(BALTIMORE) - Baltimore's champion Colts capitalized on three Green Bay mistakes for three touchdowns in the third quarter and a 38-21 victory over the Packers in their NFL game here Sunday. Vince Lombardi's young and revitalized Packers were all even with Weeb Ewbank's professionals, 14-14, when the tide suddenly turned. A punt return led to one touchdown. A little more than a minute later a pass interception was turned into another. Another interception led to still another touchdown and in less than five and a half minutes the Colts had scored 21 points for a 35-14 lead. That was the game. The combination of Johnny Unitas throwing, Raymond Berry catching, Alan Ameche running and the Colt defenders defending proved too much for the Packers.
A sellout crowd of 57,557 fanatics cheered their heroes frantically and booed the Packers from the introduction to finish. Signs were displayed, "We Want Packer Blood" and "Love Our Colts". By winning, the Colts kept their share of first place in the Western Division with a 4-1 record. The Packers, losing their second straight game after winning their first three, fell a game behind Baltimore and the San Francisco 49ers. For the second Sunday in a row, the Packers were dented for five touchdowns, two more than they permitted their three victims all told. This time, however, the defense could not be held accountable for more than half the points. Mistakes by the offense broke it open. Unitas pitched for three touchdowns, eight and two yards to Berry and three yards to Ameche, who also plowed over from three yards for a touchdown. Linebacker Bill Pellington raced 30 yards unimpeded for the other score after he intercepted Lamar McHan's pass. Steve Myhra kicked a 43 yard field goal and the five conversions.
For Green Bay, Lew Carpenter opened the scoring on the first play of the second quarter, dashing 55 yards off tackle. On the third play of the third quarter, after Baltimore took a 14-7 lead at halftime, McHan combined with Max McGee for an 81 yard touchdown pass to effect a 14-14 ties. After that, it was all Baltimore, except for a consolation touchdown pass of four yards from McHan to rookie Boyd Dowler with time running out. Paul Hornung kicked the conversion. Unitas, the skinny lad from Louisville whom the Colts found discarded on the sand lots three years ago, threw the harpoon into Green Bay's hopes for an upset. He completed 19 out of 29 passes and his three touchdown throws extended his string of scoring passes to 30 consecutive league games. Berry was Green Bay's chief tormentor, catching 10 throws for 117 yards and two touchdowns. At least two of his receptions bordered on the spectacular. Unitas, whether rushed or not, connected with monotonous regularity. He did not permit any interceptions.
Baltimore's defense, meanwhile, intercepted four of McHan's efforts and this was the difference. The Colts now have 19 interceptions in five games. The Packers actually outgained the Colts from scrimmage, 344 yards to 309, but proved no match as opportunists. After a scoreless first period, Carpenter broke loose over left tackle and barely won a foot race to the end zone, skidding across the goal on his stomach as pursuing Colts tackled him from behind. This roused Unitas and twice he guided the Colts to long drives. The Packers had gone 79 yards in two plays; now Baltimore moved 80 yards in 14 plays and 79 yards in nine. In the midst of the first drive, Bobby Dillon, the all-league defensive back, was helped off the field after he was injured. He never recovered, nor did Green Bay's pass defense.
On the first Colt thrust Lenny Moore broke away for 15 yards and Unitas clicked on clutch passes to Jim Mutscheller, Berry and Moore. He found Berry alone in the middle for the eight yard touchdown pass. Unitas combined throws to Berry, Ameche and Moore with the running of Alex Hawkins, a rookie sold to the Colts by the Packers before the season started, and Baltimore moved ahead, 14-7. Ameche, the old Wisconsin "Horse", ran the last three yards. At the outset of the second half, the Packers went 88 yards in three plays after John Symank mishandled the kickoff and Ray Nitschke picked up the ball and returned it to Green Bay's 12. Again, the Packers handled kicks with something less than sureness and skill. After Carpenter made seven yards in two jabs at the left side, McHan passed over the middle to McGee on the 40. McGee took the ball in full stride and outraced Ray Brown and Andy Nelson to the goal. The 81 yard play, as things turned out, was Green Bay's last gasp while the outcome remained in doubt.
