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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 25:21; Los Angeles 34:39

    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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