SEATTLE–The Seahawks rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit to send today’s NFC title game into overtime at CenturyLink Field, 22-22.
A 10-play, 57-yard drive early in the fourth quarter, which Mason Crosby capped with a 48-yard field goal, gave the Packers breathing room and a 19-7 lead. The drive also took 5:02 off the clock and left the Seahawks in panic mode, which is not their style of football.
Seattle began moving down the field, as time ticked away. On third-and-6, Marshawn Lynch bulldozed for 9 yards across midfield. A sack and an incompletion left the Seahawks to face a critical third-and-15. Russell Wilson threw incomplete and the Seahawks were forced to punt.
The Packers took possession with 6:53 to kill, and right away they turned to their running game. Two runs left third-and-4. Aaron Rodgers’ pass was dropped by Andrew Quarless and the Packers had to punt. Seattle had the ball near midfield.
On the next play, Wilson’s pass bounced out of his receiver’s hands and into the hands of Morgan Burnett, the Packers’ fourth interception of the day.
The next time the Seahawks had the ball, Wilson hit Marshawn Lynch with a pass that carried to the 9-yard line. On third-and-goal from the 1, Wilson scored and the Packers’ lead was cut to 19-14 with 2:09 to play.
Lightning struck the Packers when the Seahawks recovered their onside kick.
Wilson ran for 15 yards just outside the 2-minute warning. From the Packers 33, Wilson threw to Luke Wilson for a first down at the 24. From there, Lynch went the distance. Wilson threw a pop up for a 2-point conversion and a 3-point lead, 22-19, with 1:25 to play.
The NFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl rested on Rodgers’ shoulders and gimpy leg.
From the Packers 22, Rodgers threw to Jordy Nelson for a first down at the 36. A short pass to Randall Cobb crossed midfield. Rodgers scrambled for a first down inside the Seattle 40 and the Packers were in field goal range.
Rodgers faced third-and-10 from the Seahawks 36. A short pass to Nelson put the game on Crosby’s right leg. Crosby had already booted four field goals in four tries. This kick would come from 48 and Crosby nailed it.
The two teams were headed for overtime.
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