Green Bay Packers (1-0) 29, Chicago Bears (0-1) 20
Sunday September 28th 1947 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers thrilled today a record crowd of 25,461 as they got away to a running start in the NFL title race by upsetting the big, bad Bears at City Stadium, 29 to 20. Curly Lambeau's charges went into the game 2-1 shortenders, but at no time did they look the part against George Halas' defending champions. In fact, is it safe
to say it was the best all-around exhibition by a
Green Bay team in two years. Only once in this
sizzling offensive duel did the Packers trail, but not
for long. The Bears moved ahead late in the first
quarter after the home club had opened the scoring
on the first of two field goals by Ward Cuff. On the 
very first play of the second period the Packers
matched the champions' touchdown and kept the 
upper hand the rest of the way.
FAIRLY FIRM FIELD
Despite an all night rain and intermittent showers
through the morning, the field was fairly firm and the
old rivals proceeded to reward the faithful, who
jammed every nook and corner of the compact little
stadium, with a show the likes of which few had dared
expect. Just about everything that could happen in a
football game did happen in this one - beautiful 
passes and catches, bull-like rushes and nifty open
field running, interceptions and fumbles, a tribute to
alert defensive play, field goals, bruising tackles and
blocks, and even that pro league rarity, a safety. The
tipoff on the offensive nature of the battle is the 
minimum number of punts - seven in all, five by the
Packers and only two by the Bears. But when the 
need for a punt arose, the Packers had that, too,
thanks to the magic toe of Indian Jack Jacobs, who
averaged 49 yards per kick.
PRAISE FOR JACOBS
If any man deserves to be singled out for special
praise, it's Jacobs without a doubt. The Indian had
himself a real day and he meant the difference 
between the two teams. Jack pitched two touchdown
passes, scored the third and game clinching marker
in the closing seconds on a 15 yard sweep, and 
intercepted two Bear passes in the clutch, in addition
to his superlative punting. Statistically, the Bears
finished about even up, but they had no Jacobs.
Which is to say that Sid Luckman, the Bears' field
general and passing wizard, met his master. In the
spotlight with Jacobs were his touchdown targets,
Nolan Luhn and Bruce Smith. Ted Fritsch, who was
head man in the ground attack with 88 yards in nine
tries and Cuff, who placekicks three points after
touchdown in addition to his two vital field goals for a
total of nine points. Smith received credit for a two
pointer when he chased George McAfee, and, with
the help of Larry Craig and Don Wells, pinned the 
fleet Bear back in the end zone for that welcome
safety in the third period.
BAYS SCORE FIRST
Eight plays after the opening kickoff, the Packers 
broke the ice on Cuff's 28 yard placekick. A Jacobs-
Goodnight pass, good for 17 yards, Fritsch's 21 yard
dash and Bob Forte's 11 yard sprint accounted for
most of the yards. The first of four Packer 
interceptions, by Herman Rohrig, and the first punt
set the stage for the Bears' counter charge, an
uninterrupted march of 70 yards. The clutch play was
Luckman's four down pass to Jim Keane, for a vital
first down on the Green Bay 10. Bob Fennimore
ground out the score but Ray McLean's try for point
was partially blocked and missed the uprights. The
Packers bounced back in less time than it take to
tell about it. Tony Canadeo's 28 yard gallop after
taking a lateral from Jacobs and a roughing penalty
against the Bears set the stage for Jacobs' 25 yard
touchdown flip to Luhn on the first play of the second
quarter. Cuff added the point to put his team ahead,
10 to 6. Luhn's catch was a honey. He made it on
second grab after McAfee had deflected the ball in 
the end zone.
TOUCHDOWN PASS
A short punt by McAfee and the Lambeaumen were
off to the races again, Jacobs to Smith collaborating
on a bit of high class touchdown operation, via the
pass route from the Bear 36. Jacobs, badly rushed,
managed to slip away from the defenders and got off
awobbly pass to Smith, who had eluded Moon 
Mullins and McLean. Bruce made a neat grab and
romped over. Cuff's kick made it 17-6. The Bears 
moved 77 yards and back into the game before the 
end of the half. Luckman's laterals to Fennimore set
the stage, but it took a miraculous catch of Sid's flip
near the end line to chalk up the score. Keane was
surrounded by three Packers, Canadeo, Rohrig and
Gatewood, when he grabbed the ball. McLean's boot
reduced Green Bay's margin to 17-13.
