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The Green Bay Packers may be the most storied franchise in NFL history. The games - the Ice Bowl, the Super Bowls, the Instant Replay Game - are indelible. The names - Curly Lambeau, Don Hutson, Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Willie Davis, Brett Favre and many more - are legendary.

In this Insider feature, we visit the newspaper archives and reprise many of the most memorable moments in Packers history over the past 10 decades. If there's a particular piece of team history you'd like to read about, send us an e-mail.

17784Packers 21,
Boston 6
Quarterback Arnie Herber (left) and end Don Hutson were two of five future Pro Football Hall of Fame members on the 1936 Packers.

Dec. 13, 1936:
First NFL title game

In 1936, the Green Bay Packers - with future Hall of Famers Curly Lambeau, Don Hutson, Arnie Herber, Johnny "Blood" McNally and Clarke Hinkle - beat the Boston Redskins, 21-6, in their first NFL title game. They would go on to win eight more championships, adding to the three won by league standing (1929-'31) before the NFL's playoff system was established in 1933. Began the account in the Milwaukee Journal, "Green Bay's mighty, dazzling air-minded Packers mounted the throne of professional football...."
The Game: Herber's darts turn bruising tilt into rout (Published 12/14/36)
On the Sidelines: Curley spouts advice; nobody pays attention (Published 12/14/36)

19096Don Hutson
Don Hutson (1935-'45) is the most prolific scorer in the history of the Green Bay Packers.

Oct. 7, 1945:
Hutson's 29-point quarter

Don Hutson, the greatest pass catcher in the history of the Green Bay Packers - and perhaps the NFL - scored 31 points (four touchdowns and seven extra points) in a 57-21 rout of the Detroit Lions at State Fair Park. The achievement ranks second in team history to Paul Hornung's 33 points against the Colts in 1961, but Hutson's 29 points in the second quarter still stands as an NFL record. For his career, Hutson (1935-'45) scored a Packer-record 823 points on 105 touchdowns, 172 extra points and seven field goals.
Record Day: Dazzling end thrills crowd (Published 10/8/45)

246621957 Draft
Paul Hornung, though a Heisman Trophy quarterback at Notre Dame, became a hall of fame halfback in Green Bay. He averaged 4.2 yards per rush, caught 130 passes and kicked 66 field goals during his nine-year career.

Nov. 26, 1956:
Hornung No. 1 pick

When the Packers picked Paul Hornung with the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NFL draft, things were quite different than they are today. For one, the '57 draft took place in '56. Coverage of the event was minimal; neither the Journal nor Sentinel wrote more than a story or two in the editions of Nov. 27, 1957. And in '57, the Packers picked No. 1 because of a 12-year NFL "bonus pick" system. Starting in 1947, all 12 teams' names went into a hat, with the one drawn awarded the first pick in that year's draft. Once a team won the first pick, its name was not included in the lottery the next year. In '57, when the Packers' name was drawn, it was down to Green Bay and the Chicago Cardinals. With their second first-round pick - No. 4 overall - the Packers picked Michigan tight end Ron Kramer.
1957 Draft: Hornung 'tickled' over choice (Published 11/27/56)

1673732,132 Fans
Attend Opener
A near-sellout crowd of 32,132 fans attends the first game at what is now Lambeau Field.

Sept. 29, 1957:
Birth of Lambeau Field

City Stadium (renamed Lambeau Field in 1965) is completed just in time for the season-opener against the Bears on Sept. 29, 1957. The Packers christen the stadium with a victory, but it is the only win at home that season (3-9 overall).
Dedication: Sterling Packers, Stadium Shine (Published 9/30/57)
First Game: Big, Bad Bears Bow to Parilli's Passing (Published 9/30/57)

17223'My Word Will Be Final'
Vince Lombardi was hired as Packers coach and general manager on Jan. 28, 1959.

