Alan Ameche scores a touchdown against the Packers in Milwaukee (Vernon Biever photo)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Colts are a winning football team because they have the hosses. The Packers are a losing outfit because they have no such animal - they don't even have a pony. Baltimore ran its herd over Green Bay at the Stadium Sunday, 45-17, before a throng of 26,322. And would you ever dare to think the Packers led at halftime, 10-7? They did. The Bruisers from the Bay disintegrated in the second half after being completely demoralized by a stampede which rolled to 17 points in the third quarter and 21 in the final period. Baltimore did it on the ground, romping for 243 yards as Green Bay countered with 47. It was a real lollapalooza for the Packers. Like old time, Green Bay was no match for the Colts with only the pass as an offensive weapon. Five Baltimore interceptions saw to that. When the air game fails for Coach Liz Blackbourn's boys, there's not much ammunition left. Paul Hornung, who occupies the bench most of the time, was the Packers' leading ground gainer with 20 yards in five carries. Baltimore sprung Lenny Moore for 81, John Call for 58, L.G. Dupre for 39, Al (The Horse) Ameche for 27, Johnny Unitas for 22 and Royce Womble for 16. They simply wore the Packers to a frazzle. "Put in Burdette," one raucous customer shouted when the rout wheeled  into full speed. But there is no bullpen in this league. And there's no Tobin Rote available, either. When the Packers jolted the Bears in the opener two weeks ago, there was some indication that Blackbourn had something brewing. A look today finds the Bruins winless wonders and the Packers an obvious weak member of the NFL's tough Western Division. Outside of the first half, when they commanded the situation, the Packers can look to only one more accomplishment Sunday. They gained more on yards on the ground (47) against the Colts that either the Bears (29) or the Lions (23). Green Bay took a 10-7 halftime advantage on Fred Cone's 25-yard field goal in the first quarter and Bart Starr's five-yard touchdown strike to Gary Knafelc. Baltimore's lone score during the first 30 minutes was Unitas' 12-yard strike to Jim Mutscheller. In pro football it's hard to believe a team is 45-17 better than any opponent. Green Bay was a bulldog on defense during an unbeaten pre-season campaign, but there is no resemblance to rough n' tough tactics this time. The tackling was strictly amateur at critical times. And so Baltimore took advantage of Green Bay's indifferent play and waltzed away with a ridiculously easy victory. Ameche scored three touchdowns when the Colts lowered the boom in the second half and Mutscheller added two more. Bert Rechichar exercised his kicking toe with a 23-yard field goal and added five conversions. Steve Myrha was given the privilege of tacking on the 45th point. Green Bay added a consolation touchdown in the fourth quarter when Starr passed eight yards to Billy Howton in the end zone. Cone booted his second conversion. There was plenty of reason to gripe about Baltimore's first touchdown, but the way things turned
out it was soon forgotten. The Packers' Bobby Dillon was called for pushing Dupre on a long pass play and a 41-yard penalty resulted, giving the Colts the ball on the Green Bay 18. From the press box, it appeared Dillon was nowhere near Dupre, who fell trying to lunge for Unitas' overthrown pass. Three plays later the Colts counted on Mutscheller's first of three touchdowns. Dillon redeemed himself in the second half by snaring a Unitas pass on the Packer 31. Starr uncorked a mighty heave on the second play to Knafelc who made the game's outstanding catch. Knafelc took the ball away from Rechichar for a 53 yard gain and the Packers were in business on the enemy 8. It was only fitting that Knafelc should score the TD on a five yard pitch by Starr. Cone booted the PAT.
