GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(BALTIMORE) - Billy Howton, who was running a 100 degree temperature at game time because of the flu, caught an amazing 50 yard pass from Babe Parilli and shifted into high gear the remaining 25 yards to give the aroused Packers a 24-21 victory over the bewildered Colts in the last 29 seconds Sunday. An unbelieving partisan crowd of 48,510 saw their beloved Colts fall victims to another last minute enemy comeback. But they must have been sold on husslin' Howton, who shook the flu by working up a last minute sweat and shook the Hosses into bewilderment. It was a spectacular finish for a team which came off the floor and scored 24 points in the final quarter. It was a tremendous victory which jelled Liz Blackbourn's gang into a contender again. It was poetic justice because the Packers got a terrible break four plays earlier, recovering a Colt fumble which would have stopped Baltimore's last touchdown. But the referee called the apparent fumble an incomplete pass and the Colts the go sign to proceed for what appeared to be the game's winning score with a minute to play. Trailing 21-7, the Kentucky Babe came off the bench and on his very first play, heaved the mightiest pass he could fire. It spiraled beautifully over Howton's shoulder and good old Billy left Henry Moore in the dust - 75 yards for the season's most colossal
comeback. There were many heroes this time. Bart Starr, who sparked the last quarter uprising by completing nine out of 15 passes for 168 yards; Ron Kramer, who caught six unbelievable catches for 83 yards; Paul Hornung, who punched over two touchdowns against the meanest defensive line in the business; a great defensive unit, which played its heart out. It was a truly great team effort and a most deserving outcome. The Packers came off the ropes after trailing 14-0 at halftime. In that first half they had minus 14 yards passing, 32 yards rushing. The Colts countered with 123 yards passing and 110 on the ground. Baltimore scored after the opening kickoff. Johnny Unitas firing a 52 yard pass to Ray Berry. Al (The Horse) Ameche plunged over from the one the second play of the second quarter. The third quarter was scoreless. Green Bay scored its first touchdown when Hornung rolled out from the three. Plunging Paul then tied the score on a two yard run with 5 1/2 minutes of the fantastic fourth played. Fred Cone's nine yard field goal put the Bays ahead for the first time with 2 minutes remaining. The Colts marched 80 yards back, thanks to a roughing penalty on the Packers and a fast whistle on a fumble, and went ahead, 21-17, when Unitas rifled a pitch to Lenny Moore in the end zone. Then the Parilli to Howton special. Both Freddie Cone and Bert Rechichar kicked three conversions. The Colts are now well acquainted with the facts of life in the NFL. Here was an opponent they horse- whipped, 45-17, in Milwaukee two weeks ago coming back with a knockout punch when everything seemed signed, sealed and delivered. It was the second successive week Baltimore has taken it on the chin in the final seconds. Last week Detroit did it in the last 44 seconds. So Green Bay does it even better - turning the trick in the last 29 seconds. The Colts have every indication this one was going to be duck soup again when they breezed 80 yards in four plays in their first touchdown. The 52-yard Unitas to Berry payoff play was perfectly executed. Green Bay couldn't even make a first down in the first quarter. On the other hand, Baltimore was touchdown bound the third time it got the ball. This time the Colts drove 90 yards in 15 plays. Key plays were a Unitas fumble recovered by George Preas on the Colt 46 and a roughing the passer penalty on the Packers' Nate Borden which moved the ball to the Packer 12. Ameche bulled over from the one for the second TD. Rechichar boomed his second conversion out of the ball park with 39 seconds of the half played. It appeared the Packers, who had not yet made a first down, might get something started when John Symank intercepted Unitas' pass on his own 36 and ran it back to the Colt 42. Hornung took over at quarterback but couldn't get anything rolling. Then Dick Deschaine proved it happens to the best of them when he dribbled a seven-yard punt off the side of his foot. Rechichar's 37-yard field goal attempt which sailed wide to the left was Baltimore's last threat in the first half. The Packers finally got their first first down when Hornung ran 18 yards. But they had to punt before another one could be chalked up. This time Deschaine got hold of one. Lenny Moore was reaching for it as a thunderous herd of Packers lowered the boom. Moore had no chance to hang on to the punt and Tom Bettis recovered for the Packers on the Colt 32. The Packers got as far as the 15 before Milt Davis intercepted a Parilli aerial intended for Max McGee on the 2. Don McIlhenny took the second half kickoff and returned it 53 yards to the Colt 42. But with third down on the 26, the ball popped out of Hornung's grasp and Gino Marchetti fell on it to squelch the Packers' threat. When Kramer fumbled a Starr pass and it was recovered by the Colts' Don Shinnick on the Packer 39 it looked like that was the ball game. But the Bay beefmen dig in again, the best Baltimore threat being a missed 32-yard field goal by Rechichar. Green Bay finally got something started when Hank Gremminger snared a Unitas pass on the Colt 38 and returned it to the 10. Starr hit Kramer, who made a spectacular leaping catch on the three and the Bays scored when Hornung rolled out around his right side and hit the Baltimore line like a tank. Cone converted. The