Ranking The Best Packers Non-Super Bowl Playoff Wins
Someone tweeted out after Green Bay beat Dallas in thrilling fashion, ‘This is the most thrilling Packers game since ____.’ I thought about this for awhile and remembered how many bad losses that have ended Packers seasons were such good games. Like Arizona 2009, San Francisco 2013, Seattle 2014, Arizona again in 2015 would have been good games if I weren’t a Packers fan. I took upon myself to find the best games that aren’t Super Bowl’s in Packers history. Let’s rank them because that’s what we do in 2017.
7. Packers-Falcons 2010: Aaron Rodgers game – Everyone knows when the star was born for Aaron Rodgers. It wasn’t Super Bowl 45, it happened in Atlanta on a Saturday night. Everyone realized ‘Holy shit, he could be Favre or maybe better.’ I can’t remember a QB performance resembling that one. The line is still crazy even to this day as he went 31/36 with three touchdowns and 366 yards.
6. Packers-Philly 2010: Tramon’s big interception – This game didn’t have the twists that we saw with Sunday’s game, but the theatics were similar. James Jones couldn’t hold on to the football with some critical drops, and James Starks came to life with 128 yards. I remember tweeting only at halftime. It was strange times. But Eagles were driving to win the football game. If Desmond Bishop doesn’t trip up DeSean Jackson, it’s a touchdown and Eagles lead. Tramon Williams makes the big pick in the end zone to win it.
5. Packers-Dallas 2014: Dez non-catch – If you remember not many people expect this one to be as close as it was with Packers-Cowboys. It ended up being a back-and-forth thing, and while we all see the highlight where Dez Bryant didn’t catch the ball with three minute left, people forget Demarco Murray’s fumble. Murray gets stripped by Julius Peppers, and if Murray doesn’t lose the ball, it’s a touchdown.
4. Packers-Seattle 2003: Al Harris Pick-Six – We want the ball, and we’re going to score. That didn’t happen for Seattle in a slugest between two high-powered offenses at the time. Al Harris makes a pick that will forever live in Packers lore. It’s one of the more memorable moments of the last 20 years. Big time Brett Favre game in this one with 319 yards with only 12 incompletions and a touchdown.
3. Packers-Detroit 1993: Favre to Sharpe – Probably the game where the movie about Brett Favre begins with him rolling out and finding Sterling Sharpe streaking down field on the opposite side of his roll out to beat Detroit Lions in Silverdome, a place where Favre would later struggle. Before that pass, this was a wild game with Lions having a 17-7 lead in the third before George Teague had a 101 yard interception return then Packers would gain the lead on another touchdown. Detroit would score to go back on top before Green Bay won it with Favre.
2. Packers-Dallas 2016: Crosby x 2 – We don’t have a name for this yet. We’ll get there, but it comes in at number two. The magnitude of this game, the fact Dallas was a one seed and all of the drama that came with makes this the number two best win.
1. Packers-Dallas 1967: Ice Bowl – The only thing that will ever replace Ice Bowl as the greatest Packers game of all-time is Rodgers completing a Hail Mary to win either the NFC or the Super Bowl. I’m dead serious. It’s the only thing replacing the Ice Bowl. Even then, the cultural significance of this game being the first ‘great memorable NFL game’ might outweigh it. Everyone remembers where they were for this one.