(MILWAUKEE) -  A team named "Desire" came off the floor in the second half Sunday at the Stadium and nearly knocked the defending champions for a loop. If the Packers lacked precision on this cold, wintry day, they made up for it in uncontrolled fury as they bounced back from a 21-3 halftime deficit to savagely battle the title-bidding Colts down to the wire. Green Bay lost, 28-24, but in doing so captured the hearts of 25,521 chilled but thrilled fans who were plugging for the 10 point underdogs to keep a date with destiny. Quarterback Bart Starr, a wallflower since the season started, took charge as if he never relinquished his starting role to ailing Lamar McHan. Equipped with a buggy-whip arm and a one-track mind, Starr completed 14 out of 40 passes for 242 yards. The southern gentleman passed to Jim Taylor for the only haymaker through the air. Taylor scored twice more on the ground and Paul Hornung kicked a 23-yard field goal and three perfect conversions. But it wasn't enough. Baltimore countered with Johnny Unitas, who fired three touchdown passes - two strikes to Ray Berry and one to Jim Mutscheller. Lenny Moore, a stop-twist-and-go artist, romped 26 yards for the other TD. Steve Myhra tacked on the extra points. Packer fans were wondering out loud if their heroes would make it even close after Unitas went on a passing binge in the first half, hitting on 13 of 21 targets for 238 yards as the Colts jumped off to a 21-3 lead. "Malarkey," snorted Coach Vince Lombardi. His gang charged back with 14 points in the third period within 1 1/2 minutes and had the Colts reeling. A possible knockout blow was set up when Hornung sprinted 62 yards to the Colt 10, But it never connected. Three plays gained one yard and Hornung missed a tying field goal from the 22. The Colts took over and immediately scored the icing when Unitas and Mutscheller combined on a 24-yard payoff play. Refusing to say "Uncle", the Pros from the North marched 75 yards for their third touchdown and trailed the Colts, 28-24, with 2:12 to play. Hornung tried an onside kick, but Milt Davis recovered on the Colt 41 and the Easterners only had to run out the remaining time to sew it up. The victory was the Colts' fifth in eight games and left them one length behind the 49ers, who lost to the Bears. Green Bay dropped to fourth place with its fifth straight loss. The Packers took the opening kickoff and on the second play of the game were threatening from Colt 33. Starr's 37-yard bullseye to Max McGee turned the trick. But on second down, a Starr pass dribbled off the fingertips of Hornung and into the big paws of Big Daddy Lipscomb on the 18.
It was Big Daddy's first interception as a Colt and he celebrated with a 49-yard return, lumbering his bulky 6-6, 288 pound frame to the Packer 18. Green Bay dug in and Unitas failed to direct a first down, picking up five yards in three plays. On fourth down, the Colts tried a fake field goal. Brown took the snap from center and, instead of teeing the ball up for Myhra, faded back to lob a TD strike to Gino Marchetti, who had wandered into the end zone. Em Tunnell batted the ball away at the last split seconds. Starr triggered the Bays right back into Baltimore territory. He hit Boyd Dowler for 25 yards and broke through for 39 himself when his receivers were covered. But when he reached the Colt 17, he couldn't bring 'em home. Taylor tried to sweep left end and picked up one yard. Two passes didn't connect and Hornung tried a 23 yard field goal. It split the uprights and the Packers led, 3-0, with 5:42 of the first quarter played. Baltimore failed to pick up a first down and Green Bay was knocking on the door again after receiving Dave Sherer's punt. Starr hit Dowler for 34 yards and an 11 yard strike to McGee put the Packers on the Colt 35. Hornung made six, but Taylor lost four. Starr's third down pass was short of its mark. Hornung then tried his second field goal, but from the 40 it proved too far a target. The ball sailed wide to the right and short. Again the Colts couldn't uncrank their attack and had to punt. Lew Carpenter returned Sherer's 41 yard boot 30 yards to the Packers 43, shaking off three Colts on the way. On the second play, however, Starr's pass stuck in the fingers of Dick Szymanski, and the Colts were in business on the Green Bay 37.
