Packers will face a Super schedule

The Packers will do something for just eighth time in team history next season? What is it, and what does it mean?

For the first time since 2003, the Green Bay Packers will play both Super Bowl teams in the same season.

The Packers are scheduled to play at Arizona and at Pittsburgh in 2009. The AFC runner-up Baltimore Ravens will come to Lambeau Field.

The last time the Packers played both Super Bowl teams from the previous year, they won at champion Tampa Bay 20-13 and, on the night after Brett Favre's dad died, he led Green Bay to a famous 41-7 victory at Oakland on "Monday Night Football."

It was equally good news in 2001, when the Packers beat the champion Ravens 31-23 at Lambeau and won at the New York Giants 34-25.

The Packers have played both Super Bowl teams in the same season eight times. They are 5-12-1 in those games, which includes two losses at Dallas in 1994 and two losses to Minnesota in 1975. In 1978, they lost to champion Dallas and Denver in back-to-back weeks, and they lost at home to champion Pittsburgh and Minnesota in back-to-back weeks in 1975.

Green Bay is 7-15 vs. reigning champions but beat Baltimore (2001), New England (2002) and Tampa Bay (2003) in consecutive years in their most recent matchups against the titleholders. Perhaps the most famous victory over a Super Bowl champion was in 1983, when the Lynn Dickey-led Packers outlasted Washington 48-47 in a Monday night classic.

Green Bay is 7-16-1 against the NFL runners-up, including losses in their last four games to Chicago (twice, 2007), Seattle (2006) and Philadelphia (2005). Their last win over a Super Bowl loser was at Carolina to kick off the 2004 season.

Here's the year-by-year breakdown.

Years facing both of the previous year's Super Bowl teams

2003: W, 20-13, vs Tampa Bay (c); W, 41-7, at Oakland.

2001: W, 31-23 vs. Baltimore (c); W, 34-25 at N.Y. Giants.

1994: L 42-31 at Dallas (c); L, 35-9 at Dallas (c) (playoffs); L, 29-20 at Buffalo.

1990: L, 24-20 vs. San Francisco (c); W, 22-13 at Denver.

1987: L, 20-10 at N.Y. Giants (c); T, 17-17, Denver.

1980: L, 22-20 at Pittsburgh (c); L, 51-21 at L.A. Rams.

1978: L, 42-1 vs. Dallas (c); L, 16-3 at Denver.

1975: L, 16-13 at Pittsburgh (c); L, 28-17 vs. Minnesota; L, 24-3 at Minnesota.

Total: 2-7 vs. champions; 3-5-1 vs. runners-up.

Years facing only previous year's Super Bowl champion

2002: W, 28-10 at New England

1999: L, 31-10 at Denver.

1996: L, 21-6 at Dallas.

1995: W, 27-17 at San Francisco (playoffs).

1993: L, 36-14 at Dallas, L, 27-17 at Dallas (playoffs).

1989: W, 21-17 vs. San Francisco.

1988: L, 20-17 vs. Washington.

1986: L, 25-12 vs. Chicago; L, 12-10 at Chicago.

1984: L, 28-7 at L.A. Raiders.

1983: W, 48-47 vs. Washington.

1972: W, 16-13 vs. Dallas.

Total: 5-8.

Years facing only previous year's Super Bowl runner-up

2007: L, 27-20 vs. Chicago; L, 35-7 at Chicago.

2006: L, 34-24 at Seattle.

2005: L, 19-14 at Philadelphia.

2004: W, 24-14 at Carolina.

1997: W, 28-10 at New England (Super Bowl rematch).

1991: L, 34-24 at Buffalo.

1985: L, 34-24 vs. Miami.

1977: L, 19-7 at Minnesota; L, 13-6 vs. Minnesota.

1974: L, 32-17 vs. Minnesota; W, 19-7 at Minnesota.

1970: W, 13-10 vs. Minnesota; L, 10-3 at Minnesota.

1969: L, 14-6 at Baltimore.

Total: 4-11. The Packers will play five games against playoff teams in 2009: Minnesota (twice), Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Arizona. That's down from six in 2007: Minnesota (twice), Atlanta, Indianapolis, Tennessee and Carolina.

2009 home games

Chicago Bears (9-7)

Detroit Lions (0-16)

Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

San Francisco 49ers (7-9)

Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

Seattle Seahawks (4-12)

2009 road games

Chicago Bears (9-7)

Detroit Lions (0-16)

Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

Arizona Cardinals (9-7)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)

Cleveland Browns (4-12)

St. Louis Rams (2-14)

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com.


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