Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) 24, New York Giants (0-7-2) 24 (Tie)
Sunday November 23rd 1947 (at New York)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(NEW YORK) - The Green Bay Packers, who have spent recent Sunday learning how opponents can come from behind to win football games, tried the same trick in the Polo Grounds here Sunday, but had to settle for a 24-24 tie with the New York Giants. There was no special
glory in it, however, for the Giants have the league's worst record
and yet looked better than the Packers virtually all the way. Green
Bay was lethargic and at times disinterested. The principal 
beneficiary of that attitude was Paul Governali, midseason
acquisition of the Giants and hero of the Bronx. A "Governali day"
helped bring the crowd to 27,939 paid attendance, and the 
Packers helped Governali look good. When he wasn't finding
receivers for his accurate passes, the former Columbia star
frequently eluded Packer defenders to run with the ball.
DESPERATE EFFORT FAILS
Ted Fritsch might have been the hero however, for Curly Lambeau
tired to put a storybook finish on the game. On the final play, after
the Packers had gained the ball in midfield with 29 seconds
remaining, Lambeau sent Fritsch in to try a field goal. The kick,
from 52 yards out, wobbled less than half the distance to the goal.
Previously, however, the Packers had shown their best play of the
day after they trailed 24-10. Apparently roused by the 14 point
defeat the Packers took the kickoff following the third Giant
touchdown and went all the way. Jack Jacobs' passes started
them on their way. Then Ed Cody, Jim Gillette and Bruce Smith
gained nearly 10 apiece in individual tries. Penalties threatened to
slow the Bays, but the Jacobs to Luhn pass combination covered
the last 27 yards to the goal. Cuff's extra point left the Packers
trailing 24-17.
BAYS STAGE STAND
The Packer defense, previously often remiss, met a Giant
challenge as the third period ended. Len Younce intercepted a
Jacobs pass and returned 24 yards to the Packer 31 yard line.
Governali heaved to Chervinko in the corner, and the Packers 
could not convince the officials that the Giant halfback had been
out of bounds when he made the catch. That seemed to rouse 
them, so they proceeded to stop Len Blumenstock as he tried
four times to plunge for the last two yards. It was then that the
Bays seemed to get the idea that they, too, like their recent
conquerors, could come from behind. When Blumenstock fumbled
on the Giant 10, Dick Wildung recovered for Green Bay. Canadeo
lost three yards and Jacobs four. Then Jacobs passed into the
end zone, where Reagan intercepted. But when Regan fumbled 
on the Giant 25, Herman Rohrig recovered. Jacobs immediately
passed to Luhn for a touchdown. Cuff's final successful kick tied
the score, 24-24, with 6 minutes and five second left. The Giants
started to march again, with Governali running 32 yards on three
plays. A 15 yard Packer penalty helped, but then the Green Bay
kindliness toward Governali ended. Three times he was thrown
for large losses, so that the Packers took the ball on their own 44
with 56 seconds remaining. That wasn't time enough, however.
Jacobs couldn't find a receiver and was stopped. Schlinkman lost two yards, and a Jacobs pass to Luhn was batted down. Then Fritsch came in as the Horatio Alger hero, but his ambitious effort was wasted.
