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Counting down worst moments in Packers post-strike history

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were both Super Bowl champion quarterbacks by the age of 27, so it’s easy to forget that the post-strike era for the Packers also included many moments of heartbreak.

Florio counted down the four worst moments for the franchise since 1987, and most of them came in the last decade.

Relive the pain below, and let us know if you disagree.  (I’d rank the loss to the Broncos No. 1, but no one asked me.)

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  1. smw30 says: May 24, 2011 3:08 PM

    I’d put the 2002 playoff loss to the the Falcons at Lambeau at number 4. First ever playoff loss at Lambeau Field.

  2. scoops1 says: May 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    AS much as i want to Rank the SB loss to the Broncos up there…for some reason i can’t because Elway’s time was coming, its just too bad it was against the pack

  3. minnesconsin says: May 24, 2011 3:21 PM

    not to mention 6 interceptions in the ’02 divisional playoffs against the Rams…

  4. pak1forgb says: May 24, 2011 3:33 PM

    I agree with the first home playoff loss being in the top 4. That was the beginning of the end of the Lambeau mistique that has yet to return. I was fortunate enough to have season tickets for the three years leading up to the 96 superbowl and I never saw them lose in person. Happy to say I still haven’t so somebody else please give me their tickets! I won’t hold my breath

  5. sneckel23 says: May 24, 2011 3:33 PM

    The Super Bowl loss should be number 1. I think the Giants were the better team and proved it when the beat New England. So, that NFC Championship loss stings but the thought of Super Bowl 32 just makes me sick. They should have won that game but Mikey H. did not have them prepared. He thought just showing up would get him another ring.

  6. citizenstrange says: May 24, 2011 3:46 PM

    FACT: It was in a meaningless (the Steelers did not make the playoffs) 2009 game when Roethlisberger hung a sweet 503 yards passing on the Pack to lead the Steelers to a 37-36 win.

    Roethlisberger is smokin’ hot in meaningless games. Against good teams he’s lucky to get 10 points when the game is still in the balance. (see Super Bowl)

    PWNED!

  7. movieman5 says: May 24, 2011 3:46 PM

    4th and 26 anyone???

  8. ruvelligwebuike says: May 24, 2011 3:47 PM

    “I agree with the first home playoff loss being in the top 4. That was the beginning of the end of the Lambeau mistique that has yet to return. I was fortunate enough to have season tickets for the three years leading up to the 96 superbowl and I never saw them lose in person.”
    —————–

    Man, that about sums it up. During the Holmgren era, you literally started celebrating a Lambeau win before the game started. After that pathetic performance, there was always doubt, especially when the season was on the line.

  9. shaggytoodle says: May 24, 2011 3:50 PM

    I personally think that the NFC Title game was worse, homefield advantage. Favres pick was right in front of me it was terrible

    It was also Favre’s last game as a member of GB. Many people may wonder what happens if there would have been a rematch of NE vs. GB

    Would Favre have actually hung them up???

    Would it have lead to Favre never have suited up for another team? The cause and effect of things do make me wonder.

  10. capslockkey says: May 24, 2011 3:50 PM

    #1 by far should be drafting Tony Mandarich. Three Hall of Famers were immediately drafted after that roided out bust.

  11. schemefactory says: May 24, 2011 4:08 PM

    i still think the worst thing in the team’s history, was the fans attributing all the success the packer had in the 90′s to one guy (free-agency had a lot to do with it), then being irrational about the team’s decision to move on, switching allegiances to whatever team he went to, then jumping back on the bandwagon this year. that was by far the worst.

  12. carlgerbschmidt says: May 24, 2011 4:14 PM

    You know what takes the sting out of these worst moments?

    Winning the Super Bowl. Go. Pack. Go.

  13. carlgerbschmidt says: May 24, 2011 4:15 PM

    Relive the pain below, and let us know if you disagree. (I’d rank the loss to the Broncos No. 1, but no one asked me.)

    The ironic part about this is a Super Bowl loss for the Pack is one of their worst moments. Whereas, for the vikes its one of their best! Skoal Vikes!

  14. packattack1967 says: May 24, 2011 4:20 PM

    Put this on the list:

    Bears 61, Packers 7 (December 7, 1980)

  15. packattack1967 says: May 24, 2011 4:22 PM

    George Cumby-William Perry

  16. bigd9484 says: May 24, 2011 4:25 PM

    Right, because Vikings fans can sympathize.

  17. darthvincent says: May 24, 2011 4:32 PM

    I can’t wait for duh Bears worst moment… no need to vote.

    It’s the NFC Championship loss to the Packers!!!!

