Flashback: Sept. 20, 1992

Memorable game between Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati's Bengals

Note: The most memorable game in the Packers-Bengals series occurred Sept. 20, 1992, at Lambeau Field. Green Bay QB Don Majkowski suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter, prompting head coach Mike Holmgren to bring in Favre off the bench. Favre made only his second appearance with the team after coming over from Atlanta in an off-season trade that year.

He went on to complete 22 of 39 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including a 35-yard strike to Kitrick Taylor with 13 seconds left to decide a 24-23 comeback victory.

Favre, though, wasn't credited with the win since Majkowski started the game. However, Favre was in the starting lineup the following week, marking the first of 231 straight starts (including playoffs) in his ongoing streak.

"When I think of Cincinnati, I'll always think of that being my first opportunity to play," Favre said this week. "But, that's a long time ago. Some of those guys were probably in elementary school. This is a much different football team we're playing. Time flies. Here we are 1-5 and struggling to win a game. This team that we're playing is one of the better teams in the league."

The victory was coach Mike Holmgren's first after starting 0-2. It was the first loss for Dave Shula after starting 2-0.Since that Sunday afternoon in Green Bay, Favre's record-setting starting streak has climbed to 231 games, including playoffs.

Here is a recount of Green Bay's win over the Bengals in 1992 from Packer Report correspondent Brett Christopherson. The story appeared in the Dec. 2, 1995 issue (Vol. 23, No. 22) issue of Packer Report:

A Day to Remember
Favre takes hold of offense, rallies Pack past Bengals

In just a matter of a split second, the entire future of the Green Bay Packers took a turn for the better.

After a pair of losses to start the 1992 season, including a dismal 31-3 setback at the hands of the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week earlier, fans had little reason to be excited as the Cincinnati Bengals invaded Lambeau Field on a sunny September afternoon.

However, to be fair, Green Bay was in a transition period since this was the first season under current head coach Mike Holmgren, who was instilling a new, complicated offensive system known as the "West Coast Offense," which some players compared to as learning Chinese arithmetic.

Despite all the changes, there was still a sense that 1992 was going to be a long, boring season for the Green and Gold with the only excitement being next year's college draft and just how high the Packers' pick would be.

Just when apathy was starting to poke its ugly head over Lambeau Field and the Packer faithful, a dramatic turn of events woke Packerland up and turned its yawns into frenzied cheers.

In what seemed to be just an ordinary play, Bengal nose tackle Tim Krumrie broke through Green Bay's offensive line and got a hold of quarterback Don Majkowski, wrestling him down for a sack. But Krumrie's momentum forced the 275-pound defensive standout to fall on Majik's left ankle, tearing ligaments in the process and knocking Majkowski out of the game.

"It felt like my leg was on fire," Majik said. "It was painful. I heard it pop, and I thought I broke it."

And that's when things changed forever because Majkowski's young backup, Brett Favre, took hold of the offensive reigns and hasn't let them loose since.

"I was shaking," Favre said about entering the game. "I felt like I took a laxative. Thank God I held it until afterward."

Yes, Favre did make it. And throughout the course of the game, the Mississippi native with a cannon for a right arm, led the Packers – despite numerous early mistakes at the line of scrimmage – to a stunning and exciting come-from-behind 24-23 win, Holmgren's first triumph as a Packer coach.

"We got into some of the darndest formations I'd ever seen," said Holmgren. "But we started to settle down and good things started to happen."

Once Favre did relax and settle down, good things did indeed happen as he went on to complete 22 of 39 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly than those impressive statistics, however, was the fact Favre proved he could be a team leader, though not always by example.

"What you see in Brett is a young guy who loves to play," Holmgren said. "He'll drive you a little nuts some of the time and he'll make big plays some of the time. But he's a player. He certainly makes my life interesting."

After Majkowski's absence, the game was definitely a little more interesting though not at all successful. After struggling for most of the game, Favre found his groove in the fourth quarter, with a little help from an old "friend."

Trailing 17-3 with under 13 minutes to play, rookie holdout Terrell Buckley, making his debut as well, grabbed a punt and returned it 58 yards for an electrifying touchdown to close the gap to only seven points.

However, Cincinnati responded with a field goal minutes later to increase its lead to 10 before Favre led the offense on an 88-yard scoring drive, capped off when wide receiver Sterling Sharpe caught a five-yard pass from Favre to make it 20-17.

But the Bengals answered again with another field goal to make it 23-17 with only 1:07 left in the game. Unless something amazing happened, it appeared the game was over and the Packers would have to wait another week in hopes of notching their first win of the season.

But as has been his trademark his entire career, the soft-spoken Favre managed to drive Green Bay down to Cincinnati's 35 with 13 seconds remaining and perhaps one last shot at victory.

Favre took the snap, pump-faked, and let loose with a rocket down the right sideline, which landed safely into the hands of wide receiver Kitrick Taylor for the game-tying touchdown. Chris Jacke added the game-winning extra point and the Lambeau Field crowd rocked and rolled the rest of the day.

"That last ball, I was scared I was going to throw it halfway up the stands," Favre said afterward. "I just closed my eyes and waited for the cheering."

Ever since that Sunday afternoon at Lambeau, the cheering hasn't stopped. Neither has Favre.


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