EXHIBITION - New York Giants 35, Green Bay Packers (0-3) 21
Friday September 20th 1946 (at New York)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(NEW YORK) - Stout Steve Owen let his New York Giants uncover just enough of their brand new offensive Friday night to upset the slightly favored Green
Bay Packers, 35-21, in an exhibition before a
crowd of 48,017 at the Polo Grounds. It was
Green Bay's third straight defeat in exhibitions.
In a wild and wooly first half that kept the largest
crowd ever to turn out for this annual charity on
its feet almost constantly, the New Yorkers piled
up four touchdowns on ground and pass plays in
the first half and then remained in command down
the stretch to finish on top. The Giants had to
come from behind originally, for the Packers
opened the scoring in the early minutes on an
eight yard pass from Irv Comp to Nolan Luhn.
The combination accounted for two of the Packer
tallies during the night. Comp took the game's
individual pitching honors with 17 completions in
28 attempts for a total gain of 211 yards. But the
Giants took the lid off their new stuff, immediately
after the Packers' first touchdown, and were never
in danger after the first quarter. Four different New
York ball carriers hit the scoring column, with
George Franck, the former Minnesota line mauler,
the only one to hit the jackpot twice. He went 79
yards for one tally and took a 25 yard pass from
Frank Filchock, onetime understudy to Sammy
Baugh on the Washington Redskins, for the other.
Filchock passed for two New York tallies and
scored one himself.
GREEN BAY -  7 14  0  0 - 21
NEW YORK  - 14 14  7  0 - 35
GB scoring: Touchdowns: Luhn 2; Nussbaumer
Points after touchdown - Fritsch. 3 NY scoring:
Touchdowns: Doolan, Paschal, Filchock, Franck
2 PAT - Strong 5
NEWS AND NOTES
23,917 - PACKER-BEAR GAME SUNDAY HAS TICKET DIRECTOR ON MERRY-GO-ROUND
SEPTEMBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - The attendance at the Bear-Packer game in Green Bay Sunday can be announced today: 23,917. It is the capacity of City stadium and was reached more than a month ago. Since the sellout, the pressure for tickets has even increased and poor harassed Carl Mraz, the new director of sales, goes home nights doing cartwheels and letting out long, loud and funny yells. The Packers hoped last winter to have an addition of some 5,000 to 6,000 seats ready by the fall. They had plans all drawn, the money for them earmarked. Building difficulties stopped them, however, and they must now struggle through this game, and perhaps others, too, with their old capacity. And the return game at Wrigley field in Chicago, November 3? Don't even bring it up. It, too, has been sold out for several weeks and the pressure of Chicago's thousands has only begun to build up...Sunday's game will be the fifty-sixth in the long series begun in 1921. The Bears have won 29, the Packers 21. Five of the games have been ties. The Bears haven't beaten the Packers in Green Bay since 1942...BEARS AT CAMP AGAIN: The Bears, with five straight victories in exhibition games under their belts, against Washington, Philadelphia, Akron, Boston and the New York Giants, will do all their practicing this week at the Collegesville (Ind.) camp at which they have worked since early August. They returned there Monday, immediately after their triumph over Washington, and will remain there until Saturday. The Packers, with three straight lickinns behind them, against Philadelphia, Washington and New York - and that doesn't look so good, does it after what the Bears did to these same teams? - have dug in again at their lodge outside Green Bay. It ought to be a nice pleasant week for them, too - a very pleasant week. Need it be said that after three straight lickings and with the Bears coming up that Lambeau is furious?...Along with the unprecedented demand for tickets to the Bear-Packer game is another terrific demand for the Los Angeles-Packer game in Milwaukee a week from Sunday. A sellout of 32,000 will undoubtedly see that one, too...STRANGE BUT TRUE: It is strange, but true: Every game the Packers have lost so far might have been won, and without stretching things out too much. Against the Eagles, although roundly outplayed, the Packers missed a chance to win the victory in the closing seconds when Ted Fritsch missed a not too hard field goal. Against the Redskins, the Packers led 24-7 at the half and had the ball inside the five yard line, first down, with two minutes left. And against the Giants, the Packers outdowned their rivals, 19 first downs to nine, which is difference enough to indicate the boys were not exactly outclassed and might have scored more than they did. The Bears are 10 point favorites Sunday. But - How can anyone tell in a season like this?
