Seahawks Stun Packers In OT To Advance To Super Bowl 49
Russell Wilson's 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse just over three minutes into overtime gave the Seahawks a wild 28-22 win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game in Seattle. The touchdown capped an incredible rally for the Seahawks, who took advantage of a misplayed onside kick late in the fourth en route to advancing to Super Bowl 49. The Seahawks trailed 16-0 at halftime and were down by 12 in the fourth quarter before taking their first lead with 1:25 left in regulation. Green Bay's Mason Crosby then forced OT with a 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds to go.
Wilson threw for 209 yards, the score and four interceptions for Seattle, which will face either the Colts or the Patriots in Glendale, Arizona in two weeks. Marshawn Lynch rumbled for 157 yards and a touchdown in the win. Aaron Rodgers passed for 178 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for Green Bay, which gave up two touchdowns less than a minute apart late in the fourth. Crosby kicked five field goals, including two chip shots following Seattle defensive stands in the first quarter.
Patriots Crush Colts To Advance To Super Bowl
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are headed to another Super Bowl. This time, the New England Patriots will see a recognizable face on the opposite sideline Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.
Brady threw three touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount rushed 30 times for 148 yards and three scores, as the Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, in the AFC Championship Game at a rainy Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots will next try to derail the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks advanced to Super Bowl XLIX by rallying from a 16-point deficit for a thrilling 28-22 overtime win over Green Bay earlier Sunday.
The matchup will be an intriguing one, especially for the head coaches. Current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll guided the Pats from 1997-99 before being replaced by Belichick, who has engineered New England to six Super Bowl appearances and three titles (2001, 2003, 2004), all with Brady under center.
Sunday's victory was Belichick's 21st in the postseason, moving him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Landry for the most all-time. Additionally, New England's eight Super Bowl appearances are tied with Pittsburgh and Dallas for the most in NFL history.
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