Unitas completed to Moore and Berry for six yards apiece and then handed off to Moore, who caught the Packers flat footed as he raced 26 yards for the touchdown. Myhra converted and the Colts took a lead they never relinquished, 7-3, with three seconds left in the first quarter. Now it was the Packers turn to stumble offensively. When the Bays failed to pick up a first down, the Colts took McGee's 56 yard punt and marched 80 yards in 11 plays for their second touchdown. A third down Unitas pass to Moore gained 32 yards. Ameche's plowing moved the Colts to the Packer 30. Tom Bettis clobbered Unitas for a seven yard loss, but on the next play Unitas pitched to Ameche up the middle and he gained 30 yards to the Packer 7. On second down Unitas fired the touchdown pass to Berry, who wheeled to the left corner past Packer defender Jesse Whittenton. Myhra booted the PAT and the Colts now were ahead, 14-3, with 7:12 of the second period gone.
The Colts were seriously threatening moments later after Unitas hit Mike Sommer on a flat pass and the Redskin fugitive raced 56 yards to the Packer 29. He might have gone the distance if he didn't cut back and fall over teammate George Preas. The fine gain went for naught when Mutscheller fumbled after taking Unitas' pass on the Packer 13. Johnny Symank belted the Colt receiver and Bettis picked up the loose ball on the 13. But the Packers couldn't get out of the hole and had to punt. McGee's 40-yarder rolled out of bounds on the Colt 31. In five plays the Hosses counted again when Berry made a sensational leaping catch in the far left corner. Myhra again kicked the PAT and the Colts had the situation well in hand, 21-3, with 1:19 of the first half to play. The Packers were a different team when the third period started. Baltimore went nowhere and Green Bay was on the march once it got the ball. It took Starr only nine plays to come up with his first touchdown. He moved goalward, hitting Dowler for 20 and 14 yards and running Taylor for 14, seven and 18. Reaching the Colt two, Starr handed off to Taylor, who cracked over left tackle for the TD. Hornung converted at 6:12 and the deficit was cut to 21-10. Less than 1 1/2 minutes later, the Packers scored their second touchdown. Ameche fumbled a handoff and Henry Jordan recovered on the Colt 34. An interference penalty on Chuck Sample gave the Bays a first down on the Colt 20.
On the next play Starr tried to spot an end, notice Taylor all alone up the middle and hit the LSU strong boy on the 15 and he raced in for the score. The Packers now trailed, 21-17, after Hornung's conversion. The Packers forced the Colts to punt again and when Bill Butler fair-caught Sherer's punt on the 27, the play of the game was up 'n' coming. Hornung sliced off tackle, saw daylight as he cut back and raced 62 yards before Andy Nelson caught him on the Colt 10. Oh, how Green Bay needed this touchdown, but it wasn't going to be. Taylor picked up one. Starr's pass was dropped by defender Davis in the end zone and Marchetti nailed the Packer passer for a six yard loss to the 15. On fourth down, Hornung tried a 22-yard field goal. It drifted wide to the right. The fine defensive effort by the defending champs spurred their offense to the touchdown which put the game on ice. In nine plays, Unitas engineered an 80 yard drive. The payoff was a 24 yard Unitas strike to Mutscheller up the middle. Jordan had red-dogged on the play but missed Unitas. Myhra converted and the Colts led, 28-17, with 1:21 of the fourth period. Starr suffered a head injury moving the Bays into Colt land again, and on a third down play, he failed to see his end and the ball landed right in Don Shinnick's mitts. Neither team threatened until late in the quarter when the Stadium lights went on. From the 25, the Packers moved in for their third touchdown in 12 plays. A 10-yard pass to Dowler plus a 15-yard foul penalty on the Colts put the Bays on the 50, Six plays later they were on the six. On fourth down Taylor would not be denied from the three. Hornung converted at 12:48 and the Packers trailed, 28-24. Hornung's onside kick failed to materialize as he wished and Davis recovered on the Colt 41. It was only a matter of playing out the clock and the Colts are masters at that.
