Wilson's rousing finale makes up for woeful early performance

Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:17pm EST
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By Simon Evans

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Four interceptions, no touchdowns and barely a decent drive to his name, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was having a nightmare in the NFC Championship game on Sunday.

But with the Green Bay Packers looking set for a Super Bowl place, Wilson found the skill and the spirit to lead his team to a memorable victory.

With a touchdown run of his own, a crazy pass for a two-point conversion and then a superb drive in overtime ending with a beautiful 35 yard game-winning touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse, Wilson delivered an astounding turnaround.

And after all of that and after the emotion on the field, the 26-year-old could still find time for a laugh.

"The game started off pretty ugly huh?" he asked reporters.

"But that last three minutes plus the overtime is probably as good a game as you can get. You can't get any better than that."

The key to the Seahawks win was, according to head coach Peter Carroll, the way Wilson and the team kept their cool as their faced a 16-point deficit, avoiding panic.

"Patience was really important, it always is when you come from behind. You have to wait it out and not force the issue and get yourself in trouble trying to get back too fast," Carroll said.   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) catches a 35 yard pass from quarterback Russell Wilson (not pictured) for the game winning touchdown ahead of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) during the overtime period in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports