Rodgers' Game Tying Hail Mary vs. Cardinals
In early 2016, a Hail Mary courtesy of Aaron Rodgers nearly lifted the Packers to the NFC Championship Game. Playing on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, things looked bleak for Green Bay late: down by a touchdown with under a minute left, the Packers had the ball on their own 4 and faced a 4th down and 20. A long pass completion, of 60-yards, kept their hopes alive – but the odds remained long. Just five seconds remained and the Packers still had 41 yards to go after an offensive penalty. Out of the shotgun, Rodgers faced immediate pressure from a Cardinals’ blitz. Rodgers was chased out of the pocket and hurried toward the sideline, bracing for a hit. But first, he gathered himself and heaved a bomb into the end zone. Two Cardinals looked poised to catch it or bat it away, but at the last moment, Jeff Janis, a Packers receiver from Saginaw Valley State who had made two catches all season, made a perfectly-timed leap, and caught the ball for a touchdown. For Packer fans, unfortunately, the bliss and shock of the moment quickly turned to stone-cold disappointment as the Packers lost in overtime, 26-20.