'MISTER QUARTERBACK' - THAT'S SID LUCKMAN
SEPTEMBER 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - There are quarterbacks and quarterbacks in the T formation - and then there is Sid Luckman of the Bears.
Over the past seven years, there may have
been a few who have approached Luckman
in the polished attainments of a quarterback
in the T as the Bears play it, but only a few
- and at best they have only approached
Luckman. There are better runners, for
Luckman, a little on the bulky side, hasn't
carried the ball on anything except a
quarterback sneak or intercepted pass or
perhaps a punt return in years. There are
better blockers, for in the T as the Bears
play it, the blocking assignments of the
quarterbacks are relatively few. There may
be better kickers, although Luckman will
do a job with most of them kicking. But in
ball handling and all that involves - fading,
concealment and sureness; in field
leadership and in passing - and these are
the things which above all else make make
the T, as the Bears play it, click, in these
Luckman stands alone. He is Mister
Quarterback of football as surely as Marty
Marion of the St. Louis Cardinals is Mister
Shortstop of baseball or Ted Williams of the
Red Sox, Mr. Swat...GREAT IN FAKING:
Such attainments as ball handling and field
leadership can be judged only in direct
comparison with what others do. There are
no statistics to cover such things. It takes
no more than a game or two, though, to
peg Luckman as the complete master. 
Other quarterbacks in the T fake, but that
little extra something in concealment of the
ball, in handing it off with one hand while simultaneously carrying out the fake with the other, that little extra something is Luckman's. Other quarterbacks run their teams well, but the consistency with which Luckman runs the Bears, whether the situation calls for daring or a good substantial quarterback sneak on first down, or an ordinary sequence of plays, few match. Luckman's mere presence on the field, in its inspirational effect on the Bears might, almost be compared to Hutson's on the Packers. Hutson was Mr. End. Luckman is Mister Quarterback...PASSING SKILL: Luckman's passing skill, the statistics for the seven years he has played with the Bears, reveal. He has had no peer. Starting in 1939, after a collegiate career as halfback at Columbia, Luckman has thrown 910 passes for the Bears, completed 474, gained 8,545 yards - which is almost five miles - and had only 58 intercepted, which all adds up to a passing efficiency average of .520. Is it any wonder that his mere presence on the field can strike terror in an opposing team? His best passing year in efficiency was 1941, in which he finished with an average of .571; his best year in yards gained, 1943, in which he threw 202 passes for 2,021 yards, and among other things gained 433 yards, a league record, in one game against the Giants, and threw 28 touchdown passes in the season. He was chosen all-league quarterback in 1941, '42, '43, and '44, yielding the honor to Bob Waterfield of Los Angeles last year, and was named the league's most valuable player in 1943. Mister Quarterback, indeed - and Sunday in Green Bay the Packers must face him again.
BEARS MAKE '46 DEBUT TODAY IN GREEN BAY GAME
SEPTEMBER 28 (Chicago Tribune) -The Chicago
Bears start down the comeback trail tomorrow, but it
is no easy obstacle which blocked their first step.
Except for the few hundred fans who come up from
Chicago, the 25,000 spectators filling every seat in 
City stadium will be screaming for a Green Bay 
Packer victory. Five consecutive triumphs in preseason
warmups, four of them against National league eastern
division teams, have sent the Bears to the head of the
class as potential 1946 champions. But the Packers,
though they seem to have lost some of their past
luster, have proved in the past that they can beat their
arch foes when they figure to lose. The Bears have
been also-rans the last two seasons when the call to
war wrecked their unbeatable football machine. Many
of the old stars are back and Owner-Coach George
Halas has recruited a fine array of freshman talent. If
Coach Curly Lambeau has the great Don Hutson 
readied for a surprise appearance at left end the Bears
will not be surprised. In fact, they will be surprised if
Hutson doesn't play. All week they through their pre-
game lessons on the premise that Don would renege
on his retirement, just he had in past seasons. 
