EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (1-1) 14, New York Giants 7
Wednesday August 24th 1949 (at Syracuse)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(SYRACUSE) - The Green Bay Packers, outrun and outpassed by the New York Giants in a benefit football game tonight, scored in the last two minutes of play to win,
14 to 7. The winning tally came on a 25-yard pass from 
Jack Jacobs, former Oklahoma star, to end Bill Kelley, who
stumbled another 10 yards to the goal line.
GIANTS TIE SCORE
The Giants had tied the score at 7-7 midway through the 
final period when Cletus Fischer of Nebraska raced to a
touchdown from the Green Bay 36-yard stripe. Ted Fritsch
accounted for Green Bay's first score which came halfway
through the second quarter. He pushed the ball over from
the two-yard marker after the Packers had run the ball 33
yards in seven plays.
FRITSCH CONVERTS
Fritsch converted after both Green Bay scores and Ray 
Poole of Mississippi kicked the Giants' point. First downs 
and statistics were all in favor of New York. The Giants
registered 18 first downs to five for the Packers while the
New Yorkers gained 176 yards through the air to only 61 for
Green Bay. Rushing yardage was even. Green Bay plays
the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh Sunday.
FIRST PERIOD
The Packers put on a goal line stand to stave off the Giants'
first threat after they gained possession by recovering a
fumble on the Packer 33. The Giants reached the four on
three plays but the Packers held the New Yorkers on the 1
yard line in four plays. The Giants then put a goal line stand
of their own to rob the Packers of a TD. The Packers got in
position when Dan Orlich blocked Chuck Conerly's punt on
the 50 and returned to the Giant 35. Two Jack Jacobs' 
passes - one to Glen Lewis for 14 yards and runs by Bill
Schroeder and Walt Schlinkman - moved the ball to the two
where the Giants stiffened. The teams exchanged punts as
the first quarter ended.
SECOND PERIOD
Guard Larry Olsonoski opened a threat for the Packers 
early in the second quarter when he intercepted a Conerly
pass on the Giant 43 and returned to the 33. The attack
stalled and Fritsch missed a field goal from the 40. The
Packers smashed the Giants back 18 yards in two plays to
the two yard line. Conerly punted and the Packers got down
to their first 1949 touchdown business. Ed Smith started
with a 17-yard run around left and Ted Fritsch and Ralph
Earhart ate up the rest of the yardage, with Fritsch going
over from the two. Ted then kicked the extra point. The Giants put on a 50 yard drive on passes but Glen Lewis stopped it by intercepting on the Packer 13 as the half ended. Score - Green Bay 7, Giants 0.
THIRD PERIOD
The Giants got the first break of the third quarter when Sulaitis recovered Earhart's fumble on the Packer 38 but Ted Cook stopped that threat by intercepting Conerly's pass in the end zone and returning to the eight. The Giants started another drive after a fast punt by Jacobs but Cook against mussed it up, this time by recovering a fumble on the Packer 41. The Packers couldn't budge and the Giants took over for the next 10 minutes, keeping the ball on a series of 15 yard penalties that resulted in the ejection of two Giants, Tex Coulter and Joe Scott. The Packers finally got the ball on their own 12 when Luhn picked up Conerly's fumble after Ed Neal dumped the center into Conerly's lap as the quarter ended. Score - Green Bay 7, Giants 0.
FOURTH QUARTER
After some harmless sparring the Packers made their first down of the second half on a 13 yard run by Ed Smith. The attack stalled and Jacobs got a 62 yard punt to the four from where Tunnell returned to the 32. The Giants had a touchdown in seven plays - Cletus Fischer, rookie from Nebraska, running 36 yards for the score. It was Fischer's first carry job of the night. Conerly kicked the extra point which tied the score. The Giants threatened again on Greenlagh's 18 yard run but Forte and Wildung smashed them back for 28 yards on two successive plays and then Comp recovered a fumble on the Giant 35 with two minutes to go. After Luhn dropped a pass on the 15 yard line, Jacobs pitched to Bill Kelley on the 10 and he scampered over for the touchdown. Fritsch kicked the extra point as the clock showed 1:52 left.
GREEN BAY -  0  7  0  7 - 14
NY GIANTS -  0  0  0  7 -  7
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
4th - NY - Cletus Fischer, 36-yard run (Ray Poole kick) TIED 7-7
4th - GB - Kelley pass from Jacobs, 35-yard pass (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS' JACOBS INJURED, LOST FOR TILT WITH STEELERS
AUGUST 26 (Pittsburgh) - Jack Jacobs was lifted from the Green Bay Packers' lineup for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and placed on crutches today, following X-rays of his right ankle, injured in the New York Giants victory Wednesday night. He will be lost to the Packers for at least two weeks. Jacons, the Packers' No. 1 passer, punter and signal caller, suffered torn ligaments on the last play of the first half against the Giants at Syracuse when, attempting to run out the clock, he nearly broke away for a long gain on a quarterback sneak from the Packers' eight yard line. Keeping the accident to himself, Jacobs played throughout the last two periods and in the last two minutes threw a 42 yard pass to rookie end Bill Kelley to beat the Giants, 14 to 7. X-ray examinations were ordered today when Jacobs was unable to walk on the ankle. Jacobs' injury forces the Packers into the Steeler game without three of their outstanding backs. Tony Canadeo is benched with a fractured wrist and Jug Girard, on whom Coach Curly Lambeau counted heavily this season, sustained a severely bruised shoulder in the Philadelphia Eagle game a week ago. Stan Heath and Irv Comp will handle the Packers' quarterbacking against the Steelers with Comp probably starting. Heath, who has been groomed for a later unveiling, will be making his professional debut in the Steeler contest. The rangy ex-Nevada star has been showing steady improvement since reporting from the All-Star camp 10 days ago, but it had been hoped that he would have the benefit of more individual instruction from backfield coach Bob Snyder before making his initial start against league opposition.
