2001 Green Bay Packers season
PresidentBob Harlan
General managerMike Sherman
Head coachMike Sherman
Home fieldLambeau Field
Results
Record12–4
Division place2nd NFC Central
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs
(vs. 49ers) 25–15
Lost Divisional Playoffs
(at Rams) 17–45

The 2001 Green Bay Packers season was their 83rd season overall and their 81st season in the National Football League.

The Packers returned to the postseason after two years of missing the playoffs in the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

They finished with a 12–4 record. In the Wild Card Round the Packers easily beat the San Francisco 49ers 25–15. But Green Bay's season ended with a 45–17 loss to the St. Louis Rams in the NFC divisional playoff game. That game saw quarterback Brett Favre threw a career high six interceptions.[1]

This remains the last season in which the Packers defeated the 49ers in the playoffs as the Packers went on to lose 5 straight playoff games to them.[2]

Offseason

Notable transactions

Free agents

Additions Subtractions
TE Bobby Collins (Bills) G Ross Verba (Browns)
FS Scott Frost (Browns) QB Danny Wuerffel (Bears)
DT Jim Flanigan (Bears) FS Scott McGarrahan (Dolphins)

2001 NFL draft

With their first round pick (10th overall) in the 2001 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected defensive end Jamal Reynolds.[3]

2001 Green Bay Packers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 10 Jamal Reynolds DE Florida State
2 41 Robert Ferguson WR Texas A&M
3 71 Bhawoh Jue FS Penn State
72 Torrance Marshall MLB Oklahoma
4 105 Bill Ferrario G Wisconsin
6 198 David Martin TE Tennessee

Undrafted Free Agents

2001 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Kevin Stemke Punter Wisconsin

Personnel

Staff

2001 Green Bay Packers staff

Front office

  • President and chief executive officer – Bob Harlan
  • Executive vice-president and general manager – Mike Sherman
  • Senior vice-president of administration – John Jones
  • Vice-president of football operations – Mark Hatley
  • Director of Player Finance – Andrew Brandt
  • Director of college scouting – John Dorsey
  • Director of pro personnel – Reggie McKenzie
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Shaun Herock
  • Assistant Director of pro personnel – Sean Howard

Head coaches

  • Head coach – Mike Sherman

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Barry Rubin
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Mark Lovat
  • Weight Room Assistant – Vince Workman

[4]

Roster

2001 Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Injured Reserve

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics
53 active, 8 inactive, 5 practice squad

Preseason

Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
August 11, 2001 at Cleveland Browns L 3–10 Cleveland Browns Stadium 0–1 71,218
August 20, 2001 Denver Broncos W 22–7 Lambeau Field 1–1 59,177
August 25, 2001 Miami Dolphins W 17–12 Lambeau Field 2–1 59,547
August 31, 2001 at Oakland Raiders L 13–24 Network Associates Coliseum 2–2 38,783

Regular season

Schedule

The second game in 2001 was the first time since 1988 that the Packers played the Washington Redskins.[5] because before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were influenced much more by table position during the previous season,[6] and there was no rotation of opponents in other divisions of a team’s own conference. The Packers finished 12–4 overall, placing 2nd in the NFC Central Division (behind the Chicago Bears), and qualifying for a wild card playoff spot.[7]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 9 Detroit Lions W 28–6 1–0 Lambeau Field 59,523
2[A] September 24 Washington Redskins W 37–0 2–0 Lambeau Field 59,771
3 September 30 at Carolina Panthers W 28–7 3–0 Ericsson Stadium 73,120
4 October 7 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10–14 3–1 Raymond James Stadium 65,510
5 October 14 Baltimore Ravens W 31–23 4–1 Lambeau Field 59,866
6 October 21 at Minnesota Vikings L 13–35 4–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,165
7 Bye
8 November 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–20 5–2 Lambeau Field 59,861
9 November 11 at Chicago Bears W 20–12 6–2 Soldier Field 66,944
10 November 18 Atlanta Falcons L 20–23 6–3 Lambeau Field 59,849
11 November 22 at Detroit Lions W 29–27 7–3 Pontiac Silverdome 77,730
12 December 3 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 28–21 8–3 Alltel Stadium 66,908
13 December 9 Chicago Bears W 17–7 9–3 Lambeau Field 59,869
14 December 16 at Tennessee Titans L 20–26 9–4 Adelphia Coliseum 68,804
15 December 23 Cleveland Browns W 30–7 10–4 Lambeau Field 59,824
16 December 30 Minnesota Vikings W 24–13 11–4 Lambeau Field 59,870
17[A] January 6 at New York Giants W 34–25 12–4 Giants Stadium 78,601

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Chicago Bears 13 3 0 .813 338 203 W4
(4) Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 390 266 W3
(6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 324 280 L1
Minnesota Vikings 5 11 0 .313 290 390 L4
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 270 424 W1

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Game site TV Time Attendance
Wildcard January 13, 2002 San Francisco 49ers W 25–15 Lambeau Field FOX 12:00 pm 59,825
Divisional January 20, 2002 at St. Louis Rams L 17–45 Dome at America's Center FOX 3:15 pm 66,368

Notes

  1. ^ a b The Packers were originally scheduled to play the New York Giants during Week 2 of the original NFL schedule (September 16) at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford. However, due to the September 11 attacks, the game was re-scheduled to Week 17.

References

  1. ^ "Packers lose 45–17". Packers.com. January 20, 2002. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2002.
  2. ^ Fleury, Amy (January 21, 2024). "Heartbreaker in San Francisco: Packers fall to 49ers again in the playoffs". WISN. Retrieved February 19, 2024.
  3. ^ "Draft History – Green Bay Packers". NFL. Retrieved February 9, 2007.
  4. ^ "Staff Directory". 2001 Official Media Guide. Green Bay Packers. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Team Game Stats Finder - Football". Stathead.com. Retrieved February 19, 2024.
  6. ^ "History of the NFL's Structure and Formats". Retrieved February 19, 2024.
  7. ^ "NFL History – 2001 NFL standings". NFL. Archived from the original on February 13, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2007.