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.
49ERS NEXT
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.
HOWTON SCORES
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.
BECOMES ROUT
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
NEWS AND NOTES
SEEING BEARS ROUT BAY FOOLED CARDS
NOVEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Cardinals made the biggest mistake of the season November 6. The whole team, coaches and pals went over to Wrigley Field to see the Bears make mincemeat of the Packers 52-31. "They never should have done that," Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn said from his Green Bay office Monday. "They must have thought we were pushovers. By the time they woke up here Sunday they were behind 31 points." The Big Red must have felt real blue after returning to Chicago with any title aspirations smashed to smithereens by the Packers' frenzied charge. The rousing win was a big lift for the Green and Gold. Not only did it snap a three game losing streak, but it once again shot the Packers into the Western Division title race. Green Bay trails the pace-setting Bears and Rams by a game. "We got a little made Sunday," Liz stated. "Yes, we got a little made and played some good football. Brother, this race is really tangled up now. We're not doing any daydreaming about our chances. The 49ers at Milwaukee next Sunday are out utmost concern." Blackbourn pinned the win over the Cardinals on the fact the Packers were "up". Joe Johnson and Tobin Rote had good days, but the overall success picture was painted in the line - it was blocking and charging better than ever. "I thought Val Joe Walker, Bobby Dillon and Deral Teteak really did fine jobs," said Liz. "They certainly made up for mistakes incurred in the Bear game." Dillon, All-Pro last season and almost a cinch to duplicate the honor, was the real thorn in the Cards' side, intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble. "Johnson played a good game," admitted Blackbourn. "I don't know if he will start against the 49ers, though. Our line was really opening up for him. He's not fast, but he's got natural talent. Howie Ferguson jammed his knee in the third quarter. I don't know how seriously. But then, Fergy has been aching for some time. He always comes through, though." Blackbourn reported that guard Hank Bullough, rookie from Michigan State, was the only casualty. Bullough sustained a shoulder injury and might be out two weeks. "I thought Rote looked sharp," said Liz. "He had to miss practice during the middle of last week. That ear infection is really bothering Tob."
AN AMAZING TURNABOUT
NOVEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - A turnabout such as the Green Bay Packers pulled against Chicago's two pro football teams on successive weeks is almost beyond comprehension. How could their defense permit the Bears 45 points in the first 46 1/2 minutes and 52 points all told at Chicago one Sunday, then hold the Cardinals scoreless for more than 47 1/2 minutes at Green Bay the next? In each game, the Packers scored 31 points, although the timing was far different. Against the Bears, they made only three in first three quarters; against the Cardinals, they got all 31 by the time the third quarter was about half over. Granted that the offense was more effective when it counted against the Cardinals, the main difference still rests with the defense. How to account for the 38 point spread from Sunday to Sunday? Are the Bears that much better than the Cardinals? "Well," said Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, after the game Sunday, "I'd say the Bears right now are a truly great team. I honestly thought before today's game that we could beat the Cardinals. Sometimes you have that feeling and I felt that way. I didn't believe they had more than we did. I never expected us to win that decisively (31-14), I'd have gladly settled for one point." Why the easy victory, then? "The line did it both ways," Blackbourn said. "Our defensive secondary has always been all right. The boys up front just did their job. The protection for Rote was good - the best, I'd say, since the Bear game here, perhaps even better than then. Johnson ran well - they opened up holes for him, too." Jack Spinks, converted from fullback to guard, was mentioned. "He played most of the way on offense," Blackbourn said. "Brown was injured, then Bullough got hurt. Spinks had a lot to do with making our attack go better - how much I can't say till I see the pictures.He's a real specimen - 235 pounds, tremendously strong, fast. He's still got some things to learn about playing guard, but what he knows to do, he does well." Spinks, a product of Alcorn A&M, played fullback with Pittsburgh and the Cardinals. He came to Green Bay's camp at Stevens Point last July as a free agent and Blackbourn decided to try to make him into a guard. As might be expected, the conversion has taken time. Spinks was not ready when the NFL season opened. He was put on waivers. No other team claimed him, so the Packers kept him around. His name reappeared on the active list when George Timberlake left for his service call two weeks ago. Against the Bears, Spinks played with the "suicide" platoon - kickoffs, extra points, field goals and the like. He got his real chance against the Cardinals and Blackbourn liked what he saw. "I've always through he could turn out to be a great guard," the coach said, "and I still think he can." Blackbourn agreed that middle guard Bill Forester, left tackle Jerry Helluin and right end Nate Borden each played his best game of the season on defense. Someone suggested that the Packers might have learned something from observing, the painful way, how the Bears went around knocking people down with blocks and tackles. Blackbourn nodded and said perhaps, then added, "There's a Chicago writer who probably deserves an assist. After the Bear game," Blackbourn said, "he wrote that since Notre Dame and Pennsylvania had concluded their series and that George Halas had coached his last Bear team against the Packers, perhaps next year the schedule should be changed to the Packers versus Pennsylvania. I put that on the bulletin board. I think it got some of the boys at least a little mad."