Jan. 28, 1959:
Packers Hire Lombardi

Vince Lombardi exuded authority and confidence from the beginning. "My word will be final," he said upon being named head coach and general manager of the Packers. "I've never been with a losing team in my life and I don't think I'll start now."
The Hiring: Packers name Vince Lombardi head coach, general manager (Published 1/29/59)
Commentary: Lombardi is the man (Published 1/29/59)
Commentary: Packers got 'live one' in Lombardi (Published 1/29/59)
First Moves: Finally, the words ring true (Published 2/1/59)

29449Packers 9,
Bears 6
Vince Lombardi is swarmed by fans after beating the Bears in his debut as coach of the Packers.

Sept. 27, 1959:
Lombardi's First Victory

Considering how history would play out, the headline on the Milwaukee Journal's story - "Lombardi's Sweetest" - may appear absurd, but at the time the victory over the archrival Bears in Vince Lombardi's first victory as coach of the Packers was big indeed. The season before, Green Bay had finished 1-10-1 under Ray "Scooter" McLean. In 1959, the Packers went on to finish 7-5, and two years later they would win the first of their five NFL titles under Lombardi.
Lombardi's Sweetest: Victory over Bears crowned coaching career (Published 9/28/59)

18578Bart Starr
Bart Starr, circa 1959

Nov. 22, 1959:
Starr's first victory

Four years into his NFL career, in his 42nd game, Bart Starr got his first victory as starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Chosen in the 17th round of the '56 draft, the future hall of famer played three losing seasons - sharing time at quarterback with Tobin Rote, Babe Parilli and Lamar McHan - before Vince Lombardi arrived and began to reverse the team's fortunes.
The Game: Starr finally has big day, leads Packers to triumph (Published 11/23/59)

21303Eagles 17, Packers 13
Rookie Ted Dean scored the winning touchdown for the Eagles with a 5-yard sprint around left end. His 58-yard kickoff return started the series.

Dec. 26, 1960:
1960 NFL Title Game

In the only playoff loss ever by Vince Lombardi as coach of the Packers, the Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay, 17-13, on a Monday afternoon in Philadelphia. Rookie Ted Dean, whom the Packers almost drafted, sparked the winning drive with a 58-yard kickoff return and then scored on a 5-yard run. After the game, Lombardi wrote his account of the game in a special column for the Milwaukee Sentinel. (One other note: the NFL draft was the next day.)
'60 Title Game: Clock Stops Packers in 17 to 13 Tilt (Published 12/27/60)
By Vince Lombardi: Dean's kickoff dash key play (Published 12/27/60)

19754Packers 37, Giants 0
Vince Lombardi's first NFL title as coach of the Green Bay Packers came in his third season.

Dec. 31, 1961:
Lombardi's first title game

Vince Lombardi's first NFL title as coach of the Green Bay Packers came on New Year's Eve 1961, in his third season. With a 37-0 victory over the New York Giants, the Packers had won their seventh title - the previous six coming under Curly Lambeau. But it was their first ever played in Green Bay. "Like it has been all year, this was a determined, dedicated team," wrote Lombardi in a bylined story written that night for the Milwaukee Sentinel.
Hail to Titletown, U.S.A.: Packers Rip Giants, 37-0, As Pvt. Hornung Scores 19 Points (Published 1/1/62)
By Vince Lombardi: 'Magnificent Team Effort' (Published 1/1/62)
Curly Lambeau: Packers Still Curly's Boys (Published 1/1/62)

29939Chandler's Heroics
Against the Colts, Don Chandler kicked a 22-yard field goal to send the game into sudden-death overtime and a 25-yarder to win it.

Dec. 26, 1965:
'65 playoff vs. Colts

The Colts were without Johnny Unitas and the Packers were without Bart Starr. Yet the 1965 Western Conference championship game turned into a classic. Ending the regular season, both teams stood at 10-3-1, so the playoff was destined to be close. It ended up as the longest game in NFL history, lasting 13 minutes 39 seconds into only the second "sudden death" overtime in league annals. Zeke Bratkowski, subbing at quarterback after Starr was knocked out on the first series, and Don Chandler, kicking a field goal to send the game into overtime and another to win it, were the heroes. The Packers would go on to beat the Cleveland Browns, 23-12, for the NFL title, and add NFL titles and Super Bowls the next two seasons.
Chandler 'Kicks' Packers to Title: FG Beats Colts in 'Sudden Death,' 13-10 (Published 12/27/65)

30256Packers 23, Browns 12
Jim Taylor rushed 27 times for 96 yards and earned the game's MVP award.

Jan. 2, 1966:
'65 NFL Title vs. Browns

Following a "sudden death" playoff victory over the Baltimore Colts the week before, the Packers waged battle with Jim Brown and the Cleveland Browns on a cold, dreary, snowy and muddy day at Lambeau Field. Bart Starr, who was knocked out of the game on the first play the week before, returned and led the Packers with efficient passing, and Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung, nearing the ends of their careers, combined for 201 yards rushing. And the defense held hall of famer Jim Brown to 50 yards rushing. The title was the first of three consecutive for the Packers. The Super Bowl was created the next year.
Packers 23, Browns 12: Hornung and Taylor Pile Up 201 Yards (Published 1/3/66)
Lombardi: 'We Stuck to the Basics' (Published 1/3/66)

30986Packers 35, Chiefs 10
Bart Starr, behind a stout offensive line, hooked up with Max McGee for two touchdowns in the rout of the Chiefs.

Jan. 16, 1967:
Super Bowl I

Following a 12-2 regular season and a second straight NFL title with a 34-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the Packers and Chiefs met in the first-ever Super Bowl between the NFL and AFL champions. It was no contest. Old pro Max McGee was one of the improbable heroes. After Boyd Dowler was injured on the Packers' first series, McGee - who had caught just four passes all season and had stayed out well past curfew the night before - was called into action. He ended up catching seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. After the game, he announced his retirement.
Packers 35, Chiefs 10: Packers 'Super' in Rout of Chiefs (Published 1/16/67)

18826Travis Williams
Photo/1967 file
Travis Williams, a rookie from Arizona State, returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in 1967.

Nov. 12, 1967:
Packers 55, Browns 7

Sparked by Travis Williams' two kickoff returns for touchdowns - both in the first quarter - the Packers scored one of their biggest routs in their history: 55-7 vs. the Cleveland Browns. Donny Anderson, subbing for an injured Elijah Pitts, also had a career day, rushing for four touchdowns. A record Milwaukee crowd of 50,074 witnessed the game at County Stadium.
The Game: Packers Start Quickly, Stay Sharp, 55-7 (Published 11/13/67)
2 Kickoff Returns: Williams' Flights Left Browns for Dead (Published 11/13/67)

16463Packers Win NFL Title
Journal Sentinel files
The goal posts came down in the celebration.

Dec. 31, 1967: The Ice Bowl

Is there any more famous game in Packers history?
The Game: Packers win NFL title (Published 1/1/68)
Bart Starr: From goat to hero (Published 1/1/68)
Commentary: Packers played like real champs (Published 1/1/68)
The Scene: Fans froze despite red hot finish (Published 1/1/68)
Video: NFL Films clip of the winning touchdown

29697'72 Division Title
Coach Dan Devine and quarterback Scott Hunter.

Dec. 10, 1972:
The Pack is Back

In '72, the Pack was Back. Led by workhorse backs John Brockington and MacArthur Lane and a sturdy defense, the Packers clinched their first division title since 1967 by beating the archrival Vikings in sub-zero temperatures in Minnesota. The successes of that season were short-lived, however. The Packers went on to lose to the Redskins, 16-3, in the first round of the playoffs, and then endure losing seasons all the way through the '80s and into the '90s.
Packers 23, Vikings 7: Victory clinches first title since '67 (Published 12/11/72)

22358John Hadl
File photo
John Hadl would play just 1 1/2 dismal seasons for the Packers.

Oct. 22, 1974: The Hadl trade

Coach Dan Devine's trade for Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Hadl after the sixth game of the 1974 season is one of the most infamous in Packers history. Devine gave up five draft picks - a first, second and third in '75 and first and third in '76 - for the 34-year-old veteran. Hadl would play just 1 1/2 seasons for the Packers, throwing 3 touchdowns and 8 interceptions for a 54.0 quarterback rating in 1974 and 6 touchdowns and 21 interceptions for a 52.8 rating in 1975. Devine resigned at the end of the '74 season.
The Trade: Packers deal 5 picks for Hadl (Published 10/23/74)
Commentary: Was Devine held up? (Published 10/23/74)

218491978 Draft
Photo/Tom Lynn
James Lofton ended his nine seasons with the Packers with 530 passes for a team-record 9,656 yards.

May 2, 1978:
Packers get Lofton, Anderson

There was a lot of second-guessing in the press after the first few rounds of the 1978 draft, but history shows it turned out OK. With their first pick in the first round - No. 6 overall - the Packers picked James Lofton, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during Super Bowl XXXVII festivities. And with their second pick in the first round - No. 26 overall - they got linebacker John Anderson, who went on to play 12 seasons in Green Bay.
'78 Draft: Packer draft full of surprises (Published 5/3/78)
Bud Lea: Starr wasn't kidding on approach to draft (Published 5/3/78)

28947Packers 12, Bears 6
Chester Marcol clutches the game-winning ball as quarterback Lynn Dickey offers congratulations.

Sept. 7, 1980:
Marcol's TD run vs. Bears

It was one of the few bright spots in a 5-10-1 season. On opening day, the Packers held Walter Payton to 65 yards and took the Bears into overtime tied 6-6. In OT, Chester Marcol's game-winning field goal try was blocked by Alan Page, but the ball bounced right back to Marcol and he ran it in 25 yards for a touchdown and what coach Bart Starr would call "the most dramatic win I've ever been part of." One footnote: The Bears beat the Packers later that season, 61-7.
Marcol! Marcol! Kicker turns runner as Packers stun Bears on bizarre play in OT (Published 9/8/80)
Commentary: Packers felt fate finally was on their side (Published 9/8/80)

18058Packers 48, Redskins 47
Running back Gerry Ellis scores on a 24-yard run in the third quarter.

Oct. 17, 1983:
Highest-scoring MNF game

Nineteen years later, the Packers' 48-47 victory over the Redskins remains the highest-scoring game ever on Monday Night Football. Jan Stenerud's 20-yard field goal with 54 seconds left stood as the game-winner after Washington's Mark Moseley missed a 39-yarder as time expired.
The Game: Packers get a victory - and much more (Published 10/18/83)
Commentary: One for the books (Published 10/18/83)
Washington: Redskins stunned (Published 10/18/83)

19352Packers 21, Buccaneers 0
Eddie Lee Ivery rushed for 109 yards on 13 carries through the snow.

Dec. 1, 1985:
The Blizzard Bowl

It was the biggest blizzard in the Packers' history (10.7 inches of snow by game's end, with winds swirling at 20 to 30 mph and the wind chill dipping to minus-7). It was the smallest crowd ever at Lambeau Field (19,856 showed up; 36,586 did not). It was Steve Young's first game ever at Lambeau (8-17, 53 yards, 1 interception). And it was no contest: Green Bay beat Tampa Bay, 21-0, and out-gained them in yards, 512-65. "I compare this to purgatory," said Tampa Bay tackle Ron Heller. Following are the accounts of the games from the colunnists at the time from the Journal and the Sentinel.
Journal: A blizzard a day keeps losses away (Published 12/2/85)
Sentinel: Bucs can't weather Packers (Published 12/2/85)

215801989 Draft
Tony Mandarich was the highest-rated player at any position coming out of Michigan State.

April 23, 1989:
The Mandarich Pick

Between now and the NFL draft April 26-27, Old School will feature draft picks, trades and free agent acquisitions - the moves that mold a team - in Packers history. First off: the choice of Michigan State offensive tackle Tony Mandarich with the second pick overall in the '89 draft, a pick that was sandwiched between Troy Aikman at No. 1 and Barry Sanders at No. 3. At the time, few questioned Mandarich's tremendous talents. But we all know how it turned out.
'89 Draft: Mandarich makes a favorable impression (Published 4/24/89)

32783Bob Harlan
Bob Harlan: "It's not going to turn around immediately because of the president. ... It's going to turn around because of the people who run your football operations."

June 5, 1989:
Harlan named President

When Bob Harlan was named president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers on June 5, 1989, the franchise was nearing the end of a futile decade. The Packers had not been to the playoffs in a non-strike season since 1972. Their glory days were ancient history. Two and a half years later, however, he hired Ron Wolf to run the football operations, and a new era of success on the field and in the front office was born. Since then, Harlan has had his steady hand on the organization, overseeing a renovation of Lambeau Field, the hiring of Mike Sherman to replace Wolf, and a successful financial picture.
Q&A;: Selig's style suits new Packers president (Published 6/6/89)
Commentary: Packers make the right call (Published 6/6/89)

17498Packers 14, Bears 13
Photo/Gary Porter
Don Majkowski celebrates in the arms of nose tackle Bob Nelson.

Nov. 5, 1989:
Instant Replay Game

The Packers hadn't beaten the Bears in five years when Don Majkowski rolled to his right on fourth down and with 32 seconds left in the game threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe. When an official ruled that Majkowski was over the line of scrimmage, however, jubilation turned to disbelief. Then came the instant replay review.
The Game: Replay ruling sends Packers to victory (Published 11/6/89)
Commentary: Majik Moment! (Published 11/6/89)
Chicago lockerroom: Instant replay ruling leaves Bears bitter (Published 11/6/89)
Official view: Position of ball was key in call (Published 11/6/89)

21010Change at Top
Five seasons after Ron Wolf's hiring, he and team president Bob Harlan (right) were Super Bowl champions.

Nov. 27, 1991:
Ron Wolf's Hiring

Near the end of the 1991 season, team president Bob Harlan made a change that would steer the franchise toward a new era of success. He hired Ron Wolf, a veteran NFL executive, as general manager and gave him "total authority" over the football operation.
New GM: Wolf has power to match his experience (Published 11/28/91)
Profile: Al Davis called and a career was launched (Published 11/28/91)

30755Packers Hire Holmgren
Mike Holmgren is introduced to the media after his hiring on Jan. 11, 1992.

Jan. 11, 1992:
Mike Holmgren's Hiring

After 15 losing seasons in the 24 years since Vince Lombardi left, Ron Wolf was hired as general manager. A month and a half later, Wolf hired a coach who had never been a head coach in either college or the NFL: Mike Holmgren, the offensive coordinator for the 49ers. "You can feel the leadership," Wolf said. "He has that kind of cocky confidence that Bill Walsh has. When you sit and talk to him, you're going to feel a toughness and a charisma." In his seven season with the Packers, Holmgren would never have a losing record, leaving with an 84-42 record and two trips to the Super Bowl.
Hiring: Wolf gets the man he wants, at a price (Published 1/12/92)
Reaction: Is Holmgren's style too similar to Infante's? (Published 1/12/92)

16373Brett Favre
Photo/Jeffrey Phelps
Brett Favre celebrates after throwing the winning touchdown in his debut as the Packers' quarterback.

