EXHIBITION - Philadelphia Eagles 7, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 6
Friday September 6th 1946 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - The better team won that football game at State Fair park Friday night, by far the better team, yet how close the better team came to losing that game had 24,789
fans in a dither at the finish. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Green Bay
Packers, 7-6, beat them convincingly, too, yet they could not call the game
their own until the timer had fired his final gun. The snappy Eagles outdowned
the Packers 18 first downs to four. They outgained them rushing, 249 yards
to 76. They yielded nothing to them in passing. But, with 15 seconds left,
they still tottered on the brink of defeat as Ted Fritsch stepped back to the 35
for a goal of the kind he ordinarily kicks all day long.
Here, on this one play, was the whole game. It was victory or defeat on a kick.
And Fritsch missed. It would have been just a little brutal had Fritsch made 
that kick even in poetic justice demanded that he do since earlier in the game
he missed the point after touchdown which would have tied the score. The
Eagles, in all-around performance, except kicking, looked so much better.
They score their touchdown on a well conceived
and well directed 67 yard drive in the second 
quarter, then yielded a touchdown on the lone
sustained march the Packers were able to uncork
in the third. Al Sherman scored for the Eagles
from the one yard line, Bob Nussbaumer for Green
Bay on a neat dash around end from the 29. At
all other times, it was pretty much Philadelphia.
Certainly the Eagles stole most of the offensive
show. With a platoon of fast, high stepping, hard
running backs - Bosh Pritchard, Ernie Steele,
Steve Van Buren, Jim Castiglia, Russ Craft, just to
mention a few - with two smart and sharp ball
handling quarterbacks, Roy Zimmerman and 
Sherman, and with a deceptive running attack off
the T in which they exerted tremendous pressure
on the tackles and ends, they provided the real
entertainment of the hot, muggy night.
On their outside stuff, which originated with a
lateral and off which they did no more than brush
the defensive tackle, depending instead on their
speed and the very conception of the attack, they
danced and skipped around the ends all night. 
And on their inside stuff, which had all the threat
of the outside game and on which they didn't even
bother about the defensive end, they rammed 
inside tackle with a simple quarterback handoff -
and they did this with telling effect, too, most of
the night. The yardage they rolled up on the
ground tells the story. Against this, the Packers
used a 5-2-2-2 defense which sometimes was 
almost a 5-4-2, but they had only ordinary 
success until the later stages of play after the heat of the night had clearly taken a tool from the fancy Philadelphia backs. If the crowd was in a dither at the finish, so were the Packers as often as the Eagles started to run. In justice to Green Bay, however, it must be pointed out that the Packers were far from full strength. Of their six tailbacks, only two were really in shape to play, Tex McKay and the rookie Cliff Abeson, and a third, Bruce Smith, played although he should not have. Irv Comp was taken down with a high fever Friday afternoon and Tony Canadeo had a bad muscle pull. Fritsch, with a leg injury of his own, got into the game only for the kicks he missed. And Clyde Goodnight and Ken Keuper did not even suit up.
Despite the showing, the game from Green Bay's standpoint was not entirely without its bright spots and Curly Lambeau at the finish, while disappointed, was far from discouraged. McKay's kicking was on the terrific side and Wildung's all-around play at tackle the best of its kind on the field. Adkins did a fine job at offensive guard; Craig, who played almost the whole game at blocking quarter, and Luhn at end. Schlinkman showed drive, Nussbaumer speed, and Aberson, although very rough, promise both as a passer and runner. It was all Philadelphia in the first half. In fact, the Packers had the ball on only 16 plays. It was not until the second quarter, however, that the Eagles finally unwound themselves on a march all the way. A great catch by Dick Humbert of Sherman's pass for 17 yards started them on their drive, and away they went. Steele picked up 26 more on one of those laterals behind the line, Craft 12 more on the inside, from where Sherman sneaked over. Zimmerman converted the big point which eventually was to decide the game.
The Packers matched the touchdown the first time they laid hands on the ball in the third quarter. Smith returned the kickoff to midfield, a 15 yard penalty against Philadelphia for rough play carried the Packers to the 37 and, after McKay and Schlinkman had picked up eight yards on two plays, Nussbaumer raced around right end for the touchdown. A good block by Adkins took out the only man who had a chance to get him once he crossed the line of scrimmage. Fritsch was hurriedly injected into the game here, but it was not his night. A feeble sort of attempt almost dribbled along the ground. And that, in the final analysis, was the football game. Oddest situation of the night occurred in the second quarter when the Packers on two plays had only 10 men on the field because of a mixup. The coaches recognized they had only 10 men as the first play got underway, then as soon as it had been completed, sent in the eleventh man. Granville Harrison, at end, thinking the man coming in was for him, immediately dashed off the field, leaving 10 men again, and before the Packers could straighten themselves out, the Eagles had run another play.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  7  0  0 -  7
GREEN BAY    -  0  0  6  0 -  6
2nd - PHIL - Allie Sherman, 1-yard run (Roy Zimmerman kick) PHILADELPHIA 7-0
3rd - GB - Nussbaumer, 29-yard run (Kick failed) PHILADELPHIA 7-6

SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - Bruce Smith, Green Bay Packers halfback, will not accompany the team to Denver for an exhibition game with the Washington Redskins. He is returned here for treatment of a groin 
injury aggravated in Friday night's game with Philadelphia in Milwaukee.
SEPTEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - If Green Bay entertains real hopes for the NFL title - as had been broadly hinted in advance - proof is still lacking. Certainly, the most ardent Packer roster saw nothing in the opening exhibition game with Philadelphia at State Fair Park last Friday night to indicate those hopes will materialize. It wasn't that the Packers lost; rather how they looked in losing. Ordinarily, a team dropping a 7-6 decision to one of the hottest contenders in the league and coming with inches of winning on a last second field goal would be considered to have made a successful inaugural. But not in this case. Except for Bob Nussbaumer's 30 yard touchdown run after a third quarter penalty break and and Cliff Aberson's last minute passes to set up Ted Fritsch's field goal try, the Bays' offense was well bottled up. The defense was such that the customers still can't figure how the Eagles failed to win by three touchdowns instead of a skimpy one point margin. The Packers failed to react quickly and their tackling was on the shoddy side. The absence of Fritsch, Irv Comp, Tony Canadeo, Clyde Goodnight and Ken Keuper - sidelined by injuries - and Bruce Smith's bad leg, which should have kept him on the bench, hurt plenty. Whether or not they could have they turned the tide is open to question. But there is no denying that Green Bay needs them - badly...FREE SUBSTITUTION - OR THE MIXUP SYSTEM: Coach Curly Lambeau did his first half storming over the phone from the press box. He was on the bench - that is, pacing back and forth in the vicinity - during the second half. Needless to say, he was the unhappiest onlooker. But when all was said and done, Lambeau wasn't of a mind to give up, disappointed as he was. "We'll be in there when all the boys are back in shape," he said. "Besides, we're three weeks away from the league opener with the Bears. We'll be ready for that one." Maybe he figures the Philly game as the right sort of a tonic for a club with the possibilities of these Packers. The players themselves known they have a big job on their hands. And that's step No. 1 in easing a coach's problems. Self-satisfied players, which the Packers can't be today, aren't driven and whipped into shape easily. Some 25,000 fans, who shared Lambeau's disappointment, in general were inclined to withhold the hammers and adopt a wait-and-see policy from a straight playing standpoint. Which is fortunate. However, there was no tendency to hide dissatisfaction over something that came into professional football with the adoption of the free substitution rule - the constant parade between the bench and the scene of action on the field. Players went into the game and came out so often and in such numbers that the sharpest eyes couldn't give the lineup at any given time. And the fans didn't take kindly to what some of them aptly termed the mixup system...INEXPERIENCE ABERSON SHOWED REAL PROMISE: Opening the parade gates is one of the few professional rules to backfire and detract from the fans' enjoyment of the game. Although nothing can be done about modification this year, the coaches should take it upon themselves in taking advantage of it. Running 'em in and out that fast, to my way of thinking, is a practice detrimental even to the coach himself. How can he get a complete look at a man who does most of his running between the bench and the scene of activity? Of course, newspapermen and radio announcers are definitely on the fans' side. To say the least, it isn't easy to write or tell about a game featured by the constant shifting of personnel. To get back to the brief sunny side of the opening game picture, the big newcomer, Aberson, looked the part of the star Don Hutson, among others, predicted he would be. "I may be going out on the limb on that boy, but he may be our best left halfback before we get too far along," said the all time All-American before the game. "He played some service ball, but never went to college. So he lacks experience. But when he does the right thing, no one can do it better. He's big and fast, and really can throw that apple." High praise indeed from an expert and Aberson showed signs of living up to it, especially in the final minutes when he uncorked some passes, strictly of the big league variety. Fifteen, 25 or 45 yards - he fired the ball with the same motion. No windup; just a varied snap of a strong wrist. So you may hear more of Mr. Aberson.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Denver) - Washington's Redskins pulled into Denver from Los Angeles this morning and immediately started limbering up at Denver University Stadium for the pro football game tomorrow night with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers arrived yesterday and they, too, hustled into a practice session in this mile-high climate. Today they worked out with the Denver eleven. Sammy Baugh and his Redskins dropped a 16-14 decision at Los Angeles Friday night to the Cleveland Rams, NFL champions. Coach Curly Lambeau's Packers also were defeated Friday night, 7 to 6, by the Philadelphia Eagles in Milwaukee. Lambeau predicted a "dead even game" tomorrow night, adding "we'll be in better shape" than when Green Bay lost to Philadelphia. In that game, the coach said, practice injuries, mostly pulled muscles, kept five Packers on the sidelines - Backs Ted Fritsch, Irv Comp and Tony Canadeo, ends Clyde Goodnight and guard Russ Letlow.
SEPTEMBER 10 (Denver) - The once beaten Green Bay Packers and once beaten Washington Redskins will resume their preparations for the National league race in an exhibition game here Tuesday night that is expected to draw upward of 20,000 fans. The game is the first pro contest Denver has had since the late thirties. Green Bay, badly crippled in the game which it lost to Philadelphia in Milwaukee last week, was back at full strength again except for halfback Bruce Smith, who did not accompany the team here. Ted Fritsch, Irv Comp, Tony Canadeo, Clyde Goodnight all were expected to play here. Coach Lambeau gave his team an even chance. Owner George Marshall of the Redskins described the game as a preview of December's championship contest between the league's eastern and western division. "We'll win the eastern flag," he predicted, "and don't sell the Packers short in the west."