There hasn’t been much to cheer about in recent weeks for the Green Bay Packers. The second half of the year was one to forget as the Pack finished 4-6 in their last 10 games following an assertive 6-0 start. From Super Bowl favorites to possibly the weakest team in the playoffs, 2015 has not been kind to Titletown.

Even with all the bad, there was still some good. Although Aaron Rodgers did not always look like himself, there were still glimpses of the magic man everyone was use to seeing the last five years. The defense performed above expectations and James Jones reminded the NFL he was more than worthy of making a 53-man roster. Brush aside the pessimism for a few moments and take a look at some plays that helped Green Bay reach the playoffs for the seventh straight year. Here are your top 10 plays of the Packers 2015 regular season.

10. Quinten Rollins pick-6 against the Rams

There isn’t anything particularly special here, but the defense played great all year and this play highlights the big plays they were able to create. Rookie Quinten Rollins makes one of his two interceptions on the day and returns this one for six. There’s a bright future ahead at the cornerback position and Rollins is an integral part of the team’s future.

9. Rodgers flips to Lacy who hauls in one-handed grab

Eddie Lacy had an up and down season, but he made a fantastic grab in Week 1 against Chicago on a Favre-like flip from Aaron Rodgers. Pretty nifty snag for Lacy that helped kickstart the season with a win.

8. Rodgers fires a laser to Jones for 30-yard TD

The return of James Jones was a bright spot for an offense that struggled to pass the ball. He earned a career high in receiving yards this season (890) and was Rodgers’ favorite target most games. Vintage Rodgers gets the defense offsides, rolls left, throws back right, and hit Jones with a bullet in the end zone. Plenty more James Jones to come.

7. James Jones toe-dragging TD catch against Minnesota

I wasn’t lying. Here’s another spectacular play from Rodgers to Jones in one of the most important games of the season. Jones is able to tap both feet in bounds as Rodgers rifles a sideline strike to put Green Bay up two scores against Minnesota in Week 9.

6. Damarious Randall picks off Cam Newton

The other rookie cornerback had a sensational year and there’s a lot of excitement about his potential. On this play, Randall intercepts a Cam Newton pass that put the Packers in scoring position to tie the game. Green Bay trailed 37-14 in the fourth quarter and this turnover nearly helped complete the comeback against the then-undefeated Carolina Panthers.

5. Rodgers drops a dime to Jones deep down field

Aaron Rodgers is known for his pinpoint accuracy, even if it hasn’t been as apparent this year. Nevertheless, just relish for a minute at the beautiful placement of this pass. Fans are hoping to see much more of this in the playoffs and next year.

4. Mason Crosby forces a fumble

If the Packers had gone onto win this game, this play would be higher on the list. Mason Crosby never gave up on the play and was rewarded by forcing a fumble on Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson. This play saved at least three points as the Vikings were in line to score and gave the offense a chance to tie the game after being down 20-3. Play of Crosby’s career, so far.

3. Aaron Rodgers finds James Jones for key 4th down conversion

On a crucial 4th down play against the Panthers, Rodgers goes schoolyard ball by launching a prayer to James Jones who makes the third-best catch of the year. Take a bow, Mr. Jones, you had yourself a season.

2. Micah Hyde makes spectacular one-handed INT

All I could say after this play was wow. Time and time again, the defense came up with plays and this game was no different. Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t make the smartest decision throwing the ball with his left hand and Micah Hyde makes him pay with a phenomenal grab.

1. Miracle in MoTown!

No comment needed, let’s all just enjoy this one.


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