Chicago Bears (4-3) 24, Green Bay Packers (2-5) 3
Sunday November 6th 1949 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - For effort against the Chicago Bears here Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers earned themselves a great big "E" - and "E" stand for excellent. They threw everything they had into the game. Effort alone, though, wasn't enough, not against these Bears,
and for the second time this season they bowed to their bitter
rivals from the Loop, 24-3. The effort included some of Green
Bay's better football this unhappy season - a defense that
yielded ground grudgingly, excellent punting, a spirit that kept
the team plugging away right down to the gun and the best
individual running of the day, which would be Tony Canadeo's
contribution, of course. But the effort still fell short. It didn't
include any passing skill to speak of or any punch down close,
and there in the final analysis was the football game. The 
Bears never trailed, although they didn't really wrap up the
victory until well into the fourth quarter. They scored the first
points on George Blanda's 28 yard field goal in the first quarter,
added a touchdown on Julie Rykovich's two yard plunge in the
second quarter, and then after going into the fourth quarter with
a skimpy 10-3 lead, sewed up the game with Johnny Lujack's
touchdown on a 20 yard run and Rykovich's second touchdown
on a 15 yard run. Joe Ethridge put Green Bay on the board 
with a 22 yard field goal in the third quarter. The Packers were
held to a minimum in their point production, which is all that
counts, yet they had their moments. No fewer than five times
they threatened to score, aside from the time they did on
Ethridge's kick, but they always ran into some difficulty. They
lost the ball on an incipient drive when Walt Schlinkman 
fumbled on Chicago's 32 yard line in the first quarter. They 
gave up the ball on downs on Chicago's three yard line in the
second quarter. Ethridge missed a field goal from the 21 yard
line in the third quarter after the team has rolled to a first down
on the 10. They lost the ball on an interception in the end zone
a few minutes later in this same period, and they lost the ball
on downs on the five yard line in the fourth quarter. It wasn't
bad football they played except that they didn't have a punch
down close. In total yardage there wasn't a great difference
and what did exist was due only to Chicago's superior passing.
On the ground the Packers outdid the Bears, 186 yards to
161. In punting they outdid them 39 yards to 36 and the 
averages here do not tell what booming punts Jug Girard 
occasionally sent down the field. In the air, though, the Bears,
with Lujack doing most of the passing, had a clear edge with
177 yards against Green Bay's 85. In total yardage it was 346
for Chicago and 270 for Green Bay. Canadeo was not only the
most spectacular ground gainer of the day, he also was the 
workhorse of the afternoon. He carried the ball 22 times, more
than any other back, and with running that brought cheers 
even from this partisan crowd, he picked up 98 yards. In seven
league games now, he has gained 647 yards on 122 carries
for an average of 5.3. Position for Blanda's field goal in the
first quarter developed off his great punt that sailed out of
bounds on Green Bay's one. The Packers kicked back at
once, but when McAfee returned the punt 20 yards to Green
Bay's 27, there the Bears were. A minute later Blanda split
the uprights. The Bears went 68 yards for their first touchdown
in the second quarter. Schlinkman's fumble, which Bray
recovered, set them off, and on six first downs, two of them on
penalties, they reached the one. On third down from the two,
Rykovich rammed home.
One of the penalties, a questionable pass interference against
Cook covering Boone in the end zone, was particularly 
decisive, for it cost the Packers 12 yards and gave the Bears
their sixth first down of the drive on the one. Cook, from up in
the stands, seemed to cover Boone perfectly and without
interference, but the officials saw it differently - and the officials
has the last word. With 10 points against them, the Packers
made their first real threat late in the half, smashing all the
way from their own 35 to Chicago's five, first down, but that 
was all, although for a moment a touchdown did look like a 
cinch. Fritsch fumbled on first down and lost five yards, Girard
recovering. Fritsch picked up three on second down, Heath
passed to Cook for five on third down, and with the ball on the
two yard line, Canadeo was thrown for a yard loss on fourth
down. The half ended two plays later.