next time Green Bay got the ball it took a short Cotton Davidson punt on the Baltimore 42 and in nine plays knotted the count. On the first play Starr hit Howton in the end zone, but the ailing Billy dropped the ball. Starr then moved the attack to the Colt 10, but a holding penalty pushed it back to the 37. Then Starr hit Kramer on the 10 and he lateraled to Howton who reached the four. On fourth down, Hornung punched it over from the two. Cone's kick tied the score, 14-14. Again the Colts went nowhere. But the aroused Packers moved from their own 24 to the Colt 2, the big plays being an 18 yard Starr to McGee pass and a 39 yard Starr to Al Carmichael pitch. On fourth down on the Colt 2, reliable Cone booted a nine yard field goal and Green Bay led for the first time, 17-14, with 2:20 of the fourth quarter left. Back bounced the Colts. Unitas hit Berry for 22 yards and a roughing penalty of the Bays moved the ball to the Packer 43. On second down Unitas hit Berry again for 13 to the Packer 30. Three plays went haywire but on fourth down Unitas saw an opening down the middle and romped to the Packer 16 before he was stopped. The next play was highly questionable. Unitas passed to Royce Womble, who dropped it. Borden fell on it and the Packer bench went wild. But the officials ruled it an incomplete pass - an incompleted pass after the man had caught it. Does that figure? It inspired the Colts to no end. Unitas hit Moore on the Packer 6. The next one was on the button as Moore took Unitas' toss in the end zone. Rechichar's conversion made it 21-17 and all appeared lost for the fighting Packers with less than a minute to play. But not when you've got two old pros who never say die. The Packers came back on the very next play. Parilli and Howton combining on a super duper 75 yard touchdown play. Cone's conversion ended all this madness.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0 24 - 24
BALTIMORE -  7  7  0  7 - 21
1st -B - Raymond Berry, 52-yd pass from Johnny Unitas (Bert Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 7-0
2nd - BAL - Alan Ameche, 1-yard run (Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 14-0
4th - GB - Hornung, 3-yard run (Cone kick) BALTIMORE 14-7
4th - GB - Hornung, 2-yard run (Cone kick) TIED 14-14
4th - GB - Cone, 9-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-14
4th - BAL - Lenny Moore, 6-yard pass from Unitas (Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 21-17
4th - GB - Howton, 75-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-21
NEWS AND NOTES
HOLLYWOOD DREAM - PACKER FINISH WAS WORK OF SCRIPT WRITER
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - "It seems sometimes that someone's writing a script for these things," Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers said after his team's great last minute triumph over the Colts here Sunday. The payoff pitch, which covered 75 yards with 29 seconds to go, was something only a script writer would dare dream up. Catcher Billy Howton, a doubtful starter right up until game time because of the flu, had previously dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone. Pitcher Babe Parilli had re-entered the game to throw the long ball. The Kentucky Babe had played only sparingly before and not outstandingly. The ingredients for turning horns into halos were right as far as these principals were concerned. The Packers had been "robbed" in the Colts' previous touchdown drive. Or so most neutral observers thought. Blackbourn, however, would not comment on the pass which Royce Womble caught and fumbled away to the Packers but which was ruled incomplete, giving Baltimore the ball again. "We were fighting our hearts out. Things just happen to us," Weeb Ewbank of the Colts said. "We had the best possible defense for the situation. We had four men deep to protect against the long one. We knew it was coming." The Colts and everyone else knew it was coming. Trailing by four runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Packers weren't going to bunt. And so the Colts went down to their second straight defeat in the final minute of play."It's a 60 minute proposition," Ewbank continued. "You just can't let up for a minute." If Ewbank could replay the final minute of the last two games, he might be coaching the only undefeated team in the league. "Parilli must have thrown the ball 65 yards in the air," Blackbourn said. Blackbourn had special praise for Hank Gremminger, whose interception led to Green Bay's first score. "I thought Hank played a great game," he said. "Our defense held their running game very well, too, outside of that quarterback draw play." "I think this might help our offense," Blackbourn said. "They know now they can do it. Maybe now they'll keep right on going." Ron Kramer was also cited by Blackbourn. "He made a couple great catches," he said.
PACKER, COLT FANS 'DRAW'
OCTOBER 28 (Baltimore) - The Packers beat the Colts, 24-21, on the football field but it was a draw Monday between their fighting rooters. Three Packer rooters from Milwaukee stationed at Army posts in Virginia were the object of an assault by disgruntled Colt fans, according to testimony in police court. Lt. John R. Bayer, 29, of Fort Eustis, Va., said he was leaving the Memorial Stadium waving a Green Bay pennant when "without warning I was tackled and it felt like 15 people were hitting me at once." Lt. Robert L. Graham and Pfc. Charles P. Keller, 20, came to Bayer's assistance. Police arrest the three soldiers and four civilians. The lieutenants and the civilians were fined $25 each. But the private didn't show up for the hearing and forfeited $25 bail.
