2005 Green Bay Packers season
General managerTed Thompson
Head coachMike Sherman
Home fieldLambeau Field
Division place4th NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
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The 2005 season was the Green Bay Packers' 85th in the National Football League (NFL) and their 87th overall.

They failed to improve their overall record of 10–6 from 2004 and were ousted from the playoffs for the first time since 2000. It was also the Packers' worst record since their 1991 season.

The Packers suffered injuries to wide receivers Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson and running backs Ahman Green, Najeh Davenport, Tony Fisher, and Samkon Gado. As a result of the lackluster season, most of the Packers coaches were fired, including head coach Mike Sherman.


The Packers lost veteran guards Marco Rivera (Dallas Cowboys) and Mike Wahle (Carolina Panthers) to free agency. Starting safety Darren Sharper was released by Green Bay Packers, signing with the Minnesota Vikings. With the 24th pick of the 2005 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers selected quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the second quarterback taken in the draft. Rodgers became the Packers' starting QB in the 2008 season after Brett Favre's trade to the New York Jets and has since become a four-time NFL MVP and owner of the Chicago Bears. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV.

NFL Draft

2005 Packers Draft selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1 24 Aaron Rodgers QB California
2 51 Nick Collins FS Bethune-Cookman
2 58 Terrence Murphy WR Texas A&M
4 115 Marviel Underwood FS San Diego St.
4 125 Brady Poppinga OLB Brigham Young
5 143 Junius Coston C North Carolina A&T
5 167 Mike Hawkins CB Oklahoma
6 180 Michael Montgomery DT Texas A&M
6 195 Craig Bragg WR UCLA
7 245 Kurt Campbell CB Albany (N.Y.)
7 246 Will Whitticker G Michigan State

Players highlighted in yellow indicate players selected to the Pro Bowl during their NFL career.

Undrafted free agents

2005 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Samkon Gado Running back Liberty
Roy Manning Linebacker Michigan
Jeremy Thornburg Safety Northern Arizona



2005 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office
  • President and chief executive officer – Bob Harlan
  • Executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations – Ted Thompson
  • Executive vice president and chief operating officer – John Jones
  • Vice president of player finance/general counsel – Andrew Brandt
  • 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

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator – John Bonamego
  • Assistant special teams – Brad Miller

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Barry Rubin
  • Strength and conditioning assistant – Mark Lovat
  • Weight room assistant – Vince Workman



2005 Green Bay Packers final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 11 at Detroit Lions L 3–17 0–1 Ford Field 61,877
2 September 18 Cleveland Browns L 24–26 0–2 Lambeau Field 70,400
3 September 25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 16–17 0–3 Lambeau Field 70,518
4 October 3 at Carolina Panthers L 29–32 0–4 Bank of America Stadium 73,657
5 October 9 New Orleans Saints W 52–3 1–4 Lambeau Field 70,580
6 Bye
7 October 23 at Minnesota Vikings L 20–23 1–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,278
8 October 30 at Cincinnati Bengals L 14–21 1–6 Paul Brown Stadium 65,940
9 November 6 Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–20 1–7 Lambeau Field 70,607
10 November 13 at Atlanta Falcons W 33–25 2–7 Georgia Dome 71,001
11 November 21 Minnesota Vikings L 17–20 2–8 Lambeau Field 70,610
12 November 27 at Philadelphia Eagles L 14–19 2–9 Lincoln Financial Field 67,665
13 December 4 at Chicago Bears L 7–19 2–10 Soldier Field 62,177
14 December 11 Detroit Lions W 16–13 (OT) 3–10 Lambeau Field 70,019
15 December 19 at Baltimore Ravens L 3–48 3–11 M&T Bank Stadium 70,604
16 December 25 Chicago Bears L 17–24 3–12 Lambeau Field 69,757
17 January 1 Seattle Seahawks W 23–17 4–12 Lambeau Field 69,928

Week 1: at Detroit Lions

1 2 34Total
Packers 0 3 003
Lions 7 0 3717

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

The Packers opened the 2005 NFL season with a loss to the Detroit Lions. Starting wide receiver Javon Walker injured his right knee and did not play the rest of the season. This would be the Lions last win over the Packers until the 2010 season.