The Packers forced a punt, then the Colts forced one in return. John Sample caught McGee's kick on the Baltimore 39 and swept to the left 25 yards to Green Bay's 36. This was the beginning of the end. Bobby Freeman bothered Berry enough on the first play to be called for interference, then the Colts moved 28 yards in six plays for the score that send them ahead to stay. Unitas passed for first downs to Moore and Berry. After Ameche was stopped for no gain and thrown for a yard loss to the three, Unitas faked a handoff to the big fullback, faded back and passed to Ameche, alone and ignored in the end zone. On the second play after the ensuing kickoff, McHan threw a short pass, presumably intended for Hornung over the middle. Pellington was there to gather it in instead. He rambled 30 yards to a second touchdown within a minute and four seconds. That made it 28-14, but the Packers were not done with their generosity, nor the Colts with their coldly efficient gratitude. On the third play after the kickoff, McHan made up for his short effort by winging a pass well out of Hornung's reach. Brown caught it on Baltimore's 38, eluded Hornung and loped 44 yards to Green Bay's 18. From there, six plays were required for Baltimore's final touchdown. Unitas passed to Berry for a first down on the two, passed to him again for another touchdown.
Carl Taseff ran back a punt 75 yards early in the fourth period, but an obvious clip, which sprang him, was observed and called immediately, nullifying the effort. A little later, Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb picked up McHan's fumble, brought about by Gino Marchetti, and this led to Myhra's field goal. With the score 38-14 against them, the Packers salvaged what they could by driving 80 yards in nine plays, aided by a penalty. McHan's passes to Gary Knafelc, Dowler and Hornung led to the touchdown pitch to Dowler with 25 seconds to go.
GREEN BAY -  0  7  7  7 - 21
BALTIMORE -  0 14 21  3 - 38
2nd - GB - Carpenter, 55-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - BA - Raymond Berry, 8-yd pass fr Johnny Unitas (Steve Myrha kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - BALT - Alan Ameche, 3-yard run (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 14-7
3rd - GB - McGee, 81-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) TIED 14-14
3rd - BALT - Ameche, 3-yard pass from Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 21-14
3rd - BALT - Bill Pellington, 30-yard interception return (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 28-14
3rd - BALT - Berry, 2-yard pass from Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 35-14
4th - BALT - Myrha, 43-yard field goal BALTIMORE 38-14
4th - GB - Dowler, 4-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) BALTIMORE 38-21
Packers’ quarterback Bart Starr trying to elude Baltimore’s Eugene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb (#76)
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Johnny Unitas of the Colts is like Henry Aaron of the Braves. He can be decked and come right back with the home run. Nothing bothers him. The Packers worked Unitas over pretty good Sunday, despite the protection the Colts gave him. One play in particular tells the story. In the second quarter Bill Quinlan, 6-3, 253-pound defensive end, got a clear shot at Unitas and hit him probably as hard as he's ever been hit. Johnny went down but his pass was complete to Ray Berry for 19 yards. "He's the Colts all right," Packer Coach Vince Lombardi said Monday. "Give Unitas to any team in this league and it'll win." Unitas delayed his pitching against the Packers until the last split second to let his receivers break clear. "He picks you apart," Lombardi continued. "With Unitas throwing, the receivers don't have to beat the defense as much because he lays it right there. He's just one heck of a player. Unitas is the best quarterback I've ever seen. That takes in guys like Otto Graham, Sammy Baugh and Sid Luckman." Lombardi said he felt pretty low when the roof fell in midway through the third quarter after battling the Colts to a 14-14 draw. But with his usual confidence, he said, "we'll be in right frame of mind for the Giants." The injury report is discouraging for the thin Packers to say the least. Safetyman Bobby Dillion suffered a concussion early in the second quarter and his absence was really felt. Dillon has been taking a good beating all season. He should be ready for the Yankee Stadium battle. Halfback