GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(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.
MERELY BRUSH TACKLE
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.
LAMBEAU NOT DISCOURAGED
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.
PACKERS MATCH SCORE
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
NEWS AND NOTES
SMITH OF PACKERS AGGRAVATES INJURY
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