Green Bay Packers (3-1) 27, Washington Redskins (2-2) 10
Sunday October 19th 1947 (at Milwaukee)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) - Scoring early and scoring late, 10 points in the first quarter and 17 in the fourth, Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packers crushed the Washington Redskins before 28,572 fans here Sunday afternoon, 27-10, and vaulted back into a first place tie
in the western division of the National league. A late
rally decided the game, bitterly fought and well played
all the way, after the Redskins, with the tremendous
Sammy Baugh putting on one of his copyrighted 
aerial shows, had crawled up form an early 10-0 deficit
into a 10-10 tie as the fourth quarter got underway. A
week ago, against the Cardinals, the Packers failed in
a clutch like this - and they lost. But they didn't fail
here. They came down the stretch like champs and,
with some of their best football of the day, piled on 17
points that included the longest field goal of the 
season - a 49 yard kick by Fritsch.
PACKERS OPEN FAST
The Packers opened as though to blow their rivals off
the field, scoring a touchdown on an 80 yard drive the
first time they had the ball, Ted Fritsch going over from
the two, and a field goal the second time they had the
ball, Ward Cuff kicking from 14 yards out. It looked like
an afternoon of caviar. But then something happened - 
mostly Baugh and a couple of hard running backs,
Eddie Saenz and Bob Nussbaumer - and the boys for
the next two quarters had hash while the Redskins 
tied up the score. A pass, Baugh to John Lookabaugh,
scored Washington's touchdown in the second quarter,
and an 18 yard field goal by Dick Poillon tied up the
game in the third. It was still anybody's game as the
fourth quarter got underway, but then came the
countercharge - and the invaders were really blown off
the field. A 28 yard pass, Tony Canadeo to Nolan 
Luhn, broke the tie, Fritsch's long field goal increased
the lead, and a Baugh pass which Bob Forte 
intercepted and ran back 65 yards, built up the final
score.
A GREAT KICK
Fritsch's kick was a beauty. The ball started out on a 
high parabola, seemed to hang for an instance, and
then lazily floated over the cross bar 49 yards away. It
was the longest goal of the season and only five yards
short of the league record held by Glen Presnell of
Detroit. Presnell kicked a 54 yard field goal against
Green Bay in a 3-0 victory in 1934. Like all these
meetings between the Redskins and Packers, between
George Marshall and Lambeau, this was a bitterly
played game, with good line play, hard running and
spectacular passing, and it produced heroes - Bob
Forte of the Packers with two interceptions and two
recovered Washington fumbles; Larry Craig, the
indestructible, with his sturdy defensive play, Fritsch
with his kick, Jack Jacobs with his sharp passing early
in the game, Ed Neal with his defensive play and Bruce
Smith with his running. It was the first time this season
Smith did much ball toting and he showed again how 
he happened to be an all-American at Minnesota.
Baugh, despite a lot of rushing by the Packers, was
tremendous and with his passing accounted for 242
​of Washington's yards. Uncannily, whether on the dead
run or out of position he spotted his receivers and
whipped the ball home. He completed 19 out of 39.
Jacobs didn't do so badly himself, although he threw
far less frequently. Out of 23, he completed 12. The
Packers scored on a drive of 80 yards the first time
they had the ball. They kicked off, got the ball back on
their own 20 on a kick, and drove all the way. The very
first play was almost enough, Bruce Smith taking a
short lateral from Jacobs and dashing down the west
sidelines behind great blocking across the goal. It
didn't count though. An eagle eyed official ruled Smith
had stepped out of bounds on Washington's 43 and 
brought the ball back. The decision gave the Redskins
only temporary relief, however. Jacobs immediately 
passed to Goodnight for 11, to Luhn for 12 and to
Goodnight for 13 and a first down on Washington's
seven where the land corps took over. On third down
from the two yard line Fritsch smashed over.
