Packers wore down at end of '02

Updated: July 25, 2003, 2:32 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com
After a 12-3 start in 2002, the Packers Super Bowl run spun out of control as if they incurred three flat tires. A 42-17 loss to the Jets in the season finale forced the Packers to play in the wild-card week, where they lost to the Falcons at Lambeau, 27-7. Fans were stunned. Quarterback Brett Favre fumed so much he didn't meet with reporters after the game, a rarity.

Ushers in Lambeau, who usually feel the pulse of this team, predicted change. Cornerbacks Tyrone Williams and Tod McBride left for Atlanta. Vonnie Holliday signed with Arizona. Middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson retired. The one-year quick fix with Terry Glenn at wide receiver ended when he was traded to Dallas.

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