GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(SAN FRANCISCO) - Southpaw quarterback Frankie
Albert engineered two swift touchdowns early in the
fourth quarter Sunday to give the San Francisco 49ers 
 a 31-19 victory over the Green Bay Packers. A chilled
crowd of 18,621 saw Albert direct scoring drives of 58
and 40 yards to put his team out in front. The Packers
led, 13-10, at halftime, and 19-17 at the end of the
third quarter. Green Bay jumped out to a 3-0 lead
midway in the opening period when Fred Cone kicked
a 20-yard field goal. The 49ers quickly tied the score
when Gordon Soltau booted a 23-year field goal.
ARENAS SCORES
Cone again out the Packers out in front in the second
quarter with an accurate 37-yard field goal booted from
a slight angle. An 80-yard scoring thrust, with San
Francisco's alternate quarterback, Y.A. Tittle, calling
the plays gave the 49ers a momentary lead. Left
halfback Joe Arenas ran the last seven yards for the
score. Tobin Rote, starring in the quarterback role for
Green Bay, maneuvered his club into a touchdown
shortly before the half ended. With the ball on San
Francisco's three, Rote connected with right end Ray
Pelfrey in the end zone. Cone converted. The
touchdown march was good for 76 yards and was
highlighted by Rote's 46-yard gaining pass to halfback
Dom Moselle. Opening the third period, San 
Francisco smashed to a touchdown, traveling 75 yards
in 10 plays with Arenas going over from the one. Albert
directed the scoring thrust and got off a 34-yard run of
his own. The Packers went out in front again in the
same quarter, however, after Harper Davis recovered a
49er fumble. Rote completed four passes to left end
Carlton Elliott, the last one for 11 yards and a
touchdown. The drive was good for 64 yards in five
plays. Cone's conversion attempt failed when the ball
hit the upright.
ONE SHORT THREAT
Left halfback Jim Monachino went through right tackle for the last three yards of the touchdown drive that put San Francisco into the lead for the last time. Albert tossed to Soltau in the end zone for the final insurance touchdowns. Defensive back Bob White intercepted a Rote pass to set up the final tally. The 49ers controlled the ball almost the entire final period. The Packers were able to put together but one short sequence. They took the kickoff after being scored against and moved the ball from their own 22 to their 41, Rote completed a pass to Elliott good for nine yards, then lugged the leather twice for gains of three and eight yards. A penalty set Green Bay back to the 36 and Rote was thrown for a yard loss before the visitors were forced to punt. Rote was a continuous threat in the first three periods and his passing and running kept the fans in an uproar. One "near" play that had the crowd tense in the third period saw Rote throw a long pass intended for Bob Mann. The former Michigan star couldn't get to it, however, and the ball sailed a foot over his head. If he had caught it, the game could have ended differently. He was in the clear and would have scored easily. It would have put the Packers out in front by eight points. One of the standouts in the line for Green Bay was John Martinkovic, 236-pound defensive end, playing his freshman year for the Bays. He turned in many important tackles and appeared to be playing in the 49ers backfield much of the time.
GREEN BAY     -  3 10  6  0 - 19
SAN FRANCISCO -  3  7  7 14 - 31
1st - GB - Cone, 20-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - SF - Gordie Soltau, 23-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - GB - Cone, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
2nd - SF - Joe Arenas, 7-yard run (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 10-6
2nd - GB - Pelfrey, 3-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 13-10
3rd - SF - Arenas, 1-yard run (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 17-13
3rd - GB - Elliott, 11-yard pass from Rote (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 19-17
4th - SF - Jim Monachino, 3-yard run (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 24-19
4th - SF - Soltau, 9-yd pass fr Frankie Albert (Gail Bruce pass from Albert) SAN FRANCISCO 31-19

NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS TRAIN FOR FINAL GAME
DECEMBER 13 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers drilled today for the final game of the NFL season, a Sunday tilt with the pass-happy Los Angeles Rams. Quarterbacks Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield lead the league in passing, with Van Brocklin racking up an average gain of 9.04 yards and Waterfield right behind with 8.62 yards. Van Brocklin has completed 95 of 185 attempts for 1,673 yards this season, including 13 touchdowns. Waterfield's passing record is 78 completions in 158 tries for 1,362 yards. The Packer defensive units will be keeping their eyes on the Rams' Elroy Hirsch, who lead the league in pass receiving, grabbing 60 aerials for 1,349 yards. Bob Thomason of the Packers is in 15th place among the league's passers, followed by teammate Tobin Rote. Thomason has completed 118 passes, third highest in the league, out of 205 attempts for an average of 57.6 percent, best in the loop. Rote has completed 86 out of 216, including 13 which went for touchdowns. The Packers have lost six straight and will be gunning for their fourth win in 12 starts.








