2006 IN REVIEW
The Packers who had hopes of improving off a 4-12 season with new Coach Mike McCarthy didn't start off on the right foot as they were shutout in their
season opener at Lambeau Field by the rival Chicago Bears 26-0. After losing their first two games at home, the Packers earned their first win in Detroit
beating the Lions 31-24 as Brett Favre passed the 400 career touchdown milestones with 3 TD passes and 340 yards passing. However, the Packers would
continue to struggle as they dropped their next two to enter the bye week 1-4. Following the bye week, the Packers played much better, as they won three of
their next four games. However, at home their struggles continued as they were shutout for the second time at Lambeau Field by the New England Patriots
35-0, as Brett Favre missed the second half with an injury, as back up Aaron Rodgers struggled completing just 4-of-12 passes for 32 yards, before getting
injured himself. While Rodgers was lost for a season, Favre shook of the injuries and continued his streak of starts, which at season's end was 257,
including playoff games. However after two more losses it was going to take a miracle for the Packers who were 4-8 to make the playoffs in 2006. That's not
to say the Packers were going to give up as they stunned the San Francisco 49ers on the road 30-19 as Donald Driver had a stellar game with 169 receiving
yards. After struggling at home all season the Packers kept their faint playoff hopes alive by beating the Lions and Minnesota Vikings to improve to 7-8
heading into the final game of the season a rematch with the Bears in Chicago. With the Bears-Packers game taking place in prime time the Packers knew
when kickoff arrived if they had a chance to make the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Packers, they were not able to get the help they need, but they beat the
Bears any way 26-7 finishing with an 8-8 record. Following the season Brett Favre would not mull retirement long as he announced his intentions to return
early, with several of Dan Marino career passing records in reach.
PACKERS HEAD COACHING DEBUTS
Mike McCarthy became the first Packers coach to face the Bears in his debut since Vince Lombardi in 1959. The game also kept one of the oddest NFL facts
intact - no Packer coach has played his first official league on the road:
* CURLY LAMBEAU (October 23, 1921) - Green Bay 7, Minneapolis Marines 6 (Hagemeister Park) - After the Marines took the lead on a 3-yard run by Ben
Dvorak, the Packers won late in the fourth, when Art Schmeal ran four yards for the tying score. Lambeau kicked the extra point for the win.
* GENE RONZANI (September 17, 1950) - Detroit 45, Green Bay 7 (City Stadium) - Bo McMillan's "new" Detroit Lions, sparked by Bobby Layne's passing,
romped over the Packers. The former Texas whiz completed eight of 12 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown all in the first half.
* LIZ BLACKBOURN (September 26, 1954) - Pittsburgh 21, Green Bay 20 (City Stadium) - It was a 37-yard pass from Jim Finks to Ray Matthews in the last
five minutes of play that pulled the Steelers into a tie. Ed Kissell, who kicked Pittsburgh's first two extra points, aggravated a back injury and Paul Held came
in to kick the game-winning point, just clearing the crossbar.
* SCOOTER MCLEAN (September 28, 1958) - Chicago Bears 34, Green Bay 20 (City Stadium) - Willie Galimore scored three touchdowns on rushes of one
and eight yards and a 79-yard pass for the Bears. On the bright side, rookie LB Ray Nitschke forced a fumble, blocked a field goal attempt, and pressured
Chicago QB Ed Brown into an interception.
* VINCE LOMBARDI (September 27, 1959) - Green Bay 9, Chicago Bears 6 (City Stadium) - The last time Green Bay held the "Monsters of the Midway"
without a touchdown was in 1938 when the Bears won, 2-0. Jim Ringo pounced on a fumble on the Bears' 26 to set up the victory. Paul Hornung and Jim
Taylor, took turns rushing, until Taylor swung around end from the five for the score.
* PHIL BENGSTON (September 15, 1968) - Green Bay 30, Philadelphia 13 (Lambeau Field) - The Packers were 17-point favorites. Bart Starr hit on 14 of 18
passes for 230 yards and two first half touchdowns. And a 50-yard kickoff return by Herb Adderley, Bob Jeter's interception and rookie Francis Winkler's
recovery of an Eagle onside kick kept the Packers rolling.
* DAN DEVINE (September 19, 1971) - NY Giants 42, Green Bay 40 (Lambeau Field) - A pair of second-quarter TDs on fumble recoveries just six seconds apart by LB Ralph Heck and S Joe Green on the ensuing kickoff, along with three TD receptions by WR Rich Houston, led the Giants. Green Bay's Ken Ellis tied an NFL record by returning a missed FG 100 yards for a touchdown. Devine broke his leg in a pileup following a 4th quarter interception by Doug Hart.
* BART STARR (September 21, 1975) - Detroit 30, Green Bay 16 (County Stadium) - The Lions convered three Steve Broussard blocked punts, two by Levi Johnson and one by Ben Davis into three touchdowns.
* FORREST GREGG (September 2, 1984) - Green Bay 24, St. Louis 23 (Lambeau Field) - Neil O'Donoghue missed a game- winning 45-yard field goal with 2:10 left in the game, as the Packers won their fifth straight opener.
* LINDY INFANTE (September 4, 1988) - Los Angeles 34, Green Bay 7 (Lambeau Field) - Green Bay lost 4 fumbles in the game, including 3 in the first quarter, and was intercepted 3 times, as the Rams ran out to a 21-0 halftime lead
* MIKE HOLMGREN (September 6, 1992) - Minnesota 23, Green Bay 20 (OT) - Terry Allen's 45-yard run to the Packer 11 set up Fuad Reveiz's 25-yard FG, giving Dennis Green the win in his first game as Vikings coach.
* RAY RHODES (September 12, 1999) - Green Bay 28, Oakland 24 - Brett Favre led the Packers on an 11-play, 82-yard TD drive in the final 1:51
* MIKE SHERMAN (September 3, 2000) - NY Jets 20, Green Bay 16 - Jets safety Victor Green intercepted a Favre pass deep in Jets' territory to dash Green Bay's hopes of a fourth-quarter comeback.