December 4, 2015 – 7:05 am
by Zach Rastall
(Photo credit: Duane Burleson, Associated Press)
The old sports adage says to play until the clock hits zero.
Sometimes you have to keep going a little longer than that.
The hope of victory seemed rather bleak for the Packers when they had the ball at their own 21-yard line with six seconds to go Thursday night. Green Bay was staring down the barrel of its fifth loss in six weeks, which would’ve dropped its record to 7-5 and left its season teetering on the brink of collapse.
Instead, the Packers left Detroit with a huge confidence-booster in a game where they were forced to rally back from a 20-0 deficit and never held the lead until the very end.
Though it looked like the Lions had sealed victory when Aaron Rodgers was tackled with no time left on the clock, Green Bay was given one last shot after Detroit defensive end Devin Taylor was called for a facemask penalty.
The controversial call put the ball at the 39-yard line and gave the Packers one final play to try and pull off a miracle. On that play, Rodgers rolled left, eluded a couple defenders, rolled back toward the right sideline and uncorked a Hail Mary toward the end zone. His prayer was answered by Richard Rodgers, who hauled in the pass as he backpedaled into the end zone to give Green Bay one of the most improbable victories in its storied history.
The Packers were still in the thick of the playoff hunt coming into the game, so the sky wasn’t exactly falling, but the offense has been utterly dreadful as of late, and another loss in Detroit would’ve caused Titletown to go into full-on panic mode.