The Green Bay Packers have found a lot of success during their history, but like every other team there have been some disappointing moments. Every playoff game hasn’t ended in a victory and some losses have hurt more than others. Let’s breakdown some of the most heartbreaking moments in Packers history.
Super Bowl XXXII
After winning the previous Super Bowl, the Packers looked to be the favorites to go back to back, the only thing that stood between them was the Denver Broncos. Early in the 4th quarter the Packers and Broncos were tied 24-24. It was back and forth in the 4th without much happening until the Broncos got good field position. The Broncos drove 49 yards that was capped off by a Terrell Davis one-yard touchdown run.
There was time for the Packers to tie the game, and they made into Broncos territory before Brett Favre threw three straight incompletions. It turned out to be their best chance to win another Super Bowl with Favre, something they still have to regret to this day.
Most believed heading into the 2007 season it could be Favre’s last in the NFL. The hope was they could send Favre out with a Super Bowl, before handing over the team to Aaron Rodgers. The NFC Championship game was played at Lambeau Field with the Packers being big favorites over the New York Giants.
Throughout the game it was back and forth, and after the 4th quarter, the game was tied 20-20. The Packers received the ball first in overtime, but it quickly went downhill. On the second play of overtime, Favre threw an interception to Corey Webster. Lawrence Tynes made a 36 yard field goal to send the Giants onto the Super Bowl.
The loss was disappointing, especially because Favre’s last pass in a Packers uniform turned out to be an interception.
One heartbreaking loss that fans of other teams often forget about that was so heartbreaking for the Packers was during the 2003 playoffs.
The Packers were up three against the Philadelphia Eagles with 1:12 left on the clock. The Eagles were facing a 4th and 26 and it looked like the Packers would be advancing. Donovan McNabb had different plans hitting Freddie Mitchell for a 28-yard reception. David Akers hit a field goal to send the game to overtime. In overtime, it was Akers again who kicked a field goal to send the Packers out of the playoffs and to the golf course.
Down goes McMahon
The 1980s were not a proud time for the Green Bay Packers but there wasn’t a worse moment during that decade than November 23, 1986. During Week 12, Charles Martin of the Packers’ defense wore a towel with six numbers on them, including Jim McMahon of the Chicago Bears. After McMahon threw an interception he was walking towards the sideline when Martin picked up McMahon and slammed him to the ground shoulder first. McMahon was already playing with a torn rotator cuff and the hit caused further damage that required surgery. McMahon wasn’t able to play the rest of the season, and Martin was suspended a couple of games.
15-1 doesn’t mean anything
The Green Bay Packers 2011 squad had a chance to be remembered as one of the best ever, after finishing the regular season with a 15-1 record. The Packers had won the Super Bowl the previous year, and were the favorites to win the title again. The first game against the Giants was expected to be an easy speedbump before they had to face a little tougher competition in the NFC Championship game.
The Giants had different ideas as they beat the Packers 37-20. If Aaron Rodgers doesn’t win another Super Bowl with the Packers. the 2011 season will be looked back on with a lot of regrets.