LIONS CLAIM 'STEAL' IN TRADE FOR TOBIN ROTE, ALTHOUGH HIS PASSING NOT AMONG LEADERS
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - Tobin Rote has completed only 26 out of 55 passes for 317 yards, yet the Detroit Lions claim a big "steal" in the trade which brought the veteran quarterback to the Lions from the Green Bay Packers. Edwin J. Anderson, Lions president, revived the discussion in Los Angeles last week, just before his Lions absorbed a 35-17 thumping from the Rams. "It's the best trade we ever made," Anderson said. Then he brought into the talk Buddy Parker, the coach who jumped the Detroit ship after training started last summer and wound up coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers. Anderson quoted Parker, the man who engineering Detroit's side of the deal, as saying, "The Tobin Rote trade will cost Lisle Blackbourn his job because the Green Bay Packers won't be able to win without him. As a matter of fact, without Rote the Packers will finish last in the NFL." When apprised of Anderson's statement, Blackbourn said, "I don't believe Buddy ever said that." Rote, a $20,000 plus a year man in his eighth pro year, was traded to Detroit along with defensive back Val Joe Walker for tackles Oliver Spencer and Norm Masters, guard Jim Salsbury and halfback Don McIlhenny. Walker could not make it with Detroit and ended up with San Francisco. Spencer, Masters and Salsbury are regulars in Green Bay's offensive line, replacing fellows who went into the service (Gregg and Skoronski), retired (Sandusky and Brown) or were injured (Skibinski). What Green Bay would have done for guards and tackles without the Rote trade goes unanswered. The line so far has been no great shakes. Without the men obtained from Detroit, it would have been impossible. No quarterback - Rote, Sammy Baugh, Sid Luckman or anyone else - would have been able to operate behind what Green Bay had for an offensive line. Blackbourn has maintained that he hated to part with Rote. "He is a great competitor - a great football player," the coach said, "but we need linemen if we are to have a chance." Rote actually has not done much for Detroit. The Lions have won three games and lost two. The defeats occurred when their defense broke down - against Baltimore the first time and against Los Angeles the second. They held Green Bay to 14 points and Los Angeles the first time to seven. In the second Baltimore game, the defense, with interceptions and fumble recoveries, enabled Bobby Layne, who alternates with Rote at quarterback, to get position for winning throws in a fantastic comeback. After five games a year ago, with Rote, the Packers had won two games and lost three. This season, without Rote, Green Bay has the same record. Last year, with Rote, the Packers finished tied for last place. They can do no worst without him. By way of comparison, Rote at this time last year had thrown 135 passes, completed 65 for 970 yards. That would indicate Rote has slipped, which is more than a remote possibility at age 29. The chaps who replaced Rote in carrying the Green Bay lead at quarterback, Bart Starr and Babe Parilli, outrank the big guy in the league;s way of rating passers. Rote stands 13th out of 13 regular passes with 5.76 yards a throw. Parilli stands seventh with 8.10 and Starr eighth with 7.65. Starr, with 505 yards on 38 completions in 66 tries, and Parilli, with 389 yards on 20 for 48 both have outdistanced Rote. Starr's percentage of completion is 57.6, Rote's 47,3 and Parilli's 41.7. Rote has passed for four touchdowns, Parilli for three and Starr for two. Rote has had only three passes intercepted, compared with eight for Parilli and six for Starr. Actually, Green Bay has used three quarterbacks to replace Rote. Paul Hornung, the rookie from Notre Dame, does not enter into the passing discussion for he has completed only one out of six and that for a yard loss. Hornung does have Rote's running class, however, if not his passing touch. Tobin Rote wouldn't solve Green Bay's present problems - not unless he could move into the line and block. The truth is, Detroit could use some first class blocking up front, too. Otherwise, the Lions would not have been forced to resort to the pass 44 times against Los Angeles last Sunday.
GIANTS TURN SUNDAY? SERIES WITH PACKERS WOULD BE SQUARED
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - The champion New York Giants will meet the Packers for the 30th time in NFL play at Green Bay Sunday. The series could hardly be closer. The Packers have won 14 games, the Giants 13 and there were two ties. Green Bay holds a point edge of 376 to 374. The last time the teams met in league play was in 1952 when the Packers won in the Polo Ground, 17-3. The last time they met in Green Bay was in an exhibition game last year. The Packers won, 17-13. The Packers also won this year's exhibition in Boston, 13-10, after New York had jumped off to a 10-0 lead. The Giants, almost to the man, said after that one that they had no particular incentive then, but that it would be different when they 
PACKERS LAUNCH A SPUTNIK!
