West 31

East 17

 

January 12, 1964

 

By JERRY WYNN
Long Beach Independent
 

Mark up another big victory for Papa Bear George Halas and the classy old pros of the Western Division (video).  Paced by peerless Johnny Unitas, punishing Jim Taylor and defensive giants Gino Marchetti and Doug Atkins, the West whipped the East, 31-17, in the 14th Pro Bowl Game before 67,242 it the Coliseum Sunday.

The triumph gave the West a sweep of the National Football League's three post-season games. Chicago beat New York, 14-10, for the NFL title and Green Bay routed Cleveland, 40-23, in the Playoff Bowl

Sunday's game was so one-sided that West coach Halas never bothered to stalk past the 40-yard line on a lovely day ideal for sideline strolling.

"The big difference was our defensive men up front." Halas said in the dressing room. They gave us great efforts."

And the key to the West mastery was the relentless pressure exerted on youthful East quarterbacks Charley Johnson and Norm Snead by Marchetti, Atkins, Merlin Olsen, Roger Brown, Henry Jordan and Willie Davis. The passers seldom had time to throw long and were rushed into three interceptions.

Halas held the score down by replacing Unitas with Wade after the West had stormed ahead, 28-3, three minutes into the third quarter. The Bear quarterback wasn't in the same league as the Baltimore bullet.

Unitas, who passed for two touchdowns, was voted "player of the game" for the third time in five years. However, this writer's ballot was marked for Taylor, the Packer Cracker, who never looked better as he gained 93 yards in 14 carries and scored once on a scintillating 37-yard run.

Marchetti won "lineman of the game" honors and it was a deserving climax to his great 12-year career. As captain of the West, Gino presented the game ball to Halas

For the East, Jim Brown was his usual devastating force with 101 yards in 15 carries. He accounted for both of the East touchdowns in the final quarter.

East coach Allie Sherman of the Giants refused to alibi over the loss of quarterback Y. A. Tittle.

"I don't want to comment." he said. "These two kids (Johnson and Snead) did their best. They (the West) had their chances and made them good. We didn't."

The West scored one touchdown in each of the first two quarters to lead at halftime, 14-3.

The East tallied first on a 30-yard field goal by Sam Baker after a flip pass by Unitas was tipped up and intercepted by Bill Glass and returned 27 yards to the West 28.

Mercurial Abe Woodson returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards and the West was on its way.

Unitas passed to Gail Cogdill for 19. From the East 37, Taylor carried on a fullback delay off left tackle, received a clearing block from Cogdill and blew by defenders Larry Wilson and Galen Fiss for the touchdown. Tommy Davis converted at 9:52.

The East then drove to the West 20 only to have Johnson spilled by Atkins for a loss of 10 and Baker miss a field goal from the 27.

The West took over on its 20 and moved the distance in 14 plays for a 14-3 lead 5:20 into the second quarter.

Unitas passed to Tommy Mason for 12 and Cogdill for 22 and Taylor smacked for 10 to the East 33. On another fullback delay, Taylor made 13. Then faced with a fourth-and-one. Jungle Jim bulled for a first down on the 8.

Mason ran for 4 and Unitas lofted a flare-out pass to Colt teammate Raymond Berry for the touchdown.

A perfect by Wade to John Mackey for 47 yards gave the West a first down on the East 18 late in the quarter, but the bid was nixed on an interception by Clendon Thomas.

The West broke the game wide open at the start of the third quarter by capitalizing on a pair of East errors.

On the third play of the quarter, defensive back Jesse Whittenton intercepted a pass by Snead, craftily sidestepped a tackier and burst around the left corner for a 26-yard touchdown return.

Seconds later, Bobby Mitchell fumbled on the kickoff return when jarred by Jarring Jack Pardee and the ball was recovered by Herb Adderley on the East 20.

Unitas sprang into action with a pass to Mike Ditka up the middle for a first down on the 7. After two runs picked up only two yards, Unitas passed to Cogdill for the touchdown. Johnny got the ball away while being hit by Marie Baughn and Cogdill hooked away from Erich Barnes for a fine catch on the chalk line.

The East finally scored a touchdown with 4:56 in the fourth quarter.

A wayward lateral from Wade to Joe Marconi was recovered by Jim Lynch on the West 23, an it took Brown only two wicked runs to score. He gained 15 yards on the first and the final 8 on a fancy-day, backward bolt into the end zone (video).

A 58-yard interception return by Barnes of a Wade pass was nullified by a penalty to allow the West to post the final three points on a 38-yard field goal by Davis.

The East retaliated with its touchdown on a 77-yard, five-play spurt highlighted by a 57-yard pass play from Johnson to Mitchell, the Redskin speedster made a swivel hipped run to the West 11. Brown cracked over the goal from the 3.
 

Minnesota's Tommy Mason of the West fights for yardage.

 

Jim Brown tests the West's defense.

 

Raymond Berry caught Unitas' pass for touchdown in the second quarter.

 

Papa Bear Halas coached the West to the win.

 

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