Hello everyone and welcome to the Pack Recap. Today, we will be looking at the first postseason game for the Packers in 10 years and the first of the Favre/Holmgren era. It occurred after the 1993 season, and it was against the Lions in Detroit.
The week prior, Detroit clinched the NFC Central with a victory over Green Bay. Brett Favre played one of his worst games, throwing multiple interceptions and costing his team the game. Detroit, coming off a postseason appearance just a few years prior, were in prime position, as they would get Barry Sanders back for the postseason. Barry did not disappoint.
Detroit would open the scoring with a Jason Hanson field goal. They would take a 3-0 lead into the second quarter. But that was when Brett Favre found Sterling Sharpe for the Packers first score and first lead. Not to be outdone, Erik Kramer would throw his first touchdown to Brett Perriman to give the Lions a 10-7 lead at the break. That set the stage for an explosive second half.
After starting the half slow, Brett Favre would revert to his previous week’s habits. An interception was returned for a touchdown, giving the Lions a 17-7 lead. But Favre would atone for his interception quickly, leading the Packers down the field and firing a touchdown strike to Sterling Sharpe to cut the deficit to three. Detroit was confident, however, as they drove down the field. In the waning moments of the third, however, George Teague would intercept Erik Kramer and return it for a touchdown, giving the Packers a 21-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
But Barry Sanders was Barry Sanders. He did the bulk of the heavy lifting, guiding Detroit down the field before teammate Derrick Moore scored on a five yard run. Detroit had the lead, and Green Bay needed to stop them the rest of the quarter to stay within striking distance. The defense did, forcing Detroit to punt the ball as the clock ticked down. Green Bay drove down to the Lions 40 yard line, needing three points to tie. But Green Bay had other ideas.
On second and four, with a throw that had made countless highlight reels since, Brett Favre was flushed to his left. On the right side of the field, streaking down the sideline, was a wide open Sterling Sharpe. Favre never stopped moving, turning his body and launching the pass to his All Pro receiver. Sharpe caught the ball in the back of the end zone, giving Green Bay the lead with less than two minutes left in the game. The Packers defense would stop Detroit’s last gasp, preserving the win 28-24.
This was huge. I remember the throw. I remember the catch. I remember the joy. It was everything my first Packer playoff game should have been and it always will be. Even though the Packers would lose the following week, the message was clear. Green Bay was no longer a doormat.
THEY SAID IT:
“That feeling, when the ball was in the air, and you see the guy wide open in the end zone – it was one of the lowest feelings in the world.” Chris Spielman
“I’ve never experienced anything like this before. And I’m real proud of the players. They really earned it today.”
“I didn’t know if we had any more bounce left in us when it got to be 17-7. But they did and I’m very proud of them.”- Mike Holmgren
“I knew that he would be running back along the sideline. Maybe they underestimated my arm, I don’t know. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well, there’s still another quarter and half left, so don’t go over there and start signaling number one to the fans yet because anything can happen. And sure enough, nothing against those guys, but we got after their (butt) at the end of the game.”- Brett Favre
Stats to know:
Passing- Favre 15-26 204YDS 3TD 1INT
Rushing- Thompson 12ATT 41YDS
Receiving- Sharpe 5REC 101YDS 3TD
Defense- Buckley/Teague 1INT White 2SCK
The author would like to thank bleacherreport.com, pro-football-reference.com, and ESPN
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