Top 10 defining moments of 2007's Matt Tevsh lists 10 big plays, moments that made the Green Bay Packers' regular season one of their best ever

To appreciate what lies immediately ahead for the Packers in 2008, an understanding of the recent past must be reviewed. The 2007 regular season was one of the best in franchise history, and considering its unexpected and historic results, it just might be the best ever.

While the Packers are hoping to take their surprising season to yet another level as the calendar hits playoff time, here is a look back at the 10 defining moments that made the 2007 regular season.

10. Koren Robinson's TD catch vs. Lions - In an otherwise meaningless game in the standings to close the regular season, Robinson caught a most meaningful touchdown. His first score with the Packers came just over two months after returning to the team from a one-year NFL suspension for repeated alcohol abuse.

Said quarterback Brett Favre: "I hope it (the touchdown) meant as much to him as it did to me and it meant a lot to everyone… I was just happy for him and it's been well-documented how much I've supported him and will continue to."

9. Will Blackmon's 57-yard punt return for TD vs. Raiders - Blackmon's promise has only been beset by his inability to get on the field. Foot injuries have sidelined him for much of his first two seasons in the NFL, but finally healthy enough to assume duties as a punt returner on Dec. 9, he brought the Lambeau Field crowd to its feet with a decisive return of a short punt for a touchdown.

8. Charles Woodson's 57-yard fumble return for TD vs. Redskins – Coming off their first loss of the season, the Packers were facing another defeat right in the face on Oct. 14. Woodson's opportunistic play, however, lifted them to a 17-14 victory headed into the bye week.

After defensive tackle Corey Williams stripped the ball away from wide receiver Santana Moss on an end around in the third quarter, Woodson slid in and recovered the football. Not being touched, he then got up and out-ran Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell to the end zone for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown. It was one of the only bright spots on a dreary day, both in performance and weather, at Lambeau Field.

7. Aaron Rodgers leads near comeback vs. Cowboys – Okay, maybe not really a "moment," but Packers' fans had to be finding immediate solace after Rodgers' fine outing, even at the hands of a loss.

Relieving quarterback Brett Favre in the second quarter at Texas Stadium with the Packers trailing by 17, Rodgers faced nearly insurmountable odds. Not only was the deficit big, but he was thrown into the fire of a battle between the NFC's top teams. Seeing really the most meaningful action of his career, he silenced many of his critics with a gutsy performance.

Scrambling a number of times for crucial gains and closing the gap to just three points late in the third quarter, Rodgers played like a seasoned veteran. He finished the game 18 of 26 for 201 yards and one touchdown, and though the Packers fell short (37-27), he gave Packers' fans hope for the future.

6. Greg Jennings' 60-yard TD catch vs. Chiefs – In what became a common refrain for the Packers in 2007, the Favre-Jennings combination struck again for a dramatic touchdown to highlight a furious fourth quarter of scoring. The Packers outscored the Chiefs, 20-15, in the final quarter to win, 33-22, on Nov. 4.

After a Tony Gonzalez touchdown put the Chiefs ahead 22-16 with 5:18 remaining in the game, the Packers quickly answered. Favre hit Jennings with a strike down the middle of the field for a 60-yard score and the game-winning touchdown. It was the second straight week Favre-to-Jennings produced the game winner.

5. Mason Crosby's 42-yard field goal vs. Eagles – In his first NFL game, Mason Crosby calmly booted a 42-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lift the Packers to a 16-13 victory in the season opener. He was three-for-three on the day.

Not only did the ugly win set the tone for a beautiful season for the Packers, but it also set the stage for a huge year for Crosby. The rookie kicker made 31 of 39 field goals and led the NFL in scoring with 141 points.

4. Jennings' 57-yard TD catch vs. Chargers – Inactive for the first two games of the year with a hamstring injury, Jennings returned to the lineup with a bang against the Chargers on Sept. 23. He contributed to a banner day for Favre by catching a laser of a slant pass and never breaking stride on the way to a 57-yard touchdown that put the Packers up 24-21 with 2:03 left in the game. It was the first of three game winners for Jennings.

With Favre throwing for 369 yards against one of the AFC's best teams, and Jennings featured in a variety of multiple wide receiver sets, the Packers made perhaps their biggest and boldest statement of the year.

3. GM Ted Thompson trades for RB Ryan Grant In a relative low-key move when it occurred, Thompson was looking to provide some competition in the backfield when he dealt an undisclosed draft pick to the Giants for Grant, just eight days before the season opener. What could not have been predicted was Grant's huge impact this year.

In really his first year of NFL action (he had been on the Giants' practice squad), Grant opened some eyes when he got his chance. After not really playing much in the first six games, he sparked a poor Packers' running game and became the NFL's hottest back during the second half of the season. He ran for eight touchdowns, and all but 27 of his 956 rushing yards on the season came over the last 10 games of the year.

2. Favre passes Dan Marino in career touchdown passes – With a 16-yard strike to Jennings in the first quarter against the Vikings on Sept. 30, Favre broke the record of all records for NFL quarterbacks. He surpassed Dan Marino for No. 1 all-time with 421 career touchdown passes.

Though Favre would break other NFL records during the season, he looked like he enjoyed this one the most. The game, held at the Metrodome, was momentarily stopped to honor Favre. It included a video tribute from Marino himself.

Favre finished the season with 28 touchdown passes raising his total to 442 for his career.

1. Jennings' 82-yard TD catch in overtime vs. Broncos – Easily the most exciting moment of the season for the Packers, Favre's 82-yard bomb to Jennings on the first play of overtime won a hard-fought Monday night contest in Denver on Oct. 29. It sent Favre and the Packers' sideline into a wild celebration.

Favre earlier in the game had completed another long pass, of 79 yards, for a touchdown to rookie James Jones. Ironically enough, just days earlier at a press conference Favre fielded questions about his ability to throw the deep ball.

The two deep throws against the Broncos answered any questions, but the final one to Jennings down the left sideline might be one of the most unforgettable moments of Favre's career.

Matt Tevsh is a regular contributor to and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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