Fisher's Big Plays Help Packers Reel In Victory


In a 34-31 thriller that comes down to the final play before the winner is decided - as was the case Sunday in the Packers' win over the visiting Vikings - any number of plays can be looked at as crucial to determining which team will emerge the victors.

One play that can be looked to in the game which vaulted the Packers to the top of the NFC North division standings was a 25-yard pass from quarterback Brett Favre to third-string running back Tony Fisher with just under one minute remaining in regulation.

Two plays after taking possession just shy of midfield, Fisher ran a corner route and gained just enough separation from Minnesota safety Corey Chavous to be able to jump up to make a leaping grab at the Vikings' 30-yard line.

Three snaps later, Ryan Longwell was booting the 33-yard game-winning field goal to stretch the Packers' winning streak to four games.

Fisher, a third-year former undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame, was fairly nonchalant about the catch when asked about it after the game.

"It was just one of those things," said Fisher. "It's like me and Edgar Bennett always talk about, any time you get an opportunity, you've got to make a big play. It was just one of those things where the game was on the line and Brett had confidence in me that I would make the catch. I'm happy he did and I was able to make the play."

Favre said that he believes Fisher is the team's best pass-catching option out of the backfield, and he proved it when it mattered most.

"I think Donald (Driver) was running down the middle of the field open, but I have a lot of confidence in Fish," said the quarterback. "He made some great plays tonight, that probably one of the biggest in recent memory.

"Everyone said 'Great throw,' but I put it where it was catchable. How many passes have quarterbacks thrown that are catchable that have not been caught? It comes down to the player making the play and Tony Fisher - that's what we asked him to do. He knew he was a viable receiver on that play. Did he think I would come his way? I don't know, but he was ready."

Fisher had already played an important role in giving the Packers a first-half lead, every point of which proved to be necessary for the win.

The running back caught a shovel pass from Favre on a third and goal from the two-yard line early in the second quarter and fumbled the ball as he crossed the plane of the goal line. Luckily for him and the team, #40 recovered the ball in the end zone for his second touchdown of the season.

Fisher also saw extensive duty as a ball-carrier in the second quarter, stepping in after injuries to Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport to help move the Packers into position for a Longwell 43-yard field goal as the first half expired, a premonition of things to come.

Fisher ended the evening with eight rushes for 31 yards and caught three passes for 36, but none of his 11 touches proved bigger than the 25-yarder to set up the winning kick.

"There was a lot of room out there," Fisher said of the open area he ran toward to make the crucial catch. "Brett saw that there was a lot of room and all I had to do was just make an adjustment and go get the ball."

He went and got the ball, and the Packers went and got another win.

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