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    Sunday November 25, 1951
    San Francisco 49ers @ San Diego Chargers
    Location: Balboa Park Stadium, San Diego, California
    Attendance: 26,703
    Weather: Cloudy, Rain and 58 degrees, Wind: 16 mph from the NW
    Game MVP: Buddy Young

    “Chargers notch first NFL victory,” John Herbert, San Diego Union

    26,000+ San Diegan’s turned out despite sporadic torrential downpours to watch the Chargers pull off a dramatic 14-13 upset over the rival 49ers. Two big plays and the nastiest weather of the NFL season contributed to the Chargers victory. “It was the craziest game this season. The rain came in flurries and sometimes made it impossible sustain anything. I was impressed by the turn out despite the weather. Thanks San Diego…….it was fantastic,” commented an elated Coach Jimmy after the game. Chargers return specialist George Taliaferro put San Diego up on the board first with a brilliant 71 yard run to pay dirt. “George shook the first tackler then broke left and it was off the races. We had some great blocking as well,” continued Coach Jimmy. San Francisco responded with a 9 play 67 yard drive that ended with a Joe Perry 1 yard plunge. 49ers kicker Mike Young could not connect on the extra point try and San Diego took a 7-6 lead into the fourth quarter. San Francisco put together another extended drive to start the fourth that culminated with another Joe Perry touchdown run and this time Mike Young was on point. With 8:35 left in the game the 49ers took a 13-7 lead. “With the passing game stalled….we just started to pound them with a combination of Perry and Strzykalski. It almost worked,” stated losing 49ers Coach Buck Shaw. San Diego’s next possession stalled after 5 plays and they were forced to punt. Tom Williams booted a 47 yarder in the driving rain and pinned Frankie Albert and his offense back on their own 12 yard line. “It was a heck of a punt. Tom has a strong leg and has come through for us time and time again,” commented Special Teams Coach Joey Sternaman when asked about his punter. “Tom was forced to kick it away seven times today in horrible conditions and averaged 41 yards a punt. The 60 yard punt in the second quarter helped his average,” continued Coach Sternaman. Albert and company could only muster 19 yards before being forced to punt it away with 2:45 left on the game clock. Taliaferro received the Alan Mowry punt and returned it 31 yards almost back to the original line of scrimmage. Bob Williams and his bunch took over on the San Francisco 34 yard line. 2 plays later Bob Williams found a streaking Buddy Young for 28 yard touchdown strike with 1:39 left on the clock. Veteran kicker Harvey Johnson put the extra point through despite and rushing hoard of 49ers to put his team up 14-13. “It must have been a broken coverage in their secondary….I was wide open,” remarked Buddy Young when the press caught with him after the game. The victory, however, could prove to be a costly one for San Diego. Bob Williams was hit hard by a bull rushing Leo Nomellini on what ended up being the winning play and did not return. In addition, linebacker Tommy Thompson and safety Ebert Van Buren both hobbled off the field late in the fourth quarter. Coach Jimmy had no updates to give the press at the post game press conference.

    Plays from scrimmage: San Francisco 63 (18 First Downs); San Diego 50 (10 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Francisco 27 for 97 yards (3.6 avg); San Diego 27 for 69 yards (2.6 avg)
    Pass plays: San Francisco 18 for 34 (53%), 2 INT; San Diego 15 for 21 (71%), 1 TD
    Passing: San Francisco 247 yards (7.3 per play); San Diego 185 yards (8.8 per play)
    Turnovers: San Francisco 0; San Diego 2
    Punts: San Francisco 6 punts for 256 yards (42.7 avg); San Diego 7 punts for 289 yards (41.3 avg)
    Third Down: San Francisco 4 for 11 (36%); San Diego 2 for 11 (18%)
    Red Zone: San Francisco 2 for 2 (0 FG, 2 TD); San Diego 0 for 1 (0 FG, 0 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Francisco 32:01; San Diego 27:59

    Game Information
    Third Quarter
    SD – TD George Taliaferro 71 yard punt return (Harvey Johnson kick) 7-0 SD
    SF – TD Joe Perry 1 yard run (Mike Young missed extra point) 7-6 SD
    Fourth Quarter
    SF – TD Joe Perry 6 yard run (Mike Young kick) 13-7 SF
    SD – TD Buddy Young 28 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 14-13 SD

