(GREEN BAY) - Vince Lombardi's miracle men defeated the 49ers, 21-20, Sunday to remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. It was the Packers' third straight triumph before a sellout crowd of 32,150 at City Stadium, and it was Green Bay's best start since its last championship team in 1944 won six in a row. The Packers hitched their attack to Paul Hornung, who gained 138 yards in 28 carries, and statistically outplayed their Gold Coast visitors from the start. Yet, Green Bay came dangerously close to losing with 66 seconds to play.
It was at this critical moment that rookie Tommy Davis tried a 37 yard field goal on fourth down. The attempt fizzled off to the right and the Packers ate up the remaining seconds. Green Bay jumped off to a 14-6 halftime lead, then Y.A. Tittle fired two touchdown passes in the third quarter to give San Francisco a 20-14 lead. But when Dave Hanner recovered a loose ball on the Green Bay 40 as the fourth period started, the Packers rose to the occasion and scored the winning points when Lamar McHan rifled a 21-yard bullet to Gary Knafelc in the end zone. Hornung's extra point proved to be the biggest point of all. Besides his touchdown pass to Knafelc, McHan tossed a 30 yard payoff strike to Max McGee the first time the Packers had the ball. Hornung capped an 80 yard drive by wheeling eight yards for the second touchdown after five seconds of the second quarter. Hornung was automatic on every conversion.
The 49ers' first half scoring was limited to two field goals by Davis, the first from the 28 and the second from the 32. Tittle threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to a leaping Billy Wilson with five minutes of the third period played and came back five minutes later to combine with R.C. Owens for the biggest gain - 75 yards and a TD. Davis booted both conversions. The Packers ground out an amazing 284 yards on the ground against a team which had stopped the highly powered Rams cold. And they did it without their No. 1 runner, Jim Taylor, who may be sidelined for two or three more weeks because of second degree burns he suffered in a home accident.
But with a workhorse like Hornung available, the Bays made up their mind to stay on the ground. Hornung never played better. He was KO'd in the fourth quarter and didn't see daylight for several minutes. But he refused to come off the field and continued to bang away for more and more yardage. Lew Carpenter subbed for Taylor and turned in a
good job with 62 yards in 17 carries. He had the misfortune of fumbling twice, the 49ers turning both breaks into scores. McHan, who baffled the 49ers with his audible changes at the line, took to the ground himself for 45 yards. But when the payoff strike was needed, McHan came up with it. Outside of Tittle's 75 yard bomb to Owens, the 49ers were pretty well befuddled by Green Bay's aggressive defense.
Tittle, who has been in this business for 12 years, lost 33 yards attempting to pass. He completed only eight of 23 passes - a miserable average for Y.A.T. Although the field was dry a gusty 35 mile per hour wind, whistling in from the southwest, had some effect on the passing. But it was tough for one team as the other. Take the Packers' first touchdown. McHan kept his troops on the ground, taking the opening kickoff and marching six plays to the 49er 25. After a five yard penalty for too much time, McHan fired a pass into the strong wind. Thanks to a stretching catch by McGee, the play resulted in a touchdown. Hornung's extra point made it 7-0 with four minutes of the game played. The 49ers also scored the firs time they had the ball. But they had to settle for Davis' 28 yard field goal because the Packers put the rush on Tittle. Green Bay then took the kickoff and ground