GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(CHICAGO) - Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers almost
burst their seams with good old-fashioned "try" against the
Chicago Bears here Sunday afternoon, good old-fashioned
"try" and good football both, but it wasn't enough. They lost
24-13. As high and eager as they have ever been this fall, they
met every charge of their ancient tormentors with a charge of
their own, played sparkling football all the way, and lost, or
probably lost, only because they lacked the last extra
something to carry on with a goal only a step or two away.
What they didn't do with a couple of touchdowns in their grasp
will undoubtedly be talked about on cold winter evenings in
Green Bay as much as what they did. They did score twice.
But they fumbled on the 9-yard line, losing the ball, in the
midst of a furious drive in the third quarter with the score 13-10
in their favor, and they failed on four plays to score from the
3-yard line in the fourth quarter with the score only 17-13. And
there went the big chances for victory.
ROTE AT HIS PEAK
It was one of the finest games of the fall, at least from Green
Bay's standpoint, and the very finest beyond any question
from Tobin Rote's. Rote was magnificent. The only able
quarterback after Bobby Thomason's injury in the Pittsburgh
game a week ago, Rote carried 60 percent of the rushing load
and all of the passing, and did such a remarkable job that the
Bears were in a constant dither. As a ball carrier, operating off
Ronzani's spread, he carried 14 times and gained 150 yards,
and, as the passer, he completed 10 out of 33 for 88 yards
more. The scoring Rote left to others, although he did throw
a pass for one of the touchdowns, but how much can one guy
do anyway? Dom Moselle spun around Chicago's right end on
a direct pass from center for the first touchdown and Rote
passed to Tony Canadeo in the end zone for the second.
The rest of the big moments Rote himself supplied.
DEVASTATING CHARGES
But it wasn't enough - not what Rote did or what the rest of
the team did. The Bears were still big and bad and bruising,
even through they have begun to creak in certain joints. They
scored three points on George Blanda's 36-yard field goal in
the first quarter, a touchdown on Steve Romanik's 1-yard
sneak in the last minute of the second quarter, another
touchdown on George Gulyanics' three-yard plunge in the third
quarter, and their third touchdown on Julie Rykovich's 1-yard
plunge in the latter stages of the fourth quarter. It was
devastating football they turned loose each time, too. On the
first touchdown, they went 50 yards on six plays, on the
second 80 yards on 15 plays, all but one of them thrusts at
Green Bay's line, and on the third touchdown 75 yards on 14
plays, all but one of them running plays. Green Bay's line in
these drives was scattered by Gulyanics, or Dottley, or
Rykovich. The Packers had their biggest moments in an
explosive 41 seconds early in the second quarter in which,
rather oddly, they scored both of their touchdowns to take a
13-3 lead. On the first one, with Rote providing the big punch,
they drove from the Chicago 40 to the six, where Moselle took
over on his direct pass from center. On the second, they went
22 yards after Orlich, down fast on the subsequent kickoff,
pounced on the ball before the Bears could get to it. It was an
odd play, the kickoff. Actually, Orlich took the  ball on a dead
run at the 22 and raced all the way across the goal with it, but
the pros have a rule that specifically covered this kind of play.
The ball can only be recovered, bot advanced. Orlich's
alertness still gave the Packers the position they needed,
however, and after Rote on first down had torn off 12 yards,
he passed to Canadeo in the end zone on the next play for the touchdown.
GREEN BAY     -  0 13  0  0 - 13
CHICAGO BEARS -  3  7  7  7 - 24
1st - CHI - George Blanda, 35-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
2nd - GB - Moselle, 5-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Canadeo, 10-yard pass from Rote (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-3
2nd - CHI - Steve Romanik, 1-yard run (Blanda kick) GREEN BAY 13-10
3rd - CHI - George Gulyanics, 3-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 17-13
4th - CHI - Julie Rykovich, 1-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 24-13
Chicago Bears (6-2) 24, Green Bay Packers (3-5) 13
Sunday November 18th 1951 (at Chicago)
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS PROVE THEY'RE BETTER THAN RECORD
​NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Last Sunday's Bear game proved again that the Packers of 1951 aren't nearly as far off the pace as current standings would indicate. And surely are a lot better than anyone dared hope in pre-season training. With that little something extra in key spots they could have beaten the Bears, just as they could have tamed the Lions and the high powered Bears. And as usually happens to a club that needs all possible breaks, the Packers didn't get them. Nor have they been getting them in other games. Three time Sunday the Ronzanimen had receivers in the clear. Twice the ball was overthrown - not by much, but still enough to choke off almost certain touchdowns. Once the receiver, too anxious to get going after the catch, dropped the ball. On two other occasions receivers dropped perfect passes and with the muffs went big, vital gains. Those are examples of that extra something a winning team must have in the clutch, as was the failure to knock it over the final chalkline after having first down on the three. Consider, too, that the Bays' first sweep into Bear territory, via a 30 yard Tobin Rote to Bob Mann pass to the enemy 27, was nullified by an untimely roughing penalty. When they were forced to punt, the Bears turned the break into a counterattack climaxed by George Blanda's field goal for the first score of the game...ROTE'S RUNNING OFF SPREAD WAS HIGHLIGHT: Jug Girard was almost away in the second quarters when Billy Stone managed to grab him by the pants and delay him long enough to permit defensive reinforcements to get into the act. Tony Canadeo was the key man in another of those "almost" happenings that will keep the hot stove league fire burning all winter. The Grey Ghost, running like an 18 year old sprinter, was within inches of breaking into the clear after a 48 yard return of the kickoff starting the second half. On the second play thereafter, Rote, who had swept defensive left end for 32 yards on the first, had at least a chance to bull his way into the end zone when a bump on the arm caused him to drop the ball. It became a doubly bad break when the Bears recovered. And so it went. But through it all, the Packers put on a pleasing show that lost no friends. The highlight was turning Rote loose as a runner off the spread formation for the first time. That required some fine blocking, in the line as well as at the wings. It was the best blocking of the season and Rote took full advantage of it. With each passing game, one can't help dream about what a season this could have been with Clayton Tonnemaker, Bob Forte, Len Szafaryn and Larry Coutre doing their stuff. They were called into service after playing key roles in the 1950 revival. No team in the league suffered more serious personnel losses.
PACKERS TO FACE LIONS IN TURKEY DAY CONTEST
NOVEMBER 21 (Detroit) - Already bruised and battered from three straight defeats, the Green Bay Packers will run into the NFL's hottest team, the Detroit Lions, in a Thanksgiving Day game here Thursday. The game, which start at 11 AM Milwaukee time, will broadcast over WTMJ and telecast over WTMJ-TV. The Lions have been snarling of late after a disappointing start. They have won three games in a row, including a 24-17 decision over the Packers at Green Bay November 4th, and a victory Thursday would put them in at least a temporary tie with the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams for the National Conference lead. Detroit's resurgence began soon after its acquisition of Pat Harder from the Chicago Cardinals. The former Milwaukee Washington and Wisconsin fullback has been running like the Harder of old since joining Buddy Parker's club. With quarterback Bobby Layne and halfbacks Doak Walker and Bob Hoernschemeyer, he rounds out one of the greatest backfield in professional football. Layne is having his best season. He has thrown 20 touchdown passes and needs nine more in the last four games to break the league record set by Sid Luckamn of the Bears in 1943. His favorite targets are the massive Leon Hart, who has caught eight touchdown aerials, and Dorne Dibble, who has caught five. Green Bay will go into the game still below peak strength, but in better physical condition that it was last Sunday against the Bears. Quarterback Bobby Thomason, who miss the Bear game, will be ready for at least part-time duty. Halfback Billy Grimes, used only briefly against the Bears, also will see action. Neither Thomason nor Grimes will start, however, Tobin Rote, who ran the Bears dizzy off the spread formation with a 150-yard total and added 88 yards through the air, will continue at quarterback, and Dom Moselle at right half. Tony Canadeo and Fred Cone will complete the backfield. Only one Lion, tackled Thurman McGraw, is on the injured list. Floyd Jaszewski will replace him. A crowd of 35,000 is expected.
BATTERED PACKERS FACE LIONS
NOVEMBER 21 (Detroit) - The number four looms importantly when the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers clash here Thursday, starting at 11 a.m. Milwaukee time. The Packers, bruised and battered after three defeats, will try to avoid the fourth. The Lions, on the other hand, will be seeking their fourth straight victory before an anticipate crowd of 35,000. If they come through as expected, they will go into a temporary first place National Division tie with the Rams and Bears, who don't play again until Sunday when the Lions will be idle. A nationwide hookup (excluding Michigan and Toledo) will carry the telecast of the 
game with WTMJ-TV of Milwaukee as one of the outlets. The game also will be broadcast on WTMJ. Bobby Thomason, who sat out last Sunday's battle with the Bears because of injuries, will be available for at least limited duty for the Packers, as will Billy Grimes, who played only a minute or two. Neither will start, however. Which means that Coach Gene Ronzani will pin his ball carrying and passing hopes on the same four who gave the Bears quite an argument, namely quarterback Tobin Rote, halfbacks Dom Moselle and Tony Canadeo and fullback Fred Cone. The favored Lions again are looking to their rejuvenated fullback Pat Harder to provide the heavy punch and loosen up the Packer defense for Bobby Layne's passes and the varied running of Doak Walker and Bob Hoernschmeyer. Ronzani's squad will leave by plane late Thursday for Green Bay. They will have 10 days to prepare for the next game, the home tilt with the New York Yanks December 1.