    Top performers
    SAN DIEGO
    QB Bob Williams 15-21, 197 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 0.5 yards
    HB Buddy Young 14 carries, 49 yards; 5 receptions, 59 yards, 1 TD
    End Dan Garza 4 receptions, 63 yards
    End Dan Edwards 3 receptions, 56 yards
    DE Barney Poole 6 tackles
    DT Elmer Wingate 7 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 PD
    DE Carl Elliot 4 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 PD, 1 INT
    LB Jim Champion 5 tackles, 1 PD
    CB Bennie Aldridge 8 tackles, 1 sack
    S Ebert VanBuren 6 tackles, 1 INT
    SAN FRANCISCO
    QB Frankie Albert 18-34-2, 258 yards; 3 carries, 8 yards
    HB Johnny Strzykaiski 10 carries, 47 yards; 1 reception, 7 yards
    FB Joe Perry 14 carries, 42 yards; 3 receptions, 40 yards
    End Alyn Beals 6 receptions, 122 yards
    End Gordie Soitau 5 receptions, 60 yards
    DE Gail Bruce 5 tackles, 1 sack
    LB Hardy Brown 8 tackles, 1 sack
    S Jim Cason 6 tackles
    S Jim Powers 6 tackles

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    League round up – Week 9

    “The Browns improves to 8-1” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

    In a key NFL matchup the Cleveland Browns dominated the Chicago Bears 24-3. Offensive backs Ken Carpenter, Don Phelps, and Dub Jones combined for 272 yards on the ground and ran roughshod over the helpless Bears defense. FB Don Phelps broke the century for the first time in his career. He finished the day with 109 yards on the ground. Wide out Mac Speedie was on the receiving end of 9 receptions for 110 yards in the victory. Coach Brown praised his defense for holding second year sensation Billy Stone to 19yards rushing and 19 yards receiving.

    “New York dismantles Cards 35-7” – The New York Times

    Giants Head Coach Steve Owen improved to 138-87-16 as the lead man in New York with a 35-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Charlie Conerly threw for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. His main target was Joe Scott, who caught 7 passes for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. Linebacker John Cannady helped hold Jim hardy and his Cardinals offense down with 13 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, and 1 PD.

    “Bednarik has best defense performance of ’51 season” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Philadelphia Eagles Star linebacker Chuck Bednarik took it to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon and provided his Eags’ with a hard fought 17-14 victory. In, perhaps, one of the best single defensive performances of the ’51 season Bednarik systematically stripped away the Steelers, usually dominate, run game and forced the cross state rival to throw the ball. Bednarik finished the afternoon with 15 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception.

    Other scores from around the league
    Green Bay 24 @ Detroit 27; GAME MVP: QB Bobby Layne 12-22, 158 yards, 2 TD; 7 carries, 41 yards
    Los Angeles 21 @ Washington 28; GAME MVP: FB Rod Goode 137 total yards, 2 TD

    HISTORICAL RESULTS

    “Browns belt Bears; Lions in top spot” – The Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, Pittsburgh) Monday November 26, 1951; page 20

    New York (AP) – The defending champion Cleveland Browns clubbed the Chicago Bears, 42-21, yesterday and in the process not only cemented their own hold on first place in the American division of the National Football League but knocked the monsters of the midway out of a first place tie in the National division. The Detroit Lions, who dominated the Green Packers 52-35 Thursday night, eased into first place in the National Conference, pulling past the Bears and the Los Angeles Rams with who they were involved in a three-way deadlock before the day’s proceedings got under way. The Rams bowed to the Washington Redskins 31-21. In other games yesterday the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17-13, and the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Yanks tied, 10-10. The New York Giants did all their scoring against the Chicago Cards in the second period. Ray Poole kicked an 18 yard field goal. Bosh Pritchard raced 81 yards down the sidelines with a punt for a touchdown and Poole converted and that was the game, Giants over Cards 10-0.

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    NFL standings quarterly report - November 26, 1951

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    NFL quarterly statistical report - November 26, 1951

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    Tuesday November 27, 1951

    “Williams will not make trip to Wisconsin” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Starting signal caller Bob Williams, who was smashed by a hard charging Leo Nomellini, has been diagnosed with a mild concussion. Team Physician Harold Warrenton informed Coach Jimmy that Williams will be sidelined for a week and will miss Sunday’s upcoming match up with Green Bay. “We will have only one quarterback on our roster when we depart for Wisconsin tomorrow. Looks like our veteran quarterback Paul Christman will get the start,” mentioned Coach Jimmy when the press caught up with him Tuesday evening. San Diego did, however, receive some good news from Dr. Warrenton. The News on Tommy Thompson, who left Sunday’s game against San Francisco with a possible head injury, was positive. Dr. Warrenton reported that the X-Rays taken Mercy Hospital found no indication of a serious injury. “Thompson has a stiff neck….probably from a strained ligament. He is expected to play this weekend,” claimed Coach Jimmy. Coach also mentioned that Ebert Van Buren suffered a slight knee injury. He was forced to wear an elastic knee brace during practice this afternoon. “He was not very excited about wearing the brace and the trainers had to argue with him before he gave in,” added Coach Jimmy.

