'Favorite Fives' of 2007: Play of The Year

Packers.com has compiled a series of "Favorite Fives," various Top 5 lists of big plays from the regular season and playoffs. Each list is accompanied by a brief description of the play, plus video clips. The Fan Poll on the left side of the page allows fans to vote for their favorite. The final installment is the Top 5 plays of the year.

*Over the last several weeks, Packers.com has compiled a series of "Favorite Fives," lists of Top 5 plays from the 2007 season, and from each list, fans have voted for their favorites.

The top vote-getters are here in our final "Favorite Five," the Play of the Year. Video clips and short descriptions of the plays are included, and voting for Play of the Year can be done in the poll on the left side of the page.

Let us know your choice for Play of the Year. The nominees are:*


Ryan Grant, 43 yards, vs. Seattle, NFC Divisional playoff (Jan. 12)

An unexpected heavy snowstorm had blanketed Lambeau Field and made visibility difficult when Grant rumbled around left end on the second-to-last play of the third quarter. The run took the Packers to the Seattle 15-yard line, and Grant went over 200 yards on the day and scored his Green Bay postseason record third touchdown a few plays later, the final points in the 42-20 triumph. The image of Grant's long scamper atop the snow-covered turf and through the falling snowflakes could go down as the signature play of one of the most memorable postseason games in the stadium's history.

Donald Driver, 90-yard TD, vs. New York Giants in NFC Championship (Jan. 20)

The offense had done little through three possessions when Driver brought the record Lambeau crowd of 72,740 to life. Getting jammed hard at the line of scrimmage by New York cornerback Corey Webster, Driver chucked him aside like a rag doll and sprinted downfield, wide open. Brett Favre hit him in stride, and then Driver outran safety Gibril Wilson, who appeared to have the angle on him, as well as the chasing Webster for the longest postseason play from scrimmage in Green Bay history. The TD gave the Packers a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter.

Greg Jennings, 82-yard TD in OT, at Denver (Oct. 29)

An unforgettable finish. Moments after the Broncos tied the game at 13 with a field goal on the final play of regulation, Favre and Jennings hooked up to win the game. The Packers won the overtime coin toss, and after a big hit by Denver on the kickoff return left Green Bay on its own 18, Favre took the first snap and heaved it down the left sideline to Jennings. The receiver had gotten behind Dre Bly, caught the pass uncontested and cruised into the end zone for a thrilling 19-13 victory, probably the most memorable win during the regular season.

Atari Bigby, hit and forced fumble, vs. Seattle in NFC Divisional playoff (Jan. 12)

The Packers had already recovered from an early 14-0 deficit to the Seahawks to tie the score at 14 when this turnover kept the momentum on Green Bay's side. Matt Hasselbeck threw a short pass in the flat to tight end Marcus Pollard, and before Pollard got his head and body squared around to get upfield, Bigby drilled him and popped the ball loose, one of several big hits by Bigby in the game. Aaron Kampman recovered for the Packers at the Seattle 18-yard line, and three plays later the offense was in the end zone again for a 21-14 lead. The Packers never trailed again in winning 42-20 and advancing to the NFC Championship.

Tramon Williams, 94-yard punt return for TD, vs. Carolina (Nov. 18)

The Packers had seen during their film study that Carolina liked to line up for a long field goal and then have kicker John Kasay pooch-punt the ball. So the Packers were ready for it midway through the first quarter on what appeared to be a 52-yard field goal try. Kasay did indeed pooch punt, but Williams had lined up back near the 10-yard line and over by the sideline to prevent Kasay from being able to angle the ball out of bounds. The punt went to the middle of the field, Williams scooted over to pick it up, got key blocks from Bigby and Johnny Jolly, and enjoyed an escort from Jason Hunter all the way down the sideline for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Packers went on to win 31-14.

So there they are, your nominees for Play of the Year. Remember to watch the video and cast your vote in the poll on the left side of the page.

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