In an offseason where most of the talk should be about the Packers chances of repeating as football champions, the news is littered with talk about a labor dispute that could take away Green Bay’s chance of even attempting it.
So, instead of looking forward in this post, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane to make sure none of the labor talk has hurt your memory of the special season Packers fans had a privilege to share. Here are the 10 biggest moments of 2010, with a few honorable mentions thrown in.
Rodgers to Jennings Part I: Their first touchdown connection in the Super Bowl was a thing of beauty and gave the Packers a commanding 21-3 lead.
B.J. Raji’s pick-six: His interception return for a touchdown was ultimately the game-winning points in the NFC Championship game.
Stopping a new Mike Vick: The Packers 2010 season got off to a dramatic start as the Packers defense stopped Vick on fourth down to preserve the win.
Rashard Mendenhall’s mistake: This play could almost make the top 10, but the Packers strip and recover of Mendenhall in the Super Bowl turned the tides.
Game-tying strike in Atlanta: Rodgers’ laser beam to Jordy Nelson tied the game at 17 with under two minutes to go.
Old man still has it: Donald Driver’s inspiring run-and-catch vs. the 49ers was one of the individual plays of the year for the Packers.
The 10 Biggest Moments
Collins’ seals the playoff berth
Nick Collins interception of Jay Cutler in Week 17 against the Bears ensured that the Packers would get their chance in the playoffs. Three weeks later, the Bears would regret not eliminating the Packers when they had their first opportunity to do so.
Desean Jackson’s return
Don’t forget—Jackson’s punt return for a touchdown that capped off the Eagles stunning come-from-behind win in New York allowed the Packers to get into the playoffs with two wins in the final two weeks. Without it, the Giants are playing in the postseason and not the Packers.
Sam Shields’ runs to Dallas
Shields second interception in the NFC Championship sealed the deal on the Packers’ 21-14 win over Chicago. After he picked it off, Shields unwisely took off on a dead sprint down the far sidelines. His destination? Dallas for Super Bowl XLV.
Favre can’t complete comeback
When Favre’s pass sailed high for Randy Moss in Week 7, it was important for so many reasons. The Packers had exorcised the demon of Favre, but they also snapped a two-game losing streak and got their season back on track. Who knows how the season would have ended up if Moss catches the final pass or Percy Harvin gets two feet in bounds.
Tramon and Desmond save the wild card day
Desmond Bishop’s shoe-string tackle of Desean Jackson allowed Tramon Williams to make his game-sealing interception in the end zone against the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card. The Packers defense once again held the Eagles in the fourth quarter in Philadelphia.
Rodgers’ 80-yard strike proves he’s fine
There isn’t a Packers fan out there who didn’t have a little doubt in their mind about how Rodgers would play following his second concussion in three months. But Rodgers answered all those questions, hitting Jordy Nelson for an 80-yard touchdown in the first quarter on his way to 404 total yards in the Packers’ rout.
The final pass hits the Dallas turf
It certainly wasn’t the dramatic ending that the Super Bowl deserved, but the Packers were unofficially Super Bowl champions the second Ben Roethlisberger’s fourth down pass fell incomplete. Like they had so many times during the season, the Packers defense put the final dagger into the Super Bowl.
Collins’ to the house
Collins’ interception return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl ranks high on my list of most exciting plays of the season. He played the underthrown ball perfectly in the air, then juked his way into the end zone to give the Packers an early 14-0 lead.
Rodgers to Jennings, part II and III
Rodgers’ third down throw to Jennings for 31 yards in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl was one of the throws of the NFL season. Earlier on in the fourth, his connection with Jennings for an 8-yard touchdown capped off an amazing postseason run for Rodgers.
Tramon Williams’ first half dagger
OK, so maybe Wayne Larrivee didn’t officially call this the Divisional Round dagger, but he could have. Williams stepped in front of Matt Ryan’s pass with under 10 seconds to go in the first half and returned it for a touchdown. That gave the Packers a 28-14 first half lead and they never looked back from that point.——————
Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.
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