SERIES OF FUMBLES
The only third period score came on a safety, 
resulting from McAfee's ill fated pass attempt near his
own goal line. Smith ran him back into the end zone,
and Craig and Wells made certain that the Chicago
ace stayed there. Except for that play, the excitement
was provided by a series of fumbles and pass
interceptions. Jacobs picked off a Luckman pass and
ran it back to the Packer 38 to set up what loomed as
the knockout blow for the Bears in the last period. 
Fritsch broke through the middle on a trap play and galloped 43 yards before he was hauled down on the Bears' 25. The attack bogged down. So Cuff came off the bench to drill another tree pointer through the uprights, this one from 29 yards out. But the Bear, with the score 22-13 against them, weren't through. They swept 74 yards without losing possession of the ball after the kickoff. The clincher, again, was a Luckman-Kean pass. Only two minutes and three seconds remained as McLean added the point. By way of added insurance in case their followers were nervous, the Packers racked up another score in five plays, with the help of one more 15 yard penalty against the Halasmen. Jacobs pulled a beautiful fake and then swept left end behind a wall of interference to eat up the final 15 yards. Only six seconds time for one more kickoff remained as the Indian slid over the goal line. Yes, the championship bee is buzzing with considerable authority in the Packer camp.
CHI BEARS -  6  7  0  7 - 20
GREEN BAY -  3 14  2 10 - 29
1st - GB - Cuff, 28-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - CHI - Bob Fenimore, 3-yard run (Kick blocked) CHICAGO BEARS 6-3
2nd - GB - Luhn, 25-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 10-6
2nd - GB - Smith, 36-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 17-6
2nd - CHI - Jim Keane, 11-yd pass from Sid Luckman (Ray McLean kick) GB 17-13
3rd - GB - Safety, George McAfee tackled in the end zone by Smith GB 19-13
4th - GB - Cuff, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 22-13
4th - CHI - Keane, 15-yard pass from Luckman (McLean kick) GREEN BAY 22-20
4th - GB - Jacobs, 1-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 29-20
NEWS AND NOTES
RAMS - SUNDAY'S INVADERS HAVE BEATEN PACKERS FOUR IN ROW
OCTOBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers, contemplating Sunday's game with the Los Angeles Rams at State Fair park, can get little consolation out of the recent history of the series. The Packers have lost their last four games to the Rams - two in 1945 and two last fall. In the all-time records, however, Green Bay holds a decided edge with 12 victories, five defeats and one ties...Two old Packers will be here with the Rams, and no two guts on the club will be pulling harder to win after little personal feuds with Curly Lambeau. George Trafton used to coach Green Bay's line, now coaches Los Angeles. Eddie Kotal used to play with the Packers and later helped coach them. He now scouts for the Rams...Dan Reeves, 35 year old owner of the Los Angeles Rams, is a scion of the Reeves grocery family which sold a chair on 900 stores to Safeway Stores in 1939...Tommy Harmon, still one of Los Angeles' niftiest stepping backs, announced in Pittsburgh that this would be his last year of football. It's going to be radio 12 months of the year for him...."Los Angeles is the best balanced team in the National league," says scout Wally Cruice of the Packers, who scouted the Rams in the 48-7 victory over the Steelers at Pittsburgh Monday night. Ditto says scout Mike Michalske. "Better than the Cardinals? Yes."...Come, come, boys. Jim Bentonn, says the brochure from the Los Angeles Rams, is even superior to Don Hutson in faking a defensive back out of position. Benton is one of the best, no question, but Hutson WAS the best...Bob Waterfield has worn the No. 7 on his jersey all through high school, college and pro career, except in one high school game in which the boy who did wear No. 7 got all the credit that Waterfield did...Coach Bob Snyder of the Rams set an amazing ironman record as Ohio university's regular left halfback from 1933 through 1935. In three years, or 24 games, he missed only nine minutes of play.