FORTE RECOVERS FUMBLE
The Packers also scored the second time they laid 
hands on the ball. They got it when McKee fumbled 
and Forte recovered on his own 45 and away they 
went. A pass to Keuper picked up one first down on
Washington's 44, a penalty carried the ball to the 31, and a pass to Luhn planted it on the five where the land corps took over again. This time, though, there was less success. On three plays, Fritsch and Forte gained only a yard and on fourth down, Cuff went back to the 14 for his three pointer. Up to this point, it was pretty much Green Bay's game, but the Redskins suddenly jumped right back into it late in the second quarter when Todd intercepted a pass and raced 50 yards down the west sidelines to Green Bay's nine. A couple minutes before they had muffed position almost as good when Nussbaumer fumbled on Green Bay's 17 and the ubiquitous Forte recovered, but they didn't muff this. Rosato on two plays picked up only three yards, but Baugh, on third down, whipped a pass to Lookabaugh under the goal posts and the ball was home. They even threatened to take the lead in the closing minutes of the half when Jacobs, badly rushed on a pass, fumbled when tackled and Peebles recovered on Green Bay's 11. Here certainly was scoring position again, but it wasn't cashed in. Baugh threw two incompleted passes, then accommodatingly fumbled on third down and Ray recovered. The half ended, 10-7. It didn't remain 10-7 long in the third quarter, however. Schlinkman fumbled in the early minutes, Harris recovered on Green Bay's 42, and the Redskins went to work. Saenz and Nussbaumer, on nice running, swept to Green Bay's 16, first down, and after the going on the next series got a little tougher, Poillon dropped back to the 18 and tied the score with a kick.
BAYS BOUNCE BACK
Here was a fine kettle of fish indeed, a tie game after the Packers had taken a 10-0 lead the first two times they had the ball. But the boys immediately did something about it. They took the kickoff back to their own 28, and without giving up the ball, moved straight down the field. In midfield they were apparently stopped, and were forced to punt, but the officials called roughing on Jacobs' kick and they got a new lease on life. A pass to Luhn carried from midfield to Washington's 39, another pass to Luhn carried to the 28, and then came the payoff which caught the Skins flatfooted. Canadeo started wide toward his right, the Redskins followed, and then the blow landed. Canadeo stopped on a dime, wheeled, and pitched diagonally across the field to Luhn who stood all alone on the eight. The rest was easy. Here, as the game developed, was the victory, but just to make it good, the boys added 10 more points in the closing minutes, the first three on Fritsch's tremendous 49 yard field goal which lazily floated over the cross bar, and the touchdown when Forte intercepted a pass which had bounced out of Saenz's hands and carried it 65 yards down a clear field across the goal.
WASHINGTON -  0  7  3  0 - 10
GREEN BAY  - 10  0  0 17 - 27
1st - GB - Fritsch, 2-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Cuff, 14-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - WASH - John Lookabaugh, 6-yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Dick Poillon kick) GB 10-7
3rd - WASH - Poillon, 18-yard field goal TIED 10-10
4th - GB - Luhn, 26-yard pass from Canadeo (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
4th - GB - Fritsch, 49-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-10
4th - GB - Forte, 68-yard interception return (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 27-10
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKER NOTES
OCTOBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - Curly Lambeau calls this the toughest season in the history of the National league. It used to be that his Packers and the Bears dominated the western division with an occasional score from Detroit. Today all of the clubs are tough. Any one of them can now win on any Sunday...Bruce Smith did his best running of the year in Green Bay's 27-10 victory over Washington Sunday. Twice he had touchdowns called back for having stepped on the line - once on an 80 yard jaunt and again on a 31 yard trip. The 80 yard trip was cut to 37 yards and the 31 yard trip to six...Ted Fritsch's 49 yard field goal could well stand up as the season's record. Only three kicks in the entire history of the league have been longer. Glenn Presnell of Detroit holds the record of 54 yards against the Packers in 1934, Lee Artoe of the Bears follows with 52 yards against the Giants in 1940, and Paddy Driscoll of the Cardinals trails with 50 yards, a dropkick by the way, against Buffalo in 1922...Big Ed Neal has come along fast as a defensive center in the line, justifying Curly Lambeau's confidence in him that he would. The Redskins split their tackles and guards and early in the game both Eddie Jaenz and Bob Nussbaumer slammed down the middle for long gains. The Packers quickly caught on, however, corrected their own alignments and for the rest of the game choked off this alley.
