Green Bay Packers: 5 most important defensive plays

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Oct 2, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers (56) runs away from Minnesota Vikings running back

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(31) to score a touchdown after intercepting a pass in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

5. Peppers’ pick-six vs Vikings (Week 5)

In week 5, the 2-2 Packers welcomed the Minnesota Vikings to Lambeau Field. This was their third consecutive game against a division opponent, having lost to Detroit in week three and beaten the Bears in week four. 

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To say this was an important game was an understatement.

With the Packers racing out to a 14-0 lead, they looked in control.

There was 7:06 left in the second quarter and the Vikings were driving in an attempt to halve the Packers’ lead.

Christian Ponder’s play-action pass didn’t fool Julius Peppers, who made the interception at the Minnesota 49 yard line and returned it all the way for a touchdown.

Any momentum the Vikings were trying to build was killed there and then. Peppers’ touchdown sent the Packers on their way to a Thursday night blowout.

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