GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - Addicted to the spectacular while playing in friendly confines, the surprising Packers fought back with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat the 49ers, 27-21, Sunday at the Stadium. The comeback victory kept Green Bay in title contention, ended a seven game losing streak to the 'Frisco clan and marked the high point of the Blackbourn regime. Green
Bay now owns a 5-4 record in the torrid Western Division
race, one more win than it got all last season. The Packers
trailed the front running Bears by a game. Trailing 21-13 with
4 1/2 minutes of the third period played, the Packers thrilled
a chilled crowd of 19,099 with another last ditch performance
to end their successful home stands, in which all five wins
were accomplished. Tobin Rote, who completed only nine of
27 passes in the first half, got hot at the finish. His 34-yard
strike to Gary Knafelc in the end zone trimmed the 49ers'
lead to 21-20 with five minutes of the final period played.
Tackle Jerry Helluin stopped hearts moments later by
recovering Joe Perry's fumble on the Packer 40. Then came
one of the most weird, but spectacular plays ever executed
by the Green and Gold. Breezy Reid took a Rote pitchout
around his right end and ran into trouble at the line of
scrimmage. He reversed his field and, all of a sudden, tossed
a lateral to a stunned Tobin, who found a clear field ahead of
him as he raced 49 yards to the San Francisco six to set up
the winning touchdown. Rovin' Tobin has often lugged the
ball - but 49 yards through the 49ers was a killer-diller. It
certainly was an improvised play, not in Coach Liz
Blackbourn's bag of tricks. But it worked, and did it work!
Howie Ferguson scored on the very next play and the 49ers
were temporarily crushed mentally. They had four minutes
to get back into the ballgame, but the aroused Packers were
not going to let them get away with it.
TITTLE TOSSES 2 TDS
Y.A. Tittle had probably one of his best days in pro football,
hitting 15 of 28 times for 225 yards. Two deadly completions
to rookie Carroll Hardy, 33 yards and 58 for touchdowns, had
put the Packers into the hole, but good. Tittle triggered the
49ers within 33 yards of a winning touchdown with 51
seconds to play. Billy Bookout, the Packers' little holler guy,
squelched the victory bid by taking the ball away from end
Harry Babcock on the Packer 27. Bookout's leg was mangled
in the process and he had to be carried from the field. But
his recovery was the timeliest one of the season and
preserved all the work which had gone in the two-touchdown
PICK UP 4 FUMBLES
Four 49ers fumbles were gobbled up by the eager Packers.
Bookout and Helluin did the "dirty work" at the end. Rookie
Jim Jennings fell on a loose ball on a second period kickoff
and the effort was rewarding as Fred Cone booted his first of
two field goals five plays later. Another recovery, this time by
Nate Borden on the opening kickoff in the third quarter, humbled the 49er defense. It was Rote, Ferguson and Billy Howton who drilled the opposition with most success. Rote completed 14 of 32 passes for 201 yards. He tossed two touchdown passes and had two intercepted. And his 49 yard romp with seven other carries netted Tob 81 yards.Ferguson was the workhorse, carrying 21 times for 85 yards. Howton grabbed five Rote tosses in spectacular fashion for 68 yards. The 49ers looked and started like the 49ers of old. The first time they got their mitts on the ball they went the distance, 59 yards in seven plays. Perry for nine, seven, 11; Dicky Moegle for seven and 11 and Tittle's 16 yard shot to Bill Wilson, punched the Packers' defense to smithereens. Moegle was in the end zone standing up after a three yard smash before the Packers knew what happened. Gordy Soltau converted and the California visitors had a 7-0 lead within five minutes. The 'Frisco express got TD notions the next time it got the ball. Moegle was off to the races on the third play of the series, dashing 39 yards to the Packer seven where Bobby Dillon racked him out of bounds. First down on the Packer seven - and an almost clinch TD setup.
