It’s not exactly the hair of the dog that bit you, but maybe a jog down memory lane will help us cure our “Super Bowl expectations that feel short” hangover that we have all been experiencing since the Green Bay Packers’ season ended three weeks ago.
There have been a lot of memorable moments in the five Super Bowls the Packers have played in, so narrowing the list to five moments was a daunting task. This is by no means a definitive list, so you may have something else in mind. That’s fine. This was meant to be a fun post, not necessarily one for totally serious debate.
Keep in mind I am 28, so Super Bowls XXXI and XLV will be fresh in my head. I have seen highlights of the first two Super Bowls but never viewed them in their entirety.
That said, here’s my top five:
5. Max McGee’s performance in Super Bowl I
Paul Hornung went down and McGee came in. Problem is McGee was hungover.
Thinking he wasn’t going to play much, McGee skipped curfew the night before the game and went out drinking. Personally, I would not have between so stupid with Lombardi around but it is what it is I guess.
McGee ended up catching 140 yards and likely would have been Super Bowl MVP had Bart Starr not had his great performance.
4. Vince Lombardi’s final ride
It’s an image engrained in every Packer fan’s head.
Vince Lombardi being carried off on the shoulders of Jerry Kramer after winning Super Bowl II, Lombardi’s final games as a Packer. It’s one of the great images in the storied franchise’s history.
It also signified an end of an era in Green Bay. The Packers would not win another title for 29 years and would endure mainly futility for the next 25 years until Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren came along.
3. 59 razor: Brett Favre to Andre Rison
Leading up to Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, Favre caught a highlight reel of Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIV. Montana at one point audibles to a play called “59 razor” and the 49ers scored.
On the second play of the drive in Super Bowl XXXI, Favre audibled to the same play and got the same result–Rison scored on a long pass play.
As as fan at that moment I knew the Packers had the game won despite most of the game yet to be played. Seeing Favre run off the field in joy is probably my favorite memory of him as a Packer.
Rison TD is at the 2 minute mark:
2. Rodgers to Jennings, up by 3…
Aaron Rodgers waited until the perfect time to throw his best pass of the season.
With the Packers up three and facing a critical third down in the fourth quarter with the Steelers having the momentum, the Packers needed a big play.
The Super Bowl XLV MVP delivered. The play that had worked all game, 27 Tampa, paid off again as Rodgers found Jennings with a pinpoint laser and the Packers kicked the field goal that set the final margin of victory.
It was a throw that blew my mind. It was just perfect execution and summed up that season as a whole: making plays when they needed to be made.
1. Desmond Howard 99 yards to the house
This play basically sealed the Packers’ first world championship in 29 years so it’s easy to see why it’s at the top of my list.
The Packers couldn’t put the Patriots away. All day the Patriots had neutralized Howard, who at that point in the season was as dangerous as Devin Hester.
Perhaps they got a bit arrogant and this time decided to kick to him. Howard made them pay badly.
Howard went 99 yards for the touchdown and the defense did the rest. The Packers were back atop the NFL.
Like I said, these are the top moments to me. I wasn’t around for the first two, plus the Super Bowl wasn’t what it is today.
Still, there have been a lot of special moments for the Packers in football’s biggest game.
Here’s looking forward to many more.
GO PACK GO.——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke