Numbers add up nicely for 2002

GREEN BAY – Should old aquaintance be forgot … what better time to consider history than during our New Year's celebration.<p> If the past is any indication, 2002 should be a very good year for the Green Bay Packers.

Consider this:

In 1992, Mike Holmgren took over a dormant franchise, led them to a 9-7 record, and, eventually, three NFC Central Division titles, six playoff appearances and two Super Bowls. In 1982, the Packers finished 5-3-1 and made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. They won a playoff game at Green Bay, beating St. Louis 41-16.

In 1972, the Packers won the NFC Central Division title with a 10-4 record and made the playoffs. In 1962, Green Bay forged one of the greatest teams in NFL history. The team went 13-1, outscored their opponents 415 to 148, and beat the New York Giants 16-7 to win the NFL championship.

In 1952, the Pack finished 6-6, but it was only one of three times they finished above .500 during the down decade of the 1950's. In 1942, Green Bay finished 8-2-1, but lost twice to the eventual NFL runnerup Chicago Bears.

In 1932, the Packers were 10-3-1. In 1922, they finished 4-3-3, but were 4-0-1 in their last five games of the season.

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