Lambeau has a few of his old time performers back,
too - fellows like Herman Rohrig, speedy right halfback
who also passes; Russ Letlow, a kickoff specialist, 
and Bruce Smith, Minnesota star back a few campaigns
ago. Smith will operated at left halfback, key position in the Packers' offense, which calls for a combination runner-passer-kicker. Irv Comp and Roy McKay also are available at this spot. The Bears have scored 125 points in their five exhibitions, which figures roughly a touchdown a quarter. Green Bay was not so successful in its non-championship contests, losing to the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, teams which the Bears conquered. The Packers will have all sorts of problems tomorrow - the passing and field generalship of Sid Luckman; the quick, breakaway runs of Dante Magnani, Ray McLean and George McAfee, and the powerful thrusts of a former teammate, fullback Don Perkins. Back from military service for the Bears are such line stalwarts as Ray (Muscles) Bray, Bulldog Turner, Ed Kolman and others. A newcomer who will start at left tackle is Fred Davis, former Redskins, while Dante Magnani, onetime Ram who, as a lend-lease player, helped the Bears win the 1943 league title, will open at left halfback.
CAPACITY OF 23,700 TO WATCH PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - Those two old rivals of professional football, the Packers and the Bears, lineup against each other again Sunday afternoon in the fifty-fifth renewal of their ancient feud, and some 23,700 fans, capacity, will again be in the stands to see them. The game will start at 2 o'clock. Green Bay Saturday night was full of misgivings. It backed its team with as much pride as ever, but it feared the worst. The Bears were 10 point favorites, and nobody was of a mind to quarrel. Off the record of exhibition games, the Bears belonged 10 point favorites, too. They have won all five of their starts, the Packers have lost all three of theirs. Chicago has rolled over Washington, the New York Giants, Philadelphia, the Boston Yankees, and Akron; Green bay has bowed to Philadelphia, Washington and New York. On top of the records, the Packers will go into the game a little below full strength. Bob Adkins, guard, broke a bone in his leg in New York a week ago, and Ken Keuper, blocking back, Ted Fritsch, fullback, and Clyde Goodnight, end, still spotted bumps which may keep them from top efficiency. It will again be largely Green Bay's passing game against Chicago's passing and running both - but without Don Hutson to do any of the receiving for Green Bay. The Alabama Don has definitely hung up his cleats. Irv Comp has done sharper passing in the exhibition games than ever before, but without a Hutson on the receiving end, the threat Green Bay's attack in the air once held has been lessened. Lambeau has tried desperately to bolster the running game with some fine backs like Tony Canadeo, Bruce Smith, Roy McKay and Bob Nussbaumer, but whether he has succeeded to the point that it will match Chicago's with backs like Hugh Gallarneau, George McAfee, Frank Maznicki, Dante Magnani, Don Perskins and Noah Mullins remains to be seen. Sid Luckman, of course, once again will be the mainspring of Chicago's attack, with his ball handling, faking, and trickery on the ground and his accuracy in the air. In better physical shape than he has been for some time, the old master of the T is having one of his greatest seasons. The rival lines leaves little to choose, with whatever edge there is probably resting with the Bears because of the presence of two new giant tackles, Mike Jarmoluk of Temple and Walt Stickel of Penn. George Halas himself called them two of the finest he has ever had. The Bears hold a 28-21 edge in the all-time rivalry. Five of the game have been ties. The Bears have not won in Green Bay since 1942. Sunday's game will be broadcast by Russ Winnie over WTMJ.
FOUR OTHER GAMES DOWN OVER WEEKEND
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - A complete round of league games will be played over the weekend. In addition to the fracas at Green Bay, the Philadelphia Eagles will meet the Los Angeles Rams, defending champions, at Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh will play the Redskins at Washington Sunday afternoon, and the Detroit Lions will invade Comiskey park for a game with the Cardinals, and the New York Giants will go to Boston for a game with the Yankees Monday night.