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The Thursday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, well, it had a finish.

Aaron Rodgers hit Richard Rodgers for a 61-yard Hail Mary touchdown with zeroes on the clock, one play after a controversial face mask penalty extended the game after time had expired.

Oh, there was some social media reaction from the sports and celebrity world. Adrian Peterson, whose Minnesota Vikings would have benefited greatly from a Packers loss, shared his thoughts (and corrected his heat-of-the-moment mistake):

A certain celebrity fan of the Green Bay Packers wasn't really bothered by the call:

Two former Wisconsin basketball teammates were at odds over the call: the Houston Rockets' Sam Dekker, a Wisconsiner and Packers fan, and the Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky, a Chicagoland native and Chicago Bears fan:

Others also didn't agree with the call, whether or not they were happy about it:

Then there were the Lions fans:

And let's not forget the other Packers fans and/or people who were just blown away by the whole thing:

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It's no secret Aaron Rodgers hasn't thrown an interception at Lambeau Field in a long time ... a really long time.

So long, in fact, Rodgers doesn't even remember throwing it.

Chances are Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who picked him off, remembers it clearly. But that is neither here nor there. Since that flea-flicker on Dec. 2, 2012, Rodgers has been busy setting NFL records.

He heads into Sunday's game against St. Louis having thrown 612 passes and 52 touchdowns in the 1,043 days since his last interception at Lambeau. That stretch accounts for 19 straight home games (including the playoffs).

So what was the world like in 2012, when some people were interpreting the Mayan calendar to mean the world was ending? Allow us to remind you:

LINSANITY Jeremy Lin rose to stardom as "Linsanity" took over the New York Knicks and the NBA. The New York Times dubbed him the team's "most popular player in a decade."

Jeremy Lin Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

RG3 Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins to an NFC East title and earned 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Robert Griffin IIIDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

GANGNAM STYLE "Gangnam Style" was to 2012 as "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" is to 2015. The quirky dance craze set the record for most-viewed YouTube video at that time.

Gangnam StyleTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

MICHAEL PHELPS The American swimmer, in his third Olympics, won four gold medals at the London Games. What does one do with 18 total gold medals?

Michael PhelpsAl Bello/Getty Images

DWIGHT HOWARD Yep, this guy spent one season with the Lakers until Kobe Bryant sent him packing for Houston. Purely speculation, of course.

Dwight HowardRonald Martinez/Getty Images

JOHNNY MANZIEL Johnny Football became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and subsequently a bona fide member of Drake's posse. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finished a distant second. Te'o would be the center of a "catfish" controversy soon after.

Johnny ManzielMike Zarrilli/Getty Images

MILEY CYRUS Miley Cyrus switched up her look drastically in 2012, ushering in a new era for the songstress. Hey, she's just being Miley ...  

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In the crowd to watch the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Duke Blue Devils in Monday's national championship game were two rather decent NFL players:

One was Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the Wisconsin native, former Badger and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year who took in the game alongside tennis player Caroline Wozniacki:

JJ WattPhil Ellsworth/ESPN

The other? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP who watched with actress/girlfriend Olivia Munn (not pictured):

Aaron Rodgers Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

If you don't believe Rodgers, who played at California, can be a Badgers fan, here is what he had to say about that (note: red refers to rival Stanford's colors):

That's some pretty hefty football firepower behind the basketball Badgers. Who's No. 1?

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Your 2014 NFL predictions?

The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!

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The numbers say Tom Brady no longer is a top-five quarterback. Brady, meanwhile, says only one number matters: the score. All of which is to say, the status of the New England Patriots star is up for discussion. Where does the three-time Super Bowl champion rank among the NFL's signal-callers today?

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