(SAN FRANCISCO) - The amazing Packers, delegated to a cellar berth in pre-season predictions, finished with their best season since 1945 Sunday by whipping the 49ers, 36-14. By winning its fourth straight game, Green Bay gained a third place tie with San Francisco in the Western Conference with a 7-5 record. A year ago the Packers were mired in last place with the worst season in the club's history (1-10-1). The Packers, revitalized under Coach Vince Lombardi, spotted the 49ers two first quarter touchdowns before a chilled crowd of 55,997 in Kezar Stadium and then roared back as Paul Hornung scored 22 points. Hornung scored on runs of 13, three and two yards and booted four conversions as the Packers made a sweep of their West Coast visit for the first time. Last Sunday, the Packers mauled the Rams, 38-20, in Los Angeles.
While Hornung brought the Bays home when it counted. quarterback Bart Starr not only pitched his fourth straight victory, but came up with his best passing performance of the season, completing a fantastic 20 out of 25 aerials for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Lew Carpenter, subbing for fullback Jim Taylor, made shambles of the 49ers defense by gaining 113 yards in 16 carries. Hornung picked up 83. After the two clubs battled to a 14-14 halftime deadlock, Starr and Co. took complete charge. The Packer linemen stopped the 49er ground game colt. And the secondary was so strong that nearly all of the San Francisco pass completions were only a  yard or two. In the first seven minutes of the second half, Green Bay scored 16 points - and salted away the game.
The first break came when Bill Forester rushed in to grab 49er quarterback Y.A. Tittle behind his own goal line. That was good for two points and Green Bay was in front for the first time, 16-14. But that was only the beginning. Less than two minutes later the Packers were back again knocking on the door. After the safety, San Francisco had to punt and Green Bay took the ball in its 34. Carpenter took a pitchout from Starr and romped 26 yards around end. Hornung took a handoff, faked a pass, then ran around end for 38 yards to the two. On the second play, Hornung pounded in for the score, with a key block by Jerry Kramer. And within five minutes the Packers scored again. This time the score was set up when John Symank intercepted one of Tittle's passes on the San Francisco 39 and raced back to the 18. Hornung, in two wild lunges, rolled to the 10. From there Starr passed to Boyd Dowler for the score. San Francisco hadn't given up at this time and was rolling along nicely toward touchdown territory midway in the third period when the big break came. This time C.R. Roberts was going around right end and making good yardage when the ball squirted out of his hands - right into the clutch of Jesse Whittenton. Jesse whirled down the sidelines 45 yards to the San Francisco 24. Ten plays later the Packers scored again, with Hornung going over from the two. San Francisco had gotten away to a wild start with two touchdowns in the first 11 minutes and it appeared a romp was underway. The 49ers scored the first time they got the ball, going 74 yards in five plays - the payoff being Roberts' old-fashioned cakewalk down the sidelines for 46 yards. The next time San Francisco for the ball it was the same thing. This time 80 yards in eight plays, with J.D. Smith scoring from the 10. It was after this that Green Bay took complete charge. The Packers culminated a 78-yard march in nine plays with a score to start the second quarter. Hornung took a cleverly-executed handoff from Starr and went 13 over right tackle to tally. Green Bay tied the score 15 seconds before the half ended when Starr passed 22 yards into the end zone to Knafelc. This was a 62-yard march completed in six plays and in 1 1/2 minutes to beat the clock. Carpenter and Hornung were the major ground gainers of the day, carrying the ball 31 times between them. Dowler gathered in six passes for 61 yards; Knafelc five for 71 and Max McGee four for 91 yards.
GREEN BAY     -  0 14 16  6 - 36
SAN FRANCISCO - 14  0  0  0 - 14
1st - SF - C.R. Roberts, 46-yard run (Tommy Davis kick) SAN FRANCISCO 7-0
1st - SF - J.D. Smith, 10-yard run (Davis kick) SAN FRANCISCO 14-0
2nd - GB - Hornung, 13-yard run (Hornung kick) SAN FRANCISCO 14-7
2nd - GB - Knafelc, 22-yard pass from Starr (Hornung kick) TIED 14-14
3rd - GB - Safety, Forrester tackled Y.A. Tittle in the end zone GREEN BAY 16-14
3rd - GB - Hornung, 3-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 23-14
3rd - GB - Dowler, 10-yard pass from Starr (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 30-14
4th - GB - Hornung, 2-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 36-14
DECEMBER 13 (Green Bay) - The largest crowd ever to welcome the Packers home from a road trip is expected here Monday night. The Packers will arrive at Austin Straubel field via United Airlines at 7:55 p.m. They will be greeted by city officials, the Packer Alumni Association, the Association of Commerce and the St. Norbert College marching band.
DECEMBER 13 (Philadelphia) - Paul Hornung, the Packers' all-purpose halfback, Sunday won the NFL scoring title with 94 points, four more than Giants' kicking ace, Pat Summerall. Hornung scored three touchdowns and kicked four extra points in Sunday's 36-14 win over the 49ers.
DECEMBER 13 (San Francisco) - Vince Lombardi, head coach of the Packers, said Sunday that "determination" was the difference between this year's 7-5 record and the 1-10-1 mark of last season. "We played with determination today as we have all season," Lombardi said in the dressing room after the 36-14 win over San Francisco. "It's a great feeling, I can tell you." Lombardi said he had set no goal at the beginning of the season as to the number of games his team should win. "We had one rookie come through for us big - Boyd Dowler. And we got some good men in trades. Lew Carpenter, Fred Thurston and Henry Jordan," Lombardi said. Asked what his team needed to improve to the championship, Lombardi replied: "It's hard to say. We need a lot. We're not the Colts yet by any means, although our best game of 
the year was the one we played against Baltimore. We got beat, 28-24. The most satisfying thing about the season had been to know I can coach a team that can score some points," the bespectacled head coach said in answer to another question. "We were slow reacting early in the game and were only partially blocking," Lombardi said, explaining the 49ers' early 14-0 lead. "But we stayed right in there." Assistant Coach Phil Bengtson, who scouted the 49ers for whom he once coached, said the Green Bay team had surprised him. "We have a good line but we are not very deep," Bengtson said. "We have great linebackers in Tom Bettis, Bill Forester and Dan Currie. The 49ers scared us with their speed early in the game. We didn't know if we could contain them. There was nothing wrong with the 49ers today. Our kids just outplayed them, that's all." Asked to what he credited the improvement in the Packers over last year, Bengtson replied: "Coaching is number one. Vince is a great coach. And we also have better personnel than we are given credit for. We have some fine football players - but we don't have very many of them." Quarterback Bart Starr, who had a tremendous day with 20 completions in 25 attempts for 249 yards, was full of praise for all the Packers. "That protection was beautiful...tremendous," said Starr. "Jim Ringo and Forrest Gregg are all-pros for sure. All those boys up front are great. And there were some nice grabs of passes, too." Asked about the quick 14-0 lead the 49ers took, he replied: "We didn't think too  much about it. They sprung it on us so quickly we didn't have a chance to think about it." Starr said "the 49ers had a good secondary defense, but we didn't change much of our strategy. The passes we thought would go, did go. The coaching staff did a fine job of scouting them." Forester, who was outstanding on defense and tackled quarterback Y.A. Tittle in the end zone for a Packer safety, said: "The line was giving us linebackers holes. The 49ers seemed to let down a little after their first jump but they were still tough. They have still got a lot of offense. But I didn't think their passing was as good as it had been. However, those two in the backfield (J.D. Smith and C.R. Roberts) have sure got good speed." In contrast to the cheering and shouting in the Packer dressing room, the 49ers dressed silently and answered questions laconically. "We just got beat," said head coach Red Hickey. "You can't be kicked around like that and come out of it happy." Hickey said he thought the Packers have a great offensive line. "Starr had all day to pass. We never did get across the line of scrimmage against him. I don't think we touched him all afternoon."
Green Bay Packers (7-5) 36, San Francisco 49ers (7-5) 14
Sunday December 13th 1959 (at San Francisco)