(LOS ANGELES) - Captain Bob Waterfield pitched five touchdown passes, three of them to star end Elroy Hirsch with the longest 73 yards, to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a 42-14 triumph over the Green Bay Packers. The other Ram scored came on a brilliant run by safetyman Jerry Williams - 99 yards after taking a missed field goal try by the Packers' Fred Cone late in the game. Hirsch's three touchdown passes brought his season total to 17 and tied the all-time pro league record established in 1942 by Green Bay's Don Hutson. The stubborn Packers held the vaunted Rams to a 14-14 tie at the half, and seemed destined to make things even tougher for the local golden boys. Waterfield's passing brilliance accounted for touchdowns for Hirsch of 73, 37 and 19 yards; to Dick Hoerner for 15 and to left end Tom Fears for 39. The Packers scored their touchdowns on throws by quarterback Tobin Rote, who hit Billy Grimes for a 33-yarder, and Carlton Elliott for 14. They made it a battle for two periods, but wilted under the battering runs of the Rams' bull elephant backfield, notably Hoerner and Deacon Dan Towler, and Waterfield's superb artistry. A 31-yard punt return by Glenn Davis to the Packers' 33-yard line in the first quarter set the stage for the first Rams' score. Fears took the ball to the 22, and two plays later Waterfield passed 15 yards to Hoerner for a touchdown. Waterfield converted.
The Packers came right back after Dom Moselle brought the kickoff back to Green Bay's 47. Rote fumbled, but made 11. In quick succession Rote tossed to Elliott for 13 and then to Grimes for 33 and a touchdown. Cone's conversion tied it up. After Davis returned the kickoff to the 33, Waterfield whipped a pass to Hirsch on the Packer 35. Crazy Legs swung into action and outsped Pelfrey in a race to the goal. Waterfield's kick made it 14-7. Green Bay counterattacked, driving to the Rams' 25 on a 38-yard Rote-Grimes pass, but the Rams stiffened and Cone's field goal try was wide as the quarter ended. The Bays swept back into the game later in the second period when Moselle recovered Towler's fumble on the Green Bay 36 after the Rams' fullback had broken away for 28 yards. A pass from Rote to Cone clicked for 28 yards, Fred going the last eight with defensive half Herb Rich riding piggyback. Then Rote hit Elliott three times in a row, the last toss good for 14 yards and the score. Cone's kick tied it up at 14-14. From his own 32, Towler got away for 25 yards to Green Bay's 43, early in the second half. He picked up four more, and Waterfield then sent a 37-yard bullet to Fears, who took the ball out of the hands of Ace Loomis on the two and stepped across. Waterfield tacked on the extra point. A Packer field goal attempt boomeranged into a spectacular Ram tally shortly after the next kickoff. Cone tried a three-pointer from the 50, but Ram back Jerry Williams took the short try a step from the goal and started up the middle. He didn't stop until he had crossed the goal line with a dazzling 99-yard scamper. Waterfield again was accurate, and the Rams led, 28-14.
Rote led an unsuccessful Packer thrust which wound up on the four after the next kickoff. An exchange of kicks followed and the Rams hit paydirt again after taking the ball on the Bays' 37 early in the fourth quarter. A quick aerial bolt from Waterfield to Hirsch chalked up the six points, while Bob's conversion made it 35-14. A 19-yard pass from Waterfield to Hirsch a little while later gave the Rams another score. It was Hirsch's third of the day and his 17th of the season, tying Don Hutson's pro football mark. Waterfield again kicked the extra point to hike the Rams' margin to 42-14 just as the news of the 49ers' victory brought the crowd to its feet with the biggest roar of the day.
All 275 pounds of Joe Stydahar quivered with excitement Sunday as his Los Angeles Rams backed into the pro football championship playoffs. "It was terrific," Joe enthused. Nobody was quite sure whether he meant the Rams' 42-14 win over the Packers or the upsets of the Bears and Lions which combined to give Los Angeles the conference title. The Rams played the game with an eye on the Packers and both ears tuned in for developments at San Francisco. They already knew about the Bears' defeat. When word came through that the 49ers, trailing by three points, had a first down on the Lion two, players on the Rams' bench leaped to their feet. The team on the field drew a five-yard penalty for delaying the game as they joined in the excitement. Stydahar clasped his hands, almost in prayer at this point. Joe only proferred a rosy "we'll be ready" in answer to a query as to his prediction of his Rams' game with the Cleveland Browns next Sunday for the pro crown. Green Bay's Gene Ronzani also played it cozy. "I think the breaks will decide it," he said. "Cleveland has the organization and Los Angeles the personnel. The coming Ram-Brown clash will be Los Angeles' third successive try for the title. They lost to Philadelphia, and Cleveland in the previoud two quests.