  18. stairwayto7 says: May 24, 2011 4:39 PM

    1. Livign in Green Bay
    2. Having to wear a foam cheesehead to all the games
    3. Losing a Super Bowl while being a 14 point favorite
    4. Favre getting ball takign away from him by a Bungal fan.
    5. Letting Big Ben put 500+ passign yards on that def.
    6. Rodgers choking in playoffs vs the Cards.
    7. Favre choking in the playoffs
    8. Falcons whiping them in playoffs
    9. Did I mention livign in Green Bay???

  19. TheWizard says: May 24, 2011 4:40 PM

    Favre pulling his pseudo-retirement game every year until they had no choice but to dump his ass.

  20. judsonjr says: May 24, 2011 4:55 PM

    Signing Cletidus Hunt and Joe Johnson to big contracts should have been in there.

    Seriously though, the 2002 loss to the Falcons should have been on there. The air came out of that team really fast starting when idiot Sharper tried to run an INT out of the back of the endzone in the second to last game of the year versus Buffalo. The Packers lose the next week to the Jets and in the process lose the bye and the #1 seed via a three way tiebreaker.

    The Falcons got up big thanks to some big ST plays, and then the Packers were forced to try to come back with a really banged up O. Green, Davenport, Glenn, and Driver were all hurt in the first half IIRC. That meant the Packers had rookie Javon Walker and the likes of Karsten Bailey, Tyrone Davis, and Eric Metcalf taking snaps.

    Then for the kick in the nuts, even when the Packers moved the ball Longwell was missing the FGs.

  21. ruvelligwebuike says: May 24, 2011 5:01 PM

    “1. Livign in Green Bay
    2. Having to wear a foam cheesehead to all the games
    3. Losing a Super Bowl while being a 14 point favorite
    4. Favre getting ball takign away from him by a Bungal fan.
    5. Letting Big Ben put 500+ passign yards on that def.
    6. Rodgers choking in playoffs vs the Cards.
    7. Favre choking in the playoffs
    8. Falcons whiping them in playoffs
    9. Did I mention livign in Green Bay???”
    ———————-

    10. Havign mintaly retarted stealr fan make fun uv us while speeling every wurd wrong.

  22. packerbacker12 says: May 24, 2011 5:02 PM

    “i still think the worst thing in the team’s history, was the fans attributing all the success the packer had in the 90′s to one guy (free-agency had a lot to do with it),”

    Agreed. It is annoying how people automatically assume it was all Favre when the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI when actually Ron Wolf should get most of the credit. He was the one who hired Holmgren, traded for Favre, signed White among other things.

  23. gregjennings85 says: May 24, 2011 5:03 PM

    1.) Other than Peter “Oops, I Ate Your Microphone” King, has there ever been anyone that looked less comfortable on-camera than MF?

    2.) This video comes from the deranged, and most likely perverted, mind of a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan.

  24. ruvelligwebuike says: May 24, 2011 5:04 PM

    10b. Not having Primanti Bros. aka Pittsburgh’s finest dining establishment in Green Bay. They put fries on the ham sandwich there.

  25. dempsey63 says: May 24, 2011 5:22 PM

    I can recall entering a convenience store following the Packers’ Super Bowl loss to Denver and observing not sadness but numb resignation on the faces of fans.

    They were apathetic because the Packers were apathetic. Holmgren spent the entire week wallowing in speculation about becoming the Seahawks’ savior–even though he was still under contract for another year.

    Gabe Wilkins refused to play on a twisted knee because it might jeopardize his opportunity for a huge free agency contract.

    The game itself was a virtual replay of a debacle against the hapless Colts earlier in the season.

    Ultimately, we tipped our hats to Elway and the Broncos because they wanted it more than our guys did.

  26. Wisconsin77 says: May 24, 2011 5:27 PM

    The way Ted Thompson and Brett Favre handled themselves before the 08 season (yes, BOTH were at fault) should be up there.

  27. billionsvsmillions says: May 24, 2011 5:33 PM

    Any dim-bulb would know it all starts with the Cheese. It’s the Mighty Cheese Heads… wtf., seriously? A town so proud, and your logo is butt packing? It took a man from Pittsburgh to guide your team to a Super Bowl win.

  28. tramonisland says: May 24, 2011 6:11 PM

    as much as i hate to relive it, i’d have to put the packers niners ’98 wild card playoff game in there somewhere. that was holmgren’s last game as coach where jerry rice fumbled and the winning td catch by TO should have never happened. horrible and heartbreaking it was, definitely more so than seeing brent win at lambeau.

