Kearse, on the first drive of overtime, caught a 35-yard touchdown from Russell Wilson to give the Seahawks their second straight NFC title. The Seahawks, who looked dead with just a few minutes left in regulation on Sunday afternoon, defeated the Green Bay Packers, 28-22, in one of the greatest playoff games in NFL history.
Wilson, who had just hit Doug Baldwin for a big third-down conversion into Packers territory, lofted a pass to Kearse, who beat Tramon Williams and caught the pass with Williams draped all over him for the score.
That capped off a miracle comeback for Seattle. Cameras caught Wilson weeping after the game. It was that kind of win.
Marshawn Lynch’s 24-yard touchdown run with 1:25 left gave the Seahawks a lead after they looked all but buried just a few minutes before. When safety Morgan Burnett picked off Russell Wilson with about five minutes left, he strangely slid down like the game was over even though he had plenty of room to run. Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, mobbed him on the ground in celebration. And, in fairness, it did seem like it was over. The Packers led 19-7 and had dominated up to that point.
Then Seattle’s offense, which had been ineffective most of the game, came alive. Russell Wilson, who finished with four interceptions, hit Marshawn Lynch for a long pass down to the 9-yard line. Wilson scored on a 1-yard touchdown with 2:09 left. Still, Seattle needed something out of the ordinary to happen.
Then came the onside kick. Packers tight end Brandon Bostick went up for the onside kick and couldn’t bring it in. The Seahawks recovered, and all of a sudden they had the ball needing a touchdown to take the lead on their quest for a second straight NFC championship.
Lynch, who has done so much during this Seahawks run the past few years, gave Seattle the lead. He ran off left tackle into a huge hole, and it was clear immediately he was going to score. He strolled the final few yards in, then Wilson hit tight end Luke Willson for an incredible two-point conversion to put the Seahawks ahead 22-19.
The Packers still weren’t done, not with three timeouts and quarterback Aaron Rodgers Green Bay then pulled off their own great comeback.
Rodgers hit a couple of quick passes, then limped on a bad calf for a first down at Seattle’s 36-yard line. The Packers picked up 6 more yards on a completion to Jordy Nelson to set up Mason Crosby for a game-tying field goal. He drilled a 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
The Packers and Rodgers never got the ball in overtime. Wilson and Kearse made sure of it.
The hopes of the patriots this week end will rest on the right arm of one Tom Brady . After completely going away from the run on last week in the divisional round of the playoffs the Pats have to expect to do the same this week as well . Last time these two teams met the Colts where ran off the field by a running back most fans had never heard of . Since then the Colt defense has improved and played much better run defense . But in order for the colts to make it to the superbowl the colt defense must make brady uncomfortable in the pocket . This needs to happen up the middle or the “A ” gap
Too many teams attempt to bring pressure on the edges Brady is ok with stepping up in the pocket and allowing the ends to be pushed around him or going into the middle of the field but moving lateral to the line of scrimmage is a problem for brady. Sitting back just watching film I notice that nearly 95% of the time Brady had “A” Pressure the play ended in either an incomplete pass or turnover
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall met with the media Thursday at Halas Hall and had plenty to say about domestic violence, media coverage, his past and his progress.
It has been an eventful week for Marshall. On Sunday, he battled through an ankle injuryto catch three touchdown passes in the Bears’ 28-20 come-from-behind win over the 49ers. Bears’ Brandon Marshall still can’t escape his past
On Tuesday, he fired Twitter shots at ESPN after the network unearthed a two-year-old profile of him on “E:60,” sprinkling in minor updates to a story that detailed the receiver’s troubled past and experiences with domestic abuse as well as his steps toward reform.
Then Wednesday, Marshall’s abusive relationship with former girlfriend Rasheedah Watley was pushed back into the spotlight in an odd news conference in Atlanta where prominent lawyer Gloria Allred was joined by Watley’s father, Clarence, and close friend Kristeena Spivey.
Together, that trio spoke to the violence and abuse in Marshall’s past as a means of criticizing the NFL for what Allred asserted were shoddy league practices in investigating such cases of abuse and violence from players.
Here are a few of the most notable things the Bears receiver had to say at the podium Thursday:
On the controversies that have embroiled the NFL in recent months:
“My view on the NFL and this current climate that we’re in, I think it’s a shame. But I do love and respect what we’re doing. Because the NFL, as we all know, has the ability to transform lives, to transform communities. We have influence. We have influence to really shape and mold a culture. So these issues, whether we’re wearing lime green on the field or pink or orange, whatever, I think that is sweet. I love it. Because the amount of awareness and the amount of influence that we have can really dictate a lot.”
On why he was so upset with ESPN after Tuesday’s re-airing of his “E:60” profile that detailed his past with domestic violence:
“That takes me to why I was so upset with ESPN. And this is tough. This is a really tough one for me. It’s really tough because in situations like this, you’re not going to hear people defending themselves. There are just certain things where if you get defensive, if you speak your mind, you’re going to be judged and you’re going to make yourself look even worse. And for six and seven years, I’ve sat back and accepted my part in everything that I’ve done, everything that I’ve been a part of. And I’ve listened to representatives say, ‘Listen, you can’t win this one.’ And you can’t. There’s no need to try to win it. But I refuse to sit back and continue to let ESPN or any other network or outlet exploit my story. Because they don’t know the real story.
“ESPN really does know the story. Because they were sent packets with both sides of it. And that’s what is so upsetting. When someone can sit in my living room and look at me and my wife in the eyes and say, ‘Listen, this story is about what you’re doing today. The mentorship.’ Or this is about your camp, this is about your community weekend. And then they use our story and they sensationalize it to sell magazines or to get better ratings. It’s time that stops.”
On how the court of public opinion needs to slow down:
“I just think that we need to get all the details. It doesn’t matter if it takes a day or if it takes a month. We need to get all the details before we can play judge and jury. Because there are two sides to a story. And there are some thing that we don’t know. And there are times where networks or ESPN will sensationalize a story to get their ratings up or to sell magazines.”
More to follow…
By now you’ve heard the story of Adrian Peterson so there is no need for me to ramble on about it here . Seems like Yesterday the Vikings where coming out with a statement and putting their star running back on the practice field … wait a minute that was yesterday . The NFL is fumbling these situations more than any running back ever could . I keep waiting for the Benny Hill Music to play . You’re Suspeneded .. wait a minute no you’re not .. Ok we change our mind yes you are . Now do I agree with what Adrian did ? Im truy on the fence I understand the need to correct the acts of children but at the same time bruises and bleeding are uncalled for . With that being said I do not want the Government in my house telling me how I should get this done . The same Government that shoots and kills unarmed teens and beats people on the side of the road want to tell me how to discipline my child … please get the Fuck out of here ! The waffling by the team makes it look really bad more than anything . What new facts about this case have been revealed ? Has he been proven guilty? After the Ray Rice situation and releaseing him for a fight with his wife I can no longer take the NFL seriously