Chicago Bears (7-1) 6, Green Bay Packers (3-6) 6
Sunday November 14th 1948 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - The team that nobody said had a chance, not a chance, played the Chicago Bears to a confounding, amazing standstill here Sunday afternoon, even outplayed them, and then lost it in a hearbreaking finish because it couldn't kick the point after touchdown with 
three minutes left, 7-6. The team that nobody said had a chance was Green
Bay, of course - Green Bay, the team slaughtered by these same Bears earlier
this fall, flattened by the Cardinals, Washington and Detroit, and kicked around
only a week ago by the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rout. Green Bay, the good
cousin to the rest of the league. No, Green Bay didn't have a chance Sunday.
And then, in a confounding reversal, Green Bay played a game that a point
after touchdown decided, a game as bruising, as spirited, as sharp as any
Green Bay has played in years - and as heartbreaking. Allen Lawler, a slim
rookie, kicked the point after Chicago's touchdown in the third quarter, and Ed
Cody, in his only appearance of the afternoon, missed the point after Green 
Bay's in the fourth. Not a chance? The Bears today can thank their lucky stars.
The team that Curly Lambeau turned loose here Sunday was one of his
masterpieces - not the best team he has ever turned loose, but certainly one
of the most amazing. It was supposed to be falling to pieces, 
and it played like champions. It was supposed to be dull, and
it blazed from beginning to end. It was supposed to be walloped
by the best defensive team in the league, also one of the best
offensive, and it played the Bears to a standstill - even 
outplayed them. It outrushed the Bears, outpassed them,
outdowned them. And then it lost again - by a point. What a
rocking defensive fight it was the score tells. Each cracked only
once. In the third quarter the Packers cracked, and the Bears
scored. Bobby Layne, subbing for the handcuffed Sid Luckman,
passed 20 yards to George McAfee, who ran 14 more across
the goal. In the fourth quarter, the Bears cracked, and the
Packers scored. Jack Jacobs, a whale of a football player on
this day, whipped a 13 yard pass to Nolan Luhn in the end
zone. But that was all. The rest of the game was played largely
between the 20 yards lines.
The statistics, too, tell what a defensive fight it was. The 
Packers gained 117 yards rushing, the Bears 112. The Packers
gained 109 yards passing, the Bears 87. And the Packers 
punted 10 times for an average of 39.2 and the Bears 10 times
for an average of 47.1. It was probably the "puntingest" game in
recent National league history. With such tight play, it had to be
rough and bruising, and it was, and in one of the rougher 
moments in the first quarter the Packers lost Paul Lipscomb on
a foul. Who did what to whom only referee Gibbs, Lipscomb,
and Fred Davis, the party of the second part know, but it must
have been good, for Lipscomb, on the play before he was 
kicked out, was bleeding freely from the mouth. Gibbs, on the
roughing play, kicked Lipscomb out of the game with one quick
decisive wave of the thumb, and Davis on the next play, smiled
a great big smile. The Packers, with their flaming new desire,
made the only threat of the first half. They took the kickoff 25
yards to their 35, then on five plays, one of them a 24 yard run
by Fritsch, the longest of the afternoon, smashed 41 yards 
down the field to Chicago's 24. Here was something the 48,113,
largest ever to see his renewal of pro football's oldest rivalry,
hardly expected. A few probably even blinked. This wasn't the
Packer team of a week ago or a month ago. The threat, though,
died four plays later, and how it died will make interesting
speculation on cold winter nights up north. For the Packers
could easily have scored the points here that would have won.
In three downs from the 24, they picked up only four yards,
but on fourth down Fritsch stepped back to the 26 to kick. This
was it. This would be first blood. The ball was hardly off
Fritsch's toe, through, before the entire Bear line roared in and
blocked it. And there also, as later events proved, went what
might have been victory. Neither team threatened again in the
first half although in over all performance, the amazing Packers
clearly had the edge. But then suddenly came the break. 
Mullins, early in the third quarter intercepted a pass in midfield,
and though the Bears didn't score directly off this, they pushed
the Packers in a hole with a kick from which there was no
escape. Jacobs' punt out from his own five a minute later went
to midfield, to Green Bay's 47 to be exact, and in three plays
the Bears scored. On the first, Layne threw an incompleted
pass; on the second he passed to Sprinkle for 13, and on the
third he passed to McAfee, who eluded Green Bay's deep man
and ran 14 yards across the goal. Lawler's big kick, on which
the game eventually hinged, was good. With this, though, the
game immediately reverted into the stubborn defensive battle it
had been, and it remained so until midway in the fourth quarter
when the Bears threatened mildly again with three first downs
from their own 30 to Green Bay's 27. It was as far as they got,
though, and on fourth down Layne attempted a field goal from
the 37 that sailed far wide of the posts. Up to this point, the
Packers had made only two first downs in the second half.
