(DETROIT) - Gene Ronzani's crippled Packers slashed away
with gusto at the Detroit Lions in their Thanksgiving Day
football game here Thursday morning, but they were slashed in 
urn and in a wheeling game they lost, 52-35. It was the biggest
total ever run up against a Green Bay team. A crowd of 33,452
enjoyed all of the delights of basketball and football both, as the
two teams alternately flew and ran up and down the soggy field
for 12 touchdowns and a field goal. The victory lifted the Lions
into a temporary tie with the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles
Rams in the National Conference.
It was touch and go, with the Lions holding a slight edge most
of the time until fleet Jack Christiansen uncorked two
spectacular punt returns in the third quarter, one of 71 yards
and the other of 89 yards, to give his side a commanding 52-28
lead. It didn't exactly break Green Bay's back, for the Packers
came back to regain one of the touchdowns in the fourth
quarter and hammered at the gates for another as the game
ended, but it did create a deficit they found entirely too much
to overcome. Tobin Rote, hero of the hard-fought battle against
the Bears Sunday, led the charge again with his running off the
spread and his passing, and in total offense had even a bigger
day than the one in Chicago. He carried 15 times for 131 yards
and completed 15 times for 131 yards and completed eight out
of 23 passes for 201 more - a total of 332. All told, the Packers
gained 471 yards. The Lions had somebody to match him,
though - Bobby Layne. What Christiansen didn't do to ruin the
Packers with his punt returns, the talented Layne did with his
passing arm. Layne played only in the first three quarters, but
it was time enough for him to toss four touchdown passes. He
needs only four more to equal Sid Luckman's league record of
28 set with the Bears in 1943.
The Packers, coming off the bruising Bear game only four days
before, were in their worst physical condition of the season and
went into the game with both a revamped defense and a
badly-handicapped offense. Bob Mann, the club's leading pass
catcher, Rebel Steiner, Bob Summerhays and Ab Wimberly did
not play at all. Charlie Schroll and Billy Grimes appeared only
briefly. The teams took turns setting the pace in the first half, in
which the lead changed hands three times. Doak Walker gave
the Lions first blood with a 20-yard field goal. Rote passed 15
yards to Stretch Elliott to put the Packers ahead, 7-3. Layne
regained the lead for Detroit, 10-7, with a 17-yard pass to Bob
Hoernschemeyer, but Rote plunged one yard after a 44-yard
pass to Pelfrey, to put the Packers in front again, 14-10, as the
first quarter ended. The Packers also increased their lead early
in the second quarter, 21-10, on Rote's 48-yard pass to Dom
Moselle. But with this the Lions started what turned out to be
their game-winning countercharge. Layne passed 33 yards to Leon Hart to cut Green Bay's margin to 21-17, then 35 yards to Walker to regain the lead, 24-21, and then 19 yards to Hart again to give the Lions a 31-21 advantage at the half. Hoernschemeyer's spectacular 85-yard run from scrimmage in the early stages of the third quarter gave Detroit a 38-21 edge, but Rote passed to Pelfrey for 42 yards to make it 38-28. It was still anybody's game. Christiansen strode upon the scoring scene here, however, and with his two great punt returns boosted Detroit's advantage to 52-28 as the third period ended. The Lions, with free use of substitutes in the fourth quarter, did not score again, but the Packers kept hammering away. A pass, Thomason to Elliott, good for six yards, made it 52-35, and passes and runs both carried the team deep into Lion territory in the closing minutes before a fourth down plunge just failed to make the necessary yardage to carry on.
