Moment 84 Through The Hands

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December 24, 1995

The Packers win their first NFC Central title since 1972 when Pittsburgh receiver Yancey Thigpen drops a perfect fourth-down pass in the end zone with 11 seconds left.

It was an early Christmas present for Packer Nation. With Green Bay leading 24-19 in the fourth quarter, Steelers QB Neil O’Donnell engineered an 18-play, 74-yard drive that took Pittsburgh from its own 20 with 5:27 left to the Green Bay 6 with 16 ticks to go.

Pittsburgh called its final timeout to set up a fourth-and-goal play, the 19th snap of the drive. Yancey ended up wide open in the left corner of the end zone, only to drop O’Donnell’s pass, giving the Packers (11-5) the division championship by one game over Detroit (10-6).

The victory was the Packers’ sixth over their final seven regular-season games, with the only loss during the strong finish coming in overtime on the road at Tampa Bay.

A week later, the Packers would knock off the Atlanta Falcons in a wild-card playoff at Lambeau Field, 37-20, with the help of a punt-return TD by rookie receiver Antonio Freeman. The postseason win set up a trip to San Francisco to face the defending Super Bowl champs.
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