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Aaron Rodgers on Hail Mary: “I blacked out”

Aaron Rodgers


A few minutes after his 61-yard Hail Mary to Richard Rodgers gave the Packers an improbable 27-23 win over the Lions, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stopped celebrating briefly and smiled his way through a TV interview about the pass.

“I blacked out,” Aaron Rodgers told Tracy Wolfson of CBS. “I don’t know what happened.”

The Lions know the feeling.

The Packers got an untimed down after a facemask call on Devin Taylor of the Lions as the Packers desperately pitched the ball backwards hoping for a miracle.

It was still coming. Richard Rodgers turned around in front of five Lions defenders and jumped for a high-arching pass that Aaron Rodgers threw after escaping a pair of rushers and rolling to his right.

Richard Rodgers told NFL Network after the game he saw the ball as soon as it left the quarterback’s hands and knew he had a chance “from the start, really. I knew I could get it. I just went for it.”

In the intial interview, Aaron Rodgers and Wolfson joked about the win being a pretty good birthday present -- he turned 32 Thursday -- and Rodgers called it “the greatest game of my life since the Super Bowl.”