Greatness came to the Chicago Bears today, unqualified greatness that turned the world's series of professional football into a rout.
Ten Bears scored eleven touchdowns and five other contributed points to an all-time National league scoring high as an alert, relentless band of white jerseyed gridiron giants crushed a struggling Washington Redskin eleven, 73 to 0.
Osmanski Scores on Third Play
From the moment Bill Osmanski broke away for sixty-eight yards and a touchdown on the third play of the game until little Harry Clark popped thru a hole as wide as a bleacher exit for his second and the Bears' last touchdown late in the fourth period, there was no question in the minds of the 36,034 jammed into Griffith Stadium that the colossus from the west, this day at least, was a superteam.
With the victory, which was as humiliating to Washington as to the city's beloved Redskins, went the Ed Thorp trophy, emblematic of the world's championship and the right for the Bears to return to the Chicago Tribune's All-Star game next August.
Washington expected its Redskins to win. The Redskins expected to win and battled gallantly to that end.
Bears Exact Revenge In Full
But on this day neither they nor any other team in the National league had a right to be in the same park with the Bears. A 7 to 3 whipping here three weeks ago and unfavorable publicity following that upset had infuriated the Bears. Memory of their last playoff appearance in which they lost, 28 to 21, to the Redskins in Chicago heightened this thirst for revenge.
The combination of these personal issues, the largest player pool in the eight year history of the playoff and prestige that goes with a championship, made the Bears unbeatable. They overpowered the Redskins, outsmarted them, defied them and charged on mercilessly to three touchdowns in the first period, one in the second, four in the third, and three more in the fourth.
First Shutout for Redskins
Today's scoring avalanche had another angle, too, It was the first time this season the Redskins had been shut out and the third game in which they had not scored in double figures. Washington entered the game as the league's scoring leader with 245 points in 11 contests to the Bears' 238 in the same number. Opponents had scored only 142 points on the Redskins, while the Bears had yielded 152.
In addition to the touchdowns by Osmanski and Clark, Hampton Pool, Clyde Turner and George McAfee carried back intercepted passes for touchdowns and Sid Luckman, Joe Maniaci, Ken Kavanaugh, Ray Notting, and Gary Famiglietti burst over the Redskin goal in steady procession of brilliant individual and team efforts.
The scoring was completed by Jack Manders, Phil Martinovich, Dick Plasman, and Joe Stydahar, who kicked one extra point apiece; by Bob Snyder, who kicked two, and by Maniaci, who took Sollie Sherman's pass for the extra point after the 10th touchdown.
Bears Tear Down Posts
This was to be a test between the Redskins' vaunted passing attack built around Sammy Baugh, Frank Filchock and Rookie Roy Zimmerman of San Jose State, and the Bears' powerful running attack behind a mammoth line. What little is left untold in the final score is vouched for in the statistics, where one line reads yards gained rushing, Chicago, 372; Washington 31. All that was left for the Redskins as lights came on the capitol done gleaming thru the dusk and jubiliant Chicaoans hauled the goal posts from their moorings was the consolation of collecting $606.75 each as the losing players' shares.
Baugh Is Stopped, Too
Baugh had a miserable time and played very little after the Bears had taken a three touchdown lead in the early minutes of play. Filchock fared better, but Zimmerman was the most effective of the three, vainly raising the Redskins' hope of averting a shut out with a last minute attack that twice fell short.
Stars in the Chicago ranks were as numerous as the players who came into the game to the din of continual booing. But Sid Luckman, with a superb exhibition of generalship, probably is most deserving of praise for his play before the issue was definitely raised in the first quarter.
Now the Action Begins
Nolting returned the opening kickoff twenty-two yards to the 24 yard line. McAfee bolted thru tackle on a quick opening play for eight yards. Osmanski swung wide to his left on the Bears' famous full back lateral play, took the pass from Luckman and the march was on. At the Redskins' 35 yard line Osmanski was walking a tight rope down the south side line in front of the Bear bench with Ed Justice and Charlie Malone in hot pursuit. Just as Justice reached out for him, George Wilson came up to knock Justice into Malone with a vicious block. The clock read 55 seconds when Manders replaced Wilson and kicked the extra point.
Little Max Krause nearly broke away with the ensuing kick off, but was overhauled on the Bears' 32 yard line after a sixty-two yard return. When five plays gained only thirteen yards, Bob Masterson of Washington attempted a field goal from the 32 yard line.
Bears Drive Eighty Yards
It was here the Bears put on the only prolonged march, a magnificent display of power football that carried eighty yards in 17 plays for a touchdown and four first downs without the use of a pass. Luckman sneaked in under Turner for the final foot and the score. Snyder, replacing Osmanski, added the extra point.
Washington received and got three chances, all passes, then had to punt on fourth down. Luckman returned the punt three yards to the Washington 42 yard line. On the first play Maniaci, on the full back lateral maneuver again, went all the way behind expert blocking for the third touchdown. Martinovich's extra point made it 21 to 0 with only 12 minutes 40 seconds played.
The Roll of Touchdowns
Thereafter the Bear touchdowns came in the following order:
[No. 4] -- Luckman passed thirty yards to Kavanaugh, who ran into the corner of the end zone and took the ball over the heads of Filchock and Andy Farkas. Snyder added the extra point.
[No. 5] -- On the second play of the third period, Baugh passed to Johnson in the flat. Pool, recovering quickly after his initial charge, followed Johnston out, turned completely around twice, once to the left and once to the right to get his bearings, and cut off the pass, rushing back fifteen yards for a touchdown. Plasman's extra point brought the score to 35 to 0.
[No. 6] -- Nolting shot thru a hole inside the Redskins' right tackle on a quick opening play, and without straightening up, even to sidestep Baugh who came charging in, went twenty-three yards to the goal line. Plasman missed the extra point. Score: 41 to 0.
[No. 7] -- On the second play after the ensuing kickoff, McAfee snared Zimmerman's pass, got a good start behind amazing blocking, then dodged his way the last fifteen yards of a thirty-four yard return into the end zone. Stydahar added the extra point.
[No. 8] -- Turner intercepted one of Zimmerman's bullet passes and with the aid of a block by Pool on Zimmerman, went back twenty-one yards for a touchdown. Maniaci's extra point was blocked.
[No. 9] -- Clark broke away on the eighth play of the fourth quarter for forty-four yards and his first touchdown, running right out of Filchock's arms on the 10 yard line. Famiglietti missed the extra point.
No. 10 Breaks a Record
[No. 10] -- Washington received, a pass from center got away from Filchock on the third play and Turner recovered on the 2 yard line. Famiglietti smashed inside Right Tackle Jim Barber for the touchdown and Sherman passed to Maniaci for the extra point, making the score 67 to 0, a record for the league.
[No. 11] -- On the second play after the following kickoff, Maniaci intercepted Filchock's pass and returned twenty-one yards to the Redskins' 42 yard line, from where the Bears started their second march of any length. On the eleventh play, Clark went over from the 1 yard line. Sherman's pass to Maniaci for the extra point failed, leaving the score 73 to 0, and the stands half empty altho five minutes of the game remained.
Redskins Threaten Three Times
The Redskins penetrated deep into Bear territory three times. Their best advance came after the Bears' fourth touchdown when they received the kickoff and advanced 75 yards in eight plays, all passes, to the 6 inch line. Only seconds remained in the half and they called time out to stop the clock. It was their fifth time out of the half and they were set back five yards. Baugh's pass on the last play of the period was intercepted by Osmanski.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times