Play of the Game: Barker's boot

All you need to know about Bryan Barker's season is this: The most praise the punter has earned this season is as a holder.

But Barker earned his paycheck with a colossal punt that flipped the field position for the fourth quarter of Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.

With the wind whipping at up to 40 mph and the playing surface slick, the game had devolved into a field-position battle. The Packers had just lost a Darren Sharper interception on an instant-replay review, and the Lions capitalized by punting the Packers back to their 1-yard line.

Green Bay's drive went practically nowhere, and Barker was forced to punt from the shadow of the goal post. Barker, with the lowest average punt in the league, drilled a punt that seemingly found its way into the jet stream. Barker bombed a 64-yard punt — 61 in the air — that soared over the head of returner Reggie Swinton.

Barker's punt loomed larger moments later when the Packers forced a three-and-out Lions possession. Nick Harris' punt into the wind went only 30 yards. The Packers took possession at their 46-yard line — a gain of 37 yards from where the Packers' previous possession came to a halt.

The field-position switch turned into three points when the Packers kicked the tying field goal on the next drive. A 39-yard catch-and-run by Donald Driver was the key play.


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