Seahawks rally stuns Packers 28-22 in OT for NFC title

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Seahawks rally stuns Packers 28-22 in OT for NFC title
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson reacts after overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Seattle Seahawks Steve Largent speaks on stage after the Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks to the media after defeating the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks speak to the media after defeating the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks holds up the George S. Halas trophy after the Seahawks 28-22 overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks after catching a 35 yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll celebrates after the Seahawks 28-22 victory in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks greets head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers after the Seahawks won the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Jim Basquil and Tom Waddle break down the Seahawks' 28-22 overtime win against the Packers to advance to Super Bowl XLIX.
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks rides a police bike after the Seahawks 28-22 overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks rides a police bike after the Seahawks 28-22 overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate after the Seahawks 28-22 victory in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with his players after the Seahawks 28-22 victory in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a 35 yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes the ball during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a 35 yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate after the Seahawks 28-22 victory in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes the ball in the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a two point conversion in front of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: The Green Bay Packers huddle in the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a two point conversion in front of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Mason Crosby #2 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after kicking a field goal to tie the game late in the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Chris Matthews #13 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with his teammates after recovering an onsides kick during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring on a two point conversion during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring on a two point conversion during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Seattle Seahawks players celebrate the recovery of an onsides kick late during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring on a two point conversion during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Marshawn Lynch #24 celebrates with Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in for a touchdown as Micah Hyde #33 of the Green Bay Packers closes in during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Garry Gilliam #79 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a fake field goal during the third quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders carry Seahawks flags around the field during the 2015 NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson reacts after overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse catches the game-winning touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Tramon Williams during overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, left, hugs Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson reacts after overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks lays on the turf after being tackled during the third quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: The Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals perform during the 2015 NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: A Seattle Seahawks fan looks on against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is brought down during the third quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers looks on in the second half while taking on the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on from the sideline against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers avoids the tackle of Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers avoids the tackle of Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers gives Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks a stiff arm as he runs with the ball during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes the ball during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes the ball during the second half of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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SEATTLE (AP) - Never doubt the resilience of the Seattle Seahawks.

Plagued by turnovers and outplayed much of Sunday by Green Bay, the Seahawks staged an improbable comeback and beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Russell Wilson, who struggled until the final minutes, hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into the extra period on the only possession.

The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years, and will play the winner of the AFC title game between Indianapolis and New England. How they got there was stunning.

Seattle (14-4) trailed 19-7 with about four minutes remaining and had been ineffective on offense all game. Wilson finally put a drive together with passes to Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch - initially ruled a touchdown but called back because he stepped out. Wilson finished with a 1-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 19-14 with 2:09 left.

Seattle recovered a bobbled onside kick at the 50, and Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run. Wilson's desperate 2-point conversion pass was hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19.

Then Aaron Rodgers led the Packers (13-5) to Mason Crosby's fifth field goal, from 48 yards with 14 seconds to go to force overtime.

Then Wilson and Kearse struck, with Kearse - the target on all four interceptions Wilson threw - beating Tramon Williams on the winning pass. Kearse caught the winning TD in last year's conference title win over San Francisco, too.

"Just making the plays at the end and keep believing," said Wilson, who was overwhelmed and sobbing after the game. "There was no doubt ... we had no doubt as a team."

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Kearse, who has caught touchdown passes in four straight postseason games, and several other Seahawks leaped into the stands behind the end zone, saluting the stadium-record crowd of 68,538. Wilson ran through cameramen to jump on Kearse's back, and defensive end Michael Bennett borrowed a bicycle from a police officer and rode around the edge of the field saluting the "12s."

Until the final minutes, there seemed to be no doubt the Packers were headed to the big game Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona. Despite All-Pro quarterback Rodgers' injured calf that had him limping much of the game, Green Bay and its overlooked defense was carrying the day.

But special teams trickery lifted the Seahawks back into the game after falling behind 16-0. Their first touchdown came on a fake field goal when holder Jon Ryan threw 19 yards to tackle eligible Garry Gilliam in the third quarter. After Wilson made it 19-14, Chris Matthews recovered the onside kick that Packers tight end Brandon Bostick couldn't gather.

Lynch, who rushed for 257 yards on 25 carries as the one consistent offensive force Seattle had, wouldn't be denied with 1:25 remaining.

The 16-point comeback was the largest ever in a conference title game. The Colts defeated the Patriots after trailing 21-6 in 2006.

And after the Packers tied it, Seattle wouldn't be denied in overtime, winning the coin toss and going 87 yards in six plays.

"It takes everybody and everybody had to contribute to get that done," coach Pete Carroll said. "It was so much heart, so much belief today. Somehow, somehow we pulled it out."

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