    Friday, November 30, 1951
    (1-7-1) San Diego Chargers @ (2-6-1) Green Bay Packers pre-game report
    Location/time: City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 3:15 pm CST
    Last meeting: Sunday October 28, 1951; Green Bay 10 @ San Diego 10
    All time record: 0-0-1
    Point spread: -4 (GB)
    Over/Under: 41
    Power Rank: San Diego 12; Green Bay 10

    “Southern Cal gridders prep for battle in Wisconsin” – John Herbet, San Diego Union

    Coach Jimmy Phelan and the San Diego Chargers arrived in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Thursday afternoon. The team will stay at the Hotel Northland in Green Bay. Due to a scheduling conflict Coach Jimmy was informed that the team will practice Thursday and Friday in De Pere, Wisconsin at the St. Nobert’s Green Knights football field. “We do not know how much practice we will get in….as the temp today is 29 degrees. Honestly we might not run any drills until Saturday…..when we can get onto the storied City Stadium field,” stated Coach Jimmy when he arrived at the Hotel Northland. San Diego arrives in Green Bay with the 3rd ranked passing attack (230.3 YPG) and the 11th ranked rushing offense (96.3 YPG). It will be up to Paul Christman to keep the Chargers aerial attack in flight despite the freezing temperatures. Christman, who has not thrown a pass against an opposing defense all season, will be counting on his veteran presence and experience to guide the young offense. Christman has started 23 games in his NFL career and thrown for over 7,000 yards and 58 touchdowns. “He is capable of running any offense. We brought him on board for this specific purpose. I am confident Paul can get the job done,” answered Coach Jimmy when pressed about his quarterback situation. Christman will be facing a Packers defense ranked 8th in passing (206.6 YPG) and 4th in rushing (103.2 YPG). All other statistics put aside Green Bay is 77-27-7 at City Stadium. “It is one tough place to win….we’ve got our work cut out for us,” concluded Coach Jimmy.

    INJURY REPORT
    SAN DIEGO
    DT Art Donovan is out; Elmer Wingate will get the start
    LB Al Carapella is out; Tommy Thompson will get the start
    QB Bob Williams is out; Paul Christman will get the start
    GREEN BAY
    LB Jack Cloud is out; Bob Summerhays will get the start
    LB Scott Zachary is out
    CB Michael Evered is out
    S Rebel Steiner is out; Harold Grover will get the start

    TEAM LEADERS
    SAN DIEGO
    Passing leader: Bob Williams 126-223-10, 1,906 yards, 9 TD, 56.5 PCT, 8.55 yds/att, QBR 79.3
    Rushing leader: Buddy Young 157 carries, 508 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Garza 47 receptions, 831 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Al Carapella 51 tackles (38 solo/13 assists)
    Sack leader: Barney Poole 4 sacks
    Passes Defended: Bobbie Griffin 6 PD
    Interception leader: Bobbie Griffin 3 INT
    GREEN BAY
    Passing leader: Tobin Rote 89-209-14, 1,126 yards, 3 TD, 42.6 PCT, 5.39 yds/att, OBR 36.8
    Rushing leader: Tony Canadeo 113 carries, 467 yards, 4 TD
    Receiving leader: Val Jansante 17 receptions, 343 yards
    Tackle Leader: Bill Schroll 61 tackles (42 solo/19 assists)
    Sack leader: Ab Wimberly 3.5 sacks
    Passes Defended: Rebel Steiner 5 PD; Dom Moselle 5 PD
    Interception leader: Rebel Steiner 4 INT

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    congrats on Bolts for first win!

    extra points were no sure thing back then, esp in the rain.

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    Sunday December 2, 1951
    San Diego Chargers @ Green Bay Packers
    Location: City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin
    Attendance: 14,288
    Weather: Cloudy, 31 degrees, Wind: 14 mph from the SW
    Game MVP: Buddy Young

