GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - Wave the flag for Deral (Little Bull) Teteak
and big John Martinkovic! Wave it again and again, for they're
the boys who teams up on the key play to turn apparent
defeat into a well-earned victory for the Green Bay Packers at
Marquette Stadium Sunday afternoon. The score after 60
minutes of rock-and-sock football that bordered on the rough
at times: 12-10. The victims: Philadelphia's big Eagles, who
met their match and then some in the rugged defensive battle.
Bob Walston, the Eagles' placekicking artist, gave his team
a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Packers bounced right
back to go ahead 6-3 on Babe Parilli's perfect 21-yard pitch to
Floyd (Breezy) Reid, who was standing alone in the end zone.
From then until early in the final period it was no dice to both
sides as far as scoring was concerned. The Ronzanimen blew
a couple of good chances in the meantime. Suddenly came
one of those terrible breaks which have haunted the Packers
all season. Tobin Rote overshot his mark on a pass and the
ball sailed directly into the willing hands of Russ Craft, left
defensive halfback, who accepted the gift and scooted 30
yards for a touchdown. Walston's conversion made it 10-6.
Gloom as thick as the concrete supports in the stands
immediately settled over the slim crowd of 10,149. Every man,
woman and child gave up for sure when the Packers were
forced to punt a few minutes later. It was another good boot by
Parilli (he averaged 44 yards on nine shots) to the Eagles' 23.
But the Eagles now had the wind and a fine toe artist of their
own to pull them out of the hole, if any, in Adrian Burk. That is,
Burk, standing on his own 10, was supposed to kick after three
plays netted only a yard. In rushed Teteak from his middle
linebacking spot to make a clean block. The ball bounced
back toward the Eagle goal. Martinkovic, just a step behind
Teteak, grabbed the ball and rolled into the end zone, with
Burk clinging to him like a leech.
CROWD GOES WILD
It was a precious touchdown - one of the most welcome
touchdowns in years. And the joyous 10,000 let out a roar that
would have done credit to a packed stadium at Wisconsin's
Camp Randall. Even the free customers draped over the hills
outside the stadium knew this was the clincher. So no one
paid any attention to Fred Cone's failure to convert on two ties
(the Eagles were offside on the first), just as he had failed on
two bids for extra point after the first touchdown. And the
clincher it turned out to be, for the Eagles never again got out
of the nest deep in their own territory. The Packers weren't
letting them off the hook again. The Teteak-Martinkovic
combination struck a real blow for justice in giving the
Packers their third victory in six league games. For it would
have been brutal to lose this one. Absolutely brutal. Witness
the fact that the Eagles were held to a measly total of 126
yards - only 56 on the ground and 70 through the airlanes.
Also that they moved across midfield under the own steam
only once all afternoon - with only three yards to spare in the
third quarter and then only for a brief moment. They lost 13 big
yards on the very next play. So, for all practical purposes, all
their attacking business was confined to their half of the field.
Taking bows for that tremendous display of defensive strength,
along with Teteak and Martinkovic, were Ab Wimberly, who
performed miracles at right end; tackles Tom Johnson and
Dave Hanner; Ray Bray, a man's man at middle guard; Bob
Forte, left linebacker; Hal Faverty, right linebacker; and the
deep men, Bobby Dillon, Clarence Self and Dan Sandifer.
Most them played without relief. Hanner, who probably melted
off at least a dozen pounds despite the cool breeze, also took a turn at offensive tackle. The Eagles' three scoring bids, only one of which materialized, were set up by Vic Sears, giant tackle who would have been the hero had his team come through. He recovered Fred Cone's bobble on the Packer 28 that led to Walston's field goal. He gave Walston another chance from the 47 by pouncing on Tobin Rote's miscue on the Packer 24 early in the fourth period. Walston didn't come close that time. Sears did it again when Reid fumbled on his own 32 shortly after. Wimberly helped muffle each of those threats by throwing Burk and Bobby Thomason for 12 yard losses on pass attempts. Faverty matched Sears' efforts by coming up with the ball after two of the Eagles' three fumbles late in the first period - first on the enemy 23 and then on the 26. The first cash-in attempt fizzled when Bill Reichardt's 29-yard field goal bid was blocked. The second came to grief early in the second period only five yards from a touchdown. Rote hit Bobby Mann for 18 to give his team first down at that point. But the Eagles' own fearsome fivesome on the front line - Sears, Jarmoluk, Pihos, Kilroy and Farragut - stormed in to knock Packer plans for a loop. Forte pounced on a fumbled pitchout on the Eagles' 31 in the third quarter, but the threat was snuffed out by Jarmoluk's interception of a Parilli fourth down pass. Except for that and a couple of brief flurries into enemy territory in the same period, neither side really was pounding at the gates until the final quarter action already related. Actually, then, the only earned marker, in the true sense of the word, was chalked up by the Bays in the opening canto. Biff, bing, bang - three plays were all they needed to cover 73 yards. Cone wheeled around end for 10, Bill Howton made another of his copyrighted catches of a Parill pass for 42 and Reid caught the next for the final 21. Cone clicked on his first try, but the Packers were caught holding on the play. He tried it again and missed, only to get another chance when the Eagles were offside. The third boot was wide.
GAINED 290 YARDS
After the winning touchdown, Cone's first shot was low and the second wide. Ronzani's boys wound up with a respectable total of 290 yards gained - more than twice the Eagles' production. They hit on 10 out of 35 passes for 153 yards and added 137 running. Reid was head and shoulder ahead of any other back on the field with 80 yards in 15 carries. The Packers lost the ball on four of their six fumbles and returned the favor by picking off each of Philly's three bobbles. Each side made two interceptions. Burk's 12 punts averaged 42 yards, only two less than Parilli's
PHILADELPHIA - 3 0 0 7 - 10
GREEN BAY - 6 0 0 6 - 12
1st - PHIL - Bobby Walston, 23-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 3-0
1st - GB - Reid, 21-yard pass from Parilli (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-3
4th - PHIL - Russ Craft, 30-yard interception return (Walston kick) PHILADELPHIA 10-6
4th - GB - Martinkovic, 5-yard blocked punt return (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 12-10