(NEW YORK) - The largest crowd ever to see the Packers play in New York (67,857) Sunday saw the Giants turn a close first half into a 20-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. Vince Lombardi's "homecoming" was thus spoiled by an aggressive New York defense which held the Packers to 21 yards rushing and 21 yards passing in the second half. Green Bay had battled tooth and nail with New York, trailing only 10-3 at the half. The difference between these clubs on this beautiful summery day is simple to pinpoint. New York had a passer, Green Bay didn't.
While 38-year old Charlie Conerly was hitting 14 of 29 passes for 139 yards, Lombardi couldn't come up with a sharp shooter in either Lamar McHan, who started, or Joe Francis. Between them, only seven passes were completed in 26 tries. Max McGee, Green Bay's ace receiver, didn't have a single reception. Green Bay handed New York its first touchdown when Don McIlhenny's fumble on the three was recovered by the Giants.
Alex Webster scored on the first play and came back in the third quarter with a seven yard touchdown run to cap a 67-yard march. Pat Summerall booted two mighty 49-yard field goals in the second and third quarters, equaling his longest kicks as a New Yorker.
The Packers' lone score came on a 29-yard field goal by Paul Hornung midway through the second quarter. It could have been a fight to the finish if the Packers could have scored touchdowns when they reached the New York seven in the second and third periods. On the first chance, Francis overthrew twice. With less than a minute to play, Jim Taylor, playing his first game in four weeks, fumbled when he reached the four and the Giants recovered. "We ran into a real fine defensive club which overpowered us," was Lombardi's reaction after his third straight loss.
Truer words were never spoken. With its passing attack failing, Green Bay dented the likes of Rosey Grier, Dick Modzelewski, Andy Robustelli and Jim Katcavage for only 69 yards on the ground - a season low. The only thing the Packers won, besides a big payoff, was the flip of the coin. Electing to receive, the Bays punched out one first down before punting. New York missed a first down by two yards. But when Don Chandler's booming 55 yards punt was downed by Rosey Brown on the Packer three, Green Bay was in trouble.
McIlhenny fumbled when hit by Harland Svare at the center of the line and Modzelewski recovered. Webster wheeled in from the three and Summerall tacked on the extra point with 6 1/2 minutes of the game played. Green Bay couldn't come up with the vital third down play the rest of the first quarter, but did a remarkable job in stopping the Giants who took their 7-0 lead into the second period. Lombardi, who hesitated to start McHan because of a bad shoulder, sent in Francis the first time the Packers had the ball in the second quarter. The Hawaiian flipper, playing his first game of the season, didn't disappoint as he moved the Bays goalward after Chandler's punt bounced into the end zone. He hit McIlhenny for a 24-yard gain which reached the 47. Two plays later, Francis side-stepped the usual rush and fired on the run to McIlhenny for 23 yards. After Hornung picked up two yards to the 22, the threat fizzled as Francis' pass intended for McGee went out of the end zone and another sailed over Hornung's head at the seven. With fourth down, Hornung booted perfectly to cut New York's margin to 7-3 with 7:15 of the second quarter played.
Summerall attempted a field goal from 53 yards away the next time the Giants got the ball, but it went into Bobby Dillon's arms. A clipping penalty against Em Tunnell on the play put Green Bay on its five. The Bays reached the eight before McGee punted. Joe Morrison fair caught McGee's punt, fumbled but the ball rolled out of bounds on the Packer 31. Green Bay stopped three plays cold. So Summerall attempted a 49 yard field goal. It was labeled perfect from the start, and gave the Giants a 10-3 lead with 2 1/2 minutes to play. After Bill Butler returned the kickoff from deep in the end zone to his 24, Francis got hot again, thanks to some spectacular catches. Hornung ran wide for 12 yards on the first play. Then Paul made a great leaping catch for a 19 yard gain which reached the Giant 45. Now it was Gary Knafelc's turn. He grabbed the ball on the rebound after Jim Patten deflected it. A tripping penalty against the Giants moved the Packers to the 17. On second down, Francis couldn't find a receiver and ran through a big hole for eight yards to the seven but inches short of a first down.
His third down pass to McGee was overthrown. With 39 seconds remaining, Hornung tried a 14 yard field goal. As luck would have it the ball hit the right upright and bounced back. The Giants came back with 10 points in the third quarter to break the game wide open. Green Bay has now been held to a lone TD in third period action this season. Conerly came up with the big plays on third down as the Giants moved in for their second touchdown after taking the kickoff. With first down on the Bay 24, an interference penalty charged against Bobby Freeman gave New York possession on the seven. Webster scored on the first play and Summerall converted to give the Giants a 17-3 lead with 2:38 of the third quarter played.
