Green Bay Packers (5-4-1) 30, Los Angeles Rams (4-6) 10
Sunday November 30th 1947 (at Los Angeles)
(LOS ANGELES) - Green Bay's victory drought finally ended in the huge Coliseum here Sunday afternoon. Beaten by the Steelers, Bears and Cardinals on successive weekends and then tied by the Giants last Sunday for one of their leanest streaks in years, the
Packers finally came through in the warm California
climate with a 30-10 victory over the hapless Los 
Angeles Rams. An explosive second half did it after 
the Rams had led at the intermission, 3-2, and Curly
Lambeau had had the first faint visions of another heart
breaking one point licking. Everything the Packers tried
in the second half worked, everything, and at the 
steady pace of two touchdowns in each quarter, they
piled up the score.
Ted Fritsch scored the first touchdown on a buck from
the two after a drive of 67 yards, Clyde Goodnght
accounted for the second on a 14 yard pass from Jack
Jacobs after a drive of 34 yards, Fritsch counted the
third on a buck from the one after a drive of 73 yards,
and Tony Canadeo accounted for the fourth on a 14 
yard run after a drive of 87 yards. Cuff added each of
the extra points. The first half safety was scored when
a flock of Packers descended on Dante Magnani who
had recovered a fumble in his end zone. The Rams,
disorganized and impotent except for their defensive
line, were in the ball game through the first half on the
strength of Bob Waterfield's 21 yard field goal in the
second quarter. On one of their few sallies downfield,
they also increased their 3-2 halftime lead to 10-2 with
a touchdown on a pass early in the third quarter - 
Waterfield to Hamilton. But that was all. The rest of the
time they had their hands full and their backs to the
Offensively the Packers, once they broke the ice, 
provided the whole show with their passing and running.
It was an exhibition that the Rams couldn't even begin
to match. Savage line play, in which Larry Craig and
Dick Wildung stood out, supported the ground gaining
pyrotechnics. The Packers, dominating play all through
the first quarter, drew first blood on the safety. 
Waterfield fumbled as he attempted to a handoff in his
own end zone, Magnani recovered and Brock and
Wildung produced on Magnani.
The tide of the battle began to turn in the second 
period, however, and on their first drive of the afternoon
the Rams finally got position out of which they 
squeezed three points. They started in midfield, picked
up a first down on Green Bay's 31 on a pass, picked
up another on the 18 on Harmon's explosion over
center, and then on three more plays, drove down to
the 13. With five to go on fourth down here, Waterfield
stepped back to the 21 and booted a goal. And so the
half ended, 3-2. It was hardly a safe lead, so the Rams
went out the first time they had the ball in the third
quarter and scored a touchdown. They kicked off, got
the ball back in midfield and flew 57 yards down the
field. A pass, Harmon to Hamilton, picked up 40 yards,
and another pass, Waterfield to Hamilton in the end
zone, produced the score. Waterfield added the point
that made it 10-2. But two can play at this game, so
the Packers, in turn, immediately went 67 yards down
the field for a touchdown themselves and started the
rally that won the game. A pass to Goodnight was 
good for 11, another to Goodnight, good for 39, and
another to Forte, good for 15, and a first down on Los
Angeles' two. It took only one play from there. Fritsch
bulled over on first down and Cuff added the extra point.
And having finally experienced the long delayed job of
actually crossing the opponents' goal, the Packers
scored their second touchdown within a few minutes. They kicked off, got the ball on Los Angeles' 34 when Gillette ran a punt back 25 yards, when Gillette ran a punt back 25 yards, and scored in three plays. Canadeo picked up a yard, Fritsch added 19, and Jacobs passed to Goodnight in the coffin corner for the touchdown. Cuff converted. Still they came, and on a drive of 73 yards they scored their third touchdown early in the fourth quarter. A pass to Goodnight was good for 38 yards, Fritsch added 22, a pass to Luhn was good for 11 yards and on two digs from the two, Fritsch carried it over. Cuff converted again. The final touchdown was scored on a drive of 83 yards consummated with only 20 seconds left. Jacobs' passes and Fritsch's plunging accounted for most of the yardage. Canadeo scored the touchdown on a swing around left end from the 14. Cuff's kick made it 30.