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "Old Babe really fired that sputnik in the right orbit," cracked Liz Blackbourn Monday in reference to Babe Parilli's 75-yard scoring bomb to Billy Howton which blasted a Colt sure-thing to smithereens Sunday at Baltimore. The Parilli rocket was launched at 14:15 of the fourth quarter. It hit its target at 14:20. At 14:31 the Colts were dead. Such a play is called a bomb by the pros. It's a play every club is capable of executing, but seldom does. "Everyone knows what we had to do," explained Blackbourn Monday. "It was a do or die situation. Parilli's pass was right on the beam." Howton explained it this way while he was waiting for a plane at the Washington D.C. airport Sunday night. "I had no trouble at all getting out. That old ball was right on the button. When I got the jump on that Henry Moore, I knew I could do it." "Me sick?" Howton popped back when asked how he felt. "I feel fine." But one reporter felt his forehead and said, "you've got a fever, boy." Actually, Blackbourn was seriously considering keeping his ace receiver back in the hotel because he had been bucking the flu. Joe Johnson would have taken over, but Howton insisted a little workout might be the best medication. Howton did not return with the team to Green Bay. He flew to his Littlefield, Tex., home to be with his wife, who is expecting their third child any day now. "I sure hope it's a boy," grinned Billy. "We've got two little girls, you know." The Packers' amazing 24-point blitz in the fourth quarter would almost indicate that some magic was pumped into their anemic veins. "We didn't believe their 14-point lead for three quarters could beat us," Blackbourn explained. "Twenty-one maybe, not 14. We just had to keep punching back. There was no use thinking they had us." But why the sudden complexion change in the fourth quarter? What woke up Green Bay's sleeping giant? "Well, Scooter McLean and Jack Morton (assistant coaches who observed the battle from a press box perch) got wind of a few things we could do that we hadn't done. We started to gain momentum when Bart Starr began hitting consistently on rollouts," Liz continued. "Then there was Don McIlhenny's 53 yard kickoff return. And our defense finally getting to Johnny Unitas." The Packers are not proving that three quarterbacks are better than one. Starr is the most consistent of the three. He completed nine out of 15 passes for 168 yards. Parilli is capable of throwing the bomb and Paul Hornung is the best running quarterback. When Horrnung bucked the line on two rollouts for touchdowns, he really lowered the boom. Ron Kramer had his best game as a Packer, catching six passes for 83 yards. The Michigan All-American is improving by the game with his jump catching ability. He's a sure-fingered receiver who is becoming more and more popular as a target. The victory in Baltimore was the Packers' first since 1954, when they won, 7-6. Green Bay now shows a perfect road record, not losing a pre-season or league game this campaign.
THRILLING WIN AT BALTIMORE REALLY BIG ONE FOR PACKERS
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - The Packers have pulled other games out of the fire through the years. But no thriller of the past - no miraculous play - came at a more opportune time than the last minute victory at Baltimore Sunday, a victory made possible by a Babe Parilli to Billy Howton pass that clicked for 75 big yards. As everybody knows, the Bays had a three game losing streak going into the Colts' stronghold. To make matters worse, each of the three defeats - one at Green Bay and two in Milwaukee - left fans throughout the state with a sour taste. One more, especially if it turned out to be another of those discouraging "collapsy" things, and there is no telling what would have happened. Suffice it to say they really could have hit the skids and not won another game. The very thought is enough to make one shake. But it's different now. The Packers are off the floor as they prepare for the final home game with the Giants at Green Bay next Sunday. Business-wise alone, it's a great thing. For the clouds of despair and falling interest should disappear quickly. The effect of that shot in the arm should also carry over to the Milwaukee final with the Rams on November 17. From the standpoint of field operations and the championship race, too. Sunday's movie finish looms importantly. Not that the Pack is out of the woods and back in serious title contention. Far from it. On the other hand, it is also true that there is an at least outside chance the NFL race being the crazy, mixed-up thing it is. The Bays are two games behind San Francisco's Western Division leaders with seven to play and trail the Colts and Lions by only a game. Liz Blackbourn's club, in fact, is just as well off as three other clubs in the league and in better position than two, the Bears and Eagles currently bringing up the rear in the two divisions with like 1-4 records. The Bears were the hottest pre-season favorites to go all the way. Remember? So it goes without saying that players and coaches alike have incentive in bundles. They can do a complete face saving job and jump right back into the championship picture to boot. But they can't afford another tailspin. They must keep on rolling, starting with the Giant game Sunday. And to think that one period of real play, topped off by a bum break and then a quick comeback did it! That final quarter balanced the nightmarish second half against the Colts at County Stadium. And the 75 yard pass play made up for what looked like a bum call in Baltimore's favor (the incomplete pass ruling on an apparent fumble) a minute earlier. Turn-about still is fair play and it's still true that breaks even up over a period of time.
