2003 Green Bay Packers season
Head coachMike Sherman
Home fieldLambeau Field
Results
Record10–6
Division place1st NFC North
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Seahawks) 33–27 (OT)
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Eagles) 17–20 (OT)
Uniform
Packers (including QB Doug Pederson) at their preseason game against Tennessee, August 28, 2003
Packers (including QB Doug Pederson) at their preseason game against Tennessee, August 28, 2003

The 2003 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 85th season overall and their 83rd in the National Football League.

The Packers won the division on the last play of the season. Needing a win and a Minnesota Vikings loss to clinch the division, the Packers routed the Denver Broncos 31–3, while the Vikings lost 18–17 on a last second touchdown by the 3-12 Arizona Cardinals.

The Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round in overtime off an interception return for a touchdown by Al Harris. However, the season finished with an overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional round of the playoffs after failing to stop the Eagles on 4th and 26 where a defensive stand on the play would have sealed a trip to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 1997 as the Eagles had only one timeout remaining and just over a minute left in regulation.

In the Week 16 Monday night game, Brett Favre threw four touchdowns in a 41–7 win over the Oakland Raiders, one night after his father died of a heart attack.

Offseason

The Packers were able to add Al Harris to their starting lineup from a trade with Philadelphia. They lost starters Terry Glenn to a trade and Vonnie Holliday to free agency.[1]

Additions Subtractions
FB Nick Luchey (Bengals) LB Nate Wayne (Eagles)
LB Hannibal Navies (Panthers) S Matt Bowen (Redskins)
C Grey Ruegamer (Patriots) CB Tyrone Williams (Falcons)
DE Chukie Nwokorie (Colts) CB Tod McBride (Falcons)
OT Reggie Coleman (Bengals) DE Vonnie Holliday (Chiefs)
RB Lamar Smith (Panthers) WR Terry Glenn (Cowboys)
OT Marcus Spriggs (Dolphins) LB Hardy Nickerson (retirement)
CB Al Harris (Eagles)

NFL Draft

2003 Packers Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1 29 Nick Barnett LB Oregon State
3 79 Kenny Peterson DE Ohio State
4 147 James Lee OT Oregon State
4 166 Hunter Hillenmeyer LB Vanderbilt
6 212 Brennan Curtin OT Notre Dame
7 245 Chris Johnson CB Louisville
7 253 DeAndrew Rubin WR South Florida
7 256 Carl Ford WR Toledo
7 257 Steve Josue LB Carson-Newman

Undrafted free agents

2003 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Cullen Jenkins Defensive end Central Michigan

Personnel

Staff

2003 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office
  • President and Chief Executive Officer – Bob Harlan
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – John Jones
  • Vice President of Player Finance/General Counsel – Andrew Brandt
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Mark Hatley
  • Director of College Scouting – John Dorsey
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Reggie McKenzie
  • Personnel Analyst to General Manager – John Schneider
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Shaun Herock
  • Assistant Director of Pro Personnel – Sean Howard

Head coaches

  • Executive Vice President/General Manager/Head Coach – Mike Sherman
  • Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs – Bob Slowik

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – John Bonamego
  • Assistant Special Teams – Stan Drayton
  • Special Teams Consultant – Frank Novak

Strength and conditioning

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

Roster

2003 Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Injured Reserve
  • 29 Bobby Jackson S
  • 37 Chris Johnson CB (IR)
  • 28 Adam Tate FB (IR)

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Preseason

Regular season

The Packers finished the season 10–6 and advanced to the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Week Date Opponent Result Game site TV Time (CST) Attendance
1 September 7, 2003 Minnesota Vikings L 25–30 Lambeau Field Fox 12:00pm 70,505
2 September 14, 2003 Detroit Lions W 31–6 Lambeau Field Fox 12:00pm 70,244
3 September 21, 2003 at Arizona Cardinals L 13–20 Sun Devil Stadium Fox 3:05pm 58,784
4 September 29, 2003 at Chicago Bears W 38–23 Soldier Field ABC 8:00pm 61,500
5 October 5, 2003 Seattle Seahawks W 35–13 Lambeau Field Fox 12:00pm 70,365
6 October 12, 2003 Kansas City Chiefs L 34–40 (OT) Lambeau Field CBS 12:00pm 70,407
7 October 19, 2003 at St. Louis Rams L 24–34 Edward Jones Dome Fox 12:00pm 66,201
8 October 26, 2003 Bye
9 November 2, 2003 at Minnesota Vikings W 30–27 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome ESPN 7:30pm 64,482
10 November 10, 2003 Philadelphia Eagles L 14–17 Lambeau Field ABC 8:00pm 70,291
11 November 16, 2003 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–13 Raymond James Stadium Fox 3:15pm 65,614
12 November 23, 2003 San Francisco 49ers W 20–10 Lambeau Field Fox 12:00pm 70,250
13 November 27, 2003 at Detroit Lions L 14–22 Ford Field Fox 11:30am 62,123
14 December 7, 2003 Chicago Bears W 34–21 Lambeau Field Fox 12:00pm 70,458
15 December 14, 2003 at San Diego Chargers W 38–21 Qualcomm Stadium Fox 3:15pm 64,978
16 December 22, 2003 at Oakland Raiders W 41–7 Network Associates Coliseum ABC 8:00pm 62,298
17 December 28, 2003 Denver Broncos W 31–3 Lambeau Field CBS 3:15pm 70,299

