(BOSTON) - A 30-yard field goal by Fred Cone early in the fourth quarter spearheaded a come-from-behind 13-10 victory for the Green Bay Packers over the World Champion New York Giants Saturday night in a NFL exhibition before 23,000. Earlier, Cone toed a 17-yard field goal which pulled the Packers - undefeated in four exhibitions - into a 10-10 standoff. Quarterbacks Bart Starr and Babe Parilli finally untracked the Packers after they had bogged down in the early going with rookie Paul Hornung of Notre Dame at the throttle. Green Bay had only one first down and had the staggers when Starr stepped in for Hornung only minutes before the halftime intermission. The Packers were mired on their own 10 when Starr came on. He threw four straight completed passes - two to Bill Howton, two to Michigan All-American Ron Kramer - and Green Bay found itself in foreign territory for the first time on the New York 31. Starr missed connections with a fifth straight pass, then found Cone on a short, one-yard pitch to the 30. Don McIlhenny, top Packer runner with 37 yards in nine rushes, legged 15 yards around New York's left flank. That put the ball on the Giants' 15, and Starr pitched down the middle to Gary Knafelc for the touchdown. Parilli was quarterbacking the Packers early in the third quarter when they drew abreast, 10-10. A drive started on the Packer 41 and moved to the New York 39, thanks mainly to a 15-yard New York assessment for defensive holding. Parilli threw a 10-yard floater to Knafelc for a first down on the 29, send McIlhenny stomping to the 22, then passed to Joe Johnson for a 14-yard gainer to the eight. Two incompletions and a two-yard loss prompted Coach Lisle Blackbourn to summon Cone for the first of his two field goals, a 17 yarder with Starr holding. Nate Borden's interception of Don Heinrich's deflected pass set up Cone's winning field goal. This happened on the New York 46. Parilli ran seven, then 10 yards and Hornung made a one-play appearance to register a first down on the the New York 34 on a keeper play. Rookie Credell Green put the ball on the Giant 23 and in the center of the field to set up Cone's goal. The Giants, now 3-2 in exhibitions, forged a 10-0 lead after only 9:40 of the first quarter. Dennis Mendyk ran the opening kickoff 41 yards to the New York 47 and six plays later Heinrich plunged over from the one. Don Chandler converted. New York threatened again quickly on a sortie which carried from the Giants' 34 down to the Green Bay eight. Here the Packers stiffened and Chandler stepped back to the 16 and kicked a field goal to make it 10-0.
NEW YORK  - 10  0  0  0 - 10
GREEN BAY -  0  7  3  3 - 13
NY - Don Heinrich, 1-yard run (Don Chandler kick) NEW YORK 7-0
NY - Chandler, 16-yard field goal NEW YORK 10-0
GB - Knafelc, 10-yard pass from Starr (Cone kick) NEW YORK 10-7
GB - Cone, 17-yard field goal TIED 10-10
GB – Cone, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-10
said, "had some injuries. At least three of their linemen - Yelvington, Huth and Stroud - got banged up when they beat the Bears. They probably had a letdown, too, and the Packers really went all out. The other thing is the talent of the other Western Division teams, especially the Bears. The Packers look improved, all ​right, but the Bears..." Cruice saw the Chicagoans, Western Division champions last season, whip the Philadelphia Eagles in Kansas City Sunday. He also watched them against the Giants the week before. He will see them again when they play the Steelers in Pittsburgh Saturday night. The Packers will open their league season against the Bears in Green Bay's new stadium September 29. "You think Jeter is fast," Cruice said, "well, you should see this Willie Galimore (rookie halfback from Florida A&M with the Bears). He can really take off. He was running away from Harris and Brookster and Norton and they are pretty fast. Galimore is 6-1 and 190. You can defend yourself when you're that big." Cruice said that the Bears did a lot of experimenting against the Eagles, playing several rookies for long stretches. "I'd say Ed Brown is still their No. 1 quarterback," he said. "He can throw that long ball. Bratkowski had a couple intercepted when he didn't throw far enough. He's supposed to be able to throw them a mile. Maybe he's got a sore arm." The
Bears are still seeking additional strength in their defensive backfield, Cruice reported. Two rookies played extensively - Vic Zucco of Michigan State and Bud Breed of Western Michigan. "They still have a problem there," Cruice said. The scout said that Perry Jeter and Bob Watkins, halfbacks who were injured last season, were running well again. The Bears asked waivers on Harland Carl, former Wisconsin halfback. No one took him and he is still with the Chicago team but is not likely to make the 35 man roster.
SEPTEMBER 10 (Ligonier, PA) - The Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday purhased Jug Girard, 30-year old halfback, from the Baltimore Colts for an undisclosed price. Parkers also announced the signing of Boris DiManchoff as his seventh assistant coach. Girard, now in his 10th NFL season, was the Green Bay Packers' No. 1 draft choice in 1948. He was traded to the Detroit Lions in 1952 and sold to the Colts last winter.
SEPTEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers-Browns pro football trade of last spring has taken an odd bounce. Green Bay has kept all six of the players it
obtained; Cleveland has only a halfback in the United
States Army in Germany. Lisle Blackbourn decidedly
strengthened his team, especially on defense, with Sam
Palumbo, John Petitbon, Billy Kinard, Carlton Massey,
Vito Parilli and John Macerelli. Paul Brown got nothing out
of Bob Garrett, who retired, and finally traded Roger Zatkoff
to Detroit after two flase starts. Brown now is left with
nothing to show on his roster but a future draft choice of
Detroit's and halfback Lew Carpenter, a former Lion. The
Browns ever agreed as part of the deal to pay Carpenter's
plane transportation home when he gets out...In the early
going, the Packers may have also the edge in their six
player swap with Detroit. Back Don McIlhenny and
linemen Oliver Spencer, Jim Salsbury and Norm Masters
look like regulars with Green Bay. Val Joe Walker,
defensive back, is having difficulties making Detroit's team
and quarterback Tobin Rote has done little except inspire
Bobby Layne to some fine performances.
SEPTEMBER 13 (Greensboro, NC) - Vowing that he is not
interested in winning the "grapefruit championship", Coach
Liz Blackbourn tapered off drills Thursday as the Packers
eyed their fifth straight exhibition victory against the
Redskins at Winston-Salem Saturday night. Blackbourn's
club has adopted a winning attitude in the play-for-nothing
season. But then, too, Western Division clubs have had
the upper hand over Eastern Division foes. The Packers
must cut down to 38 players after Saturday's game. They
now have 43 including the late arrivals, defensive end
Carlton Massey (from Cleveland) and end Max McGee.
Blackbourn plans to give Massey a trial at his normal
position before trying him as a slotback. The 230-pounder
is a good receiver. McGee is working out at left end with
Gary Knafelc, who understudies Max during the 1954
season. Incidentally, Massey has been hampered by
tonsilitis. Defensive tackle Dave Hanner, halfback Al
Carmichael and tackle George Belotti will see little if any
action against the Redskins because of injuries.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Winston-Salem, NC) - The Green Bay Packers haven't lost a football game during the current pre-season period, winning four straight, and they have no intentions of falling into bad habits Saturday night against the Washington Redskins. The Packers have beaten the Chicago Cardinals twice, the Philadelphia Eagles and the World Champion New York Giants. Two of their rookies have been quick successes. They are Paul Hornung, Notre Dame quarterback, and Ron Kramer, Michigan's all-around star a year ago now. The Packers have Billy Howton, one of the best pass receivers in the game. Quarterback Bart Starr will throw not only to Howton, but also to Kramer and Gary Knafelc in a three-pronged attack. The Redskins will rely on little Eddie LeBaron to perhaps bewilder the Wisconsin wonders. Rudy Bukich, acquired from the Rams a few days ago, also will play some at quarterback, but he has been with the club only long enough to learn a few plays. However, his strong throwing arm will be used. The Redskins may open with LeBaron, Dick Hames and Jim Podoley at the halfbacks and Leo Elter at fullback and soon substitute Ed Sutton at a half and Don Bosseler at full. Red Stephens, regular guard, is out with a pulled leg muscle. Ed Khayat will have the starting assignment at J.D. Kimmels' old tackle berth on defense. Kimmel is out for the year with a broken leg. Another change will see Gilmer Springs, a Texas boy in his first start as a wingback, in the place of Art DeCarlo.
SEPTEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - There are those who believe Babe Parilli is a forgotten man among the 1957 Packers...that at best he will be no more than
a Bart Starr understudy this fall. The feeling stems from
the fact the Kentucky Babe lost confidence in Cleveland
last year when Paul Brown declared the search for Otto
Graham's successor was still on. Then, too, Liz
Blackbourn showed he wasn't completely sold on Parilli
when he acquired him and promptly put him on the
trading block. Blackbourn found no takers and had to
give up Tobin Rote. In all fairness to Parilli, it should be
pointed out that the pressure was most unbearable at
Cleveland. During Graham's last few seasons,
Automatic Otto had the unique prerogative of calling his
own plays. When Parilli took over, Master Brown
reverted to his set old ways of calling every play from
the bench. And when Parilli didn't execute the attack in
the Graham manner, he was in Brown's doghouse. It's
no secret Parilli soon became disgusted with Brown and
Brown became disgusted with Parilli. An arm injury
sustained in a November game against the Colts
sidelined the Babe - and Brown no doubt was scheming
plans to pawn off his "failure"...ZATKOFF TRADED: The
Packers, who made Parilli their top draft choice in 1952,
whisked him back along with five other Brownies in a
trade which makes pro football followers still wonder
how Brown could have fallen for it. Cleveland sent Parilli,
defensive halfbacks John Petitbon and Billy Kinard,
tackle John Macerelli, linebacker Sam Palumbo and
defensive end Carlton Massey in exchange for
quarterback Bobby Garrett and linebacker Roger
Zatkoff. Garrett decided the other day he had enough of
football - the Paul Brown way - and Zatkoff was traded
to Detroit. Petitbon, Kinard and Palumbo have
strengthened the Packers tremendously on defense.
