This was the play on which Billy Wade, who started the game, hit Ditka for a 76-yard touchdown; it was one of only four passes the Bears completed on the tenacious Eagle defense.
In the second half of the game Bear Coach George Halas reached far back in history for a play that would work against the tight-knit Eagle defense. This was a quick pitchout, wide, to Galimore; with the Eagle ends playing tight to stop the Bears running up the middle and the linebackers out wide to stop their sweeps, it worked admirably for a while. The Bear tackle would hook the Eagle end in, and Galimore, with the ball and running room, gained consistently. Finally, Williams spread his ends a yard wider, so that the tacklers could not block them toward the inside, and that play, too, was nullified.
In the second half the Bears began using their fine middle backer, Bill George, as a middle guard, a stratagem that worked exceptionally well against the San Francisco 49ers. The maneuver placed George in the gap between the center and either the right or left guard.
" George has the quickest charge over the ball of anyone I ever saw," Skorich said after the game. "He's across the line so fast most centers can't get their head between him and the quarterback, and he's in on the passer before the passer can unload. He breaks down your blocking in the center of the line. We weren't sure Chuck Bednarik could handle him, and we worked on variations in our blocking pattern in case George did break Bednarik down. But we never had to use them. Chuck would get a good contact on him and overpower him. He did the best blocking job on George I have ever seen."
The Eagle team as a whole blocked well. "I had Jots of time to throw," Jurgensen said after the game. He was sitting on a table in the training room, nursing his bruised foot.
"Even on our last drive," he said, "we got the ball, with four minutes to go, on our four-yard line, and we controlled it for four minutes, all on running plays. Our offensive line was moving them out."
Clarence Peaks carried the ball on almost all of those last plays. It was an impressive display of power, and it confirms the suspicion that this Eagle team, which has had to struggle to win almost all of its games this season, is, in fact, an extraordinarily good team and not just a very lucky one.
As is often true, the club takes its personality from its quarterback. Jurgensen, who began this season with a cherubic, round face, has become a bit gaunt and much more serious-looking with the passing of the weeks. But he retains the self-confidence and the ebullience that has always marked him as a quarterback; two weeks ago, after receivers had dropped three straight passes in the end zone to end a drive against the Redskins, he called the Eagle observer in the press box and said, deadpan, "I guess I called the wrong plays."
Last Sunday he called few wrong plays. In the second half his foot tormented him, and the Bears changed their always-confusing defense even more, but Jurgensen got the winning touchdown. He is a vigilant Eagle.
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