The Green Bay Packers still have two games left to play in the 2012 regular season, but they’ve already made many eye-opening plays.
All of these instances were incredibly memorable, but there are five particular highlights that stick out above all the rest.
Here are those top-five plays of the 2012 season, in no specific order.
After Randall Cobb’s impressive rookie season in which he returned both a kick and a punt for a touchdown, Packer fans had high expectations for Cobb heading into 2012.
He delivered on those expectations in the very first week of this season by returning a punt for 75 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.
He may have been aided by a block in the back that wasn’t called, but it was still impressive nonetheless.
It’s always fun to see a 290-plus-pound lineman do the Lambeau Leap. That’s exactly what happened when Mike Daniels recovered Matthew Stafford’s self-induced fumble back in Week 14 and returned it 43 yards to the house.
Not only was this one of the most enjoyable plays of the year to watch, it also proved to be a huge momentum swinger. Before that second quarter of play, the Lions had scored 14 points. After, Detroit only scored off two field goals and turned the ball over once more.
Poor M.D. Jennings was on the wrong side of the highlight reel back in Week 3 on the final play against the Seattle Seahawks.
But he made up for it eight weeks later at Detroit.
Midway through the third quarter, with the Lions leading Green Bay 10-7, Jennings intercepted a pass that bounced off Tony Scheffler’s hands and returned it 72 yards to put the Packers up by four points.
The lead did not stay for the remainder of the game, however. Five minutes later, Stafford hooked up with Calvin Johnson to regain the lead for Detroit. The Lions would also score a field goal to go up six in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Which led to…
…another Cobb highlight and one that happened against the Lions. With 4:19 left and 82 yards to go, the Packers needed a touchdown to secure a victory.
Aaron Rodgers marched his team down to Detroit’s 22-yard line in only five plays, which brought a 3rd-and-1 situation. Rather than try to find a quick pass over the middle to pick up the first down, Rodgers went into the back left corner of the end zone, looking for Cobb.
With the ball slightly under-thrown, Cobb came back to the ball and made an incredible catch that turned out to be the game-winner.
This is not one specific play, but it’s always a great joy to watch anytime the defense sacks Jay Cutler for a total of seven times.
Led by Matthews’ 3.5 sacks, Green Bay’s constant pressure on Cutler led the Chicago quarterback to throw four interceptions and yell at his offensive linemen on the sideline, which led to Cutler taking a lot of heat for from the media.
The Week 2 victory was the Packers’ first of the year, and it was the start of their quest for the NFC North title, which they just claimed with their second win over Chicago.
Again, Matthews dominated, this time with two sacks.