GREEN BAY - 14  7  7  7 - 35
DETROIT   - 10 21 21  0 - 52
1st - DET - Doak Walker, 20-yard field goal DETROIT 3-0
1st - GB - Elliott, 15-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
1st - DT - Bob Hoernschemeyer, 17-yd pass from Bobby Layne (Walker kick) DET 10-7
1st - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
2nd - GB - Moselle, 48-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
2nd - DET - Leon Hart, 33-yard pass from Layne (Walker kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
2nd - DET - Walker, 35-yard pass from Layne (Walker kick) DETROIT 24-21
2nd - DET - Hart, 19-yard pass from Layne (Walker kick) DETROIT 31-21
3rd - DET - Hoernschemeyer, 85-yard run (Walker kick) DETROIT 38-21
3rd - GB - Pelfrey, 42-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) DETROIT 38-28
3rd - DET - Jack Christiansen, 71-yard punt return (Walker kick) DETROIT 45-28
3rd - DET - Christiansen, 89-yard punt return (Walker kick) DETROIT 52-28
4th - GB - Elliott, 6-yard pass from Thomason (Cone kick) DETROIT 52-35
Detroit Lions (6-2-1) 52, Green Bay Packers (3-6) 35
Thursday November 22nd 1951 (at Detroit)
NOVEMBER 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Impressions gained and previous observations confirmed while watching the thrilling Lion-Packer Thanksgiving Day scoring duel over TV - one of my rare opportunities for a living room look, incidentally. 1. The Lions have terrific personnel. Layne, Harder, Walker and Hoernschmeyer, the first string backfield; Hart, Dibble, ends, and Christiansen are among their outstanding operators who rank with the best. 2. Speed is vital in modern football. The Packers have more of it this year, but still can't match the Lions in overall speed and quickness. 3. There is no substitute for size when there's skill to go with it. The giant Hart is a prime example. He proved it at Green Bay by outreaching smaller defenders to take a key touchdown pass. He did it again Thursday at Detroit. 4. The Packers aren't far off the pace. Four or five more topflight defensive men - bigger defenders in the secondary especially - and they'd be in the thick of the championship race. 5. Starting from scratch, the Bays have developed an offense that's as good as any. It's well conceived, varied, effective and mighty interesting to watch. The club is well coached so well that there is definite hope for the future....PROTECTION KEY TO SUCCESSFUL PASSING: 6. Protection still is an important part of a pass attack, just as rugged rushing is vital to the defense. Give a real pitcher enough time to spot his man and let fly, and it's almost impossible to stop him. Rush him with a fair degree of consistency and he's not so tough. The Packers did a good job protecting Rote and Thomason, but it wasn't the almost perfect job the Lions did for Layne. 7. Television is tough competition for football team that must depend upon gate receipts for their very existence. You miss on-the-spot color. But what's color when you can have the comforts of home, save time and money, and see all you want to see to boot? See it better than you do with your own eyes from most seats in any stadium, for human eyes can't match much more powerful eyes of the camera. What if the Lion-Packer game hadn't been blacked out in Michigan and Toledo, O. (only about 70 miles from Detroit)? I'm sure the crowd of 33,000 plus would have been cut in half. So anyone who still thinks that television, like radio, will build bigger crowds and bigger gate receipts better think again. A handful of key games each season might not be hurt by unlimited TV. But most attractions, both college and pro, would. Regardless of good intentions, television makes it too easy to not go to a game on account of weather and one thing or another....THORPE FUND ADDS TO GREEN BAY'S 'REP': Green Bay's reputation as the nation's livest and biggest little sports town is largely the result of longtime support for the Packers. And now the Bay is adding to that reputation in quite another way - a touching, human way - by taking the lead in rallying to the aid of Jim Thorpe. The going has been rough for the great Indian, generally considered this country's No. 1 all-time all-around athlete. So rough that there is no doubt he needs help. The fact was emphasized recently when he underwent an operation in an eastern hospital. Among those who took notice of the situation was Ben Laird, Green Bay radio executive. Ben and his right hand man, Don Arthur, had no idea that it would be anything but a modest local project when they decided to do something for Jim. But, much to their amazement, the thing caught on and attracted nationwide attention. Radio and TV networks gave it a plug. Dollars started to flow into Green Bay from other states - in big bundles as well as small. And the end isn't in sight. As a result, already there is enough to assure Thorpe a monthly income for life. A grand undertaking by people in a grand city. Those who care to join them can do so by sending contributions (no amount is too small) to the Jim Thorpe Fund, Box 148, Green Bay.
