GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - Lamar McHan gave 32,150 fans a treat and the Lions a treatment Sunday as he fired four touchdown passes to spark the Packers' convincing 28-10 triumph. McHan's haymakers connected twice in the first quarter and twice in the fourth quarter. Detroit's only consolation is being the first team to score a touchdown against Green Bay this season. What a defense! The 26-year old McHan hit Gary Knafelc for 12 yards and Don McIlhenny for four yards to give the Packers a 14-0 lead. The Lions cut that deficit to 14-10 in the third quarter, but Mac came back with two bombs to Max McGee - 41 yards and 36 to leave no doubt of the outcome. The Packers had to rely on McHan's passing because they were having trouble on the ground. The Cardinal castoff didn't disappoint, completing seven of 16 passes for 146 yards. It looked like another cliffhanger shaping up until Tobin Rote was racked up by Dan Currie and Bill Quinlan late in the third period. Rote kept the pressure on the Packers as he triggered the Lions to a 48 yard match in seven plats for a touchdown in the second period, Nick Pietrosante leaping over from the one. Detroit's other score was a mighty 50-yard field goal by Jim Martin in the third period, his longest ever in a game. Three interceptions ruined Rote. Bobby Freeman stole two and Bobby Dillon came up with another. In addition, Jesse Whittenton and Tom Bettis literally took the ball away from the Lions in the fatal fourth and Detroit was had.
TWO TD BREAKS
Green Bay turned two of the breaks into touchdowns. Freeman returned his first interception to the Detroit nine and in two plays the Packers had their first touchdown. In the fourth period, Pietrosante fumbled and Whittenton recovered on the Packer 41. On the next play, McHan drilled a 41-yard touchdown pass to McGee. It wouldn't be fair to single out any on defense. However, Rote saw more of Bill Forester, Henry Jordan, Nate Borden, Quinlan and Currie than he ever expected. The Lions lost 60 yards attempting to pass.
EARLY 14-0 LEAD
After the Packers jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, the Lions came to life. Green Bay's farthest advancement in the second quarter was to its 27. In the third period the Packers got as far as their 37. Bob Long, Darris McCord, Alex Karras, Gil Mains and Joe Schmidt had Green Bay's running attack under control. McIlhenny, who came to the Packers in the Rote trade, was the game's leading ground gainer with 52 yards in six plays. The bread and butter backs, however, were finding the going tougher. Fullback Jim Taylor, who gained 98 yards against the Bears a week ago, picked up 16 in 10 carries and Paul Hornung was pounding through for 44 yards in 14 attempts.
The Packers threatened to score right off the bat when McIlhenny galloped 46 yards on Green Bays' first play. Forrest Gregg threw the key block. McIlhenny was finally nailed on the Detroit nine. The threat ended when McHan's fumble was recovered by Bob Long. Green Bay was pounding on the door two plays later when Freeman made a leaping interception of Rote's pass returning 22 yards to the Detroit nine again. Hornung lost three yards. McHan then faked a pass to the left and fired to Knafelc who was all alone in the right corner of the end zone. Hornung converted at 4:46. Earl Morrall, who subbed for Rote in the third quarter, boomed a 43-yard punt which rolled to the Packer 15. In eight plays Green Bay had its second touchdown. A 47-yard McHan to McGee pass play put the ball on the Lion five. On third down, McIlhenny, with a Lion climbing his back, scored on a four-yard pass from McHan. Hornung's PAT gave the Packers a 14-0 lead with 1 1/2 minutes to play in the first quarter. Detroit's farthest advancement was to the Packer 41 in the initial period. But the complexion changed in the second and third quarters. Detroit controlled the ball. Rote directed the losers to the Packer 16 in the second quarter only to have Whittenton break up a fourth down pass. The Packers then failed to pick up a first down, but the Lions romped 48 yards in seven plays for their lone TD. Rote fired a 24-yard pass to Jerry Reichow to set up the score from the one. Pietrosante leaped over and Wayne Walker converted with four minutes to play in the first half. The teams exchanged interceptions as the third period started. Jim David swiped a McHan pass and Dillon returned the favor by sharing a Rote aerial on the Packer 37. Green Bay couldn't get its attack rolling and neither could Detroit. But when Jim Steffen caught McGee's 35 yard punt and lateralled to Terry Barr, who dashed back to the Packer 37, the Lions were threatening to tie the score. On third down Rote was ready to unload a bomb. He never got it away as Currie and Quinlan clobbered him for a nine yard loss. The Lions then went for a field goal with five minutes remaining in the third quarter and Martin, the old pro, came through with a 50 yarder to cut the Packers' lead to 14-10. The Packers managed to reach their 37 during this quarter, but that was all. The turning point of the game occurred in the fourth quarter when Morrall tossed a short pass to Pietrosante. The Notre Dame rookie fumbled on the Packer 41 and Whittenton recovered. Quicker than the Lions could say "look out", McHan's pass hit McGee for a 41-yard touchdown play. Hornung's conversion booted the Packers' lead to 21-10 with 12 minutes to play. Danny Lewis bobbled the kickoff, putting Detroit in a hole on the 12. But Morrall hit Jim Gibbons for a 32-yard gain four plays later and Detroit had a first down on the Green Bay 36. Attempting to pass, Morrall shot out of the pocket but met a host of Packers. He fumbled and and Bettis fell on the ball. The Packers came up with their final touchdown with less than six minutes to play. Morrall punted deep from his end zone to the Lion 40. After two plays gained four yards, McHan faded to pass. He got beautiful protection, but waited and waited for a receiver. McGee shook his defender and McHan spotted him. The pass was right on the button, McGee taking it on the three and scoring. Hornung's conversion made it 28-10. Rote came off the bench was his first pass was intercepted by Freeman on the Packer 38. On his last chance with seconds remaining, Tobin failed to pick up a first down despite a gutty 16 yard run to the Packer 21. McHan sneaked as the fans counted out the final seconds with a roar as Green Bay got to its most impressive league start since 1955.
DETROIT - 0 7 3 0 - 10
GREEN BAY - 14 0 0 14 - 28
1st - GB - Knafelc, 12-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - McIlhenny, 4-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - DET - Nick Pietrosante, 1-yard kick (Wayne Walker kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
3rd - DET - Jim Martin, 50-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-10
4th - GB - McGee, 41-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
4th - GB - McGee, 36-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 28-10