FIRST HALF LEAVES BLACKBOURN TIRED, 'CAN TAKE' FINISH
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, was tired, but happy, Tuesday. He was still wrung out from the Packers' 24-21 triumph over the Colts at Baltimore. "The way we played in the first half made me tired," he said. "I can take those finishes any time." The Packers trailed, 14-0, going into the final quarter, went ahead 17-14, with two minutes to play, fell behind, 21-17 with a minute to go, and won on a 75 yard pass from Babe Parilli to Bill Howton with 29 seconds left. The Packer coach looked over movies of the game Monday night. "I don't really see too much," he said. "I spent the day looking at Giant movies. They will be tough." The Packers will meet the New York Giants, NFL champions, at Green Bay Sunday. The game is a sellout. "Our running game never did go at Baltimore," he said. "They just absorbed us. They not only brushed off the blocks where the play was supposed to go, they brushed us aside all along the line. The backs had not chance. We started to go when we began using the rollout pass attack in the second half. That gave us a chance to get away from that bunch storming in on the passer. Once they had to run, they were human. We could block them. We saw something in the movies of our first game (Baltimore beat Green Bay at Milwaukee two weeks earlier, 45-17). On the rollout passes we'd send Howton deep and have Kramer fake to the middle and come back to the side as the short man. That didn't work because they overplayed the rollout and their backs were rotating that way. It left a hole in the middle. So, at Baltimore, Kramer went back to the middle and there was a hole there. He made some fine catches." How come the rollout wasn't used until the second half? "Well," the coach said, "we'd planned it for the game, but in the first half we were so jammed up we never had a chance to use it." Blackbourn praised his defense highly. "Except for one game," he said, "the defense has stuck in there when the offense was sputtering. They did that Sunday. Everyone was in position pretty much of the time. We had to be blocked and we were fighting the blocks. You always hate to get hurt by being out of position. Then when the offense started going and we got the first touchdown, our defense really got a lift. The next two times Baltimore got the ball, we swarmed all over them. The defense was great." After looking at the movies, Blackbourn said that he "was convinced more than ever" that Hank Gremminger, defensive halfback, had played a really fine game. "His interception got us going," the coach said. "And the way he went in and broke up their screen passes was special." The Packers had an unusual situation, in that all three of their quarterbacks, Parilli, Bart Starr and rookie Paul Hornung, had more than a small hand in the victory. Hornung scored twice, Starr maneuvered the team into position for Hornung's touchdowns and Fred Cone's field goal which put Green Bay ahead the first time and Parilli, of course, threw the long ball to win. "Hornung has been playing a lot of football," Blackbourn said. "He'll continue to play at fullback and at quarterback and will be taking on more and more. The movies showed, even more than I knew at the time, how much individual effort he put into his touchdowns. He was tackled both times but he boomed over anyway. He runs better from quarterback than from fullback because he's always been a quarterback. It's experience, confidence and being used to the position. I think Starr is finally coming into his own. Last year he had Tobin Rote here to help him and carry the load. I like the boy's signal calling. Some things have gone wrong, but he calls a terrific game - as well as any of us coaches could do if we were in there. The movies show that on the winning pass, Parilli faded back to around the 15. Howton caught the ball on their 20. He threw the ball about 65 yards in the air. Everybody knew what was coming and they faded deep. The only thing to do was throw it farther that they thought he could. That's what he did."
BELL ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ALTER PRO SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 29 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell said Monday he was working on a new six-year schedule which would allow more games between Eastern and Western Conference teams of the NFL. The commissioner disclosed that four of the six Eastern teams feel the "big gates" are in the Western Conference and want more games with their more fortunate brothers. Under the present NFL scheduling system, each team plays home and away against members of its own conference and two games with clubs from the opposite conference. The Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers, all of the Eastern Conference, have expressed dissatisfaction with this setup. These clubs feels all the "big money" is in the Western Conference, which consists of the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions. Bell said he is inclined to agree with the eastern owners, although he contends, "It was not always that way. The big gates used to be in the east while the west starved. The thing has swung around, however, and I'm trying to do something about it." Bell noted that the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants of the Eastern Conference still were doing well and thus not as concerned as their fellow conference members. Under Bell's new six year plan, each team would add a game with a club in the opposite conference, dropping one away game with a team in its own conference.
