Remembering Mason Crosby's Best Clutch Kicks

Packers kicker Mason Crosby nailed a 51-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Packers a 30-28 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday night. It was a dramatic moment for the Packers veteran kicker who is now the Packers all-time leading scorer and the 18th leading scorer in NFL history. His performance against San Francisco moved Crosby past Hall of Famer and former Packers kicker Jan Stenerud in that category and gives him 1,702 points for his career.

The long field goal against San Francisco was far from Crosby’s first game-winning kick. The 37-year-old University of Colorado alum has booted many clutch field goals for the Packers since joining the team in 2007. In fact, Crosby kicked a game-winner in his very first game in the NFL.

Here is a look at Crosby’s game-winning field goals since he entered the league in 2007:

1. September 9, 2007: Packers 16, Eagles 13

Crosby had already hit two field goals in this game when he lined up for the winning try in the closing seconds of his first career NFL game.

With the score tied at 13-13 and 59 seconds left, Jarrett Bush recovered a muffed punt by Philadelphia’s J.R. Reed at the Eagles 31. Two runs by Brandon Jackson gained eight yards before Brett Favre kneeled on the ball to give Crosby the ideal angle for the winning kick.

Crosby booted a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Packers the win in their season opener and to start his NFL career off on a winning note.

2. December 4, 2011: Packers 38, Giants 35

The defending Super Bowl champion Packers came into this game with a perfect 11-0 record when they visited the 6-5 Giants at the Meadowlands.

This game went back and forth with both teams putting plenty of points on the board. The Giants tied the game with 58 seconds left in regulation on a two-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks and a two-point conversion run by Danny Ware.

The Packers got the ball back at their own 20 with 58 seconds and just one timeout remaining. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers downfield. He found tight end Jermichael Finley for 24 yards to the Packers 44, then went to Jordy Nelson down the left sidelines for 27 more yards.

One play later facing 2nd and 11 at the Giants 30, Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings for 18 yards to the Giants 12. Rodgers called the Packers final timeout with three seconds left. Crosby calmly booted a 31-yard field goal that kept the Packers perfect season alive and improved the team to 12-0 on the season.

3. December 18, 2016: Packers 30, Bears 27

Crosby helped bail the Packers out after they lost a 27-10 lead entering the fourth quarter in Chicago. The Bears scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter including a 22-yard field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left in regulation time which tied the game at 27-27.

The Packers took over at their own 27 with 1:13 left and no timeouts remaining. Facing 3rd-and-11, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson deep down the middle for a 60-yard gain to the Chicago 14. The Packers were able to spike the ball and stop the clock with three seconds left.

Crosby came on and booted the game-winning, 32-yard field goal as time expired to give Green Bay a 30-27 victory.

4. January 15, 2017: Packers 34, Cowboys 31

In the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Crosby came through not once but twice in the final two minutes of the game with clutch, long-range field goals that helped the Packers advance to the NFC Championship Game.

This was a classic contest that saw the Packers get off to a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter but the Cowboys whittled that advantage away and tied the game on a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant and a two-point conversion with 4:08 to go in regulation time.

Rodgers was able to lead the Packers as far as the Dallas 33, but the Packers lost five yards and had to send Crosby in for a 56-yard field goal try with 1:44 left on the clock. If Crosby missed, Dallas would take over the ball in excellent field position and have plenty of time to take the lead. But Crosby hit on the long field goal, the longest in Packers postseason history, and the Pack held a 31-28 lead with 1:38 left.

But the Cowboys answered back quickly. Dak Prescott led his team to the Packers 33 where that drive stalled and Dan Bailey connected on a 52-yard field goal with 40 seconds left on the clock.

But that was just enough time for Rodgers to win the game. The key play was an amazing 36-yard pass along the left sideline to tight end Jared Cook that gained 36 yards and required a replay review to confirm that Cook got both feet in bounds.

Crosby came in and kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired to give the Packers a 34-31 win and a trip to the NFC Championship Game. The two teams combined for three field goals of 50 yards or more in the final two minutes of the game but Crosby had two of them and the Packers won the game.

5. September 24, 2017: Packers 27, Bengals 24 (OT)

The Packers were expected to have an easy time with the winless Bengals in Week 3 of the 2017 season at Lambeau Field but Cincinnati had other ideas. The visitors led 21-7 in the second quarter and still held a 24-17 advantage in the closing seconds when Rodgers found Jordy Nelson on a three-yard touchdown pass with just 17 seconds remaining in regulation time to send the game to overtime.

