GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(LOS ANGELES) - Striking for four touchdowns in the first half, the Packers knocked the Rams deeper into the basement of the NFL Sunday, 38-20. The victory gave the Packers a 6-5 standing in the Western Division and the Rams, losing their seventh straight, now have a dismal 2-9 record. A crowd of 61,044, at first offering cheers of encouragement, then booing the hometown heroes, watched the game in Memorial Coliseum. Green Bay led, 28-7, at the half. Sensational runs by Tommy Wilson and Jon Arnett of the Rams in the first three minutes of the second silenced the jeers for awhile, and the Rams crept into contention. They trailed at this point only 28-20. Wilson took the halftime kickoff and race back 85 yards before Jesse Whittenton hauled him down on the Packer 11. Two plays later Joe Marconi scored from the five. Soon after Green Bay had to punt and Arnett sped 71 yards for another six points. But Green Bay, thanks to the heroics of quarterback Bart Starr and Paul Hornung, added another touchdown and a field goal in the fourth quarter to again draw into the clear. Starr passed 13 yards to Jim Taylor for the first Packer touchdown and Hornung threw scoring strikes to rookie end  Boyd Dowler from 26 and 30 yards out for two more. Taylor plunged six yards for another tally and Don McIlhenny went through the middle for seven and the final touchdown. Hornung booted a 23-yard field goal. In scoring their four first half touchdowns, the Packers swept 218 yards, 181 through the air. The Rams, who have had poor luck intercepting passes, finally got one. But it came just as the gun ended the first half. At this stage Starr had completed seven of 11 passes for 134 and one touchdown, Hornung two for two, both touchdowns. Veteran Emlen Tunnell's interception of a Billy Wade pass early in the game started the Packers on their scoring binge. From the Ram 43 Starr passed for 27 to Max McGee and soon after hit Taylor for 13 yards and six points Starr completions to Gary Knafelc for 38, to Dowler for 19 and 11 to McGee, with the final one 26 to Dowler, netted the next one. Hornung's blast up the middle for 25 to the Ram six set up the third Packer touchdown, Taylor scoring. The next one came when Dan Currie stole a Wade pass and raced back 25 yards to the Ram 30. Dowler's 30-yard reception of a Starr pass went for six points. If there was one single outstanding defensive lineman, it was Ray Nitschke, 225-pound Packer linebacker, who was in the Ram backfield all afternoon. This was the first time the Packers had beaten the Rams here since a 30-10 triump in 1947. The scare the Rams threw up in the opening minutes of the second half was reminiscent of their 1955 comeback at Milwaukee when they overcame a 28-6 Packer halftime lead and won out, 30-28, in a hairraising finish. The final Packers touchdown ended a 75-yard march that began when Bill Forester recovered a fumble by reserve quarterback Frank Ryan. Most of it was gained on the ground, with Taylor and Hornung doing most of the work. Oddly enough, the leading rusher for the Rams was Wade, with a net 35 yards. Starr completed 11 of 20 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown. Hornung two for two for 56 and two touchdowns to Dowler. Dowler's receptions gained 89 yards and McGee was next with 77. Each caught four throws. Two pass interceptions, by Tunnell and Currie, thwarted the Rams and eventually became Packer touchdowns.
GREEN BAY   - 14 14  0 10 - 38
LOS ANGELES -  7  0 13  0 - 20
1st - GB - Taylor, 13-yard pass from Starr (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - LA - Billy Wade, 8-yard run (Lou Michaels kick) TIED 7-7
1st - GB - Dowler, 26-yard pass from Hornung (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Taylor, 6-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
2nd - GB - Dowler, 30-yard pass from Hornung (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
3rd - LA - Joe Marconi, 5-yard run (Michaels kick) GREEN BAY 28-14
3rd - LA - Jon Arnett, 71-yard punt return (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 28-20
4th - GB - McIlhenny, 7-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 35-20
4th - GB - Hornung, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 38-20
Los Angeles Rams linebacker Les Richter (48), George Strugar - Lamar Lundy (85) and John LoVetre (76) combine to stop Green Bay Packers running back Paul Hornung (5)
Los Angeles Rams running back (26) Jon Arnett takes the handoff from quarterback Bill Wade (9) and follows the blocking of (33) Ollie Matson and (61) Duane Putnam against the Green Bay Packers
NEWS AND NOTES
LINEBACKING, OPTION PLAY DID IT - VINCE
DECEMBER 6 (Los Angeles) - Coach Vince Lombardi Sunday credited Paul Hornung's mastery of the option play and his smashing linebackers with giving Green Bay its first win in the Coliseum since 1947. "Hornung is working the option like Frank Gifford," said the onetime assistant coach of the Giants. He said Sunday's performance wasn't Hornung's best of the season, but it was one of his better ones. "Let's say today was our best day with the option," the affable Lombardi told newsmen. One thing Lombardi doesn't like - booing of rival teams. The Rams, after a listless first half, drew sound booing from many of the 61,044 fans. "I told my boys to watch out the second half. If any team can explode against you, it's the Rams," Lombardi said. He was right as the Rams exploded for two quick touchdowns - but that was all. "Our linebackers, especially Ray Nitschke, put too much pressure of Bill Wade. That's way he was missing with those passes. Frankly, we did better than I though we would," he said. "But when you lose five games, you have a lousy season. In pro football, there's only one place to be - and that's first. There is no other spot in this league." Lombardi declined comment on the Rams' downfall this season. "That's not for me to say," he said. "I've got enough troubles of my own." Sid Gillman, the Rams' mentor, said the failure of his club to stop Hornung on the option play contributed to the beating. "It's a play that's used by every club in the league," said Gillman. "There's nothing baffling about it, but we just don't have it. We're shot in the middle of the line, that's all. That's the one place you can't be weak in the pro league - especially with the fast charging linebackers like the Packers had today.
