The Top 5 most painful Packer moments of the Decade:
The Green Bay Packers gave us a good decade of football. They made it to the playoffs 6 times and had an overall record of 94-67 for the decade. However, the decade hasn’t been all fun and games. The Packers have experienced a lot of painful moments. As a diehard Packer fan, I have stuck with my team through the good times and most importantly, the bad. Here are the top 5 most painful Packer moments of the Decade.
5. 2002-2003 season- Packers suffer first home loss in the playoffs. On January 4, 2003, the Packers not only lost a playoff game which ended their season and chances of making it to the Superbowl, but they also suffered their first-ever loss at home in the playoffs. The Falcons defeated the Packers in an embarrassing 27-7 rout. Since this loss at home the Packers have lost 2 of 4 other playoff games at home. This is a game that will always be remembered, but not in a good way.
4. 2005-2006 season- Packers have their worst season in 47 years. In the 2005-2006 season, the Packers had a 4-12 record, which was the worst record since the 1958-1959 season when they went 1-10-1. They were last in the division and lost all but one division game. The Packers offense was ranked 22 of 32 in the league and their defense was ranked 19 of 32. They were ranked 31st in turnovers with a turnover ratio of -24. After winning the division in the previous season, Packer fans (including myself) had very high hopes and expectations for the team this season but were disappointed with the team’s weak performance.
3. 2004-2005 season- Packers lose playoff game to the Vikings- During the regular season the Packers swept the Vikings with a score of 34-31 in both games. They finished the season with a 10-6 record and had won 6 of the 8 previous games. They had high hopes going into this game and were looking to beat the Vikings by a bigger margin than before. The Vikings had other plans. They came out and dominated the Packers in the wildcard round with a score of 31-17. The Packers allowed big plays from the Vikings that allowed them to take a 24-10 lead at halftime. This loss was especially devastating to the Packers and the Packer fans because they were defeated by a division rival whom they had beaten twice before that season.
2. 2008-Brett Favre traded to the New York Jets- The 2008 offseason brought the end to the Favre era in Green Bay. After throwing an interception in overtime of the NFC championship game, Brett Favre decided that it was time to retire. During the offseason, the Packers then decided to move on with Aaron Rodgers and based the team around his abilities. Near the end of the offseason, Brett Favre decided that he wasn’t done with football yet and decided to call off his retirement. However, Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson made the decision to move on after Favre’s retirement announcement, and they decided to stick with their decision. Brett Favre is a future hall-of-famer and is an icon to most young football players and football fans. Since the management team of the Packers didn’t want Favre anymore, they had to trade him away to another team. Many teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New York Jets were interested in Favre. The Packers ended up trading him to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick. Many fans were upset with the Packers, but became proclaimed “Favre fans” and followed him to the New York Jets. Other Packer fans saw the need to move on and supported the management’s decision to stick with Aaron Rodgers.
1. 2009-Brett Favre signs with the Minnesota Vikings- Brett Favre was the Packers’ quarterback for 16 years and won multiple MVPs for his performance with the team. He led them to the playoffs 11 times and the Superbowl twice. He was traded to the Jets after he “retired” for the first time. After a season with the Jets, he decided to “retire” again. After his second retirement, the Jets released him to the free agency, allowing him to sign with another team if he decided to come back a second time. In July of 2009, Brett Favre decided that he wanted to come back to football and play for one of the Packers’ biggest rivals, the Vikings. Thousands of fans were (and still are) upset about the news that he would do this to his former team. This split the Packer fans again. Thousands of fans that were formerly wearing the Green and Gold switched to the purple jerseys. Families were split and households were divided. Brothers fought brothers, and parents fought children.
By signing with the Vikings, Brett Favre would get the chance to face his former team and be the only player to defeat all 32 teams in the NFL. Brett Favre would get this chance in week 4 of the regular season when the Packers played the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night game. This game shattered TV view records and showed how important this game was to both Brett Favre and the Packers. Brett Favre had the better end of the deal and the Vikings defeated the Packers 30-23. This was the Packers worst loss of the decade. Not because of the score, however, but because of quarterback that beat them.
The Packers have faced many hardships in the last decade, most of them coming the last two seasons. In this next decade, we hope to keep it mostly positive and hope to make it to the Superbowl soon.