Chicago Cardinals (2-2) 39, Green Bay Packers (1-3) 17
Sunday October 16th 1949 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - Chicago's Cardinals had a little too much of everything here Sunday afternoon, a little too  much speed, a little too much power, a little too much skill, and
yes, a little too much good fortune, too, and what happened to
the embattled Green Bay Packers just had to be. They lost, 39-
17. The speed alone might not have been enough, or the power
or the skill, for Green Bay itself played one of its better games,
but the combination of all, and the good little breaks, was just
too much. The Cardinals never trailed. They scored their first
touchdown on an intercepted pass in the first 90 seconds of
play, one of two they scored on interceptions, and then 
proceeded to hang up three more touchdowns, three field goals
and a safety for their comfortable margin of victory. Against this,
the Packers produced two touchdowns and a field goal.
Vince Banonis scored the first touchdown on an intercepted
pass which he carried 27 yards. Vic Schwall hung up the
second on a 17 yard pass which he took from Paul Christman.
Pat Harder, showing none of the ill effects of his recent injury,
scored the third on a 16 yard smash over left tackle, and Tom
Wham accounted for the fourth on an intercepted pass which 
he carried 50 yards. In between Schwall's and Harder's
touchdowns, Ventan Yablonski kicked three successive goals
which tied the league record held jointly by Ralph Kercheval of
Brooklyn and Phil Martinkovich of Detroit. The mere recitation
of scoring sounds usual enough, but it doesn't begin to tell the
little things that went against Green Bay - things occasionally
of Green Bay's own doing. Banonis' interception, for instance,
Jack Jacobs threw the ball right at him without a Packer within
15 yards. Wham's interception. The ball bounced straight up in
the air as Stan Heath's arm was hit and right into Wham's arms
in the clear. Yablonski's three field goal. The gun sounded, 
ending the half, as the ball left Yablonski's toe. Penalties,
fumbles, mistakes - and the bad football of this kind spoiled the
At no time, despite the discouraging pattern of the game, did 
the Packers fold. They hung tight, and they fought back, but
they found the way a little too rough. Fritsch scored the first
points with a field goal from the 18, Bill Kelley took an eight 
yard pass from Heath for a touchdown and Tony Canadeo, a
man's man on this field again with 75 yards on 14 carries, 
plowed over left tackle for another. Rather strangely, in view of
the score, the Packers outgained the Cardinals, 311 yards to 
244, outpassed them with 12 completions in 30 attempts 
against five completions in 14, outdowned them 17 to 14. But
the score - the score counts and it was 39-17. Heath, playing 
most of the game at quarterback, did one of his better jobs, not
only in passing by completing 8 out of 22, which could have
been more, but in running the team and in running the ball. The
victory was the sixth in a row for the Cardinals over Green Bay
and the fifth licking in a row for Green Bay on this field. It must
have been a long Monday on the way to Los Angeles, where
the Packers play next week. The Cardinals didn't even have to
the ball to score their first touchdown. They kicked off, then on
third down scored when Jacobs, apparently mistaking Chicago's
red for Green Bay's blue, hurled a pass right into Banonis'
hands on Green Bay's 27. The waterboy, with a bucket in each
hand, could have crossed the goal. The field was wide open.
The Cardinals also kicked off again, but this time they didn't
have Jacobs engineering Green Bay's drive, and they had to 
yield three points. With Heath at the controls, the Packers
hung together four straight first downs to Chicago's 11, then on
fourth down sent Fritsch back to the 18 for his kick. At once,
though, it became the Cardinals' turn - one of the many this fine
afternoon. Except for Banonis' interception, they hadn't had the
ball. They got it on the subsequent kickoff though, and on three
first downs which covered 57 yards, they quickly moved down 
to Green Bay's 21, then scored on one play. Christman passed
to Schwall who tore away from Comp and ran the last five yards
The Cardinals also got the next points, recovering Summerhays'
fumble on Green Bay's 20 and kicking a field goal from the 25
with Yablonski booting. The Packers wouldn't fold, though, and
it immediately became their turn again. They took the kickoff on
their 20 and on an unbroken march went 80 yards down the
field. The key play was Heath's pass to Fritsch on which the
big fullback weaved in and out of Cardinal arms for 30 yards 
and a first down on the eight. One play did it from here. Kelley
took Heath's short pass in the flat and easily cross the goal. No
more touchdowns were scored in the first half, although the
Cardinals threatened twice and each time settled for another
of Yablonski's field goals. The first was kicked from the 27 after
Apolskis had intercepted Heath's pass and returned 10 yards
to Green Bay's 22 and the second from the 34 in the very last
second of the half after a couple of penalties against Green Bay
had given Chicago kicking position.