The Packers managed only one first down during the period, but New York scored nine minutes later when Summerall matched his previous 49 yarder. Now behind 20-3, McHan couldn't get anything going. His first pass to Hornung was short, one to McGee was low and a bomb to McGee was knocked down by Lindon Crow. Going into the fourth period, the Giants reached the Packer 25. Bill Forester and Tom Bettis barreled through to nail Phil King and Conerly for 15 yards in losses. Summerall then tried a 47 yard field goal but he couldn't make the shorties.
Dixon grabbed the ball, tried to outfox Jack Stroud and Ray Wietecha and failed. The Packers were in the hole again on the 10. Taylor, running the ball for the first time since he suffered burns in a home accident, picked up Green Bay's first down in a drive which burned out on the Bay 29. New York was knocking on the door again when Dick Nolan grabbed a Francis pass thrown directly at him and returned 34 yards to the Packer 27. Two running plays reached the 19 and two other got nothing as the Packers took over.
Francis then tossed three straight incompletions. However, the Packers had a golden opportunity to score their first touchdown four plays later when Don Heinrich's pass was blocked and caught by Jim Temp, who lumbered to the seven before Webster caught him. Taylor looked like he was free as he tore through the middle. But when hit on the four the ball popped out of his hands and Sam Huff recovered. The Giants were content to run out the clock and this howling throng yelled the seconds off as their heroes chalked up their fourth straight at the expense of a game but outplayed foe.
GREEN BAY -  0  3  0  0 -  3
NEW YORK  -  7  3 10  0 - 20
1st - NY - Alex Webster, 3-yard run (Pat Summerall kick) NEW YORK 7-0
2nd - GB - Hornung, 28-yard field goal NEW YORK 7-3
2nd - NY - Summerall, 49-yard field goal NEW YORK 10-3
3rd - NY - Webster, 7-yard run (Summerall kick) NEW YORK 17-3
3rd - NY - Summerall, 49-yard field goal NEW YORK 20-3
NOVEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - At the halfway point of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers are half and half with three victories and three defeats. This is better than we anticipated before the season, but not in keeping with the fast start made under the new head man, Vince Lombardi. The team won its first three games and has lost its last three. Lombardi has strengthened the defense and it has played four excellent games. Even in 45-6 and 38-21 defeats by Los Angeles and Baltimore, the defense was generally adequate, but pressure caused by lack of offense finally overwhelmed it. The other half, the offense, has been something else. It has had only two topnotch efforts, against Detroit (28-10) and against San Francisco (21-20). It has scored only 88 points in six games and failed to score a touchdown at all in two games. Only a field goal kept the Packers from being shut out by the Giants in New York Sunday. The score was 2-3. Lombardi evaluated his team's performance Tuesday after he looked at the movies. "Our troubles on offense are general," he said. "We had to throw against the Giants and we couldn't. Lamar McHan has that shoulder injury. He got hurt in the Baltimore game. He can't throw. I hope he'll be ready for the Bears. Joe Francis is inexperienced. With Jim Taylor  back, our running game is better. We need him. I thought he looked good in his few plays against the Giants. He will take some of the pressure off the others, especially Paul Hornung. They have been ganging up on Paul. They can't do that with Taylor in there. We've been especially short of running backs without Taylor. It's been hard on the others. Hornung has looked a bit stale. Our defense played well enough against the Giants to win. The defense did a great job. Their defense, of course, helped make our offense look bad." Lombardi was asked about the punt in the second quarter on which Joe Morrison of the Giants called for a fair catch and then fumbled the ball out of bounds. "None of our men touched it," Lombardi said. "Even if one of us had, the rules say clearly that the defensive team (the Packers, in this case) must gain full control of the ball to take possession. In this case it does not apply because no one from our side touched the ball." Aside from McHan, the Packers are in good physical shape for the Chicago Bears, who will be met in Wrigley Field Sunday. Defensive back Emlen Tunnell had a stiff neck after treating his former teammates rudely with jolting tackles, but there were no other injuries of any consequence.
NOVEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - One of the most dejected men in Manhattan Sunday night was Vince Lombardi, who wanted more than anything else to beat the Giants in Yankee Stadium. But Lombardi's Packers displayed their poorest offensive game of the year and dropped a 20-3 verdict to the title-bidding Giants before a standing room crowd of 67,837. The fiery Green Bay taskmaster spoke in unusually quiet tones in his hotel room as he explained his club's third straight loss. "I'll admit this was our poorest offensive game of the year," Lombardi said. "But maybe their defense had something to do with it." As an ex-Giant coach, he knew all of the intricacies of the New York style of play. But the Giants overpowered Lombardi's passers and runners from the start and never stopped pressing. Lombardi admitted he was pretty much in the dumps. For the first time in his life, New York probably felt like a big lonely town. But he refused to take out his feelings on his players. As usual, he blamed no one but himself for defeat No. 3. "I never should have started (Lamar) McHan," Lombardi said. "He had his shoulder bruised against the Colts and I could tell right away that it was affecting his passing." McHan's injury was a top drawer secret. Lombardi didn't want the Giants to know that his top passer was ailing. McHan reported to a doctor Monday when the club arrived in Green Bay. There was no indication whether he would play against the Bears next Sunday at Wrigley Field. Another injury was reported by safetyman Em Tunnell, who turned in a slam-bang game. Tunnell hurt his neck, but it wasn't considered serious. Lombardi, who never coached a losing football team, now faces the gigantic task of getting the Packers on the victory 
track again. The Bays would dip below the .500 mark by losing to the Bears. There are a few encouraging signs. Fullback Jim Taylor, although fumbling on a sure touchdown run, looks like he's ready to roll after missing four straight games. The defense proved again it was Green Bay's strongest point. It held New York to 80 yards rushing and 144 passing. Linebacker Tom Bettis was a fifth man in the Giants' backfield on numerous occasions. New York quarterback Chuck Conerly was especially annoyed at Bettis. Conerly severely sprained his right ankle which may keep him out of Sunday's game. The 38-year old passer said Bettis was out to get him. The Giants' ace end, Bob Schnelker, came out of the game with a pinched nerve near his spine. It is not a serious injury but may sideline him Sunday. Lombardi is worried about his offense, which has failed to score a touchdown in two of the last three games. The offense has given away too many points via interceptions and fumbles and then finds it too tough playing "catch up". During the winning streak the Bays controlled the ball with a solid running game. Since then, the opposition has caught on fast - especially the Giants, who wrapped themselves around Packer runners before they got started. Taylor's return will help. But the Packers need a psychological lift at this stage of the game - Lombardi should be the man to give it to them.
NOVEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - George Halas will never concede the Bears are out of the race. "I still feel the winner in our division is going to have a 7-5 record," Papa Bear said after his pupils throttled the Rams, 26-21, Sunday for their second win of the season. If the Bears lose again, look for him to say 6-6 can win. Halas has it all figured out: "The Rams beat (first place) San Francisco next week because they have better personnel." He also said the Colts may lose their next two games. Meanwhile, the Bears will be entertaining the Packers at Wrigley Field, a gridiron where Green Bay hasn't been victorious since 1952 when the Bays won, 41-28. Vince Lombardi's young crew jumped off to its fine start by decking the Bears, 9-6, in the opener at Green Bay. The Packer did it by holding bruising Rick Casares to 29 yards and flashy Willie Galimore to 28. The Bears were the best team during the exhibition season. They were picked to beat out the Colts for the Western title. Today the Bears are the big mystery of pro football with a 2-4 record. What's hurting the Bears is the surprising loss of their running attack, especially the bad season of Casares. Although he had his best day of the year against the Rams (67 yards), Casares is not among the leading ball carriers this season. Realizing that his employees were losing the ball regularly without a ground attack, Halas went back to the simple T formation at Los Angeles Sunday. It was so old it seemed new. Here was a formation that Halas used with the Decatur Staleys in 1920. With it the Bears moved the ball well with Casares and Johnny Morris finally seeing daylight. Halas reverted to his regular slot T in the second half and again fooled the Rams. He figured the Rams would set up their defenses for the old model T and he wanted to surprise 'em in the second half. Problems he's got, but never underestimate the acumen of Papa Bear.
NOVEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - League statistics Wednesday showed that the Packers are the best team in pro football on defense and second from the
worst on offense. Vince Lombardi's employees have
allowed six opponents 1,607 yards or 268 yards a
game. But his scoremakers have been sputtering
along with a 277 yard average. Only Detroit has a
poorer attack. When Lombardi started his rebuilding
job at the Bay he singled out defense as the main
weakness. A total of 382 points - high for the NFL -
were scored on them in 1958. In search of defensive
talent, Lombardi acquired end Bill Quinlan, halfback
Bobby Freeman and tackle Henry Jordan from the
Browns. He purchased 34-yard old safetyman Emlen
Tunnell from the Giants. A rigid conditioning program
made holdovers Tom Bettis, Bill Forester, Dan Currie,
Nate Borden, Jesse Whittenton, Dave Hanner and
Bobby Dillon measure up to his standards. Lombardi
believed if his defense was improved, it would be a 
big psychological aid to the offense. He proved his
point when the Packers won four of six preseason
games and jumped off to three straight league
victories. His offense ranks, though, were thin. He
couldn't afford injuries but they came. Fullback Jim
Taylor missed four straight games. Minor ailments
cut the efficiency of halfback Paul Hornung, Don
McIlhenny and quarterback Lamar McHan. With
Taylor sidelined, most of the load was placed on the 
versatile shoulders of Hornung. He became stale with
overwork and the opposition ganged up on him.
