Any time you make a top ten list, there are things that of course get left out. When counting down the Green Bay Packers’ top plays for 2015, we had to set the cutoff somewhere, and numerous notable plays were unfortunately forced down below the cut line. Here is a look at a few of the plays we considered, but which didn’t quite make the top ten.
Randall Cobb goes nuts
In week nine against the Carolina Panthers, the Packers’ offense needed a jolt. The team was getting housed, scoring just once in the first half and being down 27-7 at the half. Early in the second half, Cobb showed that the Packers wouldn’t go down without a fight, taking an Aaron Rodgers pass and scampering 53 yards for a huge score that started the Packers on the road to a comeback that would, unfortunately, eventually fail. Still, a few of the plays in the top ten could not have happened if not for this score.
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Clay Picks Jay
The Packers drew a tough game for week one in 2015 - a date against the rival Bears at Soldier Field. While holding on to a 24-16 lead with just under four minutes left in the game, Jay Cutler dropped back to pass well inside Packers territory, but Clay Matthews jumped Martellus Bennett’s route and made a critical interception, giving the Packers back the ball with an opportunity to take a two-possession lead. They did so, and got their season off to a winning start.
The Packers got a pair of interception returns for touchdowns in 2015, one each from their two top draft picks last season. In week six, Quinten Rollins took a Nick Foles pass to the house, while Damarious Randall intercepted a Derek Carr pass against the Raiders in week 15 for a big early touchdown.
James Jones announces his return
While filling in for the injured Jordy Nelson, Jones had several big plays, one of which showed up at #9 on our countdown. His longest play of the year, however, was a 65-yard catch-and-run in week six against the Rams that saw him barely cross the goal line.
Aaron Rodgers scrambles to keep a comeback alive
With the Packers down two scores and just over three minutes left in the week 13 game against the Detroit Lions, the quarterback had to take the game into his own hands and beat the speedy Ziggy Ansah to the edge, scampering 17 yards for a touchdown that brought the Packers back within two points late in the game.
Stay tuned for the #1 play on our countdown, coming up this afternoon!