Steelers vs. Packers history lesson

October 15, 1933: The first meeting

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Sunday's game in Cowboys Stadium will mark the 36th time the Steelers and Packers have played. As you might expect, the stakes have not always been so high.

On Oct. 15, 1933, the Steelers -- then known as the Pirates -- were an expansion team under coach Jap Douds playing their fifth game when they traveled to Green Bay for their first meeting with the Packers.

Green Bay's Clark Hinkle scored in the first quarter and the day only grew worse for the Pirates of Art Rooney. Green Bay's Hank Bruder would add a 33-yard touchdown run in the third and Wuert Engelmann a 49-yarder following a pass. The headline in the next day's Pittsburgh Press said it all: "Green Bay Wins Over Pittsburgh Pros, 47-0."

In those fledgling days of the NFL, days before the heyday of radio and the invention of television and ESPN and Chris Berman, there was no expanded coverage. No special postgame sections in the newspaper. There was a five-inch wire story and a list of the starting lineups squeezed between two college football stories -- the preferred version of the game at the time.

The shutout was typical of that first Pirates team. It would finish the season with just 67 points in 11 games -- eighth in the 10-team NFL. Its offensive star was a 23-year-old back named Angelo Brovelli, who rushed for 236 yards, passed for 114 and caught passes for 137 more.


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