Opening Day

Today marks the third time the Packers have opened their season on September 11 and the second time since the cataclysmic events of 2001.

78 years ago on September 11, 1938, Green Bay started the campaign against the Cleveland Rams in front of just 8,247 fans at City Stadium. Although the Rams scored first on an 18-yard field goal, the Packers struck back with a 34-yard Clarke Hinkle field goal in the first quarter and two touchdown passes from Arnie Herber to Don Hutson in the second quarter, one of seven yards and the other of 53. Cleveland answered with a 53-yard TD toss from Bob Snyder to Ed Goddard before Hinkle closed out the first half with a 12-yard field goal to make the score 20-10 at the intermission. Both teams completed touchdown passes in the fourth quarter – Herber to Hutson for 18 yards and Snyder to Patterson for five – to make the final score 26-17. (Ed Jankowski kicked two of three extra points.) The Packers would go on to win the Western Conference with an 8-3 record, while the Rams finished fourth at 4-7.

In 2005, the Pack began an unsatisfactory 4-12 season that would cost Coach Mike Sherman his job by losing to the Lions 17-3 in Detroit. Brett Favre was sacked four times and threw two interceptions in the loss, while Lion quarterback Joey Harrington had one of his few good outings of his career, throwing for two touchdowns and 167 yards. Detroit would finish 5-11 in 2005, just ahead of the last place Packers in Ted Thompson’s first year as GM.

1938aherber  1938chinkle

1938dhutson  1938ejankowski

Custom cards in the 1966 Philadelphia style and are all colorized.

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