With the Packers down by eight Aaron Rodgers ran a great two-minute drill.With 32 seconds remaining Rodgers dropped back and hit backup TE Justin Perillo running along the goal line in the end zone to make it 18-16.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
The Packers still had a chance to tie it up.
On the two-point conversion play, Rodgers scrambled and found WR Davante Adams running a corner route, but when he tossed the ball Adams’ way, the second-year receiver dropped the ball.
Still Lions 18-Packers 16.
So, the Packers lined up for the onside kick. As the ball hung in the air Packer Damarious Randall caught it while surrounded by several Lions.
There was still hope for the Packers.
With seconds left, the Packers got into position to kick the game-winning field goal.
Mason Crosby’s attempt was blocked and the Lions celebrated like it was 1999.
It was unknown territory for the visiting Lions. Detroit came into Lambeau and won for the first time since 1991.
Lions 18-Packers 16.
We all remember last year, right?!?
Let’s take a look at that second game … the one we all remember
Dec 3, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers heaves the ball downfield … Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
One month later, the Packers rolled into Detroit and was looking for a little payback.Problem was the Packers started the game cold.
Green Bay was down 20-0 in the third quarter.Then they mounted their comeback.
Rodgers got the Packers on the board on a weird play.
After RB James Stark caught a pass for 25 yards right down the middle of the field, Rodgers handed off to Starks who found a hole in the Detroit defensive line.
As he got to the five yard line he fumbled the ball forward into the end zone where WR Randall Cobb fell on it for the touchdown.
Detroit 20-Green Bay 7.
Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers strips the ball away from Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
On Detroit’s first possession after the Packers’ only score, Matthew Stafford dropped back and was stripped of the ball by Packer LB Julius Peppers and Green Bay recovered.
A few plays later, Rodgers found Davante Adams for an 18-yard scoring strike to Adams for his first TD catch of the year.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams reacts after dropping a pass on a two point conversion attempt during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Detroit won 18-16. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit 20 – Green Bay 14.
After a Detroit field goa,l Green Bay responded with Aaron Rodgers running for an 18-yard touchdown with 3:04 left in the game.
Detroit 23 – Green Bay 21.
The Packers got the ball back from the Lions with just 23 seconds left.
With the ball on their own 16 yard line and no time outs, the Packers, with 5 seconds left, called their desperation play.
After the ball bounced around the field and eventually landed in Aaron Rodgers’ hands, he was hit and tackled. It appeared as though the Packers’ hopes were lost as time expired.
As Rodgers was tackled by Lion’s Devin Taylor he grabbed Rodgers’ face mask.
Can’t end the game on a defensive penalty.
The Packers get one more play with no time on the clock.
The rest, as they say, is history.
It was the most talked about play in the 2015 NFL season.
The NFL Network uses the play to promote their commercial to watch Thursday Night Football.
The play is burned in our memories.
Dec 3, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (82) catches a 61-yard touchdown pass with no time remaining during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Packers defeated the Lions 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Rodgers gets the ball and escapes a power rush by the Lions, rolls right and heaves the ball 61 yards into the end zone. We were all praying for a miracle.
TE Richard Rodgers moved in front of the Lions defensive backs and other Packers receivers jostling for position. Rodgers gracefully leaps and brings down the ball in the end zone.
The Lions and their fans were in utter shock as the Packers ran around celebrating.