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Two or three years ago, I would have told you how in awe I was still with the 1997 Packers; that changed. The 87th Pack season, in 2007, still takes me back.
Not only was it Brett Favre’s last season before he betrayed most of his fans by going to the New York Jets, but it was a season that no Packer fan will overlook. Going 13-3, saying bye in the playoffs, pummeling the Seahawks in a blizzard, and losing to the Giants for a trip to the Super bowl—this was the whirlwind season every Packer fan cheered, feared, and whimpered along with, wishing each season could be similar.
Lambeau field turned 50 in 2007, and I also got to visit the monstrosity that holds the Legend of the Packers within it. Colorado's Mason Crosby joined the squad, kicking it up a notch, as did two remarkable free agents—Ahman Green and Donald Lee.
Aaron Rodgers would sit the bench another season, except one fill-in for Favre after a severe shoulder injury caused by a sack. Favre, Grant, and Crosby battered outstanding records by the greats, including Dan Marino and John Elway. We had most completions, rushing yards, franchise rushing touchdowns, and pass attempts. It was a remarkable season from beginning to end.
As rumors began to swell about Favre giving his 38-year-old body a rest, the season began to go downhill. Scores got a little closer and the winning record began to dwindle down. We almost lost the chance to get to the playoffs, but when we least expected it, with an 80 yard pass from Favre to Driver or Favre to Jennings or holds from Bigby, Collins, or Harris, we bounced back.
Then for the third coldest game in history: attendance 72,740, wind chill: -30 degrees below zero, time: 6:30 p.m., opponent: New York Giants. Back and forth action kept the fans on their toes.
Favre got the record, and the excitement grew as he chucked a 90-yard pass to Donald Driver for the touchdown. Still, with this impressive game, it turned bittersweet when Favre threw one of his classic interception, which cost us the game and, possibly, his last trip ever to the Super Bowl.
Impressively but anticlimactically, the Packers amazed and transcended in one short season from July to December.
The roster was extraordinary, the records were impressive, and the last pass was astringent. The 2007 Packers were on and off and on again.
Though the Packs missed their trip to the legendary Bowl, no one could take away that notable season. The 2007 Packs will go down in history for the season that broke the biggest records and the biggest hearts. No Cheesehead will forget, and none will forgive.
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