Massey was expected to join the club in Boston
Saturday. Blackbourn never had Parilli in camp, although
the Kentucky All-American split passing duties with
Rote in 1952 and finished his freshman year as the
third best passer in the league...CLOSE COMPARISON:
Could he do it again? That, Blackbourn would relish,
now that there's no Tobin rovin' in Packerland. That,
Parilli will have to prove. The comparative record of Parilli
and Starr during 1956 is surprisingly close. Parilli
completed 24 out of 49 passes for 409 yards and three
touchdowns. Starr completed 24 of 44 for 325 yards and two TDs. Parilli had three intercepted and Starr five. Blackbourn likes Starr at the moment because he throws a better pass and calls a better game. Bonus choice Paul Hornung doesn't figure in the quarterback plans because he's considered a too valuable threat to sit on the bench. Hornung will soon take over a halfback post. This observer believes Parilli, with renewed confidence, could become a good pro quarterback again. Parilli has the experience on his side, but he'll have to make up his mind it will take a tremendous effort to unseat Starr, the unheralded little flipper from Alabama who is as cool as they come under pressure.
SEPTEMBER 8 (Boston) - Bart Starr, sophomore quarterback from Alabama, won kudos from Coach Liz Blackbourn after the Packers dumped the World Champion
Giants for their fourth straight exhibition victory Saturday
night. Starr's rejuvenation of the Packers, after they were
10-0 in the bucket, prompted Blackbourn Sunday to single
him out as the standout in the 13-10 Green Bay victory. "It's
hard to single out one man," Blackbourn said cautiously
before the squad left Boston for Greensboro, N.C. to train
for exhibition No. 5. "The defensive unit did a fine job
holding the Giants. The receivers all looked good and the
new line did very well. If I had to single out one man,
though, I guess it would have to be Starr. I thought he did a
fine job sparking the team. I think we have three fine
quarterbacks with Starr, (Babe) Parilli and (Paul) Hornung."
Hornung, highly-touted rookie whiz from Notre Dame,
couldn't seem to untrack with Packer when he was the
throttle the first two quarters. Green Bay was back on its
own 10 with only a few minutes before intermission when
Starr came in. Starr's first play selection was a pass to
Billy Howton in the right flat. It connected for eight yards.
His next play? A pass to Michigan All-American Ron
Kramer in the right flat. This connected for 19 yards and a
first down on the Green Bay 37. Now it was Howton's turn.
Starr passed 18 yards to him to the New York 44 - first
time the Packers were across the midfield in the game.
Starr had the Packers moving up in the air and the Giants
were up in the air about how to stymie him. So again he
passed, a 14-yard job to Kramer. A fifth straight pass
missed connections, but Starr had hit for four straight,
good for 59 yards and the Packers suddenly had lost their
inferiority complex. Starr climaxed the 90-yard touchdown
exodus with, naturally, another pass. This was a slick,
brisket-high spiral to Gary Knafelc in the end zone. Knafelc
felt like General Custer when he caught it. He was
surrounded by Giants: Crawford, Huff and Bookman. The
TD pass came with only 25 seconds left in the second
quarter. Blackbourn's praise, you can see, was merited. "I
was proud of the whole group, the way they fought back
when the Giants controlled the ball for a quarter and a half. Once Starr got us moving, we were all right," Blackbourn concluded. The Packers will train at Greensboro, N.C., for next Saturday's exhibition with the Redskins at Winston-Salem, N.C. Then it's on to Minneapolis for a date with the Pittsburgh Steelers before the Green Bay premiere against the Chicago Bears on the 29th...Don McIlhenny displayed some fine running, including a 15-yard jaunt, and he was the top Packer rusher with 37 yards in nine carries...Starr completed nine of 12 passes for 94 yards. Parilli had three out of seven for 33 and Hornung two out of six for a measly eight yards...The Boston exhibition drew 23,000 despite threatening weather.
SEPTEMBER 10 (MIlwaukee Journal) - "Say," the office boy said, "just how good are the Packers anyhow? They've won four straight and their coach said they'd get their real test against the Giants. Well, they beat them. How about it?" Certainly, the Green Bay Packers have done everything asked of them so far in the exhibition season, especially in handling the NFL champion New York Giants in Boston last Saturday night, 13-10. Green Bay's defense has been startingly good. The offense hasn't torn anyone apart, but it did move well enough with Bart Starr and Babe Parilli at quarterback to overcome a 10-0 deficit against New York. Walter Cruice of Milwaukee, the Packers' chief scout, sounded two warnings Tuesday, lest anyone think that things will continue that easy when the games start to count in the standings. "The Giants," Cruice
Green Bay Packers (3-0) 13, New York Giants 10
EXHIBITION - Saturday September 7th 1957 (at Boston)