GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(BALTIMORE) - Lenny Moore, long legged and elusive, ran 72 yards from scrimmage in the second quarter and 79 yards in the fourth here Sunday. His second canter broke a 21-21 tie and enable the crippled Colts of Baltimore to lick Green Bay's in and out Packers, 28-21. The Negro rookie from Penn State was the game buster, but his long jaunts and 185 yards from scrimmage in 13 carries might have hardly been noticed had Green Bay played anything but giveaway - mishandled punts, dropped and overthrown touchdown passes. The Packers twice stalled on Baltimore's 18 and once passed up an almost sure field goal which conceivable could have won, as things turned out. Baltimore's football fanatics, 40,086 strong, gathered in Memorial Stadium to see this NFL game. They wildly cheered every Colt move. They booed the
officials. They met what few successes the Packers had on this first sunny, then cloudy, but always pleasant afternoon with silent contempt.
NOW SHARE THIRD PLACE
This was a game Green Bay needed badly to maintain pursuit of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears in the Western Division. This was a game Green Bay could have and should have won. But Green Bay did not win and consequently the Packers lost sole possession of third place and now share that place with Baltimore, each with two victories and three defeats, three full games behind Detroit and two behind the Bears with the season not yet half over. Playing without their regular quarterback, George Shaw, and best defensive back, Bert Rechichar, Weeb Ewbank's inspired Colts fought savagely to break their own three game losing streak and Green Bay's two game winning streak. The Colts completely outplayed the Packers in the line, both ways. In the first half, at the end of which the Colts led, 21-7, gaping holes were torn in Green Bay's defense and excellent protection was afforded John Unitas, quarterback from the University of Louisville, a Pittsburgh Steelers castoff who was making his first pro start.
SWARM OVER ROTE
Baltimore's defensive line, Gino Marchetti and Art Donovan particularly, meanwhile poured into Green Bay's backfield as if to win their Packer letters at halfback. They swarmed over Tobin Rote as he attempted to pass and they made a farce of Green Bay's running game. Moore, of course, scored twice on his long runs, and Unitas passed for two touchdowns, 43 yards to Ray Berry and six yards to Jim Mutscheller, large Tom
Feamster converted each time. Rote threw two touchdown passes to Bill Howton, 66 and seven yards, and scored himself on a four yard sneak. Fred Cone kicked the extra points. The Packers made only 20 yards rushing, four of these in the first half when Green Bay's offense consisted almost entirely of one long pass, 66 yards from Rote to Howton to open the scoring. Green Bay's runners had no place to go. Fullback Howie Ferguson netted only one yards in six carries. Al Carmichael had nine yards net.
KEEP PACKER HONEST
Baltimore, led by awkward looking Moore and Alan (The Horse) Ameche and L.G. (Long Gone) Dupre, rolled up 318 yards on the ground. The Colts showed a modest passing attack, just enough to keep Green Bay's defense honest, but their balance was more than Rote's passing alone could overcome. At that, Green Bay gave it a good whirl and might have won. The Packers rallied from the 21-7 halftime deficit to dominate play in the second half almost as completely as Baltimore had in the first, but Green Bay blew enough opportunities to win two of three games. Perhaps the Packers, so sharp in whipping Los Angeles a week ago, left their game in Milwaukee. They certainly were not the same team this time, nor was Baltimore the hapless crew which its last three opponents a total of 127 points. Baltimore gained revenge for a 38-33 setback at Milwaukee two weeks ago because it had the line and Lenny. Green Bay suffered its third defeat in five tries here because it had the pass and nothing else and not enough of that. The almost too easy long pass from Rote to Howton occurred on the first play the second time Green Bay got the ball. Roger Zatkoff recovered Moore's fumble, then Rote faked two handoffs, which made Baltimore's charging line pause for once, faded back and threw 45 yards in the air to Howton, who had slipped behind the secondary. Howton ran the last 30 yards unescorted. The Colts, already keyed up, became furious. Marchetti, Donovan, Finnan and Joyce tossed Green Bay's blockers around like so many toys. They permitted Green Bay to gain but nine yards in 20 first half tries exclusive of the touchdown pass.
SCORE IN 11 PLAYS
Early in the second quarter, the Colts required 11 plays to go as far as Green Bay had gone in one. Unitas, rocking in the pocket which his blockers provided, finished it off with a six yard throw to Mutscheller, who held onto the ball even though Val Joe Walker was on his back. The Colts next went 81 yards in five plays to take a 14-7 lead. The payoff, from Green Bay's 43, was a medium pass from Unitas to Berry, who ran through, by, past and around the Packer secondary the last 25 yards. Baltimore was gaining momentum, for the next time it got the ball, it needed only two plays to go 75 yards. From the Colt 28 on second down Unitas rolled out to his right and handed off to Moore. Moore sped around his left end, then cut back diagonally. Ameche removed the last obstacle, Jim Capuzzi, on Green Bay's 20.