  29. 1stngoal says: May 24, 2011 6:27 PM

    billionsvsmillions says:
    May 24, 2011 5:33 PM
    Any dim-bulb would know it all starts with the Cheese. It’s the Mighty Cheese Heads… wtf., seriously? A town so proud, and your logo is butt packing? It took a man from Pittsburgh to guide your team to a Super Bowl win.
    *********************************************
    Spoken like a bitter and disgruntled Viking fan upset that his team got raped twice by the Pack last year on their way to another Lombardi.

    Sucks to be you…

  30. lavikings says: May 24, 2011 6:27 PM

    1. Livign in Green Bay
    2. Having to wear a foam cheesehead to all the games
    3. Losing a Super Bowl while being a 14 point favorite
    4. Favre getting ball takign away from him by a Bungal fan.
    5. Letting Big Ben put 500+ passign yards on that def.
    6. Rodgers choking in playoffs vs the Cards.
    7. Favre choking in the playoffs
    8. Falcons whiping them in playoffs
    9. Did I mention livign in Green Bay???”
    —————————————-

    For starters Stairway you wont have to change your screen name for quite some time since the Steelers D (as proven in the SB) can’t stop a real offense. Don’t worry, they’ll look great against the garbage offense in the AFC north, make the play-offs and get torched by New England or if they luck out and don’t have to face them either GB or N.O. in the Super Bowl will show how over rated that D is.

  31. badfish6907 says: May 24, 2011 7:45 PM

    1stngoal says: May 24, 2011 6:27 PM

    billionsvsmillions says:
    May 24, 2011 5:33 PM
    Any dim-bulb would know it all starts with the Cheese. It’s the Mighty Cheese Heads… wtf., seriously? A town so proud, and your logo is butt packing? It took a man from Pittsburgh to guide your team to a Super Bowl win.
    *********************************************
    Spoken like a bitter and disgruntled Viking fan upset that his team got raped twice by the Pack last year on their way to another Lombardi.

    Sucks to be you…
    —————————————————
    They are just upset that the team they follow actually plays in the city voted gayest in America…..by actual gay people!!!

    Did they get that balloon inflated yet?

  32. welzy says: May 24, 2011 7:56 PM

    The Denver loss was definitely number one. The main reason that still sticks with me is that Denver got busted for cheating the salary cap that year (as well as the following year). They were fined a million dollars and a third round pick for cheating in each of their Super Bowl winning years, but the Bronco players all said it was well worth it (no kidding). A lot of people didn’t know about that.

  33. mushroomcloudmofo says: May 24, 2011 8:06 PM

    My List:
    1. XXXII – What a kick in the nads. Seeing Elway’s helicopter & Terrell Davis’ migraine story still makes me nauseous.
    2. The Favre Schism – Civil war among Packer fans.
    3. Jerry Rice’s catch – Really was the start of a slow, painful downward spiral for the franchise. Thankfully AR and TT were able to pull us out of it.
    4. Falcons Playoff Game – That’s when it really hit home that we were no longer an elite team.
    5. Favreageddon I – Had we not spanked them twice this year (ok, once – the first game was close) this would be higher. At the time, it was a devastating loss.

  34. jarrman46 says: May 24, 2011 9:44 PM

    1. Fourth and 26- So many oppurtunitys to win that game and blew them all. Dont forget that the Packers also had a first in goal at the 1 yard line and the Eagles put up a goal line stand. That would have been the winning score. I get sick when i her people say Darren Sharper is a great player when all I see is him 5 yards away from that bum Freddie Mitchell.

    2. Loss to Giants in NFC Championship- I was happy when Brett retired after that game. Thats when it became apparent the Packers would never win another championship with him.

    3. Wild card loss to San Francisco- Jerry Rice fumbled that ball!!! Oh well The Pack has beat up San Fran so much it almost felt like it was a Charity win.

    4. Loss to Denver in Super Bowl- Sucked at the time but the fact that Denver repeated the next year and almost went undeafeted eased the pain a little. Realized that they probably shouldnt have been so much of an underdog. Plus Pack had a lot of turnover in players that year. Sean Jones Keith Jackson Desmond Howard Andre Rison

  35. 49erman says: May 24, 2011 10:04 PM

    In no particular order:

    2007 NFC Title Game: Favre looking like he didn’t want to be playing in the cold:

    Favre 6 INT’s vs the Rams in the 2001 NFC Divisional Playoffs Game

    4th and 26-also in the same game, Favre throwing INT to help set up game winning FG

    Sterling Sharpe’s career ending neck injury

    1995 NFC Title Game loss at Dallas after leading in the 4th quarter

    Mike Sherman as GM

    Defense in 2009 NFC Wild Card Game at Arizona

    Super Bowl 32 loss vs Denver

    The loss at San Francisco in 1998 Wild Card Game-Catch II and Rice non-fumble

    2004 NFC Wild Card Game-getting spanked at home by Vikes and Moss mooning Packer fans

    2002 NFC Wild Card Game loss to Falcons and Vick

    Favre’s 29 INT’s in 2005

    Favre’s 2 wins as Viking vs the Packers in 2009-got payback last year

    Big Ben defeating Pack at home w/TD pass with no time left on the clock in 2009

    Drafting Mandarich instead of other future Hall of Famers

    Lindy Infante’s run run pass punt offense

    Drafting Justin Harrell

    Drafting Ahmed Carroll

    Getting shutout at home vs Pats in 2006

  36. ilpackerbacker says: May 25, 2011 1:18 AM

    “Favre’s 2 wins as Viking vs the Packers in 2009-got payback last year”

    Payback? What payback? Oh, you mean Tracy Porter? LOL, that’s right. Yeah – nice payback.

    Who are the world champs? But, nice try.

  37. smoothjimmyapollo says: May 25, 2011 9:48 AM

    I don’t know why people still mention Mandarich. If the Packers had drafted say, Barry Sanders, then they just become the 90s Lions. 9-7 one year, 7-9 the next. Infante and Braatz hang on to their jobs longer (like Wayne Fontes). Wolf probably ends up as GM elsewhere. No Holmgren, Favre, White, etc.

  38. packerswambulance says: May 25, 2011 12:34 PM

    Somewhere in this should be the fact that they were still playing the “Macarena” 10 years after it came out. It should never have been played in an NFL stadium to start with.

  39. supersuckers3 says: May 26, 2011 12:51 AM

    1. Denver in World Title Game

    2. Dallas in 96 regular season (we were blown out)

    3. 4th and 26

  40. supersuckers3 says: May 26, 2011 12:55 AM

    49erman says:
    May 24, 2011 10:04 PM
    In no particular order:

    2007 NFC Title Game: Favre looking like he didn’t want to be playing in the cold:

    Favre 6 INT’s vs the Rams in the 2001 NFC Divisional Playoffs Game

    4th and 26-also in the same game, Favre throwing INT to help set up game winning FG

    Sterling Sharpe’s career ending neck injury

    1995 NFC Title Game loss at Dallas after leading in the 4th quarter

    Mike Sherman as GM

    Defense in 2009 NFC Wild Card Game at Arizona

    Super Bowl 32 loss vs Denver

    The loss at San Francisco in 1998 Wild Card Game-Catch II and Rice non-fumble

    2004 NFC Wild Card Game-getting spanked at home by Vikes and Moss mooning Packer fans

    2002 NFC Wild Card Game loss to Falcons and Vick

    Favre’s 29 INT’s in 2005

    Favre’s 2 wins as Viking vs the Packers in 2009-got payback last year

    Big Ben defeating Pack at home w/TD pass with no time left on the clock in 2009

    Drafting Mandarich instead of other future Hall of Famers

    Lindy Infante’s run run pass punt offense

    Drafting Justin Harrell

    Drafting Ahmed Carroll

    Getting shutout at home vs Pats in 2006

    You are using alot of hindsight. Please advise as to how you would have done things differently without the benefit of hindsight.

  41. supersuckers3 says: May 26, 2011 1:00 AM

    Drafting Mandarich instead of other future Hall of Famers

    Lindy Infante’s run run pass punt offense

    Drafting Justin Harrell

    Drafting Ahmed Carroll
    —–

    To clarify, the hiring and drafting is the only thing I am referencing hindsight. Please advise as to how you would have drafted and hired those years without hindsight and also advise as to your qualifications in performing such tasks.

  42. bjamesa says: May 28, 2011 4:59 PM

    I’ve been a Packer fan since 1993 and I can say without a hint of doubt that the 4th & 26 game was BY FAR the hardest to swallow. I was in attendance at the ’07 NFC Championship and while it stung, it didn’t come close to the ’03 loss. You have to look at the circumstances surrounding that game. Favre’s father died and the team and fans rallied around him. Never have I felt so close to a player or a team. Then, in week 17 the Cardinals beat the Vikings with the clock showing 00:00 to put us in the playoffs. In the WildCard round is the famous “We want the ball and we’re gonna score” game. I was never so sure a team was going to win the Super Bowl as I was in ’03. We had a 14-0 lead in that game and lost the way we did… I considered never watching football again.

    4. Favre @ Lambeau
    3. ’07 NFC Title Game
    2. SB XXXII
    1. 4th & 26

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