At first, Davon House didn’t think he’d have a chance to get to the punter.
Originally lined up wide to the left on the gunner, House shifted down to the end of the rush line and heard a Jaguars player call him out. Then, somehow, he wasn’t blocked.
“For some reason, the up man blocked (Jamari) Lattimore and left me scot free,” House said.
The result was a clean block of Bryan Anger’s punt. Teammate Dezman Moses recovered in the end zone for a second-quarter touchdown that put the Packers ahead 14-3, on their way to a 24-15 win on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
The blocked punt for a score was another major feather in the cap for the Packers’ special teams this season, which already had returned a punt for a score, faked a field goal for a TD, faked a punt for a first down, and recovered an onside kick in the first seven weeks.
This play was as rare as it gets for Green Bay. The last time the Packers blocked a punt was in Chicago in 2003 (LB Marcus Wilkins) and the last time they blocked a punt for a TD was at Minnesota in 1990 (S Tiger Greene).
The latter occurred when House was just one year old, and he hadn’t blocked a punt in his lifetime until Sunday.
“No, never,” he said. “It was fun. It hurt, though.”
He’ll take a little sting to his left hand anytime if it means a touchdown, of course.
The score was the first for Moses since he was a wide receiver in high school, though he looked more like a rugby player trying to corral the bouncing ball.
“It was definitely a mad dash,” Moses said. “I think four or five guys had a shot before me. Luckily, I kept hustling to the ball, I saw it bounce one last time, got my hands on it and that was a wrap.”
There were a couple of black marks on the special teams performance on Sunday, though.
Midway through the third quarter, the Packers appeared as though they were going to try a 55-yard field goal but shifted out of field-goal formation with holder Tim Masthay in a deep shotgun. The left-handed Masthay rolled to his left and tried a long throwback pass to tight end D.J. Williams, but it wasn’t close.
“The look wasn’t there,” said kicker Mason Crosby, who was running a pass route as a decoy. “Tim got a little pressure, and it was unfortunate. That was one we thought might work out, but it just didn’t there.”
Crosby also had his first miss of the season from inside 50 yards when his 32-yard try later in the third quarter clanked off the right upright. The Packers were leading just 14-12 at the time.
“I’ll have to look at it,” said Crosby, who came into the game 1-for-4 on field goals of 50-plus but was 7-for-7 inside 50. “When I hit the ball, it felt good coming off my foot. It looked like it was on a good path and then it just kind of jumped to the right. I felt solid with the contact, the operation. We’ll have to evaluate it.”
Crosby came back to hit a 25-yarder in the game’s final minute to seal the win.
Game No. 200: Receiver Donald Driver celebrated his 200th career regular-season game with a 4-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter.
Driver is just the second player in team history to play in at least 200 regular-season games. The franchise leader is quarterback Brett Favre (255).
Driver’s snaps and production have been reduced this season, but he saw the field more on Sunday with receivers Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson both sidelined, and he came through. On the day, he had two catches for 10 yards.
“It was great,” Driver said. “Anytime you step on the field and help your team win, it makes you feel good. I was excited about going out there to get the opportunity to make the plays I made, and hopefully there’s more to come.”
The TD was the 62nd of Driver’s career, which ties him with Paul Hornung for fifth on the franchise’s all-time list.
Speaking of lists: QB Aaron Rodgers’ two TD passes on Sunday give him 153 for his career and move him past Bart Starr and into second place on the Packers’ career list. Additional coverage - Packers vs. Jaguars