PACKERS SHOW SPIRIT
Lisle Blackbourn and his assistants made some adjustments between halves, and in the third period Green Bay was a different team. First the Packers stopped Baltimore cold, then they moved 74 yards in 11 plays to cut the lead to 21-14. Finding Howton and Gary Knafelc, his favorite targets, well covered, Rote began hitting Ferguson, Joe Johnson and Carmichael up the middle. Rote himself smashed over left guard for the last four yards. Just when the Packers had the impetus, a nightmare of frustration set in and dogged almost every Green Bay move the rest of the way. Baltimore lost 12 yards in three plays and Dupre got off a 30 yard punt. Breezy Reid, without looking to see where the ball was, ran across the field as if to knock someone down. He did not touch anyone, but the ball bounced and touched him and Dick Nyers fell on it for Baltimore on the Colts' 41.
ANOTHER BAD BREAK
Again the defense held. Three plays gained only four yards and Dupre got off another sickly 30 yard punt which bounced out of bounds on Green Bay's 25. Baltimore was detected offside and Green Bay took the five yard penalty, figuring Dupre's next punt would be even more sickly or a long runback might be negotiated. It WAS another 30 yard punt, but this one bounced on Green Bay's 30 near the sideline. Carmichael tried to pick it up on the run amidst three Colts. He dropped the ball and was knocked out of bounds. He tried to reach back and bring the ball with him but Bill Koman of Baltimore recovered on Green Bay's 23. Three weak, wobbly kicks, each of 30 yards, and Baltimore had retained possession in a sustained 66 yard punting march. And again Green Bay held and Baltimore tried to settle for a field goal, but Feamster's 37 yard effort went wide.
FRUSTRATION TAKES OVER
Frustration had only begun. Rote now passed to Carmichael for 63 yards and first down on Baltimore's 20, still in the third period. After a two yard gain by Reid, Rote overthrew Knafelc in the end zone. Then with almost all of his receivers open, Rote selected Ferguson up the middle on the five for the tying target and overthrew. Cone and the field goal kicking team came out, but Rote waved them back. This time his receivers were covered and his pass to Howton fell incomplete when Jesse Thomas jarred the slim end from behind as the ball arrived. Bob Dillon, two plays later and on the first play of the fourth quarter, gave Green Bay still another chance when he intercepted Unitas' long pass intended for Berry and ran it back 47 yards to Baltimore's 21. Four plays later, Green Bay finally caught up, on Rote's seven yard toss to Howton. On the play before, Knafelc had dropped an easy touchdown pass.
GOOD CHANCE FADES
Dillon, with Bill Bookout's help, recovered Ameche's fumble on Baltimore's 36 on the next scrimmage play. Now Green Bay would surely win. First Rote, with a chance to run for almost unlimited yardage, tried to throw on the run to Howton in the end zone and Howton had to scramble to keep Baltimore from intercepting. Then Rote fumbled with Len Szafaryn, Green Bay guard, recovering for a seven yard loss. Then Marchetti belted Rote from the blind side for a six yard loss on a pass attempt. Here was Green Bay, 13 yards on the retreat side of the starting point with all chance for the lead touchdown or field goal frittered away. A penalty for delay of game pushed Green Bay back to its 45 and Dick Deschaine punted. After Ameche gained three yards to the 21, Moore took a pitchout around his right end, ambled past the line as the blocked pried the Packers loose, played his interference smartly at midfield, and went all the way, 79 yards, to the winning score.
HOPE FOR TIE BLASTED
More than 10 minutes remained and Green Bay had plenty of time to at least salvage a tie, but the Packers had only blanks left to fire. They controlled the ball on a painfully slow, short pass march, finally reaching first down on Baltimore's 21. Rote hit Howton on the 10 but Thomas again hit Howton from behind as the ball arrived and it dropped harmlessly. A pitchout to Ferguson gained three yards, Knafelc let Rote's pass elude his grasp in the end zone. Then Rote overthrew Knafelc and it was Baltimore's ball. Even though Ameche made a first down, Baltimore could not run out the clock and after another of Dupre's short order special punts had been downed on Green Bay's 46, the Packers had 29 seconds to try again. Rote's first pass fell incomplete as four Colts gathered around Howton. His second pass gained nine yards to Howton who stepped out of bounds, leaving 45 yards to a tie and 16 seconds in which to do it. The frustration was made complete on the last play. Howton raced down the right sideline and Rote unloosed a long pass, Howton slipped and fell, Thomas intercepted on the six and returned to the 27 where the game ended.
GREEN BAY - 7 0 7 7 - 21
BALTIMORE - 0 21 0 7 - 28
1st - GB - Howton, 66-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - BALT - Jim Mutscheller, 7-yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - BALT - Raymond Berry, 43-yard pass from Unitas (Feamster kick) BALTIMORE 14-7
2nd - BALT - Lenny Moore, 72-yard run (Feamster kick) BALTIMORE 21-7
3rd - GB - Rote, 5-yard run (Cone kick) BALTIMORE 21-14
4th - GB - Howton, 7-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) TIED 21-21
4th - BALT - Moore, 79-yard run (Feamster kick) BALTIMORE 28-21