New York Giants (3-6) 49, Green Bay Packers (3-7) 3
Sunday November 21st 1948 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - A merciful darkness settled over State Fair Park late Sunday afternoon and for that today there is thanks. The carnage, or some of it at least, was lost in the gloom. Carnage it was, terrible carnage, as the Green Bay Packers, succumbing once again to their
Milwaukee jinx, were utterly crushed by New York, 49-3. Yes,
read it again - 49-3. In 30 yards in the National league, Green
Bay has never been humiliated like this before. Green Bay's
showing on this same field against the Cardinals six weeks ago
was hardly anything to write home about. The showing against
Washington a month ago was worse. But the showing Sunday
before a "handful" of 12,639 - how can it be described? This was
almost unbelievable.
Green Bay scored first. Ted Fritsch kicked a 24 yard field goal
in an otherwise scoreless first quarter. Thereafter, what had
been a contest became, in rapid succession, a beating, a rout
and a stampede. And just so the full import of all this is
understood, it was suffered at the hands of a team that had
averaged only 16 points a game this season, that had had 38
points a game scored against it, that had won only two of eight
league starts, and that went out on the field this damp, dreary
afternoon only one game out of last place in the eastern division
of the league. It isn't hard to imagine what Curly Lambeau's
dreams were Sunday night. They were awful, something by Dali,
perhaps, with a montage of forward passes like this: Conerly to
Atwood, Conerly to Gehrke, Conerly to Roberts, Conerly to
Swiacki, Conerly to Pipkin, Conerly to Poole, Conerly to Scott,
Conerly to Sulaitis, Conerly to Dennis Morgan, who happened
to be present, Conerly to Jack Carson, who also happened to
be present, Conerly to the trainer, and Conerly to the water boy.
Conerly's arm never got tired. The former Mississippi All-
American, who last year set a lot of college football's passing
records which Stan Heath is smashing this year, jammed the
football right down Green Bay's gullet, and no man, not Sammy
Baugh or Sid Luckman, ever jammed it down as tight or with
such annoying ease. He threw 30 passes and completed 20 for
291 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and set up two
other touchdowns inside the five yard line. He scored one
touchdown himself on a quarterback sneak from the one. And 
on one play, intended to be a pass, he ran instead and reeled
off 27 yards for the afternoon's longest gain from scrimmage. If
Lambeau didn't have a nightmare about him, there is something
wrong with Lambeau's subconscious. On offense, the Giants
didn't have much more than Conerly - well, not much more than
Conerly and Paul Governali, who succeeded him late in the 
game and who completed four of six passes for 43 yards 
himself - but they didn't need much more. They salted the game
with three touchdowns in the second quarter and then, strictly 
for the averages, added two more touchdowns in each of the
third and fourth quarters. They equaled a league record with 28
first downs. All told, they gained some 445 yards - 334 in the
air and 111 on the ground. Almost as amazing as Conerly's 
passing performance was New York's defensive showing, for
this was a team everybody in the league has pushed around.
Thirty points. 40. 50 - such were the totals that others have run
up. But Sunday? Sunday the Giants wouldn't budge. They didn't
yield a touchdown. They gave up only 93 yards on the ground
and 139 in the air. And in one of the the best exhibitions of the
season, only one short of the league record, they intercepted
eight passes. Jacobs to Scott, Jacobs to Reagan, Jacobs to
Tunnell, er, Comp to Tunnell, Comp to Cannady, Comp to
Reagan, these passing combinations at times looked almost as
good as Conerly's own. One of the interceptions, Tunnell, the 
old Iowa boy, carried 43 yards for a touchdown. Jacobs had one
of his lesser days. Not only was his passing erratic, but his
kicking was bad. Three of his punts went almost straight up in
the air. His average on six punts was 28 yards. The scoring
details are gory, but they must be told. The Giants went 33 
yards for their first touchdown, Conerly to Roberts. They went
43 yards for their second touchdown, Tunnell intercepting a
pass just as Earhart was about to grab it, and running 
untouched down the field. They went 68 yards for their third
touchdown, Conerly passing to Gehrke from the three. They 
went 79 yards for their fourth touchdown, Conerly passing to
Swiacki from the 31. They went 55 yards for their fifth touchdown, Conerly sneaking over from the one. They went 41 yards for their sixth touchdown, Coats running over from the two. And they went 52 yards for their seventh touchdown, Coats plowing over from the three. After each of the tallies, the reliable Len Younce added the point. Most spectacular of the passes, perhaps, was the fourth to Swiacki, who didn't get the ball in the end zone until after Jacobs and Wilson each had juggled it for awhile. Swiacki also juggled it but he finally pulled it in. The Packers, aside from Fritsch's kick, made only two threats. They drove 70 yards down the field at the start of the third quarter, reaching New York's seven, then lost the ball when Conerly intercepted Comp's pass. And they drove 70 yards down the field in the last minute of play, reaching New York's six on a long pass to Earhart, then had time run out of them before they could like up again. Or did they line up? It was so dark by this time that few in the press box could see. Ah, merciful darkness!
