Seattle Rallies Past Green Bay 28-22 in OT to Reach Super Bowl
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in overtime, and the Seahawks stunned the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in the NFC Championship in Seattle on Sunday.
The Seahawks will play the New England, which beat Indianapolis 45-7 in the AFC Championship in Foxborough, Mass., in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.
After Seattle rallied from a 16-point deficit to take a late lead, Green Bay tied the game at 22 on Mason Crosby’s 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in regulation. The Packers never had possession of the ball in overtime, and the Seahawks scored in six plays to wrap up the win and their second straight Super Bowl berth for the NFL championship.
Green Bay seemingly had the game under control after forcing five Seattle turnovers in regulation. The Packers led 16-0 deep into the third quarter and still held a 19-7 advantage with 3 minutes to play.
The Seahawks closed to within 19-14 on Russell Wilson’s 1-yard TD run with 2:09 left. They recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Marshawn Lynch scampered 24 yards for a score four plays later to give Seattle its first lead. A two-point conversion from Wilson to tight end Luke Willson made it 22-19 with 1:25 to play, but allowed Green Bay time to mount a drive for Crosby’s tying field goal.
Other than throwing the game-winning touchdown pass, Wilson was awful on Sunday. He completed just 14 of 29 passes for 209 yards, with a career-high four interceptions. He was sacked five times. Lynch was a force for the Seahawks, carrying 25 times for 157 yards and a score.
Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers was mediocre, going 19-for-34 for 178 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.