Time travel still being impossible, we’re left with an unfortunate reality: unless a Packers event happens in our lifetime, there’s no way to go back and truly experience what it was like.
Even in present day it’s a near impossibility to be present for every cool Packers moment. Sometimes you can’t follow the Packers on the road or swing tickets for the Super Bowl without taking out a second mortgage.
But say you could travel to any point in Packers history. Where would you go? Here are our answers.
Shawn Wagner: the final play of the Ice Bowl
I don’t care if my toes would have frozen and detached from my body, I would have wanted to see Bart Starr’s quarterback sneak in the Ice Bowl. Any opportunity to defeat the Dallas Cowboys for the real title of “America’s Team” is a prime one, and one of the most memorable moments in NFL history, the 1967 NFL Championship Game, is about as good as it gets. Being an attendee at the Ice Bowl makes one a member of a special group of Packer fans that cannot help but talk about the game every chance they get. I would have loved to have been a part of that group, watching a game in one of the coldest settings that contributed to the moniker of the “Frozen Tundra” of Lambeau Field.
Paul Noonan: Bears, Packers, 1989, 14 Yard Line
There is, frankly, no good angle of this play.
And this is one of my earliest positive memories of a Packer game, so I would like a perfect view of where Don Majkowski actually released the ball. Just to know for sure.
Now, it doesn’t really matter that much as the line of scrimmage is really just an estimate in the first place, and even if they got the call correct after replay, the Bears will always be able to argue (correctly) that there was nothing resembling conclusive evidence to overturn, but this moment was so insane at the time, I would have loved to have seen it live.
Jon Meerdink: Aaron Rodgers torches the Falcons - January 15, 2011
I have been to a lot of sporting events and seen a lot of cool stuff, from game-winning shots and touchdowns to spectacular and memorable plays. But what I haven’t seen, at least in person, is a truly transcendent individual performance.
The closest thing I can remember is a random 27 rebound game by Ben Wallace, then of the Chicago Bulls. And don’t get me wrong, that was plenty cool! But it was cool in a sort of like “oh, wow, that’s a little unusual” kind of way.
That’s why I’d choose to go back and watch Aaron Rodgers annihilate the Falcons on the way to the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV victory.
There’s no need to describe Rodgers’s brilliance that day, so I’ll simply point out he had nearly as many touchdowns (4 - 3 passing, 1 rushing) as incompletions (5). Between that and Tramon Williams running back an interception as time expired at the end of the first half, there would have been plenty to see.
Evan “Tex” Western: the 1996 NFC Championship Game
Try as I might, I can’t pick a game or a moment that happened outside of Lambeau Field, and I’m going with something that happened within my lifetime, so no Lombardi-era games. Part of me wanted to pick the game in Oakland when Brett Favre had his out-of-body experience following his father’s death. I also could have picked either of the Packers’ recent Super Bowl wins, in XXXI or XLV. But instead, I’m staying at Lambeau and going with the moment that finally demonstrated that the Packers were the elite team in football once again, the game that sent them to their first Super Bowl in 29 years.
It’s funny -- I remember bits and pieces from watching this game on television. I remember it being a very cold day. I remember Dorsey Levens’ early touchdown to tie the game at 7, which seemed to shake the nervousness out of both me and the team. I remember Dorsey being an all-around monster in that game, gashing the Panthers’ excellent defense for more than 200 total yards.
I also remember the thrill and euphoria that my family felt when seeing the Packers hold aloft that big, ugly trophy as NFC Champions, and knowing, truly knowing, that they were going to win the Super Bowl two weeks later. I can only imagine how exhilarating that feeling would have been if I were in the stands at Lambeau.
The weather would be an added bonus for me as well. Pro Football Reference puts the game-time temperature at three degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of minus-16. For me, that only adds to the legacy of this game -- I’m a notorious lover of watching football in the cold and snow. I can’t imagine a better environment than that and a more exciting and thrilling moment at Lambeau in my lifetime than that game.