    “Chargers and Packers deadlock – winner undecided” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Two games in the books with ‘Pack’, 48 points scored and fans left to wonder, “Which is the better team?” San Diego and Green Bay left the ‘battlefield’ Sunday afternoon deadlocked 14-14 after the game clock expired. It was the second time this season a winner could not be decided between to the two organizations. San Diego jumped out to an early lead when defensive back Ebert Van Buren stepped in front of a Tobin Rote pass intended for Bob Mann and raced 47 yards to the end zone. On the same play Rote was clobbered by a hard charging Thurman McGraw. Rote left the game and did not return. The next 56 minutes of the game became the battle of the backups. Kicker Harvey Johnson hit the extra point and put the Chargers up 7-0 early in the First. Johnson, who missed two field goal attempts on the afternoon, is having a rough ’51 campaign. He is 4 for 11 on the season but is a perfect 15 for 15 on extra point tries. On Green Bay’s next possession backup quarterback Bobby Thomason hooked up with fullback Fred Cone for a perfectly executed screen pass that went for 77 yards. The big pass play set up a Tony Canadeo 2 yard smash. Packers kicker Hal Mix added the extra point and the first quarter ended in a 7-7 tie. Neither team would see the end zone again until the fourth quarter. With 14:42 left in the fourth Paul Christman lobbed a pass over a sea of Packers to the outstretched hands of offensive end Dan Edwards. The score and ensuing successful extra point put the Bolts up 14-7. After a few stalled drives that resulted in possession changes, Bobby Thomason and the Packers took over on their own 25 yard line. Thomason brought the Packers out of the shadow of their own goal posts with a 17 yard strike to Val Jansante. Five plays later Thomason struck gold with a 30 yard pass to Bob Mann. Mann’s touchdown reception and Mix’s extra point notched it up 14-14 with 2:50 left in the game. On the ensuing kickoff San Diego’s return ace, George Taliaferro, took advantage of some great blocking and rumbled off a 29 yard run. Taliaferro’s return set up Christman his offensive unit with great field position on their own 49 yard line. Christman went to work and completed two quick strikes to Sherman Howard and Buddy Young to Green Bay’s 33 yard line. San Diego could only get 2 more yards to the Green Bay 31 before kicker Harvey Johnson trotted onto the field to attempt a game winning field goal. Johnson’s kick sailed wide right and Green Bay took over with 31 seconds left on the game clock. “It’s a hard way to end a game,” commented Coach Jimmy after the game. “Johnson did his best. It’s always a tough decision make. Do we go for the kick or take one last shot at the end zone? But hey our defense played fantastic today. Thurman McGraw played out of his mind…I mean 2 sacks and seven or eight stops from his defensive tackle position.”

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 61 (14 First Downs); Green Bay 63 (13 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 28 for 111 yards (4.0 avg); Green Bay 24 for 61 yards (2,5 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 14 for 29 (48%) 1 TD, 1 INT; Green Bay 19 for 36 (53%) 1 TD, 2 INT
    Passing: San Diego 125 yards (4.3 per play); Green Bay 237 yards (6.6 per play)
    Turnovers: San Diego 1; Green Bay 2
    Punts: San Diego 8 punts for 333 yards (41.6 avg); Green Bay 8 punts for 334 yards (41.8 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 5 for 14 (36%); Green Bay 5 for 14 (36%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 1 for 1 (0 FG, 1 TD); Green Bay 1 for 1 (0 FG, 1 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 32:08; Green Bay 27:52

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    SD – TD Ebert Van Buren 47 yard interception (Harvey Johnson kick) 7-0 SD
    GB – TD Tony Canadeo 2 yard run (Hal Mix kick) 7-7
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD Dan Edwards 2 yard pass from Paul Christman (Harvey Johnson kick) 14-7 SD
    GB – TD Bob Mann 30 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Hal Mix kick) 14-14

    Top Performers
    SAN DIEGO
    QB Paul Christman 14-29-1, 151 yards, 1 TD; 1 carry for 7 yards
    HB Buddy Young 20 carries, 77 yards; 7 receptions, 68 yards
    DT Thurman McGraw 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 PD
    LB Jim Champion 8 tackles
    CB Bennie Aldrdige 6 tackles, 3 PD
    S Ebert Van Buren 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 TD
    GREEN BAY
    QB Bobby Thomason 17-34-2, 240 yards, 1 TD
    FB Fred Cone 14 carries, 44 yards; 5 receptions, 106 yards
    End Bob Mann 6 receptions, 91 yards
    End Val Jansante 5 receptions, 44 yards
    DT Ed Ecker 8 tackles, 1 sacks
    DT Don Stansauk 7 tackles
    LB Bill Schroll 10 tackles
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    League round up – Monday, December 3, 1951

    “49ers, Lions deadlocked 34-34” – San Francisco Chronicle

    Y.A. Tittle threw for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns while is counterpart, Bobby Layne, tossed the pigskin for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both offenses combined for 863 yards through the air and on the ground in front of 52,000+ at Briggs Stadium Sunday afternoon. Both teams ended the day tied for third in the National Conference race, at 5-4-1.

