GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MINNEAPOLIS) - The Green Bay Packers did more than hold their
own in a scoreless first half against the San Francisco 49ers on the
squishy, rain-soaked Parade Stadium here Wednesday night. But it
was a different story in the second half as the 49ers romped to three
touchdowns and a 20-0 victory in a Catholic Charities benefit game
before a near capacity crowd of 19,021.
There was nothing in the first half activities that even hinted at the
second half collapse of Gene Ronzani's boys. They came within two
yards of a touchdown early in the second quarter after a beautiful,
criss-crossing 43-yard run by rookie Ray Pelfrey. San Francisco, in the
meantime, just managed to cross midfield twice. Even through most of
the third period, it looked like nothing much could or world happen in
the way of scoring on the slippery field. Suddenly, without warning,
the 49ers struck from afar after Joe Wismann's interception of a Bobby
Thomason pass. Joe Perry, big Frisco fullback, broke over left tackle,
swerved to his right and dashed 42 yards for a touchdown without having a hand laid on him. Perry added the extra point.
Before the Packers had a chance to pull themselves together, lightning struck again in the form of a 94-yard punt return by Joe Arenas. The 49ers' rookie safety man fielded Jug Girard's punt on the hop, slipped past a wave of Packer eager beavers and was off to the races. Perry's failure to convert left the count at 13-0 going into the fourth quarter. The West Coach club swept 62 yards on six plays, three of them passes by Y.A. Tittle, for an added insurance marker in the fourth. Rex Berry jammed through for the final 10 yards. Tittle added the final point. Two fumble recoveries by big Al Hopewell deep in his own territory saved the Packers further trouble and embarrassment down the stretch. The winners did a remarkable job of running, passing and catching in the big second half. They had a definite edge in speed, too, as the Bays, not nearly the team they were against Philadelphia last Sunday looked sluggish. The losers failed to advance beyond the enemy 45-yard line all through the rocky second half.
BAY PASSES BAD
Thomason and Tobin Rote has the worst imaginable night in the passing department, completing only three out of 20. And those three completions actually lost two yards. Frisco, with Tittle and Frankie Albert doing the chucking, picked up 117 yards through the airlanes to add to their impressive 202 total on the ground. The Packers were weakened by the loss of Jay Rhodemyre, ace center, who was called to his home in Ashland, KY because of the death of his father, Jay. He is expected to rejoin the team Saturday in Buffalo, where the Bays play Pittsburgh.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 0 - 0
SAN FRANCISCO - 0 0 13 7 - 20
SF – Joe Perry, 42-yard run (Perry kick) SAN FRANCISCO 7-0
SF – Joe Arenas, 95-yard punt return (Kick failed) SAN FRANCISCO 13-0
SF – Rex Berry,10-yard run (Y.A. Tittle kick) SAN FRANCISCO 20-0