Green Bay Packers
1919: On the evening of August 11th, a group of young athletes, called together by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun, gathered in the dingy editorial room of the old Green Bay Press-Gazette building and organized a football team. The initial spark had been struck a few weeks before a casual street corner conversation between Lambeau and Calhoun. They talked Curly’s employer at the Indian Packing Company into putting up some money for equipment. Because the packing company, which also permitted the use of its athletic field for practice, had provided the team’s jerseys, the club was identified in its early publicity as a project of the company. With this tie-in, the name “Packers” was a natural, although the corporation had practically faded out of the picture before the season was half over. That first season the team won ten games and lost only once against other teams from Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Games were played in an open field with no fences or bleachers, and interested fans “passed the hat.”
1920: In the Packers’ second season, a section was of stands was built. It was just a small bleacher with a capacity of a couple hundred on one side of the field and a fee charged to sit there.
1921: The Packers were so successful that after two seasons, officials at the Packing Company helped Curly Lambeau obtain a franchise in the new national pro football league formed in 1920. The Packers played their first league game at Hagemeister Park on October 23rd, as the Packers beat the Minneapolis Marines 7-6. The Packers would go 3-2-1 in their first NFL season, as they could not afford to play an extensive league schedule. However, on November 27th, the Packers were shut out by the Staleys in Chicago 20-0. It would be the birth of the best rivalry in NFL history, as the Packers and soon to be named Bears became a driving force in the development of pro football.
1922: The Packers’ second NFL season almost never happened as the Packing Company refused to pay for another season, and the franchise was revoked. However, it was reinstated when Curley Lambeau gained other backers and bought the team’s franchise back. Troubles continued during that season. One game was rained out, and the insurance company wouldn’t pay off because the official amount of rain was one-hundredth of an inch short of that required in the policy. Another storm threatened a game late when the Packers were scheduled to play the Duluth Kelleys. However, it proved the founding of the modern community corporation. A.B. Turnbull, GM of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, told the Packers to play anyway. He then went out and helped organize the businessmen of Green Bay in support of the team, and the Green Bay Football Corporation was formed.
1923: With their old stadium being torn down to make way for a High School, the Packers were forced to move to an old baseball stadium called Bellevue Park. The stadium was clearly inadequate for football but still drew large crowds when the Packers faced the Chicago Bears for the second time ever on October 3rd. The Bears would win 3-0, but the Packers would have a solid season at 7-2.
1924: In their second season at Bellevue Park, all five games at home allowing only three points in the process. However, they struggle on the road, winning only two of six games, including a shutout loss in Chicago to the Bears.
1925: After the Packers began to play at Bellevue Park, the Packers’ fans began to demand a stadium be built for the team that was already becoming the identity of the small Wisconsin town. So the town put up a new stadium in their old field in the back of the high school called City Stadium. The paint was barely dry when the first game was played at the new stadium, which had wooden fences and wooden bleachers. In that first game on September 20th, the Packers defeated the Hammond Pros 14-0. A week later, the fans of Green Bay witnessed the Packers first every victory over the Chicago Bears 14-10. The Bears would get revenge in Chicago later in the season as the Packers finished the season with an 8-5 record.
1926: The Packers have another solid season by posting a record of 7-3-3 but finish in fifth place, playing fewer games than most of the top contenders in an era of uneven scheduling.
1927: The Packers begin to move up in the NFL standings as they compete and impressive 7-2-1 season. Both losses, which came at the expense of the Chicago Bears, cost them any shot at a Championship.
1928: The Packers beat the Bears twice in Chicago but struggle against the rest of the league and end up with an unrewarding 6-4-3 record.
1929: The Packers sign Running Back Johnny “Blood” McNally, Tackle Cal Hubbard, and Guard Mike Michalske. The moves work out as the Packers win their first National Football League championship, posting an unbeaten 12-0-1 record.
1930: By winning their first eight games, the Packers extend their unbeaten streak to 23 games. The streak would end in Week 9 as the Packers lost to the Cardinals in Chicago 13-6. The Packers would go on to win their second straight championship with an impressive 10-3-1 record.
1931: Sparked by a 9-0 start, the Packers become the first team to win three straight NFL Championships with a 12-2 record, holding off a challenge from the Portsmouth Spartans.
1932: At 10-1-1, the Packers looked primed for their fourth straight Championship. However, the Packers would lose their final two games on the road against the Portsmouth Spartans and Chicago Bears, who would face each other in a playoff game for the Championship despite having fewer wins than the Packers, thanks to several ties that didn’t count in the standings.
1933: The modern era of the NFL begins as a Divisional play begins. Playing in the Western Division, the Packers stumble out of the gate, going winless in their first three games. The Packers would only play mediocre football the rest of the way finishing with a losing record for the first time at 5-7-1. The Packers begin playing a few games a season in Milwaukee to draw extra revenue, playing at old Borchert Field.
1934: During a 7-6 season, the very existence of the Packers is threatened when a fan falls out of the stands at City Stadium and wins a $5,000 verdict, which put the Insurance Company out of business. The Packers would go into receivership and were about to fold, but Green Bay businessmen came to the rescue by raising $15,000 in new capital to save the franchise.
1935: The Packers sign Don Hutson out of Alabama, giving the Packers one of the most feared receivers in NFL history. In a highly competitive Western Division, the Packers post an 8-4 record, finishing second among four teams with winning records.
1936: After defeating the Chicago Cardinals in the first week of the season, the Packers are embarrassed at home by the Chicago Bears 30-3. The loss would prove to be a turning point rather than a setback as the Packers would not lose again before tying the Cardinals in Chicago in a meaningless game at the end of the season. The Packers already had the Western Division sewn up and were set to play the Boston redskins in the NFL Championship Game. The game was played in New York, as the Redskins were relocating to Washington. Don Hutson scored on a 48-yard touchdown pass in the first three minutes, as the Packers never looked back, winning their fourth Championship and first in the modern era 21-6.
1937: The Packers’ quest for a second straight Championship never quite gets off the ground as the Packers lose their first two games at home to their two rivals from Chicago, the Cardinals, and Bears. The Packers would win their next seven games, but with Division out of reach, dropping their final two games to finish with a 7-4 record.
1938: The Packers at 7-2 faced the Lions in Detroit on November 13th with Division on the line. The Packers would emerge victorious 28-7, clinching their second Western Title in three years. After losing the season’s final game to finish at 8-3, the Packers moved on to face the Giants in New York for the NFL Championship. After falling behind 16-7 in the second quarter, the Packers rallied to take a 17-16 lead early in the third quarter. The Giants would regain the lead with a 61-yard scoring drive a few minutes later. The Packers were shut down the rest of the way as the Giants emerged with a 23-17 victory.
1939: The Packers win their second straight Western Division Title with an impressive 9-2 record, holding off a charge from the hated Chicago bears. The Packers would face the New York Giants again in the NFL Championship Game. This time the Packers would be the host team, playing at the State Fair Grounds in Milwaukee. Playing in front of 32,279 fans in freezing 35 mph wind conditions, the Packers shut down the Giants all game 27-0 on the way to their fifth NFL Championship. It was the first NFL Championship Game to end in a shutout.
1940: The Packers’ quest for a third straight Division is derailed by two losses to the Chicago Bears, as the Packers finished second to their hated rivals with a 6-4-1 record.
1941: The Packers and Chicago Bears emerge as the class of the NFL, splitting their two games during the season, winning on each other’s own field. Those losses would be the only ones both teams endured on the season, and at 10-1, a playoff was needed for the Western Division Title. However, the Bears would defeat the Packers in Chicago 33-14 in what was viewed as the real NFL Championship Game.
1942: The Packers post another impressive season at 8-2-1. However, they dropped both games to the Chicago Bears and miss out on a chance for the Western Division Title.
1943: The Packers continue to be one of the NFL’s powerhouses, posting a 7-2-1 record. However, they could not beat their nemesis in the Bears and finish in second place again.
1944: The Packers finally beat the Chicago Bears, ending a five-game losing streak with a home win in the second week of the season. The win would be the catalyst to an 8-2 season in which the Packers won the Western Division Championship. The Packers faced the Giants again, with the NFL Title on the line in New York. The Packers would grab a 14-0 lead with two Touchdowns from Ted Fritch in the second quarter. The lead would hold up until the fourth quarter when the Giants got back into the game with a Touchdown, but it was not enough as the Packers won their sixth NFL Championship 14-7.
1945: After beating the Chicago Bears in the season opener, the Packers faced the Detroit Lions at Marquette Stadium in Milwaukee. The Packers would improve to 2-0, as receiver Don Hutson was a one-man wrecking crew. In the second quarter alone, he catches four touchdowns passes and kicks five PATs, establishing a single-quarter scoring record at 29. The Packers would struggle the rest of the way, finishing in third place with a 6-4 record. The season would also turn out to be the last for Don Hutson, who held the most of the major NFL career receiving records. It would take over 40 years for all of them to fall.
1946: The Packers struggled from the start of the season, dropping their first two games of the season at home. The Packers would go on to have a mediocre 6-5 record, which landed them in third place in the Western Division.
1947: After winning four of their first five games at home, the Packers struggle to a 6-5-1 season playing their final six games on the road. This was a pattern that had been used for the Packers, almost from the start as the NFL was afraid of frigid Green Bay winters, and spilled the Packers’ season in half with the first half all being played at home and the second half all being played on the road.
1948: Still playing a bulk of their home slat at the beginning of the season, the Packers struggle to a miserable 3-9 season as finical worries begin to hurt the team.
1949: The Packers continue to struggle both on the field and financially as the Packers post a horrid 2-10 record, as the team had to play an intra-squad game on Thanksgiving just to stay afloat financially. The game would raise $50,000, which was good enough to keep the team going. Following the season, co-founder Curley Lambeau departs to run the Chicago Cardinals.
1950: To get the franchise on a firm financial footing, stocks are sold publicly for the first time, as residents of Green Bay rush to own a piece of the team. The stock drive nets $118,000 and ensures the team would survive. To replace the departed Curley Lambeau, the Packers name Gene Ronzani as their new coach and Vice President. The year also saw another change as the team changed its colors to the forest green and yellow, from the navy that had been wearing. Despite the positive changes, the team still struggles to a 3-9 season.
1951: The Packers show improvement, winning three of their first five games. The Packers would lose their final seven games of the season to finish at 3-9 for the second year in a row, saddling them with their fourth straight losing season.
1952: After a 2-3 start, the Packers go on a four-game winning streak and find themselves in the thick of the race for the Western Division. A 48-24 loss to the Lions in Detroit ended their playoff hopes, as the Packers went on to post a 6-6 record.
1953: The Packers open the season with a 27-0 loss to the Cleveland Browns at the brand new state of the art Milwaukee County Stadium. The loss was a sign of things to come as the Packers sat at 2-7-1 when coach Gene Ronzani resigned. Assistants Hugh Devore and Scooter McLean lead the Packers in their final two games, which they lost to finish with a 2-9-1 record.
1954: The Packers overhauled their front office and coaching staff in 1954, hiring Verne Lewellen, all-time Packers great, attorney, and businessman, as general manager. Reaching into the college ranks for a head coach was the next step in the rebuilding plans, and Lisle Blackbourn, coach of Marquette University, was hired. In Blackbourn’s first season as coach, the Packers continued to struggle to post a 4-8 record.
1955: The Packers show signs of improvement, posting a 6-6 record that sees them beat the Chicago Bears, costing them a chance at the Western Division Championship.
1956: The Packers take a step backward, finishing 4-8 in a season that sees the debut of a rookie quarterback from Alabama named Bart Starr.
1957: After playing 30 years at the antiquated City Stadium, the city of Green Bay builds the Packers a new state of the art stadium, which is now able to host larger crowds for a league that is starting to grow by leaps and bounds. The new stadium, also named City Stadium is opened on September 29th as the Packers host the Chicago Bears. The Packers would christen the new stadium with a 21-17 win, as several dignitaries, including Vice President Richard Nixon, were in attendance. The game would be the lone highlight of the season as the Packers struggled to another 3-9 season. Following the season coach, Lisle Blackbourn would resign.
1958: Assistant coach Ray “Scooter” McLean is promoted to head coach. However, the Packers would hit rock bottom, posting a franchise worse 1-10-1 record. Following the season, McLean would resign, prompting a national coaching search to revive the struggling franchise. After a long search, someone recommends they hire a hard-working assistant from the New York Giants. In the first interview with the New Jersey native, the Packers were impressed, and Vince Lombardi was instantly hired, after a year of trying to land a head-coaching job.
1959: The Lombardi era began with a bang as the Packers shut out the Chicago Bears in the first game of the season at Lambeau Field on September 27th. The Packers would go on to win two more games to get off to a 3-0 start. However, the young team would struggle in the middle of the season, losing five straight games. However, the Packers world rebound and would win their final four games to finish with a 7-5 record, giving them their first winning season in 12 years.
