“TIME FOR FOOTBALL”
(Week 1 and Week 6)
Before NFL Films was born in the sixties, a national TV show "Time For Football" covered all the NFL highlights each week throughout the fall. Each weekly Black & White TV show ran almost a half hour and featured a "Play Of The Week" at the end. Here are two of these shows (58 minutes running time) from the 1954 season - Opening week and week 6. Jack Brickhouse introduces the show, sponsored in 1954 by Hamms Beer, and Jim Leaming describes the action. Below is a brief description of each game. All players listed below are actually named in the narrative, with many others shown also.
Jim Finks' 37-yd TD pass to Ray Mathews and kicker Paul Held's PAT with under four minutes left, lift Steelers to come-from-behind 21-20 win over Packers at old City Stadium, Green Bay. Nickel, Lattner and Sulima shown for Steelers vs Ferguson, Reid, Rote, Howton and Fred Cone for Packers.
Halfback "Hunchy" Hoernschemeyer's second option TD pass of the game puts defending champion Lions ahead to stay in 48-23 win over Bears at Briggs Stadium. In action for Lions are Bowman (100-yd kickoff return), Stits, Martin, Walker, Dublinski, Girard, Dibble, Carpenter and Gandee vs Bears Blanda, Hoffman, Jagade, Dooley and rookies Zeke Bratkowski and Harlon Hill.
Two Van Brocklin TD passes, plus TD runs by Towler, Wade, Younger and Skeets Quinlan pile up points on hapless Colts, as Rams romp 48-0! Rams shown include Sherman, Boyd and Paul Miller, vs Colts Kerkorian, Toth, Leberman, Huzvar and Fred Enke.
Conerly to Schnelker is the TD pass combination twice in this game, and Bob Clatterbuck dives for one and tosses for another as Giants rout favored Chicago Cardinals 41-10 at old Comiskey Park. Giants Gifford, MacAfee, Long, Price and Herb Johnson vs Cards McHan, Crittendon, Romanik and rookie Les Goble.
Two TD's each by Joe Perry and Y.A. Tittle enable 49'ers to romp over Redskins 41-7 at old Kezar Stadium. Jessup, McElhenny, Arenas, Billy Wilson and J. Henry Johnson shown vs Redskins Scarbath, Justice, Gilmer, Billy Wells and Scooter Scudero.
Four TD passes, one each to Bobby Walston, Jerry Williams, Skippy Giancanelli and Pete Pihos help Eagles upset Browns 28-10 at Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia. Parmer, Thomason, Burk and Ledbetter shown for Eagles. Browns shown are Graham, Lavelli, Groza, Morrison, Dub Jones and Len Ford.
"Hunchy" Hoernschemeyer's 4-yd TD run late in the game gives Lions 27-24 win over Rams at L.A. Younger runs for two TD's for Rams. Other Rams including Fears and Richter shown vs Lions Layne, Hart and Dibble.
Otto Graham runs for two TD's and passes for another as Browns beat Giants 24-14 at Municipal Stadium. Also Renfro, Reynolds, Brewster, Bassett, Lahr and Ken Konz shown for Browns vs Giants Tunnell, Long and Agajanian.
Rookie Max McGee pulls in three TD passes from QB Tobin Rote as charged up Packers dominate Eagles for 37-14 upset win in Shibe Park night game (remember the old white footballs?). Other Packers: Switzer, Dillon and Joe Walker. Eagles shown: Norton, Ledbetter, Adrian Burk and Bobby Thomason.
Ollie Matson's 91-yd kickoff return for a TD, plus his pass reception for another help Chicago Cards to 17-14 upset of Steelers at Comiskey Park. FG Pat Summerall. Other Cards are Barry, Trippi, Sanford and Stonesifer. In action for Steelers are Jim Finks, Brady, Nickel, Hughes, Chandnois, Sulima and Ray Mathews.
Dale Atkeson's two TD runs gets 0-5 Redskins started on way to 24-21 upset win over Colts at Griffith Stadium. Vic Janowicz's FG is the margin of victory. Redskins Al Dorow, Johnny Carson, Wells, Taylor Alban, Barker and Rosso shown vs Colts Davidson, Kerkorian, Edwards, Womble, Young, Nutter, Colteryahn and Ken Jackson.
Rookie Harlon Hill has fabulous day, grabbing four TD passes to help Bears shock undefeated 49'ers 27-24 at Kezar Stadium! Gordon Soltau's FG with 36 seconds left appears to have clinched it for 49'ers 27-24, but Hill's catch of 66-yd bomb from Ed Brown leaves 49'ers fans limp in disbelief! Other Bears shown are S.J. Whitman, Dooley, and Hoffman. Tittle, Carapella, Schabarum and Hugh McElhenny shown for 49'ers.
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