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 during 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 into obtaining a franchise in the new national pro football league that had been 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 revoked. However i was reinstated when Curley Lambeau gained other backers and bought the franchise back for the team. 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 one-hundredth of an inch short of that required in the policy. Another storm threatened a game late in the season 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 the support of the team, and the Green Bay Football Corporation was formed.
1923: With their old megshift 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, on the road they struggles winning only two of six games, including a shutout loss in Chicago to the Bears.
1925: After the Packers began play at Bellevue Park, the fans of the Packers 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 on their old field in back of the high school called City Stadium. The paint was barley 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 then 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. However 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 unbeaten 12-0-1 record.
1930: By winning their first eight games the Packers extend their unbeaten streak to 23 games, the streak would come to an 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 form 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 then the Packers, thanks to a number of 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 top draw extra revenue, playing at old Borchett 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 2nd among 4 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. However the loss would prove to be a turning point rather then 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 in the middle of relocating to Washington. Don Hutson scored on a 48-yard TD pass in the first 3 minutes, as the Packers never looked back winning their 4th 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 dropped 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 final game of the season 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 2nd Quarter the Packers rallied to take a 17-16 lead early in the 3rd Quarter. However, 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 23-17 victory.
1939: The Packers win their second straight Western Division Title with an impressive 9-2 record, holding off a charge form the hated Chicago bears. The Packers would face the New York Giants again in the NFL Championship Game. However 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 ever Championship to end in a shutout.
1940: The Packers quest for a third straight Division is derailed by 2 losses to the Chicago Bears, as the Packers finish seconnd 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 loses 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 8-2-01. However, they drop both games to the Chicago Bears, and miss out on a chance for the Division Title.
1943: The Packers continue to be one of the NFL's powerhouses, posting a 7-2-1 record. However, they can 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 theNFL Title on the line in New York. The Packers would grab a 14-0 lead with two Touchdowns from Ted Fritch on the 2nd Quarter. The lead would hold up until the 4th 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 Wide Receiver Don Hutson was a one-man wrecking crew. In the 2nd Quarter alone he catches four Touchdowns passes, and kicks five PATs, establishing a singe quarter scoring record at 29. However, the Packers would struggle the rest of the way finishing in third place with a 6-4 record. The season would also turn out top 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 struggle form 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 6 games on the road. This was a pattern that had been used for the Packers, almost form the start as the NFL was afraid of extremely cold Green Bay winters, and spilt 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 a intra-squad game on Thanksgiving just to stay a float financially. The game would raise $50,000, which was good enough to keep the team going. However, following the season co-founder Curley Lambeau depart 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 failure 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 fi APT D2e games. However, 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. However, 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 posting 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 backwards 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 a number dignitaries, including Vice President Richard Nixon were in attendance. However, 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 recommend 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 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 a top the NFL West. 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 battles scoreless in the 3rd Quarter the Packers took a 13-10 lead in the 4th Quarter on a Bart Starr to Max McGee Touchdown pass. However on the ensuing kickoff the Eagles returned the ball into Packers territory, which set up the Championship winning Touchdown with 5:21 left. The Packers would make run last charge but Fullback Jim Taylor was stopped by Chuck Bednarik eight yards form 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 2nd Quarter. The Pack would go on to claim their record seventh Championship with a 37-0 white washing 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 went on to finish with a franchise best 13-1 record, winning the NFL West for the 3rd year in a row. The Packers would then go on to face the Giants in a 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 give the Pack an opportunity 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 Hournung 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. However, both losses came at the hands of the Chicago Bears, who beat out the Packers by one game in the race for the Division Title.
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 next to last 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 in to the 6th Quarter sent the Packers on to the NFL Championship Game. In the Championship Game at Lambeau Field the Packers faced the Cleveland Browns, on a field made sloppy 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 yard 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 2nd Quarter the Packers would pull out in front on a 51-yard Starr pass to Carroll Dale. However, 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 ever 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 fan fare 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 go to 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 with in 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. The Packers grabbed an early 14-0 lead, but the Cowboys claw back, and were within four points at the half. The halftime show was cancelled due to fear the band would have the instruments frozen to their lips. When the game resumed in the 3rd Quarter the field became Icy and both offenses stalled. However, the Cowboys would take a lead in the 4th 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 then 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 into 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: Prior to 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 Bengttson 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 took part in 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. Rookie 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 name Bart Starr who ran the team on the field during the glorious Lombardi Era is named head coach. In Starr's first trek as coach the Packers struggle 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 in last place in the NFC Central with a 5-9 record, as 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, during the season Quarterbacks Lynn Dickey and David Whutehurst combine to throw 21 Interceptions while just connecting on six Touchdown Passes.
1978: Hopes rose again in Green Bay as the Packers got off to a 6-1 start. However, most of the wins came against weaker teams, and once the scheduled toughened up the Pack struggled winning 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 a 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 tie breaker and missed the playoffs.
1979: The Packers coming off a season where fans could believe had another setback as the team endured a number of 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 disappointing 5-10-1 season.
1981: The Packers struggles continue as the team gets off to a horrid 2-6 start. However, 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. However, 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 he 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. However one week later the Packers playoff run would come to an 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 then 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 Coach 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. However the Packers would struggle with injuries and would lose their next seven games. However, the team would end the season a positive not by winning seven of their final eight games to get the record to a semi-respectable 8-8.
