It appears that the Green Bay Packers are not going to bring back kicker Mason Crosby this season. His wife Molly all but confirmed that late last week with a tweet that read:
I know…sort of feels Ike graduating high school. But sadder. https://t.co/a57b6sXfPC
— Molly Crosby (@molly_c_crosby) May 13, 2023
Crosby’s place in franchise history is secure. He is the Packers all-time leading scorer with 1,918 points, almost double the second-place player, Ryan Longwell who has 1,054.
He is also the team’s all-time leader with 258 games played, which is three more than Brett Favre and 28 more than Aaron Rodgers. He and Rodgers were the last two players on the team who won a Super Bowl with the Packers back in 2010.
Packers fans have also shared personal struggles with Crosby as his wife overcame a rare type of lung cancer. He also lost his sister-in-law to cancer in 2019.
Crosby will enter the Packers Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible and will be looked at as an all-time great Packer. He topped 100 points in 15 of his 16 seasons with the team and holds the franchise record with a 58-yard field goal kicked back in 2011.
Here is a look back at Crosby’s game-winning kicks during his Packers career:
September 9, 2007: Packers 16, Eagles 13
Crosby got his NFL career off to an impressive start as he kicked the game-winning field goal in his very first game as a pro.
Jarrett Bush recovered a muffed punt at the Philadelphia 31 with 59 seconds left in a 13-13 game. Three plays later, Crosby booted a 42-yard field goal to get the Packers season and his career off on the right foot.
December 4, 2011: Packers 38, Giants 35
The Packers were 11-0 coming into this game and trying to keep their chance at a perfect season alive. The Giants came back to tie the game with 58 seconds left on an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks and a two-point conversion.
Aaron Rodgers had one time out and less than a minute to work with on the road, but he found Jermichael Finley for 24 yards and Jordy Nelson for 27 down the left sideline and later Greg Jennings for 18 that brought the ball to the Giants 12 with three seconds left.
The Packers called their time out and Crosby kicked a 31-yard field goal to give the Packers a dramatic road win.
December 18, 2016: Packers 30, Bears 27
The Packers watched a 27-10, fourth-quarter lead slip away when Connor Barth kicked a field goal with 1:19 left in the game. The Packers had no timeouts remaining when they got the ball back at their own 27.
On 3rd-and-11, Rodgers found Nelson on a pass deep down the middle for 60 yards that put them on the Bears 14. After Rodgers spiked the ball, Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired for the win.
January 15, 2017: Packers 34, Cowboys 31
In the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Crosby kicked two field goals of 50 yards or more in the final two minutes of the game to help the Packers pull off a dramatic road victory.
First his 56-yard kick gave Green Bay a 31-28 lead with 1:38 left in regulation and set a franchise postseason record.
Then after the Cowboys tied it with 40 seconds left, Rodgers led the Packers back into field goal range with a 36-yard dime to tight end Jared Cook who got both feet in bounds to make the catch and stop the clock. The catch was confirmed by instant replay.
Crosby then hit on a 51-yard field goal as time expired as the Packers won 34-31 and advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
September 24, 2017: Packers 27, Bengals 24
The Packers had to come from behind to send this game to overtime on a three-yard pass from Rodgers to Nelson with 17 seconds left followed by the extra point by Crosby.
In overtime, a 72-yard bomb to Geronimo Allison set up Crosby’s game-winning 27-yard field goal with 6:26 left in OT to give the Packers the win and a 2-1 start to the season.
October 15, 2018: Packers 33, 49ers 30
The Packers trailed at home with two minutes left on Monday Night Football, but Rodgers found Davante Adams for a 16-yard touchdown pass to tie it.
An interception by Kevin King gave the Packers the ball back with 1:10 on the clock back at their own 10. Rodgers got the Packers into field goal range with a 14-yard run by Ty Montgomery, a 21-yard scramble by Rodgers and a 16-yard pass to Adams being the key plays.
Crosby made a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Pack the win.
October 14, 2019: Packers 23, Lions 22
The Packers trailed 13-0 early and 22-13 in the fourth quarter in a game they never led until the final play. Allen Lazard had his first big game making four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in his first significant role on offense.
Crosby kicked the game winner from 23-yards out as time expired to give the Pack the win and improve the team’s record to 5-1 in Matt LaFleur’s first season as coach.
December 29, 2019: Packers 23, Lions 20
The Pack overcame a 17-3 halftime deficit to beat the Lions for the second time that season without holding a lead until the final play of the game.
Blake Martinez made a key interception to set up the tying touchdown pass from Rodgers to Lazard. Then a 31-yard toss to Aaron Jones set up Crosby for the 33-yard kick to win it as time expired.
The win clinched a first-round bye for the Packers in the playoffs.
September 26, 2021: Packers 30, 49ers 28
The 49ers took a 28-27 lead with just 37 seconds left on a touchdown catch by fullback Kyle Juszczyk, but the Packers rallied on two long passes to Adams to set up Crosby’s 51-yard field goal as time expired. Crosby had kicked a 54-yard field goal to open the scoring.
The win got the Pack off to a 2-1 start.
October 10, 2021: Packers 25, Bengals 22
Crosby struggled in this game, missing three field goal tries and an extra point including one as time expired in regulation and one early in OT. But he got a chance for redemption on a drive that featured a 20-yard pass to Marcedes Lewis and a 16-yarder to Randall Cobb.
Crosby’s winning kick came from 49 yards out with 2:00 left in overtime and gave the Pack a 4-1 record on the young season.
October 2, 2022: Packers 27, Patriots 24
Crosby kicked the game-winning field goal with no time left in overtime to give the Packers a 27-24 win over New England. The 31-yard kick capped a 12-play, 77-yard drive that started on the Green Bay 10 and featured a 22-yard pass to Lazard and a pair of catches by Romeo Doubs.
The Packers had won three in a row to improve to 3-1 but were about to embark on a five-game losing streak that would significantly hurt their playoff chances.
November 13, 2022: Packers 31, Cowboys 28
Crosby ended the losing streak with a 28-yard field goal with just 3:06 left in overtime. The Packers trailed 28-14 entering the fourth quarter but tied the game on a pair of touchdown passes to Christian Watson who had his first big game as a pro.
A 36-yard pass to Lazard helped set up what would be the final game-winning kick of Crosby’s Packers career.
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