GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(DALLAS) - “Here’s the ball, Offense! Now go ahead and score…” That’ about what the Green Bay Packer Defense said to the Offense in the Cotton bowl here Saturday night, and the Attack promptly took the hint, producing three touchdowns and a field goal to defeat the Dallas Texans, 24 to 14, before 14,000, including 24 Packer Backers who flew down from Green Bay. The Green Bay offense never was able to score on a sustained drive out of its own territory all night, but once the defense picked up the pigskin on a Texan fumble or an interception in Dallas territory, it was an easy matter to score victory No. 2. John Martinkovic, the gigantic defensive end, went down the chimney, like Santa, to present a shiny new football to the offense early in the game. The offense accepted his fumble recovery on the Texan 45 and seven plays later Green Bay was ahead, 7-0, on Tobin Rote’s 27-yard throw to Bob Mann. After the Texan’s two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the first half gave them a 14-7 lead, Martinkovic played Santa again and the Packers were off and running in the third period. He swiped the ball from Bob Celeri on the statue of liberty play on the Texans’ 34 and four plays later Rote hurled 21 yards to Bill Howton for a tie score. Clarence Self sole a little of Martinkovic’s stuff in the third period, recovering Dick Hoerner’s fumble on the Texas 39. Six plays later, Bill Reichardt kicked a 32-yard field goal to put the Pack in front, 17-14. Bobby Dillon, playing before his Missus, clinched the victory by intercepting George Taliaferro’s pass, deflected by Self, on the Texan 31 in the fourth quarter. And the Packers quickly scored – this time in five plays, with Babe Parilli pitching the last 10 to Howton in the end zone for the TD. Fred Cone converted after each touchdown. The Packer defense, victimized by Los Angeles’ 24-point rally a week ago, was murder all night despite Dallas’ two teedees. The Texans made only 86 yards rushing through the tough Bay line and linebacking corps. Dallas received 146 yards via passing but 78 came on Taliaferro’s 78-yard run off a screen pass from Celeri, leaving but 68 by “normal” passes. The Texans scored twice with uneasy ease and more than half of their yardage for the night was wrapped in the two quick TD swipes. They got life on the Packer 45 when a fourth down try for one yard and a first down failed. Celeri ran 31 yards when a pass attempt failed, and then bolted 11 to the Packer 3, from where Hoerner crashed over to tie the score at 7-7. The Texans got the ball right back after forcing Parilli to punt. On the first play, Bob Forte pitched Celeri for a seven-yard loss to the 22, but on the next, Celeri hurled over the heads of the rushing Packer linesmen into Taliaferro’s hands at the scrimmage line. Taliaferro, behind great downfield blocking, went the distance. Chubby Grigg, the former Packer, kicked both extra points, the second of which ended the Texans’ scoring for the night. While the Packer offense couldn’t work a sustained scoring drive of over 47 yards, the unit came in with a respectable 318 yards – 187 by rushing and 131 on 15 completions in 30 attempts. Rote hit 11 out of 20 tried for 117 yards and two TDs, while Parilli posted four for 10 and one TD.
KEEPS DEFENSE HONEST
Clemson Cone kept the Dallas defense honest with his consistent smashes which figured in the last two touchdown marches. He finished up as the top ground gainer in the game with 79 yards in 15 attempts. Rote came in with 65 in 10 tries, mostly on keepers or runs off pass attempts. The Packers popped a surprise that made the Texans think twice – one Stretch Elliott, who caught four for 40 yards on short jabs up the middle. Howton caught only three for 36 yards but two went for TDs, while Bob Mann nailed his only reception for 28 yards and a six-pointer. Mann later was injured and had to retire from action. While the Packers didn’t run the scorekeeper out of numbers, they gave the Texan trainer a busy night. The Bays were hitting so hard that at least 10 players had to leave at different times for repairs or smelling salts. One may be out for the season – George Robison, a rookie linebacker who suffered a broken ankle. On the play, Elliott blocked out both Robison and Jerry Davis as Parilli made 16 yards on a keeper. The Texans made the first bid. After receiving, they whipped up two first downs and were only three yards from another when Martinkovic recovered Chuck Ortmann’s fumble on the Dallas 47. Bobby Jack Floud made one and Rote made it a first down in two tries on the 37. Elliott went down the middle for 10 on a pitch from Rote and then Rote hurled to Howton for five. After Rote was smashed back five, he hit Mann on the 10 with a well-aimed throw and Bob crawled the last five yards into the end zone.
