(WINSTON-SALEM, NC) - Eddie LeBaron dove across the goal line from six inches out in the last seconds to give the Washington Redskins a spectacular
33-31 win over the Green Bay Packers
Saturday night. A crowd of 13,000 saw the
Redskins, sparked by LeBaron's passing, score
three touchdowns in the final period to take their
second exhibition victory of the year. The loss
was the fourth for the Packers, who have
dropped all of by an aggregate of 24 points. A
stiffened Washington defense held Green Bay
to seven yard rushing in the second half. The
Packers outgained the Redkins in the air and
made three long passes good for a 17-9 halftime
lead. The Redskins, behind 24-12 in the fourth
quarter, struck within two minutes for a 
touchdown, capping a drive from their own 32.
Leo Elter sped through for 16 yard and the
score. Norb Hecker converted and the Packers
led 24-19. The Redskins lost the ball on Bobby
Dillon's interception after pulling an onsides
kick. Packer quarterback Tobin Rote then
moved his team on a 72-yard drive, climaxed by
his own one-yard plunge for a touchdown. Fred
Cone's conversion made it 31-19. From there, it
was all LeBaron and end Billy Cox, the former 
Duke backfield star. LeBaron, passing on
almost every play, drove his team from the 28 to a score, passing three straight times to Cox, the last good for 23 yards and a touchdown. Hecker's kick made the score, 31-26. The ball changed hands twice and the Redskins took over after a punt on their own 29 with two and a half minutes left. Again LeBaron sparked a drive that lifted the Washington team swiftly into Packer territory. A pass to Dale Atkeson on the Green Bay 49 was the key play.
Two more passes and a 5-yard penalty on Green Bay put the ball on the Packer 12. LeBaron passed to Cox on the six-inch line and, with the final whistle in the official's mouth, dived over the winning score. Dale Atkeson converted with the game over. The first half was all Green Bay, with Rote passing for one touchdown to Billy Howton on a play that covered 62 yards, tossing a screen pass for another to Howie Ferguson in a maneuver that covered 70 yards, and setting up another with a screen pass to Ferguson which carried from Green Bay's 15 to the Washington 10. Fred Cone kicked a 13-yard field goal after that one, three line plays having failed.
Washington's Vic Janowicz booted a 37-yard field goal to open the scoring. Washington's only first-half touchdown came on a drive that started on the 28, LeBaron passed to Elter for 11 yards and the score. The conversion was no good. With a minute to play in the third quarter, the Packers moved their margin to 24-12, when Billy Bookout, a rookie defensive back from Austin, latched onto a LeBaron pass on the Green Bay 48 and dashed for a touchdown. The play was scored as a recovered fumble, Elter having deflected it into the air.
GREEN BAY  -  3 14  7  7 - 31
WASHINGTON -  3  6  3 21 - 33
WASH – Vic Janowicz, 37-yard field goal WASHINGTON 3-0
GB – Cone, 13-yard field goal TIED 3-3
GB – Howton, 62-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 10-3
WASH – Leo Elter, 11-yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Kick failed) GB 10-9
GB – Ferguson, 70-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 17-9
WASH – Norb Hecker, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-12
GB – Bookout, 52-yard fumble return (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-12
WASH – Elter, 16-yard run (Norb Hecker kick) GREEN BAY 24-19
GB – Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 31-19
WASH – Bill Cox, 23-yard pass from LeBaron (Hecker kick) GREEN BAY 31-26
WASH – LeBaron, 1-yard run (Hecker kick) WASHINGTON 33-31
* Tobin Rote is starting to hit like a Layne. But watch out when he starts running! Rote has strictly been a passer during the exhibition trail, but it's his running which makes him a feared quarterback.
* The Packer offensive line is much improved. Guard Joe Skibinski, obtained from the Browns, and tackle Tom Dahms, traded by the Rams, have been the kind of talent needed to fill the rubbery spots.
* Fullback Howie Ferguson has been the sparkplug of the running attack. But wait until Breezy Reid gets going. He was the league's ninth best last season with a 5.1 average.
* Al Carmichael, although sidelined with a shoulder separation, is the club's best pass catching back. When he returns, the backfield should click with perfection with a bigger, faster line in front of them.