    “Browns dominate improve ’51 to 9-1” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Marion Motley plowed through a helpless St. Louis Cardinals defense for 141 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Dub Jones added another 42 yards as Cleveland piled up a total of 207 yards on the ground in 34-14 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals

    “Rams brush aside Bears” – Los Angeles Times

    The Los Angeles Rams improved to a National Conference leading 8-2 with a 42-21 defeat of the Chicago Bears. HB Glenn Davis rushed for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory. Rams signal caller Norm Van Brocklin threw for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns. Chicago did not help their cause as they committed four turnovers on the day. The loss dropped the Bears into second place with a 6-3-1 record.

    Pittsburgh 7 @ New York 16; GAME MVP: HB Bosh Pritchard 104 total yards
    Philadelphia 7 @ Washington 24; GAME MVP: HB Bill Dudley 174 total yards 2 TD

    Top performances from Week 10
    AMERICAN CONFERENCE
    QB Charlie Conerly, New York Giants, 208 passing yards
    FB Marion Motley, Cleveland Browns, 141 rushing yards
    FB Bill Dudley, Washington Redskins, 157 receiving yards
    LB Jerry Shipkey, Pittsburgh Steelers, 18 tackles (12 solo/6 assists)
    NATIONAL CONFERENCE
    QB Y.A. Tittle, San Francisco 49ers, 370 passing yards
    RB Glenn Davis, Los Angeles Rams, 91 rushing yards
    End Alyn Beals, San Francisco 49ers, 152 receiving yards
    LB Stu Clarkson, Chicago Bears, 14 tackles (12 solo/2 assists)

    HISTORICAL RESULTS

    December 2, 1951 (Pro Football reference.com)

    San Francisco 49ers 20 @ Detroit Lions 10
    Passing yards: Bobby Layne (DET) 112 yards
    Rushing yards: Joe Perry (SF) 126 yards
    Receiving yards: Bill Jessup (SF) 53 yards

    Chicago Cardinals 28 @ Cleveland Browns 49
    Passing yards: Otto Graham (CLE) 217 yards
    Rushing yards: Charley Trippi (CRD) 50 yards
    Receiving yards: Dante Lavelli (CLE) 78 yards

    Los Angeles Rams 42 @ Chicago Bears 17
    Passing yards: Bob Waterfield (LA) 187 yards
    Rushing yards: Chuck Hunsinger (CHI) 95 yards
    Receiving yards: Elroy Hirsch (LA) 106 yards

    Philadelphia Eagles 35 @ Washington Redskins 21
    Passing yards: Sammy Baugh (WAS) 114 yards
    Rushing yards: Frank Ziegler (PHI) 136 yards
    Receiving yards: Hugh Taylor (WAS) 36 yards

    Pittsburgh Steelers 0 @ New York Giants 14
    Passing yards: Chuck Ortmann (PIT) 129 yards
    Rushing yards: Eddie Price (NYG) 80 yards
    Receiving yards: Henry Minarik (PIT) 50 yards

    New York Yanks 31 @ Green Bay Packers 28
    Passing yards: Bob Celeri (NYY) 196 yards
    Rushing yards: Tobin Rote (GB) 92 yards
    Receiving yards: Dan Edwards (NYY) 124 yards

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    Thursday December 6, 1951

    “Young inks extension” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    It was reported early Thursday morning that the San Diego front office and Claude Henry “Buddy” Young had worked out a deal keeping him in a Bolts uniform through the 1955 season. The deal is, reportedly, worth $140,000 a year over the course of next four seasons and includes an $18,000 signing bonus. “That was good news to hear today,” Mentioned Offensive Coordinator Jim Benton when the press cornered him after practice. Young has appeared in 60 games, starting 52, and has 2,371 yards rushing. He also has 127 receptions for 1,720 yards and has a total of 25 rushing/receiving touchdowns.

    “Lahr to sit for rest of ’51 season” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

    The Cleveland camp has reported the third year sensation Warren Lahr will remain sidelined for the rest of the season with a torn elbow ligament. Lahr had started 20 consecutive games for the Browns. He has recorded 91 tackles, 18 passes defended, and 18 interceptions since been drafted in 1947.”Losing him puts a serious strain on our defensive secondary, “mentioned a disappointed Coach Paul Brown when he addressed the press concerning Lahr’s injury.

    “Bolts, Cards, and the Pack 4-21-5 thru ten weeks of NFL season” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    The San Diego Chargers enter the eleventh week of the season with a 1-7-2 record. They have been outscored by their opponents 107-180. It does not get any easier for Phelan and his crew as they play host to the Chicago Bears this weekend. Sixth year veteran Jim Hardy and his St. Louis Cardinals lost their fifth in a row last week to drop to 1-8-1 on the season. Hardy, who has thrown for 6,053 yards in his career, is having a rough 51’ campaign. He leads the league in interceptions thrown. Coach Gene Ronzani and his Green Bay Packers entertained the San Diego Chargers at City Stadium. The two teams played to a 14-14 tie and dropped Ronazi’s coaching record to 5-15-2. Despite the poor performance, Packers halfback Tony Canadeo has put together another great season. The 10 year vet has collected 4,355 rushing yards, 493 receiving yards and thrown for 1,642 yards. Canadeo also has piled up 2,183 return yards and may well be on his way to the Hall of Fame.