The third quarter was all Green Bay's, yet the boys had only 
three points for all of their efforts. Girard's pass interception,
which he returned 41 yards to Chicago's 29, set them up in
business, and after moving to the 13, where things got tougher,
they sent Ethridge back to kick his goal. They also came 
back a little later and on a pass, Girard to Cook, who made a
spectacular catch of Chicago's 10, seemed touchdown bound
again. Here, though, they faded, and on fourth down Ethridge
failed on a kick from the 21. Still they came the very next time
they laid hands on the ball, driving from their own 42 to
Chicago's 29, but Perina intercepted a pass in the end zone
and that was that. It was still a ball game, with the Bears 
ahead 10-3 as the teams changed goal for the fourth quarter,
but then it broke wide open. Lujack and his sharp passing,
his sharpest of the afternoon, twice carried the Bears almost
the length of the field into scoring position from where Lujack
and Rykovich finally ran for touchdowns. Each of the drive
covered 80 yards. Even with all this, though, the Packers
refused to fold, and in between the drives, they made their
final sally, going from their own 37 to Chicago's 11. As on all
but one other threat, though, down close they folded. On three running plays they reached the five yard line, then on fourth down with four to go, threw an incompleted pass into the end zone. And that was all. The Bears made two other threats in the closing minutes, one when Blanda missed a 56 yard field goal by a couple of feet, no more, the other when Sprinkle blocked Girard's punt and the Bears recovered on Green Bay's nine. Nothing happened off the blocked punt though. Cody fumbled three plays later and Neale recovered on the two. And so the game ended. The crowd of 37,218 was a disappointment in view of the excellent football weather. It was the first time in several years that the crowd at this old rivalry fell below 40,000.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  3  0 -  3
CHI BEARS -  3  7  0 14 - 24
1st - CHI - George Blanda, 28-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 3-0
2nd - CHI - Julie Rykovich, 1-yard run (Johnny Lujack kick) CHICAGO BEARS 10-0
3rd - GB - Ethridge, 22-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 10-3
4th - CHI - Lujack, 20-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO BEARS 17-3
4th - CHI - Rykovich, 5-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO BEARS 24-3
NOVEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - There must have been something wrong with the official count of the house (37,218) at the Bear-Packer game Sunday. Vacant seats were so few and far between that it looked like at least 47,000. I've seen turnouts of 45,000 that looked smaller...Policeman at Wrigley Field got a terrific boo when they refused to permit a youthful fan to snatch the game ball after it had rolled into the crowd. A press box observer hit the nail on the head when he said: "Those same guys doing the booing wouldn't chip in a dime to buy the kid a ball. But they'll help him make off with someone else's property.
NOVEMBER 8 (Philadelphia) - Tony Canadeo, Green Bay Packer "Old Reliable", leads the ground gainers of the NFL for the fourth straight week. He has lugged the ball 644 yards on 121 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per try. The Packer ace is 122 yards ahead of Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia. In team play, its' Washington in the air and the Eagles on the ground. The Redskins, led by 13-year veteran Sammy Baugh, hold a one-yard edge over the Chicago Bears and Johnny Lujack in passing gains. The Skins have amassed 1,654 yards to 1,653 for the Bears. The Eagles have piled up 1,549 yards on the ground to lead the second place Steelers by 129 yards. The Packers are third in ground gaining. In total offense, the Skins are tops with 2,750. The Bears are second with 2,674 and the Eagles third with 2,576. The Eagles don't figure among the leaders in passing gains but  nevertheless are the best team in the league in percentage of completed passes. Tommy Thompson, last year's passing champion, has teamed with Bill Mackrides to complete 51.9 percent of the Eagle tosses. Led by Bobby Layne, the league's number one passer so far this season, the New York Bulldogs rank second in accuracy, with a mark of 51.3. Third place belongs to the New York Giants, whose passing arm is Charley Conerly. The Giants have a mark of 50 percent even. The Giants are first in total points with 207. Defensively, the Eagles are the whole show. The champions have allowed opponents a mere 1,697 yards compared with the 2,014 yielded by the second place Bears. Detroit's Lions are third with 2,154.
