Hello everyone and welcome to the Pack Recap. Today, we will once again be delving into the 1993 season. After their dominant Week 1 win against the Rams, hopes were high for Green Bay. But the season got a lot rockier.
Entering this contest, the Packers had lost 3 straight following their opener. The offseason hype had died down, and fans began to wonder if 1992 was simply an aberration. Denver, meanwhile, entered the game with 1 loss on the season. Behind future Hall of Famer John Elway, they appeared poised to continue being a legitimate playoff contender.
The Packers started off on fire, scoring the first 17 points. Chris Jacke got them on the board first, and then John Stephens and Edgar Bennett found paydirt. By the end of the first quarter, it was Green Bay 17, Denver 0.
Elway and company changed that in the second frame, with his touchdown pass to Vance Johnson putting points on the board and cutting into the deficit. Brett Favre and the Packers would respond, with the birthday boy hitting Jackie Harris for a 66 yard touchdown. Chris Jacke would add two more field goals before the end of the half as Green Bay mounted a 30-7 lead.
That was where the good times ended for the Packers offense. Favre would throw multiple interceptions in the second half, one of which was returned for a touchdown to cut the lead 30-14. After that, Denver repeatedly stopped the Packers, adding a touchdown before the start of the fourth quarter on a Rod Bernstine run. Jason Elam would hit two field goals in the fourth, pulling Denver to within 3. Favre’s final interception gave Denver the ball at the Green Bay 43 with just 2:05 remaining in the game.
The Packers defense rose to the occasion, allowing nothing from the Denver offense on the first two plays of the drive. With Elway and the Broncos facing a 3rd down from the 43 yard line, the Packers needed someone to step up. Their prized free agent did just that, sacking Elway on the play. On fourth, Reggie White gave a repeat performance, taking down the Broncos quarterback and preserving the Packers win, 30-27.
The Packers needed this game. The win was important for their morale as well as important for White, who notched three sacks on the night and proved he was worth the deal he signed in the offseason. It was a great game.
They Said It:
“Great players have to come up with great plays. We just did a good job on those last two plays. That would have been a devastating loss for us.”- Reggie White
STATS TO KNOW:
Passing- Favre 20-32, 235 YDS, 1TD, 3INT
Rushing- Bennett 12ATT 34YDS 1TD
Receiving- Harris 5 REC 128YDS 1TD
Interceptions- Simmons 1INT
Sacks- White 3SCK
The author would like to thank the Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, and Profootballreference.com.
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