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No One Knew Aaron Rodgers’ Fake Spike was Coming

Aaron Rodgers

The legendary fake spike. Dan Marino did it to the New York Jets 20 years ago. Aaron Rodgers did it to Marino’s team, the Miami Dolphins, yesterday.

The difference between the two is that Marino’s was a touchdown. Rodgers’ just led to a touchdown.

Nonetheless, Rodgers made a great play. Probably even more so when you consider no one knew it was coming. Not even the guy who caught it, rookie receiver Davante Adams.

“It’s one of those things that you don’t really tell anybody what’s going on,” Rodgers said. “You’re just yelling ‘clock’ and signaling ‘clock,’ and then right before I snapped it, I looked out to the right and they were way off outside. So I just kind of faked it and moved. Davante wasn’t looking at me initially, but after he saw me, probably moving, he looked and I threw it.”

Adams took the pass for 12 yards and, more importantly, got the hell out of bounds to stop the clock. That gave the Packers another play at the Dolphins’ 4 with six seconds remaining. That, of course, was Andrew Quarless’ touchdown.

After the game, Adams talked about non-verbal communication, but it was pretty clear he had no idea the ball was coming until it did. The Packers have never practiced such a play.

It’s just the genius of Aaron Rodgers and great alertness by Davante Adams.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Mike Peiro's idiot son October 13, 2014

    That 12 yards made a difference. It meant the ball could travel 1,5 milliseconds on the next play when dr Rodgers surgically placed the ball in the endzone. Watch the replays. Doesn’t eve look like Q is open except for one view from the back


  2. BayernPackerFan October 13, 2014

    I could watch this for hours on end and not get sick of it. God damn he was close to getting pulled down in bounds.

  3. TyKo Steamboat October 13, 2014

    At the moment this happened, I was mad. I wanted 2 shots at the end zone from the 17 rather than I play.

    Sooooooooo risky.

    But a single shot from the 4 yd. line was best actually.

    In Sun Life Stadium, by the way, no one was paying attention. the older dude sitting in front of me wasn’t even watching the field as it happened & it was very quiet during that 10-second stretch as if everyone was waiting for a penalty flag.

  4. Abe Frohman October 13, 2014

    I thought the call was an example of taking what the defense gives you. I would rather be beat in a jump ball than by giving up 12 yards in my alignment before the snap. At least as a defenseman I can be competitive then.

    Why we don’t do screens or posts to the middle of the field is a complete mystery to me. It will open up so much more. A post or seam route makes the LB’s have to get more depth, which will help the run game. Screens will slow down the pass rush. Man if I understand that, why the fuck doesn’t MM?

    1. TyKo Steamboat October 13, 2014

      Hind-sight is 20-20.

      Big Mike coached smart & safe & got the “W’.

      Realize Miami came out of a bye week, were at home & had a head coach (Philbin) which knows our philosophy, scheme & QB top to bottom.
      They also played an amazing game defensively.

      1. Abe Frohman October 14, 2014

        it’s not hindsight when I’m saying it during the game.

  5. icebowl October 14, 2014

    This is one for the Packertum history books….
    Only it being a TD wouldve made it better…
    Another thing making it easy to forget #4.