TITLE 1 of 13: BAYS DEFEAT BEARS, CAPTURE TITLE

Editor’s observe: Each week via the remainder of the common season and playoffs, we are going to take a look again at authentic newspaper accounts of the Green Bay Packers’ 13 championship titles, essentially the most within the National Football League.

This story was initially printed Dec. 9, 1929.

Chicago, Ill. – The Green Bay Packers clinched the National Professional Football league championship right here Sunday afternoon in a most convincing vogue after they humbled the as soon as haughty Chicago Bears, 25 to Zero, within the Packers’ last league sport of the season. The victory offers the highly effective Bays the distinctive distinction of being the primary staff within the historical past of the professional league to finish a season with a document unmarred by defeat.

A crowd of over 5,000 diehards witnessed the sport. They got here with the expectations of seeing an aroused Bear staff humble the champions, however they remained to marvel on the brilliance of the Packers, who have been champions in each respect.

Lidberg Proves Hero.

Carl Lidberg, the previous Gopher, out-Joested Joesting with the terrific plunging, tearing off acquire after acquire in ripping the Bear line to items. And when Carl wasn’t rending the Chicago line, little Eddie Kotal, former Lawrence star, was snaring pbades the like of which has seldom been seen on any gridiron.

Big Carl had a subject day, displaying one of many biggest throughout video games any fullback ever performed anyplace. He was smacking via the road on protection to nail Bear runners, he was intercepting pbades in every single place, was plunging with bitterness and blocking with a forethought. But it remained for little Eddie to offer the joys of the day with a leaping one handed catch of a ahead go and a 25-yard run to a landing.

Grabs Off Pbad.

Closely coated by Red Grange, Illinois’ former Galloping Ghost, Eddie leaped excessive within the air, hooked the ball along with his left hand, got here down with toes a-flying and scampered away 25 yards for the marker. It introduced the entire crowd to its toes.

Lewellen and Dilweg additionally performed star video games for the winners.

Because of the slippery going, the Bays had bother getting began, however alongside halfway within the first interval they carried the ball into Bear territory. Two pbades which simply missed completion by inches stored them from scoring on this spurt.

Shortly earlier than the interval ended Walquist of the Bears fumbled, after an alternate of punts and Kotal recovered on the Bear 13-yard line. Both sides have been offside on the primary play, however on the following Lidberg crashed via proper guard and over the aim line. Dunn’s kick for the additional level regarded good, however was dominated vast.

Bears Are Fooled.

Right after the beginning of the second half, the Packers superior to the 12-yard line. Lidberg made 11 yards in three tries.

The Bears, anticipating Lidberg once more, have been crossed utterly, Lewellen taking the ball off left deal with and crossing the aim line earlier than a hand touched him. Dunn’s kick was vast once more.

Lidberg intercepted Holmer’s go on the Bear 25-yard line shortly after the following kickoff. Kotal then snared a go from Dunn, out-dodging Red Grange and outspeeding the opposite Bear again and racing to the aim. Dunn place kicked the additional level.

Lidberg once more supplied the Bays with their subsequent scoring likelihood when he intercepted one other Bear go on the Bear 28-yard line. Then adopted Lewellan’s go to Kotal and Eddie miraculous catch for the ultimate landing. Dunn’s kick was vast to convey the rating to 25 to Zero.

Plan Big Homecoming.

The Bays entered the sport with the only thought of not being made victims of an upset. They knew of Green Bay’s elaborate plans for the homecoming celebration on Monday and Tuesday, they usually have been decided that their good season shouldn’t be spoiled by a final sport defeat.

Statistics of the sport reveal the Packer superiority. The Bays piled up fourteen first downs to 5 for the Bears, and three of the latter got here within the second quarter, after they have been deep in their very own territory. The Packers tried eighteen pbades and accomplished seven for a complete acquire of 111 yards, whereas the Bears tried twenty pbades, accomplished 5 for a acquire of 64 yards, and had 4 intercepted.

1929 Packers at a Glance

Coach: Curly Lambeau

Record: 12-Zero-1

Hall of Fame gamers: Cal Hubbard, Curly Lambeau, Johnny “Blood” McNally, Mike Michalske

Key statistics: The Packers allowed simply 22 factors and registered eight shutouts in 13 league video games. . . . They scored 127 of their 198 factors within the second half.

A narrative value retelling: The NFL was simply 10 years outdated and acknowledged its league champion based mostly on the ultimate standings. So there was no playoff cash. But on Nov. 26, the day after the Packers beat the New York Giants to safe sole possession of first place, the Green Bay Press-Gazette initiated a “Championship Fund” to boost cash for the gamers. Although the inventory market had simply crashed, throwing the nation right into a melancholy, greater than $5,000 was raised in two weeks. Two days after the season ended, the followers of Green Bay held a banquet for the gamers and gave every one $220 plus a watch.

Cliff Christl, 1998

Box Score

Green Bay 6-Zero-19-Zero-25
Chicago     Zero-Zero- Zero-Zero-Zero

Scoring: Touchdowns – Lidberg, Lewellen, Kotal, 2. Kick after landing – Dunn.

Packers-Bears lineups

Green Bay
Lavvie Dilweg
Bill Kern
Mike Michalske
Jug Earp
Jim Bowdoin
Cal Hubbard
Dick O’Donnell
Red Dunn
Verne Lewellen
Eddie Kotal
Cully Lidberg

Chicago
Luke Johnson
Packie Nelson
Zuck Carlson
Bert Pearson
Joe Kopcha
Don Murray
Bill Fleckenstein
Paddy Driscoll
Red Grange
Laurie Walquist
Walt Holmer