The Greatest Games of the Favre-Rodgers Era: 50-46

Beginning the countdown of the 50 greatest games of 92-22.

An interesting mixture of games leads off our official countdown, starting with numbers 50-46!

We’ve got a couple blowouts, a couple wild ones, and at least one game that feels (to me) like it’s way too low on these rankings. But hey, this was left entirely up to the voters, and the voters have spoken!

Without further ado… let the countdown begin!

#50 to #46

50. Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, 2011 (GB 45, DET 41)

Overall score: 5.83/10 (50/55)

Significance: 3.83/10 (55/55)

Entertainment value: 7.65/10 (31/55)

Intensity: 6.02/10 (46/55)

It was a meaningless week 17 game. The Packers were sitting at 14-1 and already had the top seed in the conference locked up. There was nothing to play for, so the team sat Aaron Rodgers and a couple other key veterans. I was in attendance at Lambeau that year and was feeling disappointed that I wouldn’t get to see Aaron Rodgers play in person for the first time. But instead, I was unexpectedly treated to an instant classic, even if its franchise significance is negligible. Backup Matt Flynn set franchise marks in yards and touchdowns in a wild one on New Year’s Day 2012. Flynn ended up getting a big deal with the Seahawks as a result of this game, but failed to earn the starting job over rookie Russell Wilson.

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49. Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers, 2020 (GB 40, TEN 14)

Overall score: 5.86/10 (49/55)

Significance: 4.96/10 (46/55)

Entertainment value: 6.90/10 (42/55)

Intensity: 5.71/10 (50/55)

The Packers may have been playing at home, and may have been looking like one of the best teams in the NFC, but there was still an expectation that they were about to be exposed by a tough, ground it out Tennessee offense featuring an MVP-caliber runner in Derrick Henry. However, it wasn’t the Packers who got exposed that night. Behind a great performance from Aaron Rodgers and a big-time welcome to the NFL performance from rookie AJ Dillon, the Packers destroyed the tough Titans and held Derrick Henry to a tough night, with few yards on the ground before the fourth quarter.

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48. Baltimore Ravens at Green Bay Packers, 2001 (GB 31, BAL 23)

Overall score: 6.04/10 (48/55)

Significance: 4.85/10 (49/55)

Entertainment value: 6.93/10 (41/55)

Intensity: 6.34/10 (43/55)

This is the first game that, in my mind, feels like it’s coming in too low, but such was the will of the voters! Now some 23 years later, this game has gone on to become a bit of a forgotten gem. The Packers were heavy underdogs against the defending champion Ravens, who still boasted one of the finest defensive units the league has seen. But Brett Favre looked like the MVP player of old, posting an incredibly efficient day against a very tough defense and driving the Packers to a hard-earned victory with a rainbow overhead. For the first time since Mike Holmgren left town, the Packers looked like contenders again.

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47. Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins, 2014 (GB 27, MIA 24)

Overall score: 6.07/10 (47/55)

Significance: 4.29/10 (54/55)

Entertainment value: 7.4/10 (36/55)

Intensity: 6.52/10 (39/55)

The 2014 Packers were a special team for many reasons, and there will always be a “what if” associated with the final game they played. Those special games started early in the season, including with this game in Miami. Aaron Rodgers, displaying the skills that earned him his second MVP that season, drove his team down for a win while executing a fake spike in the house of the man who made the maneuver famous: Dan Marino. It was an instant classic moment in a Hall of Fame career that would become packed with them.

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46. Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 2014 (GB 55, CHI 14)

Overall score: 6.08 (46/55)

Significance: 5.19/10 (44/55)

Entertainment value: 8.00/10 (21/55)

Intensity: 5.04/10 (53/55)

Everyone loves to watch their team deliver a good old-fashioned beatdown, but ESPECIALLY when the recipient of the beatdown is your arch nemesis. The Bears stood absolutely no chance on this Sunday night in 2014. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to six touchdowns in the first half, and this was perhaps the most brutal smackdown I’ve ever seen one team give to its biggest rival. As one would expect for this game, very low intensity and relatively low significance, but major entertainment value. The Bears still suck.

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Honorable Mentions:

55. Denver at Green Bay, 2003

54. Seattle at Green Bay, 2012

53. Packers at Vikings, 1997

52. Packers at Broncos, 2007

51. Packers at Patriots, 1997


50. Detroit at Green Bay, 2011

49. Tennessee at Green Bay, 2020

48. Baltimore at Green Bay, 2001

47. Green Bay at Miami, 2014

46. Chicago at Green Bay, 2014


  • Fans had the opportunity to submit games they loved into a Google form
  • The 55 most-mentioned games were chosen to be in this poll
  • Fans voted in the poll, giving a 1-10 rating for each game in three categories:
    • SIGNIFICANCE: How important or significant is the game to the franchise?
    • ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: How entertaining do you find the game?
    • INTENSITY: How intense was the action or atmosphere for the game?
  • With all votes in, I created averages in each of these categories for each games. Their overall ranking is the mean value of the averages for each of those categories using the formula: (SIG + ENT + INT)/3




Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.


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