STOPPED ON ONE
But the 49ers could not score. The Packers held the likes of Moegle and Perry and took over. It was Roger Zatkoff, Bill Forester and Dillon who clobbered Moegle on a pitchout on the Packer one. The Packers were on the short end of a 7-0 count as the first quarter ended. In the second period Joe Johnson fumbled on the 49er five to end a 45-yard Packer drive. However, when the Packers did strike, it was a fast job. Fifty-four yards in four plays knotted things up the next time Green Bay got the ball. This touchdown was the razzle-dazzle variety. Rote tossed to Howton on the 49er 30 and Billy lateralled to Johnson, who scored. Cone converted. Jennings' recovery of Joe Arenas' kickoff return put the Packers in business seconds later. Taking over on the 49er 27, Green Bay settled for Cone's 17-yard field goal on fourth down to move ahead, 10-7. The 49ers struck right back, going 80 yards in nine plays. But on the eighth play of the drive, Moegle's leg was mauled in a pileup and he never came back. He had gained 83 yards in nine carries in 12 minutes - enough damage! Tittle kept the 49ers in the game the rest of the way. His 33 yard heave to Hardy in the end zone put the 49ers ahead once more, 14-10, after Soltau converted. The Packers struck back following the kickoff, but when three of Tobin's passes went sour they turned to Cone.
BREAKS TEAM RECORD
This time Freddie broke an all-time Packer record by splitting the uprights with a 28 yard field goal, his 14th of the season. And that's the way things ended in the first half, 49ers 14, Packers 13. Borden's recovery of Bud Laughlin's fumble of halftime kickoff of the halftime kickoff went for naught when Paul Carr intercepted Rote's pass on the Frisco 14 moments later. That spurred the 49ers and they rolled 75 yards in six plays. Y.A. uncorked a mighty 41 yard heave to Hardy on the Packer 17 and he scored. Soltau's conversion made it 21-13, a rather safe advantage. When Clay Mathews recovered Johnson's fumble on the Frisco 45 late in the third period, it appeared as though the Packers had shot their offensive fireworks. But after Bobby Luna had punted out of bounds on the Packer nine, the Bays started to move with Ferguson rushing and Rote passing. The payoff was Tobin's 34 yard strike to Knafelc, who took the pass away from three 49er defenders. Cone converted and the Packers were getting closer, 21-20. After the kickoff, the 49ers were sputtering on Perry's efforts. The Jet was punching through - until the ball was jerked out of his paws on the Packer 40 and Helluin fell on it.
PACKERS TAKE LEAD
That set up the strange, improvised Reid to Rote deal. Fergy did the honors on one mighty lunge. Cone's kick was perfect again and the Packers had finally made it, 27-21. The 49ers had found Green Bay's defense vulnerable on Tittle's long passes earlier. But not this time. The old rush hurried Y.A. for the first time. His pitches were either overthrown or dropped and the Packers took over on the San Francisco 35. Three Packer running plays did little damage, so the strategy was a Cone field goal to put the game on ice. But this time Cone's 36 yard boot sailed wide to the left. Tittle hustled his charges, tossing to Hardy for 23 yards, Babcock for nine and Soltau for 33. The 49ers were withing 33 yards of a possible victory. Then Bookout's recovery of Babcock's fumble ruined all hope. Time ran out after Rote picked up a yard on a quarterback sneak. The amazing comeback was richly deserved by these never-say-die Packers. It put them in serious title contention. And who knows what will happen this mixed-up season? A Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Lions at Detroit will tell more.
SAN FRANCISCO - 7 7 7 0 - 21
GREEN BAY - 0 13 0 14 - 27
1st - SF - Dicky Moegle, 3-yard run (Gordie Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 7-0
2nd - GB - Johnson, 30-yard lateral from Howton after an 11-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Cone, 11-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - SF - Carroll Hardy, 33-yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 14-10
2nd - GB - Cone, 29-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 14-13
3rd - SF - Hardy, 58-yard pass from Tittle (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 21-13
4th - GB - Knafelc, 34-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) SAN FRANCISCO 21-20
4th - GB - Ferguson, 6-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 27-21