out 80 yards in 14 plays to take a 14-3 lead with five seconds of the second period played. Don McIlhenny's 20 yard spurt after being temporarily stopped at the line, a one hand catch by Hornung which carried the ball to the 8 and finally Paul's scamper around the right end were the main ingredients in the TD march. The Packers were called for holding on Hornung's extra point, so he had to do it again. He made good from the 25. Davis' surprisingly long punts into the wind kept the Packers in the hole throughout the second quarter. The Packers were allowing the ball to roll and boy did it roll. Carpenter tried to pick up one and fumbled when he was racked up by a host of 49ers. John Whittenborn recovered on the Packer 26. The 49ers made only five yards on three running plays. So Davis booted a 32-yard field goal on fourth down. It cut Green Bay's lead to 14-6 as neither team threatened again in the first half. Leonard Lyles, the Colt castoff, returned the opening kickoff in the third period 35 yards to the 49er 45. An interference penalty against the Packers moved the ball to the Bay 42. Tittle got the rush again, Tom Bettis lowering the boom on third down. Davis then tried a 47-yard field goal. It drifted off to the left. Moments later the 49ers capitalized on a second break and turned it into a touchdown. Rookie Dave Baker intercepted a McHan pass and returned it 29 yards to the Packer 13. On second down, Tittle wasn't rushed and fired a high pass which hit a leaping Wilson in the end zone. The 49ers were offside on the conversion and Davis had to boot one from the 15. It was good and Green Bay's lead was now shaved to 14-13 with 5:07 of the third period played. Green Bay managed to reach the San Francisco 40, but gave up the ball when Hornung missed a field goal from the 47. The play of the game was coming up. On third down from his 25, Tittle faked a pass up the middle, then tossed a bomb to a scot-free Owens on the Packer 40. The sprinting 49ers shook off Jesse Whittenton, the last Packer to have a chance at him on the 35 and raced the remaining distance for a touchdown. The 75 yard scoring play gave the 49ers the lead for the first time. Davis kicked the PAT at 10:26 of the third quarter. Green Bay couldn't get a first down and had to wait for a break to bounce back. The break came when Tittle and Joe Perry played "who's got the ball" on the Packer 40. Hanner said "I got it" and not only squelched a serious San Francisco scoring threat but set up its own winning touchdown. Bob Skoronski replaced Jim Ringo at center and the Packers started goalward. McHan fired a 10 yard pass to McGee. He hit Knafelc for 14 yards and again for 12 and the Bays were on the 49er 19. A holding penalty moved the Packers back to the 35, but McHan got the distance right back by bouncing off would be tacklers for 14 yards. McHan then took time out to get instructions from Lombardi. The play had Knafelc running straight down and quickly cutting between the goal posts. McHan's pass was right on the button and the Packers took the lead again, 21-20, after Hornung converted.
There was close to 12 minutes remaining. But the 49ers didn't come to life until Ed Henke recovered Carpenter's fumble on the San Francisco 45 with 4:03 to play. Apparently satisfied to run out the clock while setting up a field goal attempt, the 49ers slowly moved goalward. Tittle connected on two roll out passes which reached the Bay 30. Smith gained nothing and Tittle got the rush again. Now with 1:06 remaining and fourth down, the setting was perfect for a field goal from the 37 with the wind in Davis' back. After a long count, the ball was booted. It took off like a Cape Canaveral flop. McHan and Hornung ground out the remaining seconds and this old town went wild.
