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Miracle Final Play Gives Packers 27-23 Win Over Lions

Richard Rodgers

It wasn’t pretty for, well… 60 minutes.

The Green Bay Packers were, for all intents and purposes, going to walk out of Detroit with their fifth loss of the season and second of the year to the Lions.

Down 23-20, the Packers got a lucky facemask call on what would have been the last play of the game. That allowed them one more play with no time on the clock, which gave Aaron Rodgers one desperation heave to the end zone.

And that’s all the Packers needed on this night.

Rodgers’ bomb was pulled in by a leaping Richard Rodgers for the 27-20 win.

Game over.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Packers were in desperate need of a win and they got an improbable one on this night.

Rodgers — Richard, not Aaron — turned in his best game as a pro. And frankly, it has been his only good game as a pro.

On this night, he wasn’t just the hero, but pretty much the Packers’ entire offense. DickRodge hauled in eight balls for 162 yards and that touchdown.

That performance came on a night when no other Packers receiver made any kind of impact. The team’s second-leading receiver was running back James Starks, who caught five for 45.

To put it mildly, the Packers offense was once again pathetic minus our favorite whipping boy, Richard Rodgers. No other receiving threats and no running game to speak of.

Aaron Rodgers led the team with 27 yards rushing.

To be fair, the Packers played most of the game with only two-fifths of their starting offensive line intact. The right side, Bryan Bulaga and T.J. Lang, were both inactive and center Corey Linsley left after re-injuring his ankle.

Again, the Packers defense did their part.

After staking the Lions to a 20-0 lead, the defense buckled down and it started with Julius Peppers’ strip of Matthew Stafford after the Packers’ first score.

That led to their second moments later and the Packers had life, with the score at 20-14.

That momentary hope soon turned to here we go again. It most certainly looked like the Packers were going to have a chance to win at the end, but they were obviously going to fall short.

Just like Chicago. Just like Detroit the first time. Just like Carolina.

And then they didn’t.

Things still don’t look too rosy, but they look good for this evening, at least.

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. xlvordie December 3, 2015

    I’ve read people say R.Rodgers isnt a big enough threat to take pressure off the WR’s….but what about the other way? I see teams dominate packers WR’s with 1 on 1 coverage and have the safteys play everything in between..might be a reason why rodger’s YAC is to low for some writers on this site.
    To me he has been way to criticized. Seeing as he is the ONLY person on the team who can catch a ball consistently.

  2. Who cares December 3, 2015

    FUCK YES!!!!!!!!

  3. K December 3, 2015

    Listen… just because they won with a miracle play doesn’t mean this is a good team. I am still pissed by how lousy these fucktards are and I still think some heads need to roll. lets not forget that this is the lowly lions we squeeked out a lower case w over, and the same lions that beat us at home ffs. something still needs to change in a big hurry. Im glad we stole one from a fucking golden taint team though… that douche will never get enough payback.

    1. Gorgonzola December 4, 2015

      have you read the commentary? cause that’s pretty much what’s been said on here the past month and a half.

  4. icebowl December 3, 2015

    That was nuts……!!!!!!!!
    Take back everything bad I ever said about Mr. Richard Rodgers….
    Saved by a Face mask call….
    A lot of work to do in 10 days to prep for playoff run

  5. K December 3, 2015

    I’m still pissed by how bad this team is…. glad we were able to do that against a golden taint team though. that douche will never get enough payback

  6. Crash December 3, 2015

    Holy. Shit. DickRodge.

  7. Big Gay Clay December 3, 2015

    Lets not bash both Rodgers this week. That was fucking crazy, I don’t think I’ve gotten that excited watching a Packers game since the SB. Hopefully this is the spark we need. Jake Ryan looks legit too, maybe we have found our MLB1 and MLB2 combo. Gritty win.

  8. Crash December 3, 2015

    Holy. Shit. DickRodge.

  9. xlvordie December 3, 2015

    I dont see how Jones and Adams continue to get played.
    the janis play was pretty close and they never tried it again WTF

  10. Kristofer December 3, 2015

    What a win!! Hopefully this will give the Packers some confidence for the rest of the season and then into the postseason!! GO PACK!!!

  11. K December 3, 2015

    sorry… hit submit too many times

  12. NachoDan December 3, 2015

    Legend is born!

  13. MMK December 3, 2015

    Yet another call that saved the day that vikings and bears fans will never ever shut the fuck up about.

  14. PackAttack December 3, 2015

    Maybe they played horrible but that was NFL history right there. That was the craziest finish in Packer history and a last vintage moment for Rodgers. That was an all time moment right there and it needs to be enjoyed. After the fail mary in 2012 we finally got rewarded —- maybe this is the start of something special, who knows — but WOW, I’ll remember that for the rest of my life!

