The 10 greatest teams in Green Bay Packers history
The Green Bay Packers have won the NFL championship 13 times in their 100-year history, more than any other franchise.
That total includes four Super Bowls, and twice winning three straight championships.
So how would you go about ranking Green Bay’s top 10 seasons?
After all, comparing a modern-day team to one from the 1920s based solely on which team would win today is unfair. Today’s game is much more sophisticated, and the athletes are generally stronger and faster.
But with some help from USA Today’s Nate Davis, we did it anyway. We started with the Packers teams on Nate’s list of the NFL’s 100 greatest teams of all time and expanded on it.
Here’s how we see it:
1. 1962 Packers
Overall record: 14-1
Won NFL championship, 16-7 over New York Giants
Many consider this coach Vince Lombardi’s best team. Green Bay went 13-1 in the regular season, outscoring its opponents on average, 29.6-10.6. There were 11 future Pro Football Hall of Famers on this team, including Jim Taylor, who broke his own team record for rushing yards in a season with 1,474. His 19 touchdowns were a team record until Ahman Green scored 20 in 2003. Ray Nitschke was the MVP in the frigid title game, recovering two fumbles.
2. 1996 Packers
Overall record: 16-3
Won Super Bowl XXXI, 35-21 over New England Patriots
Quarterback Brett Favre – with 39 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions – was in the midst of becoming the only player to earn MVP hardware in three consecutive seasons. Reggie White, arguably the best defensive lineman ever, was still a force, collecting three sacks of Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the Super Bowl. LeRoy Butler was a force in the secondary, intercepting five passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, and collecting 6.5 sacks.
3. 1966 Packers
Overall record: 14-2
Won Super Bowl I, 35-10 over Kansas City Chiefs
After a slow start, Green Bay pulled away to win the first Super Bowl, which came with quite a bit of pressure for Lombardi since the world assumed such an outcome was a foregone conclusion. This was a classic Bart Starr season: A 62.2 completion percentage, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 105.0 quarterback rating. A defense powered by turning the ball over – Green Bay had 28 interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries – allowed only 163 points over 14 regular-season games.
4. 1929 Packers
Overall record: 12-0-1
Won NFL championship with best record
Coach Curly Lambeau's bunch didn't lose — not even Lombardi managed that feat — finishing 12-0-1, allowing just 22 points all year and winning their games by an average margin of 14.7 at a time when points were at a premium. Green Bay shut out its opponents in the first half of every game. Backs Verne Lewellen and Johnny Blood were the offensive standouts, scoring 48 and 30 points, respectively.
5. 2010 Packers
Overall record: 14-6
Won Super Bowl XLV, 31-25 over Pittsburgh Steelers
Green Bay’s fourth Super Bowl victory came via a wild-card playoff run during which quarterback Aaron Rodgers officially emerged from Favre's shadow. The Packers won three straight road playoff games, including the NFC Championship game at Chicago. Clay Matthews led the NFC’s best defense with 13.5 sacks. An amazing 15 players ended up on the injured reserve list, including starters Nick Barnett, Morgan Burnett, Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant and Mark Tauscher.
6. 1967 Packers
Overall record: 12-4-1
Won Super Bowl II, 33-14 over Oakland Raiders
The dynasty was winding down in Lombardi's final season but good enough to slip past Dallas in the legendary “Ice Bowl” before thrashing the AFL's Raiders for Green Bay's fifth championship in seven seasons — and effectively a three-peat given the Packers also won the 1965 NFL title. Another defensive-dominant team, Green Bay allowed only 209 points in 14 regular-season games. Rookie Travis Williams returned four kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 41.1 yards on 18 returns.
7. 2011 Packers
Overall record: 15-2
Lost in divisional round, 37-20 to New York Giants
Rodgers reached full-blown superstardom in his first MVP season, leading the defending Super Bowl champions to a 13-0 start and a franchise-best 15-1 regular season. The QB compiled a 122.5 passer rating, completing 68.3 percent of his attempts for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns while throwing only six interceptions. A team that many thought was better than the previous year’s Super Bowl-winning team lost at Lambeau Field in a playoff flameout against the Giants.
8. 1961 Packers
Overall record: 12-3
Won NFL championship, 37-0 over New York Giants
Led by Jim Taylor, who rushed for a then-franchise record 1,307 yards, the Packers averaged 5.0 yards per carry, and Paul Hornung scored 146 points on 10 touchdowns and 86 kicking points. But they saved the true dominance for the championship game: Hornung scored a then-playoff record 19 points as the Packers put the game away early, scoring 24 second-quarter points. The defense forced five turnovers and allowed only 130 yards.
9. 1939 Packers
Overall record: 10-2
Won NFL championship, 27-0 over New York Giants
This and the next three Packers’ NFL championship victories all came against the Giants. This one was the NFL’s first title game shutout when Green Bay’s defense came up with six interceptions and allowed only 164 yards. Though he didn’t score in the championship game, Don Hutson was the star of this team, catching 34 regular-season passes for 846 yards and six touchdowns.
10. 1965 Packers
Overall record: 12-3-1
Won NFL championship, 23-12 over Cleveland Browns
Powered by an NFL-best defense, this Green Bay team gritted out its ninth NFL title. Future Pro Football Hall of Famers Willie Davis, Henry Jordan, Dave Robinson, Ray Nitschke, Herb Adderley and Willie Wood all were in or near their prime, helping the defense allow a league-low 224 points in the regular season. After getting past the Baltimore Colts on a sudden-death overtime field goal in the Western Conference title game, the Packers held NFL great Jim Brown to 50 yards in the NFL Championship game.