1992: Favre Joins the Packers

In his first big trade as general manager, Ron Wolf sends a first-round draft choice (17th overall) to Atlanta for backup Brett Favre. In his first game, Favre rallies the Packers with a game-winning touchdown pass against Cincinnati.
The Trade: Wolf pulls trigger on his master plan (Published 2/12/92)
Profile: Country boy heads due north (Published 2/12/92)
Scouts: What they said about Favre (Published 2/12/92)
First Game: Favre strong arms Bengals (Published 9/21/92)
Reaction: Wolf likes take-charge qualities (Published 9/21/92)

28490Brett Favre,
the backup
Brett Favre was talking about a Super Bowl during his first training camp with the Packers.

Aug. 6, 1992:
Favre's First Camp

He hadn't played even a preseason game for the Green Bay yet, but Brett Favre, two weeks into his first training camp, was talking matter-of-factly about replacing Don Majkowski as the starter and leading the Packers back to the Super Bowl. "The thing about it, I can see it in the guys," Favre said. "They feel like, 'You're going to be our man some day.'" How right he was.
Promise of big things: Favre confident of starting for Packers, reaching NFL elite (Published 8/6/92)

22940Reggie White
File photo
Reggie White played six seasons in Green Bay.

April 6, 1993:
The Reggie White Signing

In the biggest free-agent signing in Packers history, Reggie White said yes to Green Bay's offer of $17 million over four years and put the NFL's smallest city back on the map. "I think if this team could get back to a winning attitude, to a championship," White said, "I think it could capture the heart of America."
The Signing: Big bucks, courtship seal deal (Published 4/7/93)
Commentary: Green Bay returns to the NFL map (Published 4/7/93)
Skills: Has White started to decline (Published 4/7/93)

16985Leaping Into
The Playoffs
Photo/Rick Wood
Nothing much was made of it then, but this game marked the debut of the "Lambeau Leap" when LeRoy Butler jumped into the end zone seats after a touchdown.

Dec. 26, 1993:
The Pack is Back

The Packers' 28-0 victory over the Raiders in the second-to-last game of the '93 season was monumental for a number of reasons. Most important, it clinched a playoff berth for Green Bay for the first time since 1972 (not including the strike-shortened '82 season). The game also was the second-coldest ever at Lambeau Field and it marked the debut of the "Lambeau Leap."
Pack is Back: Finally, the words ring true (Published 12/27/93)
The Game: Holmgren's plan, Favre's execution give Green Bay a wild-card berth (Published 12/27/93)
The Weather: Second coldest game ever at Lambeau (Published 12/27/93)

20687Packers 28, Lions 24
Photo/Rick Wood
Sterling Sharpe waits in the corner of the end zone for Brett Favre's 40-yard touchdown heave.

Jan. 8, 1994:
'93 wild-card game

It was a moment, writes Bob McGinn, "that will live forever whenever Green Bay fans gather to recall great moments in franchise annals." A week after throwing four interceptions in a regular-season loss at Detroit, Brett Favre is the hero with a scrambling, 40-yard, across-the-body, across-the-field, touchdown strike to Sterling Sharpe to beat the Lions in a '93 wild-card playoff game.
The Game: Wow! Favre comes up big (Published 1/9/94)
Commentary: For this pair, it's 'V' as in vindication (Published 1/9/94)

31402Packers 21, Falcons 17
Photo/Jeffrey Phelps
Brett Favre dives into the end zone with seconds left in the final game at Milwaukee County Stadium to beat the Falcons.

Dec. 18, 1994:
Milwaukee finale

The Packers had played games in Milwaukee for 62 straight years - at four different venues - until deciding, mostly for financial reasons, to play all of their games in Green Bay starting in the 1995 season. So on Dec. 18, 1994, Brett Favre and the Packers were down to their final seconds in Milwaukee, and down to the Atlanta Falcons, 17-14. Favre took the snap at the Falcons' 9 yard line and rolled to his right looking for a receiver. "I have no idea what made decide to run," Favre said after the game. "He told me there was no way he wasn't getting in," said coach Mike Holmgren. "I yelled to Brett to get out of bounds," said kicker Chris Jacke. "But I guess you just have to live and die with the kid."
The Game: Milwaukee finale ends in heroic dive (Published 12/19/94)
Favre: Leap justifies faith (Published 12/19/94)

31872Vikings 27, Packers 24
Third-string quarterback T.J. Rubley will go down in Packers lore for his egregious error.