  15. Dan December 3, 2015

    Ah Detroit, you keep being you! I thought Jake Ryan looked pretty solid, I’m looking forward to seeing him play more.

  16. brad December 3, 2015

    That was crazy. Now, back to work, there is much improvement needed to reach the goal.

  17. Remedy December 3, 2015

    Told you clowns that Crockett could ball

    and Jake Ryan better have that jerb locked up

  18. gort December 3, 2015

    I have been a ginormous critic of Davante Adams. I am happy that the kid finally caught a TD and did not have another bunch of drops. Maybe this will turn his season (and possibly his career) around. Richard Rodgers stepped up big time. Eddy Lacy took another step back. Still did not see enough of Janis or Abbrederis. Finally, HOW ‘BOUT THAT DEFENSE!!! I felt so bad for Peppers on the penalty. Jake Ryan was a definite improvement at linebacker and the secondary did a respectable job most of the game. That being said, even if the Packers reach the playoffs (insert some Jim Mora) here, they will need to play a LOT better.

  19. Big Gay Clay December 3, 2015

    I saw Davante was standing in the area Rodgers was throwing to and was like”oh fuck, Adams is about to drop the hailmary!” Then the other Rodgers swooped in and was like “Nah nigga, that’s mine.” And history was made.

    1. jtmax December 3, 2015

      Nicely done Big Gay Clay.
      Yeah I think I heard Rodgers say that too.
      Then RRodgers turned around looked at Adams and says,”That’s how you catch the ball foo”

  20. Bo Stanley December 3, 2015

    This is hilarious. Pack Nation is all smiles after this embarrassing sideshow led by circus clown Mike Mccarthy and friends.
    This was easily the worst game I’ve seen all season by any team. The Pack are disgusting. JAMES STARKS?? HAHAHA YUCK. He’s either tripping over his own two feet or fumbling. He is unanimously the worst back in the NFL. I feel bad for people who actually pay money to watch this team.

    It was the luckiest victory I’ve ever seen. Fumble into the end zone recovered for a TD. a sack/fumble that set up on the 15 yard line, and the luckiest luck show all off, the hail mary caught by the biggest loser on the field.

    This team has 0% chance of doing anything in a playoff scenario, and hopefully Mike Mccarthy will be fired this offseason, but probably won’t.

    Go Bears.

    1. PF4L December 4, 2015

      Notice how the bear fans start chirping when they are having a successful season, ya know….being 5-6.

      DUH bears!!

  21. disposable hero December 3, 2015

    So a couple things, this team is still bad offensively. Crockett got decent yards and then MM sat him, WTF? Janis was just a decoy, same as other games. Lacy must have issues in practice or shit in MMs hat because something is not right with that situation. Of course he is going to run like shit when you give him the ball 5 times behind an injured and middling o-line. But sometimes all you need is luck. So I will take the win. Ryan looked decent, needs more game time, a sliver of hope? Was it just me or did Rodgers do his best Favre SB 31 celebration impression on that HM? Lastly, Mike Carey, the so called rules expert for CBS stated that the PI no call was a good call early in the game. However, almost the same exact PI and he said, good call…fuck that guy. CBS, pay me half of what you pay that douche canoe, at least you will get some consistency.

  22. jtmax December 3, 2015

    Why do to continue to dog Richard Rodgers even when he saved our season? We had nothing but butterfingers for TE’s in last 7 seasons. Richard Rodgers has done nothing but catch every ball thrown his way in last two seasons. He’s the only receiver without dropolitis this season. Give it a rest Monty. You know you are way off on Richard Rodgers and you should apologize.

    As for Nate Palmer, you praised him a couple of time but he’s been dog crap every play this whole season. Now you see how a real ILB is supposed to be with Jake Ryan.

    1. Deepsky December 4, 2015

      Having a large TE who catches everything is a big deal. See Ed West and Bubba Franks. Problem is, the Packers, because of lack of receivers who can produce, are trying to make Richard Rodgers something he is not.

  23. xlvordie December 3, 2015

    I agree apologize to Richard Rodgers!!

    Turn your aggression to Adams

  24. RC December 3, 2015

    Go be a viqueens fan then you pussy… If you can’t handle the ride get off the fuckin bull! BITCH!

  25. RC December 3, 2015

    K= huge pussy!

    1. K December 4, 2015

      who the fuck are you?

  26. Shawn December 3, 2015

    Gotta enjoy this right now. Forget about the other 60 minutes.
    My whole life watching the Packers and this was the first win on a final play hail mary that I’ve ever seen. These just don’t come around often. So enjoy the shit out of it right now. We’ll worry about all the other issues next week.