Only six minutes remained. The outlook was dark. In the 
clutch, though, they went out and with the most devastating
drive of the afternoon by either team, smashed 80 yards down
the field for their touchdown. It was some of their best football
of the fall. The whole drive required only seven plays. Earhart
on the first, a reverse, swung around right end for 18, Jacobs on
the second passed to Ed Smith for 11, Schlinkman on the third
failed to gain, Jacobs on the fourth passed to Smith for four,
and Jacobs on the fifth passed to Canadeo for 32 and a first
down on Chicago's 15. The catch was a beauty. The crowd
roared or held its breath, depending on its sentiments. On the
sixth play, Canadeo swung around left end for two and on the
seventh, with three minutes left, Jacobs passed to Luhn in the
end zone for the score. The pass was as unerring as an arrow,
and Luhn, who had slipped behind Holovak, jumped up and 
pulled it in. But then came the heartbreak. With Jacobs holding
the ball, Cody missed the point. And real heartbreak it was. 
Cody was crushed. The Packers in the line wearily got to their
feet. And Jacobs just stayed where he knelt until a Bear came
along and helped him up. And that was the game. The Bears, 
on Bill De Correvant's spectacular 67 yard kickoff return, drove
down to Green Bay's 17 in the closing minutes, and the 
Packers finally got the ball again on the 10. Only time for one
play, a pass, remained, and the pass fell incomplete. Green
Bay's line was tremendous - Wildung, Craig, Tassos, Vogds,
Bell, all of them, and most of all Jay Rhodemyre, whose 
support of the line was one of the high spots of the game. Yes,
sir, the Packers lost, but they are a football team again.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  6 -  6
CHI BEARS -  0  0  7  0 -  7
3rd - CHI - George McAfee, 34-yd pass from Bobby Layne (Al
Lawler kick) CHICAGO BEARS 7-0
4th - GB - Luhn, 13-yard pass from Jacobs (Kick failed)
NOVEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - Clyde Goodnight, end for the Green Bay Packers and the team's leading pass receiver, has been lost to the team for the rest of the season, it was revealed here today. The former Tulsa U. star, now in his fourth year with Green Bay, suffered a back injury - fractured transverse process between the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae - on the
first play in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
Goodnight came to the Packers as the successor to
Don Hutson. He will probably be replaced by Gene
Wilson, who is expected to play end on offense and
halfback on defense. Larry Craig will play defensive end
and in the backfield on offense. Despite this bad news,
Green Bay was still buzzing today and patting itself on
the back over weekend events - particularly the thrilling
welcome home demonstration for the Packers as they
returned late last night after the great battle with the
Bears in Chicago. It was something to behold and hear:
More than 4,000 men, women and children jammed in
and around the station as the train pulled in through a
dazzling lane of red lights...traffic completely blocked at
lease eight blocks in all engines, sirens
screaming and spotlights flashing...factory whistles 
tooting as they haven't tooted in five or six years,
except for VJ Day. The players - especially the 
newcomers getting their real Packer spirit baptism - 
were all but speechless. "Now I know what they mean
when they say Green Bay is the only city that backs a
pro team with the old college spirit" was the typical
comment. Now they're all set merrily to finish the
season in a blaze of glory - first against the Giants in 
the last "home" game in Milwaukee next Sunday; then
on to Los Angeles and finally against the Cardinals in
NOVEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - One of the
reasons advanced for the Packers' great showing 
against the Bears Sunday can be traced to the tongue
lashing Curly Lambeau is supposed to have given the
players after their poor showing in losing to Pittsburgh
last week. Lambeau is reported to have thundered to 
his boys in the dressing room: "If any of you men as
much as make a false move during this week's practice,
you'll be on your way out. I don't care if we have only
24 men left to play against the Bears." One player told
newsmen: "Curly raised the merry devil (sound like an
understatement) with us. Not a single man made a 
move to take a shower and get dressed until he was
through talking." Looks like the lashing paid off.
NOVEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - "The greatest coaching job I have ever seen," was George Halas' comment after his Bears had nosed out the Green Bay Packers in Chicago Sunday, 7 to 6. Halas referred, of course, to the miracle Curly Lambeau wrought in taking a badly disorganized and oft beaten Packer eleven, rallying it, sharpening it, all within a week, and then turning it loose to play the Bears to a standstill. "I've seen a lot of good coaching jobs," Halas continued, "but this was the best. If I hadn't seen it, I still wouldn't believe it. The Packers are probably the worst team in the league the week before against Pittsburgh, if our scout report were right, and they were probably the best team in the league Sunday - even though we won."
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - All 10 owners of the National league met secretly in Pittsburgh Monday and when the secret of the meeting leaked out, Commissioner Bert Bell blandly announced that the meeting had been called to determine sites of sectional playoff if necessary. Hogwash! The 10 owners didn't meet to watch the flip of a coin. They met on something much more important perhaps on the meat of rumors which have started to the rounds again that three or four of the stronger clubs in the rival All-America league may be admitted into the National league at its regular winter meeting in December. The possibility looms strong again. All is not well in either league, particularly the All-America conference. The Rockets, Buffalo, Baltimore and Brooklyn appear on the ragged edge. The New York Yankees, Dons and the Frisco Forty-Niners are not happy. Cleveland is strong financially, but isn't happy either with the rest of the league as it is. The rumors follow two main lines. One has the Boston Yankees of the National league combining with the New York Yankees to give New York a second club in the National league and Cleveland and the Forty-niners joining, too, to give the league eastern and western divisions of six teams each - the New York Yankees, Giants, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland in the eastern division, and the Green Bay Packers, Cardinals, Bears, Detroit, Los Angeles Rams and Forty-Niners in the western division. The second rumor has the Boston Yankees remaining in Boston and the Yankees, Cleveland, Forty-Niners and the Dons joining the league to give it two divisions of seven teams each - Boston, New York Yankees, New York Giants, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland in the eastern, and Green Bay, the Cardinals, Bears, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Dons and the Forty-Niners in the western. Certainly something must be done. The National league knows it and the wiser heads know it - at least those with a chance to survive in a merger. The salary war is squeezing both of them. It's just a guess that this is what owners met about in Pittsburgh or something just as important. For definitely they didn't meet to watch the flip of a coin.
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Out of the Green Bay story last weekend - the Packer comeback story - some definite conclusions can be drawn.
1. The will to win - spirit it's called - still is one of the basic elements in successful football. Without burning desire, it's just too bad. Ability alone isn't enough.
2. It is just as important that followers of a team catch this flaming spirit. Players and coaches can't go it alone.
3. Colleges have no monopoly on spirit. In fact, many which pride themselves on this score, can take a lesson from Green Bay, where the "campus" and the "alumni" got behind the ball club for last week's big revival.
It's true that were was some knocking after the Lambeaumen had taken their third straight licking, a bad licking, at Pittsburgh. But the vicious blasts aimed privately and publicly at college players and coaches in a situation like that were noticeable by their absence. That must have been encouraging in itself. To top it off, the Packers were given a rousing sendoff as they left for Chicago last Saturday. This show of loyalty - the assurance that "you're our boys, win or lose" - paid off in the full the very next day in the 7-6 thriller with the Bears which is now history.
NOVEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - A rather nasty remark came out of Green Bay the other day. "We better support our team in Milwaukee Sunday," and went referring to the Giants game because Milwaukee won't. It was allegedly made by a businessman and obviously it referred to Milwaukee's failure to turn out in greater numbers for the Washington game here a month ago (13,000). What does the guy want Milwaukee to do? Be happily stampeded at the gates because not enough entrances are open. Be enthusiastically caught for an hour or more in bottlenecks leaving the park. Be eagerly struck with very ordinary football at $4.50 a copy. And all this has happened this fall. The fact is Milwaukee has not done badly by the Packers 
Milwaukee has not done badly by the Packers at the
Cardinal game and 13,000 at the Washington game)
and probably won't do badly Sunday. Percentagewise,
considering population, Milwaukee has done far better
by the Packers than New York has done by the Giants,
Boston by the Yankees, Los Angeles by the Rams and
Detroit by the Lions. And it may interest the Green Bay
businessman, whoever he is, to know that there isn't a
team in the National league today that really wants to
play in Green Bay with a capacity of 25,000 if it can
help playing here at all. And also that George Halas of
the Bears is going to insist that next year's Packer-
Bear game be played in Milwaukee not Green Bay. Yes
maybe Green Bay better start supporting its team in
Milwaukee. It will help.
NOVEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - Severe storms which
knocked out power lines and left the Packers without
heat and light in their Rockwood Lodge headquarters,
delayed but failed to stop Curly Lambeau's crew today
in its preparation for the New York Giants game in
Milwaukee Sunday. Foregoing the usual morning 
session, Lambeau hustled his athletes out in the 
afternoon for a long drill on offense. Ted Cook and Gene
Wilson worked out at Clyde Goodnight's left end post,
while Goodnight, strapped up to protect his back
injury, watched from the sidelines. Word from New York
indicated that Ken Keuper, former Packer halfback who
went to the Giants via the waiver route several weeks
ago, is a doubtful starter in Sunday's contest. Keuper
suffered a knee injury against Philadelphia two weeks
ago. Club physicians advise against his playing.
NOVEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - Chuckin' Charles
Conerly, the Mississippi cotton farmer, whose passing
rewrote the collegiate record books last year, became
the man of the hour at Rockwood Lodge today as the
Packers switched their attention to defense. Conerly,
author of 12 touchdown passes to date, spearheads the offense with which the New York Giants have been setting scoring records and hope to overwhelm the Packers at State Fair Park in Milwaukee Sunday. Coach Curly Lambeau ordered a long session on defense, after concentrating for three days on Green Bay's own attack. Scout reports, which called Conerly the most promising passer in football, moved the veteran Packer mentor to revise his practice schedule. Conerly set the college field afire last year with an amazing record of 133 completions out of 233 attempts. His completions netted 1,367 yards and 18 touchdowns against such formidable opposition as Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Tulane, South Carolina and Mississippi State. In addition, he piled up nine touchdowns running, all coming on spurts inside tackles, a phase of offense at which he is particularly adept. But it is his passing which offers the greatest challenge to the Packers. Los Angeles' Rams are regarded as one of the most difficult teams in the league to score against via the air. But Conerly punctured their defense last week for four touchdowns. Conerly's favorite target is rookie Wild Bill Swiacki, the Columbia dervish whose two storybook catches snapped Army's long winning streak last year. Swiacki has caught 21 of Conerly's tosses for 302 yards and six touchdowns.
NOVEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Old Fifty-four from Ninety Six" that would be the best defensive end in football, of course. That would be Larry Craig, quiet unassuming 220 pound Larry Craig of the Green Bay Packers, who hails from the little South Carolina town which got its strange name during the Civil War because it happened to be 96 miles from somewhere or other for some general or other. Yes, the best defensive end in football and take the word of Curly Lambeau or Don Hutson or George Halas or Clipper Smith or Clark Shaughnessy or Steve Owen or...the list of subscribers to this can be run on and on. Craig's name doesn't appear a single time in the record books. He doesn't pass or catch passes. He doesn't punt or kick field goals. He doesn't run the ball. Yet if there were a statistical way of measuring defensive ability Larry Craig's name would appear there as often as Sammy Baugh's in passing or Don Hutson's in pass receiving or Steve Van Buren's in running. At that, it may still be up there someday in a single line. This is his 10th season. He has five to go to equal Johnny Blood's record of 15 seasons, which is the longest anybody has ever played pro ball in the National league. And five seasons more isn't at all out of the question for Craig if he chooses to play them for he is just as strong today, as agile and as durable as the happy day he came from Ninety Six to join the Packers in 1939...CRAIG OPERATES 1,000 ACRE DAIRY FARM: Football is an avocation with Craig. His vocation is farming. And Craig is no gentleman farmer. He farms. With the help of five Negro families who live on his property he operates a 1,000 acre dairy farm near good old Ninety Six. On it he has a hard of 150 Holsteins. Only the other day he bought 30 more here and shipped them east. And what does a football player-farmer do when on a farm of this kind? Well, Craig is proud of his farm - and for eight months of the year he not only supervises all of the work but he digs in to do some of it himself. He is as much a home in overalls as in moleskins. There is fertilization of the controlled grazing areas, and innoculation and milkins and shipping and a hundred and one other things. Mrs. Craig supervises the work while Craig is off blocking and tackling in the fall...PRO 'STRONG MEN' AREN'T BUILT BETTER: There is no secret to Craig's success as the terror above all others in defensive end play. He is big and fast and nimble and rugged. He plays with all of his heart at all times. And he uses the wide experience that has come to him through the years. As an old habitue of locker rooms I