BREATHERS - THERE AREN'T ANYMORE IN THE NFL
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - It used to be, after the Packers finished off a team like the Bears, they could look ahead to a breather or two before going out again against a top notcher. It used to be - but not anymore. The picture in the NFL has changed. Today, one tough team follows another, and if it isn't the Bears, it's the Rams, and if not the Rams, the Cardinals, and if not the Cardinals, the Redskins. The day of the breather is over. At the moment, while still drooling a bit over the tasty victory over the Bears last Sunday, the Packers have the Rams on their hands, and if anybody can see anything of a breather in that, and reasonable explain how it might be a breather, he can immediately step to the head of the class. Actually, the Rams look like the toughest team in the league. The fanfare hereabouts so far has been for the Cardinals, with their dream backfield of Trippi, Goldberg, Harder and Christman, but it has been local fanfare, local in the sense that the middle west is local, and it has a bit stupidly ignored the tremendous team that Coach Bob Snyder has assembled on the other side of the Rockies...TWELVE NEW MEN: Tremendous is the word for the Rams. It might even turn out to be the best team the National league has had since the Bears in the earlier years of McAfee, Luckman, Osmanski, Standlee, Stydahar et al drove berserk through the league in 1940 and 1941. It is a team with talent, experience, youth, weight, depth, speed. It was one of the league's better teams last year when it finished second to the Bears in the western division, and it is a better team this year with no fewer than 12 new men on a traveling squad of 35 - John Martin of Princeton, Bob David of Villanova, Jack Finley of UCLA and Hal Dean of Ohio State, guards; Dick Huffman of Tennessee and Bill Smythe of Cincinnati, tackles; Jack Zilly of Notre Dame, Dick Hoerner of Iowa, John Ksionzyk of St. Bonaventure and Les Horvath of Ohio State, backs. Twelve new men, in itself, does not necessarily mean anything, but they are 12 new men who have won some of the starting assignments and who have pushed veterans of last year like Roger Harding, Butch Lear, Ted Pavelec, Kae Fawcett, Len Levy, Joe Pasqua, Woody Stode and Ben Hightower right off the squad...AFTER RAMS, THE CARDS: So the day of the breather after the Bear game is over, indeed, and the day of the breather after the Rams game, too. The Cardinals follow the Rams and then Washington with Sammy Baugh, and then Detroit with Bill Dudley and then the Pittsburgh Steelers. And then, perhaps, a break? Well, then the Bears come again, the Cardinals, the Giants, the Rams again, Detroit again and Philadelphia all on the road, which makes for a nice easy time, indeed. The National league is in the midst of its toughest season and the day in which a team might coast to catch its breath after a game with the Bears has passed - perhaps forever.
45 RAMS TO FLY HERE FOR TILT WITH PACKERS
OCTOBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Los Angeles Rams, ranking favorites in the NFL race, arrive by chartered plan this afternoon for their game against Curly Lambeau's Packers in State Fair Park on Sunday. Thirty-five players, led by Bob Waterfield and Tom Harmon, are among the party of 45, which takes off from Pittsburgh shortly after noon. The Rams have been on the road since September 7 and opened their regular season Monday night with a 48 to 7 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Bob Snyder, former Chicago Bear quarterback, who replaced Adam Walsh as coach of the Rams, notified local sources yesterday after the squad's workout in Ligioner, Pa., that his squad is in better shape than it has been since the first scrimmage of the training camp period. Snyder will hold a short workout here tomorrow morning and finish off preparations for the Packer game with a lecture Saturday. Meanwhile at Rockwood Lodge, Coach Lambeau continued to stress defense for his Packers.