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Everybody knows that Tony Canadeo is a great halfback. The records speak for themselves. In game after game, he has racked up big chunks of yardage for the Packers on sheer drive, born of terrific desire and unlimited courage. The Gray Ghost easily ranks with the best running backs in pro football. He's far from a physical giant himself, but he takes care of himself against real giants with plenty of spare. Last Sunday against the Bears, for instance, Tony accounted for more than half of the Packers' yards gained on the ground with an impressive total of 98. He blasted 'em, he dug, he twisted and turned, and he even rolled over the turf to pick up extra yards - taking a chance on being killed in the process, incidentally. Yes, everybody knows those things. But only a few knows that Tony shouldn't have played a minute against the Bears because of an attack of intestinal flu. He agreed to take some penicillin shots, but wouldn't listen to suggestions that he was in no condition to tangle with the Bears. "I'm all right," he insisted, as the same time refusing to see the doctor again for fear he (the doc) would say no go. All right? The guy's absolutely super....SOME OF THIS AND LITTLE OF THAT: Canadeo already has gained more yards in seven games this season than he did in 12 last year. His overall record for 1948 showed 589 yards in 123 carries for a 4.8 average. To date this season, he has 647 yards in seven games for a 5.4 average on 120 attempts...As suspected, last Sunday's Packer-Bear crowd was 10,000 more than officially announced. Which meant 47.218 witnessed the battle. The error, discovered later, came on the relay from the front office to the press box...The National League announced the winner of the "bonus" draft choice. Detroit pulled the lucky number and came up with the right to dicker for Leon Hart, huge Notre Dame end. And here's something the NFL didn't report. Each club drafted three players by way of starting the annual "lottery". The All-America, I've heard, did that even earlier. Is that a sign of peace or continued war?
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Eagles club of Green Bay, in open meeting Monday, drafted an appeal to the Eagles club of Milwaukee to help get a crowd out to State Fair park for the Packers' final Milwaukee football game, November 20. "Greetings our brothers," the message reads. "Most of the brethren up here thought gemutlichkeit was a fullback at Marquette, and a future Packer prospect. Now we learn that gemutlichkeit mean coziness, comfort. This definition leads us to believe that this gemutlichkeit business is what has been throwing the Packers for a loss in Milwaukee. However, our good brethren of New Milwaukee aerie have demonstrated by past endeavors, particularly by the annual Packer kickoff dinners, that the oft saluted, comfort loving attitude of the Milwaukee populace can on occasion be sidetracked for a sufficient time to arouse effort toward civic achievement. Therefore, the Green Bay aerie does hereby request New Milwaukee aerie to contribute its noted spirit and spark toward prying the population of Milwaukee away from the gemutlichkeit and attend the game November 20. Green Bay aerie does here and now declare that at all time it is willing to share its pride in the Packers with New Milwaukee aerie. Further, if our request is granted, we will be at the Eagles clubhouse after the game to sample some of the gemulkichkeit.
NOVEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - Chuckin' Charley Conerly will match his passing against Tony Canadeo's running Sunday when the New York Giants pay one of their infrequent visits to Green Bay. Young Conerly, you may remember, was chief engineer of the 49-3 slaughter at Milwaukee a year ago which went into the books as the worst defeat in Packer history. In that game, Conerly pitched three touchdown passes and scored once himself. Currently Conerly rates third among NFL passers with 83 completions in 159 attempts for 1,146 yards gained. Packer coaches are working frantically to develop a pass defense to slow down the youngster. Handicapping them was the absence of veteran Irv Comp, defensive halfback, sidelined for at least another two weeks with a badly injured knee.
