Aaron Rodgers Throws Miracle Hail Mary As Packers Steal Win Thanks To Controversial Lion's Facemask


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Aaron Rodgers Throws Miracle Hail Mary As Packers Steal Win Thanks To Controversial Lion's Facemask
by Chris Chase
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Source: ftw.usatoday.com
The Detroit Lions were six seconds and two points away from somehow salvaging a 1-7 start to get to 5-7 and in the thick of the NFC playoff race. In turn, this victory would have sent the reeling Green Bay Packers to a 7-5 record, nearly eliminating the team from the NFC North race and putting a serious question mark on what was wrong with Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthys team.

And then, from nowhere, a miracle. Or two miracles, to be exact.


Green Bay, who had stormed back from 20-0 to trail just 23-21 got the ball deep in its own territory with 23 seconds left and a loss felt imminent. Then it felt definite, after James Jones fell in bounds on a 3rd-and-10 pass, as time expired. There was 0:00 on the clock. The Lions had won. But refs called a controversial facemask on Detroit's Devin Taylor, who grabbed at Aaron Rodgers, giving Green Bay one untimed down from its own 39-yard line. And then this happened.


Phil Simms said you couldn't blame the defense but oh, you can. You can. Look at how they all got behind Richard Rodgers (yes, it was a Rodgers to Rodgers touchdown) instead of staying in front of him. That's five Lions looking up at a Packers player leading the pack. Knock it down is a great rule for Hail Marys. Don't let receivers get position is another. (Also, why isn't Calvin Johnson in there?)

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

Also, check out these two dudes at the 40-yard line! Doing what?! Why are they there! Just in case Rodgers and the offensive line pull off a reply of the Stanford-Cal game? Come on.


From there it was pandemonium (Its the greatest feeling Ive had on the field in a long time, Aaron Rodgers said)
(USA TODAY Sports Images)

and devastation.


(I cant stop watching Calvin Johnson. Poor, poor Calvin Johnson.)

But about that facemask the one that extended the game by one down. Take a look at it. Then take a look at it again and again. Then look some more.


What do you think? Well, its not close. If you think Taylor grabbed anything more than his Rodgers shoulder pad, then you either have a cheesehead somewhere in your house or own lots of yellow and green clothing. This was not a facemask. It wasn't even close. The game should have ended and Detroit should have won.

The problem is, this is almost an impossible call for officials. Its easy for us to make after watching the slo-mo gif from this angle multiple times, but in the moment from where the official was positioned, how could he know the reason Rodgers head jolts backward is because of the force of the pull on his jersey? He cant. Its nearly impossible.


Ugh, this is only going to make the calls louder for all personal fouls and/or pass interferences to be reviewed. The NFL shouldn't bite. Mistakes happen. Replay ruins the flow of games and is just as imperfect as calls on the field. Consider this Green Bay getting one back for the Fail Mary. (And, frankly, facemask or not, you've got to defend that Hail Mary better.)

But Detroit wont take comfort in that. Lions fans will be groaning about the facemask and the awful Hail Mary defense all winter, because after seemingly winning a game and staying alive in the 2015 playoff race, the teams season is almost officially finished, done in by a miracle play from a desperate team that's all of a sudden a Super Bowl contender once more. But relax, Motor City. Lets get real: You weren't winning out anyway.

(Getty Images)

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