NATIONAL CONFERENCE - STANDINGS
Detroit           7   3   1   .700  319  238
Los Angeles       7   4   0   .636  350  247
Chicago Bears     7   4   0   .636  272  258
San Francisco     6   4   1   .600  234  188
GREEN BAY         3   8   0   .273  240  333
New York Yanks    1   8   2   .111  224  355
Sunday December 9th
Detroit 24, LOS ANGELES 22 - With an amazing comeback in the final four minutes, the Detroit Lions defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 24-22, and took the lead in the bitter National Conference title fight. Overshadowing a record breaking performance by Captain Bob Waterfield of the Rams, who kicked five field goals, the deadly Detroit combination of quarterback Bobby Layne and halfback Doak Walker wrested victory from the favored Rams with a sensational 79-yard drive for the winning touchdown. Holding a roaring crowd of 67,892 in tense suspense, Walker pitched the payoff pass to the former All-America end, Leon Hart, to wipe out a 22-17 deficit. The triumph sent the Lions into the conference lead with a record of 7-3, with one tie (which doesn't count in NFL standings). That final splurge by the Lions was a heartbreak for Waterfield, whose five field goals set a new mark. The record broke the former mark of four set by the old Chicago Cardinals dropkicking star, Paddy Driscoll, in 1925 against the Chicago Bears. Waterfield had sent the Rams in front in the first period with a 17-yard placekick. He put them ahead, 6-3, in the second with a 40-yard boot, and his third from 25 yards out kept Los Angeles in the fray, 10-9, as the half ended. Then, in the fourth quarter, he added two more. The first went for 20 yards, the second for 39. Detroit got down to work at this point. Layne passed to Bill Swiwacki for 10, then to Huncy Hoernschemeyer for one. Layne then hit Walker for 20. He added 25 more himself on a brilliant run. Layne's burst put the ball on the Rams' 22. He crossed up the defense by handing the ball off to Walker, whereupon the Doaker flipped straight and true to Hart in the end zone.
Chicago Bears 45, NEW YORK YANKS 21 - Johnny Lujack and a fleet of racehorse backs raised the Chicago Bears to their highest offensive peak of the season Sunday and smothered the New York Yanks, 45-21, in a wild NFL game completed under the lights of Yankee Stadium. Lujack plunged over for three touchdowns and threw a perfect pass to Ed Spinkle for a fourth to spearhead the Chicagoan's pulverizing attack. The other Chicago touchdowns were fashioned by Julie Rykovich, who sprinted 55 yards, and by Chuck Hunsinger, who knifed over the nine. George Blanda made all six conversions from placement and kicked a 38-yard field goal in the opening period. The Bears, piling up a total of 499 yards with 339 of this chewed out on the ground, had only Blanda's field goal to show at the end of the first period. But then they turned loose an onslaught that brought three touchdowns in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth.
San Francisco 49ers (5-4-1) 31, Green Bay Packers (3-8) 19
Sunday December 9th 1951 (at San Francisco)
RAMS 2 TD FAVORITES OVER PACKERS SUNDAY
DECEMBER 14 (Los Angeles) - Los Angeles' Rams will face the Green Bay Packers as two-touchdown favorites in the NFL game here Sunday. But victory will mean little to the Rams unless the San Francisco 49ers can topple the Detroit Lions. A win here, a 49er win there, would give the Rams either clear title to the National Conference title or at least a tie with the Chicago Bears if the Bears whip the Chicago Cardinals. Disposing of the Packers come foremost, and it could on the difficult side if Green Bay plays as it did against Los Angeles last October in Milwaukee. Green Bay held the vaunted Rams attack scoreless for the better part of three quarters before succumbing 28-0. Los Angeles will be playing against several former teammates, including quarterback Bobby Thomason and guard Dave Stephenson. Thomason runs the Packers when they operate from the "T" while Tobin Rote is at the controls during the single and double win shifts.
PACKERS END SEASON IN LOS ANGELES
DECEMBER 16 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers end a disappointing NFL season today at the Los Angeles Coliseum in a game with the second-place Rams. The Packers, with the second worst defensive record in the league, will run up against a team sparked by the loop's two leading passers, Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield. Green Bay coach Gene Ronzani said he expected to try his new "I" formation against the Rams, in hopes of outscoring the powerful Los Angeles club. Quarterback Tobin Rote operates as the sparkplug of the new spread formation. Los Angeles, tied with the Chicago Bears, for second place in the National Conference, ​smashed out a victory over the Packers in their early-season game in Milwaukee. The Rams have won seven and lost four this season, while the Packers have won three and lost eight. Four teams - Detroit, the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles and San Francisco - will be fighting it out for the National Conference championship and the right to meet the Cleveland Browns, winners of the American Conference, for the 1951 title. Detroit (7-3-1) leads and can sew up the title - and squelch all the "ifs" and "buts" - by whipping the 49ers. But that might not be so easy for the Lions to do. The 49ers (6-4-1) upset the Lions two weeks ago, and playing at home this time, could do it again. If the Lions lost, then Los Angeles and the Bears (both 7-4) will have a chance to win or tie (each other) for the title. The circuit closes out its 32nd regular season.