(CLEVELAND) - The Green Bay Packers withstood a 17-point, third-quarter surge by the Cleveland Browns that included a 100-yard touchdown on an intercepted pass and handed the pro football champions their third straight exhibition loss 21-20 Saturday night. The victory was the first the Packers ever have scored over the Browns, and they led most of the way. Rainy weather cut the attendance to 15,546.
The touchdown that put Cleveland ahead briefly came in the third period when Green Bay was threatening on the Browns' seven. Halfback Kenny Konz intercepted a pass by Packer quarterback Tobin Rote on the Cleveland goal line, eluded several tacklers and ran out to the 20. Hemmed in there, he lateraled to rookie halfback Leon (Junior) Wren, who was going full speed when he took the ball and continued down the sideline for a score without a tackler touching him. In the final period, Green Bay grabbed the lead back on a one-yard sneak by Rote, and Fred Cone booted his third conversion for the one-point victory margin.
Two Green Bay touchdowns in the second period were set up by Cleveland errors. The only Browns' score in the first half was a 40-yard field goal by Lou Groza, who also booted one from 17 yards in the third quarter. Don King stole the ball from Browns' fullback Ed Modzelewski on Green Bay's 46 to start the first touchdown drive in the final minutes of the first quarter. A 38-yard pass from Rote to Breezy Reid was the big gainer in a drive that ended when Howie Ferguson plunged the final two yards.
Later in the second period, Jim Capuzzi intercepted a pass by Cleveland's Babe Parilli on the Packer 44, and another goalward march was on. Gary Knafelc took a seven-yard pass over the middle by Rote for the touchdown. Cleveland's first touchdown came after a 91-yard drive with fullback Maurice Bassett hurtling into the end zone from 22 yards out without a tackler laying a hand on him. A 16-yard sweep by Fred Morrison and a 16-yard pass, Parilli to Dante Lavelli were the big gains on the march.
GREEN BAY -  0  14   0   7 - 21
CLEVELAND -  0   3  17   0 - 20
2nd - GB - Howie Ferguson, 2-yard run (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Gary Knafelc, 7-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - CLE - Lou Groza, 40-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-3
3rd - CLE - Maurice Bassett, 22-yard run (Groza kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
3rd - CLE - Groza, 17-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-13
3rd - CLE - Junior Wren, 80-yard run after lateral from Kenny Konz's 20-yard interception (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 20-14
4th - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-20
SEPTEMBER 4 (Greensboro, NC) - You can't blame coach Lisle Blackbourn these days if he casts an unusually keen eye over his Green Bay Packers as they prepare here for Saturday night's exhibition with the Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem. He has manpower troubles, but for once it's a sort of embarrassment of riches. After the Packers edged the Cleveland Browns, 21-20, last Saturday night for their third straight pre-season victory, Blackbourn said, "I don't know how to cut this squad. I'm afraid some good players will have to go by the time of our league opener." The Packers open September 30 against the Detroit Lions and the squad currently numbers 47 or 14 more than the limit at the start of the regular season.
SEPTEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Liz Blackbourn's biggest problem at the moment is how to trim his bulky 47-player squad. Packer Publicitor Tom Miller, arriving here from Cleveland Sunday afternoon, reported Blackbourn saying after the Bays' 21-20 conquest of the Browns Saturday night, "So help me, I don't know how to cut this squad. I'm afraid some good players will have to go by the time of our league opener." Miller said Jim Capuzzi, Glenn Young, Don King and Ralph Goldston, all defensive newcomers, filled in for the veterans and checked the world champion Browns like old pros. Capuzzi took over for rookie Hank Gremminger, a comer himself - and now the defensive left halfback spot is wide open. Young, relieving the ailing Billy Bookout, played one whale of a game, according to Liz. King, the former Cleveland defensive tackle, took over for veteran Jerry Helluin, another former Brownie, and stymied the champs with some of their own tricks. He stole the ball from Ed Modzelewski to halt one Cleveland march. Goldstojn, a refugee from Philadelphia, started at left safety, the result of Val Joe Walker's lung injury, and really made himself noticed. So, Blackbourn was in a happy dither, realizing finally that his Packers have some good depth, but worrying just who to let go. Miller said the win over the Browns was "the shot of confidence we needed. The boys weren't cocky after winning, but rather determined that they could battle the best on even terms." The Green Bay drumbeater added that "Blackbourn was the happiest I've ever seen him after a game, beating the Browns for the first time. But Liz said what made him more happy was the fact he used 43 of 45 boys at will." The only disturbing thing at Cleveland occurred as the Packers were taking off for Greensboro, NC., Sunday afternoon. The first of two planes carrying the team developed radio troubles after taking off and had to return to Cleveland. With most of the veterans aboard, a second takeoff attempt was disrupted by a small engine fire. Two hours later the whole matter was settled.
