*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 third installment is the Top 5 run plays in road games. In chronological order, they are:
DeShawn Wynn, 38-yard TD, at N.Y. Giants (Sept. 16)
The Packers had just 47 rushing yards on the day and 93 through their first two games when Wynn broke off the first significant run of the season late in the fourth quarter at the Meadowlands. Taking a handoff off the left side, Wynn stiff-armed one tackler and raced to the end zone with 4:12 left in the game, adding the final points in a 35-13 victory.
Jon Ryan, 7 yards on fake punt, at Minnesota (Sept. 30)
On the opening possession of the second half, the Packers led the Vikings 10-6 and faced fourth-and-4 from exactly midfield. The Packers called for a fake punt, but at the last second called it off. Only the one person who didn't get the "off" call was Ryan, the punter. As he ran to his right looking for someone to throw to, no one was even looking back at him, but Ryan somehow eluded a couple of tacklers and meandered his way for 7 yards to pick up the first down. Seven plays later, Mason Crosby nailed a 44-yard field goal to make it 13-6, and the Packers were on their way to a 23-16 victory.
Ryan Grant, 31 yards, at Detroit (Nov. 22)
Grant had a couple of dynamite cutback runs on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, but this was the best. Late in the third quarter, Grant took a handoff left, broke through the line and then cut back hard to the right into open space. He was eventually pushed out of bounds after a 31-yard gain to the Detroit 5-yard line, setting up a TD pass to Ruvell Martin two plays later. The score gave the Packers a 31-12 lead in the eventual 37-26 victory.
Grant, 62-yard TD, at Dallas (Nov. 29)
Grant's two longest touchdown runs of the season unfortunately came in defeat, but at the time they were both big plays. This one came late in the first quarter in Dallas with the Packers already down 13-3 and the offense struggling. On third-and-1, Grant took the handoff up the middle, got a great block from fullback John Kuhn on linebacker Akin Ayodele, split the safeties and was off to the races. The TD pulled the Packers within 13-10 heading into the second quarter.
Grant, 66-yard TD, at Chicago (Dec. 23)
On another great cutback run, Grant started right, turned back to the left and outran the Chicago defense for the longest run of his brief career. It was the only highlight for the Packers on an otherwise freezing, dismal day. The score gave Green Bay a 7-6 lead late in the second quarter, but the lead didn't last long and the Packers didn't score again the rest of the game.
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 Pass Plays At Home, Donald Driver's 90-yard TD catch against the Giants in the NFC Championship took 43 percent of more than 47,000 votes. Brett Favre's stumbling pass to Donald Lee in the Divisional playoff against Seattle was next at 24 percent, followed by Greg Jennings' 57-yard TD against San Diego at 18 percent, Jennings' 80-yard TD against Oakland at 10 percent, and Ruvell Martin's TD catch off a deflected pass against Minnesota at 2 percent.