GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(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.
FRANCIS LEADS TEAM
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.
2 MINUTES - 3 SCORES
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