1960: The Packers’ resurgence under Vince Lombardi continues as the Packers battle for their first Division Championship in 16 years. Through eight games, the Packers were 6-2 and sitting atop of the NFL Western Conference. However, two straight losses made their position precarious, but the Packers hunkered down, winning their last two games to claim the Western Title with an 8-4 record. In their first NFL Championship game since 1944, the Pacers faced the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Packers would drive deep into Eagles territory twice but settled for Field Goals. The Eagles would respond by scoring 10 points to take a 10-6 halftime lead. After both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter, the Packers took a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter on a Bart Starr to Max McGee Touchdown pass. The Eagles returned the ball into Packers’ territory on the ensuing kickoff, which set up the Championship winning Touchdown with 5:21 left. The Packers would make a run last charge, but fullback Jim Taylor was stopped by Chuck Bednarik eight yards from the endzone as time ran out in a 17-13 loss.
1961: Led by an MVP season from running back Pal Hornung, who scores ten touchdowns while adding 85 points with his foot, the Packers cruise their second straight Western Division Championship by posting an 11-3 record. In the NFL Championship Game, the town of Green Bay finally got a taste of Playoff football as the Packers faced the New York Giants. A record crowd at City Stadium II watched the Packers erupt for 24 points in the second quarter. The Pack would claim their record seventh Championship with a 37-0 whitewashing of the Giants.
1962: Led by Fullback Jim Taylor who becomes the second straight packer to win the NFL MVP, the Packers get off to an incredible 10-0 start. After losing to the Lions in Detroit in Week 11, the Packers got up and finished with a franchise-best 13-1 record, winning the NFL West for the third year in a row. The Packers would then face the Giants in an NFL Championship Game rematch in New York. In frigid 40 mph wind conditions at Yankee Stadium, the Packers use Fullback Jim Taylor to bludgeoning the Giants and allow the Pack to score. Taylor and the Packers would win the defensive battle 16-7 for their second straight NFL Championship.
1963: The NFL suspends star Running Back Paul Hornung for the entire season for betting on football. Without the golden boy, the Packers would still go on to post a strong 11-2-1 season. Both losses came at the hands of the Chicago Bears, who beat out the Packers by one game in the conference title race.
1964: In perhaps Vince Lombardi’s most frustrating year as coach, the Packers play mediocre football through the first ten games and sit at 5-5. With all hope of the playoffs lost, the Packers would not lose another game, but their 8-5-1 record felt like a disappointment.
1965: The Packers pay tribute to their founder Curley Lambeau who died during the off-season, by renaming City Stadium II Lambeau Field in honor of him. The Packers would rebound off their disappointing season to challenge the Baltimore Colts for the Western Division Championship. The Packers appeared to sew up the Championship by routing the Colts 42-27 in Baltimore in the penultimate game of the season. However, the Packers were tied by the San Francisco 49ers in the final game of the season, forcing the Packers to play the Colts in Baltimore again in a Divisional Playoff. The Playoff game against the Colts in Baltimore was an instant classic as both teams battled into overtime tied at 10. However, one overtime period was not enough as the game went to a second overtime where Don Chandler’s 25-yard Field Goal a little over a minute into the sixth quarter sent the Packers on to the NFL Championship Game. In the NFL Championship Game at Lambeau Field, the Packers faced the Cleveland Browns, on a sloppy field by a four-inch snowfall. The first half was saw the two teams battle back and forth as the Packers held a 13-12 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Packers defense clamped down, holding running back Jim Brown to just 50 yards rushing for the whole game, as they would go on to win their ninth NFL Championship 23-12.
1966: In perhaps his finest season, quarterback Bart Starr wins the NFL MVP, leading the Packers to a 12-2 record that easily captures the Packers fifth Western Division Title in seven years. In the NFL Championship Game, the Packers travel to Dallas to take on the surprising Cowboys. The Packers would jump out quickly to a 14-0 lead only to have the Cowboys surge back to tie the game at 14. In the second quarter, the Packers would pull out in front on a 51-yard Starr pass to Carroll Dale. The Cowboys would not go away and, with two field goals, pulled to within one point. Bart Starr would then collect two more touchdown passes, as the Packers appeared to have the game sewn up, but a missed PAT gave the Cowboys hope, and after a 68-yard touchdown pass from Don Meredith, the Cowboys had new life. They would get to the doorstep of tying the game as time wound down, but Cornerback Tom Brown intercepted a Meredith pas with 28 seconds left in the endzone to seal the Packers 34-27 victory.
Super Bowl I: After beating the Dallas Cowboys, the Packers had the NFL Championship but still had something to play for as for the first time, the NFL Champion would face the AFL Champion in a game for the undisputed World Champion of football. The game would take place with little fanfare at the half-empty LA Coliseum as the Packers faced the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers would strike first as Bart Starr hit a hungover Max McGee with a 37-yard touchdown pass. The Pack would take a 14-10 lead into halftime as the Chiefs proved to be pesky. In the second half, the Packers would lay down the hammer, scoring 21 unanswered points to claim the championship with a 35-10 victory. The game would become an American institution within a few years, as the Packers claimed their tenth championship by winning what would later be called Super Bowl I.
1967: Rumors were floating around Title town all season that Vince Lombardi was going to retire from coaching following the season. With realignment, the Packers easily captured the Central Division by getting off to a 9-2-1 start. However, the Packers limped into the postseason losing their final two games to finish with a 9-4-1 record. In the Divisional Playoffs, the Packers faced the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field despite the Rams having only one loss during the season. The Packers took advantage of it by beating the Rams on the frozen tundra 28-7. In the NFL Championship Game, the Packers faced the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on December 31st. There was talk of postponing the game as dangerously cold weather put fans and players in danger, as temperatures were 13 below zero with wind chills at -46 F. The Packers grabbed an early 14-0 lead, but the Cowboys clawed their way back and were within four points at the half. The halftime show was canceled due to fear the band would have the instruments frozen to their lips. When the game resumed in the third quarter, the field became Icy, and both offenses stalled. However, the Cowboys would take the lead in the fourth quarter on a Running Back option pass by Dan Reeves. With time winding down, the Packers had one more chance to win the game. The Packers had driven the ball 67 yards and sat on the one-yard line when Bart Starr dove across the goal line with 13 seconds left to give the Packers their third straight NFL Championship with a 21-17 win in what would forever be known as the “Ice Bowl.”
Super Bowl II: After the “Ice Bowl,” the AFL-NFL Championship Game would be a walk in the park. After playing in conditions suited for a Polar Bear in Lambeau Field, the Packers faced the Oakland Raiders in the warm sun at Miami’s Orange Bowl. The game would be more of a coronation than a title game, as the Packers easily beat the Raiders 33-14 to win the second Super Bowl Championship, led by quarterback Bart Starr who again won the game’s MVP. Following the game as Vince Lombardi grasped the Championship trophy that would one day bear his name, it became evident the Lombardi era in Green Bay was over.
1968: After Lombardi stepped down as coach, assistant Phil Bengtson was faced with the unenviable task of filling Lombardi’s hoes. In his first season as coach, the Packers began to show their age as they struggled to a 6-7-1 season, as players began to retire and fade away.
1969: Vince Lombardi leaves the Packers organization to coach the Washington Redskins after he gets part ownership of the franchise. Phil Bengtson would again step in to fill his vacant role of General Manager. On the field, the Packers were mediocre again, needing to win their last games to complete an 8-6 season, as key players from the Championship years continued to depart.
1970: Before the start of the season, the Packers are rocked with the news of Vince Lombardi’s passing at the age of 57. Though he had moved on, his presence remained in the clubhouse, and with his passing, his shadow would only get larger. For Phil Bengston, the man who replaced him, it became too much to bear, and after a 6-8 season, he would resign.
1971: The Packers would bring in Dan Devine, a successful colligate coach, to lead the Packers youth movement as the veterans that had been a part of the Lombardi Era were almost all gone. The season would see quarterback Bart Starr give way to Scott Hunter as the Packers struggled to a 4-8-2 season. The season’s bright spot was Rookie Fullback John Brockington, who captured the Offensive Rookie of the year with 1,105 yards rushing.
1972: The Packers youth begins to show some promise as they win the NFC Central Division with a 10-4 record. Cornerback Willie Buchanon captures Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. In the Divisional Playoffs, the Packers are shut down completely by the Redskins 14-3 in Washington.
1973: The Packers youth movement suffers a set back as the young team struggles mightily. The Packers would rotate three Quarterbacks who each combine for six touchdowns and 17 interceptions on the way to a disappointing 5-7-2 record.
1974: The Packers’ young quarterbacks continue to struggle with Interceptions, as Jerry Tagge throws just one Touchdown pass while getting picked off ten times. The Packers would lose their final three games to finish with a 6-8 record. Following the season coach, Dan Devine would resign to take on the coaching job at Notre Dame.
1975: To bring back a winning atmosphere, the Packers named Bart Starr, who ran the team on the field during the glorious Lombardi Era, is named head coach. Starr’s first trek as a coach, the Packers struggled early and got off to an 0-4 start. After stunning the Cowboys in Dallas for Bart Starr’s first coaching win, the Pack continued to struggle, eventually going 1-8. However, the Packers would end the season on a positive note winning three of their final five games to finish with a 4-10 record.
1976: The Packers continue to struggle and finish last place in the NFC Central with a 5-9 record. The quarterback position begins to resemble a revolving door, as Lynn Dickey becomes the latest young quarterback to struggle with interceptions.
1977: The Packers struggle with injuries and continue to be among the worst teams in the NFL, posting a horrendous 4-10 record. Quarterbacks Lynn Dickey and David Whitehurst combine to throw 21 Interceptions while just connecting on six touchdown passes during the season.
1978: Hopes rose again in Green Bay as the Packers got off to a 6-1 start. Most of their wins came against weaker teams, and once the schedule toughened up, the Pack struggled to win only one and tying one of their next six games. After a big win in Tampa Bay over the Buccaneers, the 8-5-1 Packers still had a shot at an NFC Central Title. However, the Pack would lose both of their final games and at 8-7-1 finished in a first-place tie, but lost a tiebreaker and missed the playoffs.
1979: The Packers were coming off a season where fans could believe had another setback as the team endured several key injuries during a 5-11 season.
1980: The Packers suffer an incredible rash of injuries, which saw 27 players on injured reserve during the course of a disappointing 5-10-1 season.
1981: The Packers’ struggles continue as the team gets off to a horrid 2-6 start. The Packers’ young players would begin to play strong football and win six of their next seven games and have a chance to make the playoffs heading into the final week of the season. A 28-3 loss to the Jets in New York knocked the Packers out, as they finished 8-8.
1982: The Packers 2-0 start is interrupted by a two-month strike that wipes out seven games. The Packers would play .500 football once the players returned, but at 5-3-1, the Packers had the third-best record in the NFC and were among eight teams in the conference to qualify for the playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, the Packers host the St. Louis Cardinals at Lambeau Field. The game was never close as quarterback Lynn Dickey throw four Touchdown passes in a record-setting 41-16 rout. One week later, the Packers’ playoff run would end with a 37-26 loss to the cowboys in Dallas. Despite the loss, Lynn Dickey has a stellar game throwing 332 passing yards.
1983: The Packers alternate wins and losses most of the season, never being more than a game above or below .500, and end the year with an 8-8 record, as the packers missed the playoff again. Following the disappointing season, Bart Starr would be relieved of his coaching duties.
1984: The Packers looked towards another great from the Lombardi Era to run the team and named Hall of Fame Tackle Forrest Gregg as their new head coach. The Gregg era in Green Bay started with a win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the season. The Packers would struggle with injuries and would lose their next seven games. However, the team would end the season on a positive note by winning seven of their final eight games to record a semi-respectable 8-8.
1985: The Packers stumble out of the gate again by losing six of their first nine games. Once again, the team finishes strongly to compile their third straight 8-8 season. However, this time it had gotten old, and coach Forrest Gregg felt it was time to rebuild.
1986: Going with a youth movement, the Packers suffer major growing pains enduring an awful 4-12 season, in which two of their wins came against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that only won two games. The Packers were blown out in more than half their games and further embarrassed by a cheap shot by Charles Martin that ended the season of Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon. The cheap shot got national play when Martin slammed McMahon’s unsuspecting on the ground after he raised his arms for a touchdown. For his actions, Martin would receive a two-game suspension.
1987: The NFL season got off to a weird start as after two games, the players went on strike again. This time the league responded by using replacement players. During the scab games, the Packers replacements went 2-1, and the Packers sat at 2-2-1 when the regulars returned. However, the Packers’ regular players were just not that good, and the team struggled to a 5-9-1 season. When the season was over, coach Forrest Gregg announced he was leaving to fill a coaching vacancy at his alma mater SMU.
1988: The young Packers continued to struggle under new head coach Lindy Infante. The team would get off to a 0-5 start, and after back-to-back wins, they would go on a seven-game losing streak to drop them to 2-12. However, the team would end the year on a positive note by winning their last two games for a 4-12 record.
1989: The Packers played solid football through the first ten games but had nothing to show for it sitting at 5-5. However, quarterback Don Majkowski had a breakout year in which he threw 27 touchdown passes while scoring five more in the rushing variety. Majkowski’s favorite target was a young brash receiver named Sterling Sharpe, who collected 1,423 receiving yards while scoring 12 Touchdowns. In Week 11, the entire league would take notice of the Packers’ improvement when Majkowski engineered a dramatic comeback in San Francisco against the 49ers. The Packers would finish with a 10-6 record, their best mark in 17 years. However, it would not be rewarded by a postseason berth as the Pack missed out by a tie-breaker.
1990: With hopes high for a return to playoff glory, the Packers began the season on the wrong foot and sat a 3-5 through the midway point. The Packers would finally show some of that Majik that gave fans hopes when they won three straight games to improve to 6-5. It was not meant to be as the team lost their final five games to finish with a disappointing 6-10 record.
1991: Quarterback Don Majkowski struggled early and was benched in favor of Mike Tomczak. The move does not work as the Packers endure a horrid 4-12 season. Near the end of the season, big changes were taking shape as Ron Wolfe is hired as executive vice president and a general manager by president Bob Harlan, with full authority to run the football operation. One of Wolfe’s first moves is to completely overhaul the coaching staff, which began with the dismissal of Lindy Infante.
1992: Banking on a successful tenure year as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers hire Mike Holmgren to be their head coach, hoping he could bring some of the 49ers winning ways along with him. The Packers would also begin to rebuild their offense by trading for Brett Favre, a second-year Quarterback from the Atlanta Falcons. With Don Majkowski back under center, the Packers struggled early and sat at 3-6, as the team decided to give the young gunslinger Brett Favre a chance. After initially struggling, Favre more than impressed getting the Packers on the doorstep of the playoffs by winning six games in a row. However, a loss in the season’s final game dropped the Packers out of the playoffs at 9-7.
1993: To improve the defense, the Packers stun the NFL by signing the prize of the first free agency market pass rusher Reggie White. The Packers would get off to a 1-4 start as Brett Favre struggled with interceptions. Favre would settle down and would have another stellar season passing for 3,303 yards, as the packers started to win. The Packers would win eight of their next ten games to clinch a playoff berth. However, with a chance to win the NFC Central, the Packers lost to the Lions in Detroit 30-20. In the Wild Card round, the sixth-seeded Packers returned to Detroit for a rematch with the Lions. The two teams battled back and forth all day as the Lions had a 24-21 lead late in the fourth quarter. Brett Favre would bring the Pack down the field and hit Sterling Sharpe with a 40-yard touchdown pass with 55 seconds left to give the Packers a 28-24 upset win. A week later, the Packers would have a much more daunting task in the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers would hold a 3-0 lead after one quarter, but the Cowboys offense was too much to overcome as the Packers season ended with a 27-17 loss in Dallas.
1994: Brett Favre continued to establish himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL by passing for 3,882 yards while throwing 33 touchdown passes. The Packers struggled with injuries, sat at 6-7, and needed to win their final three games to make the playoffs. As Sterling Sharpe struggled with a neck injury, the Packer forged ahead and stayed alive in the playoff drive by beating the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field 40-3. One week later, the Packers would end a 61-year tradition by playing their final game in Milwaukee. Needing to win again, the Pack came through, beating the Atlanta Falcons 21-17. The Packers would go on to win their final game of the season against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay to finish with a 9-7 record and qualify for the playoffs. In the Wild Card round, the Packers hosted the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. The Packers would have to play the game without Sterling Sharpe, who was diagnosed with a career-ending neck injury. The Packers used Running Back Dorsey Levens to control the ball for 37 minutes as the Packers won 16-12 while holding Lions’ running back Barry Sanders to -1 yard rushing. A week later, the Packers’ season would end in Dallas with a 35-9 loss to the Cowboys.
1995: With the loss of Sterling Sharpe, most thought that Brett Favre would be in trouble. However, he proved that he was the best Quarterback in the NFL by passing for 4,413 yards while throwing 38 Touchdown passes, which was good enough to win the NFL MVP. Favre MVP season was good enough to bring the Packers their first Division Title in 23 years at 11-5. Despite their 11-5 record, the Packers could not earn a first-round goodbye. They would have to face the sixth-seeded Atlanta Falcons. After falling behind early 7-0, the Packers’ offense caught fire and scored 27 points to take a 27-10 lead into halftime. The Packers would go on to win the game easily 37-20. If the Packers were going to take the next step, they needed to dethrone the defending Super Bowl Champion 49ers in San Francisco. The Packers sending a message to the NFL jumped out to a 21-0 lead and did not look back, beating the 49ers 27-17 to advance to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in 27 years. The NFC Championship Game would occur in Dallas, where the Packers’ last two playoff runs had ended. The Packers and Cowboys battled back and forth for three quarters as the pack held a 28-24 lead going into the final 15 minutes. However, the Pack just ran out of gas as the Cowboys scored 14 unanswered points to advance to Super Bowl XXX.
1996: Almost from the point the 1995 season ended in Dallas, the Packers had only one goal in mind, and that was Super Bowl XXI. The Packers would jump out to an 8-2 start heading into a Monday Night matchup with the Cowboys in Dallas. The Packers hoped to send a message; instead, doubts arose about whether the team was ready to win as the Cowboys used seven field goals to beat the Pack 21-6. The loss could have deflated the Packers. Instead, it made them more determined, as they would win their final five games to finish with a 13-3 record, which captured the NFC Central, and Home Field Advantage, as Brett Favre won his second straight MVP award. In the Divisional Playoffs, the Packers make quick work of the San Francisco 49ers, beating them on a damp and soggy field 35-14, as fans anticipated a rematch with the Cowboys. However, the rematch never materialized as the second-year Carolina Panthers knocked off the Cowboys. The Panthers would give the Packers problems early, going intercepting Favre twice to take a 10-7 lead. The Packers would respond with a 71-yard touchdown drive to take the lead 14-10. The Pack would add a Field Goal just before halftime to get a seven-point cushion. After the two teams traded Field Goals at the start of the third quarter, Favre hit Antonio Freeman with a 66-yard touchdown pass that gave the Pack a 27-13 lead to break the Panthers back. The Packers would go on to advance to the Super Bowl with a 30-13 win.
Super Bowl XXXI: The Packers were finally back in the Super Bowl, which this year was held in New Orleans. The Packers were 14-point favorites going into the game with New England Patriots. The Pack jumped out early, grabbing a 10-0 lead. However, the Pats struck back quickly and took a 14-10 lead in the second quarter. The Packers jumped back out in front right away as Brett Favre hit Antonio Freeman on an 81-yard Touchdown, setting a new Super Bowl record. The Packers would go on to take a 27-14 lead into halftime. The Patriots would cut the lead to 27-21 in the closing moments of the third quarter. However, on the ensuing kickoff, the Packers put the game away on a 99-yard kick return by Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard; the Pack would add a two-point conversion to take a 35-21 lead into the final 15 minutes. In the fourth quarter, the Packers would smother the Patriots as Reggie White collected three sacks as the Packers held on to their 35-21 lead. For the first time in 29 years, the Vince Lombardi trophy returned to Green Bay. It was also the Packers’ record 12th Championship.
1997: The Packers easily won their third straight NFC Central Division Championship with a 13-3 record, as Brett Favre won his third consecutive MVP award by passing for 3,867 yards. In the Divisional Playoffs, it was a battle of the Bays, and Green Bay hosted the Buccaneers from Tampa. The Packers would away late to advance to their third straight NFC Championship Game, with a 27-7 win. To get back to the Super Bowl, the Packers would have to win on the road in San Francisco. From the get-go, it was clearly the Packers’ day as they pulled to a 13-3 halftime lead on a sloppy field at 3-Com Park. After a scoreless third quarter, the Packers extend their lead to 16-3 on a Ryan Longwell Field Goal. After the 49ers failed to score, the Packers took time off the clock and put the game away with a Dorsey Levens touchdown. The 49ers would score a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff return, but the Packers scooped up the on-side kick and ran out the clock to advance to their fourth Super Bowl with a 23-10 win.
Super Bowl XXXII: The Packers looking for their fourth Super Bowl Championship were in San Diego facing the Denver Broncos who were trying to erase the bad memories of their previous four Super Bowl Appearances in which they were blown out. The two teams battled back and forth all game as the lead seesawed in the first half. The Packers would come out of the lockers at halftime trailing 17-14; taking advantage of a Broncos fumble, the Packers tied the game right away. The Broncos would strike again, taking a 24-17 lead as the quarter expired. The Packers responded quickly, tying the game early in the fourth quarter. The game would stay tied in tied until the two-minute warning when the Bronco took the lead on a touchdown from the one-yard line. The Packers would take the ball and get into Broncos territory. However, the Broncos defense tightened up and knocked Robert Brooks down when he tried to catch a key third-down pass. With 24 seconds left, the Packers faced a do die fourth down. Favre saw Mark Chumra wide open, but his pass was deflected and crashed to the ground with Packers’ hopes for Championship number 13.
1998: The Packers get off to a 4-0 start as they extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 25 games. The Packers’ home streak would come to an end against the Vikings on a rainy Monday Night. The Packers’ quest for a fourth straight NFC Central Division Title would be hampered by key injuries to center Frank Winters and running back Dorsey Levens. The Packers would still make the playoffs with a solid 11-5 record. In the Wild Card Game, the Packers would take on the 49ers in San Francisco. The game seas sawed back and forth until the fourth quarter when the Packers grabbed a 27-23 lead. However, the 49ers would stun the Packers when Steve Young hit Terrell Owens with three seconds left to give the 49ers a 30-27 win. The loss would also mark the end of an era as Coach Mike Holmgren opted out of his contract to take a job as Coach and General Manager of the Seattle Seahawks.
1999: With Ray Rhodes now holding the coaching reigns, the Packers got off to a 3-1 start winning all three games in the final minute. After losing four of their next five games as Brett Favre played through a sprained thumb, the Packers looked to have the Playoff sewn up following a three-game winning streak. However, three straight losses would drop them out of the playoffs, as they won their last game of the season to finish 8-8. Saying that the Packers lacked the toughness and fire he desired, General Manager Ron Wolfe relieved Rhodes on his head coaching duties the evening of the team’s final game, firing all assistant coaches.
2000: After the quick failure of Ray Rhodes, the Packers turned to former assistant coach Mike Sherman who followed, Mike Holmgren to Seattle. The Packers would get off to a slow start under Sherman and sat at 5-7, after an 0-2 start. With the playoffs all but out of reach, the Packers closed the season on a strong note, winning their final four games, including two against teams bound for the postseason. Following the season, General Manager Ron Wolfe would retire, as coach Mike Sherman was given his responsibilities.
2001: The Packers capitalize on their strong finish by putting together a solid 12-4 record. While compiling their 12-4 mark, the Packers went 6-2 against the NFC Central, including a sweep of the Chicago bears. Bad losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans prevented them from winning the Division. In the Wild Card Game, they were matched up against a failure foe in the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. The 49ers would hold a 7-6 lead at halftime, but the Packers would comeback in the second half to earn a 25-15 victory staying undefeated at Lambeau Field in the postseason. A week later, on the road in St. Louis, the Packers season would come to a crashing end, as Brett Favre had a nightmarish six interception game in a 45-17 loss to the Rams.
2002: The Packers came flying out of the gates, winning eight of their first nine games as they had the newly established NFC Northern Division clinched by midseason with their other three division opponents on the way to lose ten or more games. Once again, Brett Favre would be the driving force passing for 3,658 yards while starting every game for the 11th straight season. After stumbling at the end of November with road losses to the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Packers appeared to be on the verge of securing home-field advantage needing just a win over the New York Jets in the final game of the season. The Jets would trounce the Packers 42-17, as the Packers, who finished with a 12-4 record, lost home field and their first-round goodbye in the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Packers, who had a perfect regular-season record at Lambeau Field, were stunned in the snow by the Atlanta Falcons 27-7, in what was their first home playoff loss in franchise history.
