Chicago Cardinals (7-1) 21, Green Bay Packers (4-4) 20
Sunday November 16th 1947 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - If Curly Lambeau should be found bumping his head against a stonewall at the main intersection in Green Bay today - If the Green Bay Packers should suddenly decide to let all the air out of the footballs for the season - And if Ward Cuff should be
discovered deliberately beating his kicking toe against some
curb for hours, and then his head - If these things happen,
understand. For in Comiskey Park against the Chicago
Cardinals here Sunday afternoon, the Packers lost the heart
breaker of heart breakers this season, took their third straight
licking, and dropped out of all except slim mathematical
consideration for the championship on which they one had
such high designs. The score was 21-20. It was brutal and
agonizing - brutal to watch and agonizing to lose for the
Packers apparently had this one won. They led going into the
fourth quarter, 20-7, after having outplayed the Cardinals
almost all the way, and then in the most agonizing play of 
all after Chicago with a flaming rally had taken the lead, 21-
20, they muffed the golden chance to reclaim the game when
the usually reliable Cuff missed a simple goal from 23 yards
out with 31 seconds left. 
Is it any wonder Lambeau might be found on some street
corner in Green Bay today pounding his head - and Cuff with
him? Even worse. It was the second game the Packers have
lost this fall by a point, the fourth they have lost by a total of
nine points, which accounts for all of their lickings, and the
second straight time that Cuff, called upon in the clutch, has
missed a kick. Against the Bears a week ago, with a chance
to tie the score in the closing seconds, his 29 yard attempt
was blocked. Only briefly in the first 45 minutes did the 
Cardinals look like division leaders. They scored a touchdown
on a pass, Paul Christman to Mal Kutner, then had their 
backs to the wall, and really to the wall until the fourth quarter
while Ted Fritsch and Bob Forte each scored a touchdown
and Fritsch kicked two goals for Green Bay. The Packers
seemed in.
In? Then things began to happen. The Packers who had 
looked so good suddenly went flat, and the Cardinals who had
looked so flat suddenly looked good and the whole game
Green Bay apparently had won changed in no more than 10
minutes. Pat Harder scored the first of the big touchdowns in
the fourth quarter after an explosive drive of 57 yards and
Kutner the second, on a pass, after a drive of 66 yards - and
there it was. Cuff kicked both of Green Bay's extra points and
Harder all three of Chicago's - the last one to break a 20-20
tie. Cuff's attempt to win the game after the frantic Packers
had flown 57 yards down the field in the last minute and a 
half on a spectacular pass to Luhn, was heart breaking,
especially heart breaking after his experience of a week ago.
The Packers called time before the kick. Rohrig, who held the
ball, slapped his hands to keep them warm, and Lambeau on
the sidelines lit and threw away three cigarettes by actual
count. Here was the big moment - and 40,086 fans held
their breath. It was over quickly, however. The ball was 
snapped, the line held, the ball was placed, and Cuff kicked.
It wasn't even close, The kick sailed high enough, but it was
clearly wide, and referee Ronald Gibbs indicated it was wide
even before it had crossed the goal line. The game was lost.
DROP TO .500
And so the Packers dropped to an even .500 for the season,
three full games off the Cardinals' pace and with nothing but
trouble ahead. The four games left are all on the road and the
road isn't especially kind to Green Bay. Maybe they ought to
let the air out of the footballs. The Cardinals drove 61 yards on
10 plays for a touchdown the first time they had the ball. It
was football the Packers couldn't stop, with Harder and
Goldberg picking up 24 yards on the ground and Christman
the rest on passes to Dewell and Kutner. The pass to Kutner,
originating on Green Bay's 20, paid off. Kutner slipped 
between defensive men on the eight, took the ball in full
stride, and then carried the men who descended upon him
across the goal. It was hardly an auspicious beginning, but
the Packers roared right back. They took the kickoff on their
own 30 and, with Jacobs throwing a succession of strikes to
Goodnight and Luhn, quickly put together three first downs to
Chicago's 31. Here on three plays they got only six yards, 
but on fourth down Fritsch stepped back to the 35 and with
Rohrig holding, booted the first of his two three pointers. 
Fritsch was also the big gun in the touchdown which the 
Packers almost immediately added to the goal. He first
intercepted Christman's pass on Chicago's 28, and then after
a pass, Jacobs to Luhn, had carried the ball to the one, he
plowed over right tackle on the first play of the second quarter
for the score. And since this was Fritsch's day, he also
accounted for the next three points after Wildung recovered
De Correvant's fumble on Chicago's 36. On three plays from
here, the Packers got only a yard, but on fourth down Fritsch
stepped back to the 44, and again drilled home a kick.
