Fate decides Seahawks-Packers
By ANDREW MORRIS
College Contributor Network
If you missed Sunday's NFC Championship game between the Packers and Seahawks, don't worry. The game will most likely be on NFL Network about eight times during the offseason.
Even with Seattle's five turnovers in the game, the 'Hawks booked their flight to Glendale, Arizona to play for a second consecutive Super Bowl. Seattle looked like it was blindfolded for very nearly the entire game and played like it was the first week of its season. Russell Wilson played the first 26 minutes of the game with completions only to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and he plays for the Packers.
The offensive line appeared overmatched and it seemed like Green Bay was going to put enough points on the board to put Seattle's offense on the wrong side of the clock. But it was at that point when any concept of time vanished, and fate stepped to the forefront.
With little time left, a Seattle onside kick was muffed by Brandon Bostick (a second-year, bottom-of-the-depth-chart player) and led to a prototypical Marshawn Lynch TD run to put Seattle up one. Bostick was supposed to block on the play -– an example of how many things went wrong for Green Bay, and right for Seattle, at the end of this playoff thriller.
Eventually the game moved to overtime. Wilson zipped a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse -- the guy Wilson targeted on every single one of his four interceptions -- to end the game and send the Seahawks to Super Bowl 49. This comeback to win the NFC Championship by Seattle was historic as it was the largest comeback (16 points) in a conference title game.
The end of the fourth-quarter was so wild, so unexpected, and so dramatic that only something above the game could explain it. Different players from both teams were showing extremely different emotions after the game –- crying, jumping, despair, joy while riding a bike -– and how could they not? The ending had so many different role players, personalities and storylines all coming together to create that unbelievable finish that the game transcended football and sports in general.
Some say it was special teams, others say it was defensive miscues by Green Bay late that lost them the game, but I say every time the Seahawks defeat the Packers, it comes down to fate – with an emphatic stamp of it here. Sitting at the end of the game, I couldn't help but think of another interesting Green Bay and Seattle game that had the millions of viewers in disbelief, one way or another.
Down 12-7 in the early goings of a 2012 regular season game against the Packers, Wilson chucked up a Hail Mary with eight seconds left. Seahawks receiver Golden Tate and Packers safety M.D. Jennings both came down with the ball together. Two replacement officials then made two separate, and now iconic, signals, and Seattle ended up getting the call for the win in what is now known as the "Fail Mary" game.
Like the Fail Mary, the Shot Heard 'Round the World in 1951, or the 2004 ALCS with the Sox, this one amounted to fate in my eyes. Maybe it isn't deserving of a trademark name or anything, but wow, it was one of the best football finishes I've ever seen.
Andrew Morris is a sophomore at Syracuse University. People refer to him in the third person and he has an everlasting love for Orange, Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A's, Golden State Warriors, and Indianapolis Colts. Follow him on Twitter: @Andrewmo123