BOB CIFERS TO START FOR PACKERS AGAINST STEELERS ON SUNDAY
AUGUST 26 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Bob Cifers, the bad boy of the Pittsburgh Steelers' grid camp this year, was named by Coach Curly Lambeau yesterday to start at left halfback for the Green Bay Packers against his old teammates in the Community Fund grid game at Forbes Field on Sunday. The Wisconsin squad, 42 strong, arrived here by chartered plane shortly before noon yesterday from Syracuse where they whipped the New York Giants by 14-7 in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. They rested yesterday but will drill this morning at Langley High field. Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback of the Packers is still carrying a broken arm in a cast. His loss during training prompted Lambeau, a strict disciplinarian, to gamble on Cifers. The ex-Tennessee star was exchanged to Pittsburgh for a Packer draft choice to be picked next winter. Leading ground gainer of the Steelers last autumn, Cifers was a holdout when camp opened at Cambridge Springs. He came to terms after three days of disagreements, departures and returns. Then he was fired for hitting the sack at 2:30 a.m. instead of 10 p.m. Holdout trouble, which kept the Steelers in the news recently, has also hit the Packers. They revealed here that Jack Mitchell, rookie quarterback from Oklahoma who starred in the College All-Star game against Philadelphia's Eagles, has refused their bids. Negotiations have been dropped. At Cambridge Springs yesterday scouts Walter Kiesling and Chuck Cherundolo helped Coach Johnny Michelosen set up defenses for the Packers. They watched the Giants' game, and brought back their notes by plane in time for the matinee drill.
PACKERS VS. STEELERS
AUGUST 27 (Pittsburgh) - Stan Heath makes the jump from Nevada to the major leagues tomorrow in a charity game at Forbes Field between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former Shorewood prep star and holder of most collegiate passing records will be pressed into service a couple of weeks ahead of schedule to fill in for the injured Jack Jacobs, who is lost to the Packers for three weeks with a wrenched ankle. Heath will lead a Packer team that seldom has gone into a game so unprepared. Curly Lambeau has had only two days to set a defense and the Packers also will be without the services of Tony Canadeo, Larry Craig, Evan Vogds and Jug Girard. The local speculative gentry, however, have been installed as the favorite over a club that has taken three out of the last four from them and held the Chicago Bears scoreless for 44 minutes less than a week ago. The game will be played for the benefit of the local Community Chest, and, apparently, before one of the smallest crowds in recent years. The Packers will return home by air immediately after the game, winding up a one week's Eastern trip.
​STEELERS IN DEBUT TODAY
AUGUST 28 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Minus two
stars due to injuries, the Pittsburgh Steelers and
Green Bay Packers will open the pro grid season
here this afternoon in a benefit exhibition game for
the Community Fund. The kickoff is schedule at two
o'clock and a crowd of 15,000 is expected. Coach
Johnny Michelosen will be without a pair of ends,
Bob Davis being sidelines with a fractured left leg
and Val Jasante with a wrenched back. Coach Curly
Lambeau's T formation club must get along without
quarterback Jack Jacobs, who had a bad leg, and 
left halfback Tony Canadeo, who suffered a broken
arm in early training. With Jacobs on the sidelines
Stan Heath, the great prospect from Nevada U. will
make his pro debut here. Last year Stan collected
three new college records of 2,005 in total yards
gained passing, of 221.3 per game gained rushing
and passing and 22 touchdown passes in one season. On the first scrimmage play in the camp of the College All-Stars in Evanston, Heath suffered a concussion and missed the Philadelphia Eagles game. He hasn't appeared in either of two Packer exhibitions thus far. Sharing the limelight with Heath will be such Steeler newcomers as halfbacks Joe Geri, Bobby Gage and Don Samuel, center Bill Walsh and end 
Bill Long, a promising punter. For two figures on the field, interest in this one will be a bit more intense than usual. Bob Cifers, the Steeler wingback of the past two years, gets a crack at his old mates less than two weeks after he was fired for breaking training rules. On the Steeler side big Walt Kiesling, assistant coach, will be urging the Gold and Black to turn back the invaders. He got his walking papers from the Packers a line tutor following last season for no apparent reason except the club was a loser and needed a scapegoat. Off last season's records and showings to date, this year the rivals seem evenly matched. They split in 1948 in two meetings. The Packers copped an exhibition on their home grid by 14-10 but were humiliated in an NFL fray here by 38-7. Pittsburgh won 4 out of 12 in league play a bit better than the Packers' three won and nine lost. After 43 scoreless minutes the Steelers were whipped by 34-0 in the first exhibition by the Chicago Bears in Cincinnati. Green Bay lost to powerful Philadelphia, 35-0, but nipped New York's Giants, 14-7, last Wednesday.