(GREEN BAY) - Their backs to the wall with a minute to play, the Green Bay Packers held off a final scoring bid to defeat the New York Giants here Saturday night, 17-13. A crowd of 16,448 saw Lisle Blackbourn's third Packer edition score its second straight NFL exhibition victory and a sweet one it was. Jim Lee Howell's Giants have been rated one of the eastern division's powers. A week ago they trounced the Baltimore Colts. The Packers almost did not make it, though. They trailed at the half, 6-3, because they reached New York's one year line just before the intermission and could not score, and then in the clutch had to hang on for dear life.
With their one-two punches at quarterback and left halfback functioning effectively, after the intermission, they scored two touchdowns in the third quarter that in the final analysis produced the victory. Tobin Rote, veteran quarterback, directed the team to one touchdown and Bart Starr, his rookie understudy from Alabama, the other. Left halfbacks Breezy Reid and Joe Johnson provided the running strength. Rote scored the first touchdown from nine yards out and Starr the second from one yard away. New York got what looked like nothing more than a consolation touchdown with less than four minutes later, but then suddenly got the ball back on a fumbled handoff and almost pulled the game out.
Charlie Conerly passed to Alex Webster for first down on the 12, but Green Bay's defense rose up and Conerly was unable to connect on any of his next four tosses. New York scored first, driving 70 yards after the opening kickoff. Mel Triplett barged the last three yards. John Martinkovic deflected Don Chandler's extra point kick and that probably cost the Giants a chance to tie in their last bid. Fred Cone, who converted after both Green Bay touchdowns, kicked an 18 yard field goal midway in the second period to cut New York's lead to 6-3. After Green Bay scored twice in the third period, New York charged back. Defensive holding nullified a big loss against Conerly and kept the 60 yard march alive. Alex Webster scored from the one after Conerly had completed three straight first down passes to Kyle Rote. Bill Svoboda recovered the handoff which Tobin Rote and Cone missed fire on and gave New York its chance to win. But Green Bay's defense said no. Two of Green Bay's offensive stalwarts, fullback Howie Ferguson and end Bill Howton, did not play because of injuries. The Packers will face the champion Cleveland Browns at Cleveland next Saturday night.
NEW YORK  -  6  0  0  7 - 13
GREEN BAY -  0  3 14  0 - 17
NY – Mel Triplett, 3-yard run (Kick failed) NEW YORK 6-0
GB – Cone, 18-yard field goal NEW YORK 6-3
GB – Rote, 8-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 10-6
GB – Starr, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 17-6
NY – Alex Webster run (Don Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 17-13
in his trades since (John Sandusky from Cleveland). "We needed help up front," he said, "and so far at least we're really encouraged with what we got. Skoronski and Gregg both have looked good and so had Sandusky." (Morris refused to report.) "We've been running better partly because of these new men and passing better - better protection for our passers. Not only are they contributing something real, but they're making our other veterans hustle. Nobody is sure of a job. It's panning out well all around." The more he sees of Starr, the more Blackbourn believes he may have the quarterback rookie of the year. "Starr had all the poise of a guy who has played three or four years of pro ball," he said. "Throws a fine ball and handles the team well. We've never really had a number one number two guy, if you know what I mean, behind Rote, and we may well wind up with two of them this year. Paul Held has looked pretty good himself and we may go along with three quarterbacks." In Monday's drill, preparing for the Cleveland game at Cleveland Saturday night, Blackbourn worked both Gregg and veteran tackle Len Szafaryn at the guards. "Just experimenting," Blackbourn said. The club will break camp here Friday morning, go to Green Bay to establish its base for the rest of the season, and then fly to Cleveland Friday afternoon. After the Cleveland game will come an engagement with the Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem, NC. Two more players were placed on waivers after Monday's drills - halfback Dick Gregory of Minnesota picked up as a free agent from the Chicago Bears and 250-pound tackle George Schussler of Carroll College, also a free agent. The squad dropped to 46 with these cuts but will be back up to 47 with the expected arrival of linebacker Tom Bettis of Purdue either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Bettis has been in the Army.
AUGUST 29 (Stevens Point) - Lisle Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers had bad news here Thursday morning as they prepared to break camp and head for Green Bay where Friday they will establish their base for the rest of the season. Defensive halfback Val Joe Walker suffered a lung injury in a collision with Al Carmichael and will probably be out of action for 10 days or two weeks. Walker was taken immediately to a Stevens Point clinic where doctors said he had suffered a slight lung rupture. Carmichael, after shaking off a daze, returned to the drills. The accident occurred on different plays with Walker on defense at one end of the field and Carmichael running down to take a pass at another end.
