Green Bay Packers: 5 most important defensive plays

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Sep 14, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback

Tramon Williams

(38) intercepts a pass over New York Jets tight end

Zach Sudfeld

(44) during the second quarter of a game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

3. Tramon Williams intercepts Geno Smith (Week 2)

As we hit the two-minute warning in the second quarter, the 1-0 New York Jets held a shocking 21-9 lead at Lambeau Field over the 0-1 Packers and had the ball on the Green Bay 27 yard line. 

“It was the interception by Tramon that gave us some hope,” Aaron Rodgers said.

A Jets field goal would have given the Packers problems. A touchdown, however, would have been a nightmare.

Quarterback Geno Smith had been impressive in the first half and Green Bay didn’t look like they could stop the Jets’ offense.

As play resumed from the two-minute warning, Smith stepped back and launched the ball toward Zach Sudfield. As he released the ball, however, Packers’ Mike Daniels hit the quarterback, causing his throw to sway off-target and it was subsequently picked off by Tramon Williams.

Sep 14, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (left) embraces New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (right) after a game at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

This crucially kept the score at 21-9, and with under two minutes remaining, Aaron Rodgers was able to march the Packers down the field and connect with Randall Cobb for a 6-yard touchdown.

The halftime score was 21-16, and Green Bay rallied to win the game 31-24 to pick up their first win of the season.

The Jets dominated early, but Williams’ pick turned the game and began the comeback, saving the Packers from an 0-2 start.

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