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1997 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Mike Holmgren
Home Field Lambeau Field
Record 13–3
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Won NFC Divisional Playoff
Won NFC Championship
Lost Super Bowl XXXII
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1996 1998

The 1997 Green Bay Packers season ended with a 31-24 loss to the John Elway-led Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII,[1] failing to post back-to-back Super Bowl wins. In addition, Packers' quarterback Brett Favre was named the league's MVP for the third year in a row, being the first player in the history of the award to do so.[2] The Packers became the first team to have six NFL MVP award winners.[3]


1997 NFL draftEdit

Despite picking last in the 1997 NFL draft, the Packers did well, picking up future all-pro tackle Ross Verba and free safety Darren Sharper.[4]

1997 NFL Draft selections
Round Sel# Player Pos. College
1 30 Ross Verba T Iowa
2 60 Darren Sharper FS William & Mary
3 90 Brett Conway K Penn State
4 126 Jermaine Smith DT Georgia
5 160 Anthony Hicks LB Arkansas
7 213 Chris Miller WR Southern California
7 231 Terrance Lucas DB Montana State
7 240 Ronnie McAda QB Army

Ronnie McAda was Mr. Irrelevant



1997 Green Bay Packers staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning



This is the roster that is printed in the Green Bay Packers 1997 Official Media Guide. This information was printed previous to the playing of the season and does not reflect the regular season cut down or any mid season transactions.

1997 Green Bay Packers roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies and first-year players in italics



Date Opponent Result Game site Record
August 1, 1997 Miami Dolphins W 20-0 Lambeau Field 1-0
August 8, 1997 New England Patriots W 7-3 Lambeau Field 2-0
August 16, 1997 Oakland Raiders W 37-24 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 3-0
August 24, 1997 Buffalo Bills W 35-3 Toronto Skydome 4-0
August 28, 1997 New York Giants W 22-17 Camp Randall Stadium 5-0

Regular seasonEdit

The Packers finished the 1997 regular season with a 13-3 record, clinching first place in the NFC Central division, as well as a first-round playoff bye.[6]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record TV Time
1 September 1, 1997 Chicago Bears W 38-24 Lambeau Field 1-0 ABC 9:00pm
2 September 7, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles L 9-10 Veterans Stadium 1-1 FOX 4:15pm
3 September 14, 1997 Miami Dolphins W 23-18 Lambeau Field 2-1 NBC 1:00pm
4 September 21, 1997 Minnesota Vikings W 38-32 Lambeau Field 3-1 FOX 1:00pm
5 September 28, 1997 Detroit Lions L 15-26 Pontiac Silverdome 3-2 FOX 4:15pm
6 October 5, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21-16 Lambeau Field 4-2 FOX 1:00pm
7 October 12, 1997 Chicago Bears W 24-23 Soldier Field 5-2 FOX 1:00pm
8 Bye
9 October 27, 1997 New England Patriots W 28-10 Foxboro Stadium 6-2 ABC 9:00pm
10 November 2, 1997 Detroit Lions W 20-10 Lambeau Field 7-2 ESPN 8:00pm
11 November 9, 1997 St. Louis Rams W 17-7 Lambeau Field 8-2 FOX 1:00pm
12 November 16, 1997 Indianapolis Colts L 38-41 RCA Dome 8-3 FOX 1:00pm
13 November 23, 1997 Dallas Cowboys W 45-17 Lambeau Field 9-3 FOX 1:00pm
14 December 1, 1997 Minnesota Vikings W 27-11 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 10-3 ABC 9:00pm
15 December 7, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17-6 Houlihan's Stadium 11-3 FOX 1:00pm
16 December 14, 1997 Carolina Panthers W 31-10 Ericsson Stadium 12-3 FOX 4:15pm
17 December 20, 1997 Buffalo Bills W 31-21 Lambeau Field 13-3 NBC 12:30pm


NFC Central
Green Bay Packers 1330.813422282
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1060.625299263
Detroit Lions 970.563379306
Minnesota Vikings 970.563354359
Chicago Bears 4120.250263421

Awards and recordsEdit


AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Baltimore Denver Arizona Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cincinnati Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Jacksonville Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Tennessee Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
1997 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXII

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