Detroit Lions (1-5) 24, Green Bay Packers (3-4) 20
Sunday October 31st 1948 (at Detroit)
(DETROIT) - Things are never so bad that they can't get worse. As witness the unhappy state of the once proud Green Bay Packers today. Mauled by the Bears, beaten by the Cardinals, kicked around by the Redskins, by the Redskins only a week ago, they essayed a comeback against the Detroit Lions before a slim crowd of 16,174 here Sunday afternoon and they 
promptly lost again. The score was 24 to 20. No, things
are never so bad that they can't get worse. This was a
Detroit team which hadn't won a league game since 
early last November, which had beaten the Packers 
only five times in all league history, which was rather
handily died in Green Bay a month ago, which played
without Bill Dudley, its best halfback. But it made no
difference. This was a Detroit team which outplayed the
Packers, outgained them, outpassed them and which
deserved to win. And so things have clearly reached a
new low along the Fox. A rally by the Lions in the
second half did it - a rally and Green Bay's own futility
and fumbling. Trailing, 14 to 7, at the intermission,
although it might have been by more if Green Bay had
been able to do anything with frequent scoring 
opportunities, the Lions came back with 10 points in
the third quarter and seven early in the fourth for a 
24-14 lead and eventual victory. A touchdown by Ted
Fritsch who stole the ball from George Grimes and ran
six yards, a touchdown by Tony Canadeo who 
scampered nine yards around left end and a touchdown
by Ralph Earhart who took a short pass and ran 40
yards gave the Packers their points - not bad point
production for a team which so far this fall has had
nothing but trouble trying to score. On this day, though,
it wasn't enough. Detroit countered with more. Fred
Enke passed seven yards to Bob Mann for one
touchdown. Clyde LeForce passed 40 yards to Joe
Margucci for another. Enke ran 40 yards and then 
lateraled to LeForce, who ran 25 yards more for a third
touchdown, and Marvin Pregulman booted a 23 yard
field goal. To add to the humiliation of the dull, gray
afternoon, it was Detroit's first victory over a western
division team in three years and the first over Green 
Bay since 1945. No, indeed, things are never so bad
that they can't get worse. The Packers had fine position
three times in the first quarter, but with the same futility
which marked their play against Washington a week
ago, they could do nothing with it. They had first down 
on Detroit's 24 in the early minutes when Gene Wilson
recovered Camp Wilson's fumble, but Fritsch, four plays
later, missed a field goal from the 29. They had first 
down on Detroit's five a little later after a 61 yard pass
play, Comp to Goodnight, but they drew a penalty, and
on fourth down Fritsch missed a second field goal from
the 18. And they drove 48 yards to Detroit's four in the
closing minutes of the period, but they immediately
lost the ball on Forte's fumble on the six. Here was
futility, indeed, and Lambeau grew a few more gray 
hairs. But if the Packers couldn't score with the ball in
their own possession, they finally did with the ball in
Detroit's. Grimes popped over right tackle for a couple
of yards on the second play after Forte's fumble, Craig
hit him, and in the same instant, Fritsch stole the ball
and scampered six yards across the goal. It all
happened so suddenly that the crowd, the Lions and
the Packers, everybody except Fritsch, hardly knew
what had happened. Fritsch knew, though. It was a
touchdown and the Packers had first blood. Cody's kick
made it 7-0. Up to this time, the Lions had done
nothing. They have never even been able to get out of
the hole. With the change of goals in the second 
quarter, though, they finally began to click with passes,
and on a drive of 65 yards, they tied the score. A pass,
Enke to Margucci, picked up 29, another, Enke to
Greene, added 22, and after Enke had swung around
right end for eight, a third pass, Enke to Mann, covered
the last seven yards and brought the ball home.
Pregulman's kick was good. It was a short lived tie, 
though. The Packers, making one of their few moves of the afternoon, smashed right back a few minutes later. Midway in the drive, which covered some 40 yards, they were apparently stopped, Fritsch missing a fourth down field goal from the 30, but they got a lift when the officials caught Detroit holding, and they picked up again. Canadeo spun around left end for the last nine yards. Cody 
kicked the point and the half ended, 14-7. But the Packers were never more
than casually in the game again. A fumble by Cody, on the first play of the third
quarter, which Grimes recovered on Green Bay's 22 gave the Lions possession
​for a a 23 yard field goal by Pregulman, and a spectacular 55 yard pass play a
little later, LeForce to Margucci, who ran the last 15 yards, gave them a
touchdown and a 17-14 lead.
So far as the scoreboard showed, the Packers were still in the game here, but 
they were actually through. A spectacular 40 yard run by Enke, followed by a
lateral to LeForce, who ran 25 yards more, broke up the game early in the
​fourth quarter. Enke apparently was stopped after a five yard gain, but no
whistle blew, and he resumed his way. On the 25, as he was about to be
tackled again, he lateraled to LeForce, and there was the football game. 
