My Green Bay Packers Top Four Overtime Games

Steven FinchCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2009

Well, it looks like the overtime rules are not going to change.

I, for one, am very glad to hear that news today.

While most people are upset that the game can end on one play, sometimes it works in your favor.

Most of the time it doesn't.

About 30 percent of the time, the team that wins the coin toss, wins the game.

Some say that's too much, I say it adds excitement to the game.

Which had me thinking I would do my own top four overtime games in Green Bay Packers history.

Game Four: San Francisco at Green Bay; Oct. 14, 1996

The Packers were down at halftime 17-6.

Chris Jacke had other plans though. He kicked a team record five field goals.

If you couple that in with Don Beebe's 200-yard receiving game, there was no way they could lose.

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At the end of regulation the game was tied at 20-20, and the 49ers won the coin toss.

The 49ers were primed for the win, but couldn't muster up a first down and had to punt.

Green Bay drove 21 yards and set up Jacke for an overtime record 53-yard kick, which he made winning the game for the Packers.

Final score: Packers 23, Vikings 20

Game Three: Minnesota at Green Bay; Nov. 6, 2000

Mitch Berger was primed to win the game with only seven seconds left in regulation. When the Packers called a time out, icing the kicker.

He missed the kick, sending the game into overtime.

Green Bay won the coin toss, and completed a 21-yard pass setting up one of the most unforgettable plays in Packer history.

Quarterback Brett Favre laid it on the line in a pass to wide receiver Antonio Freeman.

Chris Dishman from the Vikings knocked the football into Freeman who was flat on his back. Freeman proceeded to get up and run it in for a 43-yard touchdown.

Winning the game for the Packers 26-20.

Game Two: Seattle at Green Bay; Jan. 4, 2004

In a back and forth Wildcard Playoff game, up 13-6 at halftime, the Packers were looking good. All they had to do was finish them off.

The Seahawks had other plans, especially running back Shaun Alexander. He had three touchdowns against the team, willing them to the tie at end of regulation.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck figured that they were going to win after the Seahawks won the coin toss.

The young QB proclaimed: We want the ball, and we're gonna score.

He seemed to know what he was talking about. He was orchestrating a drive that looked promising, when he made the worst decision of his young career.

The quarterback threw into the flat, right into the welcoming hands of CB Al Harris.

Harris returned the interception 52 yards for the game ending touchdown.

Final Score: Packers 33, Seahawks 27

Game One: Green Bay at Denver; Oct. 29, 2007

Already in the midst of an unbelievable season, the game between the Packers and the Broncos were tied at the end of regulation 13-13.

It was a close game that I was enjoying with my pal at home on Monday Night Football.

The Packers won the toss and elected to receive.

I'm going to say it even though you wont believe me, but I looked at my  buddy and said: One pass one touchdown, go to Jennings.

After a kick return to the 18, Favre once again made magic on the field, lofting a 82 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings for the win.

It was one of the best Monday Night games I have ever seen.

So those are my top four overtime games in Packers history.

What are yours?

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