GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(CHICAGO) - The 74th Packer-Bear game was played
at Wrigley Field Sunday. The Bears won 52-31, but
what a shame to pro football. It was ridiculous what
was put on display before 48,890 paying fans on this
wintry November afternoon. It was disgraceful the kind
of football played by these long time rivals who have
usually put on a rock, sock scrap to the finish. The
Bears rolled to a 45-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Packers then decided it was time to do a little
scoring of their own - 28 points, in fact, in the last 13
minutes of play. You be the judge. Is this football? Or
is this a game of tag? For the record, the score was
the highest in Packer-Bear history. Once before,
however, the Packers and Lions got together for a little
53-35 deal in Detroit (1951). The better than a point a
minute affair lost much of its attractiveness when the
fourth quarter fun started. Thousands of chilled
spectators had seen enough points for the day. They
headed toward the exits - the Packers headed and
crossed Bear paydirt four times! It saved face, but that
was about all. The brutal first half can be measured
more accurately by these statistics: the Bears rolled
up 16 first downs, the Packers four; the Bears ground
out 266 yards, the Packers 39; and the Bears passed
for 42 yards, the Packers 40. That was it! Whoever
dared to think something like this would happen - a
rinky-dink game between two clubs battling it out for
Western Division honors? But it happened and better
it be forgotten.
FERGUSON TOPS GAINERS
Believe it or not, Howie Ferguson was the game's top
gainer, piling up 120 yards in 17 carries. The Bears,
however, had two bruisers carrying for 115 yards each,
Bobby Watkins and Rick Casares. And what do you
think of this? Tobin Rote was the top passer,
completing 12 of 31 for 182 yards and Gary Knafelc
was the game's best receiver, grabbing six for 91
yards. But defense - it was an unheard of element.
Five Packer interceptions helped the score from
mounting and to even the gifts, the Packers lost the
ball four times to the Bears on fumbles.
HOW THEY SCORED
Here's the touchdown parade:
1. Chick Jagade took an Ed Brown pitchout around
his own left end for 42 yards. George Blanda
converted. The 66-yard drive was accomplished on five
plays after four minutes of play: Bears 7, Packers 0.
2. Watkins took a Brown pitchout around his own left
end for 13 yards. Blanda converted. This drive covered
68 yards in 13 plays with two minutes left in the
quarter: Bears 14, Packers 0.
3. Doyle Nix intercepted a Brown pass on the Packer
21 and Rote fired a 27-yarder to Knafelc as the first
period ended. The Packers managed to grind their
way to the Bear 34. Fred Cone's 41-yard field goal on
fourth down was good: Bears 14, Packers 3.
4. The Bears bounced right back, going 80 yards in
seven plays for a touchdown. It was Watkins again
around the left side for 29 yards. Blanda's placement
was perfect: Bears 21, Packers 3.
5. After a fair catch of Dick Deschaine's punt on the
Packer 42, the Bruins rolled goalward again scoring in five plays. Casares rammed through tackle from the one. Blanda onverted. Bears 28, Packers 3 as the first half ended.
6. Ron Drzewiecki ran the second half kickoff back to the Green Bay 45 and the Monsters were at it again. It took them eight plays to go the distance. Brown fired a 14-yard strike to Harlon Hill in the end zone. Blanda did what comes naturally with five minutes of the third quarter played: Bears 35, Packers 3.
7. Ferguson fumbled on the kickoff and Wayne Hansen recovered for the Bears on the Packers' 32. The best they could do this time was a 38-yard field goal by Blanda: Bears 38, Packers 3.
8. The Bears were in business once again as the final quarter started, going 60 yards in nine plays. A Bob Williams pass to Bill McColl did it. Blanda's kick put the game in this ridiculous proportion: Bears 45, Packers 3.
PACKERS SHOW LIFE
9. But wait - the Packers seemed to come to life, but at what a time. They rolled 74 yards in eight plays. Rote drilled a 27-yard strike to Bill Howton in the end zone. Cone converted: Bears 45, Packers 10.
10 - And after Bobby Dillon, one pleasant sight, intercepted Williams' pass and ran 61 yards to the Bear two, the Packers cashed in on their second touchdown. Ferguson plunged over from the one. Cone again kicked the extra point, and the Packers had scored twice within a minute and 50 seconds: Bears 45, Packers 17.
11. But there was no rest for the wicked. Charley Sumner returned Charlie Brackins' kickoff 81 yards to the Packer 15. Drzewiecki romped around his right end for 11 yards and the score. Blanda booted the conversion out of the park: Bears 52, Packers 17.
12. Now the Packers' turn. Ferguson was Mr. Offense in this drive of 75 yards. And it was Fergy over the middle from the one for the score. Cone added the extra point: Bears 52, Packers 24.
13. Dillon intercepted a Williams pass in the end zone. From the 20 the Packers had time to notch seven more points, Rote on a quarterback sneak scored, and Cone converted. Bears 52, Packers 31. Thirteen scores for 83 points! Hey, anyone for basketball?
The win keeps the Bears in title contention. It was their fourth straight after losing three in a row. The defeat was Green Bay's third in a row. The Packers have won three. It was a complete reversal of the 24-3 deal in Green Bay last October. That time the Bears could not penetrate the Packer defense. Now if the Packers can pick up the pieces, they have an engagement with another Chicago foe next Sunday - the up and coming Cardinals in Green Bay. But how about some defense?
GREEN BAY - 0 3 0 28 - 31
CHICAGO BEARS - 14 14 10 14 - 52
1st - CHI - Chick Jagade, 42-yard run (George Blanda kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - CHI - Bobby Watkins, 13-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 14-0
2nd - GB - Cone, 41-yard field goal CHICAGO 14-3
2nd - CHI - Watkins, 29-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 21-3
2nd - CHI - Rick Casares, 2-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 28-3
3rd - CHI - Harlon Hill, 14-yard pass from Ed Brown (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 35-3
3rd - CHI - Blanda, 38-yard field goal CHICAGO 38-3
4th - CHI - Bill McColl, 24-yard pass from Bob Williams (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 45-3
4th - GB - Howton, 27-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) CHICAGO 45-10
4th - GB - Ferguson, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 45-17
4th - CHI - Ron Drzewiscki, 11-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 52-17
4th - GB - Ferguson, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 52-24
4th - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 52-31