The 3 minute miracle

20 Jan

In one of the most thrilling comebacks in the history of the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC championship for the second year in a row.

The Green Bay Packers had the opening drive of the game where they marched right down field until Richard Sherman intercepted the ball in the end-zone. With that turn it looked as though it would turn into another easy game for Seattle but that was not to be. Not long after getting the ball Russell Wilson threw the first of four interceptions. Green Bay quickly scored to start off what would be the worst first half the Seahawks have experienced since Russell Wilson became the starting quarterback in 2012.

In the third quarter the Seahawks finally managed to get on the scoreboard when punter Jon Ryan threw a touchdown pass, on a fake field goal, to back up tackle Gary Gilliam. It seemed to be the one big play to ignited the Seahawks but it was not to be as there no more scoring on either side. The 3rd quarter ended with the Packers leading by 9 points.

Not long into the 4th quarter the game seemed to be getting out of reach as the Packers kicked a field goal to extend the lead to 12 points. The score remained 19-7 for most of the 4th quarter. Then, with less then three minutes left in the game something unbelievable happened. The Seahawks’ offense caught fire and scored a touchdown to close the gap to 5 points. It was thrilling but it looked like a case of too little too late. The Seahawks showed us they had more up their sleeves when they recovered an on-side kick, which is rare, and quickly score another touchdown with a 2 point conversion to take a 3 point lead. It looked like the Seahawks would win in regulation but the Packers tied the game with a last second field goal.

With the game headed for overtime the Seahawks won the coin toss. Seattle received the kickoff where they picked up where they left off. After a couple of quick strikes Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard bomb that landed right in the hands of Jermaine Kearse for the winning touchdown to send the Seahawks to the Superbowl for the 3rd time in team history and the 2nd in a row.

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