So the half ended, 13-7, although it might have been more if
Fritsch hadn't suddenly lost his "toe" - and would that it had
been. Twice, while the Packers completely dominated the 
play in the last 10 minutes, Fritsch tried goals again, once 
from the 35 and once from the 42, but twice he squirted the
ball harmlessly off to one side. It was hardly a safe lead, so
the Packers went out the first time they got the ball in the
third quarter and added a touchdown. A pass which Keuper
intercepted and returned 26 yards gave the Bays position on
Chicago's 45 and away they went. A pass to Goodnight was
good to the 32. Canadeo, Schlinkman and Forte swept down
to the 19. And after Smith had lost three yards, Jacobs
passed down the middle to Forte for the score. Well, this looked like it, 20-7, as the teams changed goals for the fourth quarter. The Packers had dominated the play completely since the early minutes. In the clutch though, they suddenly went flat, and the Cardinals just suddenly caught fire. It took Chicago only 10 minutes to hang up two touchdowns and win the game. The first flaming drive started on Chicago's 43 and there was nothing the Packers could do about it. Harder and Angsman ripped the Packer line apart and Christman suddenly started to toss strikes until the ball rested on the four. Harder exploded over left tackle in one play from here. The second drive was even longer, starting on Chicago's 34, and again the fading Packers were scattered all over the field. Harder and Angsman on two plays picked up 21 yards, and a pass, Christman to Kutner, added 22 and planted the ball on the 23. A first down pass, Christman to Kutner, did it from here. And when Harder added the extra point, that was that, except for the heartbreaking finish in which Cuff, with 30 seconds left, missed a field goal from the 23. 
GREEN BAY -  3 10  7  0 - 20
CHI CARDS -  7  0  0 14 - 21
1st - CHI - Mal Kutner, 20-yd pass fr Paul Christman (Pat Harder kick) CARDS 7-0
1st - GB - Cuff, 35-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 7-3
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-7
3rd - GB - Forte, 22-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 20-7
4th - CHI - Harder, 4-yard run (Harder kick) GREEN BAY 20-14
4th - CHI - Kutner, 23-yard pass from Chrstman (Harder kick) CARDINALS 21-20
Photo from a 1948 Packer program

NOVEMBER 17 (Chicago Tribune) - Green Bay was leading the Cardinals, 20 to 7, in Comiskey park yesterday when Jack Jacobs, the Packer quarterback, called time out early in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals huddled and Marshall Goldberg asked
Paul Christman how he felt. Christman, who was
experiencing the worst afternoon of his passing
life, replied: "I've got ball the confidence in the
world." "That answer seemed to pull us together,"
Goldberg declared later in the Chicago dressing
room. "We got fired up. Paul finally started to
hit those receivers, and we scored those two big
touchdowns. Looking back, I think that that time
out really beat the Packers. It gave us a chance
to get our confidence back." Confusion also
helped the Cards to their 21 to 20 victory. Shortly
after Christman made his declaration of
confidence, the Chicagoans moved to the Green
Bay 32. Christman passed down the middle and
Bill DeCorrevont - cutting back from the right
side - made a juggling catch. Indeed, Bill 
snatched the ball out of the hands of end Mal
Kutner, who also had cut into the center vacancy.
Either DeCorrevont or Kutner - the coaches
declined to say which - had become confused on
the play, but happily for the Cards the confusion
and near collision resulted in a 19 yard gain 
which set up Chicago's second touchdown.
Some of the Cardinals thought another time out -
the waiting period while Ward Cuff was preparing
for his unsuccessful last minute field goal 
attempt - also contributed to the Packers' defeat.
"The pressure was building every second," one
Cardinal victory commented. "Ward had a long
time to think about missing it. Funny thing, he
missed one like that last year when he was 
playing for us against the Rams in Los Angeles.
Cost us the game." Coach Jimmy Conzelman
was properly sympathetic for his Green Bay
colleague, Curly Lambeau. "Just think," he said,
"the Packers have lost four games by a total of
only nine points. Give them 10 points and they'd
be leading the western division with eight straight
victories. Instead they have four and four. That's
football and that's coaching. Sometimes I 
wonder why I gave up a good job playing the
piano." The Packers started their unlucky streak
by losing to Pittsburgh, 18 to 17, on a safety, then missed tying the Bears last Sunday when Cuff's field goal attempt from the 29 yards line in the final minute was blocked. The Bears won, 20 to 17. Cuff missed again yesterday from the 23. Coincidentally, the winning Pittsburgh safety was set up by a 60 yard punt ​which rolled dead on the Packers' 4 yard line. It isn't likely the Packers or Lambeau will find an adequate 
alibi for their three defeats. After all, they can't kick.
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Maybe he was still stunned by the quick turn in fortunes in that nightmarish fourth quarter. But Curly Lambeau did seem surprisingly calm about the 21-20 defeat by the Cardinals during the return trip from Chicago last Sunday. In fact, the boss took quite a philosophical view of the Packers' string of four heartbreaking defeats - the "might have beens" which knocked them right out of the championship running. "Sure, it's tough to lose four games by a total of nine points," he said by way of agreeing with a suggestion. "But you just can't win games and championships when something always goes haywire at the wrong time. You can't miss assignments, touchdown passes or kicks in key spots and still get over the hump in close ballgames. We weren't far short - just enough to make the difference." Then, as though anticipating the second guessers' barrage, he turned to the final bid for victory - Ward Cuff's field goal attempt a half minute before the final gun. "We decided to not take a chance on a fumble, pass interception or having time run out," Lambeau revealed. "The setup looked perfect to go for victory directly. We felt Cuff couldn't miss from 23 yards, especially after a timeout, which gave us a chance to send in out best blockers and time for everybody to calm down. But again, our best wasn't good enough. And there went another ball game." Lambeau was particularly high on Dick Wildung, former Minnesota All-American. "Wildung turned in the finest tackle job I've seen in a long time; he was absolutely great out there this afternoon," were his words of praise. Anyone who saw the game will agree. So did the Chicago Cardinals. 
