1998 Green Bay Packers season
The 1998 Green Bay Packers season was their 80th season overall and their 78th in the National Football League. It ended with a 30–27 loss in the NFC Wild Card Game to the San Francisco 49ers, with Steve Young throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens with three seconds left. 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. This was the first time the Packers had not won the division in four years. In addition, the Minnesota Vikings brought an end to the Packers 25 game home winning streak in Week 5.
|1998 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Mike Holmgren|
|Home field||Lambeau Field|
|Division place||2nd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (49ers) 30–27|
1998 was the final season that the Packers would qualify for the postseason during the 1990s. They would not return to the playoffs until 2001.
|P Sean Landeta (Buccaneers)||FS Eugene Robinson (Falcons)|
|LB Antonio London (Lions)||RB Edgar Bennett (Bears)|
|CB Doug Evans (Panthers)|
|DE Gabe Wilkins (49ers)|
1998 NFL draftEdit
|1||19||Vonnie Holliday||DT||North Carolina|
|4||121||Roosevelt Blackmon||CB||Morris Brown|
|5||150||Corey Bradford||WR||Jackson State|
|6||156||Scott McGarrahan||SS||New Mexico|
|6||187||Matt Hasselbeck||QB||Boston College|
Undrafted free agentsEdit
|Jim Nelson||Linebacker||Penn State|
|1998 Green Bay Packers staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
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.
|August 1, 1998||Kansas City Chiefs||W 27–24||Tokyo Dome||1–0|
|August 8, 1998||New Orleans Saints||W 31–7||Lambeau Field||2–0|
|August 16, 1998||Oakland Raiders||L 21–27||Lambeau Field||2–1|
|August 24, 1998||at Denver Broncos||L 31–34||Mile High Stadium||2–2|
|August 28, 1998||at Miami Dolphins||L 7–21||Pro Player Stadium||2–3|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Game site||Record||TV Time||Attendance||TV Announcers|
|1||September 6, 1998||Detroit Lions||W 38–19||Lambeau Field||1–0||FOX 12:00 pm||FOX Dick Stockton & Matt Millen|
|2||September 13, 1998||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 23–15||Lambeau Field||2–0||FOX 12:00 pm||FOX Dick Stockton & Matt Millen|
|3||September 20, 1998||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 13–6||Cinergy Field||3–0||FOX 12:00 pm||FOX Tim Ryan, Bill Maas, & Ronnie Lott|
|4||September 27, 1998||at Carolina Panthers||W 37–30||Ericsson Stadium||4–0||FOX 12:00 pm||FOX Pat Summerall & John Madden|
|5||October 5, 1998||Minnesota Vikings||L 24–37||Lambeau Field||4–1||ABC 8:00 pm||ABC Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, and Lesley Visser|
|7||October 15, 1998||at Detroit Lions||L 20–27||Pontiac Silverdome||4–2||ESPN 7:15 pm||ESPN Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire, and Solomon Wilcots|
|8||October 25, 1998||Baltimore Ravens||W 28–10||Lambeau Field||5–2||CBS 12:00 pm||CBS Kevin Harlan & Sam Wyche|
|9||November 1, 1998||San Francisco 49ers||W 36–22||Lambeau Field||6–2||FOX 3:15 pm||FOX Pat Summerall & John Madden|
|10||November 9, 1998||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 20–27||Three Rivers Stadium||6–3||ABC 8:00 pm||ABC Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, & Lesley Visser|
|11||November 15, 1998||at New York Giants||W 37–3||Giants Stadium||7–3||FOX 3:15 pm||FOX: Sam Rosen & Jerry Glanville|
|12||November 22, 1998||at Minnesota Vikings||L 14–28||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||7–4||FOX 12:00 pm||FOX: Pat Summerall & John Madden|
|13||November 29, 1998||Philadelphia Eagles||W 24–16||Lambeau Field||8–4||FOX 3:15 pm||FOX Dick Stockton & Matt Millen|
|14||December 7, 1998||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 22–24||Raymond James Stadium||8–5||ABC 8:00 pm||ABC Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, & Lesley Visser|
|15||December 13, 1998||Chicago Bears||W 26–20||Lambeau Field||9–5||FOX 12:00 pm||FOX Dick Stockton & Matt Millen|
|16||December 20, 1998||Tennessee Oilers||W 30–22||Lambeau Field||10–5||CBS 12:00 pm||CBS Verne Lundquist, Randy Cross, & Michele Tafoya|
|17||December 27, 1998||at Chicago Bears||W 16–13||Soldier Field||11–5||FOX 12:00 pm||FOX Sam Rosen & Jerry Glanville|
|(1) Minnesota Vikings||15||1||0||.938||556||296||W8|
|(5) Green Bay Packers||11||5||0||.688||408||319||W3|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||8||0||.500||314||295||W1|
NFC Wild Card PlayoffEdit
at 3Com Park, San Francisco
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 had dropped several catches during the game.
Awards and recordsEdit
- Brett Favre, NFL Leader, Passing Yards, 4,212 Yards
- Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Attempts (551)
- Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Completions (347)
- Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Percentage of Complete Passes (63)
- Brett Favre, NFC Leader (tied), Interceptions (23)
- Reggie White, National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award
- Reggie White, NFC Leader, Sacks (16.0)
- Brett Favre, Second 4,000 Yard Passing Season (finished season with 4,212)
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