2003: With Lambeau Field newly renovated, the Packers celebrated their historic season in the first week. The rededication was spoiled as the Packers were beaten by the Minnesota Vikings 30-25. After rebounding with a big win over the Detroit Lions the following week, the Packers wilted in the desert heat, losing to the Arizona Cardinals 20-13, as the Packers struggled to a 3-4 start. Things could have gotten bleaker as Brett Favre suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand. Ignoring the pain, Favre continued to play and carried the Pack on his shoulders with a 30-27 win on the road over the Vikings. After a loss in the rain on Monday night to the Philadelphia Eagles, Favre led the Packers to a key win on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, keeping their playoff hopes alive at 5-5. After splitting the next two games, the Packers were faced with winning the rest of the way or missing the playoffs. After winning the next two games, the Packers, Favre, dealt more pain as his father died of a sudden heart attack the day before a key Monday Night Road Game against the Oakland Raiders. Not deterred by pain or heartache, Favre had one of his career’s best games, passing for 399 yards in an impressive 41-7 win. Heading into the season’s final game, the Packers need to win and get some help to make the playoffs as NFC North Champs after their Wild Card hopes were erased when the Cowboys lost to the New Orleans Saints. The Packers did their part easily, beating the Denver Broncos 31-3 but had to look helplessly as the Vikings were beating the hapless Cardinals 17-6 late in the fourth quarter. The fates smiled down upon Green Bay as the Cardinals made a stirring comeback, winning the game 18-17 on a miracle Touchdown on the game’s final play. The play was shown on the videoboard, and Lambeau Field went nuts as the Packers won the division with a 10-6 record. In the playoffs, the Packers found themselves locked in a tight game with the Seattle Seahawks as the game went back and forth and was tied 27-27 at the end of regulation. In overtime, Al Harris would be the hero intercepting a pass from Matt Hasselbeck and returning it 52-yards for a game-winning touchdown. In the Divisional Round, the Packers got off to a fast start leading the Philadelphia Eagles 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Packers’ offense stalled as the Eagles clawed their way back into the game-tying at 14 in the fourth quarter. The Packers responded and retook the lead 17-14 on Ryan Longwell Field Goal with 4:38 left. The Packers’ defense would have the Eagles in a hole needing just one more stop on a fourth down and 26. The Packers’ defense softened up for a moment allowing a miracle first down as the Eagles tied the game and forced overtime. In Overtime, Favre made an ill-advised pass, which set up the Eagles for a chip shot game-winning field goal as the Packers’ Super Bowl dreams ended with a heartbreaking 20-17 loss.
2004: The Packers would start the season with a solid road win on Monday Night Football, beating the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers 24-14. The Packers would struggle to lose the next four games, including three at Lambeau Field. The Packers would end their losing streak in a big way beating the Detroit Lions on the road 38-10. The win in Detroit would be just the spark the Packers needed as they won their next 6 games, including a thrilling 34-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings on a Ryan Longwell 33-yard Field Goal as time expired, to climb back to the top of the NFC North. After losing two of three games, the battle for the division title came down to one game as the Packers faced the Vikings on the road in a Nationally Televised game on Christmas Eve. The game would go back and forth as Brett Favre passed for 365 yards as the Packers won again 34-31 on Ryan Longwell’s 29-yard Field Goal as time expired. The Packers would finish the season with a solid 10-6 record as they closed the season with a solid win over the Chicago Bears. In the playoffs, the Packers would face the Vikings again after two thrilling regular-season wins. This time the Packers would dig themselves an early hole as they fell behind in the first quarter 17-0. The Packers would never recover as Favre had four passes intercepted in a crushing 31-17 loss at Lambeau Field.
2005: After their season ended with disappointing playoff losses the last four seasons, the Packers entered the season, knowing the Brett Favre era was nearing its end as they drafted Quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first round. From the start of the season, it was obvious that the Packers were in for a long season as Wide Reciever Javon Walker was injured and lost for the rest of the season in a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions. The hone opener would bring more frustration as the Packers’ comeback fell short in a 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. The struggles would continue the next two weeks as the Packers dropped to 0-4, with Favre increasingly becoming prone to mistakes from trying to do too much. In Week 5, the Packers would take out all their early-season frustrations on the New Orleans Saints, winning their first game of the season 52-3 as Brett Favre led the way with three touchdown passes. It was a tiny oasis in a barren desert as the Packers would lose their next three as the injuries mounted, with both Running Back Ahman Green and backup Najeh Davenport being lost for the rest of the season. At 1-7, the Packers would see the emergence of a new go-to running back as Samkon Gado had 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 33-25 win on the road over the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers’ misery, though, would go on to last the remainder of the season as Brett Favre threw a career-high 29 interceptions, as the Packers finished in the last place with a terrible 4-12 record. Following the season, coach Mike Sherman would be replaced by Mike McCarthy while Brett Favre spent the entire off-season contemplating retirement before ultimately deciding to return for another season.
2006: The Packers, who had hopes of improving off a 4-12 season with new Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t start on the right foot as they were shutout in their season opener at Lambeau Field by the rival Chicago Bears 26-0. After losing their first two games at home, the Packers earned their first win in Detroit, beating the Lions 31-24 as Brett Favre passed the 400 career Touchdown milestones with three Touchdown passes and 340 yards passing. The Packers would continue to struggle as they dropped their next two games to enter the bye week 1-4. Following the bye week, the Packers played much better, as they won three of their next four games. At home, their struggles continued as they were shutout for the second time at Lambeau Field by the New England Patriots 35-0, as Brett Favre missed the second half with an injury, as back up Aaron Rodgers struggled, completing just 4-of-12 passes for 32 yards, before getting injured himself. While Rodgers was lost for a season, Favre shook off the injuries and continued his streak of starts, which at the season’s end was 257, including playoff games. After two more losses, it was going to take a miracle for the Packers, who were 4-8, to make the playoffs in 2006. That’s not to say the Packers were going to give up as they stunned the San Francisco 49ers on the road 30-19 as Donald Driver had a stellar game with 169 receiving yards. After struggling at home all season, the Packers kept their faint playoff hopes alive by beating the Lions and Minnesota Vikings to improve to 7-8 heading into the final game of the season, a rematch with the Bears in Chicago. With the Bears-Packers game taking place in primetime, the Packers would know when kickoff arrived if they had a chance to make the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Packers, they could not get the help they need, but they beat the Bears any way 26-7, finishing with an 8-8 record. Following the season, Brett Favre would not mull retirement long as he announced his intentions to return early, with several of Dan Marino’s career passing records in reach.
2007: After missing the playoffs two straight seasons, the Packers hoped Brett Favre’s pursuit of history could help bring the Packers back to the postseason as they entered the season with the momentum of a four-game winning streak. In the season opener, Brett Favre began racking up the records. He tied John Elway for career victories as the Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 16-13 on a 42-yard Field Goal by Mason Crosby in the closing seconds at Lambeau Field. A week later, it was all Favre as he had three touchdown passes as the Packers hammered the New York Giants on the road 35-13. Favre would be even better in Week 3 as he tied Dan Marino’s record of 420 career touchdown passes while passing for 369 yards in a 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers. Favre would have the record all to himself the following week as he hit Greg Jennings on a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of 23-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings. In Week 5 in primetime against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field, Brett Favre got a record he would rather not have as he tied George Blanda for career interceptions as the Packers committed five turnovers, losing their first game of the year 27-20. Favre would have two more interceptions the following week, but a fumble return for a touchdown of 57 yards by Charles Woodson saved the day as the Packers beat the Washington Redskins 17-14. Following the bye week, the Packers saw the emergence of Ryan Grant as the starting Running Back as he rushed for 104 yards against the Denver Broncos. However, the game would be decided by old Brett Favre again as he hit Greg Jennings on an 82-yard touchdown place on the first play from scrimmage in overtime of 19-13 win in Denver. Favre and the Packers continued to roll a week later as he passed for over 300 yards again in a 33-22 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on the road. The Packers would improve to 8-1 as they returned home for a 34-0 win over the Vikings that saw Favre pass the 60,000-yard plateau while passing for 351 yards with three touchdowns. Favre’s and the Packers continued to roll as they beat the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions to improve to 10-1, as Favre set the career record for three touchdown games. The winning streak would come to a crashing end in Dallas as the Packers lost a Thursday Night showdown of 10-1 teams against the Cowboys 37-27, as Brett Favre struggled with two interceptions before leaving with an elbow injury. Favre’s ironman streak would not come to an end as he was able to start the following week as the Packers rebounded to beat the Oakland Raiders 38-7, with Ryan Grant rushing for 156 yards. Against the Detroit Lions in Week 15, the Packers would clinch a first-round bye as Brett Favre set the career record for passing yards in a 33-14 win that improved the Packers to 12-2. The Packers would close the regular season by splitting their final two games as they were stunned by the Bears again while sweeping the Lions to post a solid 13-3 record. In the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, the Packers got off to a slow start in the snow, as Ryan Grant fumbled twice early in the first quarter as the Seahawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead. The Packers and Grant would bounce back quickly, rushing for 201 yards and three touchdowns, while Favre added three touchdown passes as the Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game with a dominant 42-20 win. With the Cowboys suffering a stunning upset at the hands of the New York Giants, Lambeau Field would turn into the frozen tundra once again as the Packers faced the Giants with a trip to Super Bowl XLII on the line. With game-time temperatures below zero, the third coldest game in NFL history turned into a battle of attrition as the Giants defense shut down Ryan Grant, whom they traded to the Packers for a sixth-round draft pick at the start of the season. With the biting cold weather clearly affecting Brett Favre, the Packers took advantage of a break to tie the game at 20-20 when R.W. McQuarters fumbled after intercepting Favre’s pass deep in Giants territory. The Packers were outplayed all game but were able to survive into overtime as Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed two field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter. Favre would have a pass intercepted by Corey Webster in overtime, setting Tynes up for a third try to win the game, this time, he would not miss as the Packers season ended in disappointment with a 23-20 loss.
2008: A few months after the disappointing loss to the New York Giants, Brett Favre, citing he was tired, announced his retirement. The Packers had planned to retire Favre’s number in a ceremony in the season opener, which was set to be on Monday Night Football. With Aaron Rodgers getting the starting nod, the Packers drafted Brian Brohm from Louisville to be the backup in case Rodgers faltered. A funny thing happened to Brett Favre on the farm in Mississippi as June ended and training camp approach; as he got the itch to play again. The Packers had moved on and did not want the legendary quarterback to return, no matter how much fans wanted him back, and it led to drawn-out three-week drama with the Packers and Brett Favre trading barbs through the media. Brett Favre would arrive in Green Bay as the Packers held their first practices, but the Packers did not want him in training camp and even offered him $25 Million to stay retired. Favre insisted on returning and asked to be released so he could sign with the rival Minnesota Vikings. Fearing he would land in the division, the Packers negotiated a deal, and Brett Favre was eventually traded to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick. The Packers began life without Favre with a solid 24-19 Monday Night win over the Vikings at Lambeau Field, as they had Touchdown pass and Touchdown run and played mistake-free. After winning their next game against the Detroit Lions on the road, the Packers would stumble, losing three games in a row, including two at Lambeau Field. However, they would rebound to win their next two games heading into their bye week as Aaron Rodgers continued to play well at Quarterback. After the bye week, the Packers’ defensive struggles would doom their playoff chances as they lost seven of their next eight games, with six losses coming by four points or less. The Packers would finish the season with a 31-21 win over the Lions, a team that finished the season with a woeful record of 0-16 while posting a 6-10 record themselves.
2009: In their second season with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, the Packers hosted the Chicago Bears in a season-opening Sunday Night showdown. The game would not be decided until the final minutes as Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings for a 50-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 left, as the Packers defense spoiled the Bears debut of QB Jay Cutler picking him off four times, to win the game 21-15. A week later, they would suffer a disappointing 31-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field. After beating the St. Louis Rams 36-17, the Packers were set to face the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night in the Twin Cities. At quarterback for the Vikings was Brett Favre. During the off-season, Favre retired again after an unsuccessful season with the New York Jets. Once again, he decided to come back in the middle of training camp, and this time he was a free agent able to sign with any team, and he chose the rival Vikings, angering many Packers fans. Brett Favre would excel in his first game against his old team, passing for 271 yards with three touchdown passes as the Vikings won 302-3. After winning their next two games, the Packers again faced the Vikings at Lambeau Field, where Brett Favre was greeted with a chorus of boos. Once again, Favre torched his old team passing for 244 yards with four touchdown passes in a 38-26 win for the Vikings. A week later, the Packers would suffer an embarrassing 38-28 loss to the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With their season slipping away, the Packers defense played their best game of the year, as Charles Woodson forced two fumbles and had an interception at the goalline allowing the Packers to beat the Dallas Cowboys 17-7 at Lambeau Field. The win would spark a five-game winning streak for the Pack. Leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-30, the Packers appeared to be on the way for another win when Ben Roethlisberger found Mike Wallace in the endzone for a 19-yard touchdown pass as time expired to give the Steelers a 37-36 to cap a wild fourth quarter that saw the lead change hands six times. The loss would be a mere bump in the road for the Packers, who closed the season with two straight wins to secure a Wild Card berth at 11-5, as Charles Woodson was named Defensive Player of the Year. In the Wild Card game, the Packers faced the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, whom they beat on the road 33-7. In the desert for the second week in a row, the Packers found themselves in an early hole trailing 24-7 late in the 2nd Quarter. As the first half came to a close, Mason Crosby nailed a chip-shot field goal. The drive to get the field goal would help the Packers’ offense get on track for a second-half explosion. However, it did not start until the Cardinals expanded their lead to 31-10 on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald. With two Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes, the Packers sliced the deficit to seven points. Warner and Fitzgerald would hook up again as the Packers entered the fourth quarter down 38-24. The Packers kept charging in the final quarter, tying the game with 10:57 left on a John Kuhn one-yard run. The Cardinals would rebound to take a 45-38 lead on Kurt Warner’s fifth touchdown pass. However, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers would not give up as he connected with Spence Havner on an 11-yard touchdown hook up his fourth TD pass of the game with 1:52 remaining. The game would go to overtime after the Cardinals missed a field goal as time expired. The Packers would get the ball first, giving them a chance for a big road win in the playoffs. However, Aaron Rodgers was stripped by Michael Adams on a sack. The ball would bounce into Karlos Dansby’s hands; he would run the ball 17 yards for a game-winning touchdown as the Cardinals won the highest-scoring playoff game in NFL history 51-45.