DESPERATE 49ERS WILL START TITTLE AGAINST PACKERS
DECEMBER 7 (San Francisco) - Coach Red Hickey of the 49ers said Monday he expects the veteran Y.A Tittle to be his starting quarterback when the club battles the Packers Sunday. Tittle suffered a knee injury November 22 at Baltimore but was able to see limited service against the Colts here last Saturday and directed a second half scoring march. Baltimore won the game, 34-14, and can capture the NFL Western championship with a victory at Los Angeles Saturday. After viewing films of the game in which Baltimore knocked the 49ers out of a first place tie, Hickey said: "The pictures showed we played a terrible game both offensively and defensively. It wasn't one of our best defensive efforts by any means although they (Colts) gave quarterback Johnny Unitas pretty good protection." Coach Vince Lombardi, whose Packers beat Los Angeles, 38-20, Sunday, was a much happier man. Lombardi declared the Packers' defense was "good against everything" the Rams threw at it. "We contained them pretty well except for the long returns of one kickoff and one punt. They didn't complete many of those passes until the last couple of minutes. But I think we played better games against the Bears and against the Colts even though we lost. You don't always play your best game when you win." Green Bay didn't pick up any major injuries against the Rams. Tackle Bob Skoronski, who suffered a four-stitch head cut in pre-game drilling, will be able to play against the 49ers. "Bart Starr and Paul Hornung did outstanding jobs against Los Angeles," Lombardi continued. "I would have to say it was one of Starr's best games." Generally Lombardi feels his club has done better than he expected during the season with a 6-5 record and a chance to capture a tie for second place in the NFL's Western Division. If the Packers beat San Francisco and the Bears loses to Detroit. The latter is considered more unlikely than the former.
THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT PACKERS! THEY ALL WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL
DECEMBER 8 (Los Angeles) - The thing about Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers, and it was never more noticeable than in Sunday's 38-20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams here, is that they all want to play football. No one wants to be a substitute. No one wants to play only part time. No one dares to be injured, especially the starters, for should they miss a game, or even part of a game, they may not be able to get back into the lineup. Sunday was a hot day in Los Angeles, The temperature reached 85 degrees and on the floor of the vast Memorial Coliseum, it was in the nineties, Jim Ringo, veteran center of the Packers, said that he had never played there when it was that hot, or so it seemed to him. Still, hardly anyone wanted to let anybody else take his place, such is the Packers' spirit and desire to play under the new coaching staff and their knowledge of what has happened to the other erstwhile regulars this surprising successful season. Take quarterback, for instance, Lamar McHan, the former Chicago Cardinal, started the season first string and won the first three games. Then he was injured in the midst of the team's five game losing streak, and Bart Starr took over. Now Starr has won three straight games and McHan doesn't get to play. Is McHan happpy, drawing his pay without working much? Not at all. "I'm happy for Bart, naturally," McHan said, "but I want to get back in there. I'm no good to anybody on the bench. I want to play and prove myself in this league. After all those years with the Cardinals, I wanted to show what I could do and I was just getting to where I thought I was showing that I could do it when I got hurt. Now I can't prove anything." The same is true in the defensive backfield. Bobby Dillon and Bobby Freeman were regulars the first half of the season. Hank Gremminger and John Symank moaned on the bench, waiting to play. Finally, Gremminger replaced Freeman, who had been slowed all season by a pulled leg muscle, and Symank got in when Dillon pulled a muscle. Gremminger hasn't let Freeman back in the starting lineup and Symank vowed, "Dillon will have a hard time getting his job back." When Dillon was ready to play Symank continued at safety because he was playing so well. Dillon wouldn't speak to the coaches. He wanted to play. Then Sunday, in the heat of the Coliseum, defensive backfield coach Norb Hecker put in Dillon to give Symank a rest. Symank was furious. Dillon vowed to Hecker, "John will have a hard time getting his job back." In the Packers' first victory over the Rams here since 1947, Freeman kept imploring Hecker, "Let me in, coach, even if it's only for the last play of the game." Freeman got his chance on the Rams' last futile drive. Joe Francis, the other quarterback, came up to Lombardi late in the game and said, "Let me go in, coach, for the last series." Starr, however, went all the way. The defense coach, Phil Bengtson, told end Bill Quinlan that he was going to give him a rest late in the game and permit rookie Ken Beck to play. Each time the defense came out, Bengtson asked Quinlan how he felt and Quinlan said, "I'm okay, coach. Let me go just one more series." Finally, Bengtson decided it was time to use Beck. He told Quinlan, and the big end said, "Sure, coach, I already told Beck he can go in now." Beck had only two plays when one of his shoes came apart and he had to come out. One play later he was
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."