BALTIMORE -  7 14  0  7 - 28
GREEN BAY -  3  0 14  7 - 24
1st - GB - Hornung, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - BALT - Lenny Moore, 26-yard run (Steve Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 7-3
2nd - BAL - Raymond Berry, 7-yd pass fr Johnny Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 14-3
2nd - BALT - Berry, 10-yard pass from Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 21-3
3rd - GB - Taylor, 2-yard run (Hornung kick) BALTIMORE 21-10
3rd - GB - Taylor, 20-yard pass from Starr (Hornung kick) BALTIMORE 21-17
4th - BALT - Jim Mutscheller, 24-yard pass from Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 28-17
4th - GB - Taylor, 3-yard run (Hornung kick) BALTIMORE 28-24
NOVEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - While his played laughed and joked after beating the Packers, 28-24, in frigid Milwaukee Stadium Sunday, Baltimore Coach Weeb Ewbank wasn't sure what the score was - he was only happy that his Colts had won to stay alive in the Western Division race. "By the way, what was the final score," Ewbank asked later in the dressing room. When told, he said, "it should have been bigger, but I feel we're very fortunate to have won." Ewbank, who had criticized his players for not being hungry enough this season, said he was pleased with the Colts' performance. "These guys are paid to play football," Ewbank said, "and I expect them to do it." Meanwhile, the Colts themselves were looking forward to next Sunday's showdown with the 49ers, who have a game lead on Baltimore. "If we don't win it now," said halfback Lenny Moore, "we don't deserve to win it. We're going to play the team we've got to beat and we're going to beat them. That's all." Big Daddy Lipscomb added, "with my running we can't lose." The 6-6, 288 pound defensive giant was referring to his 49-yard run after intercepting a pass. Ewbank praised Moore, who gained 72 yards rushing and 95 catching passes, and Al (The Horse) Ameche, who was the game's top runner with 97 yards in 18 carries. He almost took for granted the fact that Johnny Unitas had passed for three touchdowns and led this team to a total offense of 516 yards. As far as Packer coach Vince Lombardi was concerned, his Packers played a "heck of a ball game, but not good enough to win. We just can't seem to get the offense and defense to jell at the same time," Lombardi said. "Maybe one of these days we will and then - look out." The Packers' 14 point spurt in the third period was something new. Until Sunday, Green Bay had scored but one touchdown in the third period in seven games. Lombardi was especially pleased with the work of rookie end Boyd Dowler, who caught eight passes for 147 yards. "Dowler is going to be a real fine end," Lombardi said, "and today may be the making of him. He always had the qualifications of a good end." Lombardi refused to say whether Starr, who guided the club to 22 first downs and 460 yards, would remain as the starting quarterback next week against the Redskins at Green Bay. "Nobody's got a place won on this ball club," he snapped. "We won three games with (Lamar) McHan at quarterback..."
NOVEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - John Unitas gave the Green Bay Packer a pain in the neck at County Stadium Sunday. After their NFL game, it turned out the Packers had given Unitas a pain in the neck, too. "Somebody got me pretty good," Unitas said in the dressing room. He held his head tilted forward slightly and turned his body with his head when he answered a question from another direction. "It'll be OK," he said of the stiff neck. "It's just a little sore." No other injuries, either of the Packers or the Colts, were believed serious. Bobby Dillon of the Packers' secondary suffered a pulled hamstring muscle in his right leg and quarterback Bart Starr had a finger jammed in his right eye. Carl Taseff and Dick Szymanski of the Colts' secondary suffered minor leg injuries. Coach Vince Lombardi of the Packers was disappointed by the 28-24 defeat. "It's a shame," he said. "We played well enough to win. We could have won three of the last five we lost." "When are you going to win again?" someone asked Lombardi. "I don't know," he replied without allowing his temper to rise. "The way it's going, I don't know. We'll have to..."He never finished the sentence. Lombardi brightened, "I'll say this much. This club hasn't quit. They've stayed right in there. And it's to their credit and their alone." What had been the difference between the first and second half play of the Packers, Lombardi was asked. "We just did thinks a little better in the second half, that's all," he replied. "We didn't change anything" At half time, the Packers trailed, 21-3. As for the rest of the league race, Lombardi looked for a battle between the Colts and the San Francisco 49ers. "The Colts are good," Lombardi said, "and it wouldn't surprise me if the 49ers lost a couple on this trip. How did they do with the Bears today?" Told that the Chicago Bears had defeated the 49ers, Lombardi just nodded his head as if in agreement with his prophecy. Coach Weeb Ewbank of the Colts had no opinion on his chances of overtaking the 49ers. "We play them next week," he said. "We'll get our chance then." Ewbank said that he had not been surprised at the tyoe of game the Colts had encountered, nor had the Colts changed their play any from the game against the Packers in Baltimore October 25. "You've got seven or eight basic formations," Ewbank said. "You can't change anything from one week to the next. If you add something, you'll end up with missed assignments and then you'd better have stood in bed." Ewbank cited fullback Jim Taylor of the Packers in particular as being troublesome for the Colts. "I warned them about Taylor," he said. "He's just like Jim Brown of the Browns. He'll hit into a pile, slip off and he's gone." Halfback Lenny Moore, who ran for the Colts' other touchdown, praised the Packers highly. "They're as good as any team in the league," he volunteered, "especially on defense." Moore's thoughts then turned to the game with the 49ers. "If we don't win it now, we don't deserve to. We're going to play the team we've got to beat and we're going to beat them." Lombardi, despite the defeat, had the passing of Starr, receiving of Boyd Dowler and the running of Taylor to cheer him. "Yes," he said, "I was pleased with Starr's play. I thought he played a fine game." As for Dowler, who caught eight passes for 147 yards, Lombardi said, "This game might be the making of him. He had a good day. We've known he had the potential all along." As for Taylor, who ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another, Lombardi said, "This has to be his best scoring day. He's played well for us this year and he'll get better."
NOVEMBER 16 (Washington) - Quarterback Eddie LeBaron of the Redskins has a fractured rib but may be able to play against the Packers Sunday. LeBaron was injured Sunday when the Browns won a 31-17 victory over the Redskins. "It is extremely sore," Coach Mike Nixon said, "but there is a possibility he will play at Green Bay."
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Now that the Packers have been reduced to also-rans, the NFL's Western Conference race shapes up as a two team fight between the surprising 49ers and the defending champion Colts. George Halas insists his Bears (4-4) are still in the title picture, but he needs help from outsiders to stay alive. The Bears do not get another chance at the 49ers or Colts, having split against both of them. San Francisco (6-2), often a bridesmaid but never a bride, faces the Colts and Browns on the road before finishing up with the Colts and Packers at home. Baltimore (5-3) can go into a first place tie with the 49ers next week with a victory in its own backyard. The Colts then get the Rams at home before heading to California, where they've always had trouble. Packer Coach Vince Lombardi was asked Monday which team was the best his Packers faced this season. "The Rams," answered Lombardi with a laugh, noting that the Gold Coasters have gone to pot since putting the Packers through the meat grinder, 45-6. Since whipping Green Bay five weeks ago, Los Angeles has hit rock bottom with two wins and six losses. Green Bay, owner of a five game losing streak, has escaped the cellar thanks to a three win start. Lombardi wasn't in much of a talking mood after checking films of Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Colts. He seemed tired of explaining why his club comes so close time and time again. He only hopes that his boys can still make some hay against three down-and-outers. The Packers face the Redskins (3-5) at Green Bay Sunday, travel to Detroit (2-5-1) Turkey Day and end up on the cost against the Rams and 49ers. The Packer drillmaster said his club should be in good physical shape against Washington. Safetyman Bobby Dillon suffered a pulled hamstring muscle in his right leg and quarterback Bart Starr had a finger jammed in his right eye. Neither injury was serious. Lombardi said Lamar McHan, sidelined Sunday with a pulled leg muscle, will start against the Redskins. Lombardi was pleased with the work of Starr, who completed 14 of 40 passes for 242 yards and ran for 55 more in three carries. "Starr played a real fine game," Lombardi said. The Packer boss also singled out rookie end Boyd Dowler, who had his best game with eight catches for 147 yards. "Dowler's experience gained thus far with the pros was shown in this game," said Lombardi. Dowler is only 22, and, like many of Lombardi's youngsters, has come along fast. This is one of the youngest teams in the league and, as Lombardi pointed out when he took over, a few years away from greatness. But these Packers never give up and Lombardi is mighty proud of that.
NOVEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Like Vince Lombardi pointed out after the Colt game Sunday - if the Packers can jell their offense and defense at the same time, look out! Green Bay gained a whopping 460 yards against Baltimore Sunday, but lost because its defense gave up 516 yards to Johnny Unitas and Co. Three weeks ago in New York, the Packers held the Giants to 223 yards but countered with only 181. Although a 9-6 score doesn't indicate it, the Packers' most convincing win was against the Bears in the opener. Green Bay overpowered the Halasmen, 277 yards to 151. The front running 49ers and defending champion Colts had the easiest defenses for the Packers to crack. Green Bay gained 378 yards while edging San Francisco, 21-20. The Packers outgained the Colts, 344 yards to 309, in the first duel in Baltimore, but lost, 38-21, when two interceptions broke the game wide open. While the Giants offered the stiffest defense, the Bears came up with runnerup honors two weeks ago in holding the Bays to 230 yards. The Packers will play host to the Redskins Sunday for the first time since 1952. That game was played in Milwaukee and the Packers won, 35-20. Green Bay holds a 6-5 edge in the series. However, the Bays took it on the chin, 37-21, in the nation's capital last year. A usual underdog, the Packers are listed a a 3 1/2 point favorite against the Redskins. If Green Bay wins, it will finish no worse than in 1956 - 4-8. The Packers no doubt played their cleanest game in history against the Colts. They would have escaped without a penalty had they not been offside on the second from last play of the game. Stadium Manager Bill Anderson and his 90 man crew deserve a tip of the hat for the excellent condition of the turf Sunday. That was a king size shoveling job to remove snow from the tarp and lower boxes.
NOVEMBER 21 (Cleveland) - Give veteran end Billy Howton credit for improving the Browns' passing game. His acquisition has added to the team's strength as a contender for the NFL championship. A year ago the Browns were weak in passing. They wound up in a tie for the Eastern Conference title, then lost in a playoff to the Giants. To get Howton, the Browns had to give up plenty in the trade with the Packers - halfback Lew Carpenter and defensive end Bill Quinlan. But Coach Paul Brown doesn't regret the trade one bit. "No question about it. Billy helps loosen up the defenses," Brown said. "They can't double up on everybody. Now Ray Renfro has a better chance of shaking loose. Howton had fitted into our squad well. He has the speed and the know-how and I like his attitude. I think it was a good trade." Howton,  a 29-yard old, 190 pound Texan, was thinking of quitting pro football last winter. The Packers had treated him well but it was somewhat discouraging to play for a team that never finished higher than third in his eight pro seasons there. Now as the Browns head into Sunday's encounter with the Steelers tied for the conference lead with the Giants (6-2), Howton is happy about playing in Cleveland. "I really believe I'm enjoying this more than any other season," he said. "The Browns' organization is a good one. I like the way things are handled here. I haven't thought much about next season, but my feeling is I'd like to play some more." It usually takes some time for a receiver to become accustomed to a passer, but Howton, the leading Browns' receiver with 26 passes for 359 yards, has hooked up smoothly with quarterback Milt Plum. And like fans and other players, Howton is impressed by Cleveland's offense, featuring fullback Jimmy Brown and halfback Bobby Mitchell, in addition to the passing game. "It's by far the best offense I've ever been on and may be the best I've ever seen," he says.
Baltimore Colts (5-3) 28, Green Bay Packers (3-5) 24
Sunday November 15th 1959 (at Milwaukee)