4TH PERIOD FINDS BAYS DOING BEST
OCTOBER 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Twenty-four points is the greatest offensive show ever produced by a Liz Blackbourn-coached Packer team in one quarter. It broke the Colts right in their own pasture. It offered proof at last that Green Bay has a winning offense. In four previous games this season, the Packers' big splash, if it can be called that, occurred in the fourth period. Until Sunday's spectacle in Baltimore, the Bays averaged 8.7 points in fourth quarter action. The sudden fireworks brought out everything - accurate passing, exceptional receiving, determined running, improved protection and a vicious defense. It couldn't have happened at a better time. It should soup up the Bays for their home clash Sunday against the defending champion Giants...There were only 500 tickets remaining before the Colt contest for next Sunday's game. The assured sellout (32,150) will be the third straight in the Packers' new home...HORNUNG 'GROWN UP': Coach Liz Blackbourn started bonus choice Paul Hornung for the first time Sunday. He opened at the fullback spot and took his turn as a quarterback in the second quarter. Hornung is a tricky runner, who runs best from the quarterback position. He was the Packers' leading ground gainer Sunday with 33 yards in seven carries. His 18 yard romp was the club's longest. Paul showed he was no boy in a man's game. He drove like a Clarke Hinkle to score twice against one of the roughest defensive lines in the business. Hornung has found a place in pro football...John Martinkovic, who was traded to the Giants by the Packers prior to the last pre-season scrap, looks like a fixture with the champs. The seven year veteran has been a starting defensive end since joining the New Yorkers....CATCH UP WITH MOORE: When the Packers make up their mind to stop someone they're not kidding. Against the Bears the marked target was Willie Galimore - he got 28 yards. Last week against the 49ers, Hugh McElhenny was held to 38 yards. Lenny Moore of the Colts had been the bug-a-boo. It seemed Green Bay was a perennial pushover for him. His longest run was a 79 yard scamper that against the Packers last October. In Milwaukee two weeks ago, Moore picked up 81 yards in 12 carries and snared a pass for 52 yards. Sunday, however, it was a different tale. Moore picked up but 33 yards in nine carries and caught six passes for only 20 yards.
DESCHAINE LOSES LEAD IN PUNTING
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Although spilling Baltimore Sunday, the Green Bay Packers lost their punting average lead in the NFL - the only department in which they held the No. 1 spot. Los Angeles' Rams boast a 45.8 yard average to 45. 6 for the Packers. The Packers' Dick Deschaine dropped to second place in punting (45.6 average for 24 punts) behind Norm Van Brocklin of the Rams, who is now averaging 45.8 on 23 tries. Meanwhile the Colts, even though beaten, stayed up front for the third straight week in total yards gained. Baltimore has run up 1,753 yards - 840 rushing, 913 passing - in five games. Washington is second with 1,676 yards, New York third with 1,589 yards and the Chicago Bears fourth with 1,563. The Rams have gained two more yards rushing than the Colts, however. Individually, Eddie LeBaron of the Redskins and Tommy Wilson, hard running Rams back, are running away from the opposition. LeBaron tops the passers with a 10.96 average per pass. He has completed 44 of 67 attempts for 734 yards, seven TDs and a pass completion on 65.7%. Wilson increased his ground gaining lead to 106 yards over Hugh McElhenny of San Francisco. Wilson has gained 450 yards on 88 attempts for a 5.1 average. McElhenny has 344 for 72 and a 4.8 average.
met in league play. Green Bay also beat New York in their 1955 exhibition, 31-24....Charlie Conerly went all the way at quarterback for New York against Washington last Sunday because Don Heinrich still is out with a broken thumb. Conerly completed 19 out of 30 passes. Wally Cruice, Packer scout, said, "He did even batter than that, but his receivers dropped three or four easy ones."...PRO GRID BITS: A year ago, Billy Howton of the Packers was leading the league in pass catching with 25 receptions for 598 yards. Now he is tried for sixth with 17 for 335...Green Bay's record is the same as a year ago, two victories and three defeats. The defense a year ago had allowed 135 points; this year's has given up 131. The offense a year ago, however, had scored 138 points; this year's had made only 90...The Cleveland Browns have allowed five opponents less than 10 points a game. They wouldn't let the Chicago Cardinals cross the midfield until the second half Sunday...Los Angeles has won five straight at home, lost nine straight in a row on the road...Average attendance for 30 league games this year is 40,747...QUICK QUOTES: Buddy Parker, Pittsburgh coach, after his Steelers were smashed by the Giants, 35-0: "I knew John Martinkovic at Green Bay but I never saw him rush the passer before."...George Wilson, Detroit coach, after his Lions were whipped by Los Angeles, 35-17: "We had a bad week in practice. The tackling dummy broke on Wednesday, it rained a couple of days in Detroit and we weren't ready mentally for this game."...Wally Cruice, Green Bay scout: "Against New York Washington played in a compact formation. They really got the power. It was almost like the old single wing with two-on-one blocking. The Giants couldn't contain 'em."