NO DEBATING IT, DUDLEY IS THE BEST AMONG PROS
OCTOBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - The best all-around football player in the National league today will be at Green Bay Sunday afternoon with the Detroit
Lions. No need to guess who. No chance to
argue otherwise. It's Bill Dudley. Any dissidents
if there really be any, will at once have Frank
Murray of Marquette on his hands, all the
coaches in the league, just about all the men
who play with or against Dudley - and above all,
the records Murray had Dudley for three years
at the University of Virginia, the coaches and
players have had Dudley in their hair ever since
he turned pro, and the records - well, look at
the records. Dudley, after three brilliant years
at Virginia, turned pro for the season of 1942.
Behind him lay a collegiate record seldom
equaled by a teenager. As a 19 year old in his
senior year he had set a modern scoring record
of 134 points, had finished second in the nation
with 968 yards from scrimmage and had 
completed 57 out of 107 passes for 856 yards.
"Oh, yes," said the skeptics with a knowing
smile, "good enough in the company in which
Virginia plays - very good. But let us see what
he does with the pros." So Dudley, in his first
pro year of 1942, did it. He proceeded to lead
the league in ground gaining with 696 yards on
162 plays - and the skeptics lost their smile.
Murray beamed. The war came along then, and
Dudley served as a B-29 pilot in the Pacific.
No time for football. But he got his discharge
late in 1945, played the last three games with 
the Pittsburgh Steelers and proceeded in this
short span to lead the team in ground gaining
and scoring for the season. And then came his
second full year in the league - 1946. What he
had done in his first, in 1942, became ordinary,
that is ordinary for one like Dudley. He led the
league again in ground gaining with 604 yards
from scrimmage on 146 plays, led the league
in pass interceptions, finished fifth in the
individual scoring race, was named on the
league's all-star team and was almost 
unanimously picked as the league's most
valuable player in balloting against such other
stars as Bob Waterfield, Sid Luckman, Sammy
Baugh and Steve Van Buren. He played almost 60 minutes in every game. At season's end, weary and battered, he said he had had enough and announced his retirement. The little matter of differences with Jock Sutherland, coach of the Steelers also entered into this, and he signed as backfield coach at his alma mater. The retirement didn't last long, however. The Lions made a deal for him, pursuaded him to reconsider and got him to pull on his cleats again. And this year? Well, the statistics for this year have just come in. He leads the league in scoring with 42 points, leads the league in pass interceptions with four for 76 yards, leads the western division in punt returns with six for 133 yards, leads the western division in kickoff returns with six for 171 yards, stands third in the western division in pass receiving with 15 for 282 yards, and stands second in the western division - second only to Charley Trippi - in ground gaining with 203 yards on 40 plays. Can there be any argument about the best all-around football player in the league?
