Aaron’s Rodgers Drew Up The Miracle Pass That Saved The Packers Mere Seconds Before He Threw It

(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

The Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys played one of the all-time great NFL playoff games on Sunday. The Cowboys trailed 28-13 at the start of the fourth quarter and their Super Bowl dreams looked dead. Rather than pack it in for the season, they stormed back to score 18 points in the quarter and tie the game at 31-31.

Unfortunately, they left 35 seconds on the clock for Aaron Rodgers to work with.

Rodgers started at his own 25-yard line and had a long way to go just to get into field goal range. After picking up 17 yards in a pass to Ty Montgomery, Rodgers was sacked for a loss of 10, leaving the Packers at their own 32-yard line with a 2nd and 20 with just 18 seconds left. One more incomplete pass would see another six seconds tick off the clock and the game seemed destined for overtime (or another Aaron Rodgers hail mary miracle).

Instead, Rodgers came up this:

Rolling left, he hit Jared Cook for a 36-yard gain. Somehow, Cook managed to keep his toes in bounds. The officials even disagreed in real-time, with one saying Cook was out of bounds and another ref overruling him, calling the pass complete. The replay booth confirmed the catch was good. Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired to send the Packers into the NFC Championship game. It was dramatic and a bit surreal.

Adding to the instantly legendary play is the fact that apparently the Rodgers-to-Cook pass was not in the Green Bay playbook. Wide receiver Randall Cobb told reporters after the game that Rodgers just made it all up on the fly in the huddle right before the snap.

In an age where every aspect of a football game is meticulously planned by a small army of coaches and experts, it’s basically a miracle that Rodgers can sit in a huddle and basically say “Okay, you go deep. You, go straight up the field 25-yards, then cut left. You run a little hook up the right side. Got it? Good.”

In case you had forgotten, Rodgers is really good at playing quarterback.

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