Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/6/12

The Green Bay Packers played to a tie with the Denver Broncos twenty five years ago. The 1987 season will be remembered for the twenty four day players strike, which canceled week three of that season and saw the replacement players take the field for each NFL team.

The 1987 season began as the fourth NFL season as the Packers head coach for Forrest Gregg. Gregg took over as the head coach after Bart Starr had stepped down from the same position. The Packers were coming off a four win season, which saw them finish fourth in the NFC Central. The preseason games did not produce a win for the Packers, who lost all four games and were hoping for much, much more during the regular season. Week one saw the Packers open up at home against the Los Angeles Raiders. The opening game went the same way the preseason games finished with the Packers losing to the Raiders twenty to zero. Their second game was scheduled for Milwaukee against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos were led by quarterback John Elway and head coach Dan Reeves. The Packers placed rookie quarterback who was drafted out of the University of Virginia, Don Majkowski in the starting slot as quarterback for week number two. There were 50,624 fans who showed up to see if the Packers could earn their first win of the season.

The Packers scored first with a Brent Fullwood two yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Majkowski was able to get the Packers on the board again hitting Paul Ott Carruth with a seven yard scoring pass. The Broncos, lead by Elway, would score the next ten points of the game. Then during the fourth quarter Al Del Greco kicked a 32 yard field goal to put the Packers up by seven points. Elway, who would win the leagues MVP later that year would lead the Broncos to a touchdown on a two yard run by Steve Sewell to tie the game. Neither team could score in overtime and the game ended tied at seventeen.

Not only was this the last time the Packers would end a game in a tie, it was the last game before the NFL players went on strike. The players would stay out for twenty four days and the team owners would try to play the games scheduled with hired replacement players during weeks four though six. The Packer replacement players would go two and one during their time on the field. The Packers and the Broncos would end the 1987 season on different sides of the standings. The Broncos would lose in the Super Bowl to the Washington Redskins and the Packers would finish with only five wins and would not make the playoffs.

Forrest Gregg would leave the Packers at the end of the 1987 season to become the head football coach at Southern Methodist University and the Packers would not end a game again with a tie.

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