Packers Experience Meltdown of Epic Proportions

Instead of heading to Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX for a matchup with the New England Patriots, the Green Bay Packers can only think about what could have been as they lost 28-22 in overtime.

The Packers were up 19-7 with four minutes left to play in regulation. Up to that point, Russell Wilson had one of his worst games as a pro throwing four interceptions with no touchdowns.

However, the Seahawks finally put together a drive with Wilson scoring from one yard out with 2:09 left in regulation to cut the Packers’ lead to 19-14. This is when the Packers began to suffer one of the worst meltowns in NFL playoff history.

Steven Hauschka’s onside kick bounced high and off the facemask of Packers’ tight end Brandon Bostick who was supposed to be a blocker on the play and Seattle recovered at the 50. The fans of Seattle then awakened and proved why they are considered the league’s best 12th man.

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Marshawn Lynch weaved his way through the Packers’ defense and basically scored untouched on a 24 yard scamper to put the Seahawks up 20-19 with 1:25 left to play. The Seahawks went for two in hopes of going up by three to prevent losing on a field goal.

About to be sacked, Wilson threw a floating pass off his back foot and across the field. Packers’ safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who had picked off Wilson twice earlier in the game, went from hero to goat as he did not look back for the ball and could only watch as tight end Luke Willson caught the ball at the one and went into the end zone to make the score 22-19.

League MVP candidate, Aaron Rodgers, led the Pack down the field with kicker Mason Crosby nailing a 48 yard field goal to tie the game with 14 seconds to go and force overtime.

The Seahawks won the coin toss and carried their momentum into extra time. Just 3:16 into overtime, Wilson threw a beautiful deep ball down the middle of the field to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse who caught the ball at the goal line and was tackled in the end zone after hauling in the 35 yard score.

The Seahawks’ comeback was complete and overcoming the 16 point deficit was the largest ever in a conference title game.

So who is to blame for this loss? Do you look at Mike McCarthy’s two decisions to go for field goals at the Seattle one on a fourth and goal during their first two possessions? What about Bostick’s fumbled onside kick? How could Clinton-Dix not sense the ball in the air on Wilson’s floater and bat it down to prevent the two-point conversion? Some might question how Tramon Williams would allow Kearse to get behind him in overtime.

The Packers will have a long offseason to question how they let a Super Bowl trip slip away. They seemed to play not to lose rather than to win this game.

And that’s…as I see it!

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