Game Notes: Green Bay vs. Detroit 10/25/42

The 3-1 Packers traveled to Detroit to face the 0-5 Lions in Briggs Stadium. After dropping their first three games by a combined 55-7 score, the Lions fired Coach Bill Edwards and replaced him with his assistant, Bull Karcis. Things did not improve. In fact, Detroit lost all 11 games that season. Their passers combined to throw just touchdown pass all year, while tossing 33 interceptions, and it was turnovers that fueled the Packer victory on this day when the Lions actually outgained Green Bay, particularly on the ground.

Green Bay received the kickoff, but the first two drives for each team ended in punts. Finally, the Packers put together a drive consisting of a couple runs by Lou Brock, a button hook pass from Cecil Isbell to Don Hutson, a 10-yard keeper by Isbell and a 35-yard gain on Isbell hitting Hutson on a crossing pattern down to the Lions’ 11. Two more runs by Brock put the ball on the four. After an incomplete pass to Hutson, Isbell hit Joe Carter for the score on fourth down with five minutes to go in the first quarter.

At the end of the quarter, the Packers recovered a Lions fumble at the 35 and began the second quarter with a 21-yard gain on a pass from Isbell to Ted Fritsch in the flat. Chuck Sample put the Packers ahead 14-0 with a 1-yard plunge. Later in the period, the Lions drove to the Packer five, but Ted Fritsch at linebacker batted a Detroit pass in the air and picked it off.  Green Bay immediately punted on first down to the 47. The next Lions’ pass was picked off by Hutson at the 20 and returned to the 36. After still another punt by Green Bay, Lou Brock picked off next Lions pass, but the Packers could not score before halftime.

In the second half, the Packers did not attempt a single pass. They scored a third touchdown in the third quarter after Buckets Goldenberg recovered a Lions’ fumble at the Detroit 35 and returned it to the 10. From there, Lou Brock scored on a run up the middle. 21-0.

In the fourth quarter, the Lions finally completed a long touchdown drive to close the margin to 21-7, but on the ensuing kickoff, Andy Uram went right up the center of the field 98 yards for the final touchdown of the game.

Isbell completed seven of 16 passes and Tony Canadeo one of two. Don Hutson caught four passes for 70 yards. On 30 offensive snaps, Hutson lined up wide 17 times and flexed about four yards seven times. On the 21 offensive snaps without Hutson, only once did a Packer end line up wide and only five times flexed.

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