The Packer's Hail Mary
Down by two points with zero seconds left on the game clock, the Green Bay Packer’s quarterback, one of the top tier NFL quarterbacks of the year, Aaron Rodgers, unleashed a massive 67 yard Hail Mary pass from his own 36 yard line, which landed right in the hands of tight end Richard Rodgers. The play was controversial for Green Bay haters, as it came after a slightly questionable facemask call that gave the Packers another shot at the last down of the game. For Green Bay fans this controversy only added to the heroic allure of the play.
|Analysis of the angle of release of the ball shows that|
Rodgers threw the ball at a nearly 45 degree angle
Δx= 67.0 yards (61.26m)
t= 4.35 seconds
Vy0= Vo sinΘ
Vy0= 9.95 m/s
If we set the height that Aaron Rodgers released the ball from equal to zero and the time it took to reach the peak equal to half of the total travel time, solving for the final height of the ball becomes very simple.
y’= y0 + vy0 - .5gt2
y’= 33.1 m
1 meter= 3.28 feet
The ball peaked 109 feet above the point where Aaron Rodgers released the ball.