1st October, 2014

Packers Handle Patriots in First Monday Nighter at Lambeau

Oct. 1, 1979 – The Packers stun the Patriots 27-14 in the first Monday Night Football game played at Lambeau Field. Green Bay’s defense forces six turnovers and converts the takeaways into 20 points to emphatically end its three-game losing streak. In addition, the Packers sack Steve Grogan five times before he is replaced by Tom Owen late in the game.

30th September, 2014

Packers Defeat Giants in First Milwaukee Game

Sept. 30, 1934 – State Fair Park becomes Green Bay’s home away from home in Milwaukee, and the Packers make their first visit there a success by cutting down the New York Giants 20-6. Roger Grove and Buckets Goldenberg score short-range TDs and Bob Monnett kicks two field goals as Green Bay powers to 163 yards rushing on 48 carries. 

29th September, 2014

Packers Open New City Stadium in Style

Sept. 29, 1957 – Green Bay celebrates the opening of new City Stadium in style by dispensing with the Bears 21-17 before a crowd of 32,132 fans that include Vice President Richard Nixon and Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur. Babe Parilli’s 6-yard TD pass to Gary Knafelc with eight minutes, 21 seconds remaining proves the game winner. 

28th September, 2014

Packers Shut Out Bears for Fifth Consecutive Time

Sept. 28, 1930 – The Packers register their fifth consecutive shutout of the Bears when they defeat the Monsters of the Midway 7-0 in Week 2. Verne Lewellen scores on a short plunge to cap a 55-yard drive set up by Johnny Blood’s interception. The five straight shutouts (one in 1928, three in 1929 and one in 1930) is the most in a row by either team in the longstanding series.

27th September, 2014

Lombardi is Victorious in First Game

Sept. 27, 1959 – Stifling defense and Jim Taylor’s 5-yard, fourth-quarter TD run push Green Bay past the Bears 9-6 in Vince Lombardi’s first game as coach of the Packers. Taylor chews up 98 yards rushing on 22 carries and Paul Hornung adds another 61 as the Packers outgain Chicago 178 to 75 on the ground. The defense, led by Dave Hanner, hold the Bears to 164 yards and 10 first downs.

26th September, 2014

Don Hutson Announces He will Not Play in 1946

Sept. 26, 1946 – Don Hutson announces he will definitely not play in 1946, thus ending one of the greatest playing careers in NFL history. In 11 seasons (1935-45), Hutson caught 488 passes for 7,991 yards and 99 TDs – totals that more than double those of the No. 2 player on the list, Jim Benton of the Rams, who had amassed 190 catches for 3,309 yards and 33 touchdowns.

25th September, 2014

Knafelc Plays Hero in Ending Losing Streak

Sept. 25, 1955 – Gary Knafelc’s 18-yard TD catch with seconds left lifts Green Bay past the Lions 20-17 and it sends City Stadium into pandemonium. Knafelc is carried from the field by jubilant fans celebrating the win and the end of an 11-game losing streak to Detroit. The lanky end catches as many passes in the opener (three) as he did in eight games with the team in 1954. 

24th September, 2014

Johnny Blood McNally Ends Holdout

Sept. 24, 1936 – Johnny (Blood) McNally rejoins the Packers as he signs his contract at 8:10 a.m. in the office of Curly Lambeau. Blood had staged a holdout – likely the first in team history to drag into the regular season – and in doing so the running back missed the first two games of the season.

23rd September, 2014

Hutson Sets Aside Tragedies to Play

Sept. 23, 1943 – Don Hutson’s father passes away in Pine Bluff, Ark. three days before the team’s season opener with the Bears. A day later, Hutson learns that his brother, Robert, was killed in the war. Despite the news, Hutson remains in Green Bay with the blessing of his mother and catches two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in a 21-21 tie with the Bears. 

22nd September, 2014

Hutson Score on First Play is All Packers Need

Sept. 22, 1935 – Rookie end Don Hutson cradles a pass from Arnie Herber, races past Gene Ronzani, then beats Beattie Feathers to the end zone – 83 yards in all – as the Packers stun the Bears 7-0 to earn their first win of the year. The memorable catch, on the first offensive play of the game is the first of 488 the incomparable Hutson will make in an 11-year career with Green Bay.