NOVEMBER 19 (Philadelphia) - The Chicago Cardinals are proving that even in this era of offensive power, defensive football pays heavy dividends. NFL statistics made public today showed the Cardinals - ruler of the NFL's Western Division and the sole loop team with only one defeat - are the unquestioned defensive kings of the circuit. The Cardinals have permitted the fewest points, have yielded the lowest amount of total yardage and the least in passing yardage. The only defensive field overlooked by the Cardinals is rushing defense. The Philadelphia Eagles rule that roost. Individually, the same old faces showed the way. Steve Van Buren of the Eagles retained the ground gaining leadership, Bill Dudley of Detroit the scoring lead while Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins took a narrow edge over Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears as the passing kingpin. The Cardinals permitted only 109 points to be scored against them in eight games. In total defense, the Cardinals were best with 2,165 yards. Second place went to the Los Angeles Rams with 2,289. Team statistics showed the Green Bay Packers ranking second in the defense of their goal line, allowing only 134 points to be scored against them this season. The Cardinals led the league in this division, holding opponents to 109 points in eight games. The two squads ranked in the same order in pass defense, with the Cardinals yielding only 1,010 yards to opponent aerial attacks and the Packers giving up 1,159 yards to enemy passes. The Packers have rolled up 1,493 yards rushing to place second to the Los Angeles Rams, who have lugged the ball for a total of 1,574 yards.
NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - Football's hard luck team, the Green Bay Packers, passed through Milwaukee Friday noon on the first leg of one of the most arduous trips ever taken by a pro football eleven. The first stop will be New York, where Sunday the Packers will meet the downtrodden New York Giants. The next stop, a week later, will be Los Angeles, where the team will meet the similarly downtrodden Rams. The third stop, still a week later, will be Detroit, where the Packers will meet the Lions. And the fourth and final stop, December 14, will be Philadelphia, where the team will meet the Eagles. Original plans called for the team to fly, but with the grounding of all DC-6s, these were changed. The entire trip now will made by train. Whether the Packers will return to Green Bay between games will depend entirely upon weather conditions. If the forecast is for good weather, they will return; if for bad, they will pitch camp at the University of Kentucky at Lexington, Ky. It was hardly a happy bunch of Packers who passed through here. The loss of four games by a total of nine points, the only four the club has lost, capped by the heartbreaking 21-20 licking at the hands of the Chicago Cardinals last Sunday, has left its mark on the club. Out of all title consideration now, except for a slim mathematical chance, the Packers were more concerned about staying out of the league cellar. A three game losing streak rode with them. There were hopes, though, that against a New York club which has not been able to get started this fall, they would halt their slide Sunday. The club was in its best physical shape of the last month. As a sidelight to Sunday's game will be the relative drawing power of the rival National and American leagues. While the Packers face the Giants at the Polo Grounds, the New York Yankees of the American league will meet the Cleveland Browns at near-by Yankee stadium, and the Forty-Niners will meet Brooklyn at Brooklyn.
NOVEMBER 23 (New York) - Still smarting from three straight setbacks by a total of five points, the green Bay Packers will attempt to regain their winning ways when they face the last place New York Giants at the Polo Grounds here Sunday. The game will mark the Packers' first stop in a lengthy road trip, which will take then to Los Angeles, Detroit and Philadelphia on successive Sundays. Eliminated from all but mathematical title consideration, Coach Curly Lambeau's men are confronted with the possibility of slipping into fourth or even fifth place in the National league's western division. A defeat, coupled with a Detroit victory over Los Angeles, would leave them only one game out of the cellar. The club is in its physical condition of the season, however, and is a solid favorite to win over a hapless New York team which has failed to score a victory in eight games. Paul Governali, former Columbia star recently obtained from the Boston Yanks, will match passing wizardry with Green Bay's Jack Jacobs, and a stirring aerial duel may result. Jacobs is tied for third place among western division passers with 63 completions in 143 attempts for 996 yards and seven touchdowns. Governali ranks fifth in the eastern division, with 65 of 169 tosses for 1,058 yards and eight touchdowns. The Packer running game, with Bruce Smith back in the lineup to help Tony Canadeo, Jim Gillette, Walt Schlinkman, Ted Fritsch, Ed Cody and others, appears much stronger than that of the Giants. Canadeo's 317 yards in 72 carries gave him second place in the western division and fourth in the league.