Hello everyone and welcome to the Pack Recap. Once again, we will be focusing on a game from the 1992 season. Last week, we covered the thrilling Packer victory over the Bengals that saw Brett Favre inserted into the game to lead the team back. The following week, he would be the starting quarterback, a position he held for the next 15 years.
The opponent on that September day was the Pittsburgh Steelers. Like Cincinnati, they came into the game undefeated with a rookie head coach in Bill Cowher. They had scored over 20 points in every one of their games thus far, and their defense was opportunistic, registering 12 interceptions. With Green Bay’s penchant for turning the ball over on the young season, it seemed like a recipe for disaster.
The Steelers got on the board first, with Gary Anderson kicking a field goal to go up 3-0. But that was where the scoring ended for them. Green Bay would answer with a Chris Jacke field goal of their own in the second quarter to knot the game up. Following Fred Vinson blocking another Anderson field goal attempt, Favre would hit his All-Pro receiver Sterling Sharpe for a 76 yard touchdown throw to give the Packers a 10-3 advantage with three minutes left in the half. That would be the score at halftime.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, and Green Bay would hold their lead into the fourth. It was more than enough thanks to a dominant Green Bay defense, but Pittsburgh’s D also held firm, forcing a punt early in the fourth quarter. That was when Favre and company would take advantage of a Rod Woodson muffed punt. Robert Brooks caught his only pass of the day when Favre threw it into the end zone, shaking free of Rod Woodson to make the 8 yard grab. It was the second time Woodson was beat on a touchdown throw that afternoon, with Green Bay taking advantage of his aggressive style. That throw would provide the final margin of victory, as Green Bay won 17-3.
This game isn’t as well known as the Cincinnati game, but it was still important. Not only did it build confidence in the young team, but it gave Green Bay something to build off of. The game was especially important for Favre, who didn’t even know if he would remain starter, but was taking the steps to do so. This went a long way towards keeping him in the line up. I remember that it was finally looking like an exciting time to be a Packer fan.
THEY SAID IT:
“We’re playing hard. And we’re playing really good team football. But we still have a long ways to go. But we’ve got two wins and we should all be happy about that. Wins are hard to come by in this league.”
“One of the things that makes Rod Woodson great is his aggressiveness. But sometimes you can get him to go for an early move.”- Mike Holmgren
“It was great. I was pumped up. I really was. The things I did today, I have to keep doing to remain the starter.”- Brett Favre
“Listen, Green Bay was the better football team today. They made the plays and we didn’t.”- Bill Cowher
STATS TO KNOW:
Passing: Favre- 14-19, 210 yards, 2TDs
Rushing: Workman 26 attempts, 85 yards
Sharpe: 2 Rec, 93 yards, 1TD
Brock: 2 sacks
The author thanks Mike Freeman writing for the Washington Post, 9-28-92, Wikipedia, NFL Films, and Profootballreference.com for contributions.
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