(LOS ANGELES) - The Green Bay Packers lost again here Sunday. The score was 34-20 in favor of Los Angeles. This, however, was not slaughter in the Coliseum. The Packers, in fact, made the highly favored Rams sweat in 80 degree temperatures before 54,634 fans. The Packers had a first down on the Rams' 26 with barely seven minutes to go and Los Angeles ahead by only one touchdown, 27-20. An 11 yard loss on a pass play ruined a chance for the tying touchdown. Then Lou Michaels, Los Angeles rookie defensive end from Kentucky, blocked a field goal try and in doing so set up a clinching touchdown for the Rams. No matter how gallantly the beeten Packers performed, this was their 10th defeat of the NFL season. Ray (Scooter) McLean's crew won one game and tied one. The record was the worst in Green Bay's 40 years of professional football. It surpassed, in reverse, the 2-10 mark hung up in 1949, Curly Lambeau's last year. By winning, Sid Gillman's Rams, with perhaps the finest material in the league, tied the Chicago Bears for second place in the Western Division. Green Bay, of course, finished last. This was the 12th time the Rams had whipped the Packers here and the 11th time in a row. Only in 1947 did the Packers win in the Coliseum, then by a 30-10 score. Green Bay led after one quarter, 7-0, and might have scored again had it not been for a dropped pass. Early in the second quarter, the Packers moved ahead again, 14-7, but this was the period that ruined Green Bay. Los Angeles scored 24 points all told in less than 11 minutes and led at the half, 24-14. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter. Early in the fourth period a fumble recovery set up another Green Bay field goal and the Packers were within striking distance of a tie. They had their chance, it went awry and Los Angeles closed out scoring with the touchdown that salted the game away for good.
Rookie Joe Francis, the dark visaged first year man from Oregon State, played almost all the way at quarterback in his first starting chance. He took a beating, for he ran as much as he passed, both from the spread formation and the T. The coaches called most of the plays from the bench, alternating halfbacks and calling frequent timeouts. Francis, who is called Pineapple Joe by his teammates presumably because he is Hawaiian and comes from Honolulu, still has much to learn about quarterback. He was a tailback in the single wing in college. But he has the arm, he has the legs and he has the heart. Francis scored Green Bay's first touchdown, on a one yard sneak. Jim Taylor, hard running first year halfback from Louisiana State who required most of the season to learn the signals, helped set it up with his smashes through and into the Rams. Taylor led all ball carriers for the second straight Sunday with 99 yards in 22 tries.
The second Green Bay touchdown was a thing of beauty. Francis, rushed and harried, wrested free and threw a 50 yard pass which Max McGee somehow took away from two Rams as they leaped together in the end zone. Paul Hornung kicked 30 and 21 yard field goals and two extra points. McGee's catch made up for his earlier bobble when Francis laid the ball in his hands in the clear on the Ram 20 and the Tulane speedster dropped the ball. McGee, too, had difficulty with his punts. Early in the second quarter, after Del Shofner of the Rams got away with a 61 yard kick, McGee answered with one which went only 16 yards thanks to a bad bounce. In two plays, the Rams had the touchdown. Quarterback Bill Wade threw 43 yards to Shofner for the score.
Only four plays later Francis and McGee connected for another Green Bay lead, only to have Wade and Jon Arnett come back immediately with a 75 yard pass play which tied the score again. Again it was a short pass, this time over the middle, and Arnett danced and sped through the secondary. These three touchdowns were accomplished within 1 minute 54 seconds. Don Burroughs' interception, only one of the day, then set up Paige Cothren's 10 yard field goal which put Los Angeles ahead to stay. Another poor punt by McGee, this one for 29 yards set up the Rams' other second quarter touchdown. Wade directed them 36 yards in six plays. His 28 yard pass to Jim Phillips was the key play. Tom Wilson ran the last four yards. Cothren, who converted after each of Los Angeles' four touchdowns, kicked his second field goal late in the third quarter. Michaels' block of Hornung's 42 yard field goal try set up a final 37 yard drive in five plays. Wade's 30 yard pass to Phillips on third down led to Wilson's two yard scoring drive. Oddly, Wilson showed a deficit in running from scrimmage. This was Green Bay's seventh straight setback.
