The term “Hail Mary” pass became etched into football parlance after Roger Staubach described his game-winning 50-yard pass to Drew Pearson in the 1975 Divisional Playoffs against the Minnesota Vikings – “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.”
With yesterday’s 42-yard Hail-Mary touchdown pass just before halftime in the Wild-Card Game against the New York Giants – Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers became the undisputed king of “Hail Mary’s” with his third such toss.
As impressive as it was, it is not even his best.
Last year’s Miracle in Motown is more impressive for its distance (61-yards) and for being a game-winner.
But I believe his 41-yard Hail Mary one month later in the Division Playoffs against the Arizona Cardinals takes the cake – in part because it was preceded by a desperation 60-yard pass on fourth-and-20 with 55 seconds to go.
Rodgers then sent the game into overtime as time expired. NBC’s Chris Collingsworth exclaimed “that may be one of the greatest throws ever made”.