It looked like the Detroit Lions were about to pull off the upset and hand the Green Bay Packers their fifth loss in six games. But a questionable facemask penalty with time expiring gave the Packers one last shot, giving quarterback Aaron Rodgers a chance to be a hero.
Since the game cannot end on a facemask penalty, Green Bay was handed an untimed down from their own 39-yard line.
On the game-ending play, Rodgers was nearly sacked in the backfield, but escaped to heave a desperation Hail Mary. The ball somehow ended up in the hands of tight end Richard Rodgers.
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— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 4, 2015
In a game that probably saved their season, the Packers overcame a 20-0 deficit without three of their starting offensive linemen.
Following Thursday's stunning victory, Aaron Rodgers admitted it was "the most amazing game" of his life (and that dude won a Super Bowl):
— NFL (@NFL) December 4, 2015
But no surprise victory comes without controversy. As soon as the game ended, many began questioning the facemask penalty that gave Green Bay an additional play.
The Lions just lost after the refs called this a face mask and gave Green Bay another play pic.twitter.com/ze9tns8WAM
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) December 4, 2015
However, on the previous play, Detroit could have just as easily been called for defensive pass interference, which would have given Rodgers an even closer look at the end zone.
Regardless, a win is a win and suddenly Packers fans have something to be excited about again.