BAYS RECALL JENNINGS
NOVEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - The Packers Tuesday placed defensive halfback Jim Capuzzi on waivers for the second time this year and signed defensive end Jim Jennings, who was released after the club's first two games. Jennings got the axe in October when the Packers trimmed the squad to get under the player limit. He will be used on kickoff and punt returns.
WHAT'S THIS? 49ERS POOR RUNNING CLUB
NOVEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Last Sunday's 7-0 loss to the Redskins pretty well tells of the 49ers' woes. Hugh McElhenny netted a minus four yards in eight carries. Joe Perry gained 55 yards in 14 attempts. The 49ers ended up with 76 yards on the ground. Are these the 49ers - a team which waltzed through five of six exhibitions and was tabbed as the favorite in the Western Division? Are these the 49ers, who once possessed the most feared running attack in pro football? "Injuries did it," answered 49er Publicitor Dan McGuire Tuesday. "We just don't have it on the ground. McElhenny injured his ankle during the exhibition season and it hasn't responded to treatment. Who ever through Hugh would be held to a two yard average this season? We lost John Henry Johnson in the Ram game when he sustained a shoulder separation. He's lost for the season. Perry hasn't been able to burst through for the long ones down the middle. Our running attack bears no resemblance to the one of old. It seems when things go wrong they really go wrong," continued McGuire. "The club is almost in a state of shock. Its pride is hurt and it seems to going through the motions mechanically." And so the 49ers invade County Stadium Sunday with one of their poorest seasons since joining the NFL. They managed to edge the Bears, 20-19, before being pounded, 34-23, by the Bruins, and they toppled the Lions twice. "Y.A. Tittle is having a good year, but that's the only consolation," retorted McGuire. "He's second ranked in the league and our Billy Wilson is one of the best receivers in the business. It's probably the best passing we've ever had. We're throwing the ball about 65 percent of the time, trying to make up for our feeble ground attack." McGuire pointed out that end Gordy Soltau has been a big disappointment. Soltau, who used to be one of the best field goal kickers in the league, missed three within the 20 yard line against Washington. "We've had some good luck with rookies. Dicky Moegle is playing on offense and defense. He's leading the club with interceptions (five) and can do the job as a runner. Carroll Hardy is a pleasant surprise as an end. He's one of the fastest we've ever had and is a big help to our passing game." Good or bad, the 49ers have always been tough customers for Green Bay. San Francisco has whipped the Packers seven of eight times, the last being a 35-0 shellacking on the Coast last December.
PACKERS SLIM CHOICE OVER 49ERS SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Those glimmer championship hopes of the Packers depend entirely on what transpires Sunday afternoon at County Stadium. A Green Bay loss to the San Francisco 49ers in their 1:05 encounter will virtually eliminate the Packers from the title picture in the NFL's torrid Western Division race. More than 20,000 are expected to see the Packers' lost home appearance. The general weather outlook is mostly cloudy and warmer. No rain is expected. There is every evidence of a down to the wire finish for the division flag. The Bears and Rams (5-3) have a game lead on the challenging Packers and Colts (4-4). The Bears, who have won five straight after losing three in a row, are the hottest team in the league and rate the odds-on choice to grab honors. He's the breakdown of the race at a glance:
Bears (5-3)                         Rams (5-3)
November 20......at Detroit         November 20......at Baltimore
November 27......at Cardinals       November 27......at Philadelphia
December 4.......Lions at Chicago   December 4.......Colts at Los Angeles
December 11......Eagles at Chicago  December 11......Packers at Los Angeles
Packers (4-4)                       Colts (4-4)
November 20......49ers at Milwaukee November 20......Rams at Baltimore
November 24......at Detroit         November 27......49ers at Baltimore
December 4.......at San Francisco   December 4.......at Los Angeles
December 11......at Los Angeles     December 11......at San Francisco
The Packers are a 1 1/2 point choice to beat the 49ers, something which hasn't been accomplished since 1950 when they won in Green Bay, 25-21. The 49ers have won seven in a row, the last being a 35-0 deal at San Francisco last December. With two-thirds of the season expired, the Packers can show a better rushing game than the 49ers. San Francisco, with its ailing backs, has taken to the air and produced a better aerial punch than Green Bay. Quarterback Y.A. Tittle is third ranked in the league with 7.91 yards gained per pass. Tobin Rote is 12th with a 5.64 average gain. The Green Bay rushing attack has been chiefly the work of fullback Howie Ferguson, who has gained 633 yards for a 4.9 average. However, last week against the Cardinals, halfback Joe Johnson ripped off 78 yards - and a halfback threat was discovered. The Packers, in woolen underwear and stocking caps, have been drilling in below freezing weather this week in Green Bay. The emphasis has been on offense and how to handle the ball in Wisconsin's wintry weather. San Francisco arrived Friday afternoon from its Washington D.C. base. A light workout is scheduled at the Stadium Saturday morning.
49ERS THREAT TO PACKERS' CHANCES
NOVEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers won every home game in 1944 and went on to win their sixth NFL title even though they were blanked at New York, 24-0 and, 21-0, by the Bears in Chicago. After 11 long seasons of drought, the Packers find themselves in title contention going into the home stretch of the torrid Western Division race. Chances aren't as prosperous as they were in 1944, but - Green Bay could finish with its best home season since that last championship year and could keep pennant talk buzzing if it can beat the 49ers at the Stadium Sunday. Kickoff is 1:05. The Packers have played their best before a partisan crowd. They whipped the Lions, Bears and Cardinals in Green Bay and dumped the Rams in Milwaukee. They were within 16 yards of tripping the Colts here before time ran out. Coach Liz Blackbourn's gang, on the other gang, has resembled the 1944 club on the road. Two real drubbings, a 41-10 loss to the Browns and a 52-31 rout by the Bears, deflated hopes at that time. Yet, the Packers bounced back to the tune of an easy 31-14 win over the Cardinals last Sunday. They are not ready to call it quits, although the odds are certainly against them. Sunday's showdown with the 49ers is strictly a shoot-the-works affair. A loss would virtually eliminate the Bays from further consideration. More than 20,000 are expected to see if they can do it. Fine football weather, with the temperatures in the mid-40s, is forecast. The 49ers have not been any great shakes this season. Yet, the 49ers have been the Packers' jinx. Green Bay managed to win the first contest, 25-21, but then dropped seven in a row. The incentive for revenge adds more fuel to the fire as far as the Packers are concerned. This could be the time the tables will be turned. The oddsmakers favor Green Bay, but by a close margin of 1 1/2 points. Hurt pride and home town grumbling have certainly added to the 49ers' woes. Both Coach Red Strader and Owner Tony Morabito have been hung in effigy as the losses have mounted. The San Francisco front office insists that serious injuries to its fabulous backfield ruined any chance for a title. John Henry Johnson is out for the season, Hugh McElhenny has a two yard average because of leg trouble and the opposition have been laying for Joe (The Jet) Perry. So what used to be the most savage attack in the business  has been supplanted by the passing arm of Y.A. Tittle. It was Tittle, if you remember, who came off the bench last year to beat the Packers single-handed, 23-17.