GREEN BAY   -  7  7  3  3 - 20
LOS ANGELES -  0 24  3  7 - 34
1st - GB - Francis, 1-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - LA - Del Shofner, 43-yard pass from Billy Wade (Paige Cothren kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - McGee, 50-yard pass from Francis (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - LA - Jon Arnett, 75-yard pass from Wade (Cothren kick) TIED 14-14
2nd - LA - Cothren, 10-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 17-14
2nd - LA - Tom Wilson, 4-yard run (Cothren kick) LOS ANGELES 24-14
3rd - GB - Hornung, 30-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 24-17
3rd - LA - Cothren, 21-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 27-17
4th - GB - Hornung, 21-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 27-20
4th - LA - Wilson, 2-yard run (Cothren kick) LOS ANGELES 34-20
DECEMBER 14 (Los Angeles) - Ray Richard, Green Bay defense coach, announced Sunday that he was retiring from coaching and would enter private business here. Richards was head coach of the Chicago Cardinals before he joined the Packers under Scooter McLean this year.
DECEMBER 14 (Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles Rams won the game, but the man of the hour after the game was Green Bay rookie quarterback Joe Francis. Francis was nothing short of sensational and time and again drew roars of applause from the partisan Ram crowd gathered in the Coliseum as he eluded Ram rushers, knocked off yardage in key plays and threw completions with Rams charging in from all directions. Said Ram Coach Sid Gillman, speaking for himself and the Ram defensive platoon as well: "Francis was tremendous. He runs well and throws well. He was dynamite every time he had the ball. It as remarkable," Gillman added, "to see a team that has been beaten as many times as the Packers have put on such a determined performance." Billy Wade, Ram quarterback, added: "I thought he looked real good as a runner and a passer. The Packers are really tough. I think they play their best against us." Coach Scooter McLean of the luckless Packers praised Wade, along with his own team. "We did come up with a couple of good youngsters in the game out here," McLean said. "Francis has played very little, but he did a fine job today. He tired from lack of previous play and then running so much today. He's made the switch from tailback rather well. As for Jim Taylor, he got off to a slow start because of the All-Star game and seemed a little confused early in the season. We knew he was a good runner and he proved it." Billy Howton added: "(Francis) throws an easy pass to catch, but more important, he gave us a lift by running out of those traps."
DECEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lou Michaels, lantern jawed rookie end from Kentucky, was telling how he blocked a Green Bay field goal attempt on what may have been the most important play of the Los Angeles Rams' 34-20 NFL victory over the Packers at the Coliseum Sunday. "On their field goal earlier," Michaels said, "I tried to go inside and I was blocked. They seemed to be pinching toward the middle. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed that it seemed to be clear on the outside. So on this one, I gave it a big fake toward the inside and then veered out. Their guy tried to get me but he missed. He brushed me but that's all. I got the ball on my hands or maybe it hit my helmet. I don't know for sure." Lou, younger brother of Cleveland linebacker Walt Michaels, blocked Paul Hornung's 42 yard field goal try with Los Angeles ahead only, 27-20 and about seven minutes to play. He chased the ball, picked it up and ran with it to Green Bay's 38. From there the Rams moved to the clinching touchdown. Only two plays earlier, the Rams thwarted what might have been the tying touchdown. The Packers were on the Rams' 25, second down and nine yards to go. Green Bay called a pass play with four receivers going downfield. The Rams, gambling on defense, sent in all of their linebackers. There were seven Rams rushing and only six Packers blocking. Quarterback Joe Francis, not as spry and nimble as he had been earlier before he was injured by jarring tackles, could not evade the rush. The Rams threw him for an 11 yard loss before he could get his pass way...PARILLI MISSES FIVE: Francis was quarterback on all but seven Green Bay scrimmage plays. While he rested injuries, Babe Parilli failed to complete any of five passes. Bart Starr, erstwhile first string quarterback, was in only to hold for field goals and extra points. Starr tackled Michaels after the Kentucky rookie blocked Hornung's field goal try. "Well, I got my uniform dirty anyway," Starr said afterward....AVERAGE 83,680 FANS: The Rams drew 502,080 spectators for six league games here, an average of 83,680. They played to 1,053,798 in all games, exhibition and league, at home and away. Their millionth fan, who received many gifts, was Manuel Laporte of Inglewood, Calif., a musician who once lived in Green Bay. Bill Wade, Ram quarterback, finished 63 yards short of Sammy Baugh's league record for passing yardage in a season. Baugh gained 2,938 for the Washington Redskins in 1947; Wade, 2,875 for a Ram record. The Packers got a boost from fumble recoveries by John Symank, J.D. Kimmel and Ray Nitschke but cashed in for only one field goal from the three chances.

PICTURED BELOW LEFT: Packers end Max McGee(85) catches a pass just out side the Ram 10 yard line.

PICTURED BELOW RIGHT: Packers quarterback Joe Francis(20) takes off running with the ball as Rams linebacker Dick Daugherty(50) comes in to make the tackle.
Los Angeles Rams (8-4) 34, Green Bay Packers (1-10-1) 20
Sunday December 14th 1958 (at Los Angeles)