GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(CHICAGO) - The season's books in professional football's
bitterest and oldest rivalry were balanced, today - one for
Green Bay and one for the Bears. Whipped in an upset on the
banks of the Fox River two weeks ago, the Bears squared the
account here Sunday afternoon, battering Green Bay's
defenses with four touchdowns, yielding only two and making
off with a well-earned 28-14 victory. An explosive performance
by quarterback Johnny Lujack in his new role as a ball carrier 
provided the chief margin of difference in a game stubbornly
contested all the way and watched by a record crowd of
51,065 fans.
A LARGE OUTPUT
The nimble Lujack, satisfying the great urge he has always
had to carry the mail, dashed 25 yards for one touchdown,
sneaked one yard for another and wheeled eight yards around
end for a third - and that was the football game. The Packers
had not one, or no combination of backs, to match such an
output. Harper Davis added the fourth touchdown on a 36-yard
run. Lujack's big afternoon, which also included four points
after touchdown for an aggregate of 22, boosted his season's
total to 55 and gave him the NFL lead. Doak Walker of the
Lions, in second place, has 50. All of Chicago's scoring was
concentrated in between Green Bay's vital efforts. The
Packers scored first on Billy Grimes 73-yard dash in the first
quarter which for the moment raised all manner of hope in the
faithful who came here in droves, and they scored last on
Floyd Reid's 12-yard gallop over tackle. But that was all and it
wasn't enough. Ted Fritsch added both extra points.
BRUISING DEFENSIVE BATTLE
Despite the six touchdowns, it was primarily a defensive
battle. A bruising defense battle, too, with the two lines locked
in bitter and spirited going and with yardage yielded only
grudgingly. Statistically, the Packers had the better of it, just
as the Bears had it in Green Bay and they finished with 251
yards against Chicago's 214. But the touchdowns, these were
still Chicago's. Grimes' touchdown, after 13 minutes of the first
quarter, was probably the most spectacular play of the game.
On a wide sweep around Chicago's right end, he picked up
five yards, hurled himself like a tumbled over a bevy of Bears
who closed in on him, and then while his would-be tacklers
lay sprawled on the ground behind him, got up and easily
continued the rest of the 73 yards. In the midfield he had a
clear field ahead and George Connor, who gave chase five
yards behind, never had a chance. It takes a Buddy Young to
catch the fleet Grimes. Except for this, though, the first
quarter was almost entirely a punting duel in which Jug Girard,
his hand still in a cast matched Fred Morrison. Neither team
got beyond midfield. But the constant pressure the Bears
exerted finally began to tell, and in the second quarter they
tied the score, in the third quarter they went ahead with two
touchdowns, 21-7, and early in the fourth quarter they
increased this to 28-7 before the Packers put the scorekeeper
to work themselves again. In neither the second nor third
quarters did the Packers make even a mild threat. They
reached the 50 on their best effort in the second and their own
44 in the third. A 15-yard punt return by McAfee to Chicago's
45, and a 15-yard penalty against the Packers for roughing,
started the Bears to their first touchdown in the second quarter.
It took them five plays. A pass failed. Davis picked up 12 on a
reverse. Rykovich added one, Morrison added two and Lujack,
back to pass, saw an open alley ahead and easily ran the last
25 yards. The half ended 7-7, and the faithful still had high
hopes, but the Bears quickly dashed them as play resumed.
They scored on a 47-yard drive in the first five minutes of the
third quarter. Davis running the last 36 yards behind great
blocking on a reverse again, and then added another
touchdown on a 62-yard drive four minutes later. A spectacular
pass, Lujack to Rykovich, one of the few brilliant air maneuvers
of the afternoon, are up 43 yards on the long march, and, after
a pass interference penalty had moved the ball up to the nine,
the Bears scored in four plays. Gulyanics picked up three
yards on the first and second, Davis added six on the third,
and Lujack sneaked over on the fourth. Still they came in this
game they wanted so badly, and when Sprinkle blocked
Girard's punt early in the fourth quarter, they had position on
Green Bay's 45 for their final touchdown. A couple of passes,
Lujack to Campagna, brought the ball to the 11, and after
Hoffman had cracked center for three, Lujack faked a handoff,
kept the ball and swept around left end across the goal. Here
was the ball game, but the Packers still had a "kick". They
never gave up and when Wally Dreyer returned a punt 20
yards to Chicago's 38, they had their chance. A fourth down
pass, Christman to Baldwin, with 14 to go, gave them a first
down on the 12, and on first down Reid slashed over tackle.
They also threatened again after Blanda's punt had been
blocked and they got the ball on Chicago's 28, but Baldwin
dropped a pass right in his hands a few steps from the goal
and the game ended.
