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Giving Season: The Untimed Play

On December 3rd, 2015, the Detroit Lions were prevented from doing the double on the Green Bay Packers because of an untimed Hail Mary.

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Giving Season: The Untimed Play


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It’s the holiday season. That means we’re all decorating our homes, and celebrating different pieces of our cultures. Whether we’re celebrating the first harvests to come, lighting candles, or waiting for a fictional bearded man to come down a chimney, we’re in the spirit. And part of that holiday spirit is that of giving.

So we thought we’d go down a rabbit hole to talk about some of the best (or worst, depending on your perspective) gifts given in the history of sports. Today, I want to talk about one of those plays that have been deemed worthy of its own nickname and wikipedia page. A play that was clearly a gift from the refs of the NFL to one of its favorite sons.

On December 3rd, 2015, the Detroit Lions were prevented from doing the double on the Green Bay Packers because of an untimed Hail Mary.

Anybody with eyeballs and a soul (this naturally precludes referees and Packers fans) can tell you the “Miracle In Motown” should have never happened. With six seconds left in the game, on their own 21-yard-line, Green Bay was forced to resort to a lateral type of situation. Eventually, the ball found its way to the hands of tight end Richard Rodgers II, who lateraled the ball back to quarterback (and known liar) Aaron Rodgers, who was tackled on the 24-yard line with the clock reading 0:00. Game over.

Except the NFL doesn’t like the Lions winning almost as much as it doesn’t like Aaron Rodgers losing. A face mask penalty was called on Devin Taylor, who most certainly did not grab a face mask, and because an NFL game can not end on a defensive penalty, Aaron Rodgers was given one last attempt at a 61-yard Hail Mary. And the rest is history.

To this day the “Miracle in Motown” lives on as a reminder the NFL will do anything in its power to gift the Detroit Lions a new way to lose a game.

Andrew Mark Wilhelm is a professional Sound Engineer/Designer, and amateur photographer, writer, musician who recently relocated from California to Rochester, NY. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit has made Andrew an avid fan of all things Detroit but nothing more so than his beloved Detroit Tigers. Every year he tells himself he won't drink the Lions Kool-Aid, and every year winds up heartbroken come January. A Spartan by heart, and a Golden Grizzly by degree, you can catch his (almost) weekly Hot Takes every Hump Day here at The Turf.

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