Green Bay Packers (4-4) 31, Chicago Cardinals (3-4-1) 14
Sunday November 13th 1955 (at Green Bay)
​PACKERS REMAIN IN TITLE RACE - THANKS TO 'IRON MEN'
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers, depending so much on so few, are still in the Western Division race, thanks to "iron man" performances. 
* Fullback Howie Ferguson, within 74 yards of Alan Ameche's league-leading mark, has played in every game despite a wrenched knee incurred in the first Colt game. Ferguson's 633-yard production has been the key to Green Bay's outstanding running game, which is surpassed only by the Bears and Browns.
* Quarterback Tobin Rote will start his 68th consecutive game against the 49ers at the Stadium Sunday. Injuries have never kept rovin' Tobin out of a game, and that includes countless exhibitions and intrasuqad games.
* Halfback Veryl Switzer is playing both offense and defense for the Packers. He's a tough little cookie, a demon on punt and kickoff returns and one of the best blockers on the club.
* Ends Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc can show a combined total of 62 catches for nine touchdowns - best in the league. Rote, incidentally, has tossed 11 touchdown passes this season - another "best" in the league.
* Fullback Fred Cone has booted 12 field goals this season, tops in the league, and has added 20 conversions to boost his scoring total to 56 points. Punter Dick Deschaine is 5th ranked with a 41.9 average.
*Al Carmichael, who returned a kickoff 100 yards against the Browns last October, gives the Packers the best one-two punch in kickoff returns with second ranked Switzer. Camichael has a 35.1 yard average, Switzer 27.0
* Bobby Dillon has intercepted seven passes, second only to Will Sherman of the Rams. Doyle Nix and Val Joe Walker have stolen five passes apiece to give the Packers the best pass defense trio in the business.
At the beginning of the season Coach Liz Blackbourn insisted injuries could kill all chances. The Packers can thank their lucky stars that injuries have not been serious. Only a game out of first place with a 4-4 record, the Packers can make progress under the Blackbourn regime with one win in the last four games. A step in the right direction would be Sunday before the home folks. Joe Johnson, Packer sophomore, had his best day of his short pro career against the Cardinals last Sunday, picking up 78 yards. Johnson was used sparingly last season and gained only 31 yards. However, Blackbourn has indicated Johnson will be used much more. Johnson and Mike Holovak were considered two of the best players ever to play at Boston College. Holovak, the present B.C. coach, played with the Rams for a year and two seasons with the Bears. The 49ers, training in Washington, D.C., will fly to Milwaukee Friday. A light workout is scheduled at the Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Packers will arrive by train Saturday afternoon and leave immediately after Sunday's game.
ABILITY OF DILLON, WALKER UNHAMPERED BY HANDICAPS
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Bobby Dillon has one eye and Val Joe Walker has only eight fingers, handicapped indeed for playing pro football. It's even more bewildering to see Dillon and Walker operate on pass defense. The two Texans are Packer safetymen, a position which requires an uncanny ability to break up enemy passes. Their record speaks for itself. Dillon has intercepted eight passes this season and Walker five. Dillon was All-Pro last season and Walker an honorable mention. "Best in the league" is the monicker often given to Dillon and Walker by opposing scouts. When told of their handicaps, the opposition shakes its head with suspicion. Take last Sunday's game with the Cardinals, for instance, 49er scout George Svendson had this to report: Dillon recovered a Johnny Olszewski fumble, intercepted a Lamar McHan pass and ran it back 19 yards to set up the Packers' fourth touchdown and intercepted an Ogden Compton pass and returned nine yards. Walker squelched a late Cardinal drive by intercepting a Compton pass on the Packer 20. Walker was the deadliest tackler on the field. This is Dillon's fourth season with the Packers. He was an All-American at Texas and graduated in business administration. "He knows his figures when it comes to contract signing," says Packer Publicitor Bonnie Ryan. "Money and love for football have kept him in Green Bay." Val Joe was obtained from the Giants in 1953. A standout at Southern Methodist, he was chosen on the 1953 College All-Star team. And, ironically, it was Walker who ran a punt return 92 yards against Dillons' Longhorns. Walker was handicapped to a greater extent last season with a loose cartilage in his knee. Surgery was successful last winter and Val Joe is enjoying his greatest year in pro ball. "Val Joe is an insurance seller during the off-season," added Ryan. "And when it comes to signing pro football contracts, he's as good a talker as Dillon." Dillon and Walker have found pro football a successful and paying proposition. The Packers have found them the best safety duo in the business. And that's a guy with one eye and another with eight fingers.
