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Signature snaps: Play of the year for 2012

Posted Feb 26, 2013

GREEN BAY—The votes are in with one more to be cast.

Our “Signature Snaps” series has allowed you, the fans, to select your favorite running, passing, defensive and special teams plays from the 2012 season. Those top vote-getters are now candidates for our play of the year, and they are presented here:

Running play: DuJuan Harris, 18-yard TD at San Francisco, NFC Divisional

A sparkplug out of the backfield for the Packers late in the season, Harris got a great block from T.J. Lang on 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman and then made the safety miss near the goal line. The TD gave the Packers a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter, the last time Green Bay would have the lead in the game that ended the season.

Passing play: Donald Driver, 26-yard TD vs. Chicago, Week 2

This was the first catch of Driver’s final season, and his most significant. It came one play after a Tramon Williams interception, and when the Packers went for the quick strike, Driver was ignored in the left slot and ran free up the seam. The fourth-quarter TD sealed a significant division win and allowed the “Dancing With The Stars” champion to show off a few of his moves. It was Driver’s 60th career receiving TD, making him just the third player in Packers history to reach that total.

Defensive play: Mike Daniels, 43-yard fumble return TD vs. Detroit, Week 14

Daniels was Johnny-on-the-spot when the ball slipped out of Stafford’s hand and lay harmlessly on the turf in the second quarter of a prime-time contest. The rookie defensive lineman didn’t just fall on it, though. He showed his athleticism by scooping it up and rumbling all the way to a Lambeau Leap, making the key play in the Packers’ comeback from an early 14-0 deficit. Daniels became the first rookie Packers defensive lineman to return a fumble for a TD since 1941.

Special teams play: Tom Crabtree, 27-yard TD on fake FG vs. Chicago, Week 2

On fourth-and-26 – a down and distance that became forever a part of Packers lore in the 2003 playoffs in Philadelphia – Crabtree took a shovel pass from holder Tim Masthay, got good blocks from Evan Dietrich-Smith and Don Barclay, and had smooth sailing to the end zone with little resistance from the baffled Bears. The boom-or-bust play gave the Packers a 10-0 lead late in the second quarter to jump-start a key early-season win.

Be sure to watch the video and vote for your play of the year in the poll.

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