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - Among the sports personalities Chuck Conerly has left utterly confused are Branch Rickey and the coaches of the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and sundry other National league opponents. Conerly is a swarthy Mississippian who came up to the New York Giants last fall with a record as long as some of his touchdown passes and immediately began hacking away at the marks of Sammy Baugh. He will show up at Green Bay Sunday when the Giants make their first league appearance in more than a decade in the league's most northernmost outpost. Rickey was interested in football at the time Conerly finished his career at Ole Miss and sought to sign Conerly for his now defunct Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America conference. Rickey never understood why Conerly gave him the brush-off to take a lower cash offer from the Giants. Conerly went to the Giants on Steve Owen's promise that the Giants would go to the T formation. "I figure that I can last five or six years longer in the T than I 
could playing single wing in this league," Conerly explained. The change over from Owen's A formation, a hybrid single wing, to the T this fall posed a number of problems. First of all, Conerly had difficulty locating receivers. "I would drop back and know where the receivers should be," he said, "but then I'd have trouble finding them. In the single wing and the A, which we used last fall, I had them in sight all the while and was ready to pass any time after receiving the ball." There were other problems. For example, in the single wing Conerly moved forward all the time, but in the T the move was backward and out of the play. The Packers taught him this one in an exhibition at Syracuse last September. He wound up under assorted Packers with a foot in his face and one tooth missing. He has been high tailing his way out of traffic quite expertly since. Conerly was good in the A formation, but he seems destined to be even better as a T man. His record last season was 162 completed passes, 2.175 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was second to Tommy Thompson, league champion. His greatest days were against Pittsburgh (36 completions for 363 yards and three touchdowns) and against the Packers at State Fair park, where he completed 20 of 30 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers went down to defeat, 49-3. He also scored a touchdown, just by way of making his Wisconsin debut complete. Conerly thinks he had his best day several weeks ago, when he lead the Giants to a resounding upset of the Bears. Conerly threw 15 passes that day and completed eight. Four of them went for touchdowns, including the one which broke a tie and gave the Giants a 35-28 triumph in the final two minutes. Conerly hit Gene Roberts for 31 yards, 62 yards and 86 yards, all touchdowns, and Bill Swiacki for 35 and another six pointer. At 25, Conerly is one of the brightest stars in the National league and seems destined for a long run as a T man. He has been improving game by game, with help from Assistant Coach Al Sherman, the old Philadelphia Eagle T quarterback, and his new teammate, Ray Mallouf, a veteran recently obtained from the Chicago Cardinals. Mallouf has been especially helpful, says Conerly, on timing and faking. How helpful, the Packers will fund out Sunday at Green Bay.
NOVEMBER 11 (Green Bay) - Chuck Conerly and Choo Choo Roberts, the former one of football's greatest passing stars and the latter the National League's leading scorer, were the subject of another long intensive defensive drill Friday as the Green Bay Packers wound up the rigorous part on their preparation for Sunday's game with the New York Giants in City Stadium. Conerly especially has occupied the attention of the Packers this week as coached prepped relief men to replace Irv Comp and Jack Jacobs, two of the league's outstanding defensive backs. Both are handicapped by leg injuries, and have spent most of their time this week riding bicycles to strengthen pulled muscles. The Packer coaching board of Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charlie Brock said Friday they were not planning on much help from either Comp or Jacobs, but that both may see action. Comp was hurt a week ago and did not make the trip to Chicago for the Bear game. Jacobs was crippled early in the Bear tussle.
NOVEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Everybody boots one once in awhile - even blustering George Marshall, aggressive owner of the Washington Redskins. Charlie Conerly is living proof of Marshall's big boot. He's the same Conerly who passed the Packers dizzy at State Fair Park last year and will be aiming to do the same Sunday when the New York Giants invade Green Bay for the first time in years. The Redskins had the ex-Mississippi wizard originally. For some reason, they drafted Charlie as well as Harry Gilmer a year ago last winter. Putting the clutch on two college passing sensations was a strange move in view of the fact that Sammy Baugh still was doing all right, thank you, as chief gunner. There just isn't room or real need for three outstanding pitchers on one club. Baugh was a cinch to stick. So one of the newcomers had to go. When it came time to make the choice, Marshall decided to keep Gilmer. The Giants, glad to get the No. 3 passer or any other bit of help from a rival club, took Conerly. Look what's happened since. Gilmer spent most of the 1948 season in a hospital and hasn't been off the bench very often this year. Conerly, on the other hand, was an immediate sensation and right now ranks as one of the best flingers in the business - a No. 1 man if there ever was one.