can vouch for the fact that Craig is the best built man I have ever seen outside of professional "strong men" and my money would still go on Craig in any scuffle. One hand on a back is usually enough for Craig. His speed is deceiving yet it is very real. In high school at Six Miles, he ran the 220 yards dash and he wasn't beaten often either in football therefore he can either go through them or around them with terrific charge and in varying his smashing play in Green Bay's five man line he does. What the league thinks of his play it consistently shows in what it does to try to stop him. One man against him? Never. Two men yes and in the Bear game last Sunday even three went after him - the tackle, the end and the halfback...DESPITE MANY BUMPS NEVER BADLY HURT: Craig's entire pro football career has been one of bumps, the heaviest kind of bumps and yet he has never been seriously hurt aside from a twisted ankle which was not enough to keep him out of the next game and a broken nose (which he protected with a mask). At South Carolina university he played end. At Green Bay in his very first year he was converted into a blocking quarterback in the Notre Dame system - and perhaps no unhappier or rougher role in football exists. On defense, of course, he continued to play end. In Don Hutson's reign Craig was known as Hutson's Muscle. The two played on a team with teamwork of their own. On offense, with Hutson at end, Craig would carry the heavy load of blocking back. On defense, with the rather slim Hutson in the secondary, Craig would move over to Hutson's end and carry the almost equally heavy role of a defensive bulldozer. Craig thrived on it, though. Perhaps there isn't a man in the league today who has played as many 60 minute ball games...ENRIGHT RECOMMENDED PACKERS GET CRAIG: Craig was drawn by the Packers in the draft upon the advice of Rex Enright, the old Packer star himself, and Craig's coach at South Carolina. "Here's a sleeper," Enright wrote Lambeau. "Get this guy because he will set the league on its ears." And this is just what Craig has done ever since. The league has been on its ear. How much longer will Craig continue to play? "Well, I don't know," he drawls. "I've got my farm to run, but I like football. And I've got things pretty well organized down there. Maybe five or six years." Whether it is one year or six even Lambeau won't know until Craig finally appears on the practice field. He never signs a contract until he arrives and he never squabbles over terms. Craig can and does trust all men and those he cannot trust he can kick the hell out of. And, oh yes, he like wild turkey hunting and any time you're around Ninety Six, go over to join him. But bring your own conversation. He can walk by your side for days and never so much as grunt. P.S. The toughest guy to run over or to run around? "Pat Harder," says Craig.
NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The home portion of the Packers' most aggravating season in 30 years of operation comes to a close today at State Fair Park when the fast improving New York Giants make their first appearance in Milwaukee in 10 years. It has been a season of high hopes and bitter disappointment for the Packers and the Giants, too. But the Packers fought their way back against the Bears last week and the Giants in recent weeks have been setting scoring records. The combination is expected to produce one of the best football games of the year. Green Bay definitely was the best team in the league last week as it came within inches and one point of pulling the upset of the season. In the Giants, the Packers will be meeting an eleven that suffered from the lack of experience in early games when Stout Steve Owen was forced to get along with a score of rookies. The rookies are more experienced now and the Giants are moving up. It will be a test between the Packers' vaunted defense and the Giants' passing attack as directed by Charlie Conerly, the former Mississippi all-American and collegiate record holder. The Packers' defense limited the Bears to 37 yards in the first half last week and surrendered a touchdown only when a secondary defender lost his footing on the slippery turf attempting to cover on a pass. Good pass defense have not bothered Conerly too much in recent weeks. He punctured Los Angeles' secondary last week as the Giants ran up 38 points on the Rams. He whipped home three against the Cardinals and was too effective for George Halas' comfort against the Bears. "That Conerly to Swiacki combination will be the best in the league in another season," Halas announced afterwards. While the major test involves this Giant aerial attack and Green Bay's big line, the Packers came to town last night confident they had ironed out the ragged offensive edges evidenced from time to time in the Bear game. The Giants apparently are not figuring to take the Packers lightly. Owens re-arranged his lineup this week to get more power in the line. He shifted big Tex Coulter from tackle to center, making it possible to use Jack White, the old Notre Dame star; Big Bill Schuler of Yale and Coulter, all tackles, at one time.