PENALTY HURTS
The Colts almost knotted the count when Billy Kinard fumbled a Baltimore punt second before the whistle ended the first half. Myrha fell on it on the Packer 37. Rechichar hurriedly tried a 37 yard field goal. It was good, but the Colts were offside. His second try from the 42 was short. Whatever the Colts got for a tonic during intermission could become very valuable medicine. The first time they got the ball they were touchdown bound in three plays. Unitas pitched a short pass to Moore. Dillon missed his tackle and the slippery Colt spend 52 yards before being stopped on the Packer one. Ameche bulled over on his second try and Rechichar converted to give Baltimore a 14-10 advantage. Rechichar intercepted Starr's first pass in the second half and kicked a 23-yard field goal with 4:31 of the third period. When Fred Cone failed on a fourth down and one yard to go from the Packers 41 moments later, the Colts moved in for their third touchdown. Ameche did the honors plunging over from the one. Rechichar did it again and Baltimore stretched its lead to 24-10. The next time the Packers had the ball Don Joyce snared Parilli's pass on the Colt 35 but Baltimore went nowhere. The winner were not stoppable the next time when they took Deschaine's short punt on the Packer 35 and scored in three plays, the last being Unitas' 29-yard pitch to Mutscheller. Rechichar booted another conversion into the stands and the Colts started to turn it into a runaway, 31-10. 
AMECHE SCORES
Another intercepted pass on Parilli, this one by Don Shinnick, led to Baltimore's fifth TD. They galloped 56 yards hurriedly and scored on Ameche's plunge from the one. Rechichar sent another $17.50 gift into the stands. When Al Carmichael fumbled a punt it meant trouble again. Alex Sandusky fell on it on the Packer 21. Three plays later George Shaw hit Mutscheller for his third TD on a 14-yard pass and Myrha converted. The scoreboard blazed with Baltimore points, 45-10. Starr came back to direct the Packers to their only offensive spunk in the second half as they marched 63 yards for a touchdown, with Howton taking Starr's eight yard toss. Cone's kick finally ended everything. So the Colts, who have been a downright poor team on the road (winning 4 of 30 games) must have changed many a mind. They evened the series with the Bays, 5-5, and the outcome was the most decisive ever against the Green and Gold.
BALTIMORE -  7  0 17 21 - 45
GREEN BAY -  3  7  0  7 - 17
1st - B - Jim Mutscheller, 12-yd pass fr Johnny Unitas (Bert Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 7-0
1st - GB - Cone, 25-yard field goal BALTIMORE 7-3
2nd - GB - Knafelc, 5-yard pass from Starr (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
3rd - BAL - Alan Ameche, 1-yard run (Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 14-10
3rd - BAL - Rechichar, 23-yard field goal BALTIMORE 17-10
3rd - BAL - Ameche, 1-yard run (Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 24-10
4th - BAL - Mutscheller, 29-yard pass from Unitas (Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 31-10
4th - BAL - Ameche, 1-yard run (Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 38-10
4th - BAL - Mutscheller, 14-yard pass from Shaw (Steve Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 45-10
4th - GB - Howton, 8-yard pass from Starr (Cone kick) BALTIMORE 45-17
NEWS AND NOTES
HOME FANS GREET COLTS
OCTOBER 13 (Baltimore) - A crowd of cheering fans, estimated by airport police at 5,000, turned out Sunday night to welcome the Baltimore Colts
home from a 45-17 victory over Green Bay. It
was the Colts' third straight victory, but an
uninformed bystander would have thought they
had won the NFL championship. Mayor
Thomas D'Alesandro of Baltimore headed the
throng which crowded into the Friendship
International Airport Terminal an hour before the
plane carrying the team was due. Only the
mayor and wives of the players were allowed on
the field, but it took the players nearly an hour
to get through the terminal once the wildly
cheering fans started collecting autographs.
There were no speeches, just a lot of cheering,
hollering and back slapping.
PACKERS DIDN'T WIN MANY FRIENDS
SUNDAY
OCTOBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver
Kuechle) - The Green Bay Packers showed
how not to win friends in the football game with
Baltimore Sunday. That was as bad an exhibit
on as they have put on here in years. A few
passes they completed and a goal they kicked
 but that was all. They tackled atrociously and
blocked feebly, and for most of the second half
 looked like a team content to go through the
motions, no more. The Packers have long felt
that they deserved better support in Milwaukee
- and support they should  have. They deserve
it as well as the Braves. In turn, though, they
can't play the kind of football they did Sunday
and get it. There must surely be a great
tightening up all around, two or three days on the tackling dummy by all mean, before they meet the San Francisco 49ers on this same field this week. Another game like Sunday's and they'll have the people leaving in the first half instead of the third quarter. That on Sunday was just inexcusably bad.
COLT FAN JOINS IN CHORUS - BALTIMORE MAN WIRES CRITICISM OF PRO GAME OFFICIATING
OCTOBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - A clear majority of the 26,322 fans in County Stadium and the Green Bay Packers figured official Herman Rohrig, himself a former Packer, missed on an interference call in the first half Sunday. Even one Colts' fan, an F.B. Ross, who was watching the game in Baltimore via television, figured the Colts had benefited unfairly from Rohrig's call which gave the Colts the ball on the Packers' 19 yard line, a gain of 41 yards, and led to the Colts' first touchdown. Ross dispatched the following telegram which was received in the press box at the half: National Football League, Milwaukee County Stadium. Officiating is terrible. F.B. Ross. Ross might well have waited a while longer to send his message. If he had waited, he could have added that the Packers didn't look so good, either. Rohrig, who was frequently greeted with catcalls, said later in the dressing room that, as he had seen the play, "Dillon hit Dupre before they went up for the ball." Colt coach Weeb Ewbank, who obviously didn't care to dwell very long on a discussion of the play, said that he had it the same way. Packer Coach Lisle Blackbourn declined comment until he had seen movies of the game. "I figure they earned about two touchdowns," a downcast Blackbourn said. "We gave them the rest." "So many things were wrong out there, I'm not sure what I'd blame it on," he continued. "What happened in the second half were those real crucifying type of things. We're just going to have to get back on the ball," he said. "I thought we were ready to play ball today. I still think we were. We didn't play badly in the first half. But the second half...the Colts had the breaks all their way in the third quarter. After that the game just got out of hand and the morale feature entered." The Packers' tackling went from bad to worse to nothing as the Colts began to roll. "I was surprised that the tackling became so bad," Blackbourn continued. "But I think that could be attributed to the morale." How does Ewbank feel about the Colts' chances to win the Western Conference championship, now his team has a 3-0 record? "I haven't given it much thought," he said. "I haven't thought beyond our game next week with Detroit." "We came up here expecting a tough game," he said. "And we had a tough game for awhile. I was surprised that it became so easy in the second half." The final portion of the game, he said, was Baltimore's best half of the season. In their first two starts, they beat the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, limited the Bears to 29 yards rushing and the Lions to 23. Ewbank cited his own Lenny Moore, Alan Ameche, Johnny Unitas and Jim Muscheller for special praise. Ewbank said that Ameche, the former Wisconsin All-American fullback, had come of age as a professional football player in the last two seasons. "He's always been a good runner," Ewbank said. "But now he's a good blocker as well." Unitas, who had far better protection for his passes than either Bart Starr or Babe Parilli of the Packers, completed only 7 of 17 for 130 yards. But it wasn't for his passing the Ewbank had particular praise. "He runs the team well," the coach said.
BAY STAFF ON SPOT
OCTOBER 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' executive committee Monday said it would call a special meeting with the coaching staff later this week. The committee, displeased with the club's early season performance, is asking the coaching staff to lay its troubles on the table. After an impressive pre-season campaign without a loss, the Packers won their league opener by jolting the Bears, 21-17. Then they lost to the Lions, 24-17, and were whipped by the Colts, 45-17.
POOR SHOWING AGAINST COLTS A DOUBLE BLOW TO PACKER HOPES
OCTOBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - The many who walked away from County Stadium Sunday shaking their head and wondering how
a pro football team could go into a complete
tailspin so quickly, probably had company.
