Packers: Ranking the five greatest wins of the decade

Green Bay Packers, Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb
Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /

2. Randall Cobb catches game-winner to win NFC North (2013)

The 2013 season was filled with drama.

With the Packers well-positioned at 5-2, the unthinkable happened against the Bears at Lambeau Field. Scrambling to his right, Aaron Rodgers landed awkwardly on his shoulder and broke his collarbone. A few weeks earlier, Randall Cobb suffered a broken leg in a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Green Bay would go 0-4-1 in the next five, with hopes of the season being saved in Rodgers’ absence fading. But none of the other three NFC North teams seemed to want the division. A re-signed Matt Flynn guided the Packers to wins over the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys, setting up a winner-takes-all showdown with the Bears in Week 17.

In a rematch of the game that threatened to derail the Packers’ season, both Rodgers and Cobb returned with the NFC North title on the line.

Trailing 28-27, the Packers had the ball with under six minutes remaining and the season on the line. After successfully converting on fourth-and-1 twice, the Packers now faced an even bigger challenge, a fourth-and-8 just beyond midfield.

And in one of the most memorable plays of the decade, Rodgers barely avoided a sack by Julius Peppers thanks to a diving block by John Kuhn. Rodgers then found Cobb wide open downfield for a 48-touchdown that didn’t just win the game, but won the NFC North.