A look back at five memorable plays in the regular season
It was a regular season of stellar highs and frustrating lows for the Green Bay defense in 2016.
The highlights included a dominating performance and five interceptions of Russell Wilson at Lambeau Field in a stunning 38-10 rout of the Seattle Seahawks and big plays to help secure road victories in Jacksonville and Chicago.
The lowlights were a midseason four-game losing streak in which the defense surrendered 153 points, an average of 38 points per contest. Coordinator Dom Capers’ unit struggled in coverage all season after losing top cornerback Sam Shields in the season-opener and dealing with injured starters and backups for the next 15 games.
The defense ranked 21st in points allowed per game (24.2) and 22nd in total defense (363.9), but rose up to turn a turnover ratio deficit into a plus-8 advantage dur- ing Green Bay’s do-or-die six-game winning streak to claim the NFC North Division title.
This week, Packer Plus presents our list of the five top plays by Green Bay’s defense in the regular season. Packers fans can cast a vote at jsonline.com/packvote. Our rankings, as well as voting results by fans, will be revealed in the next issue.
Here are the nominations for the top defensive plays in chronological order: