The 50 Greatest Games of the Favre/Rodgers Era: #25-21

Continuing the countdown of memorable Packer games.

We are now in the top half of our 50 greatest games of the Favre/Rodgers era. What’s going to come out on top?

The march on toward number one continues. Here we go!

#25 to #21

25. Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys, 2013 (GB 37, DAL 36)

Overall score: 7.20/10 (25/55)

Significance: 5.56/10 (39/55)

Entertainment value: 8.37/10 (12/55)

Intensity: 7.66/10 (21/55)

This critical mid-December game helped keep the Packers’ 2013 playoff hopes alive while Aaron Rodgers was on the shelf with a collarbone injury. Facing a 26-3 halftime deficit, the Packers rallied back with 34 second-half points under the unlikely leadership of Matt Flynn, who returned to the team earlier that fall after an injury to Seneca Wallace and ineffective play by Scott Tolzien. Flynn captured some of the magic he showed in his first stint with the team, throwing four TD passes in the second half, while Eddie Lacy carried 21 times for 141 yards.

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24. Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, 1998 WIld Card Game (SF 30, GB 27)

Overall score: 7.28/10 (24/55)

Significance: 7.09/10 (17/55)

Entertainment value: 6.82/10 (45/55)

Intensity: 7.93/10 (13/55)

A painful loss to end an era, with it being the last Packer appearance for both Mike Holmgren and Reggie White. The Packers were undeniably hosed in this one; an obvious Jerry Rice fumble was instead called down by contact, and without instant replay yet, the Packers were left powerless to contest. A late touchdown in the back of the endzone to Terrell Owens (dubbed The Catch II) completed the 49ers’ comeback and allowed the team in red and gold to finally beat the Packers after a series of crippling defeats.

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23. Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, 2015 (GB 27, DET 23)

Overall score: 7.31/10 (23/55)

Significance: 5.94/10 (35/55)

Entertainment value: 8.41/10 (11/55)

Intensity: 7.57/10 (25/55)

The game that featured one of the greatest moments of Aaron Rodgers’s career: a moonshot hail mary that connected with Richard Rodgers the day after his 32nd birthday. This is one where I have to slightly disagree with the voters in the sense that I do not see the same level of entertainment value. The game itself up until that last play was dull and mostly frustrating, with the Packers (in true 2015 style) failing to gel on offense and never really meeting their potential. But that final play… that was one for the ages. One of the few games ever where I was watching in a bar instead of at home, and I’ll never forget the eruption in that room.

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22. New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 2014 (26-21)

Overall score: 7.31/10 (22/55)

Significance: 6.02/10 (32/55)

Entertainment value: 8.25/10 (16/55)

Intensity: 7.65/10 (22/55)

This first, rare meeting between the Brady Patriots and the Rodgers Packers lived up to the hype and then some, and in my opinion is one of the greatest regular season games of football this team has played in my lifetime. For four quarters these teams exchanged blow for blow. Mike McCarthy added some wrinkles by unexpectedly featuring rookie Davante Adams in the passing game and, out of nowhere, using Randall Cobb in the backfield. On a more humorous note, the game is often remembered for featuring Tom Brady on a leash on the sideline. This was a hard-fought contest, and afterward, the greatest coach of his era, Bill Belichick, referred to McCarthy as one of the game’s finest coaches and gave him his respect for the game plan he put together.

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21. Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers, 1995 (GB 24, PIT 19)

Overall score: 7.31 (21/55)

Significance: 6.85/10 (22/55)

Entertainment value: 7.45/10 (35/55)

Intensity: 7.64/10 (23/55)

Another critical regular season contest, but this one more significant for the franchise. In the 1995 season, the Packers were plucky upstarts who were preparing to take the next step forward as a franchise. In taking down the Steelers to earn a divisional championship (the same Steelers who would eventually represent the AFC in the Super Bowl), the Packers proved they were, indeed, back and ready to mix it up with the league’s elite. The game is remembered for an inexplicable Yancey Thigpen dropped pass in the endzone that sealed the victory for Green Bay.