Lombardi said his backfield should be in fairly good
shape for the Bears at Chicago Sunday. McHan's
shoulder injury seems to have subsided. Taylor, who ran twice with the ball against the Giants, will start. However, if the offense continues to sputter, there will be some changes made and no doubt new faces for next season. Lombardi won't stand pat waiting for it to develop. Rain forced the club indoors at Green Bay Wednesday. The team worked out in the Brown County Arena, home of the Green Bay hockey team. "We skated through our drills," quipped Lombardi. Meanwhile in Chicago, the Bears promised they would give "105 percent" effort against the Packers at Wrigley Field. The Bruins are smarting from a 9-6 setback at Green Bay in September which put them on the road to ruin. Elated by his team's 26-21 conquest of the Rams in the Coliseum, quarterback Ed Brown said, "in six seasons I've been with the club, this is the best season of pass protection I've ever had." According to the way the NFL ranks its passers, Brown is a shade better than McHan, averaging 7.64 yards per attempt.
NOVEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers will get a rousing sendoff Saturday when they entrain to Chicago for their Sunday battle with the Bears. The Packer Alumni Assn., has planned a snappy program at the depot, starting with fireworks at 9:30 a.m. The program will include introduction of players, fight songs and cheers. Green Bay defeated the Bears, 9-6, in the league opener but hasn't beaten the Bruins twice in the same season since 1935.
NOVEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - "We'll have to pick up offensively if we're going to beat them," Vince Lombardi, Green Bay coach, said Friday. His Packers will meet the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field Sunday in the 82nd meeting of the two NFL rivals. "Our offense was a dud in New York last Sunday and against the Rams in Milwaukee. We did some good things at Baltimore in between, but we made some mistakes, too." The Packers have lost three straight games after winning their first three. Still, at .500 they are a game ahead of the Bears and Los Angeles and two ahead of Detroit. To protect themselves from the second division and to keep from slipping too far behind first place San Francisco and second place Baltimore, the Packers will have to bounce back against the Bears. The handicappers do not think they will. The Bears are rated solid favorites. "The Bears were a great football team before the league season," Lombardi said. "Don't get me wrong, they probably still are, but for some reason they didn't score in their early games. They started the way we're going now. They seem to be coming out of it now. They figure they've got the worst part of their schedule out of the way and that they can finish up strong for a respectable record." The Bears played Baltimore and Los Angeles twice each in the first half of the season. George Halas' men also lost to Green Bay in the opener, 9-6, and at San Francisco, 20-17, on a long pass by the 49ers with a minute to go. "They (the Bears) played a lot better in their two games on the coast," Scout Wally Cruice said. "They went back to the regular T formation in the first half against the Rams and ran with power. They'll be tough to stop now. They ran well in the second half, too, off the inside slot T. They used three running backs - Rick Casares, Merrill Douglas and Johnny Morris - with Willie Galimore  coming in for spot duty. Their ends were Bill McColl and Willard Dewveall, both rugged blockers. They really moved on the ground. Zeke Bratkowski was at quarterback the first half and Ed Brown the second. Both looked better than they had. Jim Dooley was used as a messenger and was the man in motion on pass plays. Harlon HIll didn't play at Los Angeles because of a bum leg, but he should be ready for the Packers." Green Bay's defense, then, will get a stern test. "The Bears have a long range threat in Galimore and their speedy ends," Cruice said. "That's where they have the edge." Chicago's defense has always been solid. The Bears still gamble and shift a lot, apparently with good effort. They have lost four men for the season through injury - offensive center Larry Strickland and defensive halfbacks Vic Zucco and Jack Johnson and linebacker Chuck Howley. Stan Wallace, who retired in an argument over salary, agreed to come back Thursday and take Johnson's place. He may not be ready to play against the Packers, however. The defensive aces are still healthy, though. Linebackers Bill George and Joe Fortunato and linemen Doug Atkins and Fred Williams, among others, will seek to put furious pressure of Packer quarterback Lamar McHan and his runners.
New York Giants (5-1) 20, Green Bay Packers (3-3) 3
Sunday November 1st 1959 (at New York)