(CHICAGO) - The Packers dropped a heartbreaker to
top all heartbreakers to their most ancient enemies,
the Bears, before a sellout crowd of 47,038 Sunday at
Wrigley Field. The scoreboard clock showed only two
minutes and five second to play when George Blanda
pitched a seven-yard touchdown pass to John Hoffman
that gave Old Halas University a 28-23 decision. But
that's only part of the story. The Packers were leading
23-14 - yes, by nine points - midway through the final
period and headed for their fourth straight league
victory when disaster, in fumble form, overcame them
and put the apparently beaten Bears back in the ball
game. It all started on Zeke Bratkowski's punt. Veryl
Switzer, a great little halfback, had the misfortune of
having the ball slip out of his grasp after seeming to
have fielded it cleanly in the midst of a host of Bear
tacklers. Wayne Hansen, Chicago center, picked it up
and jogged 14 yards to the goal line for the gift
touchdown. Green Bay followers will long remember
the brilliant rally which saw Coach Liz Blackbourn's
boys wipe out an early 14-0 deficit to pull up to 14-13
at the half, go into the lead on Fred Cone's 30-yard
field goal in the third quarter and chalk up what looked
like an insurance touchdown early in the final quarter.
The Bears broke the ice in the first five minutes on
Blanda's 40-yard scoring pass to Jim Dooley - one of
24 completions in 46 attempts, incidentally. Winning
prospects were even darker when Chick Jagade
plunged two yards for another TD early in the second
canto. But that proved to be only the darkness before
the dawn as the Bays struck back on a four-yard
pass, Tobin Rote to Max McGee, to climax a 51-yard
drive. Then came the most electrifying effort of the day -
a 93-yard punt return by Switzer. The dazzling run was
made possible by key blocks - by Stretch Elliott, Al
Carmichael and Steve Ruzich - that cleared an
unobstructed path along the sidelines for Switzer. A
bad pass from center cost Cone a fair chance to
convert and deprived the Bays of a halftime tie. It was
the longest punt runback of the season. The big
delegation from the home state forgot all about that
conversion blooper when Cone connected from the
field and the sense of security was even more definite
when Rote fired to McGee for 37 yards to increase the
margin to 23-14 following Clarence Self's interception
of a Blanda pass and a fine 23-yard return. Val Joe
Walker earned an assist on Self's theft by tipping the
ball away from a Bear receiver. Self made the grab as
he was closing in for a possible tackle. Then came
the aforementioned countercharge, a mixture of luck
and fine football that turned defeat into victory for the
Bears. That final drive was set in motion as Cone's
field goal bid from 46 yards out went haywire. The
ball rolled into the end zone for a touchback four
minutes and seven seconds before the final gun. An
offside penalty against Green Bay put the ball on the
Bears' 25 and Blanda immediately went on a
pitching spree that paid off, thanks to a couple of
dazzling catches. Five times Blanda wound up and
cut loose, and five times he connected - first to Pete
Perini for 20, then twice to Bill McColl for 26, then
twice to ex-Badger star Don Kindt for one and 21, and
finally to Hoffman for the score.
Perini made a nifty grab down the middle, yet it didn't
compare with the key catch made by Kindt, who went
into the game as the winning drive started. Don,
usually a defensive specialist, looked like an oversized
version of Don Hutson as he practically plucked the
ball out of two Packer defenders' hands and rolled to
the seven-yard line for a vital 21 yard gain. The climax
play which followed by another doozer. Blanda,
apparently about to be thrown for a big loss by Dave
Hanner, was falling as he spotted Hoffman in the
corner of the end zone and cut loose. Hanner, in fact,
had a firm grip on the quarterback's leg. Anyone who
though this typical Packer-Bear game - hard fought
and thrilling in the best traditions of the past - was
over, just didn't have those Packers figured. They flew
all the way to Bear 16 on four Rote passes in those
closing minutes. The big gainer was a 38-yarder to
Carmichael. Rote was smothered on the last play of
the game before he could fire another potential winner.