SAN FRANCISCO -  3  3 14  0 - 20
GREEN BAY     -  7  7  0  7 - 21
1st - GB - McGree, 30-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - SF - Tommy Davis, 28-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Hornung, 8-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - SF - Davis, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-6
3rd - SF - Billy Wilson, 14-yard pass from Y.A.Tittle (Davis kick) GREEN BAY 14-13
3rd - SF - R.C. Owens, 75-yard pass from Tittle (Davis kick) SAN FRANCISCO 20-14
4th - GB - Knafelc, 21-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 21-20
The Packers in action versus the 49ers
Green Bay Packers halfback Lew Carpenter (33) is upended by the San Francisco 49ers’ Matt Hazeltine (55) 
OCTOBER 11 (Green Bay) - How long can this go on? Packer fans, victory starved for years, were asking themselves this questions Sunday after watching their aggressive team chalk up its third straight triumph. When Coach Vince Lombardi heard the questions, he said, "We'll play them one by one. But if we lose any more backs - goodbye!" With fullback Jim Taylor likely to sit out three more games, Lombardi was concerned about a neck injury to Paul Hornung and Don McIlhenny's shoulder ailment. Neither, however, is considered serious. Lombardi, who said he was "freezing to death in the sidelines," was impressed by the way his club came back once it got behind. "When we threw that interception," Lombardi recalled, "it was the turning point for them. But Dave Hanner's recovery - well, that's just what we needed." Lombardi admitted he was to blame for the poor handling of punts. "I guess I had them scared to death," Lombardi said. "I guess that's because I was so scared." Lombardi again praised quarterback Lamar McHan, saying "he really threaded the needle on that TD pass to Gary Knafelc." But overall, Lombardi observed, "It was a combined efforts of defense and offense." When 49er coach Red Hickey was asked if the Packers can keep winning, he replied, "They're a good solid ball club. I don't know if they're deep enough to be a great team, but they're certainly organized and well drilled." Hickey realized his club was in for a tough game. "You don't beat the Bears and Lions without a good club," Hickey said. "The Packers have a lot of scrappy players and strong runners." Looking at the game statistics, Hickey noted, "We certainly gave up too many yards rushing. But you've got to give credit to those Green Bay backs. This is the wildest season of all time," Hickey added. "You've go to be out every Sunday with all you have and a little bit more." In reflecting on the game, Hickey said, "I thought the big difference today was in the Packers' attitude. They wouldn't settle for three points - they wanted the full seven." Y.A. Tittle, who had one of his poorer days, said, "That Packer defense played a heck of a game. That's the best defense we've played in our three league games." But with anticipation, he added - "We'll get 'em once more on the coast."
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - The Packers were sitting on top of the pro football universe Monday with one fourth of the season played. In one of the most fantastic coaching jobs of all time, Vince Lombardi has transformed a miserable loser into an unbeaten contender. The Packers are winning because of precision team play, heavyweight hitting, sprinting speed and hair-trigger thinking. This is a team with 11 stars on offense and 11 stars on defense. There aren't just a few carrying the load. It's been a 100% team effort. Lombardi's Packers have the ability to win and the confidence to win. Against the Bears and 49ers, they proved they would settle for nothing but a victory even though trailing in the fourth quarter. Lombardi was Johnny on the spot at 9 a.m. here Monday. He assumed his general manager role and cleared his desk of business details before starting preparations for next Sunday's game against the Rams in Milwaukee. When asked about his team's success, Lombardi answered in a business-like way, "we've got a good football team. Just how far we can go will depend on injuries. We don't have depth." Lombardi shunned away from title talk. But he smiled when informed a split in the remaining games would give him a 7-5 record. And if he could squeeze out one more victory - 8-4. Well, 8-4 had won it before. "All we can do is play them one by one," was Lombardi's reaction. He was disturbed about injuries. Paul Hornung suffered a painful jammed vertebrae in his neck. Don McIlhenny played with a bruised shoulder blade. Lamar McHan took his worst beating of the season. Center Jim Ringo, who hurt his right knee in the Detroit game, injured the other knee against the 49ers. He was having trouble walking Monday. Hornung and McIlhenny will be ready for the Rams, Ringo is doubtful. Jim Taylor, the No. 1 fullback who is sidelined with secondary burns, may miss three more games. Defensive end Nate Borden will start working out Tuesday. He may play Sunday. "I don't know what we'll do for backfield replacements," Lombardi said. "I may have to put Joe Francis (reserve quarterback) at a halfback post." Looking at the statistics, Lombardi said, "that Hornung is a heck of a runner. I told you that when I came here." Hornung gained 138 yards in 28 carries, his best pro