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The Broncos will always be a sore subject with Green Bay Packer Nation. They are, after all, the only club- so far, at least- to ever beat the Packers in a Super Bowl. No Packer fan old enough to have seen it will ever forget that day - January 25,1998 - in San Diego when Terrell Davis gashed the Pack for 157 rushing yards and scored 3 td's, despite missing an entire quarter with a migraine. Three-time league MVP Brett Favre turned the ball over twice in the second quarter, allowing the Broncos to score ten points and change the complexion of the game. And coach Mike Holmgren losing count of the down late in the fourth period and ordering the defense to let the Broncos score to preserve time on the clock. Leaving the Packers needing a touchdown rather than just a field goal to tie on their last desperate drive to the Broncos 31 yd. line.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/packers-cant-get-past-super-bowl-loss-to-broncos-b99191232z1-242677221.html

That loss not only denied the Packers the rare feat of a SuperBowl Championship repeat but would prove to be the beginning of the end of what looked like a dynasty in the making. The next season would come the blown officiating call on the Jerry Rice fumble, allowing the 49ers to knock the Packers out of the playoffs on Steve Young's desperation last seconds td pass to Terrell Owens. Mike Holmgren would leave Green Bay for Seattle. Reggie White would retire. And the Packers in 1999 would drop out of the playoffs with an 8-8 season, that would include another beating against Denver 31-10.

http://www.acmepackingcompany.com/2...bay-packers-deserved-to-lose-super-bowl-xxxii

It would be Denver, not Green Bay, who would achieve the Super Bowl repeat feat in 1998 when they beat Atlanta 34-19 in qb John Elway's final game in SB XXXIII.

The Broncos have played in 7 Super Bowls, more than any other club except Dallas and Pittsburgh who have been in 8. But except for the two they won they have been blown out in the other 5. But they do have a remarkable record in their history, which dates to being one of the original clubs of the American Football League.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Denver_Broncos

The Packers have played the Broncos only 12 times in regular season games, dating back to 1971. And they have a slight 6-5-1 edge in that series. With Super Bowl XXXII thrown in the two franchises are tied 6-6-1 all-time heading into next Sunday night's meeting.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/game_query.cgi?tm1=gnb&tm2=den&yr=all

Home field has really lived up to advantage in past Packers-Broncos games. The Pack has never lost to Denver at Lambeau Field or in Milwaukee in 6 games and have won the last 3 meetings. The Packers, however, have won only once in 6 trips to Denver and two of the last 3 games have been in Lambeau.

One of the more notable games between the Packers and Broncos at Mile High Stadium was in the 200th game of ABC's Monday Night Football in 1984, played in a Rocky Mountain snowstorm.

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The Packers first and so far only win in Denver came in another MNF game in 2007. This game could be viewed as unlocking the gate for the club's run to the NFC Championship game that year. It was the "coming out" game for rb Ryan Grant, who gained over 100 yards as an injury substitute, as the Packers were struggling to find a ground component to their passing offense. And it was won in particularly dramatic fashion on one play in the overtime period.

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The game next week could well be of a very similar sort, as both teams come in at 6-0. The last time a Packers-Broncos regular season game had both teams flying high was in 1996 at Lambeau Field. In a game that at the time was billed as a Super Bowl preview Denver was 12-2 and Green Bay 11-3 and both would finish the season as their respective conference "top seeds" for the playoffs at 13-3.

John Elway missed the game due to injury and the Packers rolled 41-6. But, as many pointed out at the time, Elway didn't play defense. But the anticipated Super Bowl XXXI meeting between Green Bay and Denver didn't happen that year. While the Packers showed up to beat New England 35-21 the Broncos were knocked out in the AFC playoffs by Jacksonville. That loss, however, would motivate the Broncos to make the Super Bowl date with the Packers the next year and you know the rest of the story.
 
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And in a related matter, how about the Packers vs Peyton Manning. http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2015/10/25/peytons-new-place/74396530/

The Packers have faced the certain Pro Football Hall of Famer only 3 times, all while he was with the Colts but in his prime. Green Bay owns a 2-1 advantage over the great one.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200011190gnb.htm

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200409260clt.htm

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200810190gnb.htm
 

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History is interesting, but not really relevant come game time. This is a winnable game if we don't turn the ball over and/or commit special teams gaffes. At this stage in his career, Aaron Rodgers is a better quarterback than an aging Peyton Manning. Denver has a beast in Von Miller and a solid defense overall, but the Pack faced a great defense when they played St. Louis and came away with a victory. It's tougher on the road, but great teams step up when faced with a challenge like this.

Green Bay has a real shot in Denver. Go Pack Go.
 
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The play that sticks in my mind is Elway's run for a first down at the Packers 2 yd. line where he flipped and spun...took a lickin' and kept on tickin'.
 

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The play that sticks in my mind is Elway's run for a first down at the Packers 2 yd. line where he flipped and spun...took a lickin' and kept on tickin'.

Yep. That play bugged me, but also the fact that Davis had a migraine and still performed amazingly. My suspicious side wonders if he *really* had a migraine. But my realistic side says he did and the guy was just a hungry beast that day who didn't want to let his team down. It bugs me that it happened against the Pack.
 
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