Week 2: vs. Cleveland Browns

1 2 34Total
Browns 7 6 6726
Packers 7 0 01724

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

The Packers lost this game to the Cleveland Browns as quarterback Trent Dilfer threw for 336 yards. The Packers retired the great Reggie White's number 92 at halftime after his unexpected death in December 2004.

Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 7 10 0017
Packers 6 7 0316

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won this close game as Carnell Williams rushed for 158 yards. Packers kicker Ryan Longwell missed an extra point and a field goal. It was the Bucs' first victory at Lambeau Field since 1989. It was also the Packers first 0–3 start since 1988

Week 4: at Carolina Panthers

1 2 34Total
Packers 7 0 61629
Panthers 7 16 3632

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Carolina Panthers caused the worst start in 17 years for the Packers as they could not complete a fourth quarter comeback to win the game. The Packers lost promising rookie Terrence Murphy in a career-ending helmet to helmet collision on a kickoff return.

Week 5: vs. New Orleans Saints

1 2 34Total
Saints 3 0 003
Packers 14 21 10752

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger

After starting the season 0–4, the Packers defeat the New Orleans Saints in this blowout. Running back Najeh Davenport ended his season with an ankle injury in the second quarter. This was the largest blowout in Brett Favre's career.

Week 7: at Minnesota Vikings

1 2 34Total
Packers 0 17 0320
Vikings 0 0 101323

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings scored 23 second-half points after being shut out 17–0 in the first half. Paul Edinger kicked a career-long 56-yard field goal as time ran out to win the game. Packers running back Ahman Green ended his season with a career-threatening knee injury.

Week 8: at Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 34Total
Packers 0 7 0714
Bengals 7 7 0721

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen and Bill Maas

Brett Favre threw five interceptions as the Cincinnati Bengals won this close game. It is also noteworthy for the fact that a fan ran onto the field in the closing moments of the 4th quarter and disrupted the game by taking the ball away from Favre.

Week 9: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

1 2 34Total
Steelers 6 7 0720
Packers 3 0 7010

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, and Bonnie Bernstein

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who were held without a third down conversion, forced three turnovers that turned into 17 points to help them defeat the Packers. Packers running back Samkon Gado scored his first career touchdown and ended the day with 62 yards.

Week 10: at Atlanta Falcons

1 234Total
Packers 14 3610 33
Falcons 0 14011 25

On his 24th birthday, running back Samkon Gado made his first career start against the Atlanta Falcons and finished the day with 103 yards and three touchdowns to help the Packers win their second game of the year.

Week 11: vs. Minnesota Vikings

1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 7 7620
Packers 7 7 0317

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels, John Madden, Michele Tafoya and Sam Ryan

The Minnesota Vikings won their second game against the Packers with another field goal as time expired. The Packers had only 21 yards rushing.

Week 12: at Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 34Total
Packers 7 7 0014
Eagles 10 0 3619

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Packers as backup quarterback Mike McMahon led his team to victory.

Week 13: at Chicago Bears

1 2 34Total
Packers 0 7 007
Bears 0 9 01019

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton and Daryl Johnston

The Chicago Bears beat the Packers at Soldier Field for the first time since 1993.

Week 14: vs. Detroit Lions

1 2 34OTTotal
Lions 13 0 00013
Packers 3 7 03316

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Samkon Gado helped the Packers win this overtime game over the Detroit Lions by rushing for 171 yards and a touchdown.

Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens

1 2 34Total
Packers 3 0 003
Ravens 14 10 101448

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels, John Madden, Michele Tafoya and Sam Ryan

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Packers by 45 points as Kyle Boller passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns.

Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears

1 2 34Total
Bears 7 7 10024
Packers 0 7 01017

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen and Bill Maas

The Chicago Bears sweep the Packers for the first time since 1991 with this victory.

Week 17: vs. Seattle Seahawks

1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 7 7317
Packers 6 7 7323

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

The Packers win their last game of the season over the Seattle Seahawks. Packer fans gave Brett Favre a standing ovation at the beginning and end of the game as it was possibly his last game, which turned out not to be the case.


NFC North
(2) Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 5–1 10–2 260 202 L1
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 306 344 W1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 254 345 L1
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 298 344 W1

Season statistical leaders

NFC leaders


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