GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(CHICAGO) - Green Bay's embattled Packers and Chicago's Cardinals matched explosive scoring outburts here Sunday afternoon in a weird sort of football game, and the Cardinals, as you can probably guess, set off the loudest. The Packers lost, 41-21. Here were goings-on that hardly made sense as football games generally go, and more than one fan in the 16,787 who huddled together in Comiskey park to keep warm must have scratched his head in perplexity. The Cardinals roared off to a 34-0 lead in the first 19 minutes of play. The Packers smashed back with 21 points in the next 10 minutes, leaving it 34-21 at the half. And the teams stood each other off at even terms the rest of the way except for Chicago's last touchdown in the closing minutes. Fifty-five points in the first half, all in a crazy pattern, and seven in the second - and you figure it out.
EACH TAKES TURN
Through the first quarter and the first four minutes of the second, the Packers hardly knew what was hitting them. They reeled and they sprawled and they looked as outclassed as they ever have before this unhappy fall. Even a record breaking score seemed in the making. In turn, though, the Cardinals hardly knew what was hitting them in the last 10 minutes of the half, and they reeled and sprawled, too, and they welcomed indeed the timer's gun that halted proceedings for the intermission. The second half, after all this, was prosaic. The bright spots in Green Bay's reversal were many - Jug Girard's passing, the receiving of Steve Pritko and Bill Kelley, and the all-around play of the tireless Bob Forte, and, of course, the running of Tony Canadeo. The gray ghost had one of this better afternoons of the fall, gaining 122 yards on 20 plays, yet he slipped into second place in the individual ground gaining race as his closest pursuer, Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles, piled up 205 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Canadeo now has 953 yards, Van Buren 997. Each has two games left and both seem certain to break Van Buren's league record of 1,008 set last year.
BEST OFFENSE OF YEAR
In their second quarter surge, and thereafter, too, the Packers probably played their best offensive football of the fall. In fact, it was their best, for in no other game have they scored as many points. Their previous high they set in beating the Bulldogs early in the season, 19-0. Canadeo scored one of the touchdowns, bucking over from the one, and Pritko two, each on a pass from Girard. The Cardinals, with one of the most explosive backfields in the game, spread out their scoring evenly. Bob Ravensburg duplicated Pritko's trick by snagging two touchdown passes. Red Cochran, Pat Harder, Elmer Angsman and Mal Kutner each scored once - Kutner also on a pass. In their first quarter splurge, the Cardinals set out as through to annihilate the men in front of them, nothing less. They got their first tally four plays after the kickoff, Jim Hardy passing to Ravensburg on a play which covered 48 yards all told. They got their second a few minutes later on an 11 yard pass, Hardy to Kutner, and they hung up their third still four plays later when Cochran took a punt on his own 29 and scampered 71 yards down the east sideline. A couple of men apparently had him a few yards from where he started, but they let him slip away and he was gone.
HARDER BOOTS FOUR
Whamo! - and still they came. They got their fourth touchdown after 13 minutes of the quarter on Harder's 10 yard gallop and early in the second quarter, they got their fifth on Paul Christman's pass to Ravensburg down the middle on a play which covered 40 yards all told. Harder kicked the first point, missed the second, then kicked the next three. There was no stopping the Cardinals, apparently, and it looked as though they might run up 100 points. On their first touchdown they went 79 yards, on their second 46, on their third - Cochran's run - 71, on their fourth 10, after John Goldsberry had intercepted a pass and ran it back 36 yards to Green Bay's 10, and on their fifth 80 yards. But with 34 points on the board came the strange reversal, and the Cardinals slowly started to reel. With only 10 minutes of the half left, the apparently hopelessly crushed Packers snapped right back into the game with three touchdowns of their own - and good ones, all thoroughly earned. On the first they drove 66 yards on nine plays, on the second 80 yards on seven plays, and on the third 46 yards on four plays. Canadeo scored the first from the one yard line, Pritko the second on Girard's pass into the end zone from the two, and Pritko the third on Girard's pass into the end zone from the 24.
CANADEO TAKES ROMP
Everything that hadn't worked in the first half, that hadn't worked much all season, in fact, suddenly worked like a charm. On the first drive Girard passed sharply to Bob Forte for 28 yards and then to Kelley for 22. On the second Canadeo broke over off left tackle for 54 yards - his longest gain of the season. And on the third drive, Girard passed to Pritko for 24 just before his pass to the same man for the same yardage and the tally. Fritsch kicked the first two points, Joe Ethridge the third. There were vague ideas between halves that the Packers might even go on to pull this game out of the fire. And they held their own or more through the scoreless third quarter and most of the fourth. With time running out, though, the Cardinals finally scored again. Weasel Davis ran an intercepted pass back 27 yards to midfield to start the drive, and on six plays, including one against Green Bay for pass interference, the Cardinals scored. With the ball on the five, Angsman on first down went over. The licking dropped the Packers back into a last place tie with Detroit in the western division of the league.
GREEN BAY - 0 21 0 0 - 21
CHI CARDS - 27 7 0 7 - 41
1st - CHI - Bob Ravensberg, 48-yd pass fr Jim Hardy (Pat Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 7-0
1st - CHI - Mal Kutner, 11-yard pass from Hardy (Kick failed) CHICAGO CARDINALS 13-0
1st - CHI - Red Cochran, 71-yard punt return (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 20-0
1st - CHI - Harder, 10-yard run (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 27-0
2nd - CHI - Ravensberg, 40-yd pass from Paul Christman (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 34-0
2nd - GB - Canadeo, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 34-7
2nd - GB - Pritko, 2-yard pass from Girard (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 34-14
2nd - GB - Pritko, 24-yard pass from Girard (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 34-21
4th - CHI - Elmer Angsman, 5-yard run (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 41-21