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-0) 17, New York Giants 13
Sunday August 25th 1956 (at Green Bay)
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - One thing is sure - Liz Blackbourn's Packers love to play winning football. That winning frame of mind has been restored at the Bay and could go a long way in deciding the Packers' chances during the coming league season. The Packers today, strong but not too deep, want to win and believe they can win. Take Saturday night's 17-13 conquest of the New York Giants: "I honestly didn't think we could win this one," Blackbourn said after the game. "I didn't think the boys had football on their mind at the start." Blackbourn explained: "This was moving day for most of them. Can you imagine playing football after lugging furniture all afternoon and getting their families settled here," Liz asked. "And when the Giants started right off with a 70 yard touchdown march, I was sure the boys weren't up to it. We came around in the second quarter and started to look like a football team." Blackbourn's eager beavers beat a good team at its own game - defense. And his club did it without its best fullback, best end, best safetyman and one of its best defensive ends. The Packer boss wouldn't take any chances using fullback Howie Ferguson, end Billy Howton or safetyman Bobby Dillon - all nursing minor ailments. Defensive end Nate Borden was out of town attending a funeral. So some new and some old men closed ranks and the Packers settled down to business. Blackbourn looked over game statistics in his hotel suite and said, "It was pretty close, wasn't it." His assistant, Abe Stuber, appropriately added, "when you win you can forget 'em." Liz liked the work of his defense. He singled out Roger Zatkoff, Deral Teteak, John Martinkovic, Billy Bookout and Bill Forester - all proven vets. Hank Gremminger looks like a rookie comer. "Forrest Gregg has good speed," added Liz, "but Bob Skoronski is a little too heavy." (He's gained 10 pounds since deciding to play pro ball.) The other All-Star, Jack Losch, was sidelined with a pulled muscle." How about Bart Starr? "Boy, this guy looks real good." Liz looked at the sheet showing four completions in five tosses. "Last week he had three for four. I'm going to start him again against the Browns next Saturday. He can visualize plays as good as anyone. And his soft passes are right on the target." Tobin Rote had a real good night, considering he played half of the game. Rote completed nine of 14 passes for 129 yards. End Gary Knafelc made it look easy, as he snared Rote's strikes with the greatest of ease. Blackbourn was also impressed with the running of Breezy Reid, 43 yards in seven attempts, and Joe Johnson, 32 yards in four carries. Blackbourn insisted his club wasn't shooting the works in these pre-season tussles. "We've still got a lot of shuffling to do before this team shapes up."
AUGUST 26 (Stevens Point) - Coach Liz Blackbourn trimmed his Packer squad to 47 players Sunday night when he cut George Schussler, a tackle from Carroll, and Chester Lyssy, a defensive back from Hardin-Simmons. Lyssy came to Green Bay on an if deal from Cleveland.
AUGUST 27 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers Monday returned defensive back Chet Lyssy to the Cleveland Browns from whom they obtained him in a trade two weeks ago. The club also placed rookie tackle George Schussler of Carroll College on waivers.
AUGUST 27 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers asked waivers on halfback Dick Gregory, former Minnesota star, Monday. The club also announced that veteran linebacker Tom Bettis was scheduled to be discharged from the Army at Ft. Eustis, Va., Monday and is expected to rejoin the squad Tuesday. Coach Liz Blackbourn. elated by the Packers' 17-13 triumph over the Giants last Saturday, called off the usual morning practice to give a scouting report on the Cleveland Browns and look at movies of the Giant game. A short workout and long calisthenics was held in the afternoon.
