GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - Vince Lombardi's green, thin but determined Packers battled George Halas' veteran Bears down to the wire Saturday night only to have victory snatched away in the last minute of play, 19-16, at the Stadium. The Bears had to come from behind with 16 points in the fourth quarter, the payoff being a 37 yard pass play from Zeke Bratkowski to Rick Casares with 41 seconds left. It was a terrific performance by Lombardi's Packers, a team which has had to learn from scratch in just three weeks. The 28,286 faithful fans who braved a cloudburst moments before the kickoff got their money's worth and then some in this 10th annual Midwest Shrine football game.
PACKERS GRAB LEAD
The Packers grabbed a 7-3 halftime lead and stretched it to 13-3 in the third quarter before the Bears tied it up midway through the fourth period. When Paul Hornung booted a 45 yard field goal with two minutes remaining, the crowd went crazy in premature celebration of what appeared to be a 16-13 Packer victory. But the Bears turned the cheers to groans. Playing conditions were miserable from the start as the torrential rain not only kept the crowd under 30,000, but made the infield practically impossible to run through. The Shriners just can't get any cooperation from the weatherman in this classic.
The Packers, who for the past decade has lacked a running attack, outgained the heralded Bears on the ground, 190 yards to 130. Fullback Jim Taylor was the workhorse, picking up 54 yards in 10 carries. In the air, the Bruins had the nod with Bratkowski completing 10 of 12 passes in the second half for 107 yards - and, of course, the game winning strike to Casares. Bart Starr, the cool Alabama flipper, pitched two touchdown strikes - one to Hornung early in the second quarter and the other to Gary Knafelc midway through the third period.
MISSED 2 FGS
Hornung missed two field goal attempts, one was blocked and the other from 45 yards away missed by inches. His second point after touchdown try hit the upright. The Bears' lone score in the first half was John Aveni's 13 yard field goal in the second quarter. Aveni, the rookie from Indiana who is expected to fill the shoes of the retired George Blanda, booted a 22 yarder in the fourth period which tied the score with 8 minutes and 39 seconds to play. Casares scored both touchdowns for the Bears. His first one came on a one yard buck early in the fourth period and the other on the Bratkowski pass. Aveni tacked on one extra point, his last one was wide.
PACKERS ON MARCH
Actually, the Packers had the Bears on the run as the fourth quarter started. Leading 13-3, it looked like they would score their third touchdown when Tim Brown, the flashy halfback from Ball State, sprinted 46 yards to the Bear five. A 15 yard holding penalty and Jack Johnson's interception of Bart Starr's pass proved to be the turning point. It keyed the Bears as they moved 66 yards and scored a field goal to tie the score, 13-13. After the kickoff sailed into the end zone, Lamar McHan fired a 33 yard pass to Max McGee. Now on the Chicago 47, Taylor and Brown led the charge to the Bear 38. But the Bears red-dogged McHan on the next three passes. Horning was called in and split the uprights from 45 yards away. It looked like a safe margin, 16-13, with 2:02 left. But anything can happen in pro football and it did. The Bears showed their initial offensive push when they moved to the Packer 27 before stalling in the first quarter. Aveni's 35 yard field goal on fourth down sailed wide to the right. With Starr at the controls, the Packers marched from their own 20 to the Bear 38 before bogging down. Hornung tried a 45 yard field goal, but it just missed. The Packers capitalized on a big break for their first touchdown. Jesse Whittenton, a Bear castoff, snared Ed Brown's pass on the Chicago 34 and returned it to the 21. On third down Starr hit Hornung, who was galloping right down the middle, for a 17 yard touchdown play only five seconds into the second quarter. Hornung converted to give the Packers a 7-0 lead.
BEARS BOUNCE BACK
The Bears bounced right back. Galimore returned the kickoff 32 yards and Brown started hitting Harlon Hill and Jim Dooley. They got dangerously close, but the Packer defense rose to the occasion, stopping the Bears on the 20. Aveni's field goal try from the 27 was partially blocked. Johnny Symank grabbed the ball on the two and returned to the 35 where he fumbled and Aveni pounced on it. Once again in Packer territory, the Bears moved to the Packer six. But they couldn't punch over for a touchdown and had to settle for Aveni's 13 yard field goal. Taylor returned the kickoff 31 yards to the Bear 46. Green Bay moved to the 20, but had to settle for a field goal try on fourth down. Hornung's attempt from the 27 was blocked by Erich Barnes. The Packers took command again in the third period when they moved 61 yards in 11 plays for their second touchdown. The payoff was Starr's perfect pass to a kneeling Knafelc in the end zone. Doug Atkins and Barnes were wrapped around Knafelc, but the Packer veteran grabbed the ball and there was nothing his pesty pals could do about it. Hornung converted to give the Packers a 13-3 lead before the Bears came to life. The Packers can be proud of their performance. They played for keeps til the bitter end. They're on their way with Lombardi.
CHICAGO - 0 3 0 16 - 19
GREEN BAY - 0 7 6 3 - 16
GB - Hornung, 17-yard pass from Starr (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
CHI – John Aveni, 15-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
GB – Knafelc, 9-yard pass from Starr (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-3
CHI – Rick Casares, 1-yard run (Aveni kick) GREEN BAY 13-10
CHI – Aveni, 22-yard field goal TIED 13-13
CHI – Hornung, 46-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-13
CHI – Casares, 37-yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Kick failed) CHICAGO 19-16