performance. His injury was extremely painful, but he refused to be relieved. When the victory was in the bag, Hornung finally came out. He was exhausted. "Twenty-eight carries really wore him out," Lombardi said. "Remember, we use him as a runner, passer, receiver and he does all our kicking." McIlhenny, who gained 45 yards in six plays, also refused to be sidelined when he hurt his shoulder in the second quarter. "He's a good boy," said Lombardi, praising McIlhenny. McHan was hit so hard one time that he couldn't the play when he returned to the huddle. Lombardi said he was pleased with the way his offense scored the first two times it got the ball. "We knew we could move on the ground against the 49ers," Lombardi pointed out. The Packers took a 14-3 lead on successive drives of 80 yards in 14 plays. How did he feel when the 49ers lined up for a game winning field goal from the 37 with 66 seconds to play? "I didn't think he (Tommy Davis) could do it," said Lombardi. "I was confident we had won it when Dave Hanner recovered that fumble and we went in and scored." Davis had booted two field goals in the 
strong crosswind, 28 and 32 yards. But he looked up on the big one, kicking turf before laying into the ball. Lombardi called his linebackers - Bill Forester, Tom Bettis and Dan Currie - "the best in the league." Y.A. Tittle, 49ers quarterback agreed. While the 49ers turned a fumble recovery and an interception into 10 points, their other touchdown was on a 75 yard pass play from Tittle to R.C. Owens. On that bomb Owens was actually knocked down by Em Tunnell. However, the Packer red-dogs missed Tittle and he had a second chance. Owens got up and ambled off to the side all alone. Tittle hit him and R.C was off to the races. The win was a honey for Defensive Coach Phil Bengtson, who had been on the 49er staff for eight years before joining Lombardi at Green Bay. "I was kidding Red Hickey before the game that he wouldn't try that "Alley-Oop" pass the way the wind was blowing," said Bengtson. Owens gives San Francisco its "Alley-Oop" play with his spectacular leaping catches. Bengtson was right. The wind took care of "Alley-Oop". While Lombardi was happy with his successful start, he said, "we haven't had that lucky game yet. I mean a game when we pick off interceptions and fumbles for touchdowns. We've had to grind out these wins the hard way. We're bound to get one of those lucky games and really scores." How about next Sunday against the Rams, coach?
OCTOBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "He's just great. What else can I say about him?" Coach Vince Lombardi was talking about Ollie Matson Tuesday, the 29-year old wheelhorse to whom the Rams hitched their attack in beating the Bears, 28-21, Sunday. Matson carried 31 times for 199 yards against the Bears. For some inexplicable reason, he carried only 15 times in L.A.'s first two losses. Lombardi, as offensive coach of the Giants, had seen a lot of Matson during his brilliant six-year career with the Cardinals. He was obtained by the Rams last February in one of the most startling trades in NFL history. Los Angeles parted with eight players, including three regulars from the 1958 squad (defensive tackle Frank Fuller, defensive end Glenn Holtzman and offensive tackle Ken Panfil). Bert Rose, publicity director of the Rams, summed up the trade this way: "We felt we needed a top fullback. Rather than trading individually, we figured why not trade a whole bunch of guys for one we wanted." Matson's 199 yards against the Bears was his greatest single game productions. So impressed was Coach Sid Gillman that he didn't call a play from the bench, something Sidney hasn't done in years. The Rams consider Panfil as the key man they gave up. He has been replaced by Charlie Bradshaw, an ambitious rookie a year ago who lifted weights during the off-season to build himself into a 6-6, 260-pound starter. The Rams, never lacking for talented reserves, found that 6-6, 291 pound John Baker was more than an adequate replacement for Fuller. Holtzman, who never reported to the Cardinals, figured in the trade because the Rams had previously obtained Gene Brito, the All-Pro defensive end from the Redskins. But Brito broke his ankle against the 49ers and is lost for the season. It prompted Gillman to move Lamar Lundy, a 6-7, 240 pound offensive end to Brito's spot. The Rams aren't hurting in giving up three regulars, a 1957 regular (Art Hauser), three high draft choices and a top future choice next year - for the one and only Matson. "It just kind of stripped our backlog of players," quipped Rose....WADE HURTS KNEE: The Rams, who are working out at Stagg Field in Chicago, were concerned about a knee injury to quarterback Billy Wade. They feared it was a loose cartilage. Wade hurt his knee in the opener against the Giants, suffering strained ligaments. He didn't start against the 49ers but played in the second and third quarters against the Bears. His knee locked in the third period Sunday. The club awaiting the arrival of their tear physician from Los Angeles before deciding if Wade can play Sunday. At Green Bay, Lombardi reported that all his casualties were working out Tuesday. This means Paul Hornung, Lamar McHan, Don McIlhenny, Jim Ringo, and maybe even Nate Borden will be ready for the Rams.
OCTOBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The amazing Packers are pro football's best running team and the best defensive club against rushing. NFL statistics Wednesday proved that Vince Lombardi's scrappy gang is leading the way by averaging 191.1 yards rushing per game. Defensively, the Packers have held three opponents to 279 yards or 93 yards a game rushing. But the Packers will have their work cut out Sunday when they tackle the healthy Rams at the Stadium. Crippled with injuries to key personnel, Los Angeles dropped its first two games before decking the Bears, 28-21, at Wrigley Field last Sunday. The oddsmakers have installed the Rams as a three point favorite to hand Green Bay its first loss. Backing up this prediction was the word out of Rams' camp in Chicago Wednesday that quarterback Billy Wade, halfback Jon Arnett and end Del Shofner will start Sunday. Wade, who has completed 35 out of 62 passes for 452 yards and five touchdowns, was a big question mark after he re-injured his knee against the Bears. But the Rams' No. 1 quarterback was jogging well in drills and Coach Sid Gillman saw no reason why he shouldn't start him Sunday. The Rams need a victory to climb into contention. Arnett played his first full game of the season at Chicago. When healthy, they come no better. Shofner, a unanimous All-Pro selection, suffered severe cramped leg muscles after the Bear game, but he was running better than ever Wednesday. The only L.A. casualties are defensive halfbacks Will Sherman and Don Burroughs. Sherman suffered a sprained foot in the Rams' opener and he is still unable to run. Burroughs was ordered to a Chicago hospital for a complete checkup. He has tried to play while fighting the flu for the past few weeks. Green Bay's best chance to beat L.A.? Keep punching it out on the ground. Not only have the Packers been successful this way, but they've controlled the ball. Halfback Paul Hornung, Lombardi's bread and butter player, is the league's fourth best producer in rushing yardage with 234 yards in 61 carries. The Rams will counter with Ollie Matson, ranked seconds in the NFL with 282 yards in 55 tries. Matson was a nobody until last Sunday when he gained 100 yards. Los Angeles had to catch up in its first two game when the opposition jumped off to fast starts. The Rams went to the air and kept Mr. Matson on ice. Lamar McHan has thrown only 42 passes while engineering the Packers' perfect start. But of 16 completions, six have been touchdowns. Defensively, Green Bay leads the league in the following categories: Opponents' first downs, 37; by rushing, 12; opponents' yards gained, 627; by rushing, 279, and passing, 348. The Rams feature long-range offensive power. And with the aces healthy again, the Packers are in for their most severe test. Both clubs will arrive in town Friday and work out at the Stadium Saturday. The Rams will headquarter at the Schroeder Hotel and the Packers at the Astor.
