GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers were on the field for 2,916 plays combined on offense, defense and special teams in 18 games, including playoffs, this season. Most will be forgotten, but some will be remembered for years to come.
Over the next couple of weeks, we'll look back on 10 plays, chosen subjectively, as the ones that most shaped the Packers' season that ended with the stunning NFC Championship Game collapse against the Seattle Seahawks.
Starting in reverse order, here's No. 10:
Date: Sept. 14, 2014.
Location: Lambeau Field.
Game: Packers vs. New York Jets.
Why it mattered: Most of the 78,041 fans in the stadium thought it was a touchdown, but little did they realize that someone on the Jets' sideline -- later determined to be defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson -- screamed for a timeout shortly before the snap. Still, the play went off, and cornerback Tramon Williams couldn't break up the pass in the end zone. Had the play stood, the Jets would have tied the game at 31-31 with a successful extra point, and the Packers could have been staring at an 0-2 start to the season, which would have turned into 0-3 because they lost at the Detroit Lions the next week. Instead, when referee Walt Anderson announced that the Jets would be awarded the timeout, the crowd erupted. The TV cameras caught Jets coach Rex Ryan asking the officials who called the timeout? Only the head coach is supposed to be able to call timeout from the sideline. "Of course, that would be our fashion," Ryan said after the game. "We'd score the touchdown, and there would be a timeout." Although the Jets converted the fourth down after the timeout, the drive stalled at the Green Bay 28-yard line, where they turned it over on downs, and the Packers ran out the final 3:31 in a 31-24 victory.
Quotable: "I heard [the timeout] before the snap," Williams said. "I heard it during the play, too. I think they might have blown [the whistle] four or five times. So I heard it then."