GREEN BAY   -  2  0 14 14 - 30
LOS ANGELES -  0  3  7  0 - 10
1st - GB - Safety, Dante Magnani tackled in the end zone by Wildung GB 2-0
2nd - LA - Bob Waterfield, 20-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 3-2
3rd - LA - Ray Hamilton, 10-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LA 10-2
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 2-yard run (Cuff kick) LOS ANGELES 10-9
3rd - GB - Goodnight, 14-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 16-10
4th - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 23-10
4th - GB - Canadeo, 14-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 30-10
DECEMBER 2 (New York) - Alexis Thompson, millionaire owner of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National league, suggested here Monday that his league and the All-American conference get together in a common draft, as is done in major league baseball, to halt what he called "crazy bidding for players." Using the final session of the Football Writers' Association as a soapbox, Thompson proposed that the two leagues get together and draw up an agreement whereby a college player would be permitted to dicker with only one club. Thompson put the question to Lowell (Red) Dawson, coach of the Buffalo Bills of the American league, who replied that he favored such a move, too. Thompson then answered his own question affirmatively, but admitted he had no idea how many of his brother National league owners felt as he did. National league Commissioner Bert Bell later said he had "no comment". Commissioner Jonas H. Ingram of the All-American said he has long favored such a move.
DECEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Alexis Thompson, millionaire owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, emphasized that he was talking only for himself and expressed doubt that other NFL leaders would go along with his "common draft" proposal. But coming from him, that's quite a significant suggestions. It could develop into the first break in the National League's solid front against the rival All-America loop and ultimately lead to the end of a war which must be costing both leagues plenty. There was no hint of the National League's regular battle cry:"We'll never get together with those people." Instead, Thompson was all for taking steps "to put an end to this crazy bidding for players." I don't blame the National League oldtimers for their refusal to welcome the "upstarts" with open arms. After all, they spent years in building up pro football to the point where it became a money making proposition. It's only human to resent competitors and wish them lots of luck - all bad. All-America leaders have worked pretty much in reverse and certainly haven't done anything to break down this resentment. Typical of the lefthanded operations are the public challenges and wisecracks by Jonas Ingram, former admiral in Uncle Sam's Navy who succeeded Jimmy Crowley as the new league's commissioner. However, one of these days all concerned must wake up to the fact that war, ruinous in football as between nations, can't continue indefinitely...EVEN MILLIONAIRES UPHAPPY ABOUT LOSSES: Thompson's proposal is something of an admission that even millionaires don't jump with joy when expenditures are greater than receipts. Fortunes aren't accumulated or maintained (in the case of those who inherit) by operating in the red. That, of course, hits at propaganda spread by both sides from time to time. The National League, it was said, had enough wealth to wait for the All-America's collapse. The A.A., on the other hand, was backed by so many rich men that it could take losses for years if necessary. Reality is something else again. A couple of supposedly well-heeled big shots faded from the new league's picture after one season and Thompson's public statement proved that all National Leaguers aren't inclined to sit tight and take it on the chin financially. The brutal truth is that it costs lots of money to maintain a big time pro football club these days. Coaching staffs and playing squads are larger than ever before. So are their salaries and bonuses. Rent, training expenses, medical care, insurance, office help, promotional and publicity staffs, travel, uniforms, and countless other items go into the regular outlay. Add 'em up and it's easy to understand why crowds of 20,000 to 25,000 aren't big enough. Could be that a club needs a lot better average attendance to make out...PLAYERS ENJOY BENEFITS OF WAR: Players, of course, are on the gravy train. Obviously, instead of looking forward to the end of the way, they hope it continues for a long, long time. "I'm in the old league, but I figure the All-America has been mighty good to me," a National League veteran said recently. "By playing one against the other I picked up a swell bonus for signing and a contract for at least twice as much dough as I'd be getting if there was no other league. The boys in the other league don't want peace, either. And that's for sure." But, sooner or later, there'll be a change of some kind, for the owners more and more are coming to realize that salary and bonus commitments must be based on average attendance. Unlike major universities and colleges, the pro can't bank on a string of sellouts. Sunday crowds go up and down as the standings change. There have been rumors of the National League "swallowing up" the All-America by taking in Cleveland, San Francisco, New York and one other club. Eagle Boss Thompson apparently leans toward a sound working arrangement. Whatever it is, something's in the air.
DECEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - Still with a good mathematical possibility of finishing second in the western division of the National League, the Green Bay Packers Friday tapered off for their engagement with the Detroit Lions in Detroit Sunday. The squad came out of the game with the Los Angeles Rams in good shape and was in top condition for the return meeting with the team it defeated rather handily in the first game at Green Bay six weeks ago. The Packers ruled 13 point favorites.
