For all the euphoria that comes with getting your playoff ticket punched, Green Bay Packers fans also know what it’s like to be kicked in the gut this time of year.
True, every team that doesn’t get to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy at season’s end has to deal with the agony of defeat. But since the Packers last made a Super Bowl appearance 13 years ago, the team has experienced its share of historically heartbreaking post-season losses.
Green Bay Press-Gazette features reporter Thomas Rozwadowski apologizes for opening old wounds, but he’s picked his five worst post-season memories since the 1997 season and wants Packers fans to chime in.
Among the choices:
2009, Wild card: 51-45 shootout loss to Arizona after an Aaron Rodgers fumble in overtime
2007, NFC Championship: Corey Webster intercepts Brett Favre in a 23-30 overtime loss to the New York Giants
2003, Divisional playoff: Philadelphia converts 4th and 26, wins 20-17 in overtime
2002, Wild card: Atlanta’s Michael Vick hands the Packers their first home playoff loss, 27-7
1998, Wild card: It’s a TD for T.O. as San Francisco wins in the final seconds of Mike Holmgren’s last game as Packers coach
Were you at the game? Did your TV set survive? Are you still going to counseling while muttering Freddie Mitchell’s name over and over?
Pick the most painful loss, along with reasons why, and drop Thomas a line at email@example.com by Thursday morning. Please include your name, address and phone number in case they need to contact you. The more detail in your story, the more likely they’ll use it for print.
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