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Top 5 big-guy touchdowns in Packers history

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 10:22:13-05

After Packers defensive end, Dean Lowry, listed at 6 foot 6 inches and 295 pounds, scooped and scored on a Jameis Winston fumble in today's overtime win over the Buccaneers, let's flashback and look at the top five best big-guy touchdowns in Packers history.

5: Julius Peppers- 6'6" 283 pounds 
Oct. 3rd, 2014 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Peppers plays more like a 240-pound lineman than a 280 defensive end, and he showed off that athleticism in this touchdown. Minnesota quarterback, Christian Ponder, was looking for Cordarelle Patterson down the sideline, but the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage and fell right into Peppers' hands. 

From there, Peppers broke two tackles, switched fields, and dove into the corner of the end zone for a 49-yard score. 

Morgan Burnett directed him to Lambeau Leap after the play, and luckily, the big fella barely made it up there.                                

4: Mike Daniels- 6'0" 291 pounds
Dec. 9, 2012 vs. Detroit Lions


Down 14-3 in the second quarter to the 4-9 Lions, and battling the Vikings for the NFC North crown, the Packers needed a big play to stop Detroit's momentum.

On a snowy Sunday night, Daniels delivered. Matthew Stafford tried to pump-fake, but the ball slipped right out of his hand and into the hands of Daniels who scooped, scored a 43-yard touchdown, and started Green Bay on a 24-7 scoring run to seal a 27-21 win. 

But his Lambeau Leap might be the most impressive thing from that play. Without breaking stride, the 300-pound defensive end got his whole upper body and one leg into the crowd. 

3: Dean Lowry- 6'6" 295 pounds
Dec. 2, 2017 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Up 10-7 and nearing halftime in a game that could make or break the Packers season, Bucs QB, Jameis Winston, fumbled after being sacked by Kenny Clark. Instead of just falling on it like all 300-pound interior lineman are taught to, Lowry picked it up and ran untouched into the end zone. 

It was a huge celebration for Lowry, who had his first career Lambeau Leap, and a huge swing for the Packers who won the game in overtime. 

2: BJ Raji- 6'2" 334 pounds 
Jan. 23, 2011 vs. Chicago Bears

Perhaps the most famous defensive touchdown in Packers history, even rivaling LeRoy Butler's original Lambeau Leap in 1993.

Raji picked off Bears QB Caleb Hanie and rumbled his way into the end zone, and ultimately, the Super Bowl, since that score was the deciding factor in a 13-6 NFC Championship victory over the rival Bears.

The only bad part: the game wasn't at Lambeau. Everyone would've wanted to see Raji, "The Freezer," try and leap into the crowd. It would've been insane. 

1: Gabe Wilkins- 6'5" 304 pounds
Oct. 10, 1997 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This is the only touchdown that doesn't have an available video, but according to press reports, this was a sight to behold.

"He intercepted a screen pass by Tampa Bay's Trent Dilfer, hurdled Dilfer and ran 77 yards," Dennis Dillion wrote in a 1998 article for the LA Times.

The journal timescalled it, "comprehension-defying," adding Wilkins had gotten up after being cut-blocked at the start of the play, and Brett Favre said, "You have a lineman who looks like O.J. running through the airport." 

Though the reference has faded, it proves just how crazy and unexpected the play was, so much so it earned respect from the legend, Reggie White. 

"That was one of the most awesome plays I've seen in a long time," he said.

The only disappointment was his Lambeau Leap after the touchdown. The journal times called it, "the most pathetic Lambeau Leap you ever saw," and the LA Times added that he slipped on some netting before trying to hop over the six-foot wall.