Paul Hornung reinjured his shoulder and hurt his ankle. Unless Hornung is on crutches he'll play. End Ron Kramer, who injured his ankle against the Rams, limped badly in pregame drills Sunday. He is a big question mark. Lombardi looked at the pictures of his club's second straight loss by a convincing score but refused to put the blame on any individual. "We dropped four first down passes," Lombardi pointed out. "That's been hurting us all season." Lombardi again praised his quarterback, Lamar McHan. "He's going to be a real good one," Lombardi said. "His passing has improved with each game. He's a heady play caller." The Packer drillmaster said it wasn't McHan's fault when Bill Pellington grabbed a short pass and raced 30 yards untouched to give the Colts a 28-14 lead in the third quarter. "An assignment was missed," Lombardi explained. "The pass was there but not the receiver. Pellington wasn't taken out - and bingo!" McHan topped Unitas in yardage, 233 to 206. And McHan did not have the protection Unitas had. Looking at the Colts' personnel - Unitas, Al (The Horse) Ameche, Lenny Moore, Ray Berry, Jim Mutscheller - it's surprising that Green Bay statistically outplayed the champs. The Packers don't have a bruising type of runner. Jim Taylor is the closest resemblance but heaven only knows how long he'll be laid up with second degree burns on his arm and leg. Lew Carpenter has filled in admirably for Taylor. His 55 yard touchdown run was a picture of speed. Reports from New York said Frank Gifford, ace halfback of the Giants, will miss next Sunday's game with the Packers because of torn cartilage of the ribs. When informed of the news, Lombardi said, "I'm sorry to hear that - I really mean it." Lombardi tutored Gifford while he was offensive coach at New York. Jim Patton, the Giants' All-Pro defensive back, suffered a concussion against the Steelers but was okayed for play by the team physician. Joe Morrison and Phil King are expected to fill in for Gifford at left half.
OCTOBER 27 (New York) - "Nothing would give me more pleasure than to beat his brains out Sunday." Coach Jim Lee Howell, normally a friendly fellow, was talking about the amen who worked as his assistant on the Giants' staff for five years - Vince Lombardi. Lombardi, now a head coach, pits his Packers against the Giants Sunday at Yankee Stadium. "I have all the admiration in the world for Vince," Howell said during the Giants' weekly press lunch. "He works and studies hard. Nothing would give me more pleasure than for him to win the NFL's Western Division, but..." Then Howell mentioned what he'll like to see his Eastern Division leaders do to Lombardi's Packers. Was Howell giving the usual spiel to sell more tickets? Hardly. The Giants already have sold 45,000 tickets for Sunday's game and figure to have a near sellout if the weather is good. The Packers, who won only one game last year, have already won three this season. Two other former Giants, Bill Austin and Emlen Tunnell, have helped Lombardi rebuild the team. Austin, a former New York guard, is Lombardi's offensive line coach. Tunnell now is a key defensive back for the Packers. Lombardi, Austin and Tunnell already have warned Howell, through Walt Yowarsku, to expect trouble Sunday. Yowarsky, New York's scout, got the word at Baltimore last Sunday after the Packers dropped a 38-21 decision to the champion Colts. "Emlen, Bill and Vinnie sent word through Yowarsky that they are going to beat us," Howell said. "Tunnell started early. He knocked out two of our players, Mel Triplett - who isn't easy to knock out - and Joe Morrison, during a preseason game in Bangor. They were really out, too; we had to carry them off the field." Yowarsky told the Giant players Baltimore had to play a near-perfect game to down the Packers. He sized up Paul Hornung and Lew Carpenter of the Packers as two of the league's best offensive backs. Carpenter, former star for the Lions and Browns, scored on a 55-yard end sweep against the Colts. "Carpenter isn't normally a fullback but he made that run from that position," Yowarsky said. "I don't believer there are many backs except possibly Jim Brown who could score on a sweep from the fullback position on a team as tough as the Colts," Yowarsky said. Frank Gifford, New York's all-league halfback, will miss Sunday's game because of torn rib cartilage. George Shaw, New York's No. 2 quarterback behind Charlie Conerly, also was injured in last Sunday's game at Pittsburgh but should be ready to play.