2010: As the season began, the Packers had high hopes for reaching the Super Bowl, but in their opening week 27-20 road win against the Philadelphia Eagles, injuries would be the big story as they lost both DE Justin Harrell and RB Ryan Grant to season-ending injuries. Injuries would be a big concern for the Packers all season as 16 players were on Injured Reserve for the Packers, including seven starters as the Packers would also lose TE Jermichael Finley, LB Nick Barnett, Safety Morgan Burnett, LB Brandon Chillar, Tackle Mark Tauscher, and LB Brad Jones. The Packers would beat the Buffalo Bills 34-7 in their home opener, but troubles began shortly thereafter. They dropped three of their next four games, including back-to-back overtime losses to the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins. Needing to get back on track, the Packers hosted Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. After losing to their longtime quarterback twice in 2009, the Packers used two touchdowns in 59 seconds, including a 32-yard interception return from Desmond Bishop, to spring past the Vikings 28-24 and improve to 4-3 on the season. A week later, the Packers’ defense again came up big as they beat the New York Jets in the Meadowlands 9-0. The Packers would make it three straight wins, as they beat up the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 on Sunday Night Football to head into the bye week with a 6-3 record. Coming out of the break, the Packers remained hot as they shredded the Minnesota Vikings 31-3, with Aaron Rodgers passing for four touchdown passes. Ironically following the game, the Vikings would fire Coach Brad Childress. Two weeks earlier, the Cowboys fired Coach Wade Phillips, meaning the Packers’ big wins had led to back-to-back coaching changes. A week later, the Packers winning streak would come to an end, as they lost a back and forth game to the Atlanta Falcons on the road 20-17, with Matt Bryant kicking the winning field goal from 47 yards with nine seconds remaining. The Packers would rebound to beat the San Francisco 49ers a week later. Still, injuries continued to play havoc a week later as they lost to the Detroit Lions 7-3 as Aaron Rodgers suffered his second concussion of the season. The Packers would be without their star quarterback as they faced the New England Patriots in a Sunday Night Game on the road. Backup QB Matt Flynn would play well, passing for 251 yards with three touchdown passes. A 71-yard kickoff return from 313-pound lineman Dan Connolly set up an easy Touchdown score for NFL MVP Tom Brady as the Patriots won 31-27. The Packers were sitting at 8-6 with two games left and their playoff hopes on life support with the loss. On the day of the loss to the Patriots, the Packers got a break as the New York Giants suffered a meltdown against Philadelphia Eagles, while the Lions lent a hand beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime 23-20. Facing the Giants at Lambeau Field a week later, the Packers had a chance to get back in the playoff picture, knowing a loss would mean elimination. Taking the game as an early playoff game, the Packers got a boost as Aaron Rodgers returned and had his best game of the season, passing for 404 yards with four touchdown passes as the Packers crushed the Giants 45-17. With the win, destiny was back in the hands of the Packers as they faced the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field, knowing a win would get them into the postseason. The Bears, who won the NFC North and had a bye week clinched, looked to eliminate their old rivals as they turned up the pressure on the defense. The game would be a hard-hitting war, as both teams only managed a Field Goal through the first three quarters. Finally, the Packers would find the endzone early in the fourth quarter as Donald Lee caught a one-yard pass from Rodgers to give the Packers a 10-3 lead. The Packers’ defense would make the lead stand as they held the Bears to 227 yards forcing two turnovers to get the win. With the win, the Packers, who battled injuries and adversity, finished the season with a 10-6 record good enough for the sixth and last playoff spot in the NFC.
2010 Playoffs: The postseason began in the same place as the regular season, Philadelphia, with a showdown against the Eagles. That Week 1 game had a big impact on both teams, as both teams were beat-up following a physical game that saw both quarterbacks hurt. While Aaron Rodgers returned right away from his concussion, the Eagles turned to back up Michael Vick, who went on to be NFL Comeback Player of the Year. With three Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes, the Packers held a 21-10 lead at the end of the three quarters. Vick had another comeback in him as the Eagles cut the lead to 21-16 and had the ball late in the fourth quarter as they drove down into Packers’ territory. With 36 seconds left, Tramon Williams would secure victory for the Packers intercepting Vick in the endzone. The Divisional Playoff Round would be another rematch as the Packers faced the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. After the Falcons struck first in the 1st Quarter, the Packers got on the board with another TD pass from Aaron Rodgers. However, on the ensuing kickoff, the Falcons regained the lead with Eric Weems returned the kick 102 yards for a touchdown. The Pack would bounce back on a John Kuhn Touchdown plunge; they would take the lead 42 before halftime as Rodgers connected with James Jones for a 20 yard Touchdown Pass. They would score again on the final play of the first half as Tramon Williams returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown. The Packers would put the game away in the 3rd Quarter as Aaron Rodgers ran for a TD and threw for a TD as part of a 366-yard performance as the Packers stunned the Falcons 48-21. In the NFC Championship Game, the Packers would face the Chicago Bears. No two teams in the NFL have played each more often, and this game was the biggest of the rivalry that has been around 90 years. The Packers’ defense came out strong in Soldier Field as they completely shut down the Bears offense in the first half, with Aaron Rodgers and James Starks both scoring touchdowns to give the Packers a 14-0 halftime lead. The Packers would knock QB Jay Cutler out of the games, forcing the Bears to turn to Todd Collins, who could not complete a pass in four attempts. The Bears would then look to third-string QB Caleb Hanie who got the Bears back into the game lead a TD drive that was capped by a one-yard run from Chester Taylor. Suddenly the Bears had the momentum as the Packers’ offense stalled in the second half. Down 14-7, the Bears had a chance to tie the game, but the Packers defense would rise to the occasion as B.J. Rajie intercepted a pass and lumbered 18 yards for a touchdown to give the Packers a two Touchdown lead. Hanie would bounce back and quickly answered back to make it 21-14. From there, it was up to the Packers’ defense to preserve the victory as the Packers’ offense continued to struggle. The Bears would have one last chance to tie the game, but the Packers defense stopped Hanie to send the Packers to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.
Super Bowl XLV: In the Super Bowl era, no team has won more Lombardi Trophies than Pittsburgh Steelers six, while the Packers’ 12 titles, including three Super Bowls, are the most overall. Now the two met in the biggest game of the year to win another. The Steelers seeking their second title in three years, entered the game as the favorite, as the Packers looked to become just the second six seed to win a Super Bowl. The Packers would strike first as Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson on a 29-yard Touchdown Pass late in the first quarter. They would add to the lead 24 seconds later, as Nick Collins intercepted Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 37 yards for a Touchdown. Rodgers would add another touchdown pass in the second quarter, as the Packers jumped out to a 21-3 lead. However, just before halftime, the Steelers seemed to get on track as Roethlisberger found Hines Ward on an eight-yard touchdown pass. Making matters worse for the Packers, Cornerback Charles Woodson, defensive captain, suffered a broken collar bone and was lost for the remainder of the game and veteran WR Donald Driver. At halftime, Woodson delivered an emotional speech to try to keep his team’s spirits up. All season the Packers had to deal with injuries, and the Super Bowl would test their mettle again. It would not take the Steelers long to cut the Packers’ lead to 21-17, as Rashard Mendenhall’s eight-yard run early in the 3rd Quarter seemed to give the Steelers all the momentum. The Packers’ defense would hold the lead into the fourth quarter when Aaron Rodgers took over and connected with Greg Jennings on an eight-yard Touchdown that gave the Pack a 28-17 lead. The Steelers would not go down without a fight as Roethlisberger connected with Mike Wallace and add a two-point conversion to pull within a Field Goal. The Packers would run down the clock and extended the lead to 31-25 on a 23 yard Field Goal. However, the Steelers had two minutes to win the game. Starting the drive on their own 13-yard line, the Steelers made a big play right away as Roethlisberger to Heath Miller. After a five-yard pass to Hines Ward, the Packers’ defense made the big plays as Ben Roethlisberger’s last three passes went incomplete. The Packers would take over and run out the clock to win their fourth Lombardi Trophy, bringing a 13th NFL Championship to Green Bay. With three touchdown passes 304 yards passing, Aaron Rodgers won be named Super Bowl MVP.
2011: After winning the Lombardi for the fourth time and earning the 13th overall NFL Championship, the Packers began the season hosting the Thursday Night Opener against the New Orleans Saints in a battle of the last two Super Bowl Champions. The Packers would get off to a fast start in the game, taking a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Saints would not give up and would continue to battle back, as the Packers’ offense kept them in front. One electrifying moment came in the third quarter when Randall Cobb had a 108-yard kickoff return for a Touchdown. The Saints continued to fight as they had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. However, the Packers tackled rookie Mark Ingram at the 1 to preserve the 42-34 victory. A week later, the Packers found themselves in another shootout, as they held off the Carolina Panthers 30-23, as Aaron Rodgers topped 300 yards for the second straight week. The win in Carolina would prove costly as Nick Collins suffered a season-ending neck injury. The injury would lead to the Packers releasing Collins at the end of the season, putting the future of his career in serious doubt. Rodgers and the Packers continued to roll in Week 3 as the reign Super Bowl MVP passed for 297 yards, with three touchdowns as the Packers beat the Chicago Bears on the road 27-17. Aaron Rodgers returned to Lambeau Field to destroy opposing defenses as the Packers slaughtered the Denver Broncos 49-23, with Rodgers passing for 408 yards with four touchdowns. He would also score two rushing touchdowns. In a primetime game, in Week 5, the Packers continued to shine, as Aaron Rodgers passed for 39 yards leading the Packers to a 25-14 road win against the Atlanta Falcons. After cruising to a win over the St. Louis Rams, the Packers had to play from behind for the first time as they trailed the Minnesota Vikings on the road 17-13 at halftime. However, the Packers would take the game over in the third quarter as Aaron Rodgers gave the Packers the lead with a 79-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings, sparking a 20 point quarter, as the Packers improved to 7-0 with a 33-27 win over the Vikings. They would continue to roll up the points and the wins against the San Diego Chargers following the bye week, as Aaron Rodgers had another four-touchdown game as they held on to win 45-38 in a game that also Charlie Peprah and Tramon Williams return interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter. The Packers would score 45 points again the following week as they crushed the Vikings 45-7 at Lambeau Field, as Aaron Rodgers had another four touchdowns. Following a 35-26 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Packers went into a Thanksgiving showdown with the Detroit Lions, holding a perfect 10-0 record. The game would be an intense penalty-filled battle as the Packers held a 7-0 lead at halftime. Things would get ugly in the third quarter as Lions DE Ndamukong Suh stepped on Evan Dietrich-Smith’s arm. Suh would get ejected as the Packers built a 24-0 lead. They would go on to win the game 27-15. After Thanksgiving, the Packers had their toughest test so far, as they beat the New York Giants 38-35 at the Meadowlands is a thrilling back and forth match up. Once again, Aaron Rodgers was the star, passing for 369 yards with four touchdowns, as Mason Crosby won the game with a 31-yard field goal as time expired. Following an easy 46-16 win over the Oakland Raiders on the road, the Packers went into Kansas City holding a 13-0 record as they faced a Chiefs team that had just made a coaching change. With Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel taking over, the Chiefs defense played an inspired game, shutting out the Packers in the first half. The Packers would briefly take a 7-6 lead in the third quarter, but the Chiefs defense continued to give the Packers fits. After four field goals, the Chiefs finally found the endzone in the fourth quarter as they went on to end the Packers’ winning streak with a 19-14 win. After their loss in Arrowhead, the Packers gave the Chicago Bears a lump of coal and a 35-21 win on Christmas. Aaron Rodgers, who would sit out the finale against the Detroit Lions, would be named NFL MVP, as he finished the season with 4,643 yards passing and 45 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions. Backup Matt Flynn would start the final game of the season, finding himself in a classic shootout. Flynn would pass for 480 yards, with a team-record six touchdowns as the Packers won 45-41 at Lambeau Field, as the Packers finished the season with a franchise-best record of 15-1.