QB SPARKS PACKER RESURGENCE - BART FINALLY HITS 'STARR-DOM'
DECEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - When the Packers passed the halfway point of their amazing comeback this year, a forgotten guy named Bart Starr only had carried the ball once for them and completed one out of five passes. Then Lamar McHan, whom Green Bay obtained from the Cardinals to try and solve a quarterback riddle, went out at halftime with a hamstrung leg muscle sustained during a game with the Bears. Coach Vince Lombardi rushed Starr back into the signal-calling job and he has been the man in charge ever since. "Bart's really come through for us," Lombardi said Thursday. "He'll be starting against the 49ers Sunday, although McHan is okay now." A self-effacing Alabaman who teaches high school science, Starr never had won a game in three and a half seasons with the Packers whose record for 1957 and 1958 totaled up to 4-19-1. Starr finally found out what it was to be a winning strategist on November 22 when he directed the resurgent Packers to a 21-0 verdict over Washington. The outcome also ended a five game losing streak which Lombardi now says "I was ready to cut my throat." Bart feels that the gravel-voiced coach has been the main reason for Green Bay's improvement as well as his own. "The line is doing a real fine job of protecting the passer this year," said Starr who now has clicked on 50 out of 109 tosses. "I guess we are better coached. Ray McLean (last year's coach) was a nice fellow but a few of the players took advantage of him. Lombardi gets respect and he sends us into a game better prepared than we used to be." Starr, who was drafted by the Packers in 1956 after establishing himself as one of Alabama's all-time great passers, admits that he is enjoying this season a lot more than previous ones. Which figures, but he asserts he never felt like quitting football even though he seemed to have become part of the bench. "I was pretty down all right. Who wouldn't be?" Starr declared. "But I just hoped things would work out all right. And now that I've got the starting quarterback job, I figure to keep it even if McHan and I are good friends." One theory has been advanced that Starr is a better quarterback now because he no longer is so easy-going in the huddle. "Well, if I've gotten tougher I'm not aware of it," he said. "There are some quarterbacks around the league who eat the guys out between plays. But I'm not that kind." Starr hopes to play a leading hand in burying the 49ers' last vestiges of a title hope this Sunday. "It would be a feather in our cap to knock 'em off twice in one year," he said.
PACKERS EYE BEST MARK SINCE '47
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers seek to close out their best season in 12 years Sunday when they meet the favored 49ers. Packer Coach Vince Lombardi, being rated in many quarters as the NFL's coach of the year, brings in a team which has compiled a 6-5 record to date and nicked the 49ers, 21-20, last October. Another Packer victory would give Green Bay a winning team for the first time since 1947 when they won six out of 11. While Coach Red Hickey of the 49ers is singing the blues over injuries, Lombardi says the Packers are in good shape with the exception of fullback Jim Taylor and tackle Bob Skoronski. Taylor was racked up during last Sunday's 38-20 win over Los Angeles and Skoronski suffered a mishap during the pre-game warmup that resulted in four stitches being taken in his head. Norm Masters will go in Skoronski's spot if necessary and Lew Carpenter is ready for fullback duties. Masters turned in a good job holding down Skoronski's spot against Los Angeles, Lombardi said. Although Lamar McHan is well recovered from a hamstrung muscle which sidelined him during the Bears' game November 8, the quarterback spot will remain in the hands of Bart Starr. The Alabaman, after three frustrating seasons, has come into his own and sparkled last Sunday while avenging the 45-6 defeat which the Rams had handed Green Bay earlier in the season. Starr, and possibly rookie slotback Boyd Dowler, have helped ignite the spark which ended Green Bay's five game losing streak and has the Packers going after their fourth consecutive victory. In addition to Dowler, a hot candidate for rookie of the year, Starr has such proven receivers on hand as ends Gary Knafelc and Max McGee along with the overland power of Paul Hornung. Hickey, nettled over the collapse in fundamentals as well as injuries, has announced that he'll start with a vastly shuffled lineup. Franz Morse, his 270-pound center, will give way to Karl Rubke. Morze's blocking has faded badly. Hickey also said he would post C.R. Roberts at fullback in place of Joe Perry, who hasn't been able to run all week. And R.C. Owens of "Alley Oop" fame will be at left end instead of Fred Dugan. But Hickey is going again with Y.A. Tittle at quarterback, who will be starting his first game since being injured at Baltimore November 22. "Maybe we're favored by six points but we have a lot of respect for Green Bay," Hickey said. "This is going to be a rough game." Lombardi echoed similar sentiments. "San Francisco is a heck of a football team and it will take a top effort to beat them."
Green Bay Packers (6-5) 38, Los Angeles Rams (2-9) 20
Sunday December 6th 1959 (at Los Angeles)