Milwaukee gets an eyeful of the Packers Saturday night at Marquette Stadium when the fifth annual Midwest Shrine game matches Green Bay and the Chicago Cardinals. Surprisingly enough, the Cardinals boast the second best exhibition record in the Eastern Division, winning two of four starts. They've got the closest resemblance to the "dream backfield" of 1947 and it lines up something like this: Lamar McHan at quarterback, Ollie Matson and Dave Mann at halfbacks, and Johnny Olszewski at fullback. It was more than the Lions and Bears could handle in early season play. While the Packers have won but one exhibition game, they've played three on equal terms. A little midseason spunk could have been the difference. Only in the Eagle  game were the Packers outplayed. And that the one Rote's receivers dropped nine and took the 10 count. "We really wanted that Redskin win," said Blackbourn again Wednesday, still trying to figure out how Washington had won when it appeared the Packers had it all but wrapped up. "That was one of the toughest pro games I've ever seen. Both clubs whaled the daylights out of each other. But Eddie LeBaron's passing was phenomenal - the best we've seen this season. After watching the exhibition season develop, it looks like the whole league is well balanced," continued Blackborn. "Everyone's going to have their troubles, everyone."
SEPTEMBER 14 (La Crosse) - Jim Temp, former Wisconsin star end and No. 2 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, left Wednesday to report to the Army at Ft. Eustis, VA. Before leaving his home here, Temp, a second lieutenant, said that there might be a mistake in his orders, which directed him to report for duty September 16, because he understood the call would be delayed.
SEPTEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - Linebacker Roger Zatkoff, Green Bay Packer defensive star, may come up with a new assignment in the Shrine exhibition
game with the Chicago Cardinals Saturday night. Coach
Lisle Blackbourn said Thursday he was considering
shifting Zatkoff to defensive end as a replacement for the
injured Gene Knutson. Knutson was hurt in the
exhibition with the Washington Redskins last week and
both he and offensive guard Steve Ruzich will miss
Saturday's game. Blackbourn said he was well satisfied
with the Packer defense and passing attacks but that
the ground game needed improvement. "Our running
game needs stepping up and we've worked on it this
week," said Blackbourn. "Our defense should hold up
although injuries hurt us against the Redskins." The
Packers lost to Washington in the final minute, 33-31.
The Packers have a 1-4 exhibition record and Saturday
night's Cardinal game will be the last pre-season
SEPTEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It has been
five years since the Packers and Cardinals have played
a league game - five years and the disappearance of the
famed Big Red "dream backfield" and the rebirth of
probably just as potent an attack. The year was 1949 in
which the Packers were more than happy to call it quits
with the Cardinals after being drubbed at Comiskey
Park, 41-21, for the seventh consecutive time. Those
were the days of Christman, Angsman, Trippi and
Harder. "Dream backfield", they called it... the best in
the league as the Cardinals won the league title in 1947
and were Western Division champs the year after.
Saturday night at Marquette Stadium, the Packers meet
the Cardinals in the fifth annual Midwest Shrine game -
the last tuneup before they open the league season
September 25 against the Lions in Green Bay. But Saturday night's affair means more than a forgotten exhibition. It's a chance for both clubs to carefully test each other - seven weeks later it will be for keeps when the teams resume one of the oldest rivalries in the league in Green Bay November 13. Tabbed as the closest resemblance to that "dream outfit" which had its own way in those glorious '40s is this quartet" Lamar McHan, quarterback; Ollie Matson, halfback; Dave Mann, halfback, and Johnny Olszewski, fullback. McHan learned the T formation the hard way, being plucked from his Arkansas tailback spot to the Cardinals' starting quarterback post last season. His first year jitters have seemed to subside as he passed the Cardinals to pre-season wins over the Bears and Lions. Matson needs no introduction. Considered the fastest back in pro ball (he runs the 100 