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NFL Reporter's Face

Gets Wide Open,

Fails to Make the Catch

10/15/2012 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The biggest hit in last night's Packers vs. Texans game happened before kickoff ... when an NFL Network reporter took an errant football to the face ... during a live shot.

Ian Rapoport was workin' the sidelines at Reliant Stadium in Houston before the game last night, when a football got loose and smacked Ian right in the kisser ... hard.

Gotta hand it to Rapoport ... 'cause he kept his composure and actually laughed at the situation.

It's a dangerous business.

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