GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(PITTSBURGH) - Halfback Joe Geri ran, passed and kicked
the Pittsburgh Steelers to a bruising 28-7 victory over the
Green Bay Packers Sunday. It was the Steelers' second win
and the Packers' fourth loss. Playing heads-up ball all the
way, the Steelers piled up a 21-0 lead by halftime with three
backs figuring in the scoring with line plays. Green Bay,
bottled up for three quarters, scored its only touchdown with
only 2:30 remaining on a 25-yard pass from Tobin Rote to
Officials called 19 penalties for a total of 186 yards and
ejected two players, one from each team. Ousted for
fisticuffs in the third quarter were Steeler John Schweder and
Packer Ray Dipero. The brief fisticuffs was broken up by
players and officials without damage to either player. The
Steelers marched 65 yards for their first touchdown. Geri's 17-
yard run and a 24-yard bass to Truette Smith ignited the drive.
Lynn Chandnois climaxed the drive by racing 13 yards for the
score. Jerry Shipkey's pass interception with only a half-
minute left in the first quarter set up the second Steelers
score. Shipkey took Bobby Thomason's pass intended for
Floyd Reid and carried back to Green Bay's 26. Geri picked
up 15 and three plays later fullback Jerry Nuzum plunged over
from the three.
With time running out in the second quarter, the Packers
elected to gamble deep in their own territory and lost the ball
on downs on the 26. Geri filtered through right tackle for four
yards and a touchdown moments later. Chandnois' 35-yard
pass to end Minarik accounted for the other Steeler score
early in the last period. The Steelers gained a net of 324
yards, rolling up 21 first downs. Green Bay picked up 16 first
downs for a net total of 218 yards. Although only two
touchdowns came via the air, the two teams tried 50 passes.
The Steelers completed 11 in 21 tries. The Packers made 18
good out of 29.
The Packers threatened only in the second and fourth
quarters. The second quarter drive petered out on the
Steelers 28 after the Packers recovered Chandnois' fumble at
midfield. Halfback Ray Pelfrey reeled off the biggest gain for
the Packers, a 19-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter. Geri picked
up 73 yards in 12 plays to lead the Steeler ground gainers.
Chuck Ortmann had 33 yards in five scrimmage plays.
Thomason attempted 16 passes, completing 10, for 67 yards
and Rote tossed 13, completing eight for 72 yards and one
touchdown. For the Steelers, it was Geri again. He tossed 19
aerials and hit 10 receivers for 133 yards. So airtight was the
Steelers defense that the Packers failed to penetrate
Pittsburgh territory until the second quarter. End Tom Jelley,
obtained from the Chicago Bears as a replacement for Val
Jasante, was the biggest sore thumb in the Packers' attack.
Rote's 25-yard pass in Mann, which accounted for the Packer
touchdown in the final quarter, was the most sensational
aerial of the game. Mann nabbed another aerial from Rote in
the fourth period preceding the touchdown but officials ruled
he had stepped out of bounds. Outside of the aerial flurry in
the closing minutes of the game, the Packers failed to show any of the drive that had carried them to three victories in the NFL. The Packer touchdown drive in the final quarter went 80 yards and followed the Steelers' final tally.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 7 - 7
PITTSBURGH - 14 7 0 7 - 28
1st - PITT - Lynn Chandois, 13-yard run (Joe Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 7-0
1st - PITT - Jerry Nuzum, 3-yard run (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 14-0
2nd - PITT - Geri, 4-yard run (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 21-0
4th - PITT - Henry Minarik, 35-yard pass from Chadnois (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 28-0
4th - GB - Mann, 25-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) PITTSBURGH 28-7