in 9.5), Matson was the Cardinals' leading ground gainer, despite the fact he joined the club late because of service commitments. He was second in pass receiving and was the team's top scorer with nine touchdowns. Mann, drafted in 1954 despite the fact he had another year of military service, was a member of the Fort Ord team which included Matson. Speed is Mann's chief talent. He's touted as another Matson. Olszewski shattered Jackie Jensen's records at California before coming to the Cardinals. He was second only to Matson as a ball carrier last season. He's an explosive runner, booming 25 yards for one touchdown against the Bears this season. McHan, Matson and Olszewski were all first draft choices, a true indication that the Cardinals were going to build another "dream outfit". Add this year's top college choice, end Box Boydston of Oklahoma, and it's easy to predict the Cardinals could be the surprise team of the season. Green Bay gets first crack at this explosive package Saturday and hopes that history won't repeat itself.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - A couple of losing streaks will get Green Bay's thorough attention in the annual Tripoli Shrine exhibition game with the Chicago Cardinals at Marquette University Stadium Saturday night at 8:15 o'clock. The first one concerns the game itself. Since the Packers won the first of these appearances here in 1950, beating the Colts, 16-14, they've lost four in a row. The Eagles beat them in 1951 (14-10), the Giants in 1952 (7-0), the Steelers in 1953 (26-23) and the Giants last year (38-27). The second concerns this entire exhibition season which will end with Saturday's game - and it has Coach Lisle Blackbourn both a little worried and bewildered. Since beating the New York Giants in the opener, substantiating early hopes, the Packers have lost to Cleveland, 13-7; Pittsburgh, 16-14; Philadelphia, 24-10 and Washington 33-31 - Washington on the last play of the game. Each one of the games, except for a collapse of one kind or other, the club might have won. The Cardinals come with a record not unlike Green Bay's although it looks a little better in print. After a fast start in which they beat both the Chicago Bears, 21-6 and the Detroit Lions, 17-16, they took a beating from the San Francisco 49ers, 43-7, and the Baltimore Colts, 24-14. Green Bay Friday ruled a 6 point choice. The Washington licking last week, while a crusher in the way it was suffered, did have more than one redeeming feature of play. The defense was solid until injuries in the fourth quarter took Deral Teteak, Gene Knutson, Jim Temp, Nate Borden, Steve Ruzich, Len Szafaryn, Jerry Helluin and Val Joe Walker from the lineup. Washington got three of its touchdowns in the final period of play - the last two in the last seven minutes. All but Knutson and Temp will be ready ot play here.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee) - A rookie from Hardin-
Simmons university, Ogden (Bingo) Compton, is
expected to start at quarterback for the Chicago
Cardinals tomorrow night when they meet the Green
Bay Packers in Marquette Stadium. Coach Ray
Richards of the Cardinals decided to go with Compton
in view of his excellent showing against the Baltimore
Colts last Saturday in Chicago. Compton entered the
game with the Cardinals trailing, 21 to 0, and led the
team to a pair of last quarter touchdowns, one of them
a pass by Compton to Jim Carr, a rookie halfback. The
Cardinals will be trying to being their exhibition game
percentage over the .500 mark. The Chicagoans
opened in style, beating the Chicago Bears, 21 to 6,
and the Detroit Lions, 17 to 16. Then the San 
Francisco 49ers stomed over the Cardinals, 43 to 7, in
a rough game on the coast and the Colts beat them,
24 to 14. The Packer have fared even worse in 
preseason battles, losing to Cleveland, Philadelphia
and Washington after beating the New York Giants in
their opener. Two of the losses were 2 point margins
Compton, a protege of the great Sammy Baugh, has
completed 18 of his 31 passing attempts this season
for 178 yards and one touchdown. The Packers, who
last Saturday dropped a 33 to 31 decision to the
Redskins on the final play of the game, a plunge by
Eddie Le Baron, probably will stick with Tobin Rote as
their field general. Rote completed only 12 of 29 
passes, but they represent 292 yards and two
touchdowns and also set up a third.