GREEN BAY -  7  0  0  7 - 14
CHICAGO   -  0  7 14  7 - 28
1st - GB - Grimes, 73-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - CHI - Johnny Lujack, 25-yard run (Lujack kick) TIED 7-7
3rd - CHI - Harper Davis, 36-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO 14-7
3rd - CHI - Lujack, 1-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO 21-7
4th - CHI - Lujack, 8-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO 28-7
4th - GB - Reid, 14-yard run (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO 28-14
Running back Billy Grimes led the league in punt-return yardage in 1950, a bright spot in a year when the Packers finished 3-9. Here is pictured in action against the Bears on October 15th 1950 (Credit: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Chicago Bears (4-1) 28, Green Bay Packers (2-3) 14
Sunday October 15th 1950 (at Chicago)
NEWS AND NOTES
STEELERS' JOE GERI TOPS PRO LOOP BALL TOSSERS
OCTOBER 17 (Philadelphia) - They cannot believe their eyes in Pittsburgh these days. The Steelers, who usually pound out yardage on the ground in a head banging type of game, have the NFL's leading passer for the second straight week. Statistics Wednesday disclosed that Joe Geri, a University of Georgia contribution to pro ball, leads all of his more illustrious colleagues. Geri has flipped 44 passes and completed 22 of them for 377 yards and three touchdowns. He has had only four intercepted and boasts an average of 8.57 yards a throw. Harry Gilmer of Washington, idle last Sunday, remained in second place in passing with 416 yards gained on 19 completions in 52 attempts. Zollie Toth did not play for the New York Yanks last week because of injuries but he continued to hold the ground gaining laurels. Toth has picked up 318 yards on 55 attempts for an average of 5.8 yards. Billy Grimes of Green Bay moved from fifth to second place with 315 yards. Dan Edwards of the Yanks again leads the pass receivers with 27 accepted successfully for 462 yards and three touchdowns.
SPIRITED PACKERS IN DOUBLE WORKOUT FOR YANK GAME
OCTOBER 17 (New York) - Spirits were high as the Green Bay Packers ran through morning and afternoon workouts Tuesday at their Bear Mountain retreat in preparation for Thursday night's return game with the New York Yanks at Yankee Stadium. Numerous bumps and bruises were collected in last Sunday's battle with the Bears in Chicago, but no serious injuries. So Coach Gene Ronzani expects to have his club in top shape despite the short time between starts. The high flying Yanks are 13 point favorites, but Coach Red Strader is taking nothing for granted. "The Packers are the hardest tackling outfit we've run into," said Strader at Tuesday's luncheon meeting, the first affair sponsored jointly by the Giants and Yanks. "And that Billy Grimes! There's a boy we'll have to stop if we expect to repeat over Ronzani's club. He's a dandy." Ronzani will continue to stress passing in workouts Wednesday and Thursday morning. The overhead game hasn't yet matched what the Packer head man termed "more than satisfactory ground work." "But it should and I sure hope we get those passes clicking Thursday night," Gene added. The Wisconsin club will arrive her late Thursday afternoon and leave Friday for the home ground in Green Bay.
PACKERS AIM TO TURN TABLES ON YANKS
OCTOBER 18 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers,
hoping they are not too bruised after Sunday's 
mauling 60 minutes against the Chicago Bears,
tomorrow night will try to even their season's business
with the New York Yanks, who whipped them, 44 to
31, in Green Bay earlier this season. It will mark the
halfway spot for both teams in the NFL season and
the Packers still must be figured in contention, even
though their three defeats put them at the danger 
mark. A triumph over the Yanks would lift the Packers
to 3-3 for the season and automatically move the
Chicago Bears into first place with 4-1 to the Yanks'
4-2 in the western division. In the last half of the
season, the Packers will play two each with San
Francisco and Los Angeles and single games with
Detroit and Baltimore. Even in losing to the Bears 
Sunday, the Packers were described by some
observers as stronger than when they beat the same
club earlier in the year. The Packers of 1949 lost 10
of 12 games and scored only 114 points. The current
Packers under Gene Ronzani have piled up 118 
points in five contests, but the Yanks are leading the
league with 166 points. Tomorrow's battle involves
many of the league's top individual players. The 
Yanks' Zollie Toth has rammed for 318 yards to lead
the NFL in rushing. In second place is Green Bay's
Billy Grimes with 315 yards. Grimes has a 7.9 
average to Toth's 5.8. George Ratterman of the Yanks has thrown 12 touchdown passes, five more than any of his rivals. His 61 completions have been good for 959 yards, second only to Otto Graham's 1,094. His favorite receiver, Dan Edwards, is No. 1 in the league with 27 catches for 462 yards and three scores. Spec Sanders of the Yanks is third in punting with a 42.9 average and tied for second in interceptions with six. Grimes is leading the league in punt returns, 10 for 247 yards. The Packers are third in rushing in the league, lagging behind only the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.
PACKERS UNDERDOGS IN NEW YORK TONIGHT
OCTOBER 19 (New York) - Green Bay Packers, eager to snap a two-game losing streak and avenge an earlier two-touchdown defeat, meet the New York Yanks tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks' current co-leaders of the NFL's National Division with the Chicago Bears, beat the Packers at Green Bay 11 days ago, 44-31, in a sprightly thriller. Four days ago, the Packers dropped a 28-14 decision to the Bears at Chicago. Tonight's game originally was slated for next Sunday at Green Bay. The World Series forced the 
shift in the home-and-home dates between the teams, with a previously-scheduled Sunday date between the New York Giants and Cleveland moving up to tonight. League rules ban two NFL games in the same city the same day. The Packers came through the Bear tilt in good shape and have been practicing this week at Bear Mountain, NY. Tackles Dick Wildung and Joe Spencer and end Abner Wimberly suffered minor injuries. The Yanks are ruled 13-point favorites.