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Interceptions, like booby traps, have sidetracked the fast-starting Packers in the last two games. In winning three straight, the Packers had only three passes intercepted. They also stole three. But the Rams' anti-aerial corps picked off two against Green Bay and the aggressive Colts four. In both of the losses, the Packers' defense got none. The Rams' Ed Meadow grabbed what might have been a Packer touchdown in the fourth quarter. LA capitalized on the break and scored its third touchdown to put the game on ice, 35-6. Baltimore broke Sunday's close scrap wide open in the third period when Bill Pellington rambled 30 yard for a touchdown after grabbing Lamar McHan's pass. Lombardi has an all veteran defensive secondary. Bobby Freeman leads with two interceptions and Bobby Dillon has one. Em Tunnell and Jesse Whittenton have yet to make one. Meanwhile, the defending champion Colts are in a first place tie with the 49ers because of interception work. Andy Nelson't theft resulted in a 33-yard touchdown trip two weeks ago in Detroit. It trimmed the Lions' 10 point lead to three and touched off Baltimore's triumphant fourth period surge. In the opener against the Lions, Carl Taseff snared a misguided pitch and breezed 33 yards to set up the Colts' clinching TD in a 21-9 victory. Last week it was Don Shinnick who picked off a pair of Bear throws, his second steal being converted into the Colts' closing score in a 21-7 conquest. Pellington and Ray Brown killed the Packers. Yet, Green Bay has permitted opposition fewer yards passing than the Colts and Giants, Sunday's foe at Yankee Stadium. The Packers have allowed five opponents 737 yards, the Colts 878, and the Giants 1,050. Lombardi's offense has piled up more yardage on the ground than these front runners, too. The Packers have gained 830 yards rushing, the Colts 585 and the Giants 595. Statistically, Green Bay is doing the job. But as the fans say, it's what is on the scoreboard that counts.
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - If the New York Giants are to extend their three game winning streak and maintain their hold on the Eastern Division in the NFL Sunday by beating the Packers, the job will fall mainly on quarterback Charlie Conerly and rookie halfback Joe Morrison. Conerly, 38, may have to go all the way against the Packers. George Shaw, the Giants' second line quarterback, will not see any action because of an injured knee. Morrison will play in place of Frank Gifford, who will be lost for at least two weeks because of the torn rib cartilage suffered last week in Pittsburgh. Gifford has been the Giants' leading ground threat all season and scored two touchdowns last week before he had to be carried from the field. Also missing will be Kyle Rote, the Giants' star end and captain, still hobbled by a knee injury. Giant Coach Jim Lee Howell has a health respect for the Packers. "This is a much better team than the one that won only one game last year," he said, "but nothing would give me more pleasure than to beat their brains out. I have all the admiration in the world for Vince (Lombardi) but..." Lombardi was a former assistant coach with the Giants.