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    Friday December 7, 1951

    “San Diego welcomes the Bears to Southern Cal this weekend” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    (6-3-1) Chicago Bears @ (1-7-2) San Diego Chargers
    Location/time: Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 1:15 pm PST
    Last meeting: October 14, 1951; San Diego 14 @ Chicago 17
    All time record: 0-1
    Point spread: -7 (CHI)
    Over/Under 43.5
    Power Rank: CHICAGO 4; SAN DIEGO 11
    Offensive Rank: CHICAGO 5th; SAN DIEGO 4th
    Defensive Rank: CHICAGO 4th; SAN DIEGO 11th

    Bob Williams and the San Diego Chargers play host to Johnny Lujack and the Chicago Bears this weekend at Balboa Park. The Bolts are coming off a disappointing offensive performance last week which saw the offense produce 236 yards of total offense. Lead signal caller Bob Williams enters the game with a 79.3 quarterback rating and has a solid array of weapons at his disposal again this weekend. “On the defensive side of the ball we will have to go without Al Carapella” remarked Coach Jimmy Friday afternoon. “I am hoping for a better start against the Bears this go around. We spotted them 17 points last game before we woke up and played football.”

    Injury report
    LB Al Carapella is out; Tommy Thompson will get the start

    Team leaders
    Passing leader: Bob Williams 126-223-10, 1,906 yards, 9 TD, 56.5 PCT, 8.55 yds/att, QBR 79.3
    Rushing leader: Buddy Young 177carries, 585 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Garza 49 receptions, 863 yards, 2 TD
    Tackles leader: Al Carapella 51 tackles (38 solo/13 assists)
    Sack leader: Barney Poole 5 sacks
    Passes Defended: Bobbie Griffin 7 PD; Bennie Aldridge 7 PD
    Interception leader: Bobbie Griffin 3 INT

    Johnny Lujack and the Chicago Bears enter Sunday’s game on the heels of a depressing 42-21 drubbing by the Los Angeles Rams. Head Coach George Halas mentioned on Friday, “We could not get anything going last Sunday. We made a handful of uncharacteristic mistakes that we addressed during practice this week. I will tell you….this is, perhaps, the most important game to date this season and we need to bring our A-game” The Bears are trying to keep pace with the 8-2 Los Angeles Rams

    Injury report: None

    Team leaders
    Passing leader: Johnny Lujack 79-197-9, 1,160 yards, 8 TD, 40.1 PCT, 5.89 yds/att, QBR 54.5
    Rushing leader : Billy Stone 191 carries, 893 yards, 7 TD
    Receiving leader: Billy Stone 33 receptions, 456 yards, 2 TD
    Tackles leader: Stu Clarkson 79 tackles (52 solo/27 assists)
    Sack leader: Frank Dempsey 5 sacks; Ed Sprinkle 5 sacks
    Passes Defended: Don Kindt 7 PD
    Interception leader: Don Kindt 5 INT

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    Sunday December 9, 1951
    Chicago Bears @ San Diego Chargers
    Location: Balboa Park Stadium, San Diego, California
    Attendance: 20,806
    Weather: Sunny and 69 degrees, Wind: 9 mph from the NW
    Game MVP: Billy stone

    “Bears dominate in lopsided victory” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    George Halas and his Chicago Bears arrived in Southern California with a purpose Sunday afternoon and handed the hometown team their worst defeat of the season. The Bears overwhelmed the Chargers 27-7. Coach Phelan’s crew could only muster 55 yards through the air as Frank Dempsey, Ed Neal and Ed Sprinkle chased Bob Williams around all afternoon. “Frankly….Bob was running for his life out there today. Our pass blocking was sub-par to say the least,” mentioned a frustrated Coach Jimmy after the game. San Diego only managed 168 yards of total offense, a season low, in front of a crowd 20,000 disappointed fans. “Buddy put up 92 of those yards…..correct me if I am wrong but that’s about fifty-four percent of our total output,” continued Coach Jimmy. “Buddy’s got my vote for the All-Pro team.” Chicago jumped out to an early 10-0 lead with a Billy Stone 38 yard touchdown run and a David Tapani field goal before the Chargers produced their first, and only, score of the day. On the ensuing kickoff Bolts return specialist, George Taliaferro, woke the somber crowd with an electrifying 84 yard touchdown run. “And just like that we were back in the game….it was a fantastic play,” added Coach Jimmy during the post game press conference. It would turn out to be the last great play of the day for the home team as the visitors rolled up 371 yards of total offense and Billy Stone would find the end zone two more times. With 1:45 left in the game the Bears sidelines erupted when they were informed that the Rams dropped their game to Detroit 17-16. Chicago ended the day 7-3-1 on the season a half a game back of the 8-3 L.A. Rams….”It all comes down to the final game of the season,” commented a spirited Coach Halas after the victory.

