EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-1) 14, Boston Yanks 10
Sunday September 14th 1947 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Green Bay Packers made their 1947 debut in Milwaukee by edging out the Boston Yanks, 14 to 10, in a NFL exhibition game at State Fair Park yesterday afternoon before a crowd of 17,895. Neither team showed real championship class in 
what developed into a typical early season game -
good in spots, but definitely on the so-and-so side
much of the way as the comparatively low score
would indicate. The final count just about 
represented the difference between the two teams.
With the exception of punting, the Packers had a
little the better of everything statistically, even in
fumbling. Seven times they foozled the ball away 
but costly and more numerous penalties against 
the Yanks helped balance the books. Had the
visitors not been overanxious and a bit too rough at
times, it might have been a different story.
Indian Jack Jacobs' passing, flashed of running 
power and class by Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo
and Walt Schlinkman, and generally rugged
defensive play provided the bright sports in the 
Packer picture. Jacobs pitched one touchdown
pass, set up the second and winning score and
gave general promise of giving the club the aerial
threat it lacked last year. Curly Lambeau's 
operators never trailed. They struck from afar to go
ahead in the opening quarter and clung to a slim
7-3 lead at the half. Not until they had sewed up
the verdict with a fourth quarter marker did they give
up the visitors' lone touchdown.
A valuable offside penalty against Boston - on what
was to be a fourth down kick - sent the Bays on
their way to score No. 1 on a drive which started on
their 15, where Howard Maley had punted out of
bounds. Canadeo more than made up for a 15 yard
clipping penalty in two tries. Then Jacobs wound up
and fired a long one to Clyde Goodnight, who got
behind Frank Seno to make the catch and dashed
over the goal line. The play gained 62 yards from 
the line of scrimmage. Ward Cuff placekicked the
extra point, his first as a Packers. Came the kickoff
and the Yanks were on their way. Paul Governali,
passing wizard from Columbia, hit Don Currivan for
37 yards and flipped another to Nick Scollard to 
move deep into Packer territory. Jim Bellow blasted
through a couple of times to bring the ball to the 
Bays' 21. But there the drive faded and on the first
play of the second period Scollard booted a 37 yard field goal to cut the score to 7-3.
​The Lambeaumen reached the Boston 20 before the end of the half, there to be stopped by the first of a series of fumbles. Gene Wilson, speedy little end from Southern Methodist, made his official bow during that thwarted effort and caught the fans' fancy with his nifty dashes on end-around plays. The Packer machine sputtered three times when touchdown territory loomed in the scoreless third period. They were stopped three yards from pay dirt after a Jacobs-Luhn pass, Wilson's neat end-around dash and an interference penalty had paved the way.
Another interference penalty opened the door again, but Schlinkman fumbled less than a yard from the goal line, Boston recovering. Once again Schlinkman, driving hard, lost the ball - this time on the 11-yard line after gaining enough for a first down. In no time at all the Yanks, thanks to a Governali-Currivan pass, had romped to the Packer 25. But the Bays tightened up quickly, took over on downs early in the final period and soon were on their way. A Jacobs to Goodnight pass, plus 15 yards "earned" by Goodnight for being roughed out of bounds, put the ball in midfield. Smith was turned loose for the first time and swept right end for 28. Fritsch added 11 and 13 in two tries to move the ball to the four. Off a fake buck, Canadeo went wide around left end to score. Cuff's placekick ran the count to 14-3.
The Yanks moved 73 yards after the kickoff for the consolation score, with the help of two roughing penalties against the Packers. Mello's 26 yard thrust was the big noise. Seno fought his way to the final 10 yards in two tries. Monk Maznicki's placekick for the point was the final scoring gesture. The Bays took over on downs on the Boston 10 yard line a few seconds before the final gun, but had time only for one pass, which fell incomplete.
BOSTON    -  0  7  0  3 - 10
GREEN BAY -  7  0  0  7 - 14
1st - GB - Goodnight, 62-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - BOS - Nick Scollard, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
4th - GB - Canadeo, 4-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
4th - BOS - Frank Seno, 2-yard run (Frank Maznicki kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The best thing that can happen to a football team, it is often said, is to win an early season game and still leave plenty of room for improvement. In that case,  
Curly Lambeau is in the peach orchard. His Packers staggered home with a 14-10 victory over the Boston Yanks at State Fair Park Sunday, but if they're honest - which they undoubtedly are - they're anything but a self-satisfied group today. In other words, they made so many mistakes and played such slipshod ball generally that the boss' store of coaching ammunition is unlimited. Now the question before the house is: Will they pull themselves together and will Lambeau and his staff iron out the wrinkles before the league opener with the Bears less than two weeks hence? Obviously, there's work to be done - lots of it. Grant that there's a long season ahead and that a team can't be expected to put championship punch into every pre-season opposition. But let's keep in mind that the opposition will become tougher right along. The Yanks, as they played here Sunday, won't win a game from the Packers' western division rivals - Bears, Cardinals, Rams and Lions...PASSING DEFINITELY BETTER WITH JACOBS: In one vital department, passing, the Packers are and will be definitely stronger than last year. And there's the real ray of hope. Jack Jacobs flashed enough pitching class to bring back memories of old - the days of Herber and Isbell. Although the Indian has no Hutson as a batterymate, he will be shooting at better than average receivers in Clyde Goodnight, Gene Wilson and Nolan Luhn. Wilson, recent SMU graduate, showed surprising running ability on end-around plays. Which means an added offensive threat. Among the other bright spots were: Assurance that Bruce Smith is back in shape and ready to run and do a job defensively after last winter's operation...the same for Urban Odson, who looked trimmer and more active than a year ago...Larry Craig's great defensive play at end...Charley Brock's leadership and effective work at center...Walt Schlinkman's hard running...topnotch kicking. The sour notes, of course, came from the fumbling, poor timing and a conscience clearing type of blocking which left runners on their own too often for comfort and health. Next Sunday marks the close of non-league activities - the Washington game at Baltimore. Lambeau wants that one, naturally, but it's dollars to pennies he's turning on the real steam for the Bears. As the first Bear game goes, you know, so may go the season...THERE'S NEED FOR FIFTH OFFICIAL: Milwaukee fans had their first look at the five-man officiating system - something new in the National League - in Sunday's game. The reaction was favorable. Joining the traditional officials - referee, umpire, field judge and head linesman - is a back judge, or second linesman. In these man-in-motion days, it is no longer possible for the referee and head linesman to check accurately on backfield starting violations. That's now the primary duty of the fifth official, who is also in position to cover the forward passing flat zone and sideline opposite the head linesman. Colleges can well afford to adopt the new system, which makes for a faster game and better enforcement of the rules. They, like the pros, must recognize the need for progress in every phase of the game.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - The Packer front office today began the unpleasant task of returning checks and money orders for more than 18,000 tickets to the Green Bay-Chicago Bears NFL game here September 28. With season ticket sales double those of last year's record high, the Packers stopped accepting orders for Bear tickets four weeks ago. Ticket Manager Carl Mraz said at least 75,000 tickets could have been sold for the 55th renewal of the bitterest rivalry in pro football. City stadium, the Packers' home field, has a seating capacity of only 25,000.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Baltimore) - The Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins were all set tonight for their final exhibition chore here tomorrow. In practice sessions during the week, the Packers stressed defensive tactics against Chicago Bears' formations (they play the Bears next Sunday), giving little attention to tomorrow's foe. Sammy Baugh's presence in the Redskin lineup, however, is proof the Bays won't be running into a setup. Baugh was on the sidelines last Wednesday when the Skins dropped a 28-7 verdict to the Bears.