If you had the chance to sit down and watch Sunday afternoon’s showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers in this year’s NFC Championship game, this ended in the most dramatic fashion imaginable. Russell Wilson could not have had a worse performance in the first three-and-a-half quarters of the contest as he gave Seattle no chance of life before entering the third quarter.
But just when everyone started to count them out, Seattle, along with their 12th Man, made their way to the Super Bowl.
In the words of Russell Wilson–the Seahawks very own pride and joy, the team that he carries on his back, when put in a corner, left “no doubt” on the field of play.
And while actions often speak louder than words, those words give the Hawks’ actions little justice.
Riding the train of shock and awe in light of a second appearance in three years of professional football for Russell Wilson, the Seattle defense will be the key to beat either the Indianapolis Colts or the New England Patriots, pending who wins the AFC.
In the meantime, here are three things we learned (other than how far our jaws can drop) in the aftermath:
1. DANGER-RUSS IS THE NEW REALITY
While clearly struggling throughout the first half of the game, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had late game heroics once again to bring the hate home along with an unbelievable resume, presence, and ability both on and off the field.
Down 19-7 with just about five minutes to go, Russell Wilson threw another interception into Green Bay’s claws and it was at that point that you REALLY thought it was over.
Because how is a team that has played miserable for so much of a game going to score not one but two touchdowns against a defense like Green Bay’s?
Well, I guess your guess is as good as mine at this point.
Seattle managed to get a late score from a quick run-in by Wilson from one yard out, then manged to do the unthinkable by getting an onside kick and eventually another score (courtesy of Marshawn Lynch). If Wilson had not been able to get into the end zone on what was surely a desperation scramble, you can definitely kiss Seattle good bye at that point.
But wait, there’s more!
Once the Seahawks got a God-given bounce to get the ball back in Packers territory, Wilson lead his team, almost with ease, to a score by Lynch and then a juggled, off-balance two point conversion that saved their season because Rodgers lead the Packers to a game-tying field goal shortly after.
Once overtime struck and the game board read 22-22, Green Bay seemed stuck on the fact that Seattle had actually managed to tie the game. The Seahawks won the coin toss to start the extra session and never looked back. A beautiful 35-yard drop to Jermaine Kearse from Wilson sealed the deal for Seattle and sent the Packers packing.
Oh what a gloomy day it has become in Green Bay, WI.
2. PUN(T) INTENDED
Before Russel Wilson even turned on “God Mode”, the real man in Seattle that gave actual life to his team was punter Jon Ryan. Ryan was able to sneak around to the side on a fake field goal and threw the football passed an amazed amount of Packers defenders to a wide-open Clint Gresham.
With this touchdown, Seattle closed the score to a 16-7 margin, instead of what it would have been if the field goal was successful at 16-3.
From there, the game, momentum, and will to win was clearly on the side of Seattle.
Whether it was gutsy play calling from upstairs, on the sideline, or a last minute decision by the kicking squad, it worked. And really, that is all that matters at this point.
With confidence, it was made clear on Sunday that anything is apparently possible. Richard Sherman, Seattle’s best-known defenseman, battled an apparent arm or elbow injury late in the game and didn’t appear to be himself late on.
Regardless, the defense of the Seahawks remained the tall tale when it was all said and done.
But come Super Bowl time, Seattle must find a way to get their offense into a better rhythm if they expect to repeat against a powerful AFC foe.
3. ROLL 12’s
CenturyLink Field and the Seahawks fans that come to cheer on their team are giving a whole new meaning to home-field advantage. If you remember from not long ago, countless Miami Heat fans left their home team’s stadium when their team went down huge in the NBA Finals. It was a sign that the Heat faithful are small in number–or at least that’s how it would appear.
But the 12th Man in Seattle is no such thing.
Providing Wilson & Co. with beyond belief protection, applause, and redemption, the 12th Man never gave up and instead gave number 12 on the field, also known as Aaron Rodgers, a huge headache and a really, really long off-season.
This really comes as a stab in the back after Aaron Rodgers assured fans early in the season that they needed to R-E-L-A-X. with the aftermath in Seattle now laying at their feet, Green Bay needs to do three things: R-E-T-H-I-N-K, R-E-E-V-A-L-U-A-T-E, and R-E-B-U-I-L-D.
While they’re busy doing that, Seattle will be focusing on being able to one thing and one thing only…R-E-P-E-A-T.
Time for some serious R-E-S-P-E-C-T