GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - Take away the word exhibition and the matter
of a little less than one year and one could say he saw double
here Saturday night. Last September, the Pittsburgh Steelers
came to this football hotbed and upset the Green Bay
Packers, 21-20, in a league game. Saturday night the
Steelers returned for an exhibition game as underdogs, this
time nipping the Packers, 16-14, in the last 65 seconds.
Green Bay can be thankful for two things - just, that it was an
exhibition game and second, that the Packers don't have to
lock horns again with the Steelers this season. Art Michalik,
obtained from the 49ers, was the margin of difference, booting
a cinch 14-yard field goal when the Packers stubbornly kept
the pesky Pittsburghers from scoring a touchdown. That was
the only difference as the Steelers and Packers each scored
two touchdowns in the first three quarters before 16,912 at
City Stadium. And even when Michalik came in to attempt the
payoff, there was speculation he could do it.
He had earlier missed a 30-yarder, by no means a pro toughie,
and had a crucial point after touchdown blocked in the third
quarter which gave the Packers a 14-13 lead - a lead which
loomed big as the fourth quarter skipped away. But
Pittsburgh deserved its first exhibition victory this season.
Redemption had to be made after the Steelers' lopsided loss
to the 49ers, 60-14. This was as tough as any league affair
could be. Both squads were out to get each other, the
Packers trying to influence fans in their 37th season in the
NFL. Like a year ago, it was the pin-point passing of Jimmy
Finks which pulled victory away from the Packers. Finks
completed 18 of 33 attempts for 239 yards.
But more important, the veteran Pittsburgh passer sparked a
last ditch march which started from his own 30 with three
minutes to play. A 36 yarder to Ed Bernet, a 20 yard toss to
Elbie Nickel and another 10-yarder to Bernet did the damage.
A touchdown wasn't to be had simply because the Packers
clamped down once the Steelers were dangerously close.
While the Packers couldn't come up with their second
exhibition win, they produced individual stars. Howie Ferguson
was up to his old tricks, rambling for 74 yards in 13 attempts,
and Dick Deschaine, the boy who asked for a tryout after
learning his trade on the sandlots, averaged 49.8 yards a punt
- he booted eight times. Tobin Rote, completing only seven of
24 passes for 81 yards, certainly wasn't having one of best
games. It definitely showed when the Packers were in scoring
Green Bay broke the scoring tee with a first quarter
touchdown. Val Joe Walker intercepted a Fink pass on the
Packer 12 and returned it 80 yards to the Steeler 19 to set up
this touchdown. Al Carmichael's five-yard gallop around a
vacant right end was the clincher. Fred Cone's extra point was good and that
was the scoring in the first quarter. With less than 25 seconds left in the
second quarter, Pittsburgh came back, Finks hitting Ray Mathews alone in the
end zone. Michalik's conversion knotted the score as the half ended.
BAYS SNAP BACK
The Packers snapped right back in the third quarter, rolling 83 yards in 14
plays. Ferguson's 35-yard run to Pittsburgh's 35 set the TD play in motion.
After Ferguson and Reid softened the middle of the Steeler line, Rote did the
scoring honors on a two-yard plunge. Cone booted and the Packers led, 14-7.
Veryl Switzer's fumble recovered by Dick Doyle changed the complexion of the
game in the third quarter. On the very next play, Finks tossed a 41-yard TD
pass to Mathews. The Packers were offside as the Steelers tried their
conversion. But Doyle Nix blocked Michalik's second try and it looked like the
Packers could hang on to that slim 14-13 advantage. Finks saw to it that they
couldn't, and that was the ball game.
PITTSBURGH - 0 7 6 3 - 16
GREEN BAY - 7 0 7 0 - 14
GB – Carmichael, 5-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
PIT – Ray Mathews, 38-yard pass from Jim Finks (Art Michalik kick) TIED 7-7
GB – Rote, 2-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
PIT – Mathews, 41-yard pass from Finks (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 14-13
PIT – Michalik, 14-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 16-14