PRO ROOKIE OF YEAR? LE FORCE STAKES CLAIM
OCTOBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - When NFL followers start their "rookie of the year" chatter, quarterback Clyde Le Force, who will be throwing passes for the Detroit Lions against the Packers Sunday, is going to figure high up in the discussions. This 24 year old youngster from Tulsa is Charley Trippi's main contender for first year laurels, and just as Trippi is moving into greater prominence week by week with the Chicago Cardinals, so is Le Force gaining stature by his play with the Lions. There are many who think Le Force, a skinny competitor of 175 pounds, is going to pick up in the NFL where Sammy Baugh and Sid Luckman leave off - if they ever do. In his first five games as a pro, Le Force has completed 50 of his 92 passes for an average of .544 and 660 yards. He has pitched one touchdown pass in each game, a total of five, and has had only seven of his tosses intercepted. At the moment he rates a close third in western division pass ratings to Bob Waterfield and Luckman. It is mainly because of Le Force and Bill Dudley that the Lions are regarded as the most improved team in the league. Although they are still in the western division cellar, the Lions have had a sufficiently potent attack to run up 58 points against Los Angeles, the Bears and Cardinals, compared with 56 scored by Green Bay's first place eleven against the same three clubs. Le Force has been steeped in football almost since birth. His father has been the football coach at Bristow (Okla.) high school for 20 yards and Clyde played for his dad before entering Tulsa, from which he was graduated last June with the highest average in his class in the petroleum engineering school. Le Force starred for Tulsa in 1942, 1943 and 1946, playing left half in single wing his first two years and quarterback in the T last fall, the same role he fills with the Lions. In those three seasons (he missed 1944 and 1945 while in the Navy), Le Force led the Hurricane to 25 victories and one tie in 27 starts. He scored in every game except one during those seasons and led his team in points with 59 in 1942, 59 again in 1943 and 67 a year ago. Three times last season he scored on runs of 85 yards or longer, twice on kickoffs and once on a punt return. In 12 minutes of one game as a sophomore he ran 19 and 75 yards for two tallies and threw passes of 16 and 32 yards for two more. His biggest day, though, occurred last January 1 in the East-West battle at San Francisco. The West won that Shrine renewal, 13-9, with Le Force passing to both touchdowns and kicking the extra point as well. The statistics for the game showed that the West netted a total blank on the ground but gained 203 yards by air. The entire 203 yards were accounted for by Le Force. In pro competition, Le Force has proved his competitive ability by being at his best against the strongest team. He completed 13 of 21 passes against the Rams, 13 of 22 against the Cards and 13 of 24 against the Bears. That is not bad pitching in anybody's league. In fact, it is good enough to cause the Packers more than a little concern, particularly in view of the fact that Le Force's favorite target is a fair to middlin' open field runner, William McGarvey Dudley!
REDSKINS DIDN'T PULL PLAY OUT OF A HAT
OCTOBER 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - There's a reason for everything - including the fourth quarter field goal attempt by the Washington Redskins in the Packer game last Sunday, which caused no end of second guessing among bewildered fans. On the surface, it did look like questionable strategy. The Redskins, trailing by 17-10, had the ball on the Packer 11-yard line, with less than three yards to go for a first down. But the Redskins weren't in a stupor. On the contrary, they had a definite "play to win" plan, according to their capable publicity director, Dick McCann, who offered this explanation: "That play was called from the bench by Coach Turk Edwards. His reasoning, with which all his players agreed, was that a field goal looked like a cinch from that spot whereas a try for touchdown or first down was something of a gamble. So he decided to go for three. The team was playing to win, not to tie. The boys figured logically that there was still enough time remaining to gain possession of the ball again and then go for the winning touchdown. With Sammy Baugh in the pitching spot, they're a threat to score from any point of the field, you know. Field goal possibilities, on the other hand, are confined to a limited area. The plan went haywire, but Edwards and the rest of us still consider it sound - definitely. We were after a win, for a tie is almost as damaging as a defeat." Well, there it is - the inside story straight from the headquarters...EVEN PROS' BEST LAID PLANS BACKFIRE: Incidentally, that wasn't the only Redskin plan to backfire against the Packers, McCann revealed. All week Edwards had drilled his boys to defend against the Packers' diagonal pass off a fake end sweep - the very maneuver which enabled the Bays to score the decisive touchdown on the second play of the final quarter on a pass from Tony Canadeo to to Nolan Luhn. As last as Sunday morning, in fact, the head man outlined this play on the blackboard and reviewed the necessary defensive assignments in the final skull session. Curly Lambeau uses it only in tight spots and Edwards wanted to be ready - just in case. You know what happened. The Redskins looked as though they never had heard of this "oldie" as they were drawn out of position by the fake run. Proving that pro coaches, like college bosses, can only hope the field operators will carry out orders...NOTE TO PACKERS: LIONS READY TO ROAR: As far as the Packers are concerned, the Redskins have been forgotten. Boss Lambeau's big job, now that his team has climbed to a first place tie via the Cardinals' defeat by the Rams, is to guard against that mid-season letdown feeling as the Bays look ahead to Sunday's game with Detroit. It could happen, for those Lions already have been distanced in the race for the western division and might be taken lightly. But they're a lot tougher than the standings indicate, according to scouts who have seen them. The presence of Bill Dudley, one of football's all-time greats, practically guarantee the accuracy of that observation. "Dudley is having a great year," says Fred DeLano, Detroit's veteran public relations man who is as honest as he is expert. "He doesn't have to beat his brains out busting through the line anymore. Instead, we're springing him into the open and flipping the ball to him. All he needs is half a chance. But Dudley isn't the only big timer on the club. Watch this Clyde LeForce. He's a real passer - the logical successor to Baugh and Luckman in our book. Clyde has a great competitive spirit to go with his sharp passing. Only 10 of the 34 men on this year's squad were with us last season. So that fine bit of combination play - that little extra something - is all we lack. But we're getting better every week and will be troublesome from here in. The Lions would be on top if they were in the eastern division. This western section - man, it's tough! But we'll give 'em all a battle, including the Packers." Be that or promise, the Lambeaus better be on the move again Sunday at Green Bay.
