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Watch: Ty Montgomery exploits one of the NFL's weird rules in perfect style

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The Green Bay Packers took on the Detroit Lions on Sunday in a back-and-forth offensive encounter that would've been a great watch for the neutrals.

The Packers, led by the superb play of Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and their quicker tempo offense, came out of the encounter with a 34-27 win. They also pulled off one of the most ingenious plays in recent memory.

On a kickoff in the opening quarter, Green Bay return man Ty Montgomery stunned everyone by lying out of bounds to field the kick. It was completely legal, and in fact gained the Packers a massive 37 yards.


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The Lions kicker managed to get the ball to the three-yard line, excellent work from him. However, Montgomery stepped out of bounds and dove on top of the ball while his feet remained out of bounds, stretching out his toes to make sure.

That saw the play get moved all the way to the Packers 40-yard line because technically the kickoff went out of bounds. Yep, even though the ball never left the field of play, the fact that Montgomery was out of bounds when he touched the ball meant that it counted that way.

That play put the Packers into excellent territory from which Rodgers would mount a drive and eventually capitalise on it with a touchdown. 

I, like many others, had never actually seen this before. However, it turns out that the Packers themselves have used it before, four years ago.

The Packers special teams coach deserves a raise. No one can doubt that.

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