The presumption is that if you click over to a televised athletic event and stick with it, you're doing so with the desire that it turns into something memorable.

On Thursday night, I was busy catching up on the terrific Season 2 of "Fargo,'' an FX series, and didn't check in on the Packers-Lions game until the fourth quarter. The reward was incredible.

Aaron Rodgers unloaded a football as if he was Miguel Sano just getting under a fastball, and Richard Rodgers positioned himself as if he was Byron Buxton getting under a fly ball to the warning track, and the tight end brought down the ball in the end zone.

The play officially covered 61 yards, and gave the Packers a one-last-play, 27-23 victory over Detroit.

By comparison, Tommy Kramer's Hail Mary to Ahmad Rashad in 1980 at Met Stadium was a 46-yard touchdown, and Doug Flutie's heave to Gerald Phelan for Boston College in 1984 was a 48-yard touchdown.

The comparison of distances is enough to define the phenomenal nature of the Rodgers-to-Rodgers winner.

This is why you take the time to watch sports, right? Apparently not.

All I could find from Vikings fans was anger that a 15-yard penalty had been called for Detroit's Devin Taylor slight contact with Aaron Rodgers' facemask on what appeared to be the final play of the game.

Really? You watch that finish and your takeaway is, "That play should never have happened.''

I know most Minnesotans are tired of seeing the Packers as kings of the NFC North. I know the Purple hard-cores carry around the silly theory that the Packers get all the calls.

Still, I don't get it — how the reaction of any sports fan on Thursday could be anything other than this:

"I just had a chance to watch what might be the greatest throw in football since Notre Dame's Gus Dorias threw his infamous 40-yarder to Knute Rockne to beat Army in 1913.''

Plus, the Vikings remain likely to be playing the Packers for the division title on Jan. 3 in Lambeau Field, and what's more fun than that?