GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers were on the field for 2,982 plays combined on offense, defense and special teams in 18 games, including the playoffs, during the 2015 season. Most of those will be forgotten, but some will be remembered for years to come.
As we review the season that ended with an overtime playoff loss for the second year in a row, we look back on 10 plays (in reverse order) that most shaped the season.
Here's No. 2:
Game: Packers vs. Cardinals, NFC divisional playoff game
Date: Jan. 16, 2016
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
The play: Larry Fitzgerald's 75-yard catch-and-run on the first play of overtime in the Packers' 26-20 loss.
Why it mattered: The Packers had all the momentum on their side after Jeff Janis’ Hail Mary touchdown catch as time expired (see play No. 4 below), but they essentially lost the game on the very next play from scrimmage at the start of overtime. Rookie cornerback Damarious Randall blew the coverage on Fitzgerald when he failed to follow him on a crossing route. After Carson Palmer escaped a near sack by Mike Neal, he floated a pass across the field that Fitzgerald caught at his own 35-yard line. Sam Shields and Clay Matthews were the first of three defenders to miss a tackle at the Packers’ 46-yard line, and Morgan Burnett whiffed at the 30 before Casey Hayward finally tripped him up at the 5-yard line. Two plays later, Fitzgerald scored on a shovel pass to end the game.
Quotable: “Anytime you’re pressuring, it’s the combination of you have to make your shots count against the quarterback because if he can extend the play that long there’s probably going to be someone that comes open,” Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “Even the way the play developed, it should have been a 25-yard gain.”
No. 10: Randall’s pass breakup against the Chargers.
No. 7: The Bears' red-zone stop on Thanksgiving night.
No. 6: Rodgers' 12-yard touchdown pass to Cobb in the wild-card playoff win at Washington.
No. 5: Shields' dropped interception against the Cardinals.
No. 3: Rodgers to Rodgers Hail Mary against the Lions.