GAME RECAP (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)
(GREEN BAY) – The Green Bay Packers rallied in the
final period tonight to score a touchdown and a field
goal, defeating the Chicago Cardinals, 17 to 14, before
16,168 in a NFL exhibition in City stadium. Green
Bay's Tobin Rote pitched a 72 yard pass to Ray
Pelfrey, rookie from East Kentucky State, who scored
to tie the count, 14 to 14, after 4:47 of the fourth
quarter. Ted Fritsch kicked the winning field goal in the
final minute from the 18 after Green Bay was penalized
five yards for too much time out.
The Cardinals marched from their own 20, after the
Packer kickoff by Ted Fritsch into the end zone, to the
Green Bay 5 in 12 plays. At this point the advance
stalled. Shortly thereafter Cliff Patton's try for a field
goal from the 17 was wide. Billy Grimes, carrying for
Green Bay, advanced 12 yards from his own 20 in three
tries, but the Packer advance was halted when Fritsch
fumbled and a teammate, Ray DiPierro, recovered. The
Packers were forced to punt but regained possession
on their own 35 when the Chicagoans failed to make
any appreciable gain. Billy Grimes and Tony Canadeo,
alternating as ball carriers, moved to the Packers' 46
and Tobin Rote's pass to Bob Mann was good for 16
yards. Two passes by Rote failed and Fritsch's try for
a field goal from the 32 was blocked by Patton. The
quarter ended with the Cardinals in possession of the
ball on their own 22. Score: Green Bay 0, Chicago 0.
The Packers scored 6 minutes and 40 seconds after
the period started. Grimes returned Frank Tripucka's
punt 15 yards to the Packer 37. Then Bobby Thompson
replaced Rote at quarterback for the Packers and
engineered the touchdown drive, passing alternately to
Abner Wimberly, Jack Cloud and Carlton Elliott. Elliott
set up the touchdown with a catch of a 6 yard pass.
Grimes then swept around his own left end from the 3
for the touchdown. Fritsch added the extra point.
Score: Green Bay 7, Chicago 0. The Cardinals tied the
score at 11:05. Don Paul made 11 and Tripucka's pass
to Fran Polsfoot was good for 5 yards, Emil (Red) Sitko
made it first down on the Cardinal 48 and Tripucka's
pass to Ray Ramsey for 37 yards put the ball on the
Packer 15. Sitko went to the 10 and then Tripucka
passed into the end zone to Paul for the touchdown.
Patton kicked the extra point. Score: Chicago 7, Green
Bay 7. The Cardinals were presented with a break
shortly thereafter. Tony Canadeo fumbled on the Packer
29 and Jerry Davis recovered. Tripucka fired a long pass downfield but it was intercepted by Wally Dreyer, formerly with the Chicago Bears. For the remainder of the quarter the two teams sparred for an opening on a wet field. Patton tried a field goal from the Packer 47, which fell short by 15 yards. Score: Chicago 7, Green Bay 7.
The Cardinals went ahead at 13:55 of the third quarter. Don Paul started the touchdown march by returning a Packer punt to the Green Bay 45. Tripucka passed to Polsfoot for 22 yards, Sitko picked up 14 yards in two cracks at the line and Bill Svoboda went to the four from where Paul scored. Venton Yablonski added the extra point. Score: Chicago 14, Green Bay 7.
The Packers tied the score at 4:47. Rote tossed a 72 yard pass to Ray Pelfrey, rookie from East Kentucky State, who took the ball over Bob Nussbaumer and ran the remaining distance for the score. Fritsch kicked the extra point. Score: Chicago 14, Green Bay 14. The Packers took a three point lead with one minute to go when Fritsch kicked a field goal from the 18. Fritsch at first kicked from the 13, but the Packers were penalized for too much time. But Fritsch repeated the act. Final score: Green Bay 17, Chicago 14.
CHI CARDS - 0 7 7 0 - 14
GREEN BAY - 0 7 0 10 - 17
GB – Grimes, 3-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
CHI – Don Paul, 10-yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Cliff Patton kick) TIED 7-7
CHI – Paul, 4-yard run (Vinnie Yablonski kick) CHICAGO 14-7
GB – Pelfrey, 76-yard pass from Rote (Fritsch kick) TIED 14-14
GB – Fritsch, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-14