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1998 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Mike Holmgren
Home Field Lambeau Field
Results
Record 11–5
Place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Wild Card (San Francisco 49ers)
Timeline
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The 1998 Green Bay Packers season ended with a 27-30 loss in the NFC Wild Card playoff game to the San Francisco 49ers, with Steve Young throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens with three seconds left.[1] The season marked the end of an era in many ways for Green Bay; this was the last season for which both head coach Mike Holmgren and Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White would find themselves on the Packers' sideline.[2][3] This was the first time the Packers had not won the division in four years.

OffseasonEdit

1998 NFL draftEdit

Notably, the Packers drafted future all-pro quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the 6th round (187th overall).[4]

1998 NFL Draft selections
Round Sel# Player Pos. College
1 19 Vonnie Holliday DT North Carolina
3 90 Jonathan Brown DE Tennessee
4 121 Roosevelt Blackmon DB Morris Brown
5 150 Corey Bradford WR Jackson State
6 156 Scott McGarrahan SS New Mexico
6 187 Matt Hasselbeck QB Boston College
7 218 Edwin Watson RB Purdue

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1998 Green Bay Packers staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

[5]

RosterEdit

1998 Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

In the 1998 NFL Preseason, the Packers traveled to Japan to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Tokyo Dome. It was the ninth American Bowl game to be staged at the 48,000 capacity stadium.[6]

Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
August 1 Kansas City Chiefs W 27-24 Tokyo Dome 1-0
42,018
August 8 New Orleans Saints W 31-7 Lambeau Field 2-0
60,080
August 16 Oakland Raiders L 21-27 Lambeau Field 2-1
60,078
August 24 at Denver Broncos L 31-34 Mile High Stadium 2-2
73,183
August 28 at Miami Dolphins L 7-21 Pro Player Stadium 2-3
61,915

Regular seasonEdit

The Packers finished the 1998 regular with an 11-5 record in 2nd place in the NFC Central (qualifying for an NFC Wild Card playoff game), behind the Randall Cunningham-led 15-1 Minnesota Vikings.[7]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 6 Detroit Lions W 38-19 Lambeau Field 1-0
60,102
2 September 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23-15 Lambeau Field 2-0
60,124
3 September 20 at Cincinnati Bengals W 13-6 Cinergy Field 3-0
56,346
4 September 27 at Carolina Panthers W 37-30 Ericsson Stadium 4-0
69,723
5 October 5 Minnesota Vikings L 24-37 Lambeau Field 4-1
59,849
6 Bye week
7 October 15 at Detroit Lions L 20-27 Pontiac Silverdome 4-2
77,932
8 October 25 Baltimore Ravens W 28-10 Lambeau Field 5-2
59,860
9 November 1 San Francisco 49ers W 36-22 Lambeau Field 6-2
59,794
10 November 9 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 20-27 Three Rivers Stadium 6-3
60,507
11 November 15 at New York Giants W 37-3 Giants Stadium 7-3
76,272
12 November 22 at Minnesota Vikings L 14-28 Metrodome 7-4
64,471
13 November 29 Philadelphia Eagles W 24-16 Lambeau Field 8-4
59,862
14 December 7 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 22-24 Raymond James Stadium 8-5
65,497
15 December 13 Chicago Bears W 26-20 Lambeau Field 9-5
59,813
16 December 20 Tennessee Oilers W 30-22 Lambeau Field 10-5
59,888
17 December 27 at Chicago Bears W 16-13 Soldier Field 11-5
58,393

StandingsEdit

Template:1998 NFC Central standings

PlayoffsEdit

NFC Wild Card PlayoffEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 14 0 10 27
49ers 7 3 10 10 30



The 49ers defeated the Packers, who had eliminated them from the playoffs in each of the past 3 seasons, in one of the wildest back-and-forth games in league playoff history. After a Brett Favre touchdown to Antonio Freeman with 1:55 to go the Niners behind Steve Young began driving down field; Jerry Rice had just one catch for six yards all game; it came in this drive and when he was downed he appeared to fumble the ball but was ruled down by contact; on the next play Young's pass fell incomplete and was initially ruled intercepted. With eight seconds to go Young from the Packers 25 dropped back, momentarily stumbled, then launched the ball where it was caught in the endzone by Terrell Owens, who'd dropped several catches during the game.

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

  • Brett Favre, Second 4,000 Yard Passing Season (finished season with 4,212)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Packers lose 30-27. Packers.com (1999-01-03). Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  2. Mike Holmgren's stats page. profootballreference.com. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  3. Hall of Famers - Reggie White. Packers.com. Archived from the original on 2007-01-25. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  4. NFL Draft History - Green Bay Packers. NFL.com. Archived from the original on 2007-01-29. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  5. All Time Coaches Database. Packers.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-03.
  6. Packers win 27-24. Packers.com (1998-08-01). Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  7. 1998 NFL Standings. NFL.com. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.

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