OCTOBER 15 (Lloyd Larson - Milwaukee Sentinel) - As befits their new station in life, the Packers - the undefeated, league leading Packers if you please - will get the full coverage treatment when they shoot for victory No.4 against the Rams here Sunday. Possibly an all-time high and certainly the best since the championship playoff at State Fair Park 20 years ago. Publicity Director Tom Miller already has requests for accommodations from Minneapolis, Washington, Chicago and Cleveland writers as well as a record number of representatives of newspapers in the state, plus the Los Angeles delegation and special outside agencies like CBS News. The chances are there will be more before the weekend. So the spacious press box at County Stadium should be bulging at the seams by game time. Which is the best possible tipoff that the Lombardimen's electrifying start has sent sparks flying in all directions. "This is something new to all of us," Miller said, smiling and happy despite the big rush and mounting pressure. "It's a headache, of course. But that's the kind of headache I like and have been hoping for. That goes for the entire organization, too." Miller, incidentally, is a former Packer player. Few P.R. men can point to experience on that side of the pro football fence. Fan response is just as encouraging. A full staff at the Packers' Stadium ticket office has been busy from morning to night. The same activity report comes from the Sentinel and Journal service bureaus. Everybody wants in on the big one. They'll be coming from all sections of the state. Judging by all the scrambling for ducats the first three days of the week a sellout, or very close to it, is more than a possibility. Another sign of healthy interest - a by-product of the Packers' fast start - comes in the form of requests for the future, something practically unheard of until now. Believe it or not, a number of fans are actually getting in on the ground floor for next year. Miller already has orders for season as well as individual game tickets for 1960. Not the conversational variety, either, for each order was accompanied by a check. It's great to have a winner. Yes, sir!
OCTOBER 15 (Detroit) - The Detroit Free Press said Thursday night that Dallas and Houston would become working members of the NFL next month and field their first teams in the 1960 season. The newspaper said formal approval of the new franchises will be made at the winter meeting of professional football owners at Philadelphia in January. And other franchises are expected to be added in time for the 1961 season.
OCTOBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Vince Lombardi is a man of granite. He is the boss of the Packers and everyone knows it. He has transformed a long-time loser into an unbeaten contender. Lombardi had to be talked into leaving a secure job as offensive coach of the Giants to come to Green Bay, a weakling in the NFL in recent years. But a five year contract as head coach and general manager of the Packers was the challenge of a lifetime. Lombardi took it. It was a case of "put out or get out" when he greeted his training squad last July. He quickly traded for proven veterans, turned his attention to defense and molded a team which won four and lost two during the preseason campaign. Lombardi demands perfection. On the practice field he is happy and smiling when a play works. A missed assignment, dropped pass or loafing on the job brings out his fierce temperament. In trying to pinpoint the reasons, or reasons, for their upward flight the players themselves seem agreed on two points:
* Leadership and inspiration from Lombardi and his coaching staff.
* Superb physical and mental conditioning.
Halfback Don McIlhenny commented, "it's really Lombardi. He's instilled a different attitude. We came back after that pass interception last Sunday. In past years we would have come apart at the seams." McIlhenny confided, "the offense this year has a definite pride in the defense. The backs have confidence in the offensive line. And of real importance, we all have confidence in our quarterback Lamar McHan." McHan said: "He's the big reasons for our success. He and the other coaches. Coach Lombardi is a driving force. He inspires each player. He demands and gets everything he can from the team. I can't praise him enough. He's a good man to work for. He's tough, but fair." McHan also had lavish praise for the Bays' rock-ribbed defensive team. He said, "when we see the defense make such great plays it helps the offense. We know that if we do our job they'll stop the other team. Besides, while the defense is resting they can study the other team. I think we've got a real good all around ball club." Veteran linebacker Tom Bettis listed Lombardi, the coaches and conditioning as the reasons for success. Bettis ventured, "we're in better shape than any team we've played so far. And we've got the ability to come from behind." Bettis recalled that he "got the word" from Lombardi in training camp..."lose weight." Bettis said he dropped from 245 pounds to 220. "It definitely helped me," he added. "I'm in the