long with injuries and who did not play at all in several games, has recovered sufficiently to play a little more than he has in recent games. The improvement in the offense stems largely from improvement in passing in the last week, with Cliff Aberson at left halfback. Lack of any real passing and only ordinary receiving have been the team's chief weaknesses this fall. Together, they have been the source of most of Green Bay's troubles. In no game have the Packers scored more than two touchdowns, although in several they added a field goal and a safety. The passing will be especially necessary Sunday, too, for the Lions, despite their lowly standing in the race, have not been pushed around on the ground by any team. They have been regularly trounced, except for their surprising victory over the Steelers last Sunday, but they have taken their lickings in the air, not on the ground. Furthermore, only once this year have the Lions been held to as little as a single touchdown in a game. The Packers achieved this defensive record in the game in Milwaukee. In all other games the home forces have scored at least two touchdowns. The game Sunday, therefore, could be something of a headache to Lambeau if his team does not live up to his appraisal as his best of the fall, and especially if it does not pass with more effectiveness than it has so far. Aberson will start at left half, with the rest of the lineup the same which surprised the Cardinals last week. In passing and running both, Aberson in the last week has given his best performance of the fall. The Lions, with a negligible running game, will depend once more on the passing arm of Dave Ryan. Sunday's game in Detroit will be one of a full schedule in the National league. In others, the Chicago Cardinals will met the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles, the Chicago Bears will play host to the Washington Redskins at Wrigley field, the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet the Philadelphia Eagles at Philadelphia, and the Boston Yankees will play the New York Giants at New York.