EXHIBITION - Washington Redskins 33, Green Bay Packers (1-4) 31
Saturday September 10th 1955 (at Winston-Salem, NC)
SEPTEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - It's beginning to look as though the Packers, as a club, just can't stand pressure. They expect the worst in the clutch, which in truth has now happened for several years, tighten up completely - and lose. For losing, and fearing about losing, they are forgetting all about how to win. It was the same story at Winston-Salem, NC Saturday night when a football game they had right in their mitts eluded them in the last seven minutes of play - on the last play of the game to be exact. Washington's Redskins, well contained until this time and behind 31-19, twice drove three quarters the length of the field behind Eddie LeBaron's passing to pull out the victory. The first drive of 73 yards started with seven minutes left, the second drive of 71 yards with less than three minutes left. The winning touchdown in the midst of a lot of confusion at the goal line, was scored on the last play of the game. The final score was 33-31. A few suck lickings are understandable. All teams lose close ones or sometimes blow down the stretch. In Green Bay's case, though, the proclivity in this as a team is becoming rather disturbing. Either their defenses fall apart as in the closing stages Saturday night, or their passing goes sour as in the Pittsburgh game, or their receiving becomes butter-fingered as in the Philadelphia game. Always something. A year ago much was made of the fact that the club suffered its first six defeats by a total of 23 points. Tough luck, the good burghers said. But was it all tough luck? The Packers led Pittsburgh, 20-14, as the fourth quarter opened a year ago, let Jimmy Finks suddenly pass them dizzy and lost, 21-20. They led the Bears as the fourth quarter opened in the first game, 3-0, but lost, 10-3, on a fumbled lateral pass inside the 10 yards line. They led San Francisco, 17-10, as the fourth quarter opened, but lost, 23-17, when a pass that never should have been thrown because of the rush was intercepted. They led the Bears, 16-14, as the fourth quarter opened in the second quarter, led 23-14 with only 7:42 left, in fact, but lost, 28-23, partly because they fumbled a punt inside their 10 yard line. They had a chance to beat the Lions at Green Bay in the fourth quarter with a 21-17 deficit, but dropped a perfect pass in the end zone for the lead touchdown. And they had a chance again to beat Detroit at Detroit Thanksgiving Day, but dropped passes all over the field, one in the closing minutes for a cinch touchdown. For losing, they are forgetting all about how to win. "We're really disturbed about the tendency to blow games the way we have," Lisle Blackbourn said Monday before starting work for the final exhibition game with the Cardinals in the annual Shrine game at Marquette Stadium Saturday night. "We just can't figure it out. If it isn't one way we blow them it's another. Football is no different than baseball. You have to win the close ones. We just can't it seems." The consolation at this point this season is that so far all of the "blowing" has been done in exhibitions. Actually, this is a much better team than its exhibition record of 1-4 suggests. Blackbourn, scouts from other teams, old observers all agree. But that complex in the clutch - it must be shaken off, and shaken off quickly, if the club is not to sink to the depths again.
SEPTEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - There's nothing wrong with the Packers that a good, rousing victory wouldn't cure - one that would create a winning frame of mind. Addicted to their old habit of losing the "oh, so close" ones, Green Bay needs a convincing win to steady it shaky exhibition nerves before it opens the rough league campaign against the Lions September 25. And it couldn't come at a better time than Saturday night against the Cardinals in the fifth annual Midwest Shrine game at Marquette Stadium. Victory was snatched from the Packers in a too often fashion last Saturday by the Redskins, scoring their winning points in the last seconds of play. Another exhibition loss, their fourth straight by an aggregate of 24 points! It shamefully points to last season's rut which saw the Packers lose six league games by a total of 27 points. Close, it's often said, counts only in horseshoes. But Coach Liz Blackbourn, disheartened Washington's 33-31 comeback win, isn't discouraged. Far from it. "Actually this is a much better club than last season," admits Liz. "We need confidence and a couple of good wins would do the trick. Thank heavens we've been blowing them when it doesn't count." Saturday night's loss to the Redskins pointed out the failure to move the ball on the ground was as fatal to the Packers as their collapsing pass defense in the fourth quarter when little Eddie LeBaron drilled 'em dizzy. The Packers rushed for only 26 yards. They netted on seven in the second half. Washington gained 166 yards rushing. Tobin Rote and Howie Ferguson were clicking with perfection, but that was the only offensive spark Green Bay could show. You can't match the Lions, Bears, Rams and 49ers sputtering on two cylinders. Four Packers are on the doubtful list for the Cardinal game. Tackles Gene Knutson, Steve Ruzich and Len Szafaryn all have knee injuries. Defensive halfback Val Joe Walker has a similar ailment. While the Packers were losing their fourth straight, they were still loved in Green Bay. More than 2,000 faithful turned out to greet the club upon its arrivals from Winston-Salem Sunday. Now for some confidence on the field and a winning frame of mind - it's badly needed before opening league plays against the powerhouse in two weeks.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - There are a few optimistic observations being spoken in Green Bay these cool September days that the Packers should not be sneezed at despite a not-so-hot pre-season showing. Those assuring words come from the head man himself, Liz Blackbourn, who saw his Packers beat a good Giant team, 31-24, and then lose four straight, sputtering in the clutches. The optimistic feeling stems from: