GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(CHICAGO) - Gary Knafelc waited until 75 seconds left in the game to catch his first pass Sunday, but the completion from Tobin Rote gained 38 yards to the Cardinal one where the Packers' uncanny quarterback scored his third touchdown to upend the title-bidding Chicagoans, 24-21. "It wasn't supposed to be," chanted the 22,620 partisans at Comiskey Park. However, Rote, addicted to the spectacular in many a go-for-broke situation this season, was right on the beam when the chips were down and proved the difference again. Actually, the Packers defeated the Cardinals at their own game, outrushing them, 194 yards to 80. Fred Cone, the 30-year old veteran who seriously thought of quitting after last season, was king of the ground gainers as he picked up 92 yards in 12 carries. The Cards' Ollie Matson, a marked target, managed 70 yards in 16 attempts.
CONE BOOTS GOAL
Cone not only played like an all-pro fullback, but kicks a 34-yard field goal in the third period which became the winning margin. He also caught two passes for 22 yards. It was another remarkable comeback for the never-say-die Packers who trailed, 21-17, after the Cardinals' problem quarterback, Lamar McHan, came off the bench in the fourth quarter to direct a 60-yard scoring march. There were only three minutes remaining when the now confident Cards gave the Bays a last chance with the ensuing kickoff.
'BIG' PASS A BEAUTY
Jack Losch returned Pat Summerall' booming kick to the Green Bay 33 and Rote sent extra chills up and down the Big Red followers as he directed the Packers goalward in just six plays. The big one to Knafelc was a beauty as Gary grabbed the perfect strike all alone on the Cardinal eight and wormed his way to the one. Rote, who picked up 63 yards in 15 running plays, easily dove over as he did on two other occasions. As usual, Coach Liz Blackbourn's gang couldn't buy a break in the first half and found themselves on the short end of a 14-3 count. If it wasn't interceptions (which killed two golden scoring chances), it was a fumble, a penalty after a big gain or dropped passes which plagued the giant killers for 30 minutes.
Al Carmichael fumbled a punt midway through the first half and John Dittrich, a Badger product, recovered on the Packers' 32 to set up the Chicagoans' first score in six plays. Jim Root, who completed six passes for 64 yards, faked a handoff to Matson and tossed a soft pass to Max Boydston, who went over unmolested from the 16. Summerall's conversion was perfect and the Cardinals chalked up an easy 7-0 lead. Rote hurriedly brought the Bays back 51 yards to the Cardinal 25, but Tob's scoring play backfired as Lindon Crow intercepted a pass on the 10. The next bit of excitement came in the second quarter when Rote again engineered the ball goalward. Three running plays picked up 35 yards and two passes moved the ball to the Chicago five. It was that man Crow again who spoiled all the work which went into this 52 yard drive as he grabbed Rote's third down pass away from Joe Johnson on the one.
CARDS IN HOLE
Chicago couldn't get out of the hole and the next time Green Bay got the ball it notched up its only score of
the half, Cone's 34-yard field goal after Rote failed to hit Billy Howton on a third down play from the Chicago 28. The Cardinals got a big boost after and an exchange of punts and went for their second touchdown from the Packer 38. It took them eight plays to post the score, Matson romping over from the eight. Summerall tacked on the conversion and the Cards were ahead, 14-3. Rote's last ditch drive before the half ended reached the 50 but then his 45 yard heave to Howton was intercepted by Dick (Night Train) Lane on the five and returned 21 yards before the gun sounded.
85-YARD TD DRIVE
The third quarter was all Green Bay's. Eight-five yards the Bays moved for their first touchdown after the kickoff. Nine running plays with Howie Ferguson and Cone carrying the mail and three passes set up Rote's two-yard TD sneak. Cone kicked the extra point with seven minutes of the period played. Bill Forester's interception of Root's third down pass turned the tide in the Packers' favor. From the Cardinal 39 Green Bay had a touchdown in seven plays when Rote sneaked over the one. Cone's second conversion put the Bays ahead, 17-14, with a minute and a half remaining in the quarter. McHan came off the bench with a surprising chorus of cheers, but it wasn't until there were seven minutes left in the game that he was applauded for his efforts.
POOR PUNT HURTS
Dick Dechaine, who had one of his poorer punting days, booted a 35-yarder which was grounded on the Cardinal 40. From here McHan's crew got a break when a holding penalty on third down gave them a first down on their own 30 after three pass plays went haywire. McHan then began hitting Matson and Don Stonesifer with ease. Dave Mann grabbed one for a 17-yard gain to the Packer 15 and Matson picked off one for 11 yards which moved the ball to the four. Matson leaped over from the one to move to Cards out in front again after Summerall's third kick, 21-17. Rote caught fire after the kickoff and the rest is history. However, the last heart-stopping action was McHan's 55-yard pass intended for Lane on the Packer eight with seconds remaining. It dribbled off Lane's hands into the outstretched mitts of Ken Gorgal and the Packers had no trouble preserving their conquest over another title contender.
The big Packer comeback in this ball game was due to Rote's passing again. Some of his tosses were 20 yards over the intended receiver's head - but then many big ones were right on the button. The Cardinals lived up to expectations as the league's best pass interception team as Tobin lost three, two of them in the first half which squelched possible scores. But like many others the Cards couldn't do much about it when Rote pitched the ball smack into the receivers' mitts. That's a hard pass to defense against, hey, Cards?
GREEN BAY - 0 3 14 7 - 24
CHICAGO - 7 7 0 7 - 21
1st - CHI - Max Boydston, 16-yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick) CARDINALS 7-0
2nd - GB - Fred Cone, 34-yard field goal CARDINALS 7-3
2nd - CHI - Ollie Matson, 8-yard rush (Summerall kick) CARDINALS 14-3
3rd - GB - Tobin Rote, 2-yard rush (Cone kick) CARDINALS 14-10
3rd - GB - Rote, 1-yard rush (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
4th - CHI - Matson, 1-yard rush (Summerall kick) CARDINALS 21-17
4th - GB - Rote, 2-yard rush (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-21