OCTOBER 29 (New York) - Once upon a time the Green Bay Packers were the glamour boys of the gridiron. The little Wisconsin town on the shores of Lake Michigan was more than a match for the titans from Chicago, New York and elsewhere as a pro football power. It had the greatest of all pass receivers in the incomparable Don Hutson and it had spectacular, resourceful performers to go with him. There is probably more than coincidence in the fact that the Packers, six times winner of the championship, started a slow slide downhill after the retirement in 1945 of Hutson, the glue fingered Alabama antelope. The bottom was reached last year when Green Bay won only one game. And the situation was worse than the record indicated because the once Ponderosa Pachyderms had become disorganized, dispirited and hopeless. Only a strong man could bring order out of such chaos. The Packers found him in Vince Lombardi, hitherto a stranger to top echelon activity. A member of the famed Seven Blocks of Granite at Fordham, Lombardi was graduated with top scholastic honors and eventually completed his coaching apprenticeship under Red Blaik at Army and Jim Lee Howell of the football Giants. Vince insisted on complete control as the first prerequisite. So he signed for five years not only as coach but general manager. Then the housecleaning began. He eliminated the shirkers, the playboys, the defeatists. He made shrewd trades. He juggled and improvised. He talked players out of retirement. But most of all he communicated his own forcefulness and dynamism to the players. At the first practice session under a broiling summer sun, the Packer squad moved with disinterested lethargy. "Just a minute," barked Lombardi in his foghorn voice. "You might as well learn right now that we expect 100% effort at all times. Anyone who won't give it can quit." No one moved. Then the whip began to crack. Compared to Vince, Simon Legree was a gentle humanitarian. He lashed and he drove relentlessly, hammering in the persistent message that hard work could make the Packers a winning football team. Oddly enough, no one resented him. He won their respect and soon his own enthusiasm became contagious. For the first time in more than a decade, the Packers began to believe in themselves. They opened their season against the Chicago Bears, the purported powerhouse of the West. The Packers won, 9-6, a tremendous upset. At the final gun Jim Ringo, the Green Bay captain, jubilantly scooped up the game ball and raced to the Packer bench. "Here, Vince," he said, offering the ball to Lombardi as a souvenir. "You deserve this more than anyone else." Streaming behind Ringo were the other members of the team. They pounced on Lombardi in the ecstasy of their delight and hoisted him triumphantly to their shoulders, hard bitten professionals behaving like excited schoolboys. It was an amazing testimonial. A week later the Packers upset the Detroit Lions, 28-10, and then upset the San Francisco 49ers, 21-20, to take the lead in the Western Division. It was unbelievable and Packer fans flipped their lids. It got so bad that Tom Miller, Lombardi's minister of propaganda, had to throw all publicity channels into reverse gear. "Don't raise your hopes," he pleaded on radio and television. "This can't continue indefinitely." Disillusionment arrived a week later. The hot and cold Los Angeles Rams struggled through leads of 2-0, 5-0, 11-0, 11-3, 14-3 and 14-6. Then they turned on the steam, scalding the thin Packer ranks with a 45-6 roasting. Last Sunday the Baltimore Colts, led by a red hot John Unitas, wrapped up the Packers, 45-21. However, the Packers are still brimful of confidence as they make ready to meet the New York Giants at the Yankee Stadium on Sunday. And the most confident of all is Lamar McHan, a discard from the Chicago Cardinals. Lombardi made McHan believe in himself and the quarterback has not failed. Talk can be a powerful weapon in football. Many years ago when the Giants and Packers regularly staged donnybrooks, the Giants naturally concentrated on trying to stop the unstoppable Hutson. Once three men were guard Hutson when Milt Gantenbein, the other end, stood alone under the goal posts screaming for the ball. He was ignored. Returning to the huddle he passed Johnny Dell Isola, then a linebacker but now a Giant coach. "Gantenbein," said Dell, jabbing in the needle deeply, "we have such little regard for your abilities that we don't even cover you." On the next play Gantenbein was still aone under the goal posts. But he was so blind with rage that he dropped a touchdown pass.
OCTOBER 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - "We'll just have to go out and play the game," Vince Lombardi said Friday as his Packers prepared to leave Green Bay for New York and their NFL game with the Giants Sunday. "They'll be hard to move against," the coach said, "but we'll just have to move the ball. We've got to play our game, that's all." Lombardi wants to win this one more than the others. The same is true for the Giants. Lombardi coached the New York offense for five yards before he took over a coach and general manager of the Packers last winter. "There's really no feud, though," Lombardi said, referring to the quotation attributed out of New York Coach Jim Lee Howell that the Giants "would like to beat the Packers' brains out." "What he said was taken out of context. He said that he and I were still friends off the field, but when it came to a game, he'd be out to beat me. That's the way I feel, too. It would be odd if it were any different." Green Bay's defensive chore will be to stop Charlie Conerly, the 38-year old quarterback, and his runners, Alex Webster, Phil King, Mel Triplett and rookies Joe Morrison and George Scott, and his ends, Bob Schnelker, Kyle Rote and rookie Joe Biscaha. If Conerly needs help, George Shaw and Don Heinrich will be available. New York's offense suffered a blow when halfback Frank Gifford was put out of commission for two or three weeks with a rib injury. Gifford excels at the clutch play - running, throwing, catching. New York has no one like him. "They still have plenty of halfbacks," Lombardi observed. "In fact, they have depth all over. Conerly has a knack, like Van Brocklin, of getting rid of the ball. He's rarely tossed for a loss. You just don't red dog (send in the linebackers) after him and get away with it. If no one is open, or he hasn't got time to find them, he knows how to dump the ball for a harmless incompletion." All of the Packers will ready to play, except fullback Jim Taylor, who will be in uniform for the first tine in almost a month. Taylor suffered burns in a kitchen accident and only this week got out of the hospital. Lombardi said that quarterback Lamar McHan had been improving each week, both in passing and in calling signals. "Of course, with Taylor out we haven't had that punch runner in there and that's forced us to change our game a little. We've thrown the ball a couple of times where we would have run, if we'd had Taylor. Lew Carpenter has done a great job replacing Taylor, but he's not exactly the same type of runner. We've suffered in depth there, too." Lombardi said that McHan was bothered by a sore shoulder and did not throw at all in practice one day. "We hope he'll be okay," the coach said.
OCTOBER 30 (New York) - They had a day for Em Tunnell at Yankee Stadium a year ago. The veteran safetyman was flooded with gifts in appreciation of his stellar years with the Giants. Tunnell, 34, returns to his old stomping ground Sunday as a Packer. He hopes to have a few friends in the stands when he dishes it out against his former teammates. The all-pro defenseman will be up against one of the best receivers in the business - Bob Schnelker. Tunnell know what Schnelker can do. And Schnelker should know Tunnell. "This football is a strange business," said Tunnell Friday on board the Packers' flight East. "Who would have thought I'd be playing for Green Bay?" When asked how he felt coming from the Eastern Division champs to a team which could only win one game a year ago, Tunnell answered: "Football is my life. Playing for the Packers under (Vince) Lombardi is no different than playing for the Giants. Experience is the big thing in this league. The Giants have been winners because they've had something going for years. But as important as experience, is how you think." Tunnell believes Green Bay is a year or two away from being a great team. "I think (Lamar) McHan and Max McGee will rate as the finest passing combination in the league before long," Tunnell observed. "Once we get our units working together we're going to be tough. Absorbing a new system as a team is the biggest obstacle." Tunnell credits Lombardi for the rejuvenation at Green Bay. He pointed out the tough preseason grind when Vince would settle for nothing but perfection and hustle. "That's the way he did it in New York," Tunnell said. "That's the only way to do it." Tunnell averaged six interceptions a season during his tenure at New York, but hasn't swiped one as a Packer. For that matter, the whole Green Bay secondary has been interception-shy with only three. 'They'll come," Tunnell promised. "They seem to come in clusters. I hope they come in clusters Sunday." Tunnell admitted he gets as nervous as the greenest rookie before a game. But the butterflies disappear when the whistle blows. "I hope I can play at least two more years," added Tunnell, who is competing this seasons 16 pounds below his playing weight at New York.
Baltimore Colts (4-1) 38, Green Bay Packers (3-2) 21
Sunday October 25th 1959 (at Baltimore)