I still can’t believe what occurred last night in Detroit, and I don’t know if I ever will.
The Green Bay Packers won their 8th game on the season in Detroit last night, a big win that the Packers needed after a Thanksgiving letdown versus the Bears. The way they won last night will be talked about for a while, however.
With 30 ticks to go in the 4th quarter, Aaron Rodgers and the Pack were able to get the ball back due to the Lions punting, and they officially were able to start out their drive at 23 seconds after Packers returner/defensive back Micah Hyde called for a fair catch.
Fast forward 17 seconds if you will, and the Packers have 3rd down and 10 with no sign of them winning this game unless something unheard of happens.
Yeah, some unheard of happened.
With the 6 seconds remaining on the clock, Rodgers connected with James Jones for the receiver’s first catch on the day for 19 yards. Jones then started the lateral game with Packers tight end Richard Rodgers. Jones threw the ball back 16 yards from where he caught that ball, and Richard Rodgers tossed the ball back to Aaron Rodgers who was then taken down by Devin Taylor.
Taylor thought he had sealed the game for the Lions, but he was called for a controversial face mask when bringing Aaron Rodgers down to the ground, giving the Packers one more chance to get the ball into the end zone for a touchdown.
What happened next rewrote the record books it self.
The face mask of course gave the Packers a fresh set of downs, and the Packers of course had one final chance to win. Aaron Rodgers snapped the ball on a Lions three-man rush. Rodgers was able to get out of the pocket untouched, and step into a 61-yard touchdown throw to Richard Rodgers for the walk-off Hail Mary win, the longest game-winning Hail Mary in NFL history.
The ironic thing about the whole thing was the fact that the play the Packers won on was ran pre-game, and the play was designed for receiver Davante Adams, not Richard Rodgers.
“I’m supposed to be boxing out and Davante is supposed to be the jumper,” Richard Rodgers said after the game, via the NFL’s official website. “But once I saw it in the air I realized I could get it. So I just went for it.”
The 8 catch, 146 yard performance is with out a doubt the best game of Rodgers’ young career, and the Packers are sure hoping he can build on one of the craziest plays you will ever see in your lifetime.
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