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Back in May the NFL writers and editors at CBSSports.com gathered together to discu s the key figures and moments of every NFL franchise in the Super Bowl era. Before long we were discu sing every team's best and worst moments, along with their most-hated players and coaches, as well as some of the more bizarre things each team has been involved in. That spirited discu sion produced this series -- the Good, Bad, Ugly and, sometimes, Bizarre moments for every team. We continue with the . Vince Lombardi When they name the trophy for the sport's highest honor after you, it's a pretty good sign that you're a legend. Such is the case with Vince Lombardi, the namesake of the Lombardi Trophy given to the Super Bowl champion every year and undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. Lombardi began his coaching career with the , but of course is mostly known for his exploits in Green Bay. From 1959 through 1967, Lombardi led Taylor Rapp Jersey the Packers to an 89-29-4 regular season record, best in the league during that time by nine games. The Packers also outscored their opponents by 1,208 points during the years Lombardi was the head coach, over 400 points more than the next closest team (Baltimore ). He was named Coach of the Year in both 1959 and 1961, and in 1962 led the Packers to a 13-1 season, which at the time gave them the second-best single-season record in NFL history. In his nine seasons, Green Bay finished in first place six times, and won the NFL Championship in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967. With the '65, '66, and '67 wins, he became the second NFL coach to lead his team to a three-peat (after Curly Lambeau). The latter two of those championships were Super Bowls I and II, in which the Packers defeated the and , respectively. Lombardi's record nine-game postseason winning streak stood from 1967 until coach Bill Belichick finally broke it in 2006. Lombardi of course was also the winning coach in the world famous Ice Bowl, a game played in negative 13-degree temperatures against the . With 16 seconds left and the Packers down by three points, quarterback Bart Starr came over the Lombardi on the sideline and told the coach what play he wanted to run. Lombardi famously said, "Run it! And let's get the hell out of here!" Run it Starr did, right into the end zone, and the Packers moved on to play the Chiefs in Super Bowl I. Lombardi was also notoriously open and accepting in a time where that was not true of many people in America. He was of saying that he "viewed his players as neither black nor white, but Zach Laskey Jersey Packer green." He told Green Bay establishments that if they adhered to Jim Crow laws, the busine s would be off limits to the players on his team, according to his biographer, David Marani s, who also wrote that if Lombardi caught a coach "discriminating against a player thought to be gay, he'd be fired." Lombardi stepped down as head coach of the Packers in 1967, moving to the role of general manager for the 1968 season. He then took over as head coach and GM of Washington for a year, before he pa sed away of cancer in 1970. After that, the NFL renamed its championship trophy in his honor. 2014 NFC Championship Game meltdown The Packers were exactly five minutes and four seconds away from heading to Super Bowl 50. Holding a 19-7 lead with the ball on their own 43-yard line, Mike McCarthy elected to run straight into the line three plays in a row before kicking the ball back to the with 4:00 on the game block. shanked the kick, which went only 30 yards. The rest is one of the most incredible comebacks in NFL history. First, and (who had been bottled up pretty much the entire game) led the Seahawks right down the field for a seven-play, 69-yard touchdown drive that took all of 1:43 off the clock. Dom Capers' defense once again fell victim to multiple read-option plays. Suddenly, the Seahawks were only down by one score with 2:09 left to play. All Green Bay had to do was recover the ensuing onside kick and it likely would have held on for the win, but then stepped to the plate. Seahawks kicker pounded the ball into the ground and popped it up in the air. Bostick, a Dante Fowler Jr Jersey backup tight end ostensibly on the field to help keep the wedge from breaking through before the ball got to a waiting , instead leapt in the air and attempted to field the ball himself. It slipped right through his hands, bounced off his facemask, and fell into the waiting arms of . And so Seattle had the ball again, this time at the 50-yard line, down by five points with no timeouts Johnny Hekker Jersey . It took all of four plays to find the end zone, as Wilson and Lynch again led the Seahawks down the field for a quick score. Leading by one point after the touchdown, Pete Carroll sent the Seattle offense back onto the field to go for two. Wilson rolled to his right, evaded THREE fast-closing Packers defenders, wheeled around and flung the ball acro s the field. HaHa Clinton-Dix seemed like he had an easy play on it, but... well. If only Clinton-Dix had made a play on the ball, the ensuing field goal drive led the Packers on would have won the game instead of only tying it with 14 seconds left in regulation. Seattle won the overtime coin flip and, after a quick first down, faced 3rd-and-7 at their own 30. Wilson found on a 35-yard strike, then connected with from the same distance for a miraculous game-winning score. The Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers transition The Packers have been very lucky. For over two decades, they have had one of the best quarterbacks in the league under center. In 1992, they traded for an backup QB by the name of Brett Favre. Favre's career in Atlanta lasted all of four pa ses. His line: 0-4, 0 yards, 2 INT. He fared considerably better in Green Bay. In 16 seasons with the Packers, Favre completed 5,377 of his 8,754 pa s attempts (61.4 percent). He threw for 61,655 yards (7.0 per attempt), 442 John Johnson Jersey touchdowns and 286 interceptions. He made eight Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro three times and Second-Team All-Pro twice. He led the NFL in pa sing touchdowns four times (1995-1997, 2003). He was named the league's MVP in three consecutive seasons (1995, 1996, 1997) and led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI. He set NFL records for pa sing touchdowns, pa sing yards, and career victories. He was a no-doubt-about-it Hall of Famer. In 2005, California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, projected as a po sible No. 1 overall pick, slipped all the way to the bottom-third of the first round. On the clock at No. 24 and with Favre getting up there in age (he was 34 at the time), the Packers pulled the trigger and made Rodgers their pick. The idea was he would sit and learned behind Favre for a year or two before taking over. Favre figured to retire pretty soon anyway. Things did not go that smoothly. The Packers struggled in 2005, going 4-12. Favre struggled badly as well, leading the NFL with 29 interceptions. Still, he decide

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