NOVEMBER 12 (Green Bay) - The long fight back to contendership brings Green Bay's embattled Packers face to face with Chuck Conerly and associated New York Giant teammates, the National League's highest scoring combination in City Stadium Sunday. Conerly alone is enough to excite the enthusiasm of Packer adherents as well as that of the speculatively inclined, who have made the New Yorkers a six and one-half point favorite on the strength of victories over the Chicago Bears and Cardinals. Conerly, the rookie of the year in 1948 and at present only a point behind Bobby Layne and Sammy Baugh in the race for the individual passing championship, had been the object of special defensive preparations by the Packers for the past four days. But Conerly is not the only obstacle in the Packers' quest for their third victory. Choo Choo Roberts, a combination power runner and scatback from Chattanooga, is the leading scorer in the National League with 11 touchdowns, seven of which have come from plunges and long runs. Green Bay will attempt to match Conerly and Roberts with a running attack that still rates second in the league on a club basis, largely through the personal achievements of veteran Tony Canadeo, the league's No. 1 rushing back. The 30 year old Canadeo, an even more remarkable athlete than the 25 year old Conerly, is fully recovered from the fever and sniffles that handicapped him against the Bears last week. But otherwise the Packers could be in better shape.
NOVEMBER 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, struggling to stay out of the cellar in the western division of the NFL, meet the New York Giants here Sunday afternoon - and the prospect of winning isn't a particularly happy one. It isn't that the Giants look so impressively better than the Packers, either in the league standings or the season's statistics. It is rather that the Giants come to Green Bay still smarting from the 31-24 licking they took from their hometown rivals, the Bulldogs, a week ago in one of the biggest upsets of the season. The victory was the Bulldogs' first in seven games. An aroused bunch of Giants can be a tough outfit to handle and it is certainly an aroused bunch the Packers will have on their hands. Although beaten three times in four games the Giants lead the league in points scored at the moment with 207. With Chuck Conerly throwing, they can explode from anywhere on the field, and in their present mood they probably will. Green Bay's defense will get a good test. But if the prospect isn't a particularly happy one, it isn't a hopeless by any means. In the first place, the Giants may not be at full strength because of injuries. Both Emlen Tunnell, stellar defensive back, and Scott, pile driving back, were hurt in the Bulldog game and will see little action if any. And in the second, the Packers, while absolutely last in the league in the matter of point production with 69, still compare very favorably with the invaders in most statistics. Green Bay has piled up yard almost as well as New York with 2,032 against 2,170, has rushed the ball better than New York with 1,367 against 997, has controlled the ball better with 312 plays against 264, has punted better with an average of 43 against 37, and has generally thrown up a better defense with 2,267 against 2,538. Conerly, of course, is the first man to stop. The former Mississippi star who a year ago at State Fair park in Milwaukee, just about jammed the ball down Green Bay's throat in the 49-3 victory, has lost none of his wizardry and again ranks with the league's leaders. The running game, in support of Conerly's passing, may not be as effective as it could be with Scott in the lineup, but it can still be good with Roberts as the wheelhorse. Noah Mullins, the old Bear star, will take over if Scott does not play. Green Bay's hopes rest largely on its defensive line, the fleet running of Tony Canadeo who leads the league with 644 yards on 121 plays, and the improved all around play of Jug Girard. The game will be the 28th in the long rivalry with the Giants. Green Bay has won 13, New York 12. Two of the game have ended in ties. The appearance will be one of New York's few in the smallest city in the league. With good weather, a near capacity crowd is expected. It will be Green Bay's last game at City Stadium.