30,000 TO SEE PACKERS HERE
OCTOBER 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay puts all of its new found hopes, puffed up so nicely in the Bear game a week ago, on the line at State Fair park Sunday afternoon against what may well turn out to be the best team the National league has had since the devastating Bears of the early forties - the Los Angeles Rams. It was a tough assignment against the Bears, it will be a tougher assignment against the Rams, and a near capacity crowd of 30,000, or even a capacity crowd of 32,000 if the day dawns clear, will be out to see what the Packers can do about it. The attraction will be as much Los Angeles as Green Bay. Led by the versatile Bob Waterfield, one of the greatest in pro league history, the Rams stand in the very foremost of title contenders. The team has experience, youth, speed, weight, depth and exceptional talent in those specialties of passing, pass receiving and kicking, and in most quarters, it is regarded as the team the others must beat above all others. Waterfield, playing quarterback in the T, is only the key. Around him Owner Dan Reeves and Coach Bob Snyder have assembled some of the finest pro material of recent years - Fred Naumetz of Boston college at center, Riley Matheson of Texas Mines at guard, Dick Huffman of Tennessee and Gil Bouley of Boston college at tackles, Jim Benton of Arkansas, John Zilly of Notre Dame and Frank Hubbell of Tennessee at ends, and Steve Bagarus of Notre Dame, Jack Banta and Mel Bleeker of Southern California, Fred Gehrke of Utah, Tom Harmon of Michigan, Dick Hoerner of Iowa, Gerry Cowhig of Notre Dame, Les Horvath of Ohio State and Kenny Washington of UCLA in the backfield, just to mention a few. Except in an exhibition game with the Giants in New York, which they lost 30-3, the Rams have cruised over all opposition. They have beaten Washington, 20-7, Detroit, 21-0, Boston 24-0, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first league game last Monday, 48-7. Even for the New York licking, they might offer an excuse. Eight of their best men were not even in uniform, including Benton, several others were hurt in the early minutes, including Gehrke, and the game happened to be the fourth in 12 days of cross-country touring. The duel between Waterfield and Jack Jacobs, whose spectacular all-around play last week was the biggest single factor in the victory over the Bears, should be one of the highlights of the afternoon. Each is talented in the same specialities. Each punts. Jacobs against the Bears averaged a fraction over 49 yards on five kicks. Each passes. Waterfield has completed 35 out of 69 passes so far this season. Each directs his team at quarterback. And each has been an outstanding man on defense. Waterfield's great ability as a defensive back, in fact, has been dimmed only by his brilliance on offense. Jacobs last week intercepted three of Luckman's passes. Despite this parity between the two key men, however, the Rams ruled 10 points favorites Saturday night. Greater depth all around, greater youth and greater strength in the line weighed in their favor. The Rams, who arrived here late Friday afternoon, worked out at State Fair park Saturday morning. The Packers worked out in Green Bay and arrived here Saturday night.
BAYS SET FOR RAM TILT TODAY
OCTOBER 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Much of the conjecture will be stripped from the NFL championship race at State Fair park today when the Green Bay Packers, Western Division darkhorse, and Los Angeles Rams, ranking pennant favorites, clash before an estimated 28,000 fans. It will be the second game of the title chase for both elevens, the Packers having opened last Sunday with a 29 to 20 conquest of the Chicago Bears and the Rams having defeated Pittsburgh, 48 to 7, Monday night. Some 7,000 seats will go on sale at State Fair Park at 10 o'clock this morning, four hours before Bob Waterfield and Indian Jack Jacobs start what promises to be one of the finest passing duels of the season. Jacobs was the star in Green Bay's triumph last week, throwing two touchdown passes and sneaking around end for 17 yards for a
third. Waterfield's passing is only a part of the ability which has many coaches calling the former UCLA star the best rounded back in the game. Waterfield does the team's kicking, but more important, he has few equals on defense. Operating behind one of the biggest and best fortified lines in the league, Waterfield feeds the ball to such accomplished stars as Tommy Harmon, Fred Gehrke, Jack Banta, Jerry Cowhig, recently of Notre Dame, and Mel Bleeker. His passing targets are Jim Benton, the fellow Arkansan who replaced Don Hutson as football's greatest receiver, and Steve (Double) Bagarus, a little scatback from Notre Dame. Lambeau said his team suffered no injuries in the Bear game. It survived the week's preparation for the Rams without injuries. Bruce Smith, who played against the Bears with a touch of flu, has fully recovered and will start.