GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - Frankie Albert, the harassed San Francisco coach, can thank his lucky stars there's still a Green Bay in the NFL. His 49ers went prospecting at the Stadium Sunday for a victory to save his job. The punchless Packers did everything they could to oblige with a sloppy second half performance and Frisco turned a must win situation into an easy 33-12 cakewalk. So Frankie will stay - at least for another week. Albert and his boys can live it up until they're tossed into the Baltimore meat grinder next Sunday. As far as the Packers are concerned, they're dead last in pro football with a 1-7-1 record. Thursday they'll eat crow at Detroit and then go west to hide in shame. Scooter McLean's bedraggled team hung on for three quarters to
satisfy a surprising turnout of 19,786. Although the 49ers controlled the ball from the start, the score was tried, 12-12, going into the final period. But leave it to the Packers to give it away. The 49ers should be given credit for the first touchdown in the 21-point spurt, it was a legitimate drive. Green Bay then handed San Francisco 14 points by fumbling on its own 22 and 31. Apparently, the Packers figured they had handed Albert too much of a scare and now was the time to be in the giving mood. The crowd had seen enough after the first gift so there was a sparse gathering left to see the 49ers blow things sky high. Green Bay, though, was not calling it quits. By no means. There was still fight in the old club when they mauled Jimmy Pace after he picked up 18 yards on the last play of the game. So inspired were the Packers that they got themselves into a king-size brawl. After players from both benches and a thousand fans swarmed on the field, law and order was restored and five players were sent to the shower. The clock showed 36 seconds to play, but the referee picked up the ball and walked off the field. An indication that Green Bay was a soft touch is evident by the 539 yards gained by San Francisco. Last week the Rams picked up 504 against the Pack. Y.A. Tittle, 31, and Hugh McElhenny, 29, could have beaten the Bays single-handed. Tittle passed for 283 yards and McIlehnny ran for 159. On the other hand, Babe Parilli couldn't hit the broad side of a barn and the Packers without the air game are dead ducks. Parilli, operating against one of the weaker pass defenses, completed only six in 19 tries for 58 yards.
PACKERS TAKE LEAD
The Packers took a surprising 9-6 first quarter lead on Paul Hornung's 41 yard field goal and Parilli's 16 yard
pass to Billy Howton. Hornung finished the Bay scoring in the third period with a 37 yard field goal. San Francisco needed only 107 seconds to score its first touchdown on Tittle's six-yard pass to Billy Wilson. Gordy Soltau added a 17-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 26-yarder in the third period. The big push came on Tittle's 15-yard pass to Wilson, McElhenny's two-yard run and Y.A.'s "Alley-Oop" pass to R.C. Owens from 23 yards away. The turning point of the game - there was no doubt about it - was a dropped touchdown pass by Howton in the third period. Hornung put the Bays in position to go out in front with a dazzling 55 yard run to the 49er 17. Howton, experiencing his worst season, got the jump on defender Jim Ridlen in the end zone. Parilli's bullet was right on target, but Billy Boy dropped the ball.
CHANCE TO SCORE
Any hate Marv Matuszak (the fired 49er picked up by the Packers) had for his old teammates wasn't evident. Playing as a right cornerbacker, Matuszak had a chance to go the distance if he could have held on to a Tittle pass in the third period. And in the fourth quarter, Matuszak let Wilson get past him and the touchdown was a cinch as the 49ers end literally walked into the end zone. Fans arriving late missed how the 49ers "foxed" the Packers for their first touchdown. On the opening kickoff, Soltau caught the Bays dreaming with an onside boot. Jerry Merten, the Racine rookie, recovered on the Packers 43 and three plays later Tittle hit Wilson, who had drifted behind Alton Romine in the end zone. Soltau's conversion was blocked by Dan Currie.
