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"See," Hickey said. "We're not making dumb mistakes in this half. We're playing the way we can play. And it's a different ball game. It'll be a different game Sunday. Watch."
The 49ers assuredly did not make dumb mistakes Sunday. They nearly ran the Rams clear out of Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, bludgeoning them 34-0—the first time the fabulous Ram offense had been shut out since 1949. Fullback J. D. Smith ran for two touchdowns, and Joe Perry, now converted to a halfback, for another; elderly Quarterback Y. A. Tittle passed to Billy Wilson for a fourth; Rookie Tommy Davis, fresh from LSU, kicked the conversions and two field goals. The crowd of 56,028 liked all of it very, very much.
At Philadelphia, the New York Giants ran smack into an Oklahoma twister in the person of Tommy McDonald and succumbed 21-49 to the in-and-out Eagles. Young McDonald, 25, an All-America Sooner back in his college days, not only caught three touchdown passes on plays covering 55, 33 and 19 yards, but also fled 81 yards to score on a punt return.
All told, McDonald caught six passes for 133 yards, faking the Giant defense to a fare-thee-well. Two long scoring passes were thrown by the veteran sharpshooter Norm Van Brocklin, the other by Sonny Jurgensen. Rookie Art Powell's 95-yard kickoff return added to the Giants' blues on one of their rare off days.
At Green Bay everything was still coming up roses for the new head man, Vince Lombardi. Victors over the awesome Chicago Bears in the season opener on the previous Sunday, the Packers remained undefeated by passing a good Detroit team dizzy, intercepting three passes and recovering two Lion fumbles.
At Baltimore, the Colts' wonderful quarterback, Johnny Unitas, had a good half and a bad half against the Chicago Bears. By the time Unitas pulled his socks up and passed for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter it was too late, and the Colts were defeated for the first time at home in nine games, 26-21. Unitas did complete six of 12 passes in the first half; three, however, were completed to opposing defensemen. In the fourth quarter Unitas threw to Colt receivers exclusively and displayed his gameness in adversity.
At Pittsburgh, the get-tough talk of Washington's new coach, Mike Nixon, evidently was worth at least one week's mileage, for the Redskins stunned the Steelers 23-17. Nixon was exceedingly displeased that the Redskins had taken a 49-21 beating from the Chicago Cardinals in their opener. He therefore advised 19 of the Redskins to play for their jobs in the Pittsburgh game, and they did. When the Steelers' bread-and-butter man, Bobby Layne, finally got his team moving it had its moments, but not enough of them.
At Chicago, the Cleveland Browns ground out a 34-7 victory over the Chicago Cardinals in a downpour. Most of the grinding was done by the Browns' one-man team, Jimmy Brown, who slithered and smashed for 147 yards on 37 carries.
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