best condition since I played in college." Aside from conditioning, Bettis credited Lombardi and his coaching staff as being a significant factor. "We needed to be organized as a team," said Bettis. "Now we have confidence, knowing we can win, and there's no telling how far we can go." Bettis also observed, "the players are working together toward one goal - to win. It takes 11 men at a time, together, trying to help each other." And Bettis recalled, "we found with conditioning and enthusiasm we could win. We found that out in the exhibition season." Another veteran, defensive tackle Dave Hanner, also gave Lombardi and the coaching staff their share of credit. And Hanner noted, "we're a better conditioned ball club. We have better personnel in camp than last year. We all had to work harder for a position. Nobody had it made this year." Hanner explained "there's no individual efforts either on the defense or offense. They work as one team." Hanner said he felt "individualism" harmed Packer efforts in the past. In recalling other season, Hanner said, "in the past when a guy had made the team it seemed there was a letdown. Now, where we have some depth, if you goof off somebody else will take your job." And he mentioned a plus factor, "the men have enough respect for Lombardi that they wouldn't let down if they could." "We should have had Lombardi five years ago," said Gary Knafelc, a starting end whose clutch catches helped beat the 49ers last week. "I'm a better end than I ever was because of him." "Tough?" asked Knafelc, "Well, you don't get discipline without fear." Lombardi says he has a fine football team. He admitted there were some good players when he scanned the roster last January. The difference between last year's patsies and today's aroused giants has to be Lombardi, who has installed a fierce desire to win. The Packers have jumped off to a surprising start with victories over the Bears, Lions and 49ers. They had to come from behind against Chicago and San Fancisco, a true trait of a champion. Their amazing achievement was accomplished before three straight sellouts (32,150) in Green Bay. The Packers play a "home" game Sunday against the "rapid transit" scoring Rams. County Stadium has been a home away from home with too many thousand empty seats in the past. Nothing would be finer for Lombardi's Packers Sunday to make them feel at home before a sellout - in Milwaukee.
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Vince Lombardi said Friday he had no tricks up his sleeve for the Rams at the Stadium Sunday. "We're going to play our regular game," said the Packer boss. This means Lombardi will count on the best running attack in the NFL to string up victory No. 4. The man who has eliminated confusion at Green Bay with sound football said, "there is no question about it. The Rams will be our toughest game so far." Lombardi listed two reasons:
* "They've got the best personnel in the league."
* "We're hurting for backs."
The Packers, who suffered a series of minor injuries in beating the 49ers last week, will need to be at their best against a Los Angeles team which has begun rolling behind the hard-running Ollie Matson. "We're almost out of backs," Lombardi said. "We've got three and two of those have been injured." Lew Carpenter, who turned in a good job Sunday as a replacement for No. 1 fullback Jim Taylor, is the only healthy back. Paul Hornung, who gained 138 yards in 28 carries against San Francisco, has been nursing a painful neck injury. He will start against the Rams, however, Lombardi has no choice. "I'm going to start Boyd Dowler at a flanker,"  Lombardi said. This will mean halfback Don McIlhenny, who bruised his shoulder blade last Sunday, will not start. Does this mean the Packers will throw more against a team which is hurting with its two defensive aces, Will Sheman and Don Burroughs, sidelined? "It's a case of necessity in starting Dowler," answered Lombardi. "But we might be forced into throwing more." While Dowler, one of the fastest and surest fingered receivers on the club, will be on the flanker, Max McGee and Gary Knafelc will open at their regular spots. "It's too bad we're hurting," Lombardi said. "If we could win this one why there's no telling how far we could go." Defensively the Packers will be in excellent shape. It's been this bone crushing defense which has paid off in three straight victories. Green Bay's defense is the best in the league. It has limited three powerhouse offenses to 93 yards a game rushing and 116 passing. Although the odds have dropped this week, the Rams are a two point favorite. The Packers haven't beaten the Rams since 1956 when Tobin Rote engineered a 42-17 victory at the Stadium. Los Angeles holds a 20-6 edge in the series. Lombardi's team arrived by train late Friday afternoon and headquartered at the Astor Hotel. The Rams, who have been working out at Stagg Field, Chicago, came in by bus and went to the Schroeder. Both clubs will hold half hour warmups at the Stadium Saturday morning.
Green Bay Packers (3-0) 21, San Francisco 49ers (2-1) 20
Sunday October 11th 1959 (at Green Bay)