Nov. 5, 1995:
T.J. Rubley's audible

No matter what bad things happen to the Packers in the Metrodome, perhaps nothing will compare to this game. It is best remembered for T.J. Rubley's infamous audible. Playing in his first game in almost two seasons, he was pressed into action after injuries to both Brett Favre and Ty Detmer. On third down and a foot from the Vikings' 38, with a minute to go and the score tied 24-24, coach Mike Holmgren called a quarterback sneak. But with a safety moving up on defense, Rubley called an audible, rolled right and threw across his body into traffic. The pass was intercepted by former Packer Jeff Brady. A few plays later, as the Packers' defense crumbled, Minnesota's Fuad Reveiz kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.
House of pain: Reveiz's field goal caps final flurry (Published 11/6/95)

18308Brett Favre
Photo/Gary Porter
NOV. 5, 1995: Brett Favre, in his 54th consecutive game, has to leave the game vs. the Vikings with a severely sprained ankle. Is his durability streak in jeopardy?

Nov. 12, 1995:
Favre's streak stays alive

Before this season, Brett Favre had failed to complete a game because of injury only three times: in 1994, '95 and '00. Perhaps the most memorable was in 1995, when Favre severely sprained his ankle against the Vikings and T.J. Rubley finished the game in ignominious fashion. Favre returned the next week, however, to play one the best games of his career, throwing five touchdown passes in a 35-28 victory over the Bears.
The Comeback: Favre takes a giant step on just one leg (Published 11/13/95)
The Reaction: Bears aren't buying talk about Favre's bad ankle (Published 11/13/95)

20274Brett Favre
Brett Favre won his first of three consecutive MVP awards in a landslide vote over Jerry Rice.

Jan. 1, 1996:
Brett Favre wins first MVP

With Brett Favre in contention for an unprecedented fourth MVP award this season, we take a look back at his first - after the 1995 season. That honor - the first of three consecutive MVP awards for Favre - coincided with the Packers' rise to elite status in the NFL. They would beat San Francisco a few days later to advance to the NFC title game, losing to Dallas, then play in the Super Bowl the next two seasons.
Landslide: Favre scrambles to easy MVP win (Published 1/2/96)

20031Packers 27,
49ers 17
Sean Jones (right) and Reggie White sandwich 49ers quarterback Steve Young.

Jan. 6, 1996:
Back in the NFC title game

It was the beginning of a wonderful post-season rivalry. On Jan. 6, 1995, the Packers were 10-point underdogs in San Francisco against the defending Super Bowl-champion 49ers. But with a swarming defense and opportune offense, the Packers jumped out to a 21-0 lead en route to their biggest victory since the '60s. The Packers would go on to lose the next week to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game, but the next two seasons the Packers would beat the 49ers again in the playoffs and play in the Super Bowl.
San Francisco Treat: Packers prove doubters wrong in shocking playoff victory (Published 1/7/96)

30516Colts 41, Packers 38
"Write what you want," Brett Favre said after the game. "We'll be there at the end."

Nov. 15, 1997:
Colts embarrass Packers

Here's a game that shows how even in the best of seasons can come the worst of games. The Packers were 8-2 and riding a five-game winning streak. The Colts, led by ex-Packers coach Lindy Infante and featuring castoff Tony Mandarich, were 0-10. Green Bay was favored by a whopping 13 points. After their humbling loss, the Packers won their final three games of the regular season, then beat Tampa Bay and San Francisco in the playoffs to reach Super Bowl XXXII vs. the Denver Broncos.
Woe is D: Colts riddle Green Bay for 467 yards (Published 11/16/97)