Detroit Lions (4-8) 21, Green Bay Packers (2-10) 7
Sunday December 11th 1949 (at Detroit)
(DETROIT) - The Green Bay Packers closed their worst season in history here Sunday afternoon, losing to the Detroit Lions on a muddy, fog-enveloped field before a slim
crowd of 12,576 fans, 21-7. It was their tenth licking in 12 starts
and left them in undisputed last place in the western division of
the NFL. They scored their only victories over the New York
Bulldogs early in the season and over Detroit in the first game of
the home and home series in Milwaukee a month ago. Detroit,
with a final standing of four victories and eight defeats, finished
out of last place for the first time in four years.
Through three quarters, Sunday's game was something of a
contest. The score was 7-7. In the fourth quarter, though, with
the Briggs stadium lights turned on, it swung completely in
Detroit's favor as the Lions struck swiftly for two touchdowns 
and were well on their way to a third as the game ended. The
ball was on Green Bay's 19, first down, as the gun sounded.
Against Detroit's running attack, such as any running attack of
Bo McMillin's ever is, the Packers did right well. The Lions got
nowhere. Against Detroit's passing, though, with Frank Tripucka
throwing and Bob Mann catching, they were lost. Mann, former
University of Michigan star, was slightly on the terrific side, 
considering the condition of the field and the ball, and in the 
long, damp afternoon, he caught eight passes, two of them for
touchdowns, and picked up 182 yards. The first touchdown 
pass in the first quarter covered 64 yards and the second in the
fourth quarter 41. In between, he caught lesser passes of 14, 
10, 7, 13, 12 and 17 yards and snagged two others which were
nullified because of penalties. All told the Lions completed 17
out of 36 passes and gained 301 yards in the air.
Mann's two touchdown passes would have been enough to win,
as the game finally went, but just to cinch matters, Bill Dudley
took a punt a minute or so after Mann had scored the second 
time and raced 67 yards down the sidelines across the goal.
After each of the touchdowns, Dudley also added the extra
point. The Packers, still the futile Packers of earlier games, got
their consolation touchdown on a blocked punt in the second
quarter. Dan Orlich rushed in from the 24 yard line to bat down
the ball as it left Tripucka's foot, and Johnson followed up and
fell on it in the end zone. Fritsch added the extra point. Except
for this, the Packers maneuvered inside Detroit's 20 only once
and then got no farther than the 17, although they did try four
field goals from outside the 20. With Fritsch kicking, they
missed them all. He blew one from the 25, following the
excursion to Detroit's 17, another from the 40, a third from the
48, and had a fourth from the 33 blocked. Green Bay gained 
only 97 yards rushing and 80 passing - the 80 yards on 11
completions in 30 attempts. Tony Canadeo's bid for the league's
ground gaining championship also failed in the mud, although
he ran well despite a bruised ankle and picked up 77 yards on
14 plays. He finished the season with 1,059 yards, a remarkable
achievement considering the kind of team with which he played.
He went into Sunday's game 68 yards behind Steve Van Buren
of the Philadelphia Eagles and he finished the season 87 yards
behind him. Van Buren, in his last start Sunday against the New
York Giants, gained 96 yards and finished his 12 games with a
record breaking total of 1,146 yards. Van Buren held the old
record of 1,008 yards, which both he and Canadeo broke.
GREEN BAY -  0  7  0  0 - 7
DETROIT   -  7  0  0 14 - 21
1st - DET - Bob Mann, 64-yd pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill
Dudley kick) DETROIT 7-0
2nd - GB - Johnson recovered a blocked punt in the end zone (Fritsch kick) TIED 7-7
4th - DET - Mann, 41-yard pass from Tripucka (Dudley kick) DETROIT 14-7
4th - DET - Dudley, 67-yard punt return (Dudley kick) DETROIT 21-7

DECEMBER 12 (Cleveland) - Professional football's peace is not a full fledged fact so far as Cleveland's Browns are concerned. Paul Brown, dapper coach and general manager of the club which Sunday won its fourth straight All-America conference title, said Monday the Browns might not field a team next fall. "Unless we get out of last week's merger of the American and National leagues what we need in personnel to fill our gaps," he said, "plus a place in the division with the better clubs, we'll not be interested in the new league and we'll be out of business." Brown said his contract with owner Arthur (Mickey) McBride - a personal contact - gave him complete control over football policy. He added that McBride would concur should he decide to fold the tent here. "We've earned the right to play the top clubs, the ones that will draw," Brown said. "Cleveland is entitled to see the best. Our fans want to see us against Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago Bears, New York Giants and the Detroit Lions - and that's the division we want in if the league is split up that way." Brown also indicated the peace agreement was not a merger, but a capitulation by some of the All-America clubs and he feared that in future matters the three All-America survivors might be on the sort end of a 10-3 vote.
DECEMBER 12 (Buffalo) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the new National-American Football league, was quoted by the Buffalo Courier-Express Sunday as saying that he would like to find enough "sound franchises" to expand the league to 16 teams. This would mean an organization similar to big league baseball, Bell said, with the champions of two divisions meeting for the national title and the eight members of each division sticking to their own backyards through the regular season. Bell's comment came when he was asked by telephone about Buffalo's chances of getting a franchise, provided the necessary funds were raised. Earlier, owner Jim Breuil of the Buffalo Bills, merged with the Cleveland Browns under Friday's pro football peace, said in a radio interview here that he would "please the case" of any financially responsible group seeking a Buffalo franchise. Breuil declared that such a group would need $250,000 "on the line" before the league's meeting January 19. Bell was quoted as saying that the present 13 team league will present enough schedule problems, and that 14 clubs could be worse. He did not elaborate. "If, however, we could get enough sound franchises to expand the league to 16 teams, Buffalo would be an ideal applicant."