Of all the sizzling plays, the one that stands out in the
minds of the thousands of eyewitnesses from the
Badger State is the interference call against Jim
Psaltis that gave the Bears first down on the two-yard
line and set up their second touchdown. It was third
down and goal to go on the eight when Blanda, trying
to lead McColl, threw the ball far over his heard and out of the end zone. The ball had long since gone beyond the receiver when Psaltis bumped McColl and vice versa. So imagine everybody's surprise when head linesman Sam Pecararo tossed the handkerchief belatedly to indicate interference. What happened on the two preceding downs adds to the anguish. On the first, Walker had his hands on Blanda's pass with a clear field ahead, but dropped it. On second down, Roger Zatkoff came just about as close to an interception.
All of which is a fair hint that this was no game for weakhearted fans. Dull moments were few and far between. The Packers have now lost four games by a total of 19 points. Until today, no team had scored more than 23 points against them.
GREEN BAY     -  0 13  3  7 - 23
CHICAGO BEARS -  7  7  0 14 - 28
1st - CHI - Jim Dooley, 40-yard pass from George Blanda (Blanda kick) CHI 7-0
2nd - CHI - Chick Jagade, 2-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 14-0
2nd - GB - McGee, 4-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) CHICAGO 14-7
2nd - GB - Switzer, 93-yard punt return (Kick failed) CHICAGO 14-13
3rd - GB - Cone, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-14
4th - GB - McGee, 37-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 23-14
4th - CHI - Wayne Hansen, 35-yard fumble return (Blanda kick) GREEN BAY 23-21
4th - CHI - Jack Hoffman, 7-yard pass from Blanda (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 28-23
NOVEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Judging by the complaints about the blackouts of the Milwaukee and Green Bay areas for the Packer-Bear game last Sunday, there seems to be considerable misunderstanding about pro football's television plan.
The pros never did and do not now go for wide open
televising. There are definite restrictions. Bear games,
for instance, can't be seen by stay-at-home within a 100
mile radius of Chicago. When they play the Packers,
the blackout is extended to the Green Bay area. The
obvious purpose is to take no chances on losing paying
customers by the thousands. After all, there is a limit to
the fee a sponsor can afford to pay. Visiting clubs
naturally agree, since they do not share in TV fees.
Their slice of the receipts comes from ticket sales only.
When a team plays at home - that means Milwaukee or
Green Bay in the Packers' case - no rival league
attraction is piped into the territory in competition.
Which undoubtedly explains why the NFL hit on
Saturday night telecasts. Clubs get the widest possible
coverage at that time because the majority of the game
each week are played Sunday afternoon. But whenever
the televised game is played, Saturday or Sunday, the
immediate home territory is blacked out with few
exceptions. In other words, the pros are just as fearful
of wide open television as the collegians. Their thinking,
of course, is that they would run the risk of giving away
what they must sell in order to stay in business. Who
can blame them? No one denies football provides
wonderful entertainment over TV. But the promoters, pro
and collegiate, haven't yet figured out a way to make it
available and still keep actual attendance up to par. The
ultimate solution probably will be pay-as-you-watch in
some form. In the meantime, delayed telecasts could
be a pretty fair substitute and help east the situation.
NOVEMBER 10 (Baltimore) - John Huzvar, the second
string fullback, will be left behind by the Baltimore Colts
on their trip to Milwaukee to play the Green Bay Packers Saturday night. Huzvar will remain in the hospital where he was taken Tuesday with a still undetermined ailment. To make things worse for coach Weeb Ewbank, Zollie Toth, first string fullback, pulled a thigh muscle in Tuesday's practice. Carl Taseff, a defensive halfback specialist, was hastily converted to fullback in case Toth can't stand up against Green Bay.
