Seahawks rally to beat Packers, return to Super Bowl

Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:21pm EST
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By Simon Evans

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Russell Wilson fired a 35-yard touchdown strike to Jermaine Kearse in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a stunning 28-22 comeback win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday and seal a return trip to the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks, bidding to become the first team in a decade to win back-to-back Super Bowls, will play the New England Patriots in the Feb. 1 NFL title game. The Patriots crushed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to win the AFC championship.

Trailing 19-7 the Seahawks scored 15 points in 44 seconds late in the fourth quarter, Wilson and Marshawn Lynch each powering their way into the end zone for touchdowns before a two-point conversion put Seattle ahead 22-19.

The drama was far from over, as the Packers' Mason Crosby booted his fifth field goal to send the NFC championship into overtime where Russell hit Kearse for the winning score as CenturyLink Field exploded in celebration.

"If you have the belief these guys have in one another, there isn't anything you can't do," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "As crazy as that sounds, they pulled it together and pulled it off, a great comeback victory.

"There was so much belief today it didn't matter where it came from, it was going to come out somehow."

The winning touchdown was a spectacular and breathtaking end to a game pitting Seattle's top-ranked defense against the NFL's number one scoring offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

It had taken on a funeral atmosphere for much of the game as Seattle's Super Bowl reign appeared headed to an end.   Continued...

January 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) celebrates with tight end Luke Willson (82) after catching the game winning touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers during the overtime period for the 29-22 victory in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports