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1996 win at Seattle exemplified dominant run to Super Bowl

CREATED Sep 24, 2012

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SEATTLE - Nearly 16 years ago to the day, on September 29, 1996, the Packers took to the road and played Seattle during their run to Super Bowl XXXI. 

Against the Seahawks, Green Bay continued its early-season run of dominance in super, and sometimes swashbuckling style.

The Packers came in exploding through the first part of their season.  They won three of their first four games by margins of three scores or more. 

That trend continued in the Pacific Northwest.

The Packers produced the first score on a Brett Favre toss to the corner of the end zone to Antonio Freeman.

The 13-yard touchdown gave Green Bay the team a 7-0 lead.

Brett Favre continued his MVP campaign by contributing four touchdown passes to the Packers' cause during the game, including a four-yard strike to Dorsey Levens that lifted the lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter.

By that point in his career, Favre was moving away from his early, wild, interception-prone ways. 

Under the direction of disciplinarian Mike Holmgren, Favre was playing the most disciplined and effective football of his career. 

He only threw 13 picks that whole season.  Rick Mirer threw four interceptions that day. 

Seattle's only foray into the end zone against Green Bay came on the ground.

Chris Warren sprinted 37 yards to cut the Packers' halftime margin to 17-7.

As the second half began, Favre put any doubt about the outcome of the game to bed.

Favre fired a 10-yard bullet to a wide-open Keith Jackson to rebuild a 17-point lead, 24-7.

Kick returner Desmond Howard said that the Packers' fan base outnumbered Seahawks supporters in the Kingdome that day. 

In the 4th quarter, Favre gave those fans a taste of his previously flamboyant flash to end the scoring.

Four yards away from paydirt, Favre scrambled to his left, then delivered a wishbone-like backhand toss to an open Antonio Freeman in the end zone.

The Packers' 31-10 win gave  Green Bay its fourth victory in five games at that point in the 1996 season. 

Green Bay eventually would start that year with five wins of three scores or more - the kickoff to a Super Bowl championship campaign.