GREEN BAY—Packers.com’s review of the top plays of the season continues with another edition of “Signature Snaps.”
With each top five list, the accompanying video and poll will allow you, the fans, to review the plays and vote for your favorite. The top vote-getter in each category will then be included in our final “play of the year” segment.
The fourth installment of this year’s “Signature Snaps” series features the top five special teams plays of 2012, presented here in chronological order:
The Packers were in a deep hole in the opener against the 49ers, but Cobb gave them a chance to come back. Fielding a booming 61-yard punt, Cobb took it all the way back, with the help of an illegal block in the back that the replacement officials missed. The score brought the Packers within 23-14 in the fourth quarter but they couldn’t finish the rally.
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
The Packers only needed a yard for the first down, but it was the field position – inside their own 20-yard line – that made this call so shocking. The up man in punt formation, Kuhn took the snap and plunged off the left side to move the chains, and the Packers took advantage by continuing the second-quarter drive for a touchdown that gave them a 21-7 lead in a game they would eventually win by just one point.
A season of special-teams gambles continued with a surprise onside kick in the first quarter, right after the Packers had taken a 7-3 lead.
Originally lined up to block the Jaguars gunner, House crept down the line of scrimmage and charged the punter unblocked. He smothered Bryan Anger’s punt, and the bouncing ball was finally recovered by Moses for a touchdown. This marked the first blocked punt for a touchdown by the Packers since 1990.
Be sure to watch the video and vote for your favorite in the poll.