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Detroit Lions (7-3) 14, Green Bay Packers (6-4) 3

Sunday December 2nd 1945 (at Detroit)


air to set up both their touchdowns. Two passes from Chuck Fenenbock to Bob Westfall accounted for 39 yards of Detroit's first touchdown drive, Westfall smashing through right tackle from the one-yard line for the score midway of the third period.


Four minutes later the Lions put together five straight passes to travel 84 yards and count their second touchdown on Fenenbock's 25 yard pitch to Andy Farkas, who had eluded Hutson to get behind the Green Bay secondary. Farkas made the catch in the clear on the 10 yard line and scooted across. Bill Callihan's accurate left toe converted extra points after both the touchdowns. Altogether Fennenbock threw 23 passes, completing 13 of them for 219 yards - all but 30 yards of Detroit's total gains by air. The Packers completed nine passes for 80 yards in gains but four of Green Bay's 28 pitches were turned into interceptions run back a total of 83 yards by the Lions. The Packers, gaining 157 yards on the ground, were inside Detroit's 20-yard line five times but couldn't muster the touchdown power.


Hutson's fumble broke up a first period drive on the Lion four-yard line. Early in the second period the Packers got to the 13 for a first down but three plays gained only seven yards and Hutson split the uprights with his 15 yard field goal. Before halftime the Packers drove to a first down on the Detroit seven yard line but the Lions rose up to take over on downs on the 16. The Lions also held for downs twice in the second half on their 15. Atoning for an early season 57 to 21 massacre at the hands of the Packers. Detroit held Green Bay without a touchdown for the first time since their second pro meeting in 1934, Detroit's first years in the league. Hutson, who increased his season's scoring total to 97 points with the field goal, his second of the year, caught four passes against the Lions worth a net of 40 yards. The veteran end thus finished the campaign with 47 catches gaining a total of 834 yards and accounting for nine Packer touchdowns.


Irv Comp's 16 yard pass to Hutson put the Packers on the Detroit 40 yard line with their initial first down after about four minutes of play in the opening period. Ted Fritsch gained eight yards in two tries and Comp passed to Carl Mulleneaux for nine yards and a first down on the Lion 23. Hutson swung Detroit's left end for 19 yards on an end around play as the Packers powered to the four yard line but Fritsch failed to gain, a pass fell incomplete and Hutson fumbled on the next play, Stan Batinsky recovering for the Lions and running the ball to the 23. The Lions didn't get outside their own 40 yard line in the opening period, which ended scoreless. At the outset of the second period Green Bay opened an assault that carried 41 yards to the Detroit six yard line in seven plays. A ten yard pass to end Nolan Luhn set off the drive and Joe Laws dashed through a big hole at center and raced 20 yards before being hauled down on the Lion 13. Fritsch and Roy McKay gained three yards in two punches and McKay passed four yards to Laws to put the ball on the Detroit six for Hutson's field goal attempt.


With the ball held on the 15, Hutson was given plenty of time and converted the slight angle shot with the clock showing only 3 minutes and 10 seconds of play elapsed in the second period. Detroit received the kickoff and Fenenbock passed 25 yards to end Johnny Greene for a first down on the Detroit 47 but the Packers trapped Fenenbock trying to pass on the next play and smeared him for a 21 yard loss. After Fenenbock's punt was returned by Laws to the Green Bay 41, the Packers started knocking again with Bruce Smith carrying the load. Smith crashed through for eight yards, then four and circled Detroit's left end for 27 more and a first down at the 20 yard line. Charley Sample picked up three yards and Smith hit tackle for 10 more and a first down on the Detroit seven, but there the Lions stiffened.


Sample lost a yard, Smith gained it back and then Smith was thrown for a four yard loss. The Packers drew a five yard penalty for taking too much time and the Lions batted down a fourth down pass intended for Laws in the end zone. The Lions roared back after taking the ball on downs. Aided by Fenenbock's 19 yard pass to Farkas and a 16 yard pitch to Westfall, plus a roughing penalty against the Packers. Detroit moved to the Green Bay 17, where Fenenbock was dumped for a 16 yard loss as the half ended. Detroit scored on a sustained march the first time it got the ball in the second half. Fenenbock pitched 24 yards to Westfall but was slammed for a 32 yard loss by Green Bay end Joel Mason while dancing around trying to locate a receiver. The loss was nullified, however, when officials detected defensive holding by the Packers and Detroit was given first down on the Green Bay 43. A couple of running plays carried to the 36, from where Fenenbock passed 15 yards to Jack Matheson and 15 more to Westfall for a first down on the Packer six. Calligan gained three yards and Westfall two more through the line and Westfall sliced through right tackle on third down for the first Detroit touchdown. Callihan's first conversion made the score 7-3.


Smith brought Detroit's kickoff back 26 yards back to the Packer 30 from where Comp completed two straight short passes to Hutson and Luhn and Ben Starrett gained five yards for a first down at the Detroit 46. Elmer Hackney interfered with Luhn on the next pass and the play was called complete on the Detroit 18, but three incomplete Packer passes helped the Lions to take over on downs on the 15. From there the Lions really went into the air. After a line play picked up a yard Fenenbock pitched 28 yards to Farkas, lost two yards on his next pass but connected on an 18 yard pitch to Greene for a first down at the Packer 40. Callihan flipped a basketball pass to Matheson for a first down on the 25 and Fenenbock arched the next one to Farkas, who had managed to get behind Hutson and made the catch easily for the second Detroit touchdown. Callihan again converted the extra point to make it 14-3.


The Packers struck back past midfield by Chuck DeShane intercepted a long pass on the Detroit 10. Lou Brock intercepted the Lions' next pitch and came back all the way to the 15, where again Detroit held for downs, batting away a fourth down pass to Hutson at the goal line. Three times before the final gun the Lions intercepted other Packer passes. Dave Ryan ran one of the interceptions back 40 yards and the Lions pushed to the Packer five before yielding the ball on downs with only a minute to play. Three Packer passes were complete as Green Bay advanced to midfield but Ivan Trebotich intercepted the next pitch as the game ended.

GREEN BAY -  0  3  0  0 -  3

DETROIT   -  0  0 14  0 - 14


2ND - GB - Don Hutson, 15-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0

3RD - DET - Bob Westfall, 1-yard run (Bill Callihan kick) DETROIT 7-3

3RD - DET - Andy Farkas, 25-yd pass from Chuck Fenenbock (Callihan kick) DETROIT 14-3



(DETROIT) - Shattering an old time jinx by at least corralling the ageless Don Hutson and beating the Green Bay Packers 14 to 3, the Detroit Lions stood today as runnersup in the Western division of the NFL by finishing the season with seven victories and three defeats. Beaten 10 straight times by the Packers since their 23 to 14 victory of 1940, the Lions came from behind in the third period to thrill a crowd of 23,468 by scoring twice on marches of 75 and 84 yards to offset Hutson's second period field goal. Held in check on the ground by a Packer line that yielded only 55 yards rushing, the Lions went into the

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