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Honorable Mentions:

55. Denver at Green Bay, 2003

54. Seattle at Green Bay, 2012

53. Packers at Vikings, 1997

52. Packers at Broncos, 2007

51. Packers at Patriots, 1997


50. Detroit at Green Bay, 2011

49. Tennessee at Green Bay, 2020

48. Baltimore at Green Bay, 2001

47. Green Bay at Miami, 2014

46. Chicago at Green Bay, 2014

45. Atlanta at Green Bay, 1994

44. LA Raiders at Green Bay, 1993

43. Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1999

42. Seattle at Green Bay, 2016

41. San Francisco at Green Bay, 2013-2014 Wild Card

40. Green Bay at Dallas, 2007

39. Minnesota at Green Bay, 1999

38. Green Bay at Chicago, 2021

37. New Orleans at Green Bay, 2011

36. Green Bay at Minnesota, 2019

35. Seattle at Green Bay, 2007 divisional playoffs

34. Minnesota at Green Bay, 2010

33. Detroit at Green Bay, 1994 wild card

32. Dallas at Green Bay, 2022

31. Green Bay at Arizona, 2021

30. San Francisco at Green Bay, 1996

29. Super Bowl XXXII

28. Dallas at Green Bay, 1997

27. Green Bay at Dallas, 2017

26. Green Bay at Arizona, 2015-2016 NFL Divisional Playoffs

25. Green Bay at Dallas, 2013

24. Green Bay at San Francisco, 1998 Wild Cards

23. Green Bay at Detroit, 2015

22. New England at Green Bay, 2014

21. Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 1995


  • Fans had the opportunity to submit games they loved into a Google form
  • The 55 most-mentioned games were chosen to be in this poll
  • Fans voted in the poll, giving a 1-10 rating for each game in three categories:
    • SIGNIFICANCE: How important or significant is the game to the franchise?
    • ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: How entertaining do you find the game?
    • INTENSITY: How intense was the action or atmosphere for the game?
  • With all votes in, I created averages in each of these categories for each games. Their overall ranking is the mean value of the averages for each of those categories using the formula: (SIG + ENT + INT)/3




Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.


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NickPerry's picture

June 06, 2024 at 06:31 am

Number 24 still pisses me off. They'll show it every once in a while on the NFL Network. My TV is programmed to record ANY Packers game they may play on the channel this time of year. And still, every time the TV records that 1998 playoff loss I fast forward to the Rice OBVIOUS fumble, cuss out my TV, and delete the game.

I should say I do the same thing when they play then 2009 playoff game vs the Cardinals when the Packers come all the way back, get the ball in OT, only to have a Cardinals defender doing a f###ing pull up on Aaron Rodgers facemask while he's fumbling the ball (no flag thrown) and the Cardinals return it for a game winning TD.

Don't even get me started on the 2014 NFCCG...

Three games I REFUSE to watch. Too painful.

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Johnblood27's picture

June 06, 2024 at 08:42 am

dont look now Nick, but I bet that those 3 games will all be on the remaining list here...

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NickPerry's picture

June 06, 2024 at 04:23 pm


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Starrbrite's picture

June 06, 2024 at 11:41 pm

Yep Nicky—all on my list. The worst for me however is the loss to the Broncos in the SB. We were 14 point favorites. I still throw rocks at my neighbors when I think of that game.

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LLCHESTY's picture

June 06, 2024 at 03:26 pm

I was away from home for 4 of those games which is kind of weird. The Dallas game I was working in Northern WI and had given up on the game. I happened to go to a Culver's that had a TV in it and ended up staying there for the whole 2nd half to watch the comeback with a bunch of strangers that gradually congregated around the TV. The NE game I was working nights at a refinery in Minnesota and had to leave for work before the end. The Detroit game I had just landed in San Francisco on vacation, our 1st flight was cancelled so we had to scramble to get the rental car and check in before the game started. Hectic day that ended up being a great way to start a vacation.

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Starrbrite's picture

June 06, 2024 at 11:43 pm

LL—thumbs up—it wouldn’t allow me to do so on the screen.

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