urging Bengston to let him back in. He had found another shoe someplace along the bench. Bill Austin, the line coach, did not have much chance to substitute. Tackle Bob Skoronski, who is also the second string center, cut his eye when he ran into reserve guard John Dittrich in practice before the game. Skoronski was sidelined for the game. Forrest Gregg and Norm Masters went all the way at tackle and Jim Ringo at center. Jerry Kramer and Fred Thurston were iron men at guard. Dittrich was the only replacement available in the interior line.
LOMBARDI SAYS VICTORY SUNDAY COULD PROVIDE 1960 MOMENTUM
DECEMBER 9 (San Francisco) - "Now if we can only beat San Francisco Sunday," Vince Lombardi said here Tuesday as his Green Bay Packers began preparation for their NFL finale against the 49ers in Kezar Stadium. "It isn't so much for this year's record that I care," the Packer coach and general manager said. "Oh, it would be nice to finish 7-5 and tie for third or maybe second. But that's not the big thing. We can't win the title anymore, but if we win Sunday that would give us four in a row at the finish. It would be a nice carryover to next season, in the way of momentum and confidence. Don't misunderstand, I'm not counting on the title next year. People may expect too much. But we'll need all we can get and a carryover winning streak wouldn't hurt morale." Looking to next year, Lombard has these comments about some of his younger players:
Ron Kramer, former Michigan All-Americans who has played little this season after joining the team late in the exhibition campaign after getting out of the Air Force: "He's coming fast now. He'll help us a lot."
Ken Beck, defensive tackle and end, a rookie from Texas A&M who was obtained from the Cardinals for a 10th draft choice just before the season started: "Unless I miss my guess, he's going to be a real good one. I've liked our trades, but that may turn out to be our best one."
Henry Jordan, defensive tackle obtained from Cleveland for a fifth draft choice just before the season: "He was a lifesaver. Did you see him out there (against the Rams)? He was pursuing all over the field, making tackles from sideline to sideline."
Dan Currie, second year linebacker: "He's a great boy. I mean a great man. He's big and fast and smart and getting better all the time."
CARPENTER TOPS NFL PUNT RETURNS
DECEMBER 9 (Philadelphia) - Lew Carpenter of the Packers leads the NFL in punt returns with an 11.6 average. He has carried the ball 139 yards on 12 returns, with his longest run 51 yards. Bill Butler of the Packers is fifth in that department with an average of 9.2 on 15 runs that netted him 143 yards. His longest run was 61 yards. Paul Hornung of Green Bay is tied for second place among the league's scorers with 72 points. Pat Summerall of the New York Giants leads the circuit with 84 points. Max McGee of Green Bay is 7th among the punters with a 42.4 average. The leading punter is Don Chandler of the Giants. The Packers' Lamar McHan is 6th among the league's passers with a 7.45 average gain and Bart Starr is 11th with a 6.63 average. The leader is Charlie Conerly of the Giants with 8.77
STARR'S COMEBACK SECRET OF PACKERS' SUCCESS
DECEMBER 11 (San Francisco) - The fortunes of professional football chance and what better example than the Green Bay Packers and their quarterback, Bart Starr. A year ago today, the Packers were working out in the shadow of the Rose Bowl for their NFL finale against the Rams in Los Angeles. The Packers had won only one game, tied another, and were destined to suffer their 10th defeat of the season in the Coliseum. As the Packers practiced, Bart Starr took his turns at quarterback with Vito (Babe) Parilli and Joe Francis. Even though the defense was passive and Starr knew where he receivers were going, he could not get the ball to them. His passes fell short, went long, sailed wide. The Alabama man's confidence was completely gone, crushed by adversity, defeats and interceptions. Sunday, a different Starr and a different Packer team will meet the San Francisco 49ers in the 1959 finale. Under a different regime, that of Vince Lombardi, the Packers, by winning, can finish with their finest record, 7-5, since 1945, when they went 7-4. This in contrast to last year's dismal mark, the worst in Green Bay's history. Actually, Bart Starr has had a hand in only half of Green Bay's success this season. He hardly played at all in the first six games. Lamar McHan, the former Chicago Cardinal, guided the Packers to three straight victories, then remained at the helm. "It was very important after last season that we have a new man at quarterback to start this season," Lombardi said here Thursday. "McHan did the job for us. The men had confidence in him, a new veteran coming in from another club, that they didn't have at the start in Starr or Francis. They associated the old quarterbacks, consciously or unconsciously, with last year's record." McHan might still be the first string quarterback, except that he pulled a leg muscle near the end of the half against the Bears at Chicago. Starr took over, mostly because he had experience against the Bears' gambling shifting defense and success against it in the opening exhibition game at Milwaukee last August. Starr did all right this time against the Bears, too, although the Packers lost, 28-17. The next Sunday, in Milwaukee, Starr went all the way against Baltimore. Again, the Packers lost, 28-24, but the Packers gained more than 400 yards. Because of these performances - and Lombardi maintains that those games against the Bears and Colts were the finest this season, even though the Packers lost both - Starr remained as starting quarterback. McHan had recovered from his injury, but he could not recover his starting spot. Now Starr, who had not actually won a game in four seasons in the league, finally scored his first professional victory, 21-0 over the Washington Redskins in Green Bay. Five days later on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, he guided the Packers to a 24-17 triumph over the Lions. Last Sunday, Starr scored for the third straight time, leading the Packers to a 38-20 victory over the Rams in Los Angeles. Even if they lose here Sunday, the Packers will have accomplished a .500 season, well above expectations. And with two quarterbacks around like Starr and McHan, both revitalized by Lombardi and his staff, the Packers appear to be a great deal better off at this position for next season than several other teams in the league...ROUGH STUFF: The Packers were not too happy with the extracurricular activity of the Rams last Sunday. End Gary Knafelc hardly remembers playing: "It was real odd watching myself in the movies," he said. "I must have been out on my feet more than half the time. Early in the game, every time I went out for a pass, their linebacker, No. 65 (John Guzik) would haul off and take a poke at my face. I told the officials to watch him but they didn't do anything. Then I don't remember anything. He must have go me good. My jaw still aches. I guess I played by instinct after that."...'GIFFORD PLAY': The "Frank Gifford play" is working and this is why the Packers rolled up their highest total of points this season, 38, in their most recent victory. The play was used three times against the Rams at Los Angeles last Sunday. Halfback Paul Hornung runs around right end with the opposition to continue the sweep or fade back and pass. Against Los Angeles, quarterback Bart Starr called the play three times. On the first Hornung faded back and passed 26 yards for a touchdown to rookie end Boyd Dowler. The second time Hornung passed 30 yards to Dowler and another touchdown. The third time, with the Rams fading back to stop a pass, Hornung tucked the ball under his arm and ran 14 yards to a first down on the Rams' 10 yard line. "That's the first time Hornung has run the play right," Lombardi said. "But that's not being critical. Not at all. It took Gifford three years to learn to do it right."