PACKERS ROLL ON KEY 3RD DOWN PLAYS
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Ask any coach in the NFL, and he would tell you, "it's better to be lucky than good." Ask a losing coach and he would say, "this is a tough league, brother; you fight for your life every Sunday and if you die trying, you've go lots of company." Ask Liz Blackbourn how his Packers should stack up against the defending champion Giants in Green Bay Sunday and he would say, "you don't have to acquaint me with the facts of life in the NFL. Anything can and usually happened in this league." But Blackbourn would have to admit his Packers gained poise after licking the Colts, 24-21, with a touchdown in the last 29 seconds. He would happily concede that his offense has finally comes to life. Take that humdinger last Sunday in Baltimore. Not only did the Bays pull a victory out of the fire in a most spectacular fashion, but they proved they could move on the big plays. Five times Green Bay faced third down situations with real yardage to go. Each time the Packers came soaring out of the hole to control the ball. Three of these occasions found the Bays struggling inside their own 20-yard line. A fourth time they were back on their 22. Here we go:
- Second period - Green Bay with third and 12 on its own 18; Paul Hornung ran 18 yards.
- Third period - Green Bay, third and 11 on its 13; Bart Starr passed 15 yards to Don McIlhenny.
- Third period - Green Bay, third and 11 on its 19; Starr passed 17 yards to Ron Kramer.
- Fourth period - Green Bay with third and 12 on its 22; Starr tossed 18 yards to Max McGee.
- Fourth period - Same drive which later brought a field goal and 1 7-14 lead, Fred Cone lost eight on first down, the Starr passed 13 to Billy Howton, making it third and five at the Packers 48; here Starr fired a 39-yard pass to Al Carmichael to the Colts' 13.
Statistically, Baltimore is a tougher opponent than Sunday's foes at Green Bay. The Colts continue to show the way as the top team in total yards gained. Baltimore is also the best defensive team in the league. New York is presently third ranked as an offensive power. It is second to Baltimore in defense against rushing. The Giants have looked anything but champs against passes. So Coach Jim Lee Howell has been making adjustments in the normal Giant defensive patterns for an expected potent Packer passing attack. The New Yorkers will counter with aging but still chucking Charlie Conerly. The 33-year old passer has shown no adverse affects from the bruised left hand he suffered in last Sunday's defeat by the Redskins. With Jack Stroud ready to return the the lineup at right tackle and Tom Yelvington available for limited duty there, the Giants' pinch for offensive linemen has been partly eased. Howell hopes for a resultant setup in the running attack. Blackbourn reported fullback-halfback Howie Ferguson is the only doubtful Packers. Bobby Dillon, ace safetyman, has been bucking a cold, but should snap out of it by Sunday. Offensive guard Jim Salsbury's sprained ankle is improved. And Billy Howton, Sunday's hero, has shaken the flu. After a brief drill at Yankee Stadium, the Giants take off for Milwaukee Friday morning. They will proceed to Green Bay from here by bus.
BLACKBOURN EXPECTS GIANTS WILL BE AT BEST AFTER DEFEAT
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - "The Giants would have been tough enough," Packer coach Lisle Blackbourn said Friday, "if they hadn't lost last Sunday. Now they'll be at their best for us." New York, champion of the NFL, will meet the Packers Sunday in
Green Bay's third straight home sellout (32,000 plus). "It's a
pretty crucial game for us," Blackbourn said. "Jim Lee
Howell, New York coach, sees the game the same way. The
Packers, who snapped a three game losing streak with a
fantastic fourth quarter comeback to beat Baltimore last
Sunday, have a 2-3 record and trail three teams in the
Western Division, San Francisco by two games and Detroit
and Baltimore by one. The Giants, with a 3-2 record stand
one game behind Cleveland's defensive wizards and are no
better than even with Pittsburgh, a team they smeared two
weeks ago, 35-0. That is the way it goes in the pro league,
for New York last Sunday took a 31-14 licking from
Washington, a team the Giants had beaten earlier, 24-20.
"They have a great defense," Blackbourn said of the Giants.
"They're real explosive. That Charlie Conerly, the
quarterback, is a good passer. He's smart. He'll look over our
defense and convert the play and make us look bad if we're
not alert. He'll make us be honest." Walter Cruice, Green
Bay scout, agreed, "They have fine runners in Frank Gifford
and Alex Webster," he said. "They can both catch the ball,
too, and Gifford is a threat as a passing halfback. Mel
Triplett, the fullback, is recovering from a shoulder injury, but
should be ready to go full time. His replacement, Bobby
Epps, is a strong runner but not as good a blocker, Kyle
Rote is tough to handle at one end and has good help from
Ken MacAfee and Bob Schnelker alternating at the other.