The Cardinals wasted no time to sew up the game in the first six minutes of the third quarter, however, with two quick touchdowns. A poor punt return by Earhart, on which he tried to outrun men bearing down on him by bellying back toward the sidelines, cost the Packers some 15 yards at least and put them into a hole from which they couldn't escape. Girard had to punt from deep in his end zone and when Cochrane returned the kick 15 yards to Green Bay's 35, the Cardinals had position. Trippi, Angsman and Harder quickly moved down to the 16 from where Harder exploded over left guard for the touchdown. The second of these early touchdowns was almost a gift. Heath's arm was hit on an attempted pass, the ball popped into the air and Wham grabbed it and ran 50 yards all alone. The last two points were strictly a gift in the last minute of the game. Kirby tried to handle a punt on his own three and fumbled into the end zone where Cifers recovered.
CHI CARDS - 17  6 14  2 - 39
GREEN BAY -  3  7  0  7 - 17
1st - CHI - Vince Banonis, 27-yard interception return (Pat Harder kick) CARDS 7-0
1st - GB - Fritsch, 18-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 7-3
1st - CHI - Vic Schwall, 18-yard pass from Paul Christman (Harder kick) CARDS 14-3
1st - CHI - Vinnie Yablonski, 25-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 17-3
2nd - GB - Kelley, 8-yard pass from Heath (Fritsch kick) CARDS 17-10
2nd - CHI - Yablonski, 27-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 20-10
2nd - CHI - Yablonski, 34-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 23-10
3rd - CHI - Harder, 16-yard run (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 30-10
3rd - CHI - Tom Wham, 46-yard interception return (Harder kick) CARDINALS 37-10
4th - GB - Canadeo, 5-yard run (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 37-17
4th - CH - Safety, Bob Cifers recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone CHICAGO CARDINALS 39-17
OCTOBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers did not have the personnel to cope with the Chicago Cardinals Sunday. The crowd knew this and did not expect Green Bay to win, although most of the 18,000 had the hopes which partisans of the underdog always take to a football game. The spectators were prepared, then, for defeat, but they had a right to expect a professional performance from the Packers, and they did not get it. The play verged at times on the raw amateur. Jacobs' pass into the flat zone only a few yards from his own goal, for instance, which gave Chicago a touchdown in the first 90 seconds, and Earhart's attempted punt return from his own goal in the third quarter, which set up a Cardinal field goal, and Kirby's fumble of a punt on his own goal in the waning moments of the game, which led to a safety. These errors of judgment, however, did not affect the result. The Packers were not in the same class with the Cardinals, and that, we think, is not a matter of coaching or effort but rather the fault of the management. Curly Lambeau obtains the players, but a Green Bay committee keeps a tight grip on the purse strings. Which is to blame, we will not attempt to say, but obviously what is the matter with the Packers is simply inadequate personnel...NO RUNNING ATTACK: The Packers have no running attack worth mentioning. They have not the line to make the openings and they have not the backs who can get through openings before the holes close up. When the only consistent ground gainer they have is a 30 year old veteran, that tells the story. That veteran, Tony Canadeo, still is a whale of a running back at 30. When he carries the ball, it is a flashback to Packer days of glory. He seems to be the only fast back who also runs with power. It was remarkable to see him overtake Bob Nussbaumer and cut the speedy Cardinal down from behind in a third quarter race down the sideline. The lack of an effective running game naturally hampers the passing attack. On top of this, Packer passers seldom get adequate protection. How good the passing would be with good protection and correlated with a good running game no one can say. Green Bay lacks team speed. It needs better men in the line. It needs stronger running and blocking in the backfield...TURN OUT, FANS!: Lambeau cannot do much to provide these things this season. It may take several seasons to get the team back on top. Meanwhile, Milwaukee and Wisconsin fans can help both the morale of the Packers and the treasury - which must provide the players - by continuing to support this team wholeheartedly. The 18,000 turnout Sunday was encouraging but not large enough. The Packers will play Detroit here October 30 and Pittsburgh here November 20. Let's show them that Milwaukee is a big league city - a Packer city - when the team is down as well as when it is up.
OCTOBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - "You can't tell a player without a program" has really begun to mean something with the Green Bay Packers this fall. The turnover of material, as Curly Lambeau frantically tried to assemble a winning cast, has been as heavy, perhaps, as ever before in the club's history. Not even invited back off last year's unhappy squad were Lloyd Baxter, Red Wilson, Pat West, Baby Ray, Fred Provo, Perry Moss, Don Deeks and Ted Cremer. And dropped off the squad this year, after having played a few games, exhibition or league, have been Ed Cody, Ralph Davis, Bob Flowers, Clyde Goodnight, Jim Kekeris, Larry Olsonoski, Ed Smith and Don Wells. It adds up to 16 veterans. P.S. And more will shortly go the same way. Lambeau means business in his rebuilding program...Can it be the Philadelphia Eagles have already started to pay for their early training start at Grand Rapids, Minn., July 5? The tough game they had with the Lions two weeks ago, in which they trailed going into the fourth quarter, 14-5, and the solid licking they took from the Bears Sunday might suggest this. It could be. A guy can really become sated with football after three full months of it...Jim Hardy of the Chicago Cardinals had the unusual experience here Sunday of completing two out of five passes for a net loss of 19 yards. His first completed pass lost 13 yards and his second six yards. As Green Bay sees it, he should have passed more...
