Game Day Countdown: Flashback

As the 2003 regular season opener draws near, will count down the days with a series of articles previewing the Packers-Vikings matchup.<P> Today: Turn back the clock 20 years<P> Next: Opening day memories<p>

Green Bay kicks off the 2003 season with another chapter in a heated division rivalry with the Minnesota Vikings. The series has provided the Pack with a rocky road, so they're counting on the comforts of home to help them gain an edge this Sunday.

Here's a flashback to 1983 and Bart Starr's final victory over the Vikings as a coach.

The seasons wasn't exactly memorable, nor were the stars of this game: Mike Meade, Jessie Clark and Greg Boyd. The occasion, however, marked a milestone as the Packers made their first foray into the Metrodome.

The Packers jumped to a huge lead but didn't exactly cruise home on the road. They held a 19-0 halftime lead, and hung on to win 29-21 on Nov. 13, 1983, despite being outscored 21-10 the rest of the way.

Fullback Jesse Clark rushed for 130 yards while Meade and Boyd each scored a touchdown in the win.

Jan Stenerud gave the Packers the lead for good with a 46-yard field goal with 7 minutes and 32 seconds left in the first quarter. Meade made it 14-0 on a 1-yard run – the only touchdown of his career -- with 2:04 left in the quarter.

The Packers were able to take a 19-point lead at the half thanks to a 5-yard scoring pass from Lynn Dickey to John Jefferson and a safety by defensive end Greg Boyd. The safety came when Boyd tackled Viking quarterback Steve Dils in the end zone with 2:58 left in the first half.

The victory put the Packers in a first-place tie with the Vikings in the former NFC Central, but it didn't last. Green Bay lost three of its last five -- two of those in overtime -- to finish 8-8 and spell the end for Starr as coach.

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