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Two Years Ago, B.J. Raji Did This [Video]

B.J. Raji

The Green Bay Packers were playing the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship game exactly two years ago today — Jan. 22, 2011 — and defensive tackle B.J. Raji made the play of his career.

Ah, better times…

With 6:12 remaining, the Packers were up 14-7 on the Bears. On 3rd-and-5 from their own 15, third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie drops back to pass. The Packers ran a zone blitz on the play, forcing Raji to drop into coverage. Hanie obviously didn’t expect that and got picked by the largest man on the field, who then returned the gift for a touchdown and did a little dance.

Hanie was in the game because both Jay Cutler and backup Todd Collins got hurt in the game. Although, some would suggest Cutler was more “hurt” than hurt.

Raji’s TD would be the Packers final score in a 21-14 win.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Chris January 23, 2013

    Des Bishop, Dev House, DJ Smith, Bulaga, Sherod, Nick Perry, and Jerel Worthy all back and healthy.
    Woodson restructured, back healthy, and used strategically.
    Finley playing HARD for his next contract(with or without us)
    DuJuan Harris with a full year in the offense.
    J Nelson fully patched up and back to full speed.
    So, all of those things above were broken/limited in 2012, and we were 11-5 and won a playoff game.
    If even half of the ‘dreams’ listed above come true, I like our chances. I.e. Yes, its tough to not still be in the end of the year tournament. But our window of opportunity for this team is still VERY Open!
    Go Pack Go!!!!!!!!

  2. brad January 23, 2013

    Thanks for posting, brings back good memories.

  3. Mike R January 24, 2013

    It would be nice if BJ would show up more than 1 or twice every other game. BJ is popular in general with the fans, and I think everyone assumes he’s a pro-bowler because of the season he had in 2010, but also look at the season Tramon had in 2010. It looks like that was a flash in the pan. A little worried BJ is the same. I know, I know, he is only supposed to take up blockers in the 3-4, but that is BS. There have been and are interior linemen in other 3-4’s that make plays a lot more consistently than BJ. I think he is part of the problem with the Packers lack of run defense.

  4. Charlie Martin January 26, 2013

    Biggest play in Packer History. Best moment of my life.