    Plays from scrimmage: Chicago 57 (14 First Downs); San Diego 52 (10 First Downs)
    Rushing: Chicago 35 for 211 yards (6.0 avg); San Diego 33 for 113 (3.4 avg)
    Pass plays: Chicago 9 for 22 (41%); San Diego 5 for 17 (29%) 2 INT
    Passing: Chicago 160 yards (7.3 per play); San Diego 55 yards (3.2 per play)
    Turnovers: San Diego 2
    Punts: Chicago 5 punts for 190 yards (38.0 avg); San Diego 6 punts for 248 yards (41.3 avg)
    Third Down: Chicago 4 for 12 (33%); San Diego 1 for 10 (10%)
    Red Zone: Chicago 3 for 3 (2 FG, 1 TD); San Diego 0 for 0 (0 FG, 0 TF)
    Time of Possession: Chicago 34:27; San Diego 25:33

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    CHI – TD Billy Stone 38 yard run (David Tapani kick) 7-0 CHI
    Second Quarter
    CHI – FG David Tapani 26 yards; 10-0 CHIC
    SD – TD George Taliaferro 84 yard kickoff return (Harvey Johnson kick) 10-7 CHI
    CHI – TD Billy Stone 1 yard run (David Tapani kick) 17-7 CHI
    Third Quarter
    CHI – TD Billy Stone 68 yard run (David Tapani kick) 24-7 CHI
    CHI – FG David Tapani 21 yards; 27-7 CHI

    Top Performers
    SAN DIEGO
    HB Buddy Young 22 carries, 81 yards; 1 receptions, 11 yards
    DT Art Donovan 7 tackles
    LB Jim Champion 10 tackles
    S Ebert Van Buren 5 tackles
    CHICAGO
    QB Johnny Lujack 9-22, 160 yards; 2 carries, 7 yards
    FB Billy Stone 15 carries, 145 yards, 3 TD; 3 receptions, 35 yards
    End Jim Keane 4 receptions, 105 yards
    DE Ed Sprinkle 7 tackles, 1 sack
    DT Ed Neal 7 tackles
    LB Frank Dempsey 13 tackles, 1 sack
    S Al Campana 5 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT

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    Re: 1951 "An Experiment in Expansion"

    League round up – Monday December 10, 1951

    “Browns lock up American Conference title” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

    The Cleveland Browns punched their ticket to the NFL title game on December 23 with a tough 14-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns, 10-1 on the season, have locked up the American Conference title with one week left in the regular season. All Pro offensive end Mac Speedie had 4 receptions for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory

    “Giants gridders shutout Eagles” – The New York Times

    Big plays and a dominating defensive performance guided the New York Giants to a 27-0 thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles. A 47 yard run by Eddie Price, a 66 yard interception return by big man Jon Baker, and a 71 yard punt return by Jim Ostendarp ignited the Giants to victory

    Detroit 17 @ Los Angeles 16; GAME MVP: HB Doak Walker 86 total yards, 1 TD
    Green Bay 7 @ San Francisco 20; GAME MVP: FB Joe Perry 88 total yards, 2 TD
    Washington 31 @ St. Louis 12; GAME MVP: Fb Bill Dudley 129 total yards, 2 TD

    Top performances from Week 11
    AMERICAN CONFERENCE
    QB Sammy Baugh, Washington Redskins, 284 passing yards
    HB Ken Carpenter, Cleveland Browns, 63 rushing yards
    End Hugh Taylor, Washington Redskins, 115 receiving yards
    DT Darrell Palmer, Cleveland Browns, 12 tackles (6 solo/6 assists)
    NATIONAL CONFERENCE
    QB Frankie Albert, San Francisco 49ers, 199 passing yards
    RB Billy Stone, Chicago Bears, 145 rushing yards
    End Jim Keane, Chicago Bears, 105 receiving yards
    LB Frank Dempsey, Chicago Bears, 13 tackles (5 solo/8 assists)

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    Re: 1951 "An Experiment in Expansion"

