After an exciting game but crushing defeat for the Green Bay Packers, I decided to look back into the past to see where this loss ranks among the most painful and difficult losses.
Despite winning twelbe championships, Green Bay has suffered some of the most hurtful losses in NFL history. Many of the games are considered classics, yet Green Bay fans would love nothing more than to forget about them.
Be warned Packer fans, some of these games will reopen wounds that we have tried to move on from.
Though the Packers lost at Minneapolis, three weeks later the Green Bay players and fans looked to exact revenge on Brett Favre's Minnesota Vikings as they visited Lambeau Field.
Despite Lambeau's endless boos, Favre once again lit up the Green Bay defense for 244 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Though Aaron Rodgers and the offense played well, Vikings' kick returner Percy Harvin scored on a 51 yard touchdown catch and shredded Green Bay's special teams coverage for 175 yards which gave Minnesota excellent field position the entire night.
Though the Packers were the only team to go undefeated at home during the 2002 season, they were unable to stop Michael Vick from becoming the first team to beat Green Bay at home in the playoffs.
Brett Favre, who had been 35-0 at Lambeau field when the temperature is below 35 degrees, was unable to move the offense. At halftime, the score was 24-0 as fans deservedly booed. That was the night when the Lambeau mystique left the building for good.
In a game where Green Bay's No. 2 overall defense failed to show up, the Packers found themselves in a 21 point deficit in the third quarter. The defense failed to get any pressure on Kurt Warner and the offense coughed up two turnovers early in the first quarter.
Receiving the ball with 31-10 left on the scoreboard, Aaron Rodgers led the offense to a furious comeback. The Packers scored touchdowns on their next five possessions. The Packers were able to slow down Arizona with an
onside kick and the only cardinal punt which allowed Green Bay to tie the game at 45 with less than two minutes remaining.
Arizona then marched down the field and missed a 34 yard field goal which sent the game into overtime. Though Green Bay won the coin toss, Rodgers missed a wide open Greg Jennings which what could have won the game. The next few plays later resulted in a controversial fumble that Arizona picked up for the game winning touchdown.
With Favre's touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman, the Packers reclaimed the lead with less than two minutes remaining. Down by four, Steve Young rallied his team to the Packer's 25 yard line with fourteen seconds remaining.
The Niners were able to move the ball down the field with short passes and though Jerry Rice's lone catch of the game was a fumble and recovered by the Packers, the officials thought he was down. Without instant replay instated at the time, there was no official review to correct the call.
With fourteen seconds and no timeouts remaining, Young fired a pass near the end zone that was nearly picked off by Green Bay's Craig Newsome.
Eight seconds were left when Young snapped the ball. Nearly tripping over himself stepping back under center, Young uprighted himself and threw a dart in between four Green Bay defenders to Terrell Owens.
Despite Terrell Owens four drops and a fumble, he saved his most critical catch at the end, where the play was later named as "The Catch II."
This loss was not only crushing for the Packers' playoff hopes, but this was the last game Mike Holmgren and Reggie White would be members of the Green Bay Packers.
If you are brave enough, you can watch the final drive here:
2003 was a magical year for the Packers that seemed like it was destiny to go to the Superbowl.
In Week 16, Brett Favre had a career performance on Monday Night following the death of his father.
In Week 17 of the regular season, Arizona upset Minnesota with a last second 28 yard touchdown to win the game where Green Bay was able to steal the NFC North Title and keep the Vikings from entering the playoffs.
Green Bay's first playoff game ended in overtime where Al Harris intercepted Seattle Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck for the touchdown.
In the divisional round with Philadelphia, Green Bay led by three with 1:12 remaining. At this time, Donovan McNabb was facing a fourth and 26.
McNabb made a miraculous throw to Freddie Mitchell down the middle to pick up the first down. They would later tie the game with a field goal and win in overtime set up by an interception by Brian Dawkins.
It was the Cinderella story of the NFL. Somehow Favre had resurrected his career after two pedestrian seasons and led the team to a 13-3 season. After winning a snowball fight against the Seahawks, the Packers looked to host another home game due to the Giants beating the Cowboys.
With Plaxico Burress abusing the secondary, a non-existent running game and a poor 1-10 on third downs by the Packers, the Green Bay defense kept the game close and forced the game into overtime after a missed field goal attempt by Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes as time expired.
Though Green Bay won the coin toss, Brett Favre was intercepted on the second play of overtime which led to Tynes 47 yard field goal that send the Giants into the Superbowl.
After losing to the Dallas Cowboys the previous two years both in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Packers looked to finally get over the hump in Dallas and reach the Superbowl.
Leading 27-24 into the fourth quarter, the belief that the Packers could reach the Superbowl for the first time in 28 years came to a crashing halt. When Emmitt Smith reclaimed the lead with a rushing touchdown making it 31-27, Larry Brown picked off a Brett Favre pass that was intended for Mark Ingram. Emmitt Smith then scored another touchdown, putting the game out of reach for the Packers.
The Packers dug themselves into a 9-0 hole at the end of the first quarter because of two blocked punts.
In the second quarter, Green Bay scored with a Arnie Herber 40 yard touchdown pass to make it 9-7. The Giants responded with a 21 yard touchdown pass and Green Bay scored on a one yard Clark Hinkle touchdown run to end the half at 16-14.
The Packers took their first lead of the game with a field goal in the third quarter. Their one point lead was later eliminated by a 21 yard touchdown pass caught by Giants receiver Hank Soar, making the Giants champions.
This was the Packers' first title appearance in thirteen years where they began the game leading 6-0 with two Paul Hornung field goals. The Eagles responded with ten straight points in the second quarter.
After a scoreless third quarter that included a Green Bay defensive effort at their four yard line, the Packers reclaimed the lead with seven yard TD pass from Bart Starr to Max McGee.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Green Bay special teams allowed 58 yard return which set up game-winning touchdown with 5:21 remaining. The Packers were able to drive the the Eagles' 22 yard line but were stopped at the eight yard line as time expired.
This was Lombardi's first and only playoff loss, where he later won five NFL championships including Super Bowl I and II from 1961 to 1967.
Despite being favored by 11.5 points and posting a second straight superbowl appearance, the Packers saw Terrell Davis rush for 157 yards on 30 carries along with three touchdowns to claim the Lombardi trophy as the 1997 World Champions.
Down a touchdown with 105 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Favre drove the packers from their 30 yard line to Denver's 39 with four straight passes to Dorsey Levens. Three incompletions later sealed Green Bay's fate and gave John Elway his first Superbowl victory after three previous appearances.