Hello everyone and welcome to the Pack Recap. Today, we will be analyzing our final game of the 1992 season. That game was against the Houston Oilers on Sunday Night Football.
Houston would head into the game without Warren Moon, but the rest of the run and gun offense was there. With a cadre of talented wideouts, Houston figured to have plenty of offense for the game. Coming into this season, the Oilers had the longest active streak of postseason births, which they would add to in 1992.
Green Bay had turned things around. After beating the Eagles, the Packers got hot. They rattled off win after win, running their total to four heading into the game against the Oilers. For the first time in what felt like forever, Green Bay was relevant in the postseason race. This game was an excellent test to see just how they matched up against a playoff team.
The first quarter was a defensive battle, setting the tone for the game to come. Green Bay would get on the board late in the second quarter, with Chris Jacke connecting on a 39 yard field goal. Green Bay tried to shorten the game, keeping the potent Houston offense off the field. The Packers carried their lead into half, with Houston having no one to blame but themselves.
After halftime, Green Bay continued to assert their game plan. They would tack on two more field goals to give them a 9-0 lead before Houston would finally score. Quarterback Cody Carlson scored on a one yard run, cutting into the deficit. But Houston couldn’t get out of their own way. Beset by inconsistent play and turnovers, Houston would give Green Bay the ball midway through the fourth quarter still trailing by two.
Brett Favre, who had a subpar game, gave his coach one good drive, hitting all five of his passes on the drive and throwing his lone touchdown to Sterling Sharpe with just 3:33 left to play. Houston would score a touchdown on their next drive, but fail to recover the onside kick. Green Bay held on for a 16-14 win, their fifth straight. It was their longest winning streak since 1966.
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This game was big for Green Bay. It was in prime time, and the fact that they beat a perennial playoff team was huge. They would win the next week, looking to get into the playoffs, but ultimately fall short of their goal. Still, this was important because it showed them they could hang with some of the best. The Packers defense also showed it’s future potential, shutting down a good offense and controlling the game for their struggling offense. And the offense, while not good, was opportunistic, able to turn three of Houston’s four turnovers into points. At the time, you could see it turning around for Green Bay. This season was just the beginning.
STATS TO KNOW:
Passing- Favre 19-30 155 yards 1TD 1 INT
Rushing- Thompson 15 att 30 yards
Receiving- Sharpe 6 rec 46 yards 1TD
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