I normally would have posted this on Tuesday, but was unable to access a computer yesterday, much less write the article, so I have written it today, Wednesday. And today, we take a look back at Green Bay's history against the New York Jets.
The Packers' history against the New York Jets is very poor, with the Jets leading the all-time series 8-3. Despite thar record, though, it was the Packers who won the first game in the series, beating "Broadway" Joe Namath and the Jets 23-7 in Milwaukee.
After this, however, the Packers entered a long tailspin against the Jets, losing in 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, and 1991. Part of this was the Packers being bad, but in an eerie foreshadowing of things to come, the loss in 1981 cost the Packers a playoff berth (Green Bay would finish 8-8, just outside the playoffs).
Brett Favre only beat the Jets once, in 1994. Perhaps what is best known from this game is Favre running around like crazy trying to make a play while Mike Holmgren (who was wired for sound) was overheard on NFL Films cameras yelling "Throw the ball away! Throw the ball away!"
In 2000, Favre faced the Jets again at Lambeau. The Jets dominated statistically, but special teams lapses and turnovers kept the Packers in the game. Late in the game, Green Bay led 16-13. The Jets drove for a touchdown to take the lead, and then Victor Green sealed the game by intercepting a late Favre pass.
The 2002 game could have been foreshadowed in 1981. The Packers needed a win to clinch home-field advantage following losses by the Eagles and Buccaneers, while the Jets needed to win and they would make the playoffs. The Packers never really showed up, losing 42-17 and limping into the playoffs without so much as a first-round bye, falling from the presumptive top seed in the NFC to the #3 seed instead. Then they got blown out by the Falcons at Lambeau Field a week later.
By 2006, the Lambeau Field playoff mystique was gone, and the Jets went into Green Bay and routed the Packers, 38-10. Green Bay also lost home games that year against the Bears and Patriots by the respective scores of 26-0 and 35-0.
In 2010, the Packers went back to the Meadowlands. The offense struggled against the Jets' defense, but the special teams and Green Bay defense led the way. Tim Masthay repeatedly pinned the Jets deep with punts, Mason Crosby hit three field goals, and the defense kept the Jets off the scoreboard as the Packers registered their first-ever road win over the Jets and their first road shutout since 1991. The Packers won, 9-0.
What are your memories of the Packers playing the Jets?