|2005 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Mike Sherman|
|General manager||Ted Thompson|
|Home field||Lambeau Field|
|Division place||4th NFC North|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
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 three-time NFL MVP and led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV.
|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|
|6||180||Michael Montgomery||DT||Texas A&M|
|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.
|Samkon Gado||Running back||Liberty|
|Jeremy Thornburg||Safety||Northern Arizona|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
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.
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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.
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.
The Minnesota Vikings won their second game against the Packers with another field goal as time expired. The Packers had only 21 yards rushing.
The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Packers as backup quarterback Mike McMahon led his team to victory.
The Chicago Bears beat the Packers at Soldier Field for the first time since 1993.
Samkon Gado helped the Packers win this overtime game over the Detroit Lions by rushing for 171 yards and a touchdown.
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Packers by 45 points as Kyle Boller passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns.
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Chicago Bears sweep the Packers for the first time since 1991 with this victory.
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.
|(2) Chicago Bears||11||5||0||.688||5–1||10–2||260||202||L1|
|Green Bay Packers||4||12||0||.250||1–5||4–8||298||344||W1|