Packer coaches, too, must have been groping
for the answer. Hard to figure, but there it was
for all to see - the same team that looked so
good in the pre-league games, then knocked
off the Bears and had Baltimore under control
for a half, suddenly losing all semblance of
winning touch both ways, defense as well as
offense. The lopsided defeat came at a
particularly unfortunate time. Not that there is
such a thing as the right time for a bad
thumping. But there are degrees. And this was
one of the worst bits of timing, what with
missing the boat on selling the Milwaukee
portion of the schedule in the season's first
start at County Stadium. It was a reminder of
the first football game ever played in the then
new surroundings four years ago. The Packers
that year were in the ball game only until the
opening kickoff. Once the game got underway,
the home club didn't have a chance against the
Cleveland Browns, one of the big names in pro
football...TOUGH COMEBACK AHEAD: That
has been the pattern much too often through
the years. Time and time again a key game
here had been turned into a disappointing
showing. Bad games naturally affect
attendance the next time. That goes double for
a team fighting uphill and trying to get back into
winning business, as the Packers have been
trying for a long time. The Baltimore game is
down the drain, of course. Nothing can be done
about it. Nothing to do but pick up the pieces
and reassemble the machine for the next one
with San Francisco here this coming Sunday.
This won't be easy for  Liz Blackbourn and his
staff under any circumstances. The fact that
the 49ers showed such explosive qualities in upsetting the Bears makes the task even tougher. The one ray of hope is that there is no reason to believe that Sunday's brutal second half is typical of the 1957 Packers. They have played a lot of good, solid ball since the start of the exhibition season. And they can bounce back - if they have the desire. How they react is strictly up to them. Needless to say, others have come off the floor before them. So it can be done.
SLOPPY TACKLING HURT, ALONG WITH OFFENSE, BLACKBOURN SAYS
OCTOBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - "We're just going to have to keep our heads about this thing," Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay Packers' coach said Tuesday. "We can home back." He was talking about the Packers' 45-17 licking by the undefeated Baltimore Colts at County Stadium Sunday. The defeat was Green Bay's second in a row after going undefeated through six exhibition games and its NFL opener with the Chicago Bears. Did the defense which had played well enough to win in every game up to Sunday's, get discouraged because the Packer offense was going no place? "That could be," the coach said. "Certainly morale entered in after Baltimore got ahead. No question but that the one supplements the other." "We did fine in the first half. That catch by Gary Knafelc was as brilliant a one as I've ever seen. Our defensive play in the first half was good. After all, we were ahead then, 10-7. Why it should go so bad in the second half...Giving them the ball on that interception on our first play of the second half didn't help. Bart Starr converted the play on the line of scrimmage. It hadn't even been called in the huddle. Then he didn't see Rechichar apparently and threw the ball right to him. And then not making four inches on fourth down didn't help at all." Blackbourn was asked what he planned to do in preparation for the games with the San Francisco 49ers at County Stadium Sunday. "We're just going to pull 'em back together again," he said. "We can't make any changes. We've got the 35 players for the whole season. We can straighten things out. We've got to. This team still can be a good football team." The coaches will meet with the Packers' executive committee later in the week. "They want to know what they as a board can do to help the situation," Blackbourn said. The committee, displeased with the club's record, will ask the coaches to discuss their problems firmly.