NOVEMBER 23 (Pittsburgh) - Val Jansante, who quit the Pittsburgh Steelers recently due to the razzing of fans, was placed on waivers Friday and immediately claimed by the Green Bay Packers. At his home here Friday night, Jansante said he probably will join the Packers as soon as he is notified officially of the deal. Green Bay's next game is at home December 2 with the New York Yanks and the team finishes on the West Coast playing the San Francisco 49ers December 9 and the Los Angeles Rams December 16.
NOVEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - Wisconsin gets its last look at the 1951 Green Bay Packers and its first view of their new running attack Sunday in the home windup here against the New York Yanks. The kickoff, because of early darkness, has been moved up to 1 p.m., and special ceremonies arranged for halftime. But the 15,000 fans expected are looking forward more to seeing Tobin Rote than almost anything else. Those in the Milwaukee are got a television eyeful Thanksgiving Day when the big quarterback slashed through and around the Detroit Lions until, apparently on orders from the bench, he stopped running and started throwing. The Yanks, who haven't won a game this year, may be tougher than expected. Their total offense is only 104 yards less than the Packers' mark of 2,947 yards. In addition, they well may be smarting from the 29-27 loss to the Packers in an early season meeting at New York. Green Bay came from behind to win in the last 15 seconds on a field goal by Fred Cone.
NOVEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have been bolstered for their game against the New York Yanks with the addition of two ends, Coach Gene Ronzani announced. The team officially signed Val Jasante, former Pittsburgh Steeler end, yesterday and called up Dick Moje, a former San Jose State player. Moje was drafted by the Packers this year, but was only held three days at the start of the season. Ronzani also announced that waivers have been asked on Charley Robinson, a guard, and Ham Nichols, Jr., another guard, has been put on the injured reserve for the rest of the season with a broken hand.
NOVEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - All indications are that the Green Bay Packers and the New York Yanks will be ready for one of the best games of the season when they meet here Sunday. Packer coach Gene Ronzani reports that everyone on his squad will be ready to play. That includes new end Val Jasante and Dick Moje, who have looked good in workouts. Rebel Steiner is hobbled by a bad ankle but should see some action. The gridiron should be in fine shape. It has been covered for almost three weeks with a type of paper used over fresh construction jobs. The paper absorbs the moisture of the ground and swamp grass has kept the ground from freezing. "I'd rather be playing the Bears or the Browns instead of the Yanks," Ronzani says. "Those Yanks are good and can beat anyone in the league if they start clicking. I 
DECEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers run down the curtain on the home half of the football season here Sunday afternoon in a return game with the pesky New York Yankees, who have yet to win a league game this fall but who have threatened to in almost every start. The occasion will be homecoming, and between halves old Packer stars will take part in ceremonies. Green Bay, with a 3-6 record, ruled a 3-point favorite Saturday night on the strength of the 29-27 victory over the Yankees in New York earlier in the fall and impressive football even in defeat. A little more punch at a few crucial points and the team's record could well be 6-3 instead of 3-6. The last victory was over the Yankees in October. The Detroit Lions (twice), Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears have beaten the Packers since. Ronzani's new offense, built around Tobin Rote in the dual role of passer and ball carrier in a spread, will be shown to the home fans for the first time. It was introduced as a surprise in the game with the Bears two weeks ago and immediately became the talk of the league. It was used again against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day and enabled the club to score 35 points even in defeat. Rote has averaged 7.5 yards a play running off formation. The Yankees, led by Bob Celeri and George Ratterman, have been in the thick of every game they have played since a shaky start in September. They tied the San Francisco 49ers a week ago for one of their two ties. Earlier, they held the Lions to a stand-off. Celeri has provided the passing spark in most of the fine recent performances. The Packers, idle since Thanksgiving Day, were in fine condition for the game except end Bob Mann and guard Ham Nichols. Mann, one of the league's best receivers, has a bruised hip. Nichols has a broken bone in his hand. The Yankees, also in good shape, arrived here from New York Friday night and worked out briefly Saturday morning.
hope they don't pick Sunday to hit their peak." But the general mentor added, "I think we can win and also take our last two games of the season on the road if we play heads-up football."