GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Last week, we began our look at the top-10 plays that most shaped the Green Bay Packers' season, which ended with the stunning NFC Championship Game collapse against the Seattle Seahawks.
The list, so far, in reverse order:
No. 10: The Jets' touchdown that wasn’t a touchdown.
It continues this week with No. 5:
Date: Jan. 11, 2015.
Location: Lambeau Field.
Game: NFC divisional playoff vs. Dallas Cowboys.
Why it mattered: The Packers trailed 14-10 with a little more than 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter, and Murray had a huge hole off right tackle when Peppers reached out with his right arm and pawed the ball away from the All-Pro running back. If Peppers doesn't force that fumble, Murray probably scores. On the TV broadcast, Fox analyst Troy Aikman said Murray "hits his head on the goalpost" if Peppers doesn't make that play. Had that happened, the Cowboys would have owned a commanding 21-10 lead. Instead, the Packers turned that takeaway into a field goal that pulled them to within 14-13 on the way to a 26-21 victory.
Quotable: "That was a huge play," Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. "I was on the back side, saw that hole and thought he was going to hit it. To have that at the point of the game -- I think we recovered it and went down and put some points on the board -- is huge. "