|Green Bay Packers||22|
|Seattle Seahawks||28 (F/OT)|
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers entered Sunday with a career 40-1 record when leading by 16 points at any point in a game. Following a valiant comeback effort by the Seattle Seahawks, Rodgers suffered his second career loss in a game his team has led by 16 points, with Seattle taking the victory in the NFC Conference Championship game 28-22 in overtime.
The Packers went into halftime leading the Seahawks 16-0 with a dominating first half effort, allowing the Seattle offense to gain just 59 total yards of offense. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed more passes to the Packers defense in the first half, throwing three interceptions, while completing just two passes- one to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and one to running back Robert Turbin. Wilson entered the locker room 2/10 for 12 yards passing with the three interceptions.
On the other side of the ball in the first half, the Packers received three field goals from kicker Mason Crosby, from distances of 18, 19, and 40 yards out. Rodgers completed a 13-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Randall Cobb to close out the first quarter. He finished the first half 12/21 for 115 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
The game continued in Green Bay’s favor, as they held Seattle to a three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, and forced a Wilson incompletion on third down from the Green Bay 19-yard line on their second drive. The Seahawks faked a 36-yard field goal attempt on 4th-and-10 and punter Jon Ryan completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Clint Gresham to make it a 16-7 game with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Seattle came alive on both sides of the ball. Following an early Crosby field goal, giving Green Bay a 19-7 lead, the Seahawks defense clamped down on the Packers offense. With just over two minutes remaining in regulation, Wilson pushed a 1-yard keeper into the end zone to close the gap to 19-14.
With time running out, the Seahawks elected to attempt an onside kick. The kick took a high bounce, hitting the hands hands and helmet of Packers tight end Brandon Bostick who could not collect the ball, and it was recovered by Seattle’s Chris Matthews, giving the Seahawks and their “12th man” faithful new life.
Four plays into the Seahawks offensive drive, running back Marshawn Lynch rumbled 24 yards to the endzone for a touchdown, and Wilson hit tight end Luke Willson on a wild two-point conversion attempt, to give the Seahawks a 22-19 lead, their first of the game.
With just a minute and 25 seconds remaining, and three timeouts, the Packers marched the ball downfield, with Rodgers completing three passes for 36 yards and scrambling for a 12-yard gain, to move the ball to the Seattle 30-yard line. Crosby came on to attempt his fifth field goal of the game and drilled the 48-yarder. Following the ensuing kickoff, the Seahawks elected to kneel down and run out the clock and send the game to overtime.
The Packers lost the coin toss and the Seahawks chose to receive the ball to open the extra period. On the fifth play of their offensive drive, Wilson found wide receiver Doug Baldwin down the middle of the field for a 35-yard completion. On the very next play, Wilson threw a strike to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, the player he had targeted four times earlier in the game, throwing an interception on each of those attempts, for a 35-yard touchdown to give Seattle the come-from-behind victory.
With the win, Seattle will advance to their second-consecutive Super Bowl, seeking to defend the title they won last year, when they defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8.