GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers returned to the friendly confines of City Stadium Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak, beating the Cardinals, 31-14. But more important, they found a long lost art - defense. Whatever Coach Liz Blackbourn and his aides planned to halt the Cardinal's running attack worked. This was the Packers' game all the way as they
smashed the Cardinals into submission before 20,104
with the rock sock attack as of old. So convincing was
the Packers' charge that it rolled up a 24-0 halftime lead
and allowed the Cardinals only two first downs. The
situation became almost too easy when the margin was
stretched to 31-0 midway through the third quarter. Tobin
Rote, who usually gets rushed off his feet, was surprised
with unexpected line support. Rote had so much time to
throw that it actually threw his passing game off. He had
two passes intercepted by Dick (Night Train) Lane,
several were overthrown, several were dropped - but the
ones on the button were the killers. Tob tossed three
touchdown passes. That was against a defense which
had allowed only six TD passes all season. A 25-yard
heave to Gary Knafelc, a 15 yarder to Billy Howton and a
15 yard strike to Al Carmichael did it. Fred Cone's 41
yard field goal just added insult to injury as well as
Tobin's yard plunge for a touchdown. Whatever was
injected this past week into the Packer defensemen put
them in a vicious mood. They looked like the Bears did last week. This just wasn't the day the Cardinals should have played in Green Bay. Martinkovic, Helluin, Forester, Hanner, Borden, Teteak, Zatkoff, Switzer, Bookout, Walker and Dillon - they all must ne mentioned for their brilliant jobs. They were downright mean to their Chicago visitors. They gave up 27 yards rushing and 48 yards passing in the first half. Lamar McHan's 43 yard toss to Dick Brubaker on the last play of the second quarter moved the ball into Packer territory for the first time. The Cardinals scored two consolation fourth period touchdowns, one on a 98 yard pass play from Ogden Compton to Lane, but it didn't matter, not that late in the game.
The win was the Packers' fourth of the season and matched their 1954 output. They can improve Blackbourn's progress by beating the 49ers in Milwaukee next Sunday. Green Bay scored the first time it got the ball, rolling 83 yards in six plays. Rote hit Carmichael and Howton for big chunks of yardage and then unleashed a 25 yard scoring toss to Knafelc in the end zone. Cone converted with less than six minutes played. The Cardinals wasted three plays and Charley Trippi, playing his first league game of the season, punted to Carmichael. Lane intercepted Rote's long pass moments later, but the Packers were in business the next time they got the ball. From their own 23 they went the distance in 12 plays. Joe Johnson was introduced a new Packer weapon.
He boomed 13 yards the first time he carried the ball and the Packers notched their second touchdown when Howton grabbed Rote's 15 yard heave in the end zone. Cone converted to make it 14-0 with 40 seconds of the second period played. The Cardinals took the ensuing kickoff and again failed to make a first down. Switzer took Trippi's punt and the Packers moved to the Cards 31 before stalling. Cone was called in for a 38 yard field goal, but his kick was partially blocked by Pat Summerall. Again the Cards couldn't show any kind of offense. Trippi's 39 yard punt was caught "fair" by Switzer on the 50 and it was 12 plays later that the Packers powered ahead, 21-0. Johnson, the game's best runner with 78 yards on 16 carries, keyed the drive. It was a grinding round game all the way with Rote sneaking over for the touchdown from the one. Cone again booted the extra point. Now was time for another defensive honey - the kind the Bears pulled on the Bays last week. Cone's kickoff was low, spinning one which bounced off Leo Sugar's back. John Hatley tried to recover, but Teteak took it away from him on the Cardinal 32. Three of Rote's passes failed to click and Cone tried a 41 yard field goal. It was perfect, his 12th of the season, and the Packers boosted their lead to 24-0, with 30 seconds to play in the half. It was at this time that the Cardinals finally got into Packer territory (to the 27) but the gun stopped any further advance. The Packers didn't have to punt once in the first half - another resemblance of the kind of stuff the Bears pulled last week.
After a see-saw battle which saw Rote's pass intercepted by Lane, Johnny Olszewski's fumble recovered by Dillon and later another McHan pass intercepted by Dillon, the Packers were ready to put the game in the rout class. Dillon grabbed Lamar's long pass on the Packer 32 and returned 19 yards to the Cardinal 49. Six plays and another Packer touchdown! Johnson ripped through the middle for 21 yards and then for six. Ferguson bruised his way for five and then two. A Rote pass to Knafelc sailed out of reach. But Carmichael took the next one and jockeyed the Card defense out of position to score without a hand being laid on him - a 15 yard play. Cone converted to make it 31-0 in the third quarter. The Cardinals tossed in Compton for McHan and scored their first touchdown, marching 84 yards in 10 plays. A 36 yard toss to Gern Nagler did the most damage, moving the ball to the Packer six. The Cards were penalized for being offside on the next play, but fullback Mal Hammack bulled his way to the one and then plunged over. Summerall's kick made the score 31-7.
98-YD TD PASS
What looked like trouble for the Cards resulted in the longest touchdown pass of the season moments later. Dick Deschaine's booming punt was downed on the Cardinal two by Zatkoff. A running play and one pass went sour. Then Compton heaved a mighty toss to Lane around the Cardinal 35. He was off to the race - ninety-eight yards and a touchdown. It saves the Cards' face, and made the statistics look much more presentable. Outside of those two Cardinal scoring drives, their offense never approached what had been expected. But you can chalk this one up to the Packer defense - it won the ball game and will win many more if continued. The win moved the Packers into a third place tie with the Colts, who lost to the Giants. Maybe there's still time to salvage something respectable.
CHICAGO CARDINALS - 0 0 0 14 - 14
GREEN BAY - 7 17 7 0 - 31
1st - GB - Knafelc, 25-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB -Howton, 15-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - GB - Cone, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-0
3rd - GB - Carmichael, 15-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 31-0
4th - CHI - Mal Hammack, 1-yard run (Pat Summerall kick) GREEN BAY 31-7
4th - CHI - Night Train Lane, 98-yd pass fr Ogdon Compton (Summerall kick) GREEN BAY 31-14