Rodgers' Game Tying Hail Mary vs. Cardinals
Rodgers' Game Tying Hail Mary vs. Cardinals
January 16, 2016

Rodgers' Game Tying Hail Mary vs. Cardinals

"Aaron Rodgers has so many Hail Marys, that it's really hard to pick just one." - Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn
by Lindsey Vonn

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.

Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn is a former downhill skier who won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She has earned seven World Championship medals and holds the American record for most World Cup wins. Born in the Twin Cities, at age 12 she moved to Vail, Colorado, where she became a Broncos fan. More recently, she’s been seen on the Broncos sideline during a game at Mile High Stadium. Several years ago, Vonn and the Broncos’ Von Miller worked out together while rehabbing serious knee injuries.
Place of Birth:
St. Paul, MN
Preferred Team:
Denver Broncos