DECEMBER 6 (Detroit) - Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packers continue their drive for second place in the Western Division of the National League here tomorrow. Their opponent in Briggs Stadium will be the Detroit Lions, an eleven which has had even worse luck than the Packers. The Lions, whipped by the Packers, 24 to 17, in Green Bay October 26, wind up their season tomorrow without the services of their coach, two backfield stars and probably most of their following. Estimates of the attendance indicate the smallest crowd of the National League season will see the game. Coach Gus Dorais was sent back to bed yesterday with a severe case of influenza. Bullet Bill Dudley was ruled out today as participant when X-ray photos finally revealed his leg trouble of the last few weeks has been a chipped bone in his ankle. Previously he had been receiving treatment for a bruised achilles tendon. Clyde LeForce, the sensational passing rookie from Tulsa, also is bothered with ailing underpinning and assistant coaches Bob Winslow and Joe Bach doubted very much whether he would see any action. Green Bay arrived here this morning (Saturday) from its Rockwood Lodge headquarters with all hands ready for action. The Packers' plans for taking second place are quite simple. All they need is a little cooperation from Philadelphia and the Chicago Bears. The Eagles must defeat the Chicago Cardinals today while the Packers are thumping Detroit. Then next week the Bears will be called upon to lick the Cardinals while the Packers are throwing the Eastern Division race into a playoff by continuing their perfect league record against Philadelphia. Such a string of circumstances, considered highly probable by the Packers, would give them second place and a slice of the championship playoff purse.
DECEMBER 7 (Detroit) - A group of Detroit sportsmen, headed by radio announced Harry Wismer, will hold a conference with Fred Mandel of Chicago, owner of the Detroit Lions, this week to make an offer for the club, it was learned here today. Wismer's group hopes to close the deal before the annual National League draft, scheduled for the weekend of the championship playoff, either December 21 or December 28 depending on whether a divisional playoff is needed. Although it was reported several days ago that the
club has been sold, it now has been established that Mandel has not yet been approached. Wismer's associates in the plan to restore the Lions to hometown ownership include Arthur Hoffman, Detroit chain drugstore owner, and C.J. Fisher. Other partners, of whom there are said to be four, have not been identified. Wismer once was acting president of the Lions when they were owned by George A. Richards to whom Mandel paid $225,000 for the franchise in 1940. The group is said to be ready to pay $300,000 cash for the club.
DECEMBER 7 (Detroit) - The revived Green Bay Packers, encouraged by their 30-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams last week, will continue their fight for second place in the NFL's western division Sunday when they face the hapless and crippled Detroit Lions at Briggs Stadium. Coach Curly Lambeau's eleven is a heavy favorite to defeat the western division cellar dwellers. The Packer cripples are back in shape, which means that Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo and Jim Gillette will be ready to complement Jack Jacobs' accurate passing with their running. The Lions, on the other hand, are in bad shape. Bill Dudley, halfback, and Clyde LeForce, passing star, will not play because of injuries, and Gus Dorais, coach, will not be able to direct the team because of a severe case of influenza. Dudley has a chipped bone in his ankle and LeForce has leg injuries. Quarterback Roy Zimmerman, halfback Camp Wilson and end Johnny Greene will be Detroit's chief offensive threats. Zimmerman, one of the league's real veterans, has connected on 54 of 126 aerials for 795 yards; Wilson ranks third in western division ground gaining with 343 yards, and Greene has snagged 37 passes for third place in that department. Zimmerman has also kicked 28 conversions and five field goals to tie for fourth in division scoring. Jacobs is the league's leading punter with an average of 44.1 yards on 47 kicks, and ranks second to the Bears' Sid Luckman in western division passing with 82 successful pitches in 187 tries for 1,296 yards and 11 touchdowns. The contest will be the twenty-ninth in the long series between the two National league rivals. The Packers, who whipped the Lions earlier this season, 34-17, hold a defensive edge, 23 games to five.
DECEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - Two of the four teams remaining in the National league championship race will clash Sunday when the Chicago Cardinals face the Philadelphia Eagles at Philadelphia. The slipping Cardinals, who dropped from the western division lead last week by losing to the New York Giants, must win to retain their chance of overtaking the Bears. A victory would assure the Eagles, eastern leaders, of at least a tie for the division crown. The rampaging Bears, whose recent play has been reminiscent of that of their 1940 and 1941 "super" teams, will be seeking their ninth straight triumph in their battle against the Los Angeles Rams at Chicago's Wrigley field. A succession of injuries has weakened the Rams considerably, but they may prove dangerous if Bob Waterfield and his colleagues have one of their good old days. The Pittsburgh Steelers conclude their regular season against the much improved Boston Yanks in the Smoky City, and need a victory to keep alive their title hopes. However, with Johnny Clement, their ace, a doubtful participant, they are no better than an even choice. In the other league contest the revitalized New York Giants will seek their second straight triumph when they entertain the Washington Redskins at the Polo Grounds.