Chicago Bears (4-3) 28, Green Bay Packers (3-4) 23
Sunday November 7th 1954 (at Chicago)
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "Tobin Rote might not be the best quarterback in the league but he's got the most guts - he's a great competitor." That was coach Liz Blackbourn's salute Monday to his Packer field general. And it was a deserving one to a guy who was knocked unconscious with a broken nose in the third quarter Sunday at Wrigley Field and then came back to plague the Chicago Bears to the very end. Rote's pin-point passing kept a sellout crowd of 47,038 hoarse, limp and exhausted until the final second. Rote, with broken nose and all, moved those fighting Packers 65 yards and dangerously close to the winning touchdown before that fatal gun snuffed out action. While Rote got a going over by the Bruins, the rest of the Packer squad came out of the battle in comparatively good shape - compared with the Bears, that is. Twenty-two Bruins were treated Monday for an assortment of injuries. "It's the most players reporting for treatment of injuries on a Monday that I can recall," moaned coach George Halas. "The training room looked like a hospital. It was just one of those tough, hardplayed games." But probably what hurt Papa Bear more than anything else is that his star fullback, Chick Jagade, will definitely miss Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Jagade re-injured his back. The turning point of that heartbreaker? "When Veryl Switzer's dropped punt resulted in a Chicago touchdown. It was a spectacular turning point," emphasized Liz. "Bratkowski's punt wasn't a hard one to handle - it was smack in his hands. But that's football!" Turning to the brighter moments of that rock 'em affair, Blackbourn pointed to his club's great comebacks. "They had us 14 points down at the very start. We came back with two touchdowns within three minutes - that's a comeback." Was George Blanda, who hit 24 of 46 receivers for 278 yards, the hottest passer he has seen this season? "Certainly not," snapped Liz. "Blanda cannot be compared to Pittsburgh's Jimmy Finks who had his best day against us." Green Bay had little trouble with the Bears' heralded rookie, Harlon Hill, holding him to two catches for 10 yards. "We doubled up on him," said Blackbourn. "We had Hill under our hand but it probably helped their other receivers." Halas still knows best," boomed the Chicago press Monday morning. It referred to Halas' strategy in the fourth quarter when the Packers were leading, 23-14. It was fourth down and two to go on the Bear 48 when he overruled Blanda, sending in his kicking team. "Nuts," cracked Blackbourn. "Actually, an offsides penalty on the Bears helped them here. We had hoped they would punt that first time, right over our heads - our defense was waiting for passes." But the Bears' strategy was never revealed because of that penalty. They had to punt with fourth down and seven. Whoever thought it would result in a winning touchdown? A heartbreaker in every sense - but these never-say-die Packers get a chance to bounce back to winning ways against the Baltimore Colts at County Stadium Saturday night. Tickets are now on sale at the Sentinel Public Service Bureau, priced at $4.75, $3.50 and $2.40.
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It isn't often that second guessers go out on the limb and fall flat on their faces as thousands of screaming Bear loyalists (?) did Sunday at Wrigley Field. If they had had their way, the chances are the Bears would be licking their wounds of defeat today instead of jumping with joy over beating the Packers, 28-23, in the closing minutes of another of their thrilling battles. The Bears were losing, 23-14, and had the ball on their own 48. Fourth down and two to go, with eight minutes to play, when the volunteer experts went on record vocally. George Halas admittedly had a tough decision to make - try to keep possession by going for the two years or kick and play for the breaks. Papa Bear finally gave the kicking team the nod. There could be no mistake about the grandstanders' reaction to that decision, which was greeted by thunderous boos and cries of "Go for it, you bums!" and "Whatta ya tryin' to do, give it away?" Well, the alleged bums didn't go for it and they didn't give it away. On the contrary, the decision to kick actually won the game. As everybody knows, Zeke Bratkowski's kick was turned into a gift touchdown, via a fumble recovery and 14-yard gallop by Wayne Hansen, Bear center. That whittled the Packer lead from a comfortable nine to a quivering two, and changed the Bears' earned marker, two minutes and five seconds before the final gun, from a consolation TD into the winning thing. Losing after having their fourth straight victory and third place in the Western Division all but wrapped up, naturally was a terrific disappointment to the Packers. But they shouldn't permit the last minute reversal to get them down. They played it to the hilt in a manner which should cause every Packer follower to swell with pride. More important perhaps is the fact that Coach Liz Blackbourn's boys have come a long way since the start of the league season. Week by week they have improved noticeably. Today they are right up there with the men and a definite march for any team in the league. Any club that loses four games by a grand total of 19 points must have plenty in the way of sound coaching, organization, talent and desire. The Packers may not yet have all the talent they want and need, but they surely have lots of the other elements that go into fielding a high class outfit. Is it necessary to add that they merit real support in their final home games in Milwaukee and Green Bay the next two weeks? Here's hoping they are welcomed back by 30,000 or more at County Stadium Saturday night for the Baltimore game and a full house at Green Bay for the first meeting with Detroit a week from next Sunday.