2011 Playoffs: While the Packers waited for the Divisional Round with the playoff bye, the Packers family was hit by tragedy as Michael Philbin, son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, was found dead in a frozen river in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Facing the New York Giants again, the Packers found themselves down early as the Giants took a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. After the Packers battled back to tie the game, the Giants scored ten unanswered points in the last two minutes, as Eli Manning found Hakeem Nicks in the endzone on a Hail Mary pass to end the first half with a 20-10 lead. After Mason Crosby’s third quarter field goal made it closer, the Giants would pull away in the fourth quarter, stunning the Packers at Lambeau Field 37-20.
2012: After their early playoff exit, the Packers looked to get back on top in the NFC as they hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener. The Packers’ offense struggled much of the game as the 49ers held a 23-7 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Packers would cut the lead in half, as Randall Cobb returned a punt 75 yards for a TD, with Aaron Rodgers completing a two-point conversion pass to Jordy Nelson. However, the 49ers would answer back with a Frank Gore Touchdown, as the Niners won in Lambeau Field 30-22. Four days late on Thursday Night Football, the Packers would get back on track by beating the Chicago Bears 23-10. The early highlight came when Punter/Holder Tim Masthay completed a Touchdown pass to Tom Crabtree off a fake Field Goal attempt. Playing on Monday Night Football, the Packers suffered their most frustrating loss of the season as Golden Tate caught a Hail Mary pass from Russell Wilson on the last play of regulation to give the Seattle Seahawks a 14-12 win. Replays would show that the replacement officials botched the call as Tate wrestled the ball from M.D. Jennings. The play would become the talk of the nation and would lead to the NFL settling with the regular officials, ending a lockout that had led to inexperienced referees making key calls. Returning home, the Packers would survive a scare against the New Orleans Saints, winning 28-27, as Aaron Rodgers four touchdown passes helped win a classic duel against Drew Brees. The Packers appeared to carry the momentum into the following game on the road, as they led the Indianapolis Colts 21-3 at the half. However, the Colts playing with their coach in the hospital receiving treatment for Leukemia, rallied to win the game 30-27. Facing the 5-0 Houston Texans in a Sunday Night road game, the Packers off to a 2-3 start finally looked like a Super Bowl team, as Aaron Rodgers tied a team record with six touchdown passes, along with 338 yards in a 42-14 blowout win. The Packers would win their next three games and entered the bye week with a record of 6-3. Coming out of the bye, the Packers struggled as they faced the Detroit Lions on the road. Trailing 10-7 at the half, M.D. Jennings returned an interception 75 yards in the 3rd quarter to help turn things in the Packers’ favor. Still, the Packers trailed 20-14 late in the 4th before Aaron Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb on a 22 yard TD pass just after the two-minute warning. Mason Crosby would add a 39 yard Field Goal as the Packers improved to 7-3 with a 24-20 win. However, a week later, in a playoff rematch, the Packers found themselves buried in the Meadowlands, losing to the New York Giants 38-10. The loss would just be a temporary setback, as they regained the NFC North lead a week later by beating the Minnesota Vikings 23-14 at Lambeau Field, despite a 210-yard rushing effort by Adrian Peterson. The Packers would go on to clinch the division with wins over the Lions and Bears. Following a 55-7 stomping of the Tennessee Titans, the Packers seeking a bye in the Wild Card round against the Minnesota Vikings, who needed a win just to get into the playoffs. The game would be a battle of the passing of Aaron Rodgers and the running of Adrian Peterson, who was within reach of the single-season rushing record. Rodgers would collect 365 yards passing, with four TDs, while Peterson ran for 199with two scores. The game would come down to the final seconds as Blair Walsh nailed a 29 yard Field Goal to win the game for the Vikings 37-34.
2012 Playoffs: The Packers at 11-5 would have to face the Minnesota Vikings again in the Wild Card Round. This time, the game would be in Lambeau Field. The Vikings would suffer a setback before the game even began as QB Christian Ponder could not play. With backup Joe Webb under center, the Packers’ defense was able to focus completely on Adrian Peterson and held the NFL MVP to just 99 yards. After trailing early, the Packers scoreds4 straight points and won the game going away 24-10. In the Division Round, the Packers would face the San Francisco 49ers, looking to avenge their opening week loss at home. Things looked good early for the Packers, as Sam Shields returned an interception 52 yards for a Touchdown. However, it would be the only setback for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick who methodically dissected the Packers defense with his arm and legs. Kaepernick would pass for 263 yards with two touchdowns while also leading the team with 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a back-breaking 56-yard run in the third quarter.
2013: The Packers would begin the season in the same place where their previous season ended with a rematch against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Aaron Rodgers had a solid game to open the season with 333 yards and three touchdowns, but the Packers once again had no answers for stopping Colin Kaepernick, who shredded Green Bay for 412 yards, with three touchdowns as the 49ers won the game 34-28. Rodgers would come out strong in the Packers’ home opener, passing for 480 yards, with four scores to lead the way in an easy 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins. Week 3 would see one of the craziest games in NFL history, as the Cincinnati Bengals jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, only to see the Packers rally and take a 30-14 lead in the 3rd Quarter. However, the Bengals would finish the game with 20 unanswered points to win the game 34-30, as both teams committed four turnovers, with Jonathan Franklin’s fourth quarter fumble leading to a Terrance Newman TD to give the Bengals the lead for good. After the bye week, the Packers got a boost from Rookie Running Back Eddie Lacy, who returned from a concussion in Week 2, to run for 99 yards as the Packers continued their home field dominance over the Detroit Lions with a 22-9 win. Against the reigning Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens, the Packers defense had another outstanding game, building a 16-3 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Ravens would score twice in the final 15 minutes, but with Mason Crosby nailing a 34 yard Field Goal, the Packers managed to hang on and win the game 19-17. The Packers would win their next two games against the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings, but injuries began to mount. Already playing without James Jones and Randall Cobb, the Packers lost Jermichael Finley to a frightening neck injury that would put the rest of his career in doubt after landing on his head against the Browns. In Week 9, the Packers would host the Chicago Bears in Monday Night Game and suffer the biggest injury, yet Aaron Rodgers was lost to a broken collar bone after being sacked by Shea McClellin in the first quarter. With 159 yards rushing, Eddie Lacy would keep the Packers in the game, but the Bears won 27-20 as Seneca Wallace was sacked in the final two plays of the game. A week later, Wallace would be sidelined with a groin injury as the Packers suffered a 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Scott Tolzien would start in the Meadowlands and looked every bit a third-string quarterback, throwing three interceptions as the Packers lost their third straight game to the New York Giants 27-13. With their quarterback situation in shambles, the Packers picked up Matt Flynn, who began the season as the starting QB for the Oakland Raiders. Flynn would come off the bench and replace an ineffective Tolzien, making the fourth different quarterback for the Packers in as many weeks, as the Packers hosted the Vikings with their season on the brink. Flynn was solid as Eddie Lacy continued to carry the team, rushing for 110 yards and scoring a fourth quarter touchdown to get the Packers back in the game after trailing 23-7. The Packers would add a TD from Flynn to Jarrett Boykin and a Mason Crosby Field Goal to send the game to overtime. The Packers would receive the ball first in overtime and drove the ball deep into Vikings territory but had to settle for a Crosby chip shot to take a 26-23 lead. Under the new overtime rules, the Vikings would get one possession to tie or win the game. Had the Packers scored a TD, the game would have ended. Instead, the Vikings evened the score with a Field Goal of their own. From there, the game became sudden death, but neither team would score as the Packers settled for a 26-26 tie. The Packers would not have much time to rest, as they faced the Lions on Thanksgiving and ended up getting carved up in a 40-10 loss. Entering December with a five-game winless streak and a record of 5-6-1, the season looked all but lost for the Packers, as they faced the Atlanta Falcons on a snowy Sunday at Lambeau Field. Matt Flynn struggled early against the Falcons as he had a costly fumble and interception that helped the Falcons build a 21-10 lead at the half. The Packers’ defense would keep them in the game, as Mason Crosby chipped away at the lead with two third quarter Field Goals. In the fourth quarter, the Packers would take the lead as Flynn connected with Andrew Quarless for a TD, the try for two failed, but the 22-21 lead would hold up as Jarrett Bush picked off Matt Ryan to seal the game with 11 seconds left. Matt Flynn and the Packers would get a bigger miracle the following week on the road against the Dallas Cowboys after trailing at the half 26-3. Flynn would have four touchdowns in the second half, as Eddie Lacy rushed for 140 yards as they rallied to win the game 37-36. Sam Shields made a key play picking off Tony Romo to set up the go-ahead score, while Tramon Williams’ interception sealed the win. The Packers, who looked as done as the Turkey on Thanksgiving, were suddenly back in the playoff hunt as the Lions were collapsing and the Bears just hanging on. In the next to last game of the season, the Packers lost a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-31 as another fourth quarter comeback was undone by a long kickoff return by Micah Hyde. However, despite the loss, the Packers’ hopes remained alive as the Lions and Bears both also lost. This would set up a one-game showdown with the Bears at Soldier Field, with the winner getting the NFC North Division Title. The Packers would get a boost for their final game, as Aaron Rodgers returned after missing seven weeks. Rodgers looked rusty early, as the Bears dominated the first quarter taking a 7-0 lead. The Packers would rally and take the lead into halftime, as Jarrett Boykin scored a 15-yard run. The game would see-saw back and forth the rest of the way, with the Bears holding a 28-20 lead after the first play of the 4th Quarter. However, the Packers quickly struck back on a six-yard run by Eddie Lacy. Down 28-27, the Packers needed one more miracle as they faced 4th down and eight at midfield with 48 seconds left. The Bears would send a seven-man blitz at Aaron Rodgers, who sidestepped a potential season-ending sack from Julius Peppers and heaved the ball to Randall Cobb, returning from missing nine games. Cobb made the catch and found the endzone to give the Packers a 33-28 lead, stunning Soldier Field into silence. The Packers would fail to make the two-point conversion, but Sam Shields sealed the win by picking off Jay Cutler’s Hail Mary attempt. With an 8-7-1 record, the Packers, who survived a MASH unit list of injuries, managed to make the playoffs. Eddie Lacy, who rushed for 1,178 yards with 11 touchdowns, would win the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
2013 Playoffs: In the Wild Card round, the Packers would face a host foe in the San Francisco 49ers. Early on, the 49ers dominated the Packers but managed just two field goals as the Packers’ defense kept the game from getting away early on a chilly night where the wind chill was below 0°F. The Packers would briefly take the lead in the second quarter as Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson on a five-yard TD pass. However, the 49ers would answer and take a 13-10 lead into halftime. After neither team scored in the third quarter, the Packers retook the lead on a power run by John Kuhn, but the Niners answered back once again, with Colin Kaepernick connecting with Vernon Davis. Mason Crosby would even the score on a 24 yard Field Goal with 5:06 left, but the 49ers would take the ball and run down the clock to win the game 23-20 as time expired with a 33-yard kick from Phil Dawson.
