The No. 6-seeded Packers begin a remarkable road playoff run with a wild-card victory at Philadelphia on Tramon Williams’ late interception in the end zone.
The pivotal turnover came with the Eagles, trailing 21-16, just 27 yards away from the game-winning score in the final minute. On first down, Philly QB Michael Vick underthrew an end-zone shot to receiver Riley Cooper, and Williams leaped to haul it in.
Six days later, Williams provided the turning point in the divisional game at top seed Atlanta with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, putting the Packers up by 14 points. Combined with a sparkling performance from Aaron Rodgers (31-of-36, 366 yards, three TDs, 136.8 passer rating), Green Bay won in a blowout, 48-21.
The all-road route to the Super Bowl was completed the next week at Soldier Field in the first postseason meeting between the Packers and Bears since 1941, as nose tackle B.J. Raji’s 18-yard interception return for a score highlighted Green Bay’s 21-14 NFC title game triumph.Other noteworthy performances during the playoff run were turned in by a pair of rookies. Running back James Starks, who missed the bulk of the regular season with an injury, burst on the scene with 123 rushing yards in the wild-card round at Philadelphia. He added 74 yards and a touchdown at Chicago, where fellow rookie Sam Shields intercepted two passes, including one on the Bears’ final desperation drive to seal the conference championship.