In OT, Rodgers found Geronimo Allison on a 72-yard bomb that set up Crosby for the game-winning kick. With 6:26 left, Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal to win the game and increase the Packers record to 2-1 on the season.

6. October 15, 2018: Packers 33, 49ers 30

A national television audience saw the Packers struggle against a banged up 49ers team that came into the game at 1-4. C.J. Beathard had a strong game at quarterback for San Francisco and the visitors led 30-23 as we reached the two minute warning.

The Packers got hot late in the game as Rodgers led the team on a four-play, 58-yard drive that culminated with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Adams that tied the game at 30-30 with 1:55 left on the clock.

Kevin King made a key interception which gave the Packers the ball back at their own 10 yard line with 1:07 left. From there, the Packers put together a drive that included a 14-yard run by Ty Montgomery, a 21-yard scramble by Rodgers and a 16-yard pass to Adams that left the ball on the San Francisco nine-yard line with three seconds left.

Crosby came in and calmly kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the Packers a 33-30 win on the game’s final play.

7. October 14, 2019: Packers 23, Lions 22

The Packers struggled in this Monday night home game against the Lions who led early 13-0 and then had a 22-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

This contest is best remembered as the coming out party of wide receiver Allen Lazard who saw his first significant action of the season and caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in the second half to spark the Green Bay attack.

The Packers never led in this game until the final play when Crosby booted a 23-yard field goal to give Green Bay a 23-22 win which improved rookie head coach Matt LaFleur’s record to 5-1.

8. December 29, 2019: Packers 23, Lions 20

The Packers had already clinched the NFC North title but needed a win to secure a first-round bye in the playoffs as they entered the season finale in Detroit. The Packers again got off to a poor start and trailed 17-3 at halftime.

A key interception by Blake Martinez in the fourth quarter helped set up the tying touchdown pass to Lazard. Then in the final minute, Aaron Jones took a short pass and galloped 31 yards to set up Crosby for the winning field goal from 33 yards out on the game’s final play.

The Packers had beaten the Lions for the second time in 2019 despite not leading in either game until the final gun sounded. In both games, Crosby’s kick provided the winning margin.

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Packman99's picture

September 30, 2021 at 01:04 pm

That video is so dope.

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October 01, 2021 at 07:03 am

I remember every one of those kicks, especially the against the Eagles as a rookie. That was MM 2nd year as HC and started a 13-3 season that ended sadly at Lambeau against the Giants in a game the Packers offense vanished for the most part. It was also Brett Favre's last game.

After Masons 2012 season I have to admit and have several times before, each time Crosby came on the field to attempt a kick I had to close my eyes. It took until like 2015 or so for me to be able to watch again and feel okay about Mason.

By 2016 I knew if Crosby was within range he'd come through. The last 3 years, since MLF became HC, Crosby is 42 of 44. That man has missed just 2 kicks. The guys is getting BETTER with age. The SB is in Los Angeles in a dome this year. Can't think of a better way to end the 2021 season than a game winning drive and a walkoff 56 yard bomb by Mason right down the middle to win the SB. Well either that or Packers blowout 42 - 0. YES, I LOVE those games!

The Video?? Don't quit your day job but hey, you get an A for Effort!

BTW... Maybe clean your kitchen dude....

EDIT... One last thing...Crosby is 12-15 from 50 yards since 2018 and is 6-6 the last 2 years. I don't know about you but that's pretty damn impressive, at least IMO!

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GilMartin's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:16 pm

There was a time he almost lost his job but he has since rebounded and bounced back so well. He's very clutch these past few years. Thanks as always for commenting, NickPerry.

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Since'61's picture

October 01, 2021 at 09:27 am

If Crosby retires after this season it may prove to more difficult to replace him than to replace Rodgers.

Crosby has been great at Lambeau. We won't know if a Place kicker can kick in the cold and wind of Lambeau until later in the season.
Making the team and kicking in preseason conditions is a long way from hitting clutch FGs in November and December at Lambeau Field.

GPG! Thanks, Since '61

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GilMartin's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:14 pm

Kicking in Green Bay in the colder months is always tricky. Crosby does a darn good job of it and that will make him tough to replace. Thanks for the comment, Since '61.

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October 02, 2021 at 09:49 am

My favorites have to be against the Cowboys and the Bears. Rodgers threw an absolute dime to Jared Cook running to his left, unbelievable. Then the throw over the top to Jordy was just poetry, those two guys had such a great connection. Miss Jordy but man how nice is it to have someone like Crosby. A true Goat and HOF'er

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