SEPTEMBER 6 (Greensboro, NC) - The Green Bay Packers, with three straight exhibition victories, continued their workouts here for their next NFL warmup game - the Saturday night meeting with the Washington Redskins. The Packers took their third triumph Saturday night at Cleveland by defeating the champion Browns, 21-20. It was the first time the Packers had taken the mighty crew of Coach Paul Brown. "Naturally we were real happy to beat the Browns," said Coach Liz Blackbourn. "The thing that made me most happy was that we did it with a lot of new men. Don King played practically the whole game at defensive tackle," he explained. Then he added that freshmen Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski had a big share of the offensive tackle work and that Jim Capuzzi, Glenn Young and Ralph Goldston played most of the game in the defensive backfield. Tom Bettis, just back from the service four days before, also saw a big share of the defensive work. Even kicking specialist Dick Deschaine got a chance at another position when he took over for Bill Howton at right end. The Packers left Cleveland Sunday morning.
SEPTEMBER 7 (Greensboro, NC) - The Green Bay Packers will go after their fourth straight NFL exhibition victory when they meet the battered Washington Redkins here Saturday night. Joe Kuharich's Washington Redskins, runnerup to league champion Cleveland in the eastern division last season, has been dogged by injuries almost since season's start. Eddie LeBaron, first string quarterback, will be ready for at least part time duty against Green Bay. He twisted his knee before the first exhibition game and has not played a minute. Al Dorow, LeBaron's stand-in, directed the Redskins to a thumping 39-21 victory over Los Angeles in their first game. Then Dorow and halfback Vic Janowicz, Washington's leading scorer, were injured in separate automobile accidents. Janowicz will be lost for the season. Dorow will not be ready for a couple of weeks at least. Since then, Coach Kuharich has had to go along with Don Bailey, Penn State, and Fred Wyant, West Virginia, at quarterback. The offense has produced exactly three points, on Sam Baker's 42 yard field goal, in losing to San Francisco, 20-0, and to the Chicago Bears last week, 17-3. The Packers, meanwhile, have beaten three of Washington's eastern division rivals - Philadelphia, 27-6; New York, 16-13, and Cleveland, 21-20. The triumph at Cleveland was especially sweet as it was Green Bay's first in eight tries against the Browns, either in league or exhibition play. And Lisle Blackbourn's men did it rather convincingly. He used 43 players, including all three of his quarterbacks. The Packers outgained Cleveland, 347 yards to 195. Only Val Joe Walker, defensive back, seems likely to be sidelined by injury this weekend. He was hurt in practice 10 days ago. Fullback Howie Ferguson may be used sparingly. Bill Howton, Bob Dillon and Jack Losch should be ready for fulltime duty. A year ago, the Packers lost to LeBaron and his mates here, 33-31, when Washington scored a disputed touchdown on the last play of the game. After this one, the Packers will have one preseason game left against the Chicago Cardinals in St. 
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (3-0) 21, Cleveland Browns 20
Saturday September 1st 1956 (at Cleveland)
Louis September 15. They will then have two weeks to prepare for their league opener against the Detroit Lions at Green Bay September 30.
SEPTEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - With three straight exhibition victories on record and his team favored to make it four in a row here Saturday, Coach Liz Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers still professes pessimism. Game time is 7 p.m. The Packers, with only two men sidelined by injuries, meet the injury-riddled Washington Redskins in the Piedmont Bowl, seeking revenge for last year's 33-31 loss to the Eastern Division runnerup of 1955. Defensive halfback Val Joe Walker is still nursing a lung injury and offensive halfback Al Carmichael is out with a leg hurt. Otherwise the Packers will be at full strength. Blackbourn bases his pessimism on his belief that the Packer squad lacks versatility. "We may have the best club in the league with 41 men," he said, "but not when we cut it down to 35. We just don't have enough men who can play both ways if someone gets hurt." In the Redskins' camp there is obvious reason for pessimism. Halfback Vic Janowicz is still in a West Coast hospital following his auto accident of three weeks ago in which he suffered a severe head injury. And No. 2 quarterback Al Dorow, hurt in a separate West Coast crash, rejoined the squad only Friday and definitely will not play. The Redskins are hurting at quarterback. No. 1 quarterback Eddie LeBaron is just getting his left knee, hurt in the opening scrimmage, back into shape, and will play little if at all. Third-string quarterback Don Bailey is definitely out with a bruised hip, leaving the brunt of the work to Freddie Wyant, untried rookie from West Virginia.