*In the interest of re-living some of the great moments from a memorable 2007 season, Packers.com has compiled a series of "Favorite Fives," various Top 5 lists of big plays from the regular season and playoffs.
Each list will be accompanied by a brief description of the context, plus video clips of the plays. The Packers Fan Poll on the left side of the page will allow fans to vote for their favorite. A new "Favorite Five" will appear each week for the next several weeks, with a new corresponding poll.
After all the lists have appeared, votes will be tabulated to compile a final "Favorite Five," and Packers.com visitors can then vote for their favorite play of the year for 2007.*
The fourth installment is the Top 5 pass plays in road games. In chronological order, they are:
Greg Jennings, 16-yard TD, at Minnesota (Sept. 30)
The record-breaker. Tied with Dan Marino for the NFL record for touchdown passes with 420 heading into the Vikings game, Brett Favre got the record out of the way early. With 4:56 left in the first quarter, he hit Jennings on a classic slant pattern (after audibling to get tight end Donald Lee to change his route and open up the window for the slant) for the score and a 7-0 lead. In just his 16th game as a Packer, after missing two games in 2006 and the first two in 2007, Jennings had now caught Favre's 400th, 420th, and 421st TD passes. Favre threw No. 422 later in that game to James Jones as the Packers won 23-16.
James Jones, 79-yard TD, at Denver (Oct. 29)
Coming off a bye week during which his arm strength was questioned after two deep throws against Washington were intercepted, Favre answered the doubters. Late in the first quarter with the Packers down 7-0, Jones beat Denver cornerback Champ Bailey by a step and Favre hit him in stride down the right sideline for the long score, tying the game and setting the stage for …
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.
Donald Driver, 44-yard one-handed catch, at Kansas City (Nov. 4)
The Packers had just fallen behind the Chiefs, 14-13, early in the fourth quarter when Favre and Driver connected on an amazing play. On the first play of the possession, Driver was tightly guarded by two Kansas City defensive backs but somehow managed to haul in Favre's pass one-handed and pick up 44 yards. The spectacular catch set up a field goal and a 16-14 Green Bay lead.
Jennings, 60-yard TD, at Kansas City (Nov. 4)
After another Chiefs touchdown, the Packers trailed again, 22-16 with less than six minutes left. On second down from the 40, Jennings lined up in the right slot and Favre noticed he was being covered by linebacker Donnie Edwards, a mismatch, while the Kansas City safeties were split deep to help on the outside routes. Jennings ran straight down the field, and before he was open, Favre threw it up and let the second-year pro burn Edwards and split the safeties for the go-ahead touchdown. The Packers never trailed again in a crucial 33-22 win.
So there you have it, another "Favorite Five," with more to come. Don't forget to watch the video of all five plays, and to vote in the fan poll on the left side of the page.
Last week's results
In the voting for Top Run Plays On The Road, Ryan Grant's 62-yard TD in Dallas garnered 51 percent of more than 29,000 votes. Grant received another 21 percent of the votes for his 66-yard TD in Chicago, followed by Jon Ryan's unexpected 7-yard scamper for a first down in Minnesota at 16 percent, Grant's 31-yard cutback run in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day at 5%, and DeShawn Wynn's early-season 38-yard TD in New York at 4 percent.