2003 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Mike Sherman
Home Field Lambeau Field
Record 10-6
Place 1st NFC North
Playoff Finish Won NFC Wild Card
Lost NFC Divisional Game (Philadelphia Eagles)
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2002 2004

The 2003 Green Bay Packers season finished with an overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs. This was after the Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round in overtime, off an interception return for a touchdown by Al Harris. The season may be most notable, however, for Brett Favre's Monday night performance against the Oakland Raiders the night after his father had died.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

The Packers were able to add Al Harris to their starting lineup from a trade with Philadelphia. They lost starters Terry Glenn to a trade and Vonnie Holliday to free agency.[1]

Additions Subtractions
FB Nick Luchey (Bengals) LB Nate Wayne (Eagles)
LB Hannibal Navies (Panthers) S Matt Bowen (Redskins)
OL Grey Ruegamer (Patriots) CB Tyrone Williams (Falcons)
DE Chukie Nwokorie (Colts) CB Tod McBride (Falcons)
OT Reggie Coleman (Bengals) DE Vonnie Holliday (Chiefs)
RB Lamar Smith (Panthers) WR Terry Glenn (Cowboys)
OT Marcus Spriggs (Dolphins) LB Hardy Nickerson (retirement)
CB Al Harris (Eagles)

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

2003 Packers Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1 29 Nick Barnett LB Oregon State
3 79 Kenny Peterson DE Ohio State
4 147 James Lee OT Oregon State
4 166 Hunter Hillenmeyer LB Vanderbilt
6 212 Brennan Curtin OT Notre Dame
7 245 Chris Johnson CB Louisville
7 253 DeAndrew Rubin WR South Florida
7 256 Carl Ford WR Toledo
7 257 Steve Josue LB Carson-Newman

Regular season[edit | edit source]

The Packers finished the season 10-6 and advanced to the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 7 Minnesota Vikings L 25-30 Lambeau Field
2 September 14 Detroit Lions W 31-6 Lambeau Field
3 September 21 at Arizona Cardinals L 13-20 Sun Devil Stadium
4 September 29 at Chicago Bears W 38-23 Soldier Field
5 October 5 Seattle Seahawks W 35-13 Lambeau Field
6 October 12 Kansas City Chiefs L 34-40 (OT) Lambeau Field
7 October 19 at St. Louis Rams L 24-34 Edward Jones Dome
8 October 26 Bye week
9 November 2 at Minnesota Vikings W 30-27 Metrodome
10 November 10 Philadelphia Eagles L 14-17 Lambeau Field
11 November 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20-13 Raymond James Stadium
12 November 23 San Francisco 49ers W 20-10 Lambeau Field
13 November 27 at Detroit Lions L 14-22 Ford Field
14 December 7 Chicago Bears W 34-21 Lambeau Field
15 December 14 at San Diego Chargers W 38-21 Qualcomm Stadium
16 December 22 at Oakland Raiders W 41-7 Network Associates Coliseum
17 December 28 Denver Broncos W 31-3 Lambeau Field

Favre's Monday night performance[edit | edit source]

The day before the game, Irvin Favre, father of Brett Favre, died suddenly of a heart attack. Favre elected to play and passed for four touchdowns in the first half, and 399 yards in a 41-7 defeat of the Raiders. Afterwards, Favre said, "I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn't expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight."[2]

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 3 14 7 27
Packers 0 13 0 14 33

Packers defensive back Al Harris returned an interception 52 yards for the game winning touchdown 4:25 in overtime. The game was sent into overtime on Seahawk running back Shaun Alexander's third touchdown of the day. Ahman Green scored two touchdowns for Green Bay, and Bubba Franks caught a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The game is memorable for Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's ironic comment after winning the coin toss for the start of overtime, telling the referee, the crowd at Lambeau Field and the national television audience, "We want the ball and we're going to score." [3] This game remains one of two times in NFL history that an NFL playoff game has ended with a defensive touchdown in OT. The other being the January 10, 2010 Wild Card game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers. [4]

Packers quarterback Brett Favre completed 26 of 38 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown.

vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 14 0 0 3 17
Eagles 0 7 0 10 20

Ahman Green's franchise postseason record 156 rushing yards was not enough to lift the Packers to victory. Facing fourth down and 26 yards to go, with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter and the Packers leading 17-14, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb completed a 28-yard pass to Freddie Mitchell on a famous play now known as "4th and 26". The play set up David Akers' 37-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. Akers then kicked a 31-yard field goal in the extra period to give the Eagles the victory.

McNabb had a spectacular performance in the game, completing 21 of 39 passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing for 107 yards on 11 carries.

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:2003 NFC North standings

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

  • Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Completion Percentage (65.4)
  • Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Touchdown Passes (32)

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