FOUR-WAY TIE FOR FIRST PLACE POSSIBLE IN SUNDAY'S PRO GRID TILTS
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - A double feature of sorts is in store for the thousands of pro football fans planning to take in the last game on the Packers' home schedule Sunday afternoon at County Stadium. The main attraction naturally will be the activities on the field as the Bays try to subdue San Francisco's 49ers - not an impossible feat, by the way. For the 49ers have suffered five defeats, one more than the Packers, and seem to be going nowhere in particular at the moment. But there will be more than passing interest on the big scoreboard, too, as results of other games around the NFL are posted. The posting, in fact, can develop into quite a show in itself, depending on the progress report of two distant battles in particular. The big, rugged Bears, you see, are slated to engage in something akin to mortal combat in the Lions' den at Detroit. And the Rams, currently tied with the Bears for the Western Division lead, go into their weekly battering act against the frisky Colts at Baltimore. What does that mean? Just this: If the Lions cool off the Bears and the Colts knock off the Rams and the Packers do the same to the 49ers, the hectic race for divisional honors will turn into a four way tie...HUNGRY LIONS COULD UPSET RUGGED BEARS: Impossible you say? The odds are against it, to be sure, just as they are in any three team parlay, which this is. But stranger things have happened in one day. Although the Bears admittedly have looked like supermen on the loose in recent weeks, it isn't reasonable to expect them to continue their terrific pace forever. Besides, those Lions are hungry, as witness their present cellar position and only two victories in eight starts. Hungry Lions can be very, very troublesome. The Rams haven't been as hot as the Bears at any time this season, and certainly aren't shoo-ins over the Colts. On the contrary, they could run into a heap of trouble, especially with the Colts performing before the spirited home crowd at Baltimore. As far as the Packers are concerned, anyone must grant them an even chance, or better, against the 49ers, off their sharp play in chilling the Cardinals last week. That victory took on added significance because it proved Liz Blackbourn's boys could bounce back after a bad beating and generally bad performance in the Bear game at Chicago. So it could happen. Here's hoping. And here's hoping, too, that the weather is right and at least 25,000 move in on the Stadium to give the Bays moral support in the home finale...TOBIN ROTE - A MAN'S MAN: An outstanding part of Sunday's show has to do with a fine young man on whom rests a major part of the responsibility for the Packers' success or lack of it. That, of course, would be none other than Tobin Rote. It's no secret that as Rote goes, so go the Packers. When Tobin goes into action, which will be on the very first play after the opening kickoff (if the Packers receive) or however they gain possession, it will mark his 68th straight game in a Packer uniform. Sixty-eight consecutive games! That's a terrific streak - even more so when you consider what a pounding Rote takes week after week, game after game, as both passer and runner. Obviously, Rote must be deceptively rugged. Otherwise he couldn't tangle with 250 pounders, no matter how willing he has been and is that great big heart of his - the love of contact, the great will to continue to do battle and take it without the slightest sign of flinching. A man's man that Rote. Hats off to him. May he has a big day Sunday and more of the game as long as he chooses to play football.