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Packers punter Tim Masthay gets rewarded for throwing a pass

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Packers punter Tim Masthay has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in each of the last two seasons because of the way he kicks the ball.

The NFL announced that he’s being honored for the third time in as many years this week, but his kicking has nothing to do with it. Masthay’s most notable moment of Green Bay’s 23-10 win over the Bears last Thursday night came via his arm.

With the Packers leading 3-0, Green Bay faced a fourth-and-26 situation at the Chicago 27-yard line in the second quarter. The Packers lined up for a field goal but executed a fake. Masthay, who holds for kicker Mason Crosby, threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tom Crabtree, opening up a bigger lead for Green Bay and sending them on their way to their first victory of the season.

Masthay is the first Packers punter to throw a touchdown pass since 1972. He also punted five times with a net average of 42 yards and, most importantly when playing the Bears, no touchdowns for Devin Hester. He is the first punter in league history to be named his conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week in each of his first three seasons.

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14 Responses to “Packers punter Tim Masthay gets rewarded for throwing a pass”
  1. millerhour says: Sep 19, 2012 12:32 PM

    He really threw a 5 yard pass, and Crabtree ran it about 28 yards.

  2. claymath52 says: Sep 19, 2012 12:32 PM

    Great play that worked to perfection against a huge divison rival.

  3. seattlerogueburner says: Sep 19, 2012 12:33 PM

    I heard the Bears have already contacted him to replace Cutler.

  4. medtxpack says: Sep 19, 2012 12:33 PM

    Masthay is clutch, just continues to get better all the time. One of the Packers overlooked weapons.

  5. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Sep 19, 2012 12:48 PM

    he’s the best punter i’ve seen since ray guy.

  6. garyman1 says: Sep 19, 2012 12:50 PM

    Ok, I”m a huge Packer fan but in all honesty, Betty White could have thrown that pass.

  7. goapp says: Sep 19, 2012 12:52 PM

    How can you say his punting had “nothing” to do with it? He dropped 3 inside the 20 and helped hold Devin Hester to 8 yards on 2 returns.

  8. techvet says: Sep 19, 2012 1:03 PM

    He has the maximum QB rating of 158.3. Rodgers has work to do!

  9. faultylogic29 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:11 PM

    He got the award for his punting in the game, not for the pass. He actually had a great day punting, so this headline is not correct.

  10. claymath52 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:30 PM

    I’ve got 6 sacks already this year!!!!

  11. dukemarc says: Sep 19, 2012 3:08 PM

    Masthay has been a Hester killer since he got to Green Bay – well deserved award.

    And no, Chicago, we won’t trade him for Cutler.

  12. minkytails says: Sep 19, 2012 4:33 PM

    To say his kicking had nothing to do with it is flat out wrong. Hester was a non-factor, and he can easily be a game-changer. Masthay deserved the game ball for that, with or without the fake punt.

    Assuming there are 2 game balls and Clay Matthews gets the first one.

  13. minkytails says: Sep 19, 2012 4:35 PM

    His passer rating is 158.3. Seattle is trying to sign him to a guaranteed $10M contract.

  14. tozzi7 says: Sep 19, 2012 6:25 PM

    Maybe they will list him as the emergency quarterback lol. It was an awesome play, and to see the Pack pull out a trick play it was definitely refreshing. We now have our own 4th and 26 play to be proud of!

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