Chicago Cardinals (5-5) 24, Green Bay Packers (5-4) 6
Sunday November 24th 1946 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The Chicago Cardinals blew a close football game with Green Bay wide open in the fourth quarter here Sunday afternoon, scoring three rapid touchdowns and turning a 6-3 deficit into a stunning 24-6 victory. That it was Green Bay's homecoming party, that
the all-time Packer football team was honored between
halves, that a steady rain turned the field into a quagmire
in which the players skidded and slipped and that these
same Packers had scored an easy victory in an earlier
game in Chicago made no difference to the men of dear
old Jimmy Conzelman U. When they exploded, they 
exploded, and not all the invectives or frantic gyrations of
Curly Lambeau on the sidelines or the mud spattered
Packers out on the field could stop them. It was 6-3 in 
Green Bay's favor as the fourth quarter got underway. Ted
Fritsch had kicked a 32 yard field goal in the first quarter
and a 36 yard field goal in the third. In between, in the
second quarter, Ward Cuff had booted a 23 yard field goal
for Chicago. The 6-3 score looked as though it might stand
up with the weather what it was and the field almost a 
pond. It was even so dark that midway through the third
quarter the field lights were turned on.
Whatever the weather through three quarters, though,
especially the rain, Chicago's powder was still dry, and in
the final period it was detonated for three touchdowns. As
the cap of an 80 yard drive, Paul Christman first went over
from the two. On a 32 yard assault a few minutes later,
Marshall Goldberg banged over from the one. And on a
spectacular 61 yard dash five minutes later, Elmer
Angsman broke through right tackle and without as much
as a hand to detain him, easily crossed the goal. And that
was the football game. About all Green Bay had to cheer
about at this annual homecoming was the presence of the
all-time Packer team, whose members were introduced by
Dr. W.W. Kelly between halves. One by one they came
out - Charley Brock, Buckets Goldenberg, Mike Michalske,
Cub Buck, Lavvie Dilweg, Don Hutson, Johnny Blood,
Verne Lewellen, Arnie Herber and Clark Hinkle. Only Cal
Hubbard was missing, unable to attend because of the
serious illness of his brother. Each got a big hand and the
memories of happier days they stirred in the crowd of 
16,150 would have filled volumes.
The business at hand, though, was sad. Though the
Cardinals trailed going into the fourth quarter, and though
the 6-3 score for awhile looked as through it might stand
up, they looked like the better team, as the statistics 
show. They outgained the Packers rushing, 252 to 168
yards, and outgained them passing, 106 to 24. Only in
punting, with the terrific Roy McKay again booting the 
ball a country mile, did the Packers have an edge. The
defeat, coupled with what the Chicago Bears did to the
Detroit Lions, eliminated the Packers from even their last
mathematical chance to finish on top in the western 
division of the league. The defeat also was the first 
suffered by Lambeau at the hands of a Conzelman team
since 1921 when the Chicago coach played with the old
Rock Island Independents and the first at the hands of any
Cardinal team since 1938. Again, as in all games this fall,
the failure of Green Bay's passing game was strikingly 
costly. The Packers, once one of the terrors of the league
in the air and now absolutely last in league standings,
completed only two out of 10 passes. The game was a
triumph for the Wisconsin boys in Chicago's lineup. Pat 
Harder, the old Badger fullback, did some of the best
running this field has seen in a long time and with 98
yards was Chicago's biggest ground gainer. The reliable
Ward Cuff of Marquette, now in his tenth year, booted a 
field goal and added all the extra points after touchdowns.
And Ray Apolskis, also of Marquette, played a solid game
in the heavily outweighed Cardinal line which, though the
footing was bad, refused to be nudged around as it had in
the first game in Chicago.
A combination of breaks enabled the Packers to draw first
blood in the first five minutes of play. They kicked off, got the ball back on Chicago's 42 where Ray fell on Angsman's fumble, and then proceeded to push the Cardinals really into a hole with McKay's punt which dropped dead on the one yard line. The Cardinals immediately kicked out, but Rohrig brough the ball back 12 yards to Chicago's 26 and the Packers had position. On fourth down, after picking up five yards on three downs, the boys called on Fritsch and with Rohrig holding, the big boy booted a driving kick over the bars from the 32. The Cardinals snapped right back, taking the kickoff on their own 20 and driving down to Green Bay's five on two great runs by Harder, one for 20 yards and the other for 55. On the five, however, they immediately stopped. Goldberg fumbled on first down and Aberson recovered on the four. It was the last threat either team made until the closing minutes of the half until the Cardinals finally tied the score. A pass by Comp which Rankin intercepted and returned 20 yards to Green Bay's 42 gave the red shirts position, and away they went. A pass, Mallouf to Rucinski ate up 12 yards, and a penalty for roughing 15 more. On three downs here with the ball on Green Bay's 15, passes fell incomplete, but on fourth down Cuff stepped back to the 23 and with Christman holding, matched Fritsch's three points. The half ended a minute later.
The kickoff which Luhn fumbled and Fritsch recovered on his own five put the Packers in a hole early in the third quarter but they quickly wiggled out of it on a 65 yard punt by McKay, and a little later got position in midfield from which they went on to break the tie on Fritsch's second field goal. Comp and Canadeo first picked up 21 yards on three plays, planting the ball on Chicago's 28, and four plays later, after three attempts had gained only three yards, Fritsch moved back to the 36 and again drilled home the ball. The Packers had another scoring chance a minute later after Goldberg had fumbled on his own 32 and Wells  had recovered. Fritsch on two plays moved down to the 13. An offside penalty and three plays lost eight yards, however, and on fourth down Fritsch missed a field goal from the 28. But then it became the Cardinals' turn. They took the ball on their own 20 and drove 80 yards through the rain across the goal. Interference on a pass gave the Cardinals their first 12 yards; a pass, Christman to Kutner, added 40, and another pass, Christman to Harder, racked up 14 and put the ball on Green Bay's 13 as the quarter ended. It took only three plays from here. Still another pass, Christman to Dewell, brought the ball to the four, a penalty of half the distance for roughing carried it to the two, from where Christman sneaked over. Cuff's kick made it 10-6. The Cardinals didn't stop, either. Kutner intercepted Aberson's first down pass on Green Bay's 32 a minute later and in four more plays the boys in red had seven more points. A pass, Christman to Dewell, was good for 23, Angsman and Goldberg on two plays, carried to the two, and Goldberg, on the next play, went over. Cuff converted again. And still the Cardinals came. They first halted an incipient Packer drive on their own 39, then scored on one play. Angsman popped through right tackle and without a hand to detain him, bolted 61 yards across the goal for the final tally. Once more Cuff converted.
CHI CARDS -  0  3  0 21 - 24
GREEN BAY -  3  0  3  0 -  6
1st - GB - Fritsch, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - CHI - Ward Cuff, 23-yard field goal TIED 3-3
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 36-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
4th - CHI - Paul Christman, 2-yard run (Cuff kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 10-6
4th - CHI - Marshall Goldberg, 1-yard run (Cuff kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 17-6
4th - CHI - Elmer Angsman, 61-yard run (Cuff kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 24-6
Packers’ fullback Walt Schlinkman slamming into the Chicago Cardinals defense
NOVEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Clarke Hinkle, all-time Green Bay Packer fullback, declared Monday night that the NFL club "will not be in Green Bay very long." Speaking at a dinner honoring high school athletic squads, Hinkle, now a De Pere businessman, asserted "there is absolutely no spirit in the Packers any 
longer. The Green Bay townspeople are too complacent and if they don't do something about it the Packers won't be here in another two or three years," he said. "Pro football is a big business these days, especially with the competition from the All-America conference which is paying high salaries," he continued. "For that reason we've definitely got to have a new spirit in Green Bay or we're not going to have the Packers." Hinkle, a former Bucknell university star, played 10 full seasons with the Packers before leaving to join the Coast Guard after the 1941 campaign. In a recent poll to name an all-time Packer team, he was second high in total votes, trailing Don Hutson by nine. Asserting that present members of the Packer squad "are just playing for the check," Hinkle declared "they don't know what the Green Bay spirit is and nobody cares whether they win or lose. When I played here," Hinkle said, "Milt Gantenbein and I went down a dark alley when we lost, because we didn't want to face the townspeople. Nobody cares now and I'm not blaming it only on the fans, because it's the Packer corporation's fault just as much as it is theirs. We used to play for the Green Bay public, because we knew everybody by his first name, but that isn't the case today. Now the team is quartered out at Rockwood lodge, isolated from the community, and the players don't know anybody. Green Bay is definitely going to lose the Packers unless something is done right away about creating new interest in them." The Packers, operating in the National league's smallest city - Green Bay has a population of about 40,000 - consistently have been among the league's top teams. They currently hold second place in the western division standings behind the Chicago Bears, with five victories and three defeats.
NOVEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday the signing of Ray Riddick, end coach at Dartmouth college, for the remaining two games on the 1946 schedule. Riddick played with the Packers during the 1940 and 1941 seasons and during the final few games of the 1942 campaign.
NOVEMBER 30 (Washington) - Some super-par pigskin chasing should be on tap here tomorrow at Griffith stadium when the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins mingle in a NFL game. The kickoff is at 1 p.m. CST. The Redskins are right on the heels of the New York Giants in the Eastern division and Coach Turk Edwards' hospital list is fairly well cleared up. Reports here have it Sammy Baugh will see a lot of action. The Texas aerialist didn't see any action last Sunday in the brawl with the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach E.L. Lambeau and his Packers arrived here early today and went through a snappy workout at the stadium. According to Lambeau, his Green Bay team is set for the fracas.
DECEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Out of all title consideration in their own end of the league, the Green Bay Packers Sunday will see what they can do about helping untangle things in the eastern end when they meet the Washington Redskins at Washington in one of the key games of the week. The Packers who passed through here Friday and arrived in Washington Saturday morning, stepped into the middle of one of those ding-dong fights in the east between the New York Giants and Redskins for the right to meet the Chicago Bears in the championship game two week hence. The Bears clinched a place in the playoff a week ago. New York leads Washington by one game in the east, with two to go. A victory for the Packers Sunday, and the Giants will cinch at least a tie for the title regardless of what happens in New York's own game with the Los Angeles Rams at the Polo Grounds. A victory for the Redskins, however, and regardless of what the Giants do, the decision in the eastern end will go into the final game between New York and Washington a week hence. The Packers, with second place money in the western end of the league at stake, were strengthened for their battle by the addition of Ray Riddick, veteran end, who will finish the season with them. A week hence, they will close their season against Los Angeles at Los Angeles. The league offers four games Sunday. In addition to the title bearing battles in Washington and New York, the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia and the Chicago Bears will play host at their homecoming game against the Cardinals in Wrigley field.