Philadelphia wins the coin toss and elects to receive. Timmy Brown, the former Packer, who is deep for the Eagles along with Ted Dean, returns Hornung's kickoff 20 yards to the Eagle 22. On the game's first play from scrimmage, Van Brocklin's swing pass is intercepted by Bill Quinlan at the 14-yard line. On the Packers' first play, Jimmy Taylor smashes five yards. The Eagles' defense then stiffens and stops Hornung and Taylor for gains of two yards and one yard, respectively. Coach Lombardi, with the ball resting on the Eagle seven, has a decision to make: either kick a field goal or go for the first down. He decides to challenge the Eagles and go for it. Taylor gained a yard, but still fell far short of a first down. The Birds take over at their own five. Barnes runs left for no gain. On the next play, Billy Ray picks up five yards with a slam into the middle. On third down, Ted Dean touches the pigskin for the first time. After slashig forward for 10 yards, Dean fumbles, and Bill Forester recovers for the Packers. Hornung and Taylor carry twice to crunch out the initial Packer first down of the afternoon. An offside penalty pushes the ball back to the 13-yard line, where Starr throws two incomplete passes. At 6:20 into the game, Hornung kicks a Packer field goal, and for the ninth time in 13 games, an Eagles opponent has scored first.
When the Eagles' offensive unit takes the field again, Van Brocklin fumbles the first snap but recovers the ball. The Eagles finally get their initial first down via an interference penalty, but three plays later they're forced to punt. The first quarter closes with Green Bay on the move at the Eagles' 29-yard line.
The first quarter has been all Packers. Green Bay ran 21 plays to the Eagles' 14. Furthermore, Philadelphia's offense has been bumbling. In their first five plays from scrimmage, Philadelphia threw one interception and fumbled twice. Van Brocklin's first-quarter ledger shows but one completion- to Bobby Walston, his target on four of five passing attempts. The Packers have operated inside the Eagles' 30-yard line on three of their four first-quarter possesions. Despite such lopsided data, the Eagles trail by only three.
As the second quarter gets underway, Green Bay punches down to the Eagles' 14-yard line, where the drive stalls on three successive imcomplete passes. The Packers are forced to settle for another Paul Hornung field goal-this time from 23 yards away. Green Bays advantage climbs to 6-0.
The Eagles ensuing drive sputters, this time after five plays. One of Van Brocklin's passes is batted back into his own hands. He grabs the swatted football and tosses it a second time. Again it falls incomplete. The play characterizes the Birds' offensive frustration.
The Eagles and Packers exchange punts before the Eagles take over at the Packer 43.
Thus far, the longest drive the Birds have been able to muster is 20 yards. In seven attempts, Van Brocklin has completed only two passes, both to Walston. In fact, five of his seven passes have been flipped Walston's way. Now, the Dutchman looks to McDonald. First, he completes a 22-yarder to Tommy before coming right back with a 35-yard scoring strike to the Eagle flanker.