Moment 97 Heroic Heave

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January 08, 1994

The Packers win their first playoff game in 11 years on a scrambling, across-his-body 40-yard TD pass from Brett Favre to Sterling Sharpe in the final minute in Detroit.

Green Bay had lost at Detroit the previous week in the regular-season finale, giving the Lions the NFC Central crown and the right to host the Packers in the wild-card round.

Sharpe’s first two TD catches on the day, and George Teague’s 101-yard interception return for a score, gave the Packers a 21-17 lead entering the fourth quarter. But the Lions regained the lead midway through the final period, and the Packers’ last chance began at their own 29-yard line with 2:26 left.

On second-and-4 from the Detroit 40, Favre scrambled to his left away from pressure and then set his feet to heave the ball all the way across the field to his right, and to the end zone, where Sharpe was wide open for his third TD reception. Just 55 seconds remained.

One week later, the Packers would fall in the divisional playoff at Dallas, 27-17, the first of three consecutive postseason defeats at Cowboys Stadium.
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