By Rex Sheild @RexfordJunior on April 2, 2014
Since the advent of the NFL, the Green Bay Packers have supplied fans countless memories. Fanatics can probably describe the exact jubilation they felt as if it was yesterday, especially with the 2013 regular season finale against Chicago in which Aaron Rodgers found Randall Cobb in the back of the end zone to secure the franchise's third-straight division crown. Similarly, these 10 games made the Green Bay faithful jump from their seats.
Playoff football was meant to be played in grueling conditions, providing the spectacle of grind-it-out football. This was certainly the case when Brett Favre and Green Bay faced off against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2008 Divisional Round. The future Hall-of-Fame looked like a kid on Christmas, spraying his teammates with snowballs and pumping up fans in the process. In the 42-20 victory, Favre threw for three scores and posted a 92.5 QBR.
What started out as another rivalry game on Monday Night Football between Chicago and Green Bay turned into history for wide receiver Robert Brooks. On third-and-ten from the team's own 1-yard line, Favre gave a pump fake in the direction of Brooks and found him on the near sideline. The South Carolina product used his breakaway speed to secure the 99-yard touchdown reception, and the Packers came away victorious, 27-24.
The ball-hawk safety was rounding into his future All-Pro status during the 1993 season, but his initially unrecognized invention makes every Cheesehead remember Butler. In this 28-0 dominant victory over the Raiders, he intercepted one of his six passes on the season and returned it to the house. Once the 1990 second-round selection crossed the end zone, he continued his trek into the first row of seats, where the 'Lambeau Leap' was born.
There's no environment better than Lambeau Field under the lights on Monday Night Football, and Antonio Freeman made the experience even more magical. In overtime, No. 86 made one of the best acrobatic catches you will ever see, from his backside nonetheless, eluding tackles with moves you would only see on the dance floor. The 26-20 victory certainly helped fans drive home safely.
After 60 minutes of even scoring, Seattle Seahawks' Matt Hasselback evidently couldn't contain his competitive nature, prompting him to mutter soon-to-be regrettable words after winning the coin toss. On the first possession, cornerback Al Harris jumped the route and intercepted Hasselback's ill-advised pass near the sideline, throwing his arm up and letting his dreadlocks flow as he raced toward the end zone for the 33-27 win.
Can you imagine having to gear up for a nationally-televised game after you lost on of your loved ones? Certainly not. But Favre's grit and toughness were on display throughout the Monday Night Football contest after his father tragically passed away, throwing for four first-half touchdowns and 391 yards. Moments like this give you instant chills, regardless of your team allegiance, which gave Packer fans an even more heart-warming feel.
Aaron Rodgers and Co. were limping into the regular-season finale against Chicago, needing a win to sneak into the playoffs. With that victory, Mike McCarthy's squad played the role of road warriors during the postseason, as they beat the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears again to set up a matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas. Favre's successor was absolutely flawless, earning him the MVP and championship belt.
In today's term, this game is known as the conference championship game. Yet even in 2014, the contest between these football giants was known as the 'Ice Bowl,' which garnered the nickname thanks to well-below freezing temperatures. Despite the field playing like an ice rink, Bart Starr clinched the Packers' victory with a game-winning quarterback sneak with time expiring.
Green Bay's Super Bowl 31 victory was significant for mainly two reasons -- it marked the resurgence of the Packers after abysmal seasons during the early '90s, and served as Favre's first and only ring. Desmond Howard was named MVP for his kickoff return for a touchdown, but Favre and Reggie White led the charge on their respective sides of the ball to take away the Lombardi Trophy.
It doesn't get any better than two historic coaches facing off in the league's biggest game, and Vince Lombardi got the best of Hank Stram in Super Bowl 1 with a commanding 35-10 vicory. The Packers' dynasty was officially born under the Super Bowl era with Bart Starr taking home the MVP, and the NFL's trophy would never be the same.
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