|1996 Green Bay Packers season|
|Owner||Green Bay Packers, Inc.|
|Head coach||Mike Holmgren|
|General manager||Ron Wolf|
|Home field||Lambeau Field|
|Division place||1st NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 35–14|
Won NFC Championship (Panthers) 30–13
Won Super Bowl XXXI (Patriots) 35–21
The 1996 season was the Green Bay Packers' 76th season in the National Football League, their 78th overall and their fifth under head coach Mike Holmgren. The franchise won its third Super Bowl and league-record 12th NFL Championship. The Packers posted a league-best 13–3 regular season won-loss record, going 8���0 at home and 5–3 on the road. It was the first time since 1962 that the team went undefeated at home. Additionally, the Packers had the NFL's highest-scoring offense (456) and allowed the fewest points on defense (210). Green Bay was the first team to accomplish both feats in the same season since the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. They finished the season with the number one ranked offense, defense, and special teams. They also set a then NFL record for the fewest touchdowns allowed in a 16-game season, with 19. The Packers also allowed the fewest yards in the NFL and set a record for punt return yardage. Brett Favre won his second straight MVP award while also throwing for a career-high and league-leading 39 touchdown passes.
In the postseason, the Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round and the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game. Green Bay beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI to win their third Super Bowl and twelfth NFL Championship.
In 2007, the 1996 Packers were ranked as the 16th greatest Super Bowl champions on the NFL Network's documentary series America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions. The 1996 Packers were ranked 6th-greatest Super Bowl team of all-time by a similar panel done by ESPN and released in 2007. As of 2019, the Packers are the only team since the implementation of the salary cap to score the most points and allow the fewest in the regular season.
|WR Don Beebe (Panthers)||QB Ty Detmer (Eagles)|
|WR Desmond Howard (Jaguars)||WR Mark Ingram Sr. (Eagles)|
|FS Eugene Robinson (Seahawks)||LB Joe Kelly (Eagles)|
|DT Santana Dotson (Buccaneers)||LB Fred Strickland (Cowboys)|
|FS George Teague (Cowboys)|
|1996 Green Bay Packers draft|
|1||27||John Michels||Offensive tackle||USC|
|2||56||Derrick Mayes||Wide receiver||Notre Dame|
|3||90||Mike Flanagan *||Center||UCLA|
|4||123||Chris Darkins||Running back||Minnesota|
|6||208||Marco Rivera *||Guard||Penn State|
|7||252||Keith McKenzie||Defensive end||Ball State|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1||New England Patriots||W 7–24||1–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|2||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 17–24||2–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|3||at Baltimore Ravens||W 17–15||3–0||Memorial Stadium||Recap|
|4||at Indianapolis Colts||L 6–20||3–1||RCA Dome||Recap|
|1||September 1||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 34–3||1–0||Houlihan's Stadium||Recap|
|2||Philadelphia Eagles||W 39–13||2–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|3||September 15||San Diego Chargers||W 42–10||3–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|4||September 22||at Minnesota Vikings||L 21–30||3–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||Recap|
|5||September 29||at Seattle Seahawks||W 31–10||4–1||Kingdome||Recap|
|6||October 6||at Chicago Bears||W 37–6||5–1||Soldier Field||Recap|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||W 23–20 (OT)||6–1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|9||October 27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 13–7||7–1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|10||November 3||Detroit Lions||W 28–18||8–1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|11||November 10||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 20–27||8–2||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|
|12||at Dallas Cowboys||L 6–21||8–3||Texas Stadium||Recap|
|13||November 24||at St. Louis Rams||W 24–9||9–3||Trans World Dome||Recap|
|14||December 1||Chicago Bears||W 28–17||10–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|15||December 8||Denver Broncos||W 41–6||11–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|16||December 15||at Detroit Lions||W 31–3||12–3||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|17||December 22||Minnesota Vikings||W 38–10||13–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
Week 1: at. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 5: at. Seattle Seahawks
|(1) Green Bay Packers||13||3||0||.813||456||210||W5|
|(6) Minnesota Vikings||9||7||0||.563||298||315||L1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||10||0||.375||221||293||W1|
Season statistical leaders
Brett Favre broke the Packers single-season record for touchdown passes by throwing 39.
- Passing Yards: Brett Favre 3,899 Yards
- Passing Touchdowns: Brett Favre 39 TD
- Rushing Yards: Edgar Bennett, 899 Yards
- Rushing Touchdowns: Dorsey Levens, 5 TD
- Receiving Yards: Antonio Freeman, 933 Yards
- Receiving Touchdowns: Keith Jackson, 10 TD
- Points: Chris Jacke, 114 points
- Kickoff Return Yards: Desmond Howard, 460 Yards
- Punt Return Yards: Desmond Howard, 875 Yards
- Tackles: George Koonce, 97 Tackles
- Sacks: Reggie White, 8.5 Sacks
- Interceptions: Eugene Robinson, 6 Interceptions
|Wild Card||First-round bye|
|Divisional||January 4, 1997||San Francisco 49ers (4)||W 35–14||1–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|NFC Championship||January 12, 1997||Carolina Panthers (2)||W 30–13||2–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|Super Bowl XXXI||January 26, 1997||New England Patriots (A2)||W 35–21||3–0||Louisiana Superdome||Recap|
NFC Divisional Playoff vs. San Francisco 49ers
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Date: January 4, 1997
- Game time: 11:30 a.m
Green Bay was able to win going away on a cold damp day at Lambeau Field. With the weather turning the field into a muddy mess both offenses struggled. San Francisco was able to keep pace offensively and defensively for most of the game, with the score 21–14 in favor of Green Bay in the third quarter, but special teams were decisively dominated by the Packers. Penalties also played a factor as San Francisco had 6 for 42 yards, while Green Bay only had 1 for 5.
A muffed kickoff by Green Bay set up a 49ers touchdown, but Green Bay's Desmond Howard returned two kicks for large gains, including one touchdown. The final score was Green Bay 35–14.
NFC Championship Game vs. Carolina Panthers
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Date: January 12, 1997
- Game time: 11:30 a.m
Super Bowl XXXI vs. New England Patriots
at Louisiana Superdome
- Date: January 26, 1997
- Game time: 5:30 p.m.
The Packers win their first championship since 1967. Desmond Howard is named the Super Bowl MVP, as he accumulated 244 total yards worth of returns (kick and punt) including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Patriots Quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw 4 interceptions while Brett Favre threw for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran another one in.
Awards and records
- Brett Favre, Club Record, Most Touchdown Passes in One Season, 39
- Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Touchdown Passes (39)
- Brett Favre, NFC Leader, Passing Yardage (3,899)
- Brett Favre, NFL MVP
- Brett Favre, Bert Bell Award
- Brett Favre, Offense, UPI NFC Player of the Year
- Brett Favre, NFC Pro Bowl Selection
- Brett Favre, All-Pro Selection
- Brett Favre, Best NFL Player ESPY Award
- Desmond Howard, Super Bowl XXXI MVP
- Reggie White, NFC Pro Bowl Selection
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