2002 Green Bay Packers Season
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2002 Green Bay Packers Season
2002 Green Bay Packers season
Head coachMike Sherman
Home fieldLambeau Field
Results
Record12-4
Division place1st NFC North
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Falcons) 7-27
Pro BowlersQB Brett Favre
RB Ahman Green
WR Donald Driver
TE Bubba Franks
G Marco Rivera
FS Darren Sharper
AP All-ProsQB Brett Favre (2nd team)
FS Darren Sharper (2nd team)

The 2002 season was the Green Bay Packers' 82nd in the National Football League (NFL) and their 84th overall.

The Packers achieved a 12-4 record in the regular season, before losing in the 2003 NFL Wild Card playoffs round to quarterback Brett Favre's former team, the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.[1] This marked the first time in NFL history that the Packers had lost at home in the playoffs.[2]

Background

In 2001, the Packers achieved the franchise's best record since 1997, finishing 12-4 and advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs. There, they lost to the eventual NFC champion St. Louis Rams. During the game, it became clear that the Packers would need wide receivers with greater speed and ability to compete with the conference's best teams. GM Mike Sherman spent the 2002 offseason revamping Green Bay's receiving corps. The team promoted Donald Driver to starter, acquired veteran Terry Glenn from the New England Patriots and drafted Javon Walker in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. The influx of new players seemed to position the Packers as one of the strongest contenders in the NFC.

Season summary

Green Bay started the season with eight wins in their first nine games, led by quarterback Brett Favre and running back Ahman Green. The Packers led the NFC North throughout the year, winning the division by a six-game margin. Green Bay became the first team to win the newly rechristened division, formerly known as the NFC Central. It was the Packers' first division title since 1997, and the team would go on to win the NFC North for three consecutive seasons.

For the first time in years, it appeared that the Packers had a legitimate chance of reaching the Super Bowl. With one game left, Green Bay was 12-3, and a victory away from clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Packers had never lost a home playoff game in franchise history, had achieved an 8-0 record at home in 2002, and had established a run of Lambeau Field dominance since the Mike Holmgren era. As a result, playing home games at Lambeau Field would seemingly give the Packers a significant advantage in the playoffs. The final game was on the road against the New York Jets, who beat the Packers handily to win the AFC East division title. The loss was a blow to the Packers, who dropped down to the number three seed in the NFC and had an incredibly difficult road to the Super Bowl. Six days later, the Packers were beaten by Michael Vick's Atlanta Falcons, the first home playoff loss in Packers history.

The 2002 season was another memorable year for quarterback Brett Favre. Throughout the season, Favre was a favorite to win his fourth Most Valuable Player award. The Packers' lopsided loss to the Jets in the regular season finale may have swayed voters, as Favre lost the MVP award by merely two votes to Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon.

Offseason

Signings Departures
WR Terry Glenn (Patriots) WR Bill Schroeder (Lions)
LB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars) WR Charles Lee (Buccaneers)
DE Joe Johnson (Saints) RB Dorsey Levens (Eagles)
WR Karsten Bailey (Seahawks) WR Antonio Freeman (Eagles)
LB Bernardo Harris (Ravens)
T Barry Stokes (Browns)
DE John Thierry (Falcons)
WR Corey Bradford (Texans)
CB Allen Rossum (Falcons)
DT Santana Dotson (Redskins)

2002 NFL draft

In the 2002 NFL draft, the Packers selected 20th overall, drafting future all-pro wide receiver Javon Walker with their first round pick.[3]

2002 NFL Draft selections
Round Sel# Player Pos. College
1 20 Javon Walker WR Florida State
3 92 Marques Anderson FS UCLA
4 135 Najeh Davenport RB Miami
5 156 Aaron Kampman DE Iowa
5 164 Craig Nall QB Northwestern State, La.
6 200 Mike Houghton T San Diego State

Players highlighted in yellow indicate players selected to the Pro Bowl during their NFL career.

Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Kevin Barry Tackle Arizona
Andy Eby Center Kansas State
Tony Fisher Running back Notre Dame
Ken Kocher Defensive Tackle UCLA
Bill Seymour Tight end Michigan
Jeremy Unertl Safety UW-La Crosse
Marcus Wilkins Linebacker Texas

Personnel

Staff

Roster

Preseason

Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
August 10, 2002 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13-20 0-1 Veterans Stadium 58,546
August 17, 2002 at Arizona Cardinals W 29-21 1-1 Sun Devil Stadium 35,716
August 26, 2002 Cleveland Browns W 27-20 2-1 Lambeau Field 62,668
August 30, 2002 Tennessee Titans W 21-20 3-1 Lambeau Field 62,485

Regular season

Schedule

The Packers finished 12-4 overall, winning the NFC North crown by a six-game margin.[4]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 Atlanta Falcons W 37-34 (OT) 1-0 Lambeau Field 63,127
2 September 15, 2002 at New Orleans Saints L 20-35 1-1 Louisiana Superdome 67,958
3 September 22, 2002 at Detroit Lions W 37-31 2-1 Ford Field 61,505
4 September 29, 2002 Carolina Panthers W 17-14 3-1 Lambeau Field 63,329
5 October 7, 2002 at Chicago Bears W 34-21 4-1 Memorial Stadium (Champaign) 63,226
6 October 13, 2002 at New England Patriots W 28-10 5-1 Gillette Stadium 68,436
7 October 20, 2002 Washington Redskins W 30-9 6-1 Lambeau Field 63,363
8 Bye
9 November 4, 2002 Miami Dolphins W 24-10 7-1 Lambeau Field 63,284
10 November 10, 2002 Detroit Lions W 40-14 8-1 Lambeau Field 63,313
11 November 17, 2002 at Minnesota Vikings L 21-31 8-2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,153
12 November 24, 2002 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 7-21 8-3 Raymond James Stadium 65,672
13 December 1, 2002 Chicago Bears W 30-20 9-3 Lambeau Field 64,196
14 December 8, 2002 Minnesota Vikings W 26-22 10-3 Lambeau Field 64,070
15 December 15, 2002 at San Francisco 49ers W 20-14 11-3 3Com Park 67,947
16 December 22, 2002 Buffalo Bills W 10-0 12-3 Lambeau Field 64,106
17 December 29, 2002 at New York Jets L 17-42 12-4 The Meadowlands 78,733

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 2: at New Orleans Saints

Week 3: at Detroit Lions

Week 4: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 5: at Chicago Bears

Week 6: at New England Patriots

Week 7: vs. Washington Redskins

Week 9: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 12: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 14: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 15: at San Francisco 49ers

Week 16: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 17: at New York Jets

Standings

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3)Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 5-1 9-3 398 328 L1
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 4-2 5-7 390 442 W3
Chicago Bears 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 281 379 L2
Detroit Lions 3 13 0 .188 1-5 3-9 306 451 L8

Playoffs

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
Wildcard January 4, 2003 Atlanta Falcons L 7-27 0-1 Lambeau Field 65,358

Game summaries

NFC Wild Card: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Awards and records

  • Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Attempts (551)
  • Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Completions (341)
  • Brett Favre, NFC Leader(tied), Touchdown Passes (27)

References

  1. ^ "2002 Packers' schedule". Packers.com. Archived from the original on January 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  2. ^ "Vick, Falcons shock Packers in Lambeau". NFL.com. January 4, 2003. Archived from the original on December 11, 2006. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ "Draft History - Green Bay Packers". NFL.com. Archived from the original on 2007-01-29. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "NFL History - 2002 Regular Season Standings". NFL.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2007. Retrieved 2007.

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