TRIES 'BOOT' AGAIN
With a 6-0 lead salted away early, Soltau tried the same strategy on the next kickoff. The Packers almost gave this one away, but luckily someone kicked the ball out of bounds. The Packers couldn't register a first down until the second time they got the ball. The 49ers had to punt only once in the game and Bill Akins booted 51 yards from his own three to give Green Bay its second chance. From the enemy 49 the Parilli-triggered Packers could only reach the 33. So the field goal crew came in and Hornung split the uprights from 41 yards away. McElhenny, who gained 95 yards in the first half, put Frisco within striking distance after a 33-yard run but the 49ers bogged down and Soltau tried a 48-yard field goal. It sailed wide of its mark.
PACKERS SCORE TD
Green Bay then put together its lone TD drive of the game - 80 yards in five plays plus a penalty. Don McIlhenny's 36-yard run put the Bays on the 49ers' 44. Parilli then tossed a bomb to Max McGee. Interference was called and Green Bay had the ball on the 19. On second down Parilli hit Howton in the right corner for the TD from the 16. It was the first touchdown pass caught by Howton this season and when Hornung's PAT was blocked, it was another "first". While the 49ers controlled the ball in the first half, 44 plays to 28 by the Packers, they couldn't score a touchdown after penetrating Packerland twice in the second quarter. They reached the 10 and had to settle for Soltau's 17 yard field goal to tie the game, 9-9. Later in the period, the 49ers moved to the Bay 29. This time Soltau's 36 yard field goal was blocked when Tom Bettis shoved the 49er center into the ball.
NITSCHKE BLOCKS ONE
Just before the first half ended, Mertens intercepted a Parilli pass to give Soltau another chance from the Packer 43. This one was blocked by Ray Nitschke. San Francisco controlled the situation almost completely in the third quarter, having 21 plays to the Packers' 10. Yet, they could only count on Soltau's 26-yard field goal after failing to continue their drive from the Packer 19. Green Bay came back with Hornung's 55-yard run, which was strictly an individual effort. But the old game was tossed out the window when Howton dropped Parilli's TD pass in the end zone. Hornung then tied the count, 12-12, with a field goal after 5:29 of the third period had been played.
STALL 49ERS TWICE
The Gold Coasters took the ensuing kickoff and reached the Packer 12 when Joe Perry's fumble was recovered by Jesse Whittenton. Parilli couldn't find his mark, but Tittle could as he moved the 49ers to the Packer 12 again before stalling. This time Soltau's 19 yard field goal sailed wide to the left. The Packers failed to make a first down again, but the 49ers needed only four plays to go 40 yards and their second touchdown. Tittle hit Wilson, who had got behind Matuszak for 15 yards and the score. The 49ers red-dogged Parilli and the Babe lost the ball when Bill Herchman took it away on the Packer 22. Tittle tossed an Alley-Oop, but the jumping jack missed when he was pushed. An interference penalty gave the 49ers the ball on the one. After Tittle was thrown back to the two, McElhenny leaped over for the TD and Frisco was now well on its way with a 26-12 lead with 9:16 left.
Jim Taylor fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Soltau recovered on the Packer 31 to give the 49ers their last chance. They didn't fail as Tittle tossed another alley-ooper to Owens in the end zone. Joe Francis got the call in the final minutes but his erratic passes failed and all was lost when Ridlon stole the ball from Joe Johnson. Then came Pace's run and a good old brawl.
SAN FRANCISCO - 6 3 3 21 - 33
GREEN BAY - 3 6 3 0 - 12
1st - SF - Billy Wilson, 6-yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Kick failed) SAN FRANCISCO 6-0
1st - GB - Paul Hornung, 41-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 6-3
1st - GB - Billy Howton, 16-yard pass from Babe Parilli (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 9-6
2nd - SF - Gordie Soltau, 17-yard field goal TIED 9-9
3rd - SF - Soltau, 31-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 12-9
3rd - GB - Hornung, 37-yard field goal TIED 12-12
4th - SF - Wilson, 15-yard pass from Tittle (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 19-12
4th - SF - Hugh McElhenny, 2-yard rush (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 26-12
4th - SF - R.C. Owens, 23-yard pass from Tittle (Soltau kick)SAN FRANCISCO 33-12