NumberFire, an NFL advanced statistics and probability web site, tracked a 98.4 percent chance of the Packers defeating Seattle after Russell Wilson's fourth interception of the game. Green Bay held the ball up 19-7 with five minutes to play in the game.
How on earth did Seattle pull that game off? And has there been a worse defeat for a team in recent memory? Perhaps New England, Seattle's opponent in Super Bowl XLIX, after they missed out on their undefeated season with a loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, can share in the Packers' misery. But either way, it's hard to argue any postseason defeat since the Oilers were at the Bills in 1993 was worse than the one the Packers took in Seattle Sunday.
The Frank Reich-led Bills overcame a 35-3 second half deficit to defeat the Oilers, and would eventually advance to the Super Bowl that year. The Packers had to have been feeling perhaps even more confident than the Oilers did that Saturday in Orchard Park, N.Y. Outside linebacker was giving what appeared to be excited, celebratory hugs on the sideline.
And why not? His team's defense just scored its fourth turnover of the game, and they had only to run out the clock in a game they dominated for most of the previous 56 minutes.
Russell Wilson would eventually become only the second quarterback in league history to throw four interceptions and win a conference championship game, but he started the comeback with completions to Marshawn Lynch and Doug Baldwin before running in from a yard out.
An onside kick would go right through the hands of Packers tight end Brandon Bostick, and the Seahawks would recover, down 19-14. Lynch, who rushed for 157 yards, capped off a championship-level drive with a 24-yard touchdown run for the ages, including his patented reverse crotch-grab upon reaching the end zone. Rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who had two of the four interceptions, got lost on what was literally a Wilson Heave-n-Pray throw on the two-point conversion. It was caught by Luke Wilson to give the Seahawks a 22-19 lead.
Rodgers had a chance to have a comeback of his own, but a drive fizzled out, eventually forcing onto the field Mason Crosby, who calmly banged home a 48-yard field goal to tie the game.
Seattle got the ball first in overtime, and Wilson immediately hit on back-to-back beautiful 35-yard passes, the first to Doug Baldwin, and the second - the game-ender - to Jermaine Kearse.
A sobbing Wilson credited a team that didn't quit in his postgame interview with FOX Sports, and indeed, they didn't. They became the first team in 10 years to win consecutive conference championships not because they outplayed their opponents for 60 minutes, but because they didn't allow their worst game to be their last game.