OCTOBER 18 (Philadelphia) - The handwriting on the wall might
not yet be visible, but the footprints on NFL turf were pretty clear.
The once proud Eagles, who grabbed first place in all the major
NFL statistical departments last season, do not have a single
leader now, according to league records announced Monday.
Even Steve Van Buren, the NFL champions' great running back,
failed to hold on to his No. 1 position in ground gaining. He 
yielded by one yard to Tony Canadeo of the Packers, whose 310
yards were gained on only 53 attempts. Van Buren worked
almost twice as hard - 95 thrusts - to achieve his 309 yards. Washington's Sammy Baugh, in his 13th campaign in the National League, wrested the passing leadership from Charley Conerly of the Giants by running his season's mark to 48 completions in 80 tries for an average of 60 percent completions. He has passed for 807 yards and 10 touchdowns. Bob Mann, Detroit end from Michigan, retained his lead among the pass receivers. He has caught 20 passes for 258 yards. Washington's Hugh Taylor, sixth in pass receptions, has gained the most years, 307. Bob Waterfield of the undefeated Rams held first place in punting with a 47.1 yard average in 20 boots. George Gulyanics of the Bears, third on the list, had the longest punt, of 69 yards, to his credit. Gene Roberts of the Giants led the scorers with 36 points. Tied for second, each with 30, were Van Buren, Elroy Hirsch of Los Angeles; Pat Harder of the Cards, and Waterfield.
OCTOBER 18 (Washington) - Frank Seno, National League veteran, was cut from the Washington Redskins' roster Monday. He was with the Redskins for four games this season after being released by the Green Bay Packers September 19.
OCTOBER 18 (New York) - Hard boiled professional football club owners, who resolved last winter to retain their inter-league estrangement or die trying, are coming through nobly, and dying handsomely. Though publicity released from headquarters of the All-America Conference and the National League proclaim crowds said to be bigger than ever, or at least better than last year's, the untold fact is that overall paid attendance in pro football has declined. This is not true for one league, but for both. Two clubowners have champions and couldn't make a nickel, two of the best known and most deeply established teams have gone in hock, one to the government on back taxes and one to a bank on a vital loan. The All-America Conference, which assumed a tactical advantage over the National League last winter by pitting its one Yankee Stadium team against two National League elevens, staggering their dates at the Polo Grounds in New York, has fallen into disrepair in Los Angeles. There, the Rams of the National League are a powerhouse while the All-America Dons, who've outdrawn the Rams in the past, has slipped badly. In New York, the Bulldogs of Ted Collins have done so miserably as to be no-account. The Giants play the Chicago Bears next Sunday, and the All-America Yankees play the Forty-Niners of San Francisco. Both games are natural draws. Both gates will suffer because of the other game. A highly-placed official said Monday that, beside the Bulldogs, Green Bay, the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit and Pittsburgh are teetering in the National League. Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore and Buffalo in the All-America. Many teams figured to crack the nut this year through cutting down of player rosters, etc., and it just hasn't come true.
OCTOBER 19 (Buffalo) - Elmer Layden, the man who once told the All-America conference to "go get a football", said Wednesday that the conference and the NFL "must get together or perish." Layden told a newsman that "things have changed" since he made his slighting remark on the suggested merger of the two pro leagues four years ago. Layden then was commissioner of the NFL. "The conference has proven itself," Layden said. "It's just about as strong as the old league. Both circuits will commit financial suicide unless they get together." Layden, now a transportation executive, was in Buffalo to address the Buffalo Traffic club.
OCTOBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - "You can turn that around," said Wally Cruice of the Packers, speaking of this column's comments about the lack of a Green Bay running game. "We've got a good running game but the passing game has not been good enough to keep the opposition from massing up on us. Other teams have had five or six men in the line with three backers. That makes it rough to gain through the line and hard to protect the passer with all those guys rushing in. What we need more than anything else if a couple of ends who can catch passes. That would open things for the running backs and make it easier for the passer...More than 3,000 fans turned out Tuesday to watch the Los Angeles Rams run through a practice drill in Los Angeles. The Rams, undefeated in four league games, meet the Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Sunday.
