Rodgers to Rodgers Hail Mary lifts Pack over Lions

Fri Dec 4, 2015 1:35am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Aaron Rodgers could not remember ever completing a Hail Mary pass during a game but he will never forget the one he threw on Thursday, a play that might have saved the Green Bay Packers' season.

Rodgers gunned a 61-yard pass to tight end Richard Rodgers on the final play to give the Packers a stunning 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

"It's the greatest feeling," said the quarterback, whose team had lost four of their previous five games. "We're blessed to be able to play this game, and it reminds you at times how special this game is.

"I love what I do. I'm very fortunate to be a Green Bay Packer, and you live for days like this, to have a chance at the end and to have something miraculous happen."

Rodgers scrambled to his right and fired a bomb into the end zone, where his tight end made a two-handed grab. With the Lions rushing only three linemen, he bought time for his receivers to get downfield. He stepped up toward the line of scrimmage and let it fly.

"I was looking at (wide receiver) Davante (Adams), and it was pretty exciting to see Richard jump up there and catch it," he said.

The tight end, who is 6-foot-4, played basketball at the University of California.

"Richard is the perfect guy for that type of situation with his big body and ability to go up," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Packers needed a big break just to have a final chance.   Continued...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Green Bay won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports