I wanted to write about something, so I figured I would cover Green Bay's history against the opponents from earlier this season. Instead of listing the opponents in the order they appeared on the schedule, I chose to rather list them in alphabetical order.
The series against the teams will be detailed after the jump. I have to say, I am looking forward to writing another series recap next week against the Chargers, as that will be a real history recap instead of the comments about each series as shown here.
Atlanta Falcons: This series initially started out as a Packers-dominated series. In the first game, in fact, the Packers came within a point of their all-time franchise record for most points in a game (they beat the Falcons 56-3 in that game). As the Packers faltered during the 1970s and 1980s, the series became more and more even. The Falcons won nine of 13 games from 1971-1992. This includes a high-scoring overtime game in 1983, which Atlanta won 47-41, and the fourth quarter implosion of 1981, when the Packers took a 17-0 lead into the last quarter, only to watch the Falcons score no fewer than 31 points in that quarter.
In 1994, the Packers won the last game they ever played in Milwaukee over the Falcons. Neither team has been able to establish much dominance in the series since then. Despite this fact, the Packers' win in the Georgia Dome in early October gave Green Bay a 13-12 lead in the all-time series.
In the playoffs, the Packers lead the series 2-1. The first playoff game was in 1995, in Green Bay, which the Packers won, but the 2002 playoff game was the first time the Packers ever lost in the playoffs in Green Bay. Eight years later, the Packers exacted revenge on the Falcons, demolishing them in Atlanta 48-21, setting a team playoff record for most points in a game.
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers entered the NFL in 1995, but the Packers didn't play them in the regular season until 1997. There is very little I can say about this series, but it is interesting to note that 7 of the 11 games have been in Carolina. Currently, the Packers lead this series 7-4, having won earlier this season in Carolina.
This series is most widely known for the NFC Championship game in 1996. Many of us (including myself) were hoping the Packers would face the Dallas Cowboys, but the Panthers knocked the Cowboys out in the divisional round, and payback would have to wait. The Packers won, 30-13, and went on to win the Super Bowl over New England.
Denver Broncos: Although the Packers blew out the Broncos in the first game of this series, the Broncos won four of the next five in the 1970s and 1980s. The fifth game was a tie in 1987, the last time the Packers tied anyone. Favre arrived in 1992, the Packers have since won five of six games in the regular season. This includes the 1993 game when Reggie White had multiple sacks to end a Denver rally, the 2003 game when the Packers clinched the division, and the 2007 game when the Packers won with a long touchdown pass on the first play of overtime.
Currently, the Packers lead the series in the regular season against Denver 6-5-1, and, like Atlanta, the tiebreaking game was the one earlier this season. In the playoffs, the Broncos won Super Bowl 32, this being the only playoff game between the two teams.
New Orleans Saints: Like the Falcons, the Saints entered the NFL in the late 1960s. However, unlike many series, the Packers seemingly had their way with the Saints until the late 1980s. The Packers won 10 of the first 12 games in this series until 1986. Since then, the teams have evenly split the ten games in the series.
Currently, the Packers lead this series 15-7. There have been no playoff games between the Packers and Saints at any time. This series total does include the season-opening game in Green Bay in early September.
What are your memories of the Packers playing these teams?