OCTOBER 20 (New York) - The exhausting three year old war between the All-America Football conference and the NFL may be decided this Sunday in a pitched battle at the box offices of the Yankee stadium and the Polo Grounds, Dan Topping, president of the All-America, said Thursday. The loser in Sunday's battle will have to go to the other league "hat in hand", said Topping, and ask for peace on the other league's terms. "The basis for the solution of this war is definitely here in New York," Topping said. "There is no reason why it can't be terminated and next Sunday may do it. I am sure now that a solution can be worked out." The setting for the crucial battle is this: The National league has a crackerjack game scheduled at the Polo Grounds between the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears, a game that would ordinarily pack the fans up to the rafters. But the All-American is plugging just as big a game at Yankee stadium between the San Francisco Forty-niners and Topping's Yankees. Which game will draw the largest crowd? Topping did not offer a guess, but he said the situation just points up "how costly and ridiculous" the war has become. Topping said that if the two games together drew a total of 60,000 fans it would be proof that New York could support two pro teams. He did not mention the fact there is a third New York pro team - the Bulldogs of the National league. "There should be that many (60,000) at each game," said Topping. "And that is the way it would be if they were being played on separate Sundays. There is no sense in us continuing to schedule these competing attractions. And I don't think we will much longer." Topping said he thought the formula for permanent peace was worked out in the All-American meeting in Cleveland last December. At that time it seemed that a merger might be effected, but plans ran into a snag at joint meetings with the National league in Philadelphia.
OCTOBER 20 (New York) - Pro football's rivalry is "silly and stupid", and should be stopped at once, Commission O.O. (Scrappy) Kessing of the All-America conference said Thursday. Kessing had been asked for comment on the statement made by Elmer Layden, former commissioner of the NFL, that the two groups should get together. It was Layden who once told the All-America circuit to "go get a football" before talking of smoothing out their differences. In Philadelphia, Bert Bell, now the National's boss, commented only, "Layden is entitled to his opinion now, just as he was before."
OCTOBER 22 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers continue their disheartening hunt for victory against first division opposition Sunday when they tackle the haughty, unbeaten Los Angeles Rams in the Coliseum. It has been anything but a happy week for the Packers, who came here direct from Milwaukee last Sunday. Los Angeles fans have kept a line in front of the ticket wickets purchasing seats for next week's Bear game. The Rams themselves have treated Green Bay like a pack of waifs from across the tracks, even sending a message inquiring whether they could be assure the Packers would show up Sunday. As for the game itself, the speculators have made the rams a 20 1/2 point favorite and the Rams are asking why it isn't more. Fourteen other teams in the two major loops will see action with a major box office duel in New York. Whether by design or by accident, both the NFL and the All-America Conference will be bidding for New York patronage with simultaneous games in huge parks less than a mile apart. Customers will be asked to choose between the All-America tussle sending the San Francisco 49ers against the Yankees at the Stadium and the National League fuss pitting the Chicago Bears against the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Other games in the All-America Conference Sunday will find Chicago (3-3) at Baltimore (1-6) and Los Angeles (2-5) at Buffalo (1-5-1). All 10 teams in the National League are scheduled for duty Sunday. In addition to the Bears-Giants and the Packer-Rams engagement, the Washington Redskins will be at Philadelphia, the New York Bulldogs at Pittsburgh and Detroit at Chicago.
OCTOBER 23 (Los Angeles) - Green Bay's last faint hopes of taking a part in the fight for the western division championship in the National league will be put on the block here Sunday afternoon when the team steps out against the Los Angeles Rams in the Coliseum. A crowd of 45,000 is expected. The Packers have lost three of their first four league starts, and except for a mathematical chance, they will drop out of all contention if they lose again. Obviously, they have only an outside chance. The assignment sends them against the only undefeated team in the league. Los Angeles has won four in a row and rules better than a two touchdown choice to make it five. The Rams won an earlier game at Green Bay, 48-7. Such hopes as the Packers have rest on the skipping feet of Tony Canadeo, the improved passing of Stan Heath, as revealed in the losing game against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee last Sunday, the improved quarterbacking of Jug Girard, and the few additions in personnel which have been made since the first game - Jack Kirby, Steve Pritko and Glenn Johnson. Canadeo leads the league in yards per carry with 310 on 53 plays for an average of 5.8. Whatever Green Bay's hopes, though, the Rams figure to win and probably win handily. They have superior personnel both in the line and in the backfield, and the superiority should assert itself. Especially pronounced should be Los Angeles' passing attack with Bob Waterfield or Norm Van Brocklin throwing the ball. Van Brocklin, whose finger was smashed in the game at Green Bay and who missed two games since then, will be back in action Sunday. The game will start at 4:30 o'clock (Milwaukee time). It will be broadcast by Bob Heiss direct from the field over WTMJ.