Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) 28, Green Bay Packers (6-5-1) 14
Sunday December 14th 1947 (at Philadelphia)
(PHILADELPHIA) - Paced by their new National league ground gaining champion, Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia's Eagles marched over the Green Bay Packers on
the frost covered field at Shibe park before a capacity crowd of
39,000 here Sunday afternoon, 28-14. The victory gave the
Eagles a tie for the eastern division title with the Pittsburgh
Steelers. A playoff to determine which will meet the Cardinals
will be held in Pittsburgh Sunday. Van Buren, who scored three
touchdowns, needed 92 yards to break the ground gaining
record of the old Chicago Bear, Beattie Feathers, and he 
skipped, plunged and bulled his way 96 yards before he left
the game in the final period with a new mark of 1,008 yards.
Despite the loss, the Packers finished the season in third 
place in the western division with a record of six victories, five
defeats and one tie. Oddly enough, it was passing, usually one
of the Packers' strong departments, that contributed to their
downfall Sunday. Pass crazy, the Bays tried 39, completed 16
for 220 yards. While two tosses by Jack Jacobs accounted for
both Green Bay touchdowns, five of his heaves were
intercepted by the Eagles and they were costly interceptions.
All were picked off in Eagle territory and at least two, both in
the first quarter, stopped what might have been Packer
touchdown drives. Following the Eagles' quick touchdown in 
the first two minutes of play, Green Bay sailed 48 yards to 
Philadelphia's 29 only to lose the ball on first down when 
Jacobs' pass was hauled down by McHugh on the five yard 
line of the Eagles. Later in the same period the Packers 
recovered a Philadelphia fumble on their own 49 and pushed to
the Eagles' 29 only to have another of Jacobs' heaves 
intercepted by Van Buren on the 10. Fanciest of Van Burens'
three scoring sallies was a 38 yard canter in the third quarter
for his last touchdown. With less than two minutes of the first
quarter gone, he scored on a plunge of two yards. In the 
second quarter he smashed over right tackle from the two 
again. From the first it was apparent that the Packers were
without luck this day. In the second minute of the game the
Eagles blocked a punt and scored when Van Buren spun over
from the two. True, the Packers knotted the score at 7-all in
the second period, but this merely spurred the Eagles to
greater efforts and they went ahead, 14-7, on a 76 yard drive
which ended when Van Buren charged over for his second
A 93 yard push, accompanied on only four plays and capped
by Van Buren's jaunt of 38 yards, made it 21-7 in the middle of
the third period. In the closing minutes of the same quarter,
quarterback Tommy Thompson and end Pete Pihos joined
forces to complete a 66 yard pass and run good for the Eagles'
final touchdown. The first Packer touchdown was scored on a 
14 yard pass from Jacobs to Nolan Luhn in the second period. Herman Rohrig had returned an Eagle punt 21 yards to the 19 to help set the score. Another pass by Jacobs, this one for 11 yards, to Clyde Goodnight, gave Green Bay its second touchdown in the third quarter. The toss completed an 80 yard drive.
GREEN BAY    -  0  7  7  0 - 14
PHILADELPHIA -  7  7 14  0 - 28
1st - PHIL - Steve Van Buren, 1-yard run (Cliff Patton kick) PHILADELPHIA 7-0
2nd - GB - Luhn, 17-yard pass from Jacobs (Fritsch kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - PHIL - Van Buren, 3-yard run (Patton kick) PHILADELPHIA 14-7
3rd - PHIL - Van Buren, 38-yard run (Patton kick) PHILADELPHIA 21-7
3rd - GB - Goodnight, 11-yard pass from Jacobs (McKay kick) PHILADELPHIA 21-14
3rd - PHIL - Pete Pihos, 66-yd pass fr Tommy Thompson (Patton kick) PHILADELPHIA 28-14