The Seattle Seahawks overcame one of their worst played games of the season and turned it into one of the best comebacks in NFL history.
After a few crazy turnarounds in the game, which included a recovered onside kick, Russell Wilson found Jermaine Kearse in the endzone for a 35-yard touchdown pass to send the Seahawks to the Super Bowl for the second straight year, with a 28-22 comeback win at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Sunday.
The Packers dominated the first half but Seattle’s defense stepped up in the red zone, holding the Packers to three field goals instead of touchdowns in the first half. At the half, the Packers lead could have been a lot wider than what it was, 16-0.
Still in the second half, Wilson and the Seahawks could not get any offense going. Wilson had already thrown four interceptions in the game and did not look like himself for most of the game. This changed when it mattered most. With about four minutes remaining and the Packers leading 19-7, it all started clicking. Wilson completed a few passes to Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch and finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 19-14.
Pete Carrol then decided to try an onside kick with 2:09 left in the game. The kick bounced off Packers’ tight end Brandon Bostick and Seahawks’ Chris Matthews made a nice play mid-air to recover the kick and give Seattle the ball back at the 50-yard line.
The Seahawks then capped the quick drive with a 24-yard touchdown run by Lynch. Seattle then went for a 2-point conversion to make it a 3-point game. Well, in what might have been the craziest play of the day, Wilson scrambled all over the field and slung the ball across the body in hopes somebody would come down with it. The desperation pass went straight into the hands of tight end Luke Wilson to give them a 22-19 lead.
Aaron Rodgers got the ball back with 1:25 left in the game, and quickly led the Packers down the field for a chance to tie the game with a field goal. Mason Crosby nailed a 48-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
Seattle got the ball in overtime and didn’t waste any time with Wilson going to Kearse and making the Seahawks the first defending champions to return to the Super Bowl in 10 years.