The Seahawks completed an improbable comeback to take down the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in OT for the NFC Championship. Jermaine Kearse caught the game-winning 35-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to send Seattle to their 2nd straight Super Bowl. The Seahawks are the first defending champions to reach the Super Bowl in 10 years, with the last being the Patriots in 2005. The Patriots are also the last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls in 2004-05.
The Seahawks trailed 19-7 with just 4 minutes left, but 15 points in 44 seconds helped give Seattle a 22-19 lead. Mason Crosby's 5th field goal, a 48-yarder, sent the game into overtime, where Seattle would emerge victorious.
Wilson finished with a career-high 4 interceptions, only 1 touchdown, and 209 yards on 14-of-29 passing. Marshawn Lynch led the way on the ground, rushing for 157 yards on 25 carries, helping Seattle come back from a 16-0 deficit.
The 16-point comeback marks the largest in conference title game history, surpassing the 2006 Indianapolis Colts 21-6 comeback on the Patriots.
Seattle finished with 5 giveaways, which is the most in the Pete Carroll-era that began in 2010. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix finished with 2 interceptions, and the Packers' defense sacked Wilson 5 times.
A limping Aaron Rodgers finished 19-of-34 for 178 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions.
Under the falling rain in Foxborough, Massachusetts Brady and the Patriots did what they do best, and that's win. Brady was 23-of-35 for 226 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception to lead New England to a 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship game. LeGarrette Blount ran 30 times for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns, reliving his success against the Colts in last year's postseason.
Brady is entering his 6th Super Bowl and the Patriots are entering their 8th. Brady passes John Elway for most Super Bowls by a quarterback, and Mike Lodish for most by a player. Head coach Bill Belichick tied Don Shula for most Super Bowls by a coach, and passed Tom Landry for most postseason wins.
The 38-point victory is the 2nd largest in AFC title history, behind the 1990 Buffalo Bills 51-3 win over the Los Angeles Raiders.
Andrew Luck had his worst career game with the Colts in his 4th blowout loss against the Patriots. He finished 12-of-33 for for 126 yards, no touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Luck has lost 43-22 twice and 38-7 against New England in his career.
Brady sits at 3-2 in the Super Bowl, with both losses coming to the New York Giants his last 2 visits. He looks to turn that around, while the Seahawks look to clean up their play, after a sloppy comeback win on Sunday. The Seahawks had 2 key defensive players injured in Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, who are both expected to play.
The Seahawks are 10-0 against Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks since Wilson was drafted, including in Super Bowl 48 against Peyton Manning. Tom Brady has been victimized once in that time, and Seattle looks to do it again on February 1st.