14 Plays and Three and a Half Minutes…

The day after the Packers October 27, 1935 comeback 17-14 win over the Bears in Wrigley Field, Chicago Tribune sportswriter George Strickland began his game account:

Fourteen plays and three half minutes from the end of yesterday’s game at Wrigley Field the Chicago Bears were a swaggering smug aggregation out in front 14 to 3 and seemingly unstoppable on their march to another National Professional Football league championship. Fourteen plays and three and a half minutes later they left the field beaten 17 to 14 by a Green Bay team that staged one of the most sensational finishes in the history of football.

One paragraph later, Strickland continued:

Then out of the dusk came a long pass. Arnie Herber to Don Hutson and down the west side line went Hutson, Bears lurching futilely in his wake. First Sisk and then Joe Zeller hurled themselves at the twisting, side stepping All-American end. Bernie Masterson gave chase and a lunge, and finally Ed Kawal slapped the fleeting Hutson on the heels just before he crossed the north goal, completing a 69 yard gain. Schwammel kicked the extra point and the score was, Bears 14: Green Bay 10. Green Bay had put itself back into the ball game in four plays after Sisk apparently had definitely put it out.

A kickoff over the goal line, a fumble by Masterson on the first play, and Green Bay again had the ball, this time on the Bears’ 13 yard line. Four more plays and then Herber again passed to Hutson, this time a short flat toss which gained three yards for a touchdown. Ernie Smith place kicked the extra point, and the Packers led 17-14.

Strickland followed up on Tuesday with an analytical piece on the game that included this explanation:

The success of the Herber-Hutson duo in Sunday’s game may be attributed to the fact that Jack Manders, the Bears big full back was not in the game. He had been replaced by Gene Ronzani. Manders, much faster than Ronzani, had kept the fleet Hutson well covered most of the day. Ronzani, the hardest charging back on the Bear squad, was no match for the former Alabama All-American in a race to the open.

In two victories over the Bears in 1935, the rookie Hutson scored all three Packer touchdowns via passes from Arnie Herber and introduced himself to the NFL as its most dangerous player.

2waydhutsonc  1968tairpair

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All but the 53-Man custom cards are my colorizations.


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