Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson

Aaron Rodgers' 61-yard Hail Mary to beat the Lions Thursday night will go down as one of the greatest game-ending plays of the season, one of the greatest of the decade, and maybe one of the best of all-time. After all, he escaped the pocket, heaved the ball nearly 70 yards through the air to tight end Richard Rodgers.

Adrian Peterson respects that play, but he doesn't respect how Green Bay was given the opportunity for one final shot. With the Packers attempting lateral heroics, Aaron Rodgers was tackled with no time on the clock. A questionable face mask penalty bailed him out. The Packers got another play, within Rodgers' striking distance of the end zone, and Rodgers tossed the game-winner.

Here is the Lions' Devin Taylor (kind of) with his thumb in Rodgers' face mask.



The highlight is on the NFL YouTube page.

The Vikings running back took issue with the face mask call, which kept the Packers one loss behind Minnesota in the NFC North race.


Don't you mean face mask?


Okay, thank you.

Peterson's Vikings are 8-3 with a date with at home against the Seahawks looming Sunday. The Packers are 8-4 and beat the Vikings in the teams' first meeting this season in Minneapolis. They play in Green Bay in Week 17.

Meanwhile, in Detroit, the Lions had real reason to complain. Here is tight end Eric Ebron:


On the other end, NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino tried to put the conversation to rest.


The call is the call. The Packers are 8-4, and Aaron Rodgers is a sorcerer once again.

Packers Stun Lions With Rodgers-To-Rodgers Hail Mary

 

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Aaron Rodgers throws it 61 yards on the final play.

 

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Richard Rodgers establishes position to jump for it.

 

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The touchdown give Green Bay its only lead of the game.

 

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The Packers win 27-23 after trailing 20-0.

 

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Richard Rodgers finishes the game with a team-leading eight receptions for 146 yards.

 

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Aaron Rodgers throws for 273 yards.

 

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He also runs for the touchdown that cut Detroit's lead to 23-21.

 

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The Packers had lost to the Lions by two points earlier this season in Green Bay.

 

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Sorry, kid.

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