1985: The Packers stumble out of the gate again by losing six of their first nin games. However, 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 then 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 an unsuspecting McMahon 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 as over coach Forrest Gregg announced he was leaving to fill a coaching vacancy at him 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 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, young Quarterback Don Majikowski was having a break out year in which he threw 27 Touchdown passes, while scoring five more in the rushing variety. Majikowski's favorite target was a young brash Wide Reciever named Sterling Shapre who collected 1,423 receiving yards while scoring 12 Touchdowns. In Week 11 the entire league would take notice on the Packers improvement when Majikowski engineered a dramatic come back with in San Francisco against the 49ers. The Packers whoudl go on to 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. However, 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 Majikowski 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 general manager by president Bob Harlan, with full authority to run the football operation. One of Wolfe's first moves is to completely over haul the coaching staff, which began with 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 Majikowski 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 then impressed getting the Packers on the doorstep of the playoffs by winning six games in a row. However, a loss in the final game of the season 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 Defensive End Reggie White. However, 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 6th 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 4th Quarter. However 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 on of the best Quarterbacks in the NFL by passing for 3,882 yards, while throwing 33 Touchdown passes. However the Packers struggled with injuries, and sat at 6-7 needing 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 Lamebu Field 40-3. One week later the Packers would end a 61-year tradition by playing their final game in Milwaukee, needing to win gain 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 Runningb Back Barry Sanders to -1 yard rushing. However a week later the Packers season would end in Dallas with a 35-9 loss to the Cowboys.
1995: With 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 bye, and 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. However, 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 take place 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 form 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 match up with Cowboys in Dallas. The Packers hoped to send a message instead, doubts rose about weather 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 Cowboys were knocked off by the second year Carolina Panthers. The Panthers would give the Packers problems in the early going intercepting Favre twice to take a 10-7 lead. However, 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 3rd 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 the 2nd 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 3rd 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 go on to add a two point conversion to take a35-21 lead into the final 15 minutes. In the 4th Quarter the Packers would smother the Patriots as Reggie White collected 3 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 3rd straight NFC Championship 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 sloppy field at 3Com Park. After a scoreless 3rd 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 TD. 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. However the Broncos would strike again taking a 24-17 lead as the quarter expired. However the Packers responded quickly tying the game early in the 4th Quarter. The game would stay tied in tied until the 2-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 3rd Down Pass. With 24 seconds left the Packers faced a do die 4th 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. However, the Packers home streak would come to an end on Minnesota 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. However, 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 4th 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 in the game 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 trhree games 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, also firing all of the 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. However, 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. However, 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 losing 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. However, the Jets would trounce the Packers 42-17, as the Packers who finished with a 12-4 record not only lost home field, but also their first round bye 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 of the season. However 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 was 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 the best games of his career passing for 399 yards in an impressive 41-7 win. However, heading into the final game of the season 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 4th Quarter. However 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 games 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 in 52-yards for a game winning Touchdwon. In the Divisional Round the Packers got off to a fast start leading the Philadelphia Eagles 14-0 at the end of the 1st Quarter. However the Pack's offense staled as the Eagles clawed their way back into the game tying it at 14 in the 4th Quarter. However 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 4th 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. However, the Packers would struggle losing 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 National 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 go on to 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. However, this time the Packers would dig themselves an early hole as they fell behind in the 1st 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. However 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 for 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 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 off 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. However, 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. However, 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 of the injuries and continued his streak of starts, which at season's end was 257, including playoff games. However 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 were not able to 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 career passing records in reach.
2007: After missing the playoffs two straight seasons the Packers hoped Brett Favre 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 as 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 while 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 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 to 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. However, 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 dominate 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 shutdown 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 a pass by Favre 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. However, 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. However, 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 three week drama with the Packers and Brett Favre trading barbs through the media. Brett Favre would arrive in Green Bay as the Packers were holding their first practices, but the Packers did not want him in training camp and even offered him $25 Million to stay retire. However, Favre insisted on returning and asked to be released so he could possibly 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 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 made the decision to comeback 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 this time 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 goaline 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 4th 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 4th 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 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, QB Aaron Rodgers was stripped 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 touchdown in 59 seconds, including a 32 yard interception return from Desmond Bishiop to spring past the Vikings 28-24 and improve to 4-3 on the season. A week later it was the Packers defense again that 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 shreaded 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 Falcon on the road 20-17, with Matt Bryant kicking the winning field goal from 47 yards with nine seconds remaning. The Packers would rebound to beat the San Francisco 49ers a week later, but 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 start quarterback as the 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. However, 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. With the loss the Packers were sitting at 8-6 with two games left and their playoff hopes on life support. 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 lended 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 elemination. 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 eleminate their old rivals, as they turned up the pressure on defense. The game would be 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 4th 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 advesity 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. However, Vick had another comeback in him as the Eagles cut the lead to 21-16 and had the ball late in 4th 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 stuck 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 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 was unable to 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 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 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 1st 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 2nd 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 TD 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 along with 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. However, the Packers defense would hold the lead into the 4th 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 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. Returning to Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers continued 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 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 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 go on to 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 earl y 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. .