NEW YORK  -  0 21 14 14 - 49
GREEN BAY -  3  0  0  0 -  3 
1st - GB - Fritsch, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - NY - Choo-Choo Roberts, 9-yd pass from Charlie Conerly (Younce kick) NEW YORK 7-3
2nd - NY - Bruce Gehrke, 3-yard pass from Conerly (Len Younce kick) NEW YORK 14-3
2nd - NY - Emlen Tunnell, 43-yard interception return (Younce kick) NEW YORK 21-3
3rd - NY - Bill Swiacki, 31-yard pass from Conerly (Younce kick) NEW YORK 28-3
3rd - NY - Conerly, 1-yard run (Younce kick) NEW YORK 35-3
4th - NY - Ray Coates, 2-yard run (Younce kick) NEW YORK 42-3
4th - NY - Coates, 3-yard run (Younce kick) NEW YORK 49-3
NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - A wholesale shakeup of personnel, after the season, was the probable aftermath of Green Bay's collapse against the New York Giants in their NFL game at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. The Giants, winners of only two of eight starts this season, won in a romp, 49-3. It was Green Bay's worst defeat in history. "We've tried everything to bring this team along after looking bad," Coach Curly Lambeau explained Sunday night, "and nothing has worked. We've tried driving, easing up, fining. Now we're through. The exhibition this afternoon was as sad as thing as I have ever seen. It made up my mind. A lot of these boys still have a lot of football left, I know. They showed it early in the season and they showed it again against the Chicago Bears a week ago. But they just refuse to play it for us, or at least consistently. As things are now they suffer in the long run and so do we. A change of scenery will probably help a lot of them. We will have to rebuild." Lambeau announced that as a starter he had asked waivers on Ted Cremer, an end obtained from the Detroit Lions in midseason. He also said that waivers would be asked on 15 or 16 more as soon as this season is over. Lambeau did not indicate what 15 or 16 would be traded, sold or released. "They may be even more," he added. The Packers remained here overnight, then flew by chartered plane for Los Angeles, where next Sunday they will meet the Los Angeles Rams.
NOVEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - As the first aftermath of the sad Packer exhibition here yesterday in the horse-whipping by the unpretentious Giants, Coach Curly Lambeau asked waivers on end Ted Cremer and said he "would like to dispose of about a dozen others." Interviewed last night after Green Bay's worst rout in history, the veteran mentor declared: "We were disgraceful. I would like to unload 10 or 12 more squad members but there are too many cripples and we couldn't get along. There are two more games to play and I don't want to look any worse than I have to. It's a case now of salvaging what little there is left." The Packers' 49-3 loss yesterday was the seventh in 10 league contests, the poorest mark since the team was organized, and games remain with the high scoring Chicago Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams will be met on their home field next Sunday. Cremer was acquired from the Detroit Lions in mid-season. He is in his third year of league play.
NOVEMBER 27 (Los Angeles) - As though not enough has happened to the Green Bay Packers this season, the National league football team got a brand new kind of setback today. Ten football outfits, valued at more than $1,000, caught fire while being trucked from a nearby Ojai resort to the Coliseum for the Packers' game tomorrow with the Rams. A passing motorist spotted the flames. A Malibu fire department crew put out the blaze believed started from a carelessly tossed cigarette.