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Recapping APC’s top 10 plays of the Packers’ 2019 season

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Aaron Jones made three appearances on the top ten, but it was his backfield running mate who was on the receiving end of number one. Here’s the breakdown of the full voting results that led to our top ten.

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The Green Bay Packers won 14 games in 2019, compiling a 13-3 regular season record and a home victory in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Many tremendous individual plays contributed to that success, and with the summer upon us we at Acme Packing Company have ranked our favorites from the entire season.

Compared to 2018, when the Packers finished 6-9-1, 2019 was much more fun and had far more memorable plays to look back on. This year’s countdown was one of the toughest to decide in recent memory, with the top two plays separated by a single point. 11 APC contributors pitched in, each ranking our 15 favorite plays in order. After compiling the rankings, we finalized our top ten plays and presented them over the last two weeks.

With the rankings complete, let’s take a quick look back at the full list along with voting results. 15 points were awarded for a first-place vote, 14 for second place, etc. With 11 contributors, that brings the total points available to 165. Here are the breakdowns.

#1: Aaron Rodgers’ Miracle TD Pass to Jamaal Williams

Total points: 123
First-place votes: 4
Top-5 votes: 6
Top-15 votes: 11

The top play on our countdown, which became a commercial analyzing the unlikeliness of its success, took the top spot by a single vote. It did earn the most first-place votes, which helped it overcome two fewer top-five rankings by the 11 APC writers who voted.

#2: Adrian Amos exacts revenge on his old team

Total points: 122
First-place votes: 3
Top-5 votes: 8
Top-15 votes: 10

The effective clincher in week one, this play was left entirely off one writer’s ballot, which cost it the number one spot. It had more top-five votes of any play, and finished second in the number of first-place rankings.

#3: Aaron Jones waves goodbye to the Cowboys

Total points: 116
First-place votes: 0
Top-5 votes: 6
Top-15 votes: 11

The lasting, indelible image from the Packers’ win over the Cowboys — with a wave that should live in fans’ memories for years — comes in at number three. It didn’t earn a single first-place vote, but was a top-five choice for at least half of the writers and appeared on everyone’s top 15.

#4: Allen Lazard emerges and refuses to lose to the Lions

Total points: 110
First-place votes: 0
Top-5 votes: 6
Top-15 votes: 10

Lazard had a few plays under consideration, with his touchdown against Darius Slay in the week 17 Lions game also earning a few votes. But although it wasn’t a unanimous top-15 pick, it did get strong support with all ten writers who had it on their lists putting it at ninth or higher.

#5: Kevin King saves the day with an end zone interception

Total points: 97
First-place votes: 1
Top-5 votes: 3
Top-15 votes: 11

While the Amos pick came off Mitchell Trubisky, perhaps the fact that this came against Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs earned it a first-place vote. Most of APC put it between 6 and 15, but it was on every list, putting it on the edge of the overall top five.

T-#6: Packers’ goal-line stand stuffs Christian McCaffrey with no time left

Total points: 95
First-place votes: 0
Top-5 votes: 6
Top-15 votes: 9

Looking back, this was the only play that many of us distinctly remembered from this game. Two writers left it off their lists, but it did earn several third- and fourth-place votes, putting it just outside the top five.

T-#6: Rodgers hits Adams for clutch 3rd-down conversion to all but seal playoff win

Total points: 95
First-place votes: 1
Top-5 votes: 5
Top-15 votes: 8

This play tied with the stop above on total points, and we listed it below due to fewer overall appearances on the top 15 lists. For the people who voted for this play, it was largely one of the best; it got one first-place vote, three seconds, and a third, earning heavy praise for a tremendous route by Adams and an absolute dime from Rodgers in one of the highest-pressure situations of the season.

#8: Aaron Jones’ long TD secures the NFC North title

Total points: 90
First-place votes: 0
Top-5 votes: 4
Top-15 votes: 10

Unlike the Adams conversion, this one was on almost every list, but rarely cracked the top five. It was a memorable play, a great Christmas present for Packers fans and one that was a great play but not one of the very best of the season.

#9: Jones’ spinning TD catch makes up for previous week’s drop

Total points: 73
First-place votes: 0
Top-5 votes: 3
Top-15 votes: 9

Jones’ third appearance on the top ten showed off his receiving chops, with a tremendous tracking job on the football in the air. This was almost a unanimous pick for the top 15, mainly recognition for Jones’ exceptional individual effort.

#10: Davante Adams’ second TD extends the Packers’ lead over Seattle

Total points: 68
First-place votes: 2
Top-5 votes: 3
Top-15 votes: 6

The lowest-ranked overall play to earn first-place votes, this 40-yard catch-and-run wasn’t even a top-15 play for nearly half of our writers. That’s why it only barely made the top ten despite everyone who voted for it putting it in ninth place or higher.