Moment 18 Prelude To A Championship

Prelude To A Championship
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January 12, 1997

In the first championship game played at Lambeau Field since the Ice Bowl, the Packers win the NFC title with a 30-13 victory over Carolina to advance to their first Super Bowl in 29 seasons.

Playing in 3-degree weather with a minus-17 wind chill, running back Dorsey Levens led the way on offense, compiling 205 yards from scrimmage (88 rushing, 117 receiving). With the Packers trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, Levens busted a 35-yard run on third-and-1, and on the next play, he made a leaping 29-yard touchdown catch to tie the game.

The Packers got 10 points in the final minute of the first half on a 6-yard TD pass from Brett Favre to Antonio Freeman, an interception by Tyrone Williams, and a Chris Jacke field goal. Running back Edgar Bennett (25 carries, 99 yards) added a 4-yard TD run late in the third quarter that all but sealed the game.

The Packers rebuilt the playing surface at Lambeau in a week, re-sodding the entire field after the previous week’s rainy playoff game against San Francisco had turned everything to mud.

The chilly weather for the title game did not stop the presentation of the George S. Halas Trophy from being outside, though, as President Bob Harlan, GM Ron Wolf and Head Coach Mike Holmgren accepted the NFC championship award, along with several players, in front of the fans.
  • Prelude To A Championship
    Photo credit: Harmann Studios
  • Prelude To A Championship
    Photo credit: Harmann Studios
  • Prelude To A Championship
    Photo credit: Harmann Studios
  • Prelude To A Championship
    Photo credit: Harmann Studios
  • Prelude To A Championship
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  • Harlan Trophy Presentation 1996 NFC Champ
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  • Prelude To A Championship
    Photo credit: AP / Morry Gash