Aaron Rodgers is an unstoppable Hail Mary machine


Aaron Rodgers is pretty good at this Hail Mary thing.

For the third time in 13 months, the Packers quarterback connected on a desperation deep ball in the end zone, this time to stun the Giants on the final play of the first half in today's Wild Card matchup. Giants defenders let Randall Cobb get behind them and Big Blue catastrophe ensued. The score and extra point put the Packers up 14-6 entering halftime.

The play only happened because Jared Cook dropped a seam pass from Rodgers on the previous play. Cook, who couldn't corral a pass that hit him directly in his chest, was brought down at the 20-yard line. With no timeouts, the Packers would have seen time expire on the quarter.

Given a second chance, Rodgers did his thing. The Packers star connected on two Hail Mary touchdowns last season: First, in Week 14 to beat the Lions, then again against the Cardinals to force overtime in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

Since we're here: Where does the term "Hail Mary" come from? Take it away, NFL historian Chris Wesseling:

Staubach connected with Drew Pearson to beat the Vikings, 17-14.