Seahawks advance to Super Bowl XLIX with overtime victory in NFC championship game

The Seattle Seahawks had absolutely no right to beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, but that’s exactly what the Hawks did. Seattle needed to score 12 points in the final five minutes to tie the game, the Seahawks scored 15 in those final five minutes. Green Bay kicked a field goal to send the game to overtime, and Seattle scored on the first possession.

From goat to hero, Jermaine Kearse just became a Seattle sports legend.

From goat to hero, Jermaine Kearse just became a Seattle sports legend.

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse played some of the worst football that you will ever see for 60 minutes. But that was completely forgotten when quarterback Russell Wilson found him being guarded by one Packer defender, with no safety help over the top, for a 35-yard touchdown game winning touchdown in overtime.

Seattle is going to its second straight Super Bowl, despite being out played by the Packers for 55 minutes during regulation. And it’s all thanks to an insane comeback that the Seahawks offense orchastrated in the final five minutes of regulation.

With 2:09 left in the third quarter the Seahawks kicked an onside kick and recovered the ball, trailing 19-14. On the first play after the onside recovery, Wilson kept the ball on a read option, picked up the first down and went out of bounds. Wilson then found Willson for a 24-yard gain, putting the Seahawks within field goal range. Instead, running back Marshawn Lynch took the ball 24-yards for the score to give Seattle a 20-19 lead with 1:33 left in the game. Wilson connected with Willson for the two point conversion, giving Seattle a 22-19 lead.

Green Bay quickly answered as Rodgers marched the Packers’ offense down the field in little over a minute to get his team within field goal range. Mason Crosby hit the field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Seattle overcame a 12 point deficit to take the lead in the final five minutes of the game. The Packers held a 19-7 lead and looked like they were well on their way to knocking of the Seahawks at home.

In fact, the Packers lead should have been bigger than 12; as Green Bay was able to drive the ball to the one-yard line on its first two drive…but they settled for field goals instead of going for it on fourth down. Head coach Mike McCarthy needs to reexamine his fourth down decision making process, as it cost him a chance at going to the Super Bowl.

Green Bay didn’t score its first touchdown until there was six seconds left on the clock in the first quarter. Rodgers scrambled to his right and opened up Ryan Cobb in the back of the end zone. It was Rodgers only touchdown of the game.

Both quarterback played like crap in the first half; as Wilson threw three interception, while Rodgers threw two in the first half. Wilson didn’t complete a pass to a Seahawk receiver in his first seven pass attempts. This game was easily the worst in Wilson’s three-year career, but the Seahawks ended up winning the game.

Seattle will face the winner of the Patriots/Colts game in Super Bowl XLIX on February 3rd, 2015 at 3:30 pm.

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