PACKERS GET JUMP
The Packers scored first following a break that came when the Giants' Frank Reagan unsuccessfully tried to field a low punt. Taking possession on New York's 40, Green Bay wasted little time  before Jacobs pitched a pas to Luhn. Luhn and Reagan raced for the ball together, and Reagan hit it first, but it caromed from his hands into Luhn's and he went the last five yards for the touchdown with less than five minutes gone. Cuff converted. The Giants tied the score a minute and a half later. Governali's tossing made ground gaining easy, as he put one throw into the hands of Howie Livingstone for 20 yards and then found Tex Coulter all alone behind the Packer defense for the scoring throw. The Giants were out in front after 8 minutes, 26 second of play. Reagan intercepted a Jacobs pass intended for Luhn, and scampered 25 yards down the sidelines to the Packers' 19. Ray Poole took Governali's flat pass and charged to the Packer 1, from where Blumenstock burrowed his way to a touchdown. Strong's placekick gave the Giants a 14-7 edge. Two field goals made up the second quarter scoring. Cuff scored the first of them from 26 yards out after runs by Gillette and Smith plus a Jacobs to Gillette pass had out the ball on New York's 16. Just 20 second before the half ended Strong countered with a similar placement from 27 yards out, so that the Giants held a seven point lead at halftime, 17-10. The Giants still were in charge as the third period began. After the first exchange of punts, Livingstone intercepted a Jacobs pass and charged back 44 yards to Green Bay's 14. Governali passed to Iverson for 11 yards, and then Poole eluded three Packer defenders to take a flat pass and thereby gain the last seven yards. Strong again added the point and the Giants had a 24-10 lead. It was then that the Packers came to life, but their effort wasn't quite good enough to win. The Giants, settling for a tie, seemed to consider it as good as a victory.
GREEN BAY -  7  3  7  7 - 24
NEW YORK  - 14  3  7  0 - 24
1st - GB - Luhn, 29-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - NY - Tex Coulter, 15-yard pass from Paul Governali (Ken Strong kick) TIED 7-7
1st - NY - Jim Blumenstock, 1-yard run (Strong kick) NEW YORK 14-7
2nd - GB - Cuff, 22-yard field goal NEW YORK 14-10
2nd - NY - Strong, 27-yard field goal NEW YORK 17-10
3rd - NY - Ray Poole, 7-yard pass from Governali (Strong kick) NEW YORK 24-10
3rd - GB - Gillette, 27-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) NEW YORK 24-17
4th - GB - Luhn, 23-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) TIED 24-24
NEWS AND NOTES
JUNIOR PRO GRID LOOP ISSUES NEW CHALLENGE TO NATIONAL
NOVEMBER 25 (Los Angeles) - The All-America Football Conference accepted today a bid from the Los Angeles city council for a post-season "charity bowl" game between its champion and that of the rival NFL. The National league - which in the past has turned down invitations to meet teams from the junior loop - has not yet been approached, said Councilman Harold Harby, who is sponsoring the contest. Harby read a wire from Admiral Jonas H. Ingram, skipper of the All-America: "The All-America Football Conference accepts the invitation of the city of Los Angeles to play a charity game with the 1947 champions of the NFL at the Los Angeles Memorial stadium anytime. Details to be arranged later." Harby said all proceeds would go to the Damon Runyon Cancer Memorial Fund - an estimated half-million dollars. He said he was confident the contest would be a Coliseum sellout of 100,000 plus at $5 per ticket. He suggested either Saturday December 27 or Sunday December 28 as the date. With Ingram's acceptance, Harby said an immediate bid would be extended to the National League. "And," he added, "we'll see what happens then.
BELL SAYS NO TO AAC TILT
NOVEMBER 26 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell flatly refused to permit his NFL championship team to appear in a proposed charity game with the All-America Conference winner at Los Angeles December 28. Bell's action came in reply to an invitation, extended by Los Angeles city councilman Harold Harby, on behalf of several outstanding charities. His telegram to Harby said in part: "It should be pointed out that clubs in the NFL will not play a professional team that is not a member of our organization." The special "showdown" game between the champions of the two leading professional leagues was proposed as a means of raising revenue for the Infantile Paralysis Foundation, the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund and the Marion Davies Clinic.