2014: All eyes were on Seattle, as the Green Bay Packers kicked off the season against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks in the NFL’s Thursday Night opener. Despite taking the lead late in the first quarter on a two-yard run by John Kuhn, the Packers’ offense could not get in a grove with the Seahawks defense showing what made them the best in the NFL by winning 36-16. Things looked bad for the Packers a week later when they trailed the New York Jets in the home opener 21-3 early in the second quarter. The Packers’ offense found its groove as Aaron Rodgers passed for 346 yards with three touchdowns, including an 80-yard bomb to Jordy Nelson that would be the winning score in a 31-24. Rodgers and the Packers would not be able to get things going a week later as they suffered a 19-7 loss at the hands of the Detroit Lions. Following one of his worst games, Aaron Rodgers, who passed for just 162 yards, asked fans to R-E-L-A-X. The Packers quarterback knew what he was saying as he had four touchdowns while leading the Pack to a 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Returning home, it was Eddie Lacy’s turn to get his season on the track, rushing for 105 yards with two scores as the Packers easily handled the Minnesota Vikings 42-10 in their second Thursday Night game of the year, with Julius Peppers recording his 100th career sack, and tenth career interception, one that was returned 49 yards for a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers showed some late magic in Week 7, leading the Packers to a thrilling 27-24 road win over the Miami Dolphins. The Packers appeared to be heading for a loss down, 24-20, with just over two minutes left. Rodgers down the field completed a 4th and 10, and later a 3rd and 10 play to keep the drive alive, before finding Andrew Quarless in the endzone on a four-yard pass with six seconds left. Back in Lambeau Field, a week later, the Packers cruised to a 38-17 win over the Carolina Panthers to win their fourth straight game after Aaron Rodgers asked fans to relax. Fans a tough time relaxing in Week 9 as a strained hamstring hampered Aaron Rodgers as the New Orleans Saints marched up and down the Superdome field with a 44-23 win in a game that featured no punts. Following a well-timed bye week, Aaron Rodgers showed no ill effect of the hamstring with a record six first-half touchdowns in a 55-14 win over the Bears at Lambeau Field. The game was highlighted by TD passes of 73 and 40 yards to Jordy Nelson and a 56-yard screen pass for a Touchdown to Eddie Lacy. The Packers would nearly match their Lambeau Field record-breaking score a week later, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 53-20. In the game, the Packers scored nearly every way imaginable, with Micah Hyde returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, Julius Peppers taking an interception back 52 yards, and Casey Hayward scooping a fumble 49 yards for a score, while Rodgers had another three TD passes. The next game would not be as easy, but the result was the same as the Packers held off a late rally to beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-21. In Week 13, Aaron Rodgers would face Tom Brady for the first time in his career as the Packers hosted the New England Patriots. The Packers looked sharp early, taking a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, with Aaron Rodgers connecting with Richard Rodgers on a 32-yard touchdown pass. Rodgers added a second touchdown in the second quarter, connecting with Jordy Nelson on a 45-yard score with 23 seconds left in the first half to take a 23-14 lead. The two team defenses settled down in the second half as the Patriots clawed to within two points. The lead would stand as the Packers could hold off the Patriots for a 26-21 win, successfully running out the clock on their last possession. The following Monday night, the Packers were firing on all cylinders as they built a 31-7 halftime lead against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons would make a furious comeback in the second half, but the Packers remained in front as Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson on a 60-yard score, with the Packers holding on for a 43-37. A week later, things would not go as smoothly as Packer receivers dropped eight passes and Rodgers had two interceptions in a 21-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Aaron Rodgers struggled with a calf injury a week later. Still, he managed to lead the Pack to a 20-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to secure a playoff spot, as Eddie Lacy became the first Packers Running Back with 1,000 yards in his first two seasons in 40 years. In the final game of the season, the Packers hosted the Lions with the NFC North on the line. Fans in Green Bay had to hold their breath early as Aaron Rodgers was carted off the field, aggravating his sore calf. Rodgers returned in the second half with a TD pass and TD run, as the Packers won the game 30-20 and finished the season with a record of 12-4. Aaron Rodgers, who finished the year with 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns, would go on to be named NFL MVP for the second time in his career.
2014 Playoffs: The Green Bay Packers would face the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field in the playoffs for the first time since the Ice Bowl. It was cold but balmy in comparison at 24 degrees Fahrenheit. The Packers drew first blood, as Aaron Rodgers connected with Andrew Quarles on a four-yard score. The Cowboys, however, scored the next two touchdowns and held a 14-10 halftime lead. The Packers inched closer on a Mason Crosby Field Goal. The Cowboys would answer with a touchdown as their offensive line continue to open big holes for DeMarco Murray. Last, in the third quarter, the Packers answered as Rodgers hooked up with Davante Adams on a 46-yard touchdown pass that brought Lambeau Field to life. The Packers would retake the lead in the fourth as Aaron Rodgers connected with Richard Rodgers on a 13 yard TD score, his third game. The final nine minutes would be tense as the Packers missed the two-point try and led the game 26-21. The Cowboys got the ball down to the Packers 32 with just over two minutes left. At 4th down and 2, Tony Romo appeared to have completed a play down to the five for first and goal. However, Packers Coach Mike McCarthy challenged the play, and under further review, the ball slightly touched the ground as Dez Bryant attempted to secure the catch. The play was overturned, and the Packers would run out the clock and advanced to the NFC Championship. Back in Seattle, where the season began, the Packers faced the Seahawks with a trip to Super Bowl XLIX. The Packers had their chances to blow the game open early as two early interceptions set them up deep in Seattle territory. However, they had to settle for two chip shot field goals. Russell Wilson continued to struggle, and the Packers finally took advantage as Aaron Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb on a 13-yard score to end the first quarter with a 13-0 lead. The Packers would lead 16-0 at the half and were in firm control leading 19-7 when they picked off Wilson for the fourth time with just over five minutes remaining in the game. However, the Packers only managed to take 1:12 off the clock as the Seahawks used two-time outs. With one last chance, the Seahawks scored to cut the lead to 19-14, but with 2:09 left, they needed a miracle and an onside kick. The ball would bounce off the helmet of Brandon Bostick and gave the Seahawks the miracle they needed. It would not take long for the Seahawks to take the lead on a 24 yard run by Marshawn Lynch, adding a two-point conversion. Stunned and shaken, the Packers would get down the field and force overtime on a 48 yard Field Goal by Mason Crosby, though they never would see the ball again as the Seahawks took the opening possession of overtime and won the game 28-22 on a 35 yard Jermaine Kearse reception.
2015: After their heartbreaking loss in the NFC Championship Game, the Green Bay Packers looked to rebound and took the next step. However, before the season even started, they were dealt some bad news when leading receiver Jordy Nelson was lost for the entire season after tearing his ACL in a pre-season game. The Packers opened against the rival Chicago Bears on the road, winning 31-23 as Aaron Rodgers had three touchdown passes, two of which were to James Jones, who returned to Green Bay at the end of training camp to replace Nelson. In the Sunday Night home opener, the Packers faced the Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of the NFC title game. Early on, things looked good for the Packers as they held a 13-3 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Seattle would come out and turn things around, scoring twice to take the lead. The Packers’ defense would stiffen and not allow anything else as they intercepted Russell Wilson twice. Meanwhile, the Packers regained the lead in the fourth quarter as Aaron Rodgers connected with Richard Rodgers on a five-yard pass play. The Packers would go on to win the game 27-17. As the NFL was celebrating the 50 years of Super Bowls, the Packers faced the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of Super Bowl I on Monday Night Football at Lambeau Field. With Aaron Rodgers passing for 333 yards, with five touchdowns, the Packers would improve to 3-0 with a 38-28 win. A week later, the Packers defense carried the day, as they finally solved Colin Kaepernick and beat the San Francisco 49ers 17-3 at Levi’s Stadium. Returning home the Packers, improved to 5-0 with a 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams. The only negative was Aaron Rodgers throwing his first interception at Lambeau Field since 2012. The Packers’ defense would get four picks of their own, including one returned 45 yards for a touchdown by Quinten Rollins. A week later, the Packers survived a 503-yard passing game from Phillip Rivers to beat the San Diego Chargers 27-20 as Damarious Randall deflected away a potential game-tying score as time expired. Leading the Packers’ offense was James Starks, who rushed for 112 yards, highlighted by a 65-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter. Following their bye week, the Packers faced the Denver Broncos on the road in a battle of unbeaten teams. The Packers got a double dose of bad news, as Cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins suffered shoulder injuries. This opened the door for Peyton Manning to have one of the season’s best games, passing for 340 yards. Aaron Rodgers against the top-rated Broncos defense was not as fortunate as he was hammered all game and held to 77 yards as the Broncos won the game 29-10. A week later, the Packers facing the top offensive team were steamrolled in the second quarter, allowing the Carolina Panthers to score 24 unanswered points. Down 27-7 at the half, the Packers got back in the game with Aaron Rodgers hooking up with Randall Cobb on a 53-yard score. However, the Panthers would answer and extended the lead to 37-14 in the fourth quarter. The Packers would get two late scores from James Starks but could get no closer, losing a second straight game 37-29. A week later, the Packers returned home and saw their offense stall, as the Detroit Lions won in Lambeau Field for the first time since 1991. The Packers nearly pulled off a miracle comeback in the game as Aaron Rodgers had two scores in the final two minutes, but a game-tying two-point try failed, and the Lions held on to an 18-16 victory. During the three straight losses, the Packers’ lack of a running game became a sore spot, as Eddie Lacy, who showed up at the start of the season out of shape, struggled all season, rushing for just 758 yards with three touchdowns while he fumbled four times. With first place on the line, the Packers got back on track with a 30-13 road win against the Minnesota Vikings as Aaron Rodgers 27-yard pass to James Jones in the back corner of the endzone proved to be the difference, while Mason Crosby had a big game with five Field Goals. Four nights later, the Packers hosted the Chicago Bears in a Thanksgiving Night Game. At the half, the Packers retired Brett Favre’s #4 jersey. Unfortunately, that would be the lone highlight as the Packers struggled in the rain, losing 17-13. A week later, in another Thursday Night Game at Ford Field, the Packers appeared to be heading for another loss as the Lions raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. The Lions would eventually add Field Goal before the Packers finally answered in the third quarter, with Randall Cobb finding fortune and recovering a fumble in the endzone. However, the Lions were still in control as the Packers trailed 23-21 with no time outs and the ball on their own 21 with just 23 seconds left. After two incomplete passes, the Packers needed a miracle with six seconds left. Trying to lateral the ball down the field, the game appeared to be over as Aaron Rodgers was taken down at the 24 as time expired. However, Devin Taylor grabbed Rodgers’ facemask, giving the Packers one more chance as a game cannot end on a defensive penalty. Still facing long odds at their own 39, Aaron Rodgers, running around out of the shotgun, heaved the ball as far as he could. The ball, which nearly hit the rafters at Ford Field, came down some 68 yards later and found the arms of Richard Rodgers, who caught the Motown Miracle pass to win the game 27-23. Aaron Rodgers’ pass was the longest game-winning Hail Mary play in NFL history. After their surprising reprieve, the Packers won their next two games, beating the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders to clinch a playoff spot. The Packers, though, would struggle in their last two games, suffering an ugly 38-8 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on the road, as Aaron Rodgers had perhaps the worst game of his career as he was sacked eight times and had two fumbles returned for touchdowns. The Packers would end the regular season at home, facing the Vikings at Lambeau Field, with the winner getting the NFC North title. The Packers were sloppy again, falling behind 20-3 on a 55-yard fumble return by Captain Munnerlyn. The Packers made a late charge but fell short, losing 20-13 as they settled for the Wild Card with a record of 10-6.
2015 Playoffs: In the Wild Card round, the Green Bay Packers faced the surprising Washington Redskins. Early on, things did not look good for the Packers as they trailed 11-0 early in the second quarter. The Packers, though, quickly turned things around, scoring on the next three possessions to take a 17-11 lead at the half, with Devante Adams catching a ten-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers with 28 seconds left. After the Redskins regained the lead, the Packers using an 11-play 80-yard drive, took control of the game for good. Adding an Eddie Lacy score and Mason Crosby Field Goal in the fourth quarter, the Packers would win the game 35-18 to advance to the Divisional Round. The Packers returned to the sight of their worst game of the season, facing the Arizona Cardinals just three weeks after being embarrassed in the desert in Week 16. The Packers would play a much more competitive game, as they held the Cardinals to one touchdown in the first half and trailed 7-6 at the start of the third quarter. With Jeff Janis catching an eight-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers, the Packers took a 13-7 lead in the third quarter. Still leading, 13-10, the Packers remained in front when Damarious Randall picked off Carson Palmer in the endzone. The lead would stand until late in the fourth quarter when Randall nearly picked off Palmer again, but this time the ball went through his hands and into Michael Floyd’s arms to put Arizona in front 17-13. After a three and out, the Cardinals stretched the lead to 20-13, putting the Packers on the brink. Green Bay needed another miracle as they got the ball on their own 14-yard line with no timeouts. After two incompletions and a sack, the Packers faced 4th down and long on their own four-yard line. Once again, Aaron Rodgers threw up a prayer, this time Jeff Janis answered it at the Arizona 36. With time ticking away, the Packers lined up to clock the ball, but an offside penalty cost them five yards and ten seconds, pushing the ball back to the 41 as they had just five seconds to score. Scrambling left, Rodgers heaved another prayer up as Markus Golden leveled him. Once again, Jeff Janis answered the prayer catching the pass in the endzone to tie the game at the end of regulation. The first time in postseason history was that a team had a game-tying touchdown on the last play of regulation. However, the second miracle ending would not result in a win, as the Cardinals won the overtime coin toss and went 80 yards on three plays with Larry Fitzgerald’s catch and run through the Green Bay defense taking the ball 75 yards on the first play taking the wind out of their sales. Fitzgerald would score two plays later on a five-yard pass from Palmer to win the game for the Cardinals 26-20.
