Green Bay Packers: Titletown's Top 10 Teams of All Time

Matt SmithContributor IIIJune 2, 2011

Green Bay Packers: Titletown's Top 10 Teams of All Time

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    8 Dec 1996:  Defensive end Reggie White #92 of the Green Bay Packers scrambles over wide receiver Shannon Sharpe #84 of the Denver Broncos for quarterback Bill Musgrave''s fumble in the fourth quarter of their game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
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    As one of the most storied franchises in NFL History, the Packers are certainly the most successful in terms of titles.

    They weren't nicknamed "Titletown" for no reason. The Pack currently have 13 NFL titles to boast.

    Most of these titles were won before the Super Bowl Era, when the title was known as the NFL Championship.

    For reference, many of these stats are from Pro-Football-Reference, which has a vast quantity of them.

    These 10 teams are not only the best Packer teams of all time, but also some of the best in NFL History.

10. 2007 Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers fades back in the pocket against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field December 30, 2007 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    How interesting it is to see Brett Favre back in a Packer uniform.

    But anyway, the Packers put together a nice season in Brett Favre's last season as a Packer. The team finished atop the NFC at 13-3.

    To start off the year was a solid draft if you don't include first round miss Justin Harrell, of course.

    The team cruised through the season with Brett Favre throwing for over 4,000 yards and Ryan Grant running for almost 1,000 yards in 10 games.

    After their first week bye, the Packers crushed the Seahawks 42-20 at Lambeau Field behind Grant's 201 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

    However, a championship for this team was not meant to be.

    The Packers lost 23-20 in overtime to the Giants when they scored off of a Brett Favre interception. 

9. 1939 Green Bay Packers

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    The 1939 Packers was the team that gave Don Hutson his second NFL Championship.

    Hutson, known as one of the best Packers to ever play the game, ended up with 34 receptions and 846 yards. For those who don't want to do the math, that's an average of 24.9 ypc.

    Though they weren't particularly strong on either defense or offense, the team provided a solid amount of both.

    In an 11-game season, the Bays, as they were known by back then, finished 9-2.

    To end the season was the first of two shutouts against the New York Giants in a championship.

    With a final score of 27-0, the Packers breezed through the title game and claimed the victory.

8. 1961 Green Bay Packers

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    With Bart Starr at QB and Paul Hornung at RB, the Packers enjoyed a memorable season.

    In the 14-game season, Green Bay outscored the opposing teams by a combined 168 points, showing a balance of strong defense and good offense.

    To end the regular season, the team finished 11-3.

    Facing the Giants in the NFL Championship, the Packers proved their might. The end score was 37-0 with the team from Wisconsin scoring 24 points in the 2nd quarter.

    Though he was briefly lost to the Army, Packer RB Paul Hornung was still named the NFL MVP for that season.

    In 1961, the term "Titletown" was coined.

7. 2010 Green Bay Packers

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    DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 07:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (R) pose with the MVP trophy after speaking to the media during a press conference at Super Bowl XLV Media Center on February 7, 2011 in Dallas,
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    The current Super Bowl Champions had the odds stacked against them.

    Sitting at 8-6 near the end of the season, it didn't seem as though the Packers were going to make the playoffs. 

    But they did.

    They rolled off an impressive six straight victories to win the Super Bowl. That includes a 48-20 drubbing of the No.1 seed Atlanta Falcons and a 21-14 victory over the rival Chicago Bears.

    And that doesn't even include the 31-25 victory against Ben Roethlisberger's Steelers in the Super Bowl.

    The story here hasn't been the regular season, or even the post-season.

    The main story here was the depth of the Green and Gold. A team missing 16 players, including numerous starters, shouldn't be able to win the Super Bowl.

    But they did. 

6. 1997 Green Bay Packers

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    20 Dec 1997:  Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers in action during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    The '97 Packers didn't win a Super Bowl, but they sure came close.

    Looking about as strong as the team before them, the Pack finished the season 10-1 after a 3-2 start. So overall, that was an impressive 13-3 record.

    The Packers high powered offense was led by Brett Favre and running back Dorsey Levens.