49ERS RISE TO OCCASION WITH TITTLE
OCTOBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers battle the 49ers at the Stadium Sunday, a team which can come off the floor when it looks like it's in real trouble. They dumped the Rams, 23-20, with eight minutes to go, They shocked the Bears, 21-17, with 27 seconds remaining. They also can be had. A so-so Cardinal outfit pinned a 20-10 loss on the Golden Gaters in the season opener. Y.A. Tittle, a 30-year old veteran who is playing his 10th season in pro ball, is still the man to watch. He has completed 37 out of 65 passes for 542 yards and five touchdowns. He has had just two intercepted, both in the first game. Tittle is off to his greatest start because Frisco has two of the fastest receivers in the business - R.C. Owens, a rookie flanker back, and Clyde Conner, who won his spurs last season. Billy Wilson, the league's best receiver last year, is an outstanding "hook" catcher. The 49ers have lost nothing as a running threat. Hugh McElhenny has a 6.2 average, carrying the ball 47 times for 293 yards. McElhenny is also effective on screen passes. Rookie Gene Babb has taken over the fullback post from the injury-plagued Joe Perry. Babb, the 49ers' 18th draft choice, has gained 118 yards in 32 carries for a 3.7 average. "Owens is our outstanding rookie," 49er publicitor Dan McGuire beamed Tuesday. "He was more noteworthy as a basketball player when he attended College of Idaho. He played for the Buchan Bakers, who gained the semi-finals of the national AAU tournament last March. Teammates call him 'Alley Oop' because he can jump eight feet," chuckled McGuire. "So far he has caught seven passes, four of them for touchdowns." The 49ers strengthened themselves in trades. Val Joe Walker, who last year played with the Packers, latched on to Frisco after Detroit released him and is the starting right safetyman. Walker's presence makes it possible for Dicky Moegle to move to an offensive post. Linebacker Marv Matuszak was acquired from Pittsburgh for quarterback Earl Morrall and guard Mike Sandusky. The Steelers also had to toss in their first draft choice for the next two years. Matuszak is a Gibraltar of a middle guard. The other acquisition is defensive halfback Bill Stits from the Lions. All-American John Brodie is sitting on the bench because Tittle is having such great success. Brodie called only one series of plays when the Bears roughed up Tittle. Veteran halfback Joe Arenas will do in a pinch as a quarterback. The 49ers are presently using the facilities of the U. of Chicago, working out at Stagg Field and in the fieldhouse. They'll come to town Saturday afternoon.
PACKER COACHES FREED OF BLAME
OCTOBER 16 (Green Bay) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn and his assistants were absolved of blame for the Packers' two successive defeats Wednesday by the Board of Directors. "Everybody was perfectly happy with the coaches," Board Chairman Emil R. Fischer said after the board conducted what was termed as a "routine" meeting Monday. Problems involved the team are strictly in the hands of the coaches, the board indicated. The comments followed a news report which said that the board was unhappy with the play of the team. The story was "blown up," said Fischer. The board said it did not have a meeting schedule with the coaches for later in the week to discuss the situation.
PACKER HEAT IS ON - GRUMBLING IS VOCAL AFTER 45-17 WHIPPING
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - The tomahawks are out for Lisle Blackbourn's scalp. The heat is on in Green Bay. The coach is on the pan for the Packers' 45-17 licking at Baltimore's hands in County Stadium Sunday. Most NFL games are close. The teams are generally well matched. So when a game gets one sides, especially when the home team is on the wrong end, the grumbling turns to shouting. In football today, however, especially in the pro game, things can swing one way or the other fast and far. Even between close rivals. The rout of Green Bay is not the first to happen nor will it be the last. The big thing now is whether the Packers can bounce back. Blackbourn, admittedly a fine coach, has brought them back from lickings before. In his four years at Green Bay, his teams have been well prepared. They have been well coached. Because Baltimore got the Packers on the run last Sunday does not mean Blackbourn has suddenly become a poor coach. These things have happened to other teams. The San Francisco 49ers, who will play Green Bay at County Stadium Sunday, were undefeated in exhibition play when they met the Rams at Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The Rams beat them, 58-27. A few weeks later, the teams met in their first league game at San Francisco. The 49ers won, 23-20. The reverse is form is inexplicable. So is the present plight of the Chicago Bears. Three starts, three defeats. And how about the results of the last three championship game? Cleveland 56, Detroit 10 in 1954; Cleveland 38, Los Angeles 14 in 1955; and New York 47, Bears 7 in 1956. Green Bay stated the season with some obvious weaknesses. Sunday, some of its strengths became weaknesses. The big question is whether the team can pick itself off the turf and bounce back against San Francisco. If anyone can pick up the pieces, Lisle Blackbourn can. His record as a coach, at Washington High School here, at Marquette University, and with the Green Bay Packers, would indicate that...49ERS IN CHICAGO: The 49ers are staying in Chicago this week, preparing for their game here Sunday. They work out every day at the University of Chicago's Stagg Field and have the use of the indoor facilities of the field house there in case of rain. They will arrive here Saturday and stay at the Ambassador Hotel...Val Joe Walker, former Packer defensive back, who was traded to Detroit in the Rote deal and then was sent by the Lions to the 49ers, may not play against his old teammates. He was injured late in the Ram game 10 days ago. He started against the Bears in Chicago last Sunday, but reinjured his ankle midway in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the game.
