Sunday, January 18, 2015

SEATTLE DEFEATS GREEN BAY IN IMPROBABLE COMEBACK NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

By: Connor Glowacki

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.
Photo courtesy of USA Today.
     The defending champs are still alive! The Seattle Seahawks scored 15 points in just 44 seconds late in game regulation and defeated the Green Bay Packers in overtime by a final score of 28-22. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson struggled MIGHTILY throughout about the first three and a half quarters of the game. Wilson completed just 14 of 29 passes for 209 yards and threw a whopping four interceptions. However, a late fourth quarter touchdown run by Wilson and a 35 yard game winning touchdown pass in overtime to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse turned Wilson from the goat to the hero.

     Despite five turnovers and being down by as many as 16 points, the Seahawks continued to fight and pulled out a comeback for the ages victory. Running back Marshawn Lynch had 25 carries for 157 yards, while wide receiver Doug Baldwin led Seattle with six receptions for 106 yards. And Seattle's defense, led by gutsy performances from cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas, kept Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers limited the entire game.
   
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Photo courtesy of USA Today.
     Rodgers had a tough day overall, completing 19 of 34 passes for 178 yards and just one touchdown, compared to two interceptions. Rodgers had been struggling with ankle and calf injuries for the last few weeks and the injuries definitely affected him once again today. He looked limited from the pocket and couldn't step into either his throws or runs when he tried escaping from the pocket and from Seattle defenders.
   
     Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy ran for 73 yards on 21 carries, while wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 12 receptions, 135 yards and a touchdown. The Packers defense, led by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (two interceptions), safety Morgan Burnett (two sacks, 10 tackles), and linebacker Julius Peppers (1.5 sacks) played at a very high level all game long, but couldn't make the crucial final stops when they had to.

The Seattle Seahawks will go on to take the winner of the New England Patriots/Indianapolis Colts game in Super Bowl XLIX in two weeks on February 1.

Any thoughts on the game? Are the Seahawks the favorites going into the Super Bowl? Leave a comment below or tweet me your comment on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.

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