2016: The Green Bay Packers entered the season with their usual high expectations. Beginning the season on a hot afternoon in Northern Florida, the Packers outlasted the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-23, holding off a later drive to start the season with a win. A week later, the Packers helped the Minnesota Vikings open their new stadium in a Sunday Night Divisional showdown. The Packers drew first blood, as Jordy Nelson scored the first touchdown at U.S. Bank Stadium on a one-yard catch from Aaron Rodgers. The Packers would not score again until the fourth quarter, while the Vikings won the game 17-14 to take the early lead in the battle for the NFC North. In the Packers’ first game of the year at Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers had four touchdown passes in a 34-27 win over the Detroit Lions. The Packers would get their bye week early in the season, as they faced the New York Giants in a Sunday Night Showdown against the New York Giants in Week 5. The Packers did just enough to win the game 23-16 as Aaron Rodgers had a pair of touchdowns, while Mason Crosby had three field goals. Wearing throwback uniforms a week later, the Packers came out flat as the Dallas Cowboys won at Lambeau Field for just the second time by a score of 30-16. Four days later, wearing all white at home, the Packers with Rodgers leading the way with 326 yards with three touchdowns, beat the Chicago Bears 26-10. In Week 8, Rodgers again carried the load, passing for 246 with four scores, but it was not enough as the Atlanta Falcons rallied to win the game 33-32. The Falcons won the back and forth contest on an 11-play 75-yard drive that was capped with a touchdown catch by Mohamed Sanu with 36 seconds left. The loss in Atlanta sent the Packers reeling as they would lose four in a row playing a brand of defense that was downright embarrassing as they suffered a 31-26 loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts, which were followed up by a 47-25 loss to the Tennessee Titans and a 42-24 loss to the Washington Redskins on the road. Sitting at 4-6, the Packers season was on the brink of imploding when Aaron Rodgers sent words of encouragement that they could still reach the playoffs if they “Ran the Table.” Rodgers started the run in a Monday night game, passing for 313 yards with a pair of touchdowns in a 27-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. A week later, the Packers returned home and beat the Houston Texans 21-13 in the snow at Lambeau Field. The Packers’ surge continued with a 38-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks as the Packers’ defense picked off Russell Wilson five times to improve to 7-6 on the season. Facing the Chicago Bears in Week 16, the Packers saw a 17-point evaporate in the fourth quarter. With the game tied 27-27, Aaron Rodgers completed a 60-yard pass to Jordy Nelson to set up Mason Crosby for a game-winning 32-yard field goal. A week later, with the division title on the line, Aaron Rodgers passed for 300 yards with four touchdowns to beat the Detroit Lions at Ford Field 31-24 to finish the season with a record of 10-6. Aaron Rodgers had another solid season, passing for 4,428 yards with 40 touchdowns. This was extra important as the Packers struggled to find consistency in the running game, as Eddie Lacy had a disappointing season with 360 yards in five games without scoring a touchdown.
2016 Playoffs: The Green Bay Packers would host the New York Giants with wind chill temperatures below zero in the Wild Card round. The Packers got off to a slow start as the Giants held a 6-0 lead late in the second quarter. Green Bay finally got on the board thanks in part to some strong special teams as punter Jake Schum pinned the Giants deep in their own territory. When the Giants were unable to get out of the shadow of their end zone, Micah Hyde took a short punt to the New York 38-yard line to get the Packers the jump start they needed. Aaron Rodgers needed just three plays to get Green Bay into the end zone, to take the lead. The Packers were not done as Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 42-yard Hail Mary to end the first half with a 14-6 lead. The Giants battled back in the third quarter, cutting the Packers’ lead to 14-13. Green Bay would answer on the ensuing possession as Cobb caught a 30-yard pass to break the Giants’ spirits. The Packers would add a Field Goal by Mason Crosby and pulled away down the stretch, winning the game 38-13. The Packers would move on to face the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round. Things looked good early for the Packers 21-3, with Ty Montgomery scoring a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter. After Dallas battled back to make it 21-13 at the end of the first half, the Packers got a second touchdown pass by Rodgers to take a 28-13 lead into the fourth quarter. The Cowboys battled back with a pair of Dak Prescott touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. The Packers would retake the lead on a 56-yard Field Goal by Mason Crosby with 1:33 left. However, the Cowboys answered with a 52-yard boot from Dan Bailey to even the score 31-31 with 35 seconds on the clock. With time running down, the Rodgers threw up another prayer to Jared Cook, who barely stayed in bounds at the Dallas 33-yard line. This set up Crosby to win the game with the game 34-31 on a 51-yard Field Goal. After their dramatic win in Dallas, the Packers returned to the spot of their most frustrating loss in the regular season facing the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. It was clear early that it was not Green Bay’s Day, as the Falcons jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first half. The Falcons would cruise the rest of the way, winning 44-21 to advance to Super Bowl LI.
2017: The Green Bay Packers began their franchise’s 99th season with hope and hype after reaching the NFC Championship game. Lead by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers had their eyes set on bringing the Lombardi trophy home once again. That did not happen. The season began with a visit from a familiar foe, the Seattle Seahawks. Martellus Bennett had joined the Packers, hoping they could find another Jermichael Finley to fit their offense. Eddie Lacy returned with Seattle and ran for three yards on five carries. The Packers, meanwhile, averaged three yards per carry, a Mike Daniels strip-sack set up a Ty Montgomery touchdown run to win-win the game 17-9. In week 2, the Packers had a chance to avenge their NFC Championship loss against the Atlanta Falcons who opened their new $1.5 billion stadium and came out aggressive on Sunday Night Football, jumping out to a 24-7 lead at halftime. Green Bay made it close in the fourth quarter but ended up losing 34-23. Facing an 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field, the Packers found themselves behind at halftime again, 21-7. Down 24-17 with 3:46 left in the game, Aaron Rodgers began one of his patented fourth-quarter drives, connecting with Jordy Nelson on a beautiful throw near the pylon with 17 seconds left to tie the game. The Packers went on to win the game 27-24 in overtime with a 27-yard field goal by Mason Crosby. Four days later, the Chicago Bears came to town and slammed their archrivals 35-14 with Aaron Rodgers throwing four touchdown passes. The memorable moment from this game was the dirty hit Danny Trevathan put on Davante Adams’ head and knocked him out of the game in the third quarter. Rodgers labeled the win as ‘A big character win for us.” Davante Adams did not even miss a game, shockingly, as the Packers traveled to take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. The game lived up to the hype, following the Packers’ thrilling playoff win the previous season as Dallas led at halftime 21-12. The Packers began clawing their way back with a Mason Crosby field goal in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Packers took their first lead on a pick-six by Damarious Randall. After Dak Prescott gave the Cowboys a lead with 1:13 left. Aaron Rodgers answered the call with a 75-yard drive with a beautiful 12-yard back-shoulder pass to Davante Adams to win the game 35-31 with 11 seconds left. At 4-1, the Packers were sitting atop the NFC Central as they traveled to take on the Minnesota Vikings. It was here that their season came to an abrupt halt as Anthony Barr put a late hit on Aaron Rodgers, landed on him with his body his collarbone. Rodgers would go on to miss all but one of the final ten games. Brett Hundley, the backup, came into the game and struggled as the Packers lost 23-10. With Aaron Rodgers sidelined, Hundley led the Packers down to take on the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. Once again, Brett Hundley underwhelmed, throwing for 87 yards. Rookie Aaron Jones had a big game, running for 131 yards as the Packers lead early 14-7. However, the Saints took over in the second half and won, going away 26-17. The Packers at 4-3 hosted the Detroit Lions in Week 9 and watched helplessly as Matt Stafford put on a clinic, throwing for 361 yards and two touchdowns to beat Green Bay 30-17. Brett Hundley finally got his first win in Week 10, leading the Packers to a 23-16 win at Soldier Field. Nick Perry was a big reason behind the win, leading the defense with three sacks. Week 11 was an absolute disaster for the Packers as they were blanked by the Baltimore Ravens 23-0 on the road. The Packers turned the ball over five times, with Hundley throwing three interceptions with a fumble. A week later, on Sunday Night Football, the Packers slipped below .500 with a 31-28 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-28 at Heinz Field. Despite the loss, Brett Hundley had a strong throwing for 245 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers returned to Lambeau at 5-6 and raced out to a 17-7 lead, thanks to a 62-yard fumble return by Dean Lowry. The Buccaneers rallied and a 20-17 lead in the fourth quarter. However, Brett Hundley led the Packers down the field to tie the game with a 22-yard Crosby field goal. In overtime, Aaron Jones, on his only run of the game, scored a 20-yard touchdown to seal a 26-20 win. Week 14 on the road against the winless Cleveland Browns showed that Brett Hundley had some of Rodgers’ late-game magic as he connected with Devante Adams with 17 seconds left to tie the game 21-21 after trailing 21-7 entering the fourth quarter. Cleveland to face the winless Browns. In overtime, Hundley connected with Adams again for a 25-yard touchdown to win the game 27-21. At 7-6, there was renewed hope in Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers returned to face the Carolina Panthers on the road. Rodgers, understandably so, showed rust as threw for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. Meanwhile, Cam Newton was slightly better, throwing four touchdown passes to take down the Packers 31-24. At 7-7, with their playoff hopes extinguished, the Packers decided to shut down Aaron Rodgers to heal for the next season fully. Packers played their last home game of the season in week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings. Without Rodgers, the Packers would show little life in their final two games, losing to the Vikings 16-0 in their final home game and 35-11 against the Lions to close the year at 7-9. It was the first time the Lions swept Green Bay since 1991. Following the season, Ted Thompson was pushed out as General Manager, ushering in a new era in Green Bay. A month later, Jerry Kramer finally got the call he had been waiting for with an induction into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
Written by Joey DeRosa (@JDeRosa12)
2018: The Green Bay Packers had a second consecutive rough season where they missed out on the playoffs. It ultimately ended up costing coach Mike McCarthy his job as the Packers finished 6-9-1. Their season, though, started well as the Packers overcame a 20-3 deficit and beat the Chicago Bears 24-23 on a late 75-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb. Green Bay then let a 13-point lead get away in their next game, and after both teams received a possession in overtime, the Minnesota Vikings’ Daniel Carlson missed a game-winning 35-yard field goal as time expired, leading to the game ending in a 29-29 tie. The Packers split their next four games with a shutout over the Buffalo Bills and a victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay then had their bye week and lost consecutive games to the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, allowing 60 combined points in the two games. In November, the Packers’ lone win came against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10 after Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, and Aaron Jones ran for a pair of scores. Mike McCarthy’s long tenure in Green Bay came to an end after three consecutive games where they lost by one score or less. Joe Philbin was named interim coach for the final four weeks. The Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-20 in Philbin’s first game. Green Bay won again two weeks later in overtime against the New York Jets, as Davante Adams scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime after the Jets tied the game 38-38 with 17 seconds remaining. Rodgers finished the season throwing for 4,442 yards with 25 touchdowns. Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams combined to rush for over 1,000 yards, and Adams led the team with 1,386 yards. Defensively, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had three of the team’s seven interceptions before being traded at the deadline. At the same time, Blake Martinez led the team with 144 tackles for the second consecutive season.
Written by Matthew Rothman
2019: With Matt LaFleur taking over as the coach, the Green Bay Packers had a terrific season. They started the year on a three-game win streak and earned victories in seven of their first eight games. This included a 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears, as the NFL kicked off the 100th season at Soldier Field, with the two oldest rivals. Green Bay scored at least 20 points in six of the seven games, including a 31-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Their second loss of the season came on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers as Aaron Rogers was limited to only 161passing yards. The Packers responded well with a 24-16 victory over the Carolina Panthers the following week, with Aaron Jones rushing for two touchdowns in Week 10. Green Bay then had their bye week and was blown out by the San Francisco 49ers 37-8, a team they would see later on in the playoffs. The Packers, though, finished the regular season red-hot by winning their final five games. Once again, the offense was on fire, scoring 23.6 points per game in their wins over the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions with their final game on the streak ending on a Mason Crosby game-winning kick. Rodgers once again had a terrific season. He threw for 4,002 years, had 26 touchdowns, and was only intercepted four times. Jones had his best season in the NFL with 1,084 rushing yards and 474 receiving yards. Adams finished three yards short of 1,000 yards after only playing in 12 games. Martinez once again led the team in tackles with 155 as Green Bay won the NFC North.
Written by Matthew Rothman
2019 Playoffs: The Packers faced the Seattle Seahawks in their first playoff game after receiving a bye in the first round. Green Bay jumped out to a 21-3 lead highlighted by two touchdowns by Aaron Jones. Davante Adams added a 40-yard touchdown later in the game. Despite the Seahawks getting a pair of rushing touchdowns from Marshawn Lynch and a Tyler Lockett touchdown late, the Packers advanced to the NFC Championship again with a 28-23 win to advance to the NFC Championship Game. Going up against the San Francisco 49ers’ excellent defense, Green Bay put themselves in a significant hole by falling behind 27-0 at halftime. Raheem Mostert had his best game in the NFL with three first-half touchdowns. He would eventually score a fourth time in the second half and the two teams combined for six rushing touchdowns as Jones scored twice in the Packers 37-20 loss to end their season.
Written by Matthew Rothman
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