    1. Fritz fm WI December 3, 2015

      The sports world will note this historic thriller forever more as “The Motor City Miracle”

      [i’ve already heard that reference on the NFL network’s postgame shows].

  27. MetsPackersRangers December 3, 2015

    I feel bad you are stuck watching such false hope in Jay Cutler.

  28. V December 3, 2015

    Team got lucky…as a reminder, given the opportunity, luck would not be something Packers fans need if I were GM. Seriously, I’m way smarter than Ted.

    Good win though and Favre -esque

  29. Organicbuzz December 4, 2015

    Feels good. Go Pack Go!~!!!

  30. joe December 4, 2015

    I was at the game tonight what a rush !!!! Great hearing go pack go chants in somebody elses house

  31. Phillthy December 4, 2015

    I’m just commenting to remind that I’ve defended DickRodge the whole time.

    Also the Pack got lucky and can only put this win on the level of the Vikings win.

    We won despite being inept, we’re supposed to better than this.

  32. I steal fish December 4, 2015


    I’m happy as hell we were finally on the right side of a last minute play. I’m just gonna enjoy this improbable odds against ass win, my friends!

  33. rebelgb December 4, 2015

    As Shawn said, enjoy this. This happens once in a lifetime and I havent been running around my family room like that since Matthews forced that fumble in our last Super Bowl.

    And as stated above, the Rodgers pulling off his helmet and running down the field with it in his hand looked like Brett circa 1996 SB, was an awesome image.

    Maybe this sparks us to something bigger. This team now has 10 days to heal up. We need our o line back so we can run Crockett (that guy is fast). With a running game this team could get things turned around.

  34. Deepsky December 4, 2015

    This looked like some of the early Favre wins. Isn’t this what the Aaron Rodgers haters were saying Rodgers was not, a clutch player?

    Soon they’ll forget Rodgers won this game (just like they forget about the win over the Bears on a big pass play that put them in the playoffs), and we’ll hear how Favre won every game in the 4th quarter and Rodgers never won anything.

  35. Vano Lucas December 4, 2015

    I too have been saying all along that R. Rodgers is much better than people on this forum give him credit for. I don’t expect too many more nights like this one, but I think he’s a pretty solid guy. In short, he’s an adequate tight end. A lot more dependable than our wideouts.

    1. Andy Pants December 4, 2015

      Vano, I think you’re right. He’s not great, but he’s also just 23 years old. He won that game for us yesterday, and it wasn’t just because of the Hail Mary catch.

  36. MMTTDCSUCK December 4, 2015

    What an exciting finish! Was very happy with getting the win! R. Rodgers had an unexpected great game. His hands have always been good, just his speed is not so good. A Rodgers willed that win because the Buffoon and the Buffoon V.2 had no clue the whole fucking game. This was a great win, but I will not delude myself about this teams potential after watching them shit the bed offensively for 75% of the game. We needed at least three MAJOR BREAKS to win this game. And by god, we got them! Otherwise we looked like shit offensively! Where was Janis the whole fucking game? Adams still dropping passes. A few trick plays that actually looked pretty good gives me a bit of hope. The “D” looked pretty damned good after the first quarter. No Lacy? Something is up with this team! The powers that be need to get it figured out NOW! But I’ll take the win!

  37. Andy Pants December 4, 2015

    Lol @Bo Stanley! Talking about how the Packers have no chance to do anything in the Playoffs… as a Bears fan. I hope that makes you feel better, Bo. Maybe next year, the Bears will make the Playoffs. That would be very special for you!

  38. Richard December 4, 2015

    Whether or not the final sequence was more luck than talent, the comeback was almost as important as the win itself. Even if they had lost, they showed some heart and pride and that’s been M.I.A. for a few weeks now

  39. The Pumaman December 4, 2015

    Good thing Lance Easly wasn’t officiating or the last play would have been an interception.

  40. Kato December 4, 2015

    This is still a bad team. To beat a bad team, it took a ball fumbled forward into the end zone, a dumb lions penalty on the last play in regulation, and absolute miracle heave into the end zone. That being said, wins like this can propel a team going forward. We can only hope this was the push the team needed.

  41. Mason Crosby December 4, 2015

    Thank God it didn’t come down to me attempting a game-winning field goal. Becuase I surely would have choked.

  42. fighting mad December 4, 2015

    And there it is. Finally a win after six weeks and all the so-called Packers “fans” are back saying how great the team is.

  43. Andy Pants December 4, 2015

    fighting mad, what are you reading? Quote a single person who is saying that the Packers are “back to being a great team.” Because I don’t see a single person saying anything like that. All I see are guys saying they were lucky, showed some mettle, have a chance to turn it around with 10 days to get healthy, etc. So what are you talking about?