Posted in 2012 - 2013 Season
by Kris Burke
WR Terrell Owens’ clutch catch was the dagger in the heart of the Mike Holmgren era in Green Bay
The Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers face off Saturday night in an NFC Divisional Playoff game which will be the sixth time since January 1996 that the two teams have faced each other in the playoffs.
The Packers and 49ers became quite familiar opponents in the 1990s as they played each other in the playoffs each year from 1996-1999 (note I am going by the year the playoff games were played, not the year of the ‘season’). It was a rivalry for the ages as the Packers won the first three games and the 49ers won the fourth in dramatic fashion.
Even though the four games included an NFC Championship which the Packers won en route to Super Bowl XXXII, it’s the first and the fourth of the 1990s contests that have the highest historical importance.
They almost serve as bookends for the Mike Holmgren era. The Packers’ 27-17 victory over San Francisco at Candlestick Park on January 6, 1996 served notice to the entire NFL that Green Bay was now one of the league’s elite teams. The Packers lost to the Dallas Cowboys the following week in the NFC Championship, but the win over the 49ers served as a springboard for the great 1996 season. Read more... (1254 words + 1 image, estimated 5:01 mins reading time)
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How the 49ers Started, and Ended the Holmgren Glory Years
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Posted in 2011 - 2012 Season
,2011 Regular Season
by Zach Kruse
Every positive hyperbole you could possibly think of has been used on Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and his performance level through seven games in 2011. While there is no doubt that he’s playing at a level above any quarterback in the NFL this season, where does Rodgers’ 2011 season rank historically?
We’ll start by showing you Rodgers’ current and projected 16-game stats, followed by breakdowns of other historically great quarterbacking seasons. You can make the call from there.
One last thing: You’ll notice that no season from earlier than 1994 is included. If we go back too far, say to Otto Graham or Sid Luckman, we lose the ability to compare and contrast stats on a worthwhile basis. So while there are other great seasons by quarterbacks not mentioned here, I picked the ones that can statistically stack up with this era of passing football.
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Comparing Aaron Rodgers in 2011 to Other Great QB Seasons in History
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