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - The surprising thing about the Bears game at Chicago Sunday was that the Packers came close. Green Bay's mistakes and big and little breaks helped the Bears no fewer than 12 times, yet the Bears won by only five points, 28-23, on a touchdown with 2 minutes 5 seconds to go. Even after eight mistakes and breaks had gone the Bears' way, the Packers held George Halas' monsters in the palms of their hands, 23-14. The Bears appeared to be a beaten team when they had to punt with seven and a half minutes left, but they squirmed out of the Packers' grip at the same time as the football squirmed out of Veryl Switzer's grip when he tried to catch the kick right in the midst of several onrushing Chicago linemen. That play swung the pendulum which is pro football the other way. The Bears not only got the ball on the play, they got a touchdown handed to them on a platter. After that, the Bears had new life and the initiative long enough for the winning touchdown. Green Bay's final valiant countercharge came too late, with too little time remaining. The dozen things which went the Bears' way include two offside penalties, two bad passes from center, two muffs of possible interceptions, an interference penalty on a pass which was overthrown almost into the box seats, failure by three Packers to down a punt inside the Chicago five, a fumble after an interception, the fumbled punt, a field goal attempt which was headed out of bounds inside the five when the ball bounced into the end zone and a receiver who tripped or was tripped in the last few seconds. Certainly it is to the Packers' credit that all of these things went against them and they still came so close. By comparison, only three such "breaks" went the Packers' way - Clarence Self's interception of a deflected pass, an interference call when a pass aimed at McGee was thrown out of bounds anyway and an offside penalty which gave the Packers a much needed first down on their last futile bid. Charity to the Bears began early. The first time the Chicagoans had the ball, a pass failed on third down seven, but the Packers were offside. Four plays later, George Blanda lofted a 40-yard scoring pass to Jim Dooley for a 7-0 lead. The next mistake cost the Packers a possible three points and some 26 yards in position. A bad pass from center messed up a field goal try from Chicago's 45 and Cone was tackled on the 46 when he tried to run with Tobin Rote's desperation lateral. From there the Bears moved to a 14-0 lead. Along the way, they accepted three more contributions. From the Packers nine, Blanda threw three straight passes. Val Joe Walker, with a clear field ahead, barely missed an interception in the right flat on the first play. Roger Zatkoff got his hands on the ball on the other side on the second but he couldn't hang on either. Blanda then overthrew McColl and the end zone as well, but Jim Psaltis was called for interference. So instead of probably settling for a field goal with fourth and nine, the Bears had first down on the two. Chick Jagade barreled over, but even there the Bears would have got an extra chance, for Psaltis was still in the end zone as he ran off the field after being replaced. Now the Packers started to find themselves, but at that three of them somehow let Max McGee's punt roll into the end zone for a touchback when any one of them might have downed it inside the five. Mistake No. 7, as a psychological factor, hurt a great deal. Switzer had just run back a punt 93 yards and apparently the team would go into the intermission tied, but the pass from center on the extra point attempt came rolling back along the ground and Cone never really had a chance. His kick was blocked. The missed point haunted the Packers for the rest of the game, even if it does not appear important in the final score. It certainly put more pressure on the defense in the Bears' final drive, for Chicago needed only position for a field goal to get ahead. The Bears got their next extra opportunities when Bobby Dillon intercepted Blanda's pass, only to fumble it back to the Bears at midfield. The Bears, however, actually lost 21 yards, 15 of them on a penalty, in five passes and a run. After Switzer's bobble which put the Bears only two points behind, Cone tried a field goal from the 46. The ball went off to the right and appeared headed out of bounds inside the five when it bounced into the end zone. On the Bears' first play from the 20, the Packers smeared Blanda on the eight, but Green Bay was offside. The Bears then moved 75 yards in five plays for the winning touchdown. Don Kindt, who played under Blackbourn at Washington High School here, made the catch which probably hurt the most. The Bears' all-purpose back from Wisconsin snagged a pass on the seven with two Packers practically smothering him. When the Packers charged back and reach the Bears 20, McGee got a step on three defenders going to the left in the end zone. Rote's pass was right there for him, but at the last instant he tripped or was tripped from behind. That was mistake or break No. 12 and the end of Green Bay's bid for victory.
NOVEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Veryl Switzer fell flat on his "dignity" at Wrigley Field Sunday when his fumble led to the Chicago Bears' victory. But what a reputation this Kansas State rookie is building in the NFL! An 88-yard kickoff touchdown return against the Philadelphia Eagles and a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Bears is the kind of play which destines Switzer to become a Packer great. Coach Liz Blackbourn really wanted this All-Big Seven halfback on his team. Switzer was the Packers' second draft choice. Chicagoland saw the Kansas flash do his stuff in the College All-Star game. But when he returned with the Packers last Sunday it learned Switzer was no flash in the pan. Incidentally, Switzer's touchdown run against the Bears broke the Packer all-time mark of 90 yards set by Andy Uram against Brooklyn in 1941. Switzer's open field running is not based on speed alone. It's more the ability to zig-zag away from defenders. Veryl has scored three touchdowns for the Packers this season, but he has been known for greater scoring achievements. Once he scored 51 points while playing with Bogue (Kansas) High School. Switzer might have scored more but the game was called at the end of the third quarter. The opposition had seen enough of Switzer. Another Buddy Young? That's for you to judge and you can make the comparison at County Stadium Saturday night when the Packers battle the Baltimore Colts.
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Billy Howton earned the reputation two years ago as being the closest resemblance to Don Hutson Green Bay had seen the incomparable Alabama end called it quits in 1946. It was in his first season in the NFL which Howton broke Hutson's record of most yards gained catching passes in one season. Billy and his former Rice teammate, Tobin Rote, had collaborated on 53 passes for 1,231 yards - an average of of 23.2 and tops in the league. The league wised up to Howton the following season, doubling their defense to squelch his uncanny catching ability. Yet, despite being a marked man and hobbled with injuries, Howton continued to be the Packers' deadliest offensive weapon. Howton is currently tied with Cleveland's Dante Lavelli for fifth place among the pass receivers with 29 receptions each. But today the Packers have an ace in the hole, who, teaming with Howton, is creating quite a disturbance against opposing defenses. And because opposition continues to double up on Howton, rookie Max McGee of Tulane is having a banner year as a rookie. "Where did he come from," was Philadelphia's dilemma after McGee scored three touchdowns against the Eagles. Papa Bear, George Halas, should have known better seeing McGee before. But he still carefully tied up Howton and consequently let McGee scamper for two touchdowns. McGee's versatility makes him doubly dangerous. Besides being a good pass receiver, Max is the Packers' punter. In fact he's the league's seventh best booter, averaging 40.8 yards per punt. McGee also moved into a four-way tie for eight place in scoring with 42 points.
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Milwaukee is more than slightly on the spot as far as professional football is concerned. In fact, this city's status as a half-of-the-home of the Packers may very well be at stake Saturday night when the Bays played their third and last league game of the season here against the Baltimore Colts. Starting time, by the way, is 7 o'clock. Pro football is an expensive operation these days, what with expanded coaching and administrative staffs, intensive scouting, competition from the Canadian League in the scramble for talent and growing demands from outstanding players considering football as a career. It goes without saying that no club can make out over a period of time on turnstile counts of 14,376 and 16,186 - the exact attendance figures for the Packers' first two games of 1954 at Milwaukee Stadium against San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. Already there has been talk about enlarging the stadium in Green Bay, or building a new one, and playing a full schedule there. I've even heard rumors that Minneapolis is under consideration as a part time home. Neither proposal sounds feasible, but it just goes to show you could happen. To be fair about it, there are numerous good reasons why the Packers didn't stir up burning excitement through the years. The very site, State Fair Park, was the direct opposite of a home for a long time. More important, the Bays had the unhappy and damaging faculty of putting on some of their worst performances in Milwaukee or coming here immediately after putting on a sour showing at Green Bay or elsewhere. Not always, but it happened too often for comfort. This is particularly rough in pro ball where the fans understandably are guided by the standings and value received for each entertainment dollar spent. The opening game last year was a good example of reverse selling. Football dedication of the new stadium and the first appearance of the mighty Cleveland Browns provided a good opportunity to win friends and influence people. So what happened? The Packers weren't in the ball game from the moment the rival captains shook hands. It's true, too, that members of the Packers' official family, whether or not they realized it, did little or nothing to promote the Milwaukee end of the schedule in past years. Well, that's all over the hill. They have a big league playing spot at the Stadium. Club executives, from General Manager Verne Lewellen down, are showing sincere interest in Milwaukee and making the city feel like a full-fledged member of the family. Above all, the Packers are playing big league football under Liz Blackbourn and his staff. At no time have they looked like something the cat dragged in. On the contrary, they could have won
each of the four games they lost, with a minimum of breaks - should have won at least two of them. The total deficit in those games was only 19 points. Add the thrilling upset of the Rams in their last appearance, which developed into a three game winning streak, and it's obvious that the old order has changed. The Bays now actually have a chance at any team. Above all, they're a cinch to look like a ball club and provide the maximum entertainment, win, lose or draw. A real turnout Saturday night, say 30,000 or more, will do wonders for the team and Milwaukee.
NOVEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - At this stage of the game, the Green Bay Packers are 14 points better than the Baltimore Colts - well that's the way the oddsmakers are figuring Saturday night's nationally-televised game at County Stadium. The Packers have won three league games, losing four by 19 points. Baltimore has been able to come out on top once in seven games, the big one being a surprising 20-14 win over the title-bidding New York Giants. But are the Packers 14 points better than the Colts? A 7-6 touch-and-go win at Baltimore earlier this season hardly brought out that much of a superiority. Green Bay was thanking its lucky stars it could call the outcome a win. A Colt fumble recovered by Dave Hanner set up Breezy Reid's touchdown. Fred Cone's conversion was the decider. What has been Baltimore's dilemma? "Our defensive line," points out coach Weeb Ewbank. "Right end Dan Edwards is the only experienced lineman. In the present day complicated offense that is required in this league you can see what we are faced with when six of the seven linemen are actually first year men in their jobs. If one man blows his assignment through inexperience then a whole play can be lost." But, actually, who's kidding whom? Coach Liz Blackbourn makes no bones that the Colts' line was the toughest his club has faced. Just seven points it allowed the Packers...Lou Mihajlovich, a defensive halfback, again has been signed by the Packers, this time to replace Gene White who was placed on the injured reserve list due to a back ailment. Mihajlovich, previously obtained from the Detroit Lions, was with the Packers right up to the start of the league season before being placed on waivers. Outside of a fractured nose to Tobin Rote and a bruised kidney to Max McGee, the Packers came through the Bear game in good physical condition. McGee was held overnight in a hospital for precautionary purposes but was released immediately...Baltimore's ace quarterback, Gary Kerkorian, was obtained from the Rams for a draft choice. He's a graduate of Stanford's Law School and played Australian rugby in 1953. Kerkorian has a 55.3 passing percentage, hitting 67 of 121 attempts....Left guard Ken Jackson is the bad man of the Colts. He was fined $300 for slugging a Detroit Lion after the whistle had blown last Saturday.
NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - A Stadium crowd of 20,000 is expected to watch Green Bay's revitalized Packers battle Baltimore's rambunctious Colts Saturday night. Kickoff time is 7 o'clock. Millions more will be watching the NFL game on television, the first major league sporting event ever channeled nationally out of the Stadium. The telecast will be blacked out in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. The Packers are a solid 14-point choice to win their fourth league game in eight starts. Green Bay had all it could to to salvage a 7-6 win over the Colts at Baltimore in the first meeting of the two clubs. But things are decidedly in favor of the Packers at this stage of the game. The rejuvenation at Green Bay had produced the best playing Packer team in a decade. Three straight wins before losing a 28-23 heartbreaker to the Bears - it's been a long time since results like these. It shows Coach Liz Blackbourn's express can hold its own with even the most formidable opponent. Baltimore has almost gone to the pot since its surprising 20-14 victory over the front-running New York. But if one club could point to injuries directly killing its chances it could be the Colts. Tackle Art Donovan, the third member of the Colts' fast-dwindling football squad, was rushed to a hospital Friday with thrombophlebitis, an inflammation of the vein caused by a leg injury. Other Colts in the hospital are defensive end Gino Marchetti, who was operated on for appendicitis, and fullback John Huzvar, who suffered convulsions earlier this week. Colt Dr. Erwin Mayer said Donovan may play Saturday if penicillin treatments are effective. The Packers should be in good physical condition. Tobin Rote's nose, which was broken in the Bear game, is still sore but he will be masked for protection. Max McGee, bothered with a bruised kidney, is ready to roll again. The Baltimore game ends the Milwaukee half of the Packers' home schedule. Green Bay's play at the Stadium has been the best in years. Fans here saw San Francisco squeak to a 23-17 thriller over Green Bay, but two weeks later saw the Packers whip the title-bidding Los Angeles Rams, 35-17.