LeForce easily crossed the goal. Pregulman converted. The Packers, a little
chagrined that something like this, too, should happen to them, immediately
smashed back for their final touchdown on a short pass, Comp to Earhart, who
ran 40 yards, with some good blocking and some nifty running, but it was only
a consolation tally. It didn't change the result. The opportunities to change the
result in the last 10 minutes all were muffed. On one incipient drive, after Ted
Cook had intercepted a pass in midfield, Schlinkman fumbled on Detroit's 29,
losing the ball, and on another incipient drive which had carried 30 yards to
midfield, Fritsch fumbled, losing the ball. The Lions were again inside Green Bay's 11 as the game ended.
GREEN BAY -  7  7  0  6 - 20
DETROIT   -  0  7 10  7 - 24
1st - GB - Fritsch, 6-yard fumble return (Cody kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - DET - Bob Mann, 7-yd pass from Fred Enke (Merv Pregulman kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Canadeo, 9-yard run (Cody kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
3rd - DET - Pregulman, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-10
3rd - DET - Joe Margucci, 55-yd pass from Clyde LeForce (Pregulman kick) DETROIT 17-14
4th - DET - LeForce, 33-yd lateral from Enke after a 38-yd run (Pregulman kick) DETROIT 24-14
4th - GB - Earhart, 50-yard pass from Comp (Kick failed) DETROIT 24-20
game before 25,000 in Forbes Field. With tomorrow's game, the Packers begin a self-assigned task of retrieving a 29 year old Packer tradition by finishing in
the first division, a task that involved winning their
remaining five games, including contests against the
Bears and Cardinals. Green Bay arrived here today in a
driving rain, confident that a sweep of the rest of the
schedule is not an impossible task for a good, sharp
football team and it was evident that Curly Lambeau's
crew feels it now is a good, sharp football team. Four
defeats in games they were expected to win have
appeared to have taught the Packers a lesson. The
Steelers' Ray Evans, an aerial wizard, will be faced with
the best pass defense in the National league. The
Packers have intercepted 14 percent of the passes
thrown against them in seven games.
NOVEMBER 7 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers, who
meet the Green Bay Packers at Forbes Field in a 2 p.m.
kickoff, will rise or continue to fall on the shoulders of 
three rookies for the remainder of the season. With 
Johnny Clement on the disabled list, Ray Evans will be
required to do most of the work from the left halfback
post. And the release of veteran Bill Garnaas leaves the
Steeler quarterback solely in the hands of veteran 
Charley Seabright and first year man Joe Gasparella.
Jerry Shipkey, another recruit, will take care of the
fullback chores. Gasparella is expected to get more
opportunities than he had when Garnaas was around to
spell Seabright. The young rookie is a much better
performer than most fans have been led to believe. It
took him quite awhile to absorb the intricate single wing
but he has shown improvement from week to week and
is about ready to pay dividends. Gonzalez Morales still
is around to give Evans a breather but the Kansas 
rookie will do most of the heavy work. Clement's day as
a Steeler may be ended for all time. The star back,
mainstay of the team's offense, is suffering from a nerve
injury and is through for the season. Only time will tell
whether he will play again. Both the Packers and 
Steelers hope to snap losing streaks today. Green Bay
has dropped two in a row and the Pittsburghers are
saddled with three straight setbacks. The Packers bring a big team here and one that has explosive qualities. They own the league's top ground gainer in Tony Canadeo, three topnotch passers in Irv Comp, Perry Moss of Illinois, and Jack Jacobs, and two battering ram fullbacks in Ted Fritsch and Walt Schlinkman. The Packers are rated six-point favorites.
NOVEMBER 7 (Pittsburgh) - Two teams which aren't going anywhere in particular this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, will resume the NFL race here Sunday afternoon. Both started with rather high hopes. Both have been knocked around. The Packers have lost four of their seven starts, the Steelers four of their six. What kind of contest the Steelers will be able to give Green Bay depends largely upon the condition of Johnny Clement, veteran left halfback who has been suffering with a nerve pinch in his shoulder near his neck. He has spent almost as much time on the bench this season as in the game. A week ago, although in uniform, he didn't play at all against the Philadelphia Eagles. Doctors Friday said Clement should quit for the season, but declared he would play one more game if he is able. With Clement in the lineup to team with Ray Evans, the Steelers could give the Packers a real argument. They lost an exhibition game to their rivals in Green Bay early in the season by the margin of a field goal and it could be that close again Sunday. Without Clement, however, the Packers rule solid favorites. Green Bay's hopes rest chiefly on the scampering feet of Tony Canadeo, the league's leading ground gainer, and the passing of Jack Jacobs, Perry Moss and Irv Comp. Jacobs may only see limited action again as he did in the Detroit game a week ago. Neither team has been any great defensive shakes this year. The Packers have had 130 points rolled up against them. while scoring 121, and the Steelers have had 119 scored against them while plucking off 89 themselves. The Packers for whom this be the last start before their return engagement with the Chicago Bears in Chicago, arrived here Saturday. Sunday's game will start at 1 o'clock (Milwaukee time).
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - Bob Wiese of the Detroit Lions will be lost to the team for the rest of the season after suffering a severe head injury Sunday. So will Ivan Schottel, who received a fractured jaw in the third period by played the rest of the game unaware of the injury. Melvin Groomes fractured his right wrist and may be shelved for a month.
NOVEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau put his Packers back to work with the reminder that five more NFL games remain in which they can improve on their present record of three victories in seven starts. The fourth loss came Sunday at the hands of the Detroit Lions, who has lost every previous start this season. Lambeau urged his charges to try for a record "somewhat more in keeping with Packer tradition." He indicated that Ralph Davis, formerly of the University of Wisconsin, probably would move from left to right guard next Sunday when the Packers meet the Steelers at Pittsburgh, with Red Vogds, another Wisconsin graduate and a rookie on the Packer squad, manning the left guard spot.
NOVEMBER 2 (Philadelphia) - NFL veterans took over the statistical spotlight from the rookies today. Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia's speedy halfback and the NFL's ground gaining record holder, moved from fourth to second place among the leading ball carriers with the '48 pro campaign half over. The Eagle star rushed 109 yards against Pittsburgh Sunday to boost his total to 373 yards in 112 attempts. Green Bay's Tony Canadeo, leader from the season's start, has 445 yards in 80 tries while Charley Trippi, the Chicago Cardinal flash, in third with 370 yards gained in 59 attempts. Slingin' Sammy Baugh, the passing fixture in the Washington Redskin backfield, added a new record to his grid aerial collection. He pitched 24 passes, completing 17 for 446 yards and four touchdowns against the Boston Yanks. It was the most ever gained by one passer through the air in a single game and boosted Baugh's lifetime record to 1,275 completions in 2,214 tries for 16,397 yards. Philadelphia's Tommy Thompson, however, still held the NFL season passing leadership. Thompson has completed 69 of 114 tosses for 818 yards and nine touchdowns. Three of his heaves were intercepted. Jim Hardy of the Los Angeles Rams is second with 68 strikes in 134 attempts for 901 yards and seven TDs. Four were intercepted. The Cards' Ray Mallouf is third with 53 completions in 100 tries for 828 yards. Baugh has tossed 121 passes, connecting 73 times for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns. But he's in fourth place, on the basis of the NFL's inverse grading system, because ten of his heaves were intercepted. Tom Fears, Los Angeles rookie, is still No. 1 pass receiver. He's snared 31 for 380 yards. The Cardinals' Bill Dewell and Green Bay's Clyde Goodnight are tied for second with 22 catches though the Packer receiver has carried the pigskin ahead 368 yards, 60 more than Dewell. Pat Harder has sneaked past his Cardinal teammate, Mal Kutner, in the scoring race. Harder has 50 points - two touchdowns, four field goals and 26 extra points (he hasn't missed a placement try). Kutner has tallied 48 points on eight touchdowns. Philadelphia's Joe Muha continues to pace the booters. He's kicked 33 punts for an average of 47.5 yards, three yards better than Green Bay's Jack Jacobs who also has kicked 33. Boston's Roy Zimmerman is third with 46 punts for a 44 yard average. Dan Sandifer, Redskin rookie, climbed to the head of the pass interception division with nine thefts. He's returned the ball 205 yards, twice for touchdowns. The Bears' Johnny Lujack, also a rookie, is second with seven interceptions for a total 88 yard return. Oscar Smith of Green Bay leads in kickoff returns carrying 11 back for 263 yards. Sandifer is second with 10 returns for 247 yards including a 96 yard run for a TD. The Bears' George McAfee tops the punt return leaders. He's returned 13 for 242 yards. Bosh Pritchard of the Eagles is second with 14 returns for 220 yards.
NOVEMBER 6 (Pittsburgh) -The NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers apparently have not run out their string of bad luck. They have just lost star halfback Johnny Clement for the rest of the season and possibly for good. Clement was sidelined Friday by doctors who said he might be injured permanently if he continued to play. He has what doctors call a "pinched" nerve high in his left shoulder which causes the hand to go numb frequently. Loss of Clement was the latest in a series of misfortunes which began last year with the sudden death of Dr. John B. Sutherland, one of the football coaching greats of all time. Johnny Michelosen, assistant coach who stepped into Sutherland's shoes, has had one tough break after another - and his Steelers have won only two of six games. Just as Michelosen was whipping his first squad into shape, tackle Ralph Calcagni was hit by a sudden illness. He dies shortly after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. It was not long afterward that former all-American halfback, Ray Evans of the University of Kansas suffered a serious rib injury. He was sidelined for weeks. Clement, who led the Steelers' ground gaining last year and sparked them to a tie for the eastern division championship with Philadelphia, has not seen much action this season. But in the games he played the Steelers acted like the Steelers of old. Until Friday Michelosen had high hopes the Texan would see some action against the Green Bay Packers Sunday. Clement was a star at Southern Methodist university before joining the Chicago Cardinals. During the war he played football with Maxwell field training command. In 1946 he was traded to the Steelers and performed brilliantly. He was the second leading ground gainer in the league last year with 670 yards in 129 tries.
NOVEMBER 6 (Pittsburgh) - The biggest salvage job in Wisconsin football history gets underway here tomorrow when the Packers, thoroughly chastened and finely drawn, meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in a NFL