6. 64-yard bomb against defending champs (Week 6, 2013)
The Packers faced about as much adversity in this game as they had in all of Mike McCarthy’s tenure. In the first half against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Packers lost both James Jones and Randall Cobb to leg injuries. Nelson was one of the only healthy wideouts left, and put the game out of reach with another textbook bomb from Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers often executed the play-action bomb to Nelson with ease. Against a stifling Ravens defense, Nelson got loose in the secondary and hauled in a deep shot from Rodgers to give the Packers a crucial win in the early portion of the season. Nelson became one of the NFL’s most feared deep threats in 2013, partly from this particular play.
5. Impossible catch in Jerry World (Week 15, 2013)
The Packers’ season was in a complete tailspin. Having lost Aaron Rodgers for a huge chunk of the season to a broken collarbone, and Randall Cobb for an even longer stretch with a broken leg, the Packers found themselves completely outmatched in Dallas. After tying the game at 3-3, the Packers surrendered 23 straight points to trail a whopping 26-3 at halftime.
Coming out of the locker room in the second half, backup Matt Flynn and the Packers faced a third-and-three from the Cowboy 12-yard line. A field goal might have been a nail in the coffin at that stage in the game. Flynn threw a floppy duck into the left corner of the end zone, which should have been easily intercepted by Orlando Scandrick, who had boxed out Nelson for position in the end zone.
Nelson inexplicably jumped right over the top of Scandrick and snatched it right away from Scandrick’s hands. The touchdown started a historic comeback and resulted in a remarkable 37-36 win over the Cowboys.