Packers Beat Lions on Walk-Off 61-Yard Hail Mary After Defensive Penalty

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2015

DETROIT MI - DECEMBER 3: Richard Rodgers #82 of the Green Bay Packers catches a fourth quarter touchdown to win the game 27-23 over the Detroit Lions on December 3 2015 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions gave the Green Bay Packers one extra play Thursday night at Ford Field, and it cost them.

On what was supposed to be the final play of the game, Green Bay couldn't pull off a lateral-filled effort from its own 21-yard line.

However, Lions defensive end Devin Taylor was called for a facemask penalty when he tackled Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Instead of the game ending, the Packers got one untimed down from their own 39-yard line. With Rodgers' arm, the contest was far from over.

Rodgers avoided the pressure, got a running start and threw up a prayer to the end zone. Crazily, 6'4" Packers tight end Richard Rodgers came down with the football in the end zone for the 61-yard game-winning touchdown.

Just like that, a 23-21 loss turned into a 27-23 win. (Green Bay took a knee on the two-point attempt.)

The Hail Mary capped off a 20-point second-half comeback that helped the Packers improve to 8-4.



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