(BOSTON) - Scooter McLean's Green Bay Packers smeared the New York Giants in a NFL exhibition here Saturday night, 41-20.In a reversal of form, after the favored Giants had led at the half, 20-13, the aroused Packers cashed in on three pass interceptions, made four touchdowns and held the Giants scoreless. A crowd of 27,031, including Vice President Nixon, watched the surprising turn of events. The game was played at Boston University Stadium, which once was Braves Field. The triumph was Green Bay's second in a row, against one defeat in games which do not count. The Giants now have a 1-3 record. Last season the Giants finished second in the Eastern Division and Green Bay last in the Western. Along the way New York beat the Packers, 31-17.
It mattered little who played quarterback or who carried the ball for Green Bay Saturday night. Almost everyone got into the act and did well. By air, three touchdowns were made, each with a different pitcher and catcher - Bart Starr to Billy Howton for 28 yards, Babe Parilli to Max McGee for 56 yards, and rookie Joe Francis of Oregon State to punter Dick Deschaine for 29 yards. On the ground, Howie Ferguson scored two touchdowns from five and one yards out. Jim Shanley, quick little rookie from Oregon, got one, bouncing over from the one. Actually, seven Packers did not play at all because of injuries - backs Paul Hornung and Bob Burris and linemen Gary Knafelc, Hank Bullough, Dan Currie, Ken Gray and Forrest Gregg.
In Hornung's absence, Jerry Kramer, rookie guard from Idaho, took over the place kicking. He made five out of six extra points and missed a field goal try from the 16. On the point he misses, the pass from center was momentarily fumbled. The pass interceptions which put the Packers in high gear all occurred in the third quarter. Allen (Monk) Romine, Bobby Dillon and Billy Kinard took turns stealing Don Heinrich's passes. Romine returned his 12 yards to the New York 38, Dillon brought his 10 yards to the Giants' five and Kinard leaped high and fell to the ground on his 35 yard line to get his. After each, the Packers went on to score. Dillon's interception was his fourth in three exhibitions.
The Giants made touchdowns on Charlie Conerly's 50 yard pass to Frank Gifford and on Alex Webster's five yard run. The second was set up by a blocked punt following a  high pass from center. Pat Summerall kicked field goals of 45 and 36 yards and added the two extra points. Starr was at quarterback from Green Bay's first, third, fourth and fifth touchdowns; Parilli for the second, and Francis for the sixth and last. Francis ran much of the way himself on his 88 yard drive before he passed to Deschaine for the final score. Shanely got away on a fine 25 yard scamper to set up his own touchdown. McGee was the leading pass receiver with seven catches for 166 yards all told. Green Bay had a big edge both in rushing and passing yardage, and outgained the Giants from scrimmage, 451 yards to 188.
The Giants completed eight out of 12 passes in the first half and had none intercepted. But in the third quarter, they completed only one pass, for a loss of two years, and Romine, Dillon and Kinard short-circuited their other three tries. The Packer secondary was active. Besides the three interceptions, it was charged with pass interference three times. The Giants, who had no interceptions, were called once themselves for interfering with a Packer defender, Hank Gremminger, who was to intercept still another pass.
GREEN BAY -  6  7 14 14 - 41
NEW YORK  -  3 17  0  0 - 20
GB – Howton, 28-yard pass from Starr (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
NY – Pat Summerall, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
NY – Frank Gifford, 50-yard pass from Charlie Connerly (Summerall kick) NEW YORK 10-6
GB – McGee, 56-yard pass from Parilli (Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 13-10
NY – Alex Webster, 5-yard run (Summerall kick) NEW YORK 17-13
NY – Summerall, 36-yard field goal NEW YORK 20-13
GB – Ferguson, 5-yard run (Kramer kick) TIED 20-20
GB – Ferguson, 1-yard run (Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 27-20
GB – Shanley, 1-yard run (Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 34-20
GB – Deschaine, 20-yard pass from Francis (Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 41-20
SEPTEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - One look at Jim Shanley and you might say this Packer rookie has illusions of grandeur far too big for his britches. Shanley is a runt as far as pro football players go. He "tip-toes" 5-9 and weighs 170 pounds dripping wet. Why, they didn't even have football pants small enough to fit him when he checked into the Packers' summer camp at St. Norbert College. What's more, a check at Green Bay West High School failed to find a size 28-short. So Assistant Trainer Dad Braisher dug up a baggy size 30-short and Shanley set out on the only career he really wants. But, you might ask, what kind of a chance done such a rookie have against comparative giants in the NFL? "I've been playing againstbig guys all my life," answers Shanley. Some grizzled veterans on the squad have to admit, "he's got guts and he's tough." And even the coaching staff gets on the bandwagon: "He shows a lot of promise...a little green...but he's got some nice movements." Here is a courageous kid who married his childhood sweetheart July 6 and immediately took off for Green Bay to battle a camp full of he-men for a pro football livelihood. The former Oregon gridder walked into Scooter McLean's office as a free agent. Since then he has caught the fancy of Green Bay fans with his deception and fancy footwork. "I've got to fake," Shanley said with a shy grin. "These guys come up faster and intend to hit you harder. I wouldn't have a chance to run over 'em." Shanley has survived two major cuts because, by George, he's been downright impressive. Against the Eagles Labor Day he grabbed two of Babe Parilli's passes and danced his way around the big boys for 18 and 20 yards in his short appearance. Oh, how he was smacked! But he always bounced back for more. And here was a guy playing with a broken nose to boot! One thing, besides making the Packers, bothers Shanley. He hasn't seen his wife, Mary Jo, since leaving Coos Bay, Ore., six weeks ago, and $50 a week (that's what he makes with the Packers until he makes the grade) isn't exactly much to write home about. But talking about the Oregon homecoming queen whom he married reminded him of another depressing moment. It seems Oregon State was leading Oregon, 10-7, with little time remaining. Shanley plunged from the two for a touchdown. But as he fell into the end zone, a linebacker grabbed Shanley's arm, causing him to fumble. State recovered and Shanley's team lost. He then vowed to hang onto the ball at all costs. Although there may always be some degree of sentiment in pro football, Shanley will have to show a lot to make good. In the end a man either has it or he hasn't. But "Little Jim" is giving it everything he has. And a satisfied critic is McLean, whose "scooting" earned him a job with the Monsters of the Midway. "You can't beat that desire," says McLean, when he speaks of Shanley.
SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - The Packers broke the 26.000 season ticket barrier Monday by 28 and announced that the sale would be extended to September 13. Tickets have sold like hot cakes since Green Bay's 41-20 victory over New York Saturday night and the total is expected to reach 26,500 - representing more than one half of the city's population.
SEPTEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - Beware, Packers! The Bears are loaded and George Halas is out to win 'em all! The two old NFL rivals will meet in the season opener at Green Bay September 28. Already the Chicago team is playing as if the championship is at stake. Halas, the owner, once again is Halas the coach. His team has won four exhibitions in a row. Walter Cruice, Green Bay's scout, has been following the Bears around the country. Last weekend he caught their game with the Detroit Lions in Dallas. "Those two teams," Cruice said, "played for keeps. It was like the championship game. Joe Schmidt (Detroit's captain and linebacker) went out of there on one of the plays and had seven stitches taken near his eye. Rick Casares played all the way at fullback for the Bears. They've forgotten those rookies they were ballyhooing before the season started. Even a blind man could see the difference between Casares and the others. Zeke Bratkowski looked great at quarterback. He's living up to his clippings now. He was the boy who was going to bring the pennant to Wrigley Field and keep it there for several years. He didn't look too good last year after he got out of the service but how he looks better than Ed Brown (the Bears' first string quarterback the last three seasons)." Cruice said Harlon Hill was back to his old high standard at end, but that the thing which impressed him most about the Bears was their defense. "They never let up on the Lions' quarterbacks," Cruice said. "They were really blowing in there." Tobin Rote and Bobby Layne completed only seven of 18 passes for Detroit and were thrown for 45 yards in losses. The Lions could not handle 6 foot 8 inch defensive end Doug Atkins or linebacker Bill George. The Bears won, 24-17, with a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The statistics were more impressive. Chicago had a 23-10 edge in first downs and rolled up 380 yards to Detroit's 220. "We never had our best defensive combination on the field," Lions' defensive coach Gerrard (Buster) Ramsey grumbled afterwards. "We were still looking and the Bears were playing for keeps."
SEPTEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - Four Packers will likely miss their second straight game because of injuries when Green Bay meets the Washington Redskins in the NFL exhibition at Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday night (WTMJ radio, 8 o'clock, Milwaukee time). Still sidelined are fullback Paul Hornung, end Gary Knafelc, linebacker Dan Currie and tackle Ken Gray. Hornung has a sore hip; the others, leg woes. Currie and Gray are rookies. Offensive center Jim Ringo, who was hurt in the 41-20 victory over New York at Boston last Saturday night, may miss the Redskins game with a sore back. Halfbacks Bob Burris and guard Hank Bullough, who sat out the Giants game, are expected back, and so is tackle Forrest Gregg, who has been away for two weeks getting separated from the service. Washington will provide a thorough test. The Redskins right now are rated as Cleveland's toughest challenger in the eastern division. Joe Kuharich's Redskins have won two games in a row after losing their first two. Scooter McLean's Packers have a 2-1 record, also including a two game winning streak. The Redskins use a tight T formation behind an unbalanced line. They employ many false moves which throw the defense off. For instance, on plays to the weak side, they will often pull a guard and send him the other way as a decoy. Rudy Bukich, the former Southern California and Los Angeles Ram quarterback, will probably start for Washington. Eddie LeBaron, the Redskins' little magician, will be ready to step in when needed. Ralph Guglielmi, former Notre Dam all-American, is back from the service but has a sore arm. The Redskins have tried to strengthen their defensive backfield. One of their starters at safety is Doyle Nix, former Packer just out of the service. Nix and John Petitbon were traded to Washington for tackle J.D. Kimmel and end Steve Meilinger. Kimmel and Meilinger are starters for the Packers. Petitbon did not report so the Redskins will get a future draft choice. McLean will take another long look at his squad Saturday night, with trimming it in mind. He has 46 players on the roster now and must get down to 35 by the time the league season opens. With Hornung out for another week at least, rookie backs Jim Shanley, Jim Taylor and Dick Christy will get further extended tests. They and veteran Howie Ferguson were Green Bay's leading ball carriers against New York. McLean was especially pleased with the offensive line against the Giants. "They made a lot of little mistakes," he said, "but it still added up to a good job. The pass protection gave the quarterbacks plenty of time to complete their passes." Bart Starr, Babe Parilli and rookie Joe Francis completed 18 out of 27 passes. Each threw for one touchdown. They will share the job again against the Redskins.
New York Giants quarterback Charley Conerly, veteran of 11 seasons with pro football club, lets ball fly during passing drill at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 6, 1958 in New York, watching from left: Backfield coach Vince Lombardi, Fullback Mel Triplett, left halfback Phil King and right halfback Alex Webster. (Credit: AP Photo)
SEPTEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Scooter McLean, in need of a solid running attack to complement a steady passing game, will take the wraps off All-American Dick Christy Saturday night when the Green
Bay Packers clash with the Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem, N.C. Christy, the Packers' No. 3 draft choice from North Carolina State, has been hampered by a leg injury since reporting to Green Bay after the All-Star Game. However, Christy apparently is ready to show if he has it or not. McLean, with the Packer organization for the past seven years, realizes that the ground game during recent seasons has not been on par with other Western Division toughies. Yet, against New York last Saturday, Scooter unveiled two rookies who did the job in a most convincing way. Scatback Jim Shanley, free agent from Oregon, was the big gainer, picking up 46 yards in seven carries. Then there was second draft choice Jim Taylor, who picked up 33 yards in seven tries. Green Bay gained 166 yards rushing in whipping the Giants, 41-20. If McLean could be guaranteed of such yardage when it counts, he would be a happy coach indeed. Again, the game shapes up to be a last chance for several men. This time, however, McLean may have to ax more veterans if his rookies continue to take the play away from their elders. Scooter's buly 46-man squad must be trimmed to 38 by Sunday. The Redskins, according to Club President George Preston Marshall, have their best team since 1945, when the aging Sammy Baugh led the club to an 8-2 record and the Eastern Division championship. Improvement is based on great depth and experience gained by such 1957 rookies as halfbacks Ed Sutton and Jim Podoley, fullback Don Bosseler and end Joe Walton. Both teams are riding winning streaks. Against the common foe, Philadelphia, the Packers won 20-17, and the Redskins took a 35-31 decision. End Gary Knafelc appears to be the only Green Bay casualty and Washington will have Podoley missing from its regular lineup. The Packers, who have set up camp at Greensboro, N.C., the past week, will fly to Green Bay Sunday. Their final preseason scrap is at Minneapolis September 21 against the Chicago Cardinals.
Green Bay Packers (2-1) 41, New York Giants (1-3) 20
EXHIBITION - Saturday September 6th 1958 (at Boston)