    While Favre tossed 35 TDs through the air, Levens piled up over 1,400 yards on the ground. Comeback Player of the Year Robert Brooks and Antonio Freeman both had over 1,000 yards receiving.

    The Packers emerged as the favorite to win the Super Bowl but fell short after losing 31-24.

    Still, this was an all-around complete team that fell short of a championship. 

5.1936 Green Bay Packers

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    The 1936 Packers are a largely unappreciated team.

    The Packers placed first in the league in points per game on offense and third in the league in points per game allowed.

    When going to the stat book, one sees a terrible statistical team offensively.

    They used a variety of quarterbacks with Arnie Herber and Bob Monnett being the top two.

    As a team, the completion percentage was 42.4 percent. The many runners only accumulated 3.4 yards per carry.

    On the other hand, the defense limited teams to a 35.7 percent completion rate and 3.1 yards per carry. To say the least, this was a time where throwing the football wasn't too important.

    But then again, what does that matter if your team finishes 10-1-1 with an NFL Championship? 

4. 1966 Green Bay Packers

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    Some will lobby for this team to be placed higher on this list but that's what the comments section is for, right?

    Bart Starr (pictured if you don't know who he is) was the MVP of the league.

    He completed 62.2 percent of his passes and recorded 14 TDs throwing. The most important thing is that he only threw three interceptions, limiting his mistakes and letting the rest do the work.

    Herb Adderley was the leader of a sterling defense that finished first in points allowed.

    To cap a 12-2 season off, the Lombardi-coached Packers played in the very first Super Bowl against the Kansas Chiefs to the tune of a 35-10 victory. 

3. 1929 Green Bay Packers

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    The oldest team on the list is often overlooked in conversation about the top Packers' teams ever.

    Boasting a 12-0-1 record, the 1929 team went undefeated and the other teams didn't have a chance.

    In fact, the other teams rarely even reached the end zone. Forget the end zone, they rarely scored.

    In a 13-game year, the 1929 Packers recorded a ridiculous eight shutouts.

    In today's game, that would be unheard of; even then it's still impressive.

    After rolling through the regular season, the Packers had scored 198 points and only allowed 22 themselves.

    Finishing at the top, they were the very first NFL Champions. 

2. 1996 Green Bay Packers

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    26 Jan 1997:  Wide receiver Desmond Howard of the Green Bay Packers moves the ball during Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Packers won the game, 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsp
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    The second-best team in Packers' History was the 1996 Super Bowl winning team.

    Towards the end of the season, the Green and Gold were unstoppable.

    After losing back-to-back games to achieve a record of 8-3, the '96 Packers rolled off eight straight wins, including the Super Bowl victory.

    During the season, the Packers were ranked No. 1 in offense, defense and special teams.

    The '96 squad was also known for it's depth, much like the 2010 Packers.

    In Super Bowl XXI, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35-21. 

    This would be the only Super Bowl Brett Favre would win but he wouldn't be the MVP of it.

    Instead, the Super Bowl MVP was WR/KR Desmond Howard who racked up 244 all-purpose yards and a return touchdown.

    That's alright though because Favre got his second regular season MVP anyway.

1. 1962 Green Bay Packers

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    Among the greatest teams to ever play the game were the 1962 Green Bay Packers.

    The team finished the season with a 13-1 season under the legendary Coach Vince Lombardi.

    The 1962 unit averaged 29.6 points per game but only gave up 10.6 points per game. Blowing out your opponent by an average of 19 points per game is no laughing matter.

    The passing game was unspectacular but the running game produced one of the best seasons ever.

    Combined, all the Packers rushers ran for 2,460 yards. They also set an NFL record with 36 rushing touchdowns.

    The team recorded 31 interceptions and had some of the most feared players of their time.

    The 1962 Packers capped off the season by beating the Giants in the NFL Championship game 16-7. Ray Nitschke (pictured) was the MVP of the game.

    A dominant team both offensively and defensively, this team was truly special.

    With 10 future Hall of Famers on the the team, the 1962 Packers are the best team the franchise has ever seen.