81-YARD PUNT PLAY
Neither team was able to do much, and Hank Lauricella put the Packers in the hole with a punt out of bounds on the two. The Texans toughened, and Parilli blasted a beautiful 81-yard quick kick on third down but the Packers was offside, nullifying it. The kick was figured from the 12 (the line of scrimmage) and it was downed on the Texan seven. Actually, it went over 90 yards from where he stood. Parilli tried a pass on the new third won but it hit the crossbar and he finally punted. Parilli and Lauricella punted back and forth until midway in the second period when the Packers moved from their own 23 to the Texan 38 on runs by Reichardt, Cone and Parilli and Parilli’s screener to Tony Canadeo. The attack stalled and Cone missed a field goal from the 48. After Celeri quick kicked on second down and the Packers muffed a first down on their own 45, the Texans went on their lone scoring spree. Just before the half, Rote made 15 yards and Parilli nine in two runs off the spread and Reichardt missed a field goal from the 49 with one second left. With Canadeo and Rote running and Rote passing to Elliott and Keane, the Packers moved 20 yards to their own 45 where Rote fumbled and Keever Jankovich recovered for the Texans on the Bay 46. A moment later, Martinkovic stole the ball from Celeri and the Packers were off to the races. Cone started the second TD drive from the 34 with a 12-yard bolt over left guard. The Packers were holding on Canadeo’s four-yard gain, but Rote hurled to Cone for 16 yards and then to Howton for the TD. Bill took the ball on the four and rolled in.
GRIGG MISSES FIELD GOAL
After Reichardt’s FG made it 17-14, the Texans moved from their own 17 to the Packers 22, chiefly on Celeri’s 17-yard pass to Taliaferro and Taliferro’s 31-yard pass to Stan Williams. The attack stalled and Grigg missed a field goal try from the 25. After the Packers lost the ball at midfield, Dillon intercepted a pass intended for Hoerner on the Dallas 40 and returned it to the 31. Cone smashed for 11 yards in two cracks. Canadeo added five and Cone five more before Parilli hurled to Howton in the end zone for the score. Ab Wimberly caught Celeri twice for nine-yard losses to kill the Texans’ first threat. Dom Moselle ended their last by intercepting Taliaferro’s pass on the Packer four-yard line with seconds left.
GREEN BAY - 7 0 10 7 - 24
DALLAS - 0 14 0 0 - 14
GREEN BAY DALLAS
First Downs 19 12
Rushing-Yards-TD 45-187-0 20-86-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 15-30-155-3-1 10-29-194-1-2
Sacked-Yards 3-24 5-48
Net Passing Yards 131 146
Total Yards 318 232
Fumbles-lost 2-2 4-3
Turnovers 3 5
Yards penalized 7-81 4-20
1st - GB - Bob Mann, 28-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - DAL - Dick Hoerner, 3-yard run (Chubby Grigg kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - DAL - George Taliaferro, 72-yard pass from Bob Celeri (Grigg kick) DALLAS 14-7
3rd - GB - Bill Howton, 22-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) TIED 14-14
3rd - GB - Bill Reichardt, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-14
4th - GB - Howton, 10-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
GREEN BAY - Fred Cone 15-79, Tobin Rote 10-65, Babe Parilli 2-16, Tony Canadeo 7-15, Bobby Jack Floyd 6-6, Bill Robinson 3-4, Bill Reichardt 1-4, Billy Grimes 1-(-2)
DALLAS - Bob Celeri 3-54, Chuck Ortmann 4-21, Dick Hoerner 6-9 1 TD, Buddy Young 3-6, George Taliaferro 4-(-4)
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 20-11-117 2 TD 1 INT, Babe Parilli 10-4-38 1 TD
DALLAS - Bob Celeri 15-7-147 1 TD, George Taliaferro 7-1-32 2 INT, Chuck Ortmann 6-2-15, Buddy Young 1-0-0
GREEN BAY - Carl Elliott 4-40, Billy Howton 3-36 2 TD, Tony Canadeo 3-9, Jim Keane 2-22, Fred Cone 2-20, Bob Mann 1-28 1 TD
DALLAS - George Taliaferro 5-129 1 TD, Buddy Young 2-18, Gene Felker 2-15, Stan Williams 1-32