LIONS INVADE PACKER LAIR
OCTOBER 24 (Green Bay) - Bill Dudley and 32 victory hungry Detroit Lions will arrive here early tomorrow morning to complete preparations for their meeting with the Green Bay Packers. Leon Fishman, a guard 
from Alabama, did not accompany the squad. He was injured yesterday in the club's final workout in Detroit. Another capacity crowd, the third in a row at Green Bay, is expected to see the game in which Green Bay's vaunted defense will be put to the test of stopping Dudley, the league's most valuable player and two-time ground gaining champion. The Packers come up to the game in good physical condition with no doubtful starters, although Coach Curly Lambeau may decide to withhold Jim Gillette, right halfback, from a game again. Gillette suffered a back injury in the Los Angeles game at Milwaukee two weeks ago and did not play against Washington.
DUDLEY NOW COMES TO PLAGUE PACKERS
OCTOBER 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - After the Bears, the Cardinals, the Rams and the Redskins, the Green Bay Packers might reasonably expect to enjoy a breather this week, but they won't. Sunday, Gus Dorais' Detroit Lions come here, and though the Lions in reputation hardly rate with the four other clubs, they do mean trouble in a big dose. One man alone makes them formidable - Bill Dudley. The most valuable man in the league a year ago while with Pittsburgh, Dudley has sparked an attack that has averaged 18 points a game, that has rolled up yardage to compare with any other team's in the league, and that one of these days cannot help but produce a victory. In five stars so far, the Lions have lost four, won one. The good burghers up here will not soon forget Dudley. A year ago he gave them a fit as he kept the underdog Steelers in the thick of the game with spectacular running, kicking and defensive play. He could do the same Sunday. Dudley, further, is but one of a new cast assembled by Dorais. Like Washington, this is a rebuilt team and a young team, and it has all the fire and spirit of a young team. Only 10 of last year's veterans remain. In their place now are men like Merv Pregulman, obtained from Green Bay in the Tassos deal; Clyde Le Force, the passing sensation of Tulsa; Roy Zimmerna, quarterback obtained from the Eagles and Cecil Souders of Ohio State. The game is another "must" on Green Bay's agenda. Tied with the Cardinals and Rams for first place in this end of the league, the Packers must win to hold their place. The Cardinals, for instance, should have relatively easy sailing with the Boston Yankees Sunday, and the Rams no more than ordinary trouble with the Eagles. The Packers must win if they want to continue to share the lead. Green Bay Saturday night ruled a 13 point choice, which seems too high. Whatever the points, though, and whatever Detroit's threats, the Packers must be favorites. They have played some of their best football in recent years this season, and have successfully held an edge for each of their starts. Curly Lambeau's coaching job this year is one of his best. The good balance between running and passing apparent in all the games so far makes them a genuine title threat. Sunday's game will be one of a full schedule again. Pittsburgh will be at New York where Paul Governali will make his debut in the spangles of the Giants, the Chicago Bears will be at Washington, the Boston Yankees at the Chicago Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia.