Green Bay Packers Celebrated Too Soon in NFC Championship

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The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. The defending Super Bowl champs and their home crowd, which is mostly known to be Seattle’s “12th Man”, became anxious as their team went scoreless until the third quarter. The Packers became confident with their 19-7 lead with about five minutes left in the game, yet Green Bay may have started to celebrate too soon. The Seahawks refused to give up despite what the timeclock said and went on to winning the NFC Championship title in overtime. Green Bay lost their opportunity to become Super Bowl bound in a game that they should have played consistently until the final seconds.

Green Bay seemed to have been the better team during the first half of the game. The Packers led the Seahawks 16-0 at halftime. The Seahawks came into the third quarter needing a boost not only for their own team, but for their infamous 12th Man crowd. The first Seattle touchdown of the game did not come from their quarterback, Russell Wilson. Instead, the Seahawks woke their crowd up by faking a field goal inside the 20 yard line. Jon Ryan completed a 19 yard pass to Gary Gilliam to finally put the Seahawks on the scoreboard. The Packers, still confident, was still winning at the end of the third quarter with a score of 16-7.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers failed to score in their next drive at the start of the fourth quarter. Green Bay’s kicker, Mason Crosby succeeded in scoring a 48 yard field goal to put them up 19-7 with a little over ten minutes left in the game. As both teams failed to score in their next few drives, Green Bay began to celebrate as the game clock started to whine down to five minutes. The two-minute warning was slowly approaching and the Seahawks were just inside the 40 yard line. Wilson was able to find running back Marshawn Lynch, who ran the ball into the endzone, but was called for out of bounds at the nine yard line. Wilson then ran straight into the endzone for a touchdown. This was followed by an extra kick to cut Green Bay’s lead to only five points at 19-14.

Green Bay, who started to question their lead, knew an onside-kick would be attempted. The ball was deflected off of Packers’ Brandon Bostick, and into the hands of Seattle’s Chris Matthews at the 40 yard line. This gave Seattle one final drive with under two minutes left to play. At 1:25, Wilson found Lynch, who ran 24 yards into the endzone. Luke Willson successfully caught a two-point pass conversion in the endzone that put the Seahawks up 22-19. With 0:14 left in the game, Green Bay’s Crosby kicked a 48 yard field goal to put the game into overtime.

It only took Seattle five NFL regulation minutes and less than four overtime minutes to score 11 points over Green Bay. With 11:41 on the overtime clock, Wilson threw a 35 yard pass to Jermaine Kearse, who was yards away from the endzone. Kearse easily ran the ball in to end the game with a final score of 28-22, taking all the Super Bowl hopes and excitement away from Green Bay.

Wilson threw four interceptions, passed 14 out of 29, and passed a total of 209 yards. The Seahawks had five turnovers. Lynch had 25 carries and rushed for 157 yards. Green Bay’s Rodgers passed 19 for 34 and finished with 178 passing yards. The Packers overall fought hard against last year’s Super Bowl Champs, who was predicted to win the game all week. Despite if Green Bay played a solid three quarters, they may have celebrated too soon in the fourth quarter and gave just enough time for the Seahawks to arguably have the best NFL comeback of the year. The Seattle Seahawks took this opportunity to prove that no matter what the timeclock said, the game was far from over.

Commentary By Tricia Manalansan

Sources:
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One Response to "Green Bay Packers Celebrated Too Soon in NFC Championship"

  1. Andy lapic   January 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Great article. The thoughts and emotions felt in that game, as a hawks fan, will never be forgotten.

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