With the Green Bay Packers in the midst of their lengthy summer break before training camp, Acme Packing Company has begun to count down the team’s top 10 players of the previous season. In 2018, the Packers stumbled to an ugly 6-9-1 record, losing their longtime head coach in December with multiple games remaining and experiencing issues in every phase of the game. Accordingly, compiling the list of the year’s top plays offered more challenges than usual.
However, 11 contributors at APC submitted votes for the Packers’ top 10 players, and we will break down these moments over the ensuing two weeks. As in past years, contributors selected plays based on their impact on a game or the season, impressive individual effort, or simply the hilarity factor.
Today, we continue the countdown with No. 2, a play resulting in the Packers’ first touchdown of 2018.
The Packers kicked off the 2018 season with a Sunday night showdown with their archrivals, the Chicago Bears. The game couldn’t have started much worse for Green Bay, falling behind by 20 points and seeing Aaron Rodgers go down with a serious knee injury. Rodgers would return for the second half, though he moved around with obvious difficulty.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Packers trailed by 17 points, a difficult gap to bridge in such a small amount of time. Rodgers led the offense inside Bears territory roughly a minute into the quarter and looked for a quick score.
On second-and-2, the Packers lined up in shotgun with three wide receivers, tight end Jimmy Graham, and running back Ty Montgomery on the field. All three wideouts ran vertical routes while Graham worked the middle of the field. Montgomery stayed closer to the line of scrimmage, running upfield and breaking left towards the sideline.
Not interested in a check down, Rodgers kept his eyes fixed down the field. He eyed Davante Adams initially before moving his gaze towards Graham, moving the safety over towards the left side of the field. In doing so, Rodgers created a one-on-one matchup for Geronimo Allison, who had slipped behind his coverage down the right sideline.
With Allison now in position, Rodgers reset his eyes and launched a perfect-looking bucket pass to the end zone. Allison caught it in stride with enough space to touch both feet down before sliding out of bounds.
Though the Packers trailed by 10 points following the extra point, the score jumpstarted their comeback efforts. The defense would allow just three more points throughout the remainder of the game while Rodgers and the offense added two more touchdowns, including a 75-yard go-ahead score in the final minutes.
All but one APC voter included Allison’s 39-yard touchdown in their selections, with three tabbing it the No. 1 play of the Packers’ 2018 season.
Stay tuned on Wednesday for play No. 1 in APC’s countdown.