SHARP: Lions stunned after Hail Mary

The ball hung in the air, seemingly forever.

The perfect throw for the perfect prayer answered.

Green Bay got an extra play after the game clock struck 0:00 due to an idiotic Detroit defensive penalty. Aaron Rodgers got one more chance. He escaped the Lions’ defensive pressure, scrambled to his right and catapulted a throw more than 60 yards into a growing scrum in the Lions’ end zone.

Inexplicably, the Lions only had safety Glover Quin camped near the goal line.

Where was the 6-foot-5 Calvin Johnson?

Somebody positioned in front of any potential Packers receivers to contest the pass. Instead, Green Bay tight end Richard Rodgers found himself in front of the defense when gravity finally brought down Aaron Rodgers’ lunar launch of a Hail Mary.

Of course, he came down with the game-winning pass.

It’s the Lions. They can’t simply lose. (Tweet this) They must find the most emotionally torturous way to kiss away a game that should’ve been theirs. Johnson’s knees collapsed as he stood on the sideline watching the play unfold, incredulous that a 20-0 Lions’ lead midway through the third quarter could result in a 27-23 loss.

“I don’t have the words to explain this,” safety Glover Quin said afterwards, a blank stare enveloping his face.

How about these words? Inexcusable. Pathetic. Damning.

“All I saw was the dude catching the ball,” said cornerback Darius Slay. “Limited words. I don’t know what to say. I’m just in shock mode. It is what it is.”

And for the third time this season involving a local team, the victor didn’t claim its first lead until the game clock read 0:00.

Michigan State beat Michigan, 27-23 in October. The Spartans beat Ohio State, 17-14 just 12 days ago. And now the Packers stunned the Lions.

“Man, I’m still in shock,” said Golden Tate. “I really don’t know how to feel about what just happened. That’s crazy, but it just shows the game is not over until there are zero seconds on the clock and even sometimes then, it’s not over. It’s tough to swallow.”

The Lions have only themselves to blame for this loss. Don’t blame the officiating. There was the standard immediate post-game response that the officials potentially erred throwing a personal foul face mask penalty on Lions’ defensive end Devin Taylor. Replays suggested Taylor got more of Aaron Rodgers’ shoulder pads than his face mask on what should’ve been the last play of the game — a failed multiple lateral attempt.

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