Their defense is big, strong, fast, smart and veteran." Jack
Lavelle, the Giants' veteran and astute scout, sized up the
Packers this way: "I can't put my finger on why Green Bay
is a good team. Other teams have better personnel than the
Packers. They have no outstanding stars. But they do
hustle. They never let up." Blackbourn's main concern is
Green Bay's offense. He hopes it will catch the spark of
scoring 24 points in the last quarter against Baltimore. Otherwise, it has been less than ordinary. Green Bay has scored only 90 points in five games and its running game has averaged less than 100 yards a game. The Packers' defense has been generally adequate. It has permitted 131 points, but 45 were scored against it in one game. "We've had only one real bad game," Blackbourn said Friday. "You need luck to win in this league. We had all the luck in the exhibition season (five victories, one tie, no defeats). Then it turned against us. Now we hope it's changed again."
PACKERS STILL NEED SOME SOLID RUNNING
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Unfortunately, things have been read into the Green Bay Packers' spectacular victory over the Baltimore Colts last Sunday that shouldn't be and that make the approach to this week's game with the New York Giants at Green Bay just a little difficult. There's a feeling that having beaten a team as tough as the Colts to break a three-game losing streak, the club will now surely roll. The Baltimore victory was a dandy and the whole state rejoiced, but there were still things about it that must cause pause, and serious pause. The Packers over a season's play just can't live by the pass alone. They're not always going to pull a game out as they did last week's. They've got to get some running, solid running, and until they do, they're going to be in trouble. Sunday, they got exactly 40 yards rushing. The running thus far as been sad, not because of the conception of the attack, or the coaching if you please, but because of the execution and personnel. The offensive line has been wobbly, the blocking shoddy and the backs except perhaps for Ferguson and rookie Paul Hornung decidedly so-so. Ferguson, when right, can still go straight ahead with power and Hornung can sense an opening and drive. (It seems he should be used more as the ball carrier because of his strength alone.) But where are the others? Cone has begun to slow down badly from what was never more than very ordinary speed. Carmichael needs operating room as on a punt or kickoff. In the tight going from scrimmage, he flips over easily. McIlhenny, obtained from the Lions, has been a disappointment although he keeps his feet better than Carmichael. And Johnson has never been more than a handy man - and not too strong. The Packers at the moment have averaged 97 yards a game rushing, and this after an "explosion" of 194 yards against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago. Except for that, they would be last in the league. As it is, they are second last. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers have averaged less, 90 yards a game, and they're not going to go anywhere either, despite their current 3-2 standing. The Packers simply must get some running offense. The games like last Sunday's will be too few and far between. The pulling which a whole state is doing for them is not going to be enough. P.S. The league draft will be held in Philadelphia November 18 - maybe something can be done there.
GIANTS 6 1/2 POINT PICK OVER BAYS
NOVEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers are the underdogs again - for the sixth consecutive week. The Giants are 6 1/2 point favorite to win Sunday's scrap before a sellout throng of 32,150 at Green Bay. The defending champions rate the nod because they are the defending champions. As a team the Giants simply have better personnel than the Packers, don't let anyone kid you about that. New York has passed for more yardage than Green Bay, it has picked up more yards rushing and has scored more points. To add to their superiority, the Giants are a better team on defense, too. But Liz Blackbourn's unpredictables have been anything but awed by an impressive opponent. They whacked the heralded Bears, 21-17, in the opener and last week dealt the Colts a 24-21 loss at Baltimore. And if you don't think winning in Baltimore is any achievement, you haven't been around pro football very long. While the Giants can toss the football with the best of 'em, they can spring an equally ambitious running attack. The Bays' rise to fame this season is resting on the pitching arms of Babe Parilli and Bart Starr. New York Coach Jim Lee Howell, as well as every interested soul in the NFL, realizes the Packers aren't going to win any championships with the kind of punch they produce on the ground. "The Packers," Howell said, "are a passing team and not so much of a running team until they get Paul Hornung in there when they get close enough to the goal line." In line with that judgment, Howell will use a speedy rookie back, John Bookman, in defending against the passing on Starr and Parilli. Bookman is a replacement for Ed Hughes. The latter has been hampered by an injury, but is ready for action, and may be used in spots. Chuck Conerly, who improves with age, is still the Giant to watch. The 33-year old passer has completed 60.2% of his tosses for four touchdowns and 603 yards. New York's biggest ground weapon is Alex Webster, the league's fourth ranked runner. Webster, brother of Jim, who is learning the tricks of the trade at Marquette, has gained 292 yards for a 4.1 yard average. Webster is also the Giants' top receiver. Glamor boy Frank Gifford has picked up 232 yards, more than twice the yardage gained by Green Bay's leading ball carrier, Paul Hornung (113). The Packers' only apparent edge is in the receiving department. Billy Howton is always a six-point threat - even in the last 29 seconds!
Green Bay Packers (2-3) 24, Baltimore Colts (2-3) 21
Sunday October 27th 1957 (at Baltimore)