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Blessed with an offensive line that has failed only once this season (against the Lions) to give him adequate protection, Starr has time (and takes it) to coolly locate late-opening receivers down field and he has the sharp eye to hit them. A good deal of the Packer passing is built around play-number passes, developing off what appears at first to be a run. This makes it doubly effective.
Should, as seems likely, the Packers meet the Giants again for the championship, they probably will win again—not by as big a score as the 37-0 walloping they handed New York in Green Bay, but comfortably.
There are several reasons for this. First, the Giant team depends almost entirely on the forward pass for its big gains and for its key first downs, with Tittle throwing most of the time to Shofner, Gifford or Walton. This definite strength of the Giants is more than matched by Green Bay's strength in pass defense. If Whittenton, as he did last year, can again handle Shofner man to man, Defensive Coach Phil Bengston's problem will be simplified; he will not have to spread his forces thin to assign two men to the shifty, fast-running Giant end.
The Giant defense against Green Bay rushing flagged last year, even though Taylor, in the championship game, could manage only a token performance because of a bad back. The two lines are essentially the same and Taylor's back is not aching.
The Giants may run more and better this year; when the Packers give up yardage consistently it is most often to the run. Phil King, improved this year, helps the Giant running attack, Webster is still the best cutback runner in the business and the Giant blockers are fine.