AUGUST 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers have now played two exhibition games and won two - won them impressively. They beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the Shrine game here two weeks ago, 27-6, and the New York Giants at Green Bay Saturday night, 17-13. What, Coach Lisle Blackbourn was asked Monday, were the most significant things about the victories? "Our line play," he answered without hesitation, "our offensive line play. And then Bart Starr's showing at quarterback." The answer was an encouraging one, for Blackbourn had the offensive line primarily in mind at last winter's draft (tackle Forrest Gregg of SMU, No. 2; guard Cecil Morris of Oklahoma, No. 4;tackle Bob Skoronski of Indiana, No. 5) and 
AUGUST 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - A Liz Blackbourn-coached Packer team has never beaten the Browns, whether it was a pre-season test or when the chips were down. How bad then does Blackbourn want to win when his Packers take on the Browns in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium Saturday night? "I don't want to win this one too much," said the sharp spoken Packer headman Wednesday. "When the chips are down in November, we'll be shooting the works." Blackbourn was referring to the Stadium engagement with the world champs November 4. "We're still trying out many new things and that's the way it's going to be in these preseason games," Blackbourn continued. "It's a funny thing, though, when things get tight I find myself wanting to win." Well, that attitude has rubbed off on his 47-man squad. Even though there is a complete shuffling of personnel taking place, the club has two wins in its first two starts. Cleveland, which has referred to Green Bay as its farm club because of numerous deals, will toss one of those prize trades against the Packers when Babe Parilli starts at quarterback. The Babe hasn't been able to shed the rust from two years in the service so far, but is starting because George Ratterman is bothered with a shoulder bruise. "Cleveland fans have been reading a lot of Parilli and now they'll get a chance to see him," is Coach Paul Brown's reasoning. "I had the feeling in the late stages of the Ram game that he was beginning to find himself." Blackbourn's reaction: "That doesn't mean anything to me. Parilli wasn't around when I took over at Green Bay. I've only met the boy once. Reports show the Browns haven't been throwing well yet, but that's nothing new this time of year." Blackbourn said he would start veteran fullback Howie Ferguson, sidelines against the Giants because of a leg injury. "Fergy needs the work and he's itching to play," said the coach. End Billy Howton, working out with pads again, and linebacker Billy Bookout, who got a going over from New York, will be the only Packers benched against the Browns. Safetyman Bobby Dillon, out with a slight ankle sprain, is fit to go. Blackbourn was uneasy only about one thing in preparation for Saturday night's game - lack of contact work. "Tuesday was our last chance to scrimmage because our equipment had to be shipped east." The Packers will headquarter in North Carolina prior to their next engagement with the Redskins at Winston-Salem September 8. While the Cleveland exhibition means absolutely nothing in the books, it could be a probing ground for each club prior to their November meeting.
AUGUST 31 (Cleveland) - The Green Bay Packers will seek their third straight NFL exhibition victory when they meet the Cleveland Browns here Saturday night. Paul Brown's Browns will be after their first victory. This, however, does not mean the Packers are favored. On the contrary, Cleveland rules a slight favorite. The reasons for this include: (1) Brown and his Browns want to win at home, even in an exhibition, and (2) Lisle Blackbourn's Packers never have beaten the Browns, either in exhibition or league play. The Browns use the preseason games to get ready for the season. Their records in exhibition games are rarely good, but once the regular season starts, they always win the division and often the league championship. Brown said Friday that he would start his regulars against the Packers. A victory here would help the gate when the season starts and he said he wanted the boys who would be playing together most of the time to get the "team feel". Vito (Babe) Parilli, former Packer just back from the service, will be at quarterback against his former teammates. George Ratterman, understudy last year to the retired Otto Graham, may not play because of injuries. Veteran Tobin Rote and rookie Bart Starr of Alabama will share the quarterback job for Green Bay. Starr will probably start. The Packers will have a makeshift defensive backfield because regulars Val Joe Walker and Bobby Dillon, talented deep men, both are injured. Rookies Jack Losch and Lowell Herbert also are sidelined. Bill Howton, star offensive end, will likely miss his third straight game because of injuries, but fullback Howie Ferguson should be ready. The Packers have beaten Philadelphia, 27-6, and New York, 17-13. Cleveland was beaten by San Francisco, 27-17, and by Los Angeles, 17-6. Both games were played on the West Coast.
AUGUST 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers are extremely anxious to beat the big, bad Browns for the first time ever Saturday night, but if Coach Liz Blackbourn's gang expects to turn the trick, rookies and sheer guts will mean the mostest. Injuries will keep three Bays sidelined. Defensive back Val Joe Walker is out two weeks with a lung injury sustained in practice Wednesday. Rookie back Jack Losch has a pulled muscle, and center Lowell Herbert is benched with a sprained ankle. Then, too, Blackbourn can name six other players with various injuries. On the list are Al Carmichael, Billy Howton, Alton Romie, Bobby Dillon, Howie Ferguson and Billy Bookout. Meanwhile, the Browns will counter with a veteran offensive and defensive unit which is likely to open the regular season. Babe Parilli, the old Packer flipper, will open at quarterback in place of George Ratterman, nursing a bruised right shoulder and damaged ribs. Blackbourn will probably start Tobin Rote at quarterback with Breezy Reid and Bill Roberts at halfbacks and Ferguson at fullback. Halfback Joe Johnson is expected to get a shot at end. Veteran linebacker Tom Bettis, who returned from the Army on Wednesday, may get into the lineup. Liz will shoot the rookie herd against the Browns and may have to go the whole game with Ralph Goldston, a former Eagle, and Max Burnett at defensive halfback posts.