GREEN BAY   -  7  7  0  0 - 14
LOS ANGELES - 14  0 14 14 - 42
1st - LA - Dick Hoerner, 15-yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LA 7-0
1st - GB - Grimes, 33-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) TIED 7-7
1st - LA - Elroy Hirsch, 73-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LA 14-7
2nd - GB - Elliott, 14-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) TIED 14-14
3rd - LA - Tom Fears, 39-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LA 21-14
3rd - LA - Jerry Williams, 99-yd return of a missed FG (Waterfield kick) LA 28-14
4th - LA - Hirsch, 37-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LA 35-14
4th - LA - Hirsch, 19-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LA 42-14

Los Angeles       8   4   0   .667  392  261
San Francisco     7   4   1   .636  255  205
Detroit           7   4   1   .636  336  259
Chicago Bears     7   5   0   .583  282  282
GREEN BAY         3   9   0   .250  254  375
New York Yanks    1   9   2   .100  241  382
Sunday December 16th
Chicago Cardinals 24, CHICAGO BEARS 10 - The weather was 2 below zero, but the Chicago Cardinals and Charley Trippi were red hot and they mailed the Bears here Sunday, 24-10. The licking killed whatever chance the Bears had to tie for the conference title. Trippi, springing into action in a surprising spread formation in the second half, scored two touchdowns and passed to the third in an attack which erased a 7-0 lead which the Bears held at intermission. Cliff Patton booted a 13-yard field goal to complete the scoring. End Gene Schroeder scored both Bear touchdowns on long passes. Trippi, lone back behind center in the Cards' spread attack, galloped 16 and 26 yards for his touchdowns. He passed six yards to Billy Cross for the third touchdown. He carried the ball 13 times for 145 yards. The Bears were in complete charge in the first half, and would have had even more than a 7-0 lead except for a gallant goal line stand by the Cardinals in which they threw back three thrusts from the one-yard line. In the second half, however, they were roundly outplayed.
SAN FRANCISCO 21, Detroit 17 - San Francisco's 49ers, scoring a touchdown in the closing minutes, defeated the Detroit Lions before 40,000 fans here Sunday afternoon, 21-17. The licking knocked Detroit out of the National Conference championship. Y.A. Tittle, former LSU star, ran over from the two-yard line for the winning touchdown, after rookie halfback Joe Arenas had returned a punt 51 yards to Detroit's 18-yard line. Tittle scored the touchdown on the fifth play with three minutes left. The lead seesawed throughout. The Lions jumped out to an early advantage in the first period when fullback Pat Harder kicked a 13-yard field goal and built their lead to 10-0 on the first play of the second period when Harder battered over from the one-foot line. San Francisco immediately snapped back, however, and held a 14-10 lead at the half. Both touchdowns followed pass interceptions by Lowell Wagner. On the first tally, fullback Joe Perry passed to left end Billy Wilson. On the second, Tittle hit right end Gordon Soltau. The Lions pounded and passed 77 yards to regain the lead, 17-14, in the third quarter. Layne passed to right end Leon Hart for the touchdown. So the score remained until Arenas broke away on his punt return - and Detroit's hopes were dashed.
New York Giants 27, NEW YORK YANKS 17 - The New York Giants intercepted eight passes, a new NFL record, as they defeated the New York Yankees, 27-17, on ice-covered Yankee Stadium here Sunday. The thefts gave the Giants a total of 41 interceptions this season, compared with their old mark of 39 in 1948. Fullback Eddie Price established a league season record for the most carries, 272, when he made 31 attempts. His 132 yards gave him a season total of 965. The old record of 263 carries was made by Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1949. Ray Poole of the Giants booted two field goals, boosting his season total to 12, and added three extra points for a total of 66. Em Tunnell, Bob Wilkinson, and Kelly More scored the Giants' touchdowns. Wilkinson and Mote on passes from Charlie Conerly. Tunnell's touchdown came on a 74-yard runback of a kickoff. Both Yank touchdowns resulted from passes. George Taliaferro accounted for the first, hauling in a spot pass from Bob Celeri in the second quarter. In the closing minutes of the final period, George Ratterman hit Sherman Howard in the end zone with a 24-yarder. Harvey Johnson booted a 15-yard field goal and converted both points after touchdowns.
Los Angeles Rams (8-4) 42, Green Bay Packers (3-9) 14
Sunday December 16th 1951 (at Los Angeles)
Hall of Fame wide receiver Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams runs upfield in a 42 to 14 win over the Green Bay Packers (Credit: Vic Stein)