1982 Green Bay Packers season

1982 Green Bay Packers season

1982 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Bart Starr
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 5–3–1
Division place 3rd NFC
Playoff finish Won First-round Playoffs
Lost Second-round Playoffs
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< 1981      1983 >

The 1982 Green Bay Packers season was their 62nd season in the National Football League and shortened due to a players strike. The club posted a 5–3–1 record under coach Bart Starr. Due to the strike, the NFL ignored division standing and placed eight teams from each conference into the playoffs. The Packers finished the season in third place which earned them a playoff berth. The Packers beat the Cardinals 41–16 in the first round, but lost to the Dallas Cowboys 37–26 in the second. Their playoff berth was the first for the Packers in ten seasons.

The strike also prevented the Bears–Packers rivalry from being played this year, making the Lions–Packers rivalry the longest-running annual series in the league.


NFL Draft

Main article: 1982 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 22 Ron Hallstrom Guard Iowa
3 71 Del Rodgers Running Back Utah
4 98 Robert Brown Linebacker Virginia Tech
5 126 Mike Meade Running Back Penn State
6 152 Chet Parlavecchio Linebacker Penn State
7 183 Joel Whitley Defensive Back UTEP
8 210 Thomas Boyd Linebacker Alabama
9 237 Charles Riggins Defensive End Bethune-Cookman
10 264 Eddie Garcia Placekicker SMU
11 294 John Macauley Center Stanford
12 321 Phil Epps Wide Receiver TCU




Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 12, 1982 Los Angeles Rams W 35-23 Milwaukee County Stadium
2 September 20, 1982 at New York Giants W 27-19 Giants Stadium
3 November 21, 1982 Minnesota Vikings W 26-7 Milwaukee County Stadium
4 November 28, 1982 at New York Jets L 15-13 Shea Stadium
5 December 5, 1982 Buffalo Bills W 33-21 Milwaukee County Stadium
6 December 12, 1982 Detroit Lions L 30-10 Lambeau Field
7 December 19, 1982 at Baltimore Colts T 20-20 (OT) Memorial Stadium
8 December 26, 1982 at Atlanta Falcons W 38-7 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
9 January 2, 1983 at Detroit Lions L 27-24 Pontiac Silverdome



NFC First Round

Green Bay Packers 41, St. Louis Cardinals 16
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 3 6 0716
Packers 7 21 10341

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay quarterback Lynn Dickey threw for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns en route to a 41-16 win. The Packers scored four touchdowns on four consecutive possessions. It was their first playoff victory since Super Bowl II.

NFC Second Round

Dallas Cowboys 37, Green Bay Packers 26
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 7 61326
Cowboys 6 14 31437

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

The Cowboys scored touchdowns on two 80-yard drives while cornerback Dennis Thurman had 3 interceptions, including a 39-yard touchdown and one to clinch the victory. Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey threw for a franchise postseason record 332 yards and a touchdown, but his 3 interceptions were too costly to overcome. Receiver James Lofton caught 5 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, and also had a 71-yard touchdown run on a reverse play, which tied the record for longest running play in a playoff game at the time.

Green Bay finished the game with a franchise playoff record 466 total yards.

Awards and records

  • Led NFL in Points Scored, (226)