The Green Bay Packers lost their 2014 season opener to the Seattle Seahawks, 36-16. That 20-point season-opener loss was the sixth time in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) that the Packers lost their first game of the year by 20 points or more.
The last time prior to the ’14 defeat was in 2006 when they lost their season opener to the Bears 26-0. Following are the worst season-opener game losses for the Packers since 1966:
40 points: Lost 40-0 to the Detroit Lions in 1970
28 points: Lost 31-3 to the Houston Oilers in 1986
27 points: Lost 34-7 to the Los Angeles Rams in 1988
26 points: Lost 26-0 to the Chicago Bears in 2006
20 points: Lost 20-0 to the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987
20 points: Lost 36-16 to the Seattle Seahawks in 2014
An interesting note: In the previous seasons where the Pack lost their season opener by 20 or more points, Green Bay did not make the playoffs in any of those seasons. In fact, the best year of those five seasons was in 2006 when they ended the year 8-8. In 2014, the Packers not only made the playoffs after their season-opening 20-point loss, but they won the NFC North and made the playoffs.