WARD CUFF, TED FRITSCH NEAR MARK
NOVEMBER 26 (Philadelphia) - Ward Cuff and Ted Fritsch, a pair who say it with the foot, are approaching a new NFL field goal record, statistics released by Commissioner Bert Bell's office revealed today. Cuff and Fritsch combined have registered 13 three pointers, one less than the NFL mark of 14 established by the New York Giants in 1939. Cuff has dropped seven goals over the crossbar, and Fritsch six. The Packers also have the best punting average in the league with 43.8 compiled by Jack Jacobs and Roy McKay. The pair punted 47 times. The onrushing Chicago Bears retained their total offense leadership but fell slightly behind the hard running Los Angeles Rams in the rushing average. Los Angeles recorded at 4.7 to the Bears' 4.4.
PACKERS GO AGAINST RAMS
NOVEMBER 29 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers pay their annual visit to the Coliseum tomorrow for a game which long since has lost its importance in the National league championship picture but which nevertheless is being regarded hereabouts as one of the choice football tidbits of the season. Upwards of 40,000 are expected to see the Packers attempt to make it two straight over Bob Waterfield and his Los Angeles Rams. They ended a string of Ram victories in Milwaukee last month, 17 to 14. Since that time bad luck has dogged the Wisconsin eleven and Los Angeles also has been plagued with unfortunate breaks, some of which have been bones starting with the injury to Steve Bagarus and Bob Shaw. But with third place in the Western division at stake tomorrow, the town has worked itself up to considerable excitement over the passing duel between Indian Jack Jacobs and Bob Waterfield. Jacobs is as popular out here. As the former UCLA star, he was the toast of the town as a member of the Marsh Field eleven during the war and also is remembered as the man the Rams sent away to Washington. While the emphasis is being placed on this aerial duel, it might well turn out that Jacobs and the Packers will remain close to the ground with Walt Schlinkman, Bruce Smith and Tony Canadeo carrying the brunt of the attack.
PACKERS AND RAMS RENEW THEIR FEUD
NOVEMBER 30 (Los Angeles) - The luckless Green Bay Packers will be out to avert slipping into fourth place in the western division of the NFL Sunday when they meet the Los Angeles Rams in spacious Memorial coliseum here. In four weeks, during which time they have lost three games by a total of five points and tied another, the Packers have dropped from a tie for the lead to the point at which a defeat by the Rams now would force them to surrender third place. Coach Bob Snyder's club, itself below par because of a succession of injuries, is a half game behind Green Bay in the standings. The Packers won the first contest in Milwaukee, 17-14, and a repeat victory would square the abbreviated intersectional rivalry. The Rams won both games in 1946 after their transfer from Cleveland to Los Angeles. Snyder Saturday announce his club in its best physical condition since early in the season. Backs Kenny Washington, Fred Gehrke, Gerry Cowhig, Les Horvath, and Bob Hoffman and ends Jim Benton, Red Hickey and Frank Hubbell all were ready for duty again after injuries. Washington is the western division's leading ground gainer, with 366 yards in 92 tries for a 7.5 average. Only end Bob Shaw and backs Steve Bagarus and Dick Hoerner remain on the hospital list. Jim Hardy, first year quarterback from Southern California, who has thrown four touchdown passes in the last two games, undoubtedly will see a lot of action again. The Rams still have the great Bob Waterfield as well and an aerial duel between this pair and Jack Jacobs of Green Bay will almost certainly enliven the afternoon. Jacobs will be playing against the team with which he got his start in professional football. He understudied Waterfield in 1945 when the Rams, then representing Cleveland, won the National league championship. Last season he played second fiddle to Sammy Baugh at Washington. As a Packer the Indian from Oklahoma has developed into a standout. He leads the league's punters with a 44.1 yard average, and is fourth in passing in the western division with 72 completions in 167 for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns. Waterfield is sixth on the list with 77 successful pitches in 175 tries for 962 yards. Hardy has connected on 17 of 39 for 278 yards and five touchdowns in his infrequent appearances to date.
EAGLES AND STEELERS MET FOR FIRST PLACE
The championship of the eastern division in the National league will probably be at stake in the battle between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Shibe park in Philadelphia Sunday. A victory would assure the Steelers, who hold a h