'Hail Mary' puts Packers up 14-6; Nelson out

Ryan Wood
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates after throwing a Hail Mary for a touchdown as time expired in the second quarter against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field.

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers shook off the loss of Jordy Nelson and worked some more Hail Mary magic to take a 14-6 lead over the New York Giants at halftime of their NFC wild-card game Sunday.

Nelson, the NFL leader in touchdown catches, left in the second quarter and was later ruled out for the game because of a rib injury.

The Packers' top receiver took a hard shot in the ribs from Giants safety Leon Hall with 11:14 left in the second quarter. Nelson was hunched on all fours near the Packers' sideline, then stayed hunched over on the bench. He was later taken to the locker room on a cart.

Nelson has one catch for 13 yards.

At the time, the Packers trailed 6-0 and had negative yardage in the game. They’ve since gotten their offense back on track.

On the final play of the half, Aaron Rodgers heaved a 42-yard pass into the end zone and Randall Cobb hauled it in for a touchdown to put the Packers ahead by eight.

It brought back memories of Rodgers' 61-yard Hail Mary on the final play to beat the Detroit Lions during the 2015 regular season, and a 41-yard final-play bomb to Jeff Janis that sent an playoff game at Arizona into overtime last season.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) is carted off the field after getting injured against the New York Giants during their NFC wild-card playoff game Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
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