NFC North: Hugh Gallarneau

A tip of the cap to Jeffrey of New York, who forwarded a link to six of the coolest minutes of historic footage you'll ever see.

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AP Photo/NFL PhotosThe last time Green Bay and Chicago met in the playoffs, Clarke Hinkle and the Packers lost to the Bears 33-14 in the 1941 Western Division Championship Game.
Yes, the Chicago Bears have posted a highlight package from their one and only playoff game with the Green Bay Packers. You'll have to squint to see the numbers and identify players, but the neat thing is to get an extended feel for the flow of a football game played nearly 70 years ago.

Earlier in the week, meanwhile, the Packers posted an interview with former Green Bay Press-Gazette sportswriter Art Daley, 94, who offered his recollections of the game, which was played a week after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Bears won 33-14 at Wrigley Field to advance to the NFL Championship Game.

Here is an excerpt from Mike Spofford's report:
In the winner-take-all grudge match, Bears halfback Hugh Gallarneau fumbled the opening kickoff, and the Packers capitalized with Clarke Hinkle's 1-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. But Gallarneau quickly made up for his blunder with an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first of 30 straight points the Bears scored before halftime.

Chicago rushed for 277 yards, including 119 from George McAfee and 79 plus two touchdowns from Norm Standlee as the Bears cruised to a 33-14 win. The Packers couldn't hang with them, as end Don Hutson had just one catch for 19 yards.

"As far as the game itself, it was one of those things -- Don Hutson was hurt," Daley recalled. "He played, but he had a bad leg, I think it was. He just had a bad leg and could not play as well, and that was about the size of it.

"I think that was a factor, because he was the biggest thing they had. That was too bad."

As excited as we all are for this matchup, it's probably worth taking a moment to consider how rare it is. All it takes is a look at that video.

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