END KNAFELC FOR SEASON
OCTOBER 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers have lost Gary Knafelc for the season. The starting left end slipped and twisted his knee Wednesday while practicing pass patterns. The injury was described as a cartilage lock. Surgery will be performed in a Green Bay hospital when the swelling and soreness subsides. Kanfelc, who with Billy Howton forms one of the best offensive end units in the league, will be placed by Max McGee. Knafelc had caught nine passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in three games. Losing Knafelc is a heavy blow to Coach Liz Blackbourn, who is desperately trying to repair morale, badly shaken by the one-side loss to the Colts. Sunday's game against the 49ers at the Stadium may have a lot to do with Blackbourn finishing his fourth year of a five-year contract. On the other hand, a victory or a good
showing would take the heat off him. Last Tuesday the Packers' executive committee met with Blackbourn and his assistants and with the club's three player representatives, Howton, Dave Hanner and Fred Cone. The main purpose of the conference was to see what, if anything, the committee could do to help. Player deals, of course, are out of the question because the deadline is past. Blackbourn said that he would use bonus choice Paul Hornung for the first time on punt returns. Hornung has played very little as a quarterback and halfback. He has picked up eight yards in eight carries. He has been used mostly as the kickoff man. Liz is still undecided whether he'll start Bart Starr or Babe Parilli at quarterback. Ron Kramer, nursing an injured ankle, will be the slotback and Fred Cone will start at full. There is a very good possibility Howie Ferguson will start as a halfback.
49ERS SLIM FAVORITES OVER BAYS
OCTOBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The 49ers are a slim 1 1/2 point favorite to beat the Packers at the Stadium Sunday. Oddsmakers seem to believe Liz Blackbourn has injected a winning frame of mind into his hoss-whipped team - or the point spread would be fantastic. The word from Green Bay describes the club as being dead determined in chores all week. Yet San Francisco is equally ambitious. The Gold Coasters are very much in the fight of things after snatching last minute victories over the Rams and Bears. Last Sunday's lallapalooza against the Colts had certainly affected the advance sale. At the moment, a crowd of 20,000 is likely. This gate could swell as fair and warmer weather is forecast. There will be no telecast in Milwaukee or Green Bay. Blackbourn Friday added a rookie fullback to his roster to replace end Gary Knafelc, who underwent surgery for a locked cartilage. The new man is 24-year old Frank Purnell of Alcorn A&M. Purnell, 6-0, 230 pounds, was recently cut by Cleveland. He is regarded as a good runner and was an All-Army back while in service at the Brooks Army Medical Center in Texas. Mrs. Gary Knafelc, when reached by phone in Green Bay, reported her husband "was just fine" after coming out of surgery Friday morning. Dr. James Nellen performed the 1-hour operation at St. Vincent's Hospital. Knafelc will remain in the hospital for about a week.
Baltimore Colts (3-0) 45, Green Bay Packers (1-2) 17
Sunday October 13th 1957 (at Milwaukee)