After the disappointing loss in the 1938 championship game, the Packers made amends a year later. Although the team was just third in scoring and fourth in points allowed, Green Bay posted a 9-2 mark, with both losses by just three points and both resulting from fourth quarter comebacks by the opposition. The Pack was 5-1 at home and 4-1 on their season-closing road trip that stretched from Halloween on. They were 4-0 against losing teams and 5-2 against all others.
As I wrote in Pioneer Coaches of the NFL:
In a rematch [with Steve Owen’s Giants] in Milwaukeee on December 10, 1939, an effective passing game was again key in a 27-0 Packer blowout. It was the largest title game point differential in history until the Bears beat Washington 73-0 the following year. Lambeau’s attack this time, though, was to rely more on a power running game. On a very windy Wisconsin day, the Packers ran the ball 49 times for 138 yards and threw the ball just ten times, completing seven for 96 yards, with three interceptions. The Giants ran 34 times for 72 yards and threw 25 passes, but completed just eight for 94 yards and had six passes intercepted. Don Hutson was held to just two receptions for 21 yards, but his first catch for 15 yards set up a touchdown pass from Herber to Milt Gantenbein two plays later, with Hutson acting as a decoy.
Leading just 7-0 at the half, Green Bay took control in the third quarter, scoring ten points, including a 31-yard touchdown pass from Cecil Isbell to Joe Laws to make the score 17-0 and making the fourth quarter a time of desperation for New York. The Packers intercepted two more passes and scored 10 more points to complete their win.
Arnie Herber led Green Bay’s two-armed passing attack by throwing for 1,107 yard, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Second-year-man Cecil Isbell added 749 yards, six TDs and five interceptions. Isbell also led the team in rushing with 407 yards and caught nine passes. Clarke Hinkle gained 381 yards on the ground. Andy Uram set a team record with a 97-yard touchdown run against the Cardinals. Don Hutson led the league in catches (34), yards receiving (846) and yards per catch (24.9) and led the team in touchdown catches with 6 and points with 38. Hinkle chipped in 35 points, while guard Tiny Engebretsen added 30 points with his foot. Rookie center Charlie Brock led the team with seven interceptions and Joe Laws added three.
An eight-man rookie class made the Packers, led by Brock and versatile Larry Craig. Craig played blocking back on offense and end on defense, allowing the slender Hutson to move to the defensive backfield where he was much better suited.
Hutson, Craig, tackle Baby Ray and guard Buckets Goldenberg all were named first team All-Pros, while Hinkle, Isbell and guard Russ Letlow made the second team.
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