GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Green Bay Packers won their battle of redemption at State Fair park Sunday with a thrilling 16-14 decision over the Detroit Lions and certainly found new favor in the eyes of the Milwaukee fans who were there - but only 10,855 spectators turned out.
The faithful saw what was without question the Packers' best
performance of the season. The Bays had to win this one to
get out of the western division cellar in the NFL, and win they
did, with a second half rally that overcame a 7-3 halftime
FIELD GOAL DECISIVE
In the end, it was the Packers' opening points, scored on a
46 yard field goal by Ted Fritsch, which decided the game.
What also helped Green Bay no end was the fact that Bill
Dudley of the Lions, former Virginia all-American, missed
four field goals, the last one from 37 yards out with only 2
minutes 40 seconds remaining. Had Dudley made that last
attempt, the game probably would have ended in a 17-16
triumph for the Lions. This was more like a Packer team of
old. The ground attack clicked, the defense was alert for the
most part and the ball handling was clean and crisp. The
Bays did not have a single fumble. And when it looked as
though the ball game might go flying right out of the window
in the last five minutes, the men from the north buckled
down and played solid defensive football to throttle the
growling Lions. The Packers churned up 248 yards on the
ground, with the irrepressible Tony Canadeo leading the way.
The Gray Ghost, the top ground gainer in the National
league, picked up 117 yards on 21 tries, to maintain an
average of better than five yards a carry. Detroit's 215 yards
from scrimmage included an 80 yard touchdown run by
halfback Bill Triplett in the last quarter. Three or four Packer
tacklers had shots at the former Penn Stater along the way.
LIONS BETTER IN AIR
The Lions, as expected had the edge in the air. With their
double barreled combination of Clyde Le Force and Fred
Enke on the throwing end, they completed 16 out of 33 for
197 yards. Le Force and Enke each had eight completions.
The Packer aerial game, by contrast, was negligible,
although the Bays did not score a touchdown on a 21 yard
pitch from Jug Girard to Ted Cook in the final period. The
Packers were the first to get on the scoreboard in the
opening period, and they did not have to penetrate too
deeply into Lion territory to get their points. The Lions
received the kickoff and then punted to the Packer 38. A 15
yard penalty for roughness put the ball on the Detroit 45.
Here the Packers fiddled around for three plays, and on
fourth down, Fritsch booted the ball home from the Lions' 46.
It was after the next kickoff that the Lions gave their most
convincing offensive demonstration of the afternoon. They
took the ball on their 25 and did not relinquish it until they
had scored. First they spread out the Bay defense with
sweeping end runs. Then, with the ball well past midfield,
they passed down the middle with telling results. Camp
Wilson contributed a 17 yard swing around left end to the
50, Dudley raced around right end for 12 more and Triplett
picked up five around the left flank. Le Force hit Triplett with
an eight yard pass to the 25. The Packers turned generous
at this point and drew a roughness penalty of half the
distance to the goal, which put the ball on the 13. Enke,
back to pass, saw an opening and ran instead to the four.
Dudley took it over and kicked goal. The second quarter had
several scoring threats, none of which materialized. Dudley
missed field goal attempts from the Packer 43, 34 and 44
yard lines. The first kick was short and the others were wide.
In between Dudley's futile kicking attempts, the Packers
made their best drive of the half, also in vain. Starting on
their own 30, they rolled all the way to the Detroit 7, with the
free wheeling Canadeo leading the way. Tony's best
contribution was a 30 yard gallop. A pass from Heath to
Cook took the Packers to the Detroit 7, but on the next play
Don Doll, Lion end, intercepted a pass in the end zone for a
touchback. Doll, who leads the league in pass interceptions,
snatched another Packer aerial late in the half.
JACOBS INTERCEPTS PASS
The Lions were roaring again as the second half opened,
and in six plays they moved from the Packer 44 to the 12. A
pass from Le Force to Bob Mann, for 11 yards, and Dudley's
17 yard run, planted the ball on the 12. Just when things
looked darkest, however, Jack Jacobs, playing a defensive
halfback, intercepted a second down pass by Le Force on
the Packer two. This sudden turn of events gave the Packers
a new lease on life and they began a march which carried
them 98 yards to the Detroit goal. Bob Forte, Canadeo and
Fritsch reeled off runs of 15, 10 and 23 yards to midfield.
Shorter gained kept up the parade and a pushing penalty on
the Lions gave the Bays a first down on the 15. With the ball
on the nine, Canadeo, spinning in and out of the arms of several tacklers, went off right tackle to score. Fritsch's kick was low and the Packers led, 9-7. The Packers' ground attack still was working in the final period and the Bays got an opportunity to roll again when Detroit lost the ball on downs on the Green Bay 46. Forte was the workhorse with gains of 25, 4 and 3 yards as the Lions were pushed back to their 21. Here Girard passed to Cook in the corner of the end zone and Fritsch converted to make the count 16-7. Again the Lions came back, growling and full of fight. They moved from their own 37 to the Packer 30 and then stopped abruptly when Jay Rhodemyre intercepted a pass on the Bay 37. That should have tamed the Lions for good, especially when Girard sent a booming punt out of bounds on Detroit's 11. But the Lions had a couple of growls left. Enke passed to Triplett on the 20. On the next play Triplett swung around left end and raced 80 yards down the west sidelines to score. Several Packers had a chance to catch him, but Detroit blockers took good care of them. Dudley's kick made the score 16-14. Six and a half minutes remained, and the 10,800 faithful sweated it out as the Lions made a short kickoff and recovered the ball on the Packer 43. Enke passed to Mann for 17 on the 22. The Bays pushed the Lions back to the 29, with Bob Summerhays getting in a few licks on defense. With a little more than two minutes left, Dudley missed his fourth field goal from the 37. You could hear the fans let out a collective "whew!" when the Packers took over on the 20, and that was that. Next Sunday the Packers will play the Bears in Chicago, but more of that later.
DETROIT - 7 0 0 7 - 14
GREEN BAY - 3 0 6 7 - 16
1st - DET - Bill Dudley, 6-yard run (Dudley kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - GB - Fritsch, 46-yard field goal DETROIT 7-3
3rd - GB - Canadeo, 9-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 9-7
4th - GB - Cook, 25-yard pass from Girard (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 16-7
4th - DET - Wally Triplett, 80-yard run (Dudley kick) GREEN BAY 16-14