The countdown: Top local sports stories of 2013Published 12:12pm Monday, December 30, 2013
(5) Packer football team finishes .500 for first time since 2004.
The Packers came into this season bigger, faster and stronger, but they weren’t sure if that would translate to wins, especially after the team started its season 1-4. The Packers hit their stride down the stretch, as they won their last three regular season games, including a 26-23 overtime win over Rochester Mayo. They also beat Faribault 42-7 in the postseason after losing to the Falcons 35-21 in the season opener.