    Tuesday December 11, 1951

    “Four Chargers gain All-Pro Status” – John Herbert San Diego Union

    Buddy Young, Dan Garza, George Taliaferro, and Tom Williams will represent the National Conference on January 12, 1952 at the 2nd NFL Pro Bowl. The game will be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Buddy Young, who has put up 1,362 total yards and carried the ball 199 times to date, is the work horse of the San Diego offense. The 5’4” speedster “The Bronze Bullet” is a fan favorite in Southern California and his hard work paid off with Associated Press and New York Daily News 1st All Pro Team selections. Young will join George Gulyanics and Glenn Davis as the running backs representing the National side in January. “We’ve leaned on Young all season long. He is one heck of football player…..and, man, is he fast,” commented Coach Jimmy when discussing his durable halfback. Offensive End Dan Garza, a surprise in the NFL this season, quickly became a favorite target of Bolts signal caller Bob Williams. Garza has hauled in 49 receptions for 863 yards and 2 touchdowns through eleven games. His 17.6 yards per catch average has kept many a San Diego drives alive. Garza will join Tom Fears, Alyn Beals, and Bill Swiacki in Los Angeles for the Pro Bowl. “Can you imagine….Fears, Beals, Swiacki and Garza…..what a dream come true for any quarterback,” mentioned San Diego’s Offensive Coordinator Jim Benton. The last two players come from the Special Teams department and Joey Sternaman couldn’t be happier. “Tom and George deserve the first team honors they have received.” Tom Williams punted the ball 60 times this season and held a 41.9 average and had some his best punts when it was sorely needed. George Taliaferro has the distinction as being the only return specialist this season to hit pay dirt on a punt and kick return. His 30.4 yards kick return average is tops in the NFL this season.

    The 1951 NFL All Pro Teams

    AMERICAN CONFERENCE ALL PRO TEAM
    OFFENSE
    QB: Otto Graham (CLE); Charlie Conerly (NY)
    HB: Joe Geri (PIT); Steve Van Buren (PHI); Ken Carpenter (CLE)
    FB: Marion Motley (CLE); Eddie Price (NY)
    End: Mac Speedie (CLE); Elbie Nickel (PIT); Frans Folsfoot (STL); Bob McChesney (NY)
    G: Lin Houston (CLE); Abe Gibron (CLE); Bill Murray (NY); John Schweder (PIT)
    T: Jack Jennings (STL); Tex Coulter (NY); Lou Groza (CLE); Vic Sears (PHI)
    C: Frank Gatski (CLE); Al Demao (WAS)
    Special Teams: Kicker Galen Ruffle (NY); Punter Rob Sebesta (WAS); KR Frank Ziegler (PHI); PR: Ray Mathews (PIT)

    DEFENSE
    DE: Gene Brito (WAS); Bill Willis (CLE); Len Ford (CLE); Charley Mehelich (PIT)
    DT: Darrell Palmer (CLE); Ernie Stautner (PIT); Mike Jarmoluk (PHI); Arnie Weinmeister (NY)
    LB: George Buksar (WAS); Frank Sinkovitz (PIT); John Cannady (NY); Chuck Bednarik (PHI); Alex Agase (CLE)
    CB: Russ Craft (PHI); Harmon Rowe (NY); Don Paul (STL); Jack Dwyer (WAS)
    S: Tommy James (CLE); Emlen Tunnell (NY); Jack Butler (PIT)

    NATIONAL CONFERENCE ALL PRO TEAM
    OFFENSE
    QB: Norm Van Brocklin (LA); Bobby Layne (DET)
    HB: George Gulyanics (CHI); Buddy Young (SD); Glenn Davis (LA)
    FB: Billy Stone (CHI); Joe Perry (SF)
    End: Tom Fears (LA); Alyn Beals (SF); Dan Garza (SD); Bill Swiacki (DET)
    G: Ray Bray (CHI); Dick Barwegen (CHI); Barry French (DET); Bruno Banducci (SF)
    T: Joe Spencer (GB); Tom Dahms (LA); Jim Martin (DET); George Conner (CHI)
    C: Bulldog Turner (CHI); Vince Banonis (DET)
    Special Teams: Kicker Mike Young (SF); Punter Tom Williams (SD); KR George Taliaferro (SD); PR Tommy Kalmanir (LA)

    DEFENSE
    DE: Ed Sprinkle (CHI); Ed Berrang (DET); Ab Wimberly (GB); Larry Brink (LA)
    DT: Ed Neal (CHI); Leo Nomellini (SF); Stan West (LA); John Prchlik (DET)
    LB: Stu Clarkson (CHI); Bill Schroll (GB); Jack Lininger (DET); Frank Dempsey (CHI); Hardy Brown (SF)
    CB: Woodley Lewis (LA); Rex Barry (SF); Clarence Self (DET); Tom Keane (LA)
    S: Don Kindt (CHI); Bob Smith (DET); Jerry Williams (LA)
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