The NFL returned this weekend, and with it came another jaw-dropping performance from the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers.
To set the scene:
Only seconds remained in the first half as the Packers were trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-14.
On third down from the Jacksonville 28, Rodgers was looking to take one more shot at the end zone before the Packers would have to settle for a field goal attempt.
With time running out, could Rodgers pull it off?
And then this happened.
How did Rodgers avoid the sack? How did he manage to throw the ball that far forward while he was being dragged backwards? How did Adams make that catch? None of this makes any sense.
Here it is in slow motion.
Here it is from behind.
And here it is with commentary.
Let's break that down using math. At the time of release, Rodgers is being dragged backwards to the left while throwing the ball forward to the right about 33 yards. This means that Rodgers has the arm strength to make up for being pulled backward while also launching the ball downfield. This happens in a split second.
In this case, Rodgers being pulled backward should mean that the object he's holding (the ball) should also be pulled backwards. However, the unbalanced force of his arm is so great that his throw resists the motion the rest of his body is undergoing.