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The champions -- 1944

Jan. 28, 2011
 
Front row (left to right): Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg (43); Paul Duhart (42); Ben Starret (63); Pete Tinsley (21); Forrest McPherson (72); Larry Craig (54); Charley Brock(29); Lou Brock (16); Roy McKay 93); Joe Laws (24). Middle row: Trainer Carl (Bud) Jorgensen; William Kuusisto (45); Ray Wheba (17); Glen Sorenson (33); Bob Flowers (35); Harry Jacunski (48); Ted Fritsch (64); Don Perkins (23); Charles Tollefson (46); Joel Mason (7); Trainer Gust Seaburg. Back row: Coach Curly Lambeau; Don Hutson (14); Paul Berezney (47); Ade Schwammel (58); Irv Comp (51): Milburn (Tiny) Croft (75); Bob Kercher (18); Bob Kahler (8) Buford (Baby) Ray (44); Amadeo (Mike) Bucchianeri; Assistant Coach George (Brute) Trafton. Press-Gazette archives
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What a difference a month can make.

On Nov. 19, the Packers traveled to the Polo Grounds to play the Giants. With two weeks remaining, both appeared on course to meet in the championship game.

But on this particular day, Green Bay looked anything but a champion. Packers quarterbacks Irv Comp, Joe Laws, Roy McKay and Paul Duhart threw five interceptions. The Giants, meanwhile, piled up 221 yards rushing and returned one interception for a TD.

Three weeks later, the teams met again. This time the NFL championship was on the line. And this time, the Packers put on a championship performance.

The Packers held the Giants to 85 yards rushing and intercepted four passes. Offensively, Ted Fritsch’s two second-quarter touchdowns were enough as the Packers won 14-7 – their sixth championship.

“For the first time this year, the ball club operated at full efficiency,” Coach Curly Lambeau said. “If a team ever deserved to win a championship, this team did.”

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