Game Summaries

Week 1: vs Minnesota Vikings

Week One: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 10 10 7330
Packers 0 3 81425

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Week 4: at Chicago Bears

Week One: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 17 7 01438
Bears 0 6 31423

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

Week 5: vs Seattle Seahawks

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 6 0013
Packers 7 14 14035

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Week 6: vs Kansas City Chiefs

Week Six: Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chiefs 7 7 020640
Packers 14 7 103034

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Week 9: at Minnesota Vikings

Week Nine: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 6 14 01030
Vikings 7 7 6727

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 10: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Week Ten: Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 0 31417
Packers 0 7 0714

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week Eleven: Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 7 6 0720
Buccaneers 0 6 7013

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

Week 13: at Detroit Lions

Week Thirteen: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 7 7014
Lions 10 3 0922

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

Week 16: at Oakland Raiders

Week Sixteen: Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 14 17 3741
Raiders 7 0 007

at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 17: vs Denver Broncos

Week Seventeen: Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 0 303
Packers 7 3 71431

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Addition of Grady Jackson

On November 5, 2003, the Packers claimed defensive tackle Grady Jackson off waivers from the New Orleans Saints.[2] Jackson helped the Packers allow only 95.38 rushing yards per game over the final 8 games,[3] after allowing over 117 yards per game in the first 8 games.[3] Jackson signed a two-year contract extension on December 29, 2003.[2]

Favre's Monday night performance

Lambeau Field on a game day, December 2003
Lambeau Field on a game day, December 2003

The day before the Week 16 game, Irvin Favre, father of Brett Favre, died suddenly of a heart attack. Favre elected to play and passed for four touchdowns in the first half, and 399 yards in a 41–7 defeat of the Raiders. Afterwards, Favre said, "I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn't expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight."[4]

Playoffs

vs. Seattle Seahawks

1 2 34OTTotal
Seahawks 3 3 147027
Packers 0 13 014633

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Packers defensive back Al Harris returned an interception 52 yards for the game-winning touchdown 4:25 in overtime. The game was sent into overtime on Seahawk running back Shaun Alexander's third touchdown of the day. Ahman Green scored two touchdowns for Green Bay, and Bubba Franks caught a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The game is memorable for Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's ironic comment after winning the coin toss for the start of overtime, telling the referee "We want the ball and we're going to score."[5] This game remains one of two times in NFL history that an NFL playoff game has ended with a defensive touchdown in OT (the other being the January 10, 2010 Wild Card game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Packers).[6]

Packers quarterback Brett Favre completed 26 of 38 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown.

vs. Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 34OTTotal
Packers 14 0 03017
Eagles 0 7 010320

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ahman Green's franchise postseason record 156 rushing yards was not enough to lift the Packers to victory. Facing fourth down and 26 yards to go, with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter and the Packers leading 17–14, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb completed a 28-yard pass to Freddie Mitchell on a famous play now known as "4th and 26". The play set up David Akers' 37-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. In the overtime Favre's deep pass was intercepted, and Akers then kicked a 31-yard field goal, giving the Eagles the victory.

McNabb had a spectacular performance in the game, completing 21 of 39 passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing for 107 yards on 11 carries.

Standings

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 442 307 W4
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 416 353 L1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 283 346 L1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 270 379 W1

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ Offseason Overview: Green Bay Packers, espn.com obtained 2009-03-12
  2. ^ a b "Green Bay Packers 2003 Team Transactions - Trades, Injured List, Free Agents, and Signings - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  3. ^ a b "2003 Green Bay Packers Statistics & Players | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ "Official Packers press release regarding the 12/22/03 game". Archived from the original on 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2006-08-06.
  5. ^ "Live NFL Scores for 2021 - Week 10".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2007-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)/index.php?ntid=266179