GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(SAN FRANCISCO) - Saved from a tie by one yard on the last play of the game, the Green Bay Packers scored their first victory under Vince Lombardi here Sunday, 24-17. They beat the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers had the ball on Green Bay's one as the game ended. Y.A. Tittle, the veteran quarterback, threw an "alley oop" pass to R.C. Owens, the high jumping former basketball star, as the gun sounded. Tittle lofted the high pass more than 50 yards. Owens, who had ambled through the Green Bay defense, leaped for the ball on the goal. So did three Packer defenders. Owens, at 6 foot 4 inches and with springy legs, leaped highest and snared the ball. The defenders, however, kept him from going over. He was wrestled to earth on the one.
LAST PLAY OF GAME
Since the play had started on Green Bay's 41 yard line with seven second left, the gun sounded while the final drama was unfolding. So Green Bay won a cliffhanger and it surely must have been a gratifying experience for the Packers, who in recent years have often come close but rarely have won. This was only an exhibition, played before 18,916 fans at Kezar Stadium, but once again the Packers showed that, under Lombardi, they are ready to play bruising, alert football. Green Bay now has a 1-1 record in games that do not count. The Packers lost in the last seconds to the Chicago Bears at Milwaukee in their opener, 19-16. The 49ers are also 1-1, having beaten Washington with a touchdown in the last nine seconds here a week ago, 27-24.
KNAFELC SCORE ON PASS
Green Bay touchdowns were scored on Lamar McHan's four yard pass to Gary Knafelc, Paul Hornung's nine yard run and Don McIlhenny's two yard drive. Hornung kicked the extra points and a 21 yard field goal. San Francisco had two one yard scoring plays, by Jim Pace and Joe Perry. Bobby Luna added the points and a 20 yard field goal. For the second straight game, Green Bay's defense held the opposition without a touchdown until the fourth quarter. In fact, the 49ers did not get a touchdown until six minutes had elapsed in the final quarter or 51 full minutes into the game. Meanwhile, the Packers had built up a 17-3 lead. Even though Tittle was sent in to pull the game out in the fourth quarter, the Packers never permitted the 49ers to come closer than seven points. Green Bay again showed a stronger running game than in the past. Vito (Babe) Parilli and McHan, the former Cardinal, shared the quarterbacking duties as Bart Starr, who may well be the team's best signal caller, sat this one out, as planned by Lombardi.
PASSES RIDDLE DEFENSE
For the second straight game, also, the Packer secondary was riddled with passes, especially in the late going, but Green Bay was playing without Emlen Tunnell, who has a broken hand, and Bobby Dillon, who has not yet returned from his short lived retirement. The Packers had the edge in ground gaining with Jim Taylor again showing the way. The 49ers had a big yardage edge on the losing shots of John Brodie and Tittle, but Parilli and McHan showed good percentage, especially Parilli, who completed 9 out of 11 passes as he fought to retain a place on the team. The Packers had two interceptions to San Francisco's none and recovered two San Francisco fumbles and lost none of their own. After a scoreless first quarter, Luna kicked his field goal to put San Francisco ahead, 3-0. Hornung retaliated with his three pointer. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, rookie Paul Lowe of the 49ers coughed up the ball when Dan Currie tackled him and Bill Forester recovered for Green Bay on San Francisco's 34. Seven plays later, McHan put the Packers in the lead for good with his pass to Knafelc.
HORNUNG RUNS NINE YARDS
The third period was scoreless but on the first play of the fourth, Hornung ran nine yards around end for Green Bay's second touchdown. This culminated a 73 yard drive in eight plays with Parilli at the throttle. The 49ers came back after the ensuing kickoff for their first touchdown with Tittle in command. Lowe's 40 yard kickoff return and a 15 yard personal foul penalty on the Packers gave San Francisco a flying start and the remaining 42 yards were negotiated in 12 plays. At that, Tittle had to connect with Billy Wilson for a first down when it was fourth down and 14 to go. Then after the 49ers reached the one, it took three plays to make it home. Perry was held twice, then Pace scored. With the 49ers closing in, George Dixon took the next kickoff two yards back of the goal and set sail downfield. The 49ers did not stop the rookie Negro speedster from Bridgeport (Conn.) University until 96 yards later, when he was pushed out on San Francisco's six by Dick Moegle.
TITTLE SPARKS DRIVE
Lew Carpenter ran to the two and then McIlhenny put the ball across, only a minute after San Francisco's first touchdown. Again Tittle and the 49ers came back, this time 71 yards in five plays. Perry skirted end for the last yard after an interference penalty on the Packers had given the 49ers first down on the one. So it was 24-17 with 5:40 to go. McHan couldn't get the Packers going and they had to punt after three plays. Bobby Freeman stopped Tittle's first bid with an interception. Again the Packers ran three plays and punted. This time the clock and the margin of one yard stopped Tittle from a tie.
GREEN BAY - 0 10 0 14 - 24
SAN FRANCISCO - 0 3 0 14 - 17
SF – Bobby Luna, 20-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 3-0
GB – Hornung, 21-yard field goal TIED 3-3
GB – Knafelc, 4-yard pass from McHan (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 10-3
GB – Hornung, 9-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 17-3
SF – Jim Pace, 1-yard run (Luna kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
GB – McIlhenny, 6-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 24-10
SF – Joe Perry, 1-yard run (Luna kick) GREEN BAY 24-17