Packers: Ranking the five greatest wins of the decade

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5. Aaron Rodgers throws Hail Mary with final play to beat Lions (2015)

Entering Week 13 having lost four of their past five, the Packers’ 6-0 start had now become a 7-4 record. The Vikings led the division at 8-3, and with some tough games on the schedule to come, the Packers’ season could’ve been over with a loss to the Lions at Ford Field.

And things didn’t get off to a good start. Green Bay’s first three drives?

Punt. Punt. Interception. The Lions led 17-0 after the first quarter, and the Packers’ awful run looked to be continuing. Midway through the third quarter, Matt Prater kicked a field goal to extend Detroit’s lead to 20-0 and all but end the game, and perhaps Green Bay’s season.

The Packers needed a miracle.

And oddly enough, it started with James Starks fumbling the football into the end zone. Fortunately for Green Bay, Randall Cobb was there to recover it for a touchdown. Moments later, Julius Peppers forced a fumble to give the Packers possession on the Lions’ 12-yard line. Three plays later, Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams for a touchdown, making it 20-14.

After another Prater field goal, Rodgers ran in a touchdown to make it 23-21 with only three minutes remaining.

By the time the Packers got the ball back, they only had 23 seconds left on the clock. Rodgers was taken down as time expired but the Lions were called for a facemask penalty.

One untimed down remained — zero seconds on the clock. The Packers needed a touchdown from their own 39-yard line.

Miracle? How about a beautiful Hail Mary pass from Rodgers to tight end Richard Rodgers?

The Packers bounced back from 20-0 down to take the lead for the first time with zero seconds left in regulation. The win saved their season and started a three-game winning streak.