NFL America's Game: Green Bay Packers
In nine seasons as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi won five NFL championships. The last two came in 1966 and '67-the years of the first two Super Bowls. Nearly 30 years later, Mike Holmgren's Packers brought the Lombardi Trophy home again, and Green Bay was "Titletown" once more.
The '66 Packers were loaded with seasoned veterans like Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, and Ray Nitschke. But Green Bay's victory in Super Bowl I owed much to an unlikely hero-a 34-year-old receiver named Max McGee, who had caught only four passes all season and had stayed out all night before the game. Lombardi's strategy was simple and predictable: here's the power sweep and the fly pattern-now try and stop us. It worked because Lombardi was relentless in his pursuit of perfection.
The Packers' epic run through the '67 post-season was the final proof of their-and Lombardi's-greatness. A victory over Dallas in the legendary "Ice Bowl" secured a third-straight NFL title. Then, in Lombardi's final game with the Packers, they crushed Oakland in Super Bowl II.
In the 1990s, head coach Mike Holmgren developed quarterback Brett Favre into an NFL MVP who could execute his west-coast offense in spectacular fashion.
Holmgren's work paid off in 1996, when Favre's offense tied a franchise record for wins and led the league in scoring on the way to the Super Bowl. All-Pro defensive end Reggie White spearheaded a defense that gave up the fewest points in the NFL that year. But it was return man Desmond Howard who made the greatest impact against New England in Super Bowl XXXI.
America's Game features exclusive interviews with Bart Starr, Bill Curry and Willie Davis (1966); with Jerry Kramer and Chuck Mercein (!967); and with Mike Holmgren, Brett Favre and Desmond Howard (1996). Join NFL Films as they tell the stories of the Packers' Super Bowl years and Titletown, U.S.A.