Brett Favre was a rising star in the NFL in 1996. Coming off of his 1995 NFL MVP season, the Green Bay Packers were once again one of the top teams in the league. A 1991 second round pick out of Southern Miss, Favre didn’t see much time with the team that drafted him, the Atlanta Falcons. Traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1992 after only one season, Favre got his chance when the starter got hurt during the season. Since that point, Favre never looked back. With expectations very high that season, Favre rose to the occasion and exceeded them all.
Favre Leads Pack Back to Title
Favre and the Packers didn’t waste any time getting on track. In the first three games of the season, the Packers won them by a combined score of 115-29. Favre threw 10 TDs in those three blowouts with only 1 INT. Week by week, the Pack got stronger, and rolled through the competition. They were now the team to beat that year, surpassing the 49ers and Cowboys, teams that have won the last four Super Bowls. The Packers did play both of those teams that year, going 1-1, losing on the road in Dallas 21-6 but beating the 49ers at Lambeau Field, 23-20.
The Packers were 13-3 that season, won eight of those games by 21 or more points. Favre had another outstanding season, and was voted NFL MVP for the second consecutive year. In the playoffs, it was more of the same. They crushed the 49ers 35-14 and beat the upstart Carolina Panthers 30-13 to reach Super Bowl XXXI.
The New England Patriots made the Super Bowl out of the AFC, but they were no match for the Pack. It was another double digit win by the Packers in the postseason as they captured their first Lombardi Trophy in 30 years with a 35-21 win. Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards, 2 TDs and no picks. Back to back MVPs and now a Super Bowl champion. Favre had arrived with this sensational season.
Brett Favre 1996 Season Stats
Here are some of Brett Favre’s 1996 season stats and awards.
- 325/543 (59.9 comp pct.)
- 3899 yards
- 39 TDs/13 INTs
- 95.8 passer rating
- NFL MVP