January 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second half in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Stats: 14-29, 209 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, 2 total TDs, 4 INTs
It definitely wasn’t pretty, but somehow, Russell Wilson got the job done.
In what was easily Wilson’s worst game as a pro, he still managed to pull off an improbable victory over a Green Bay Packers squad that outplayed the Seahawks for the greater part of the NFC championship game.
Two of Wilson’s picks weren’t his fault as Jermaine Kearse let two would-be catches glance off of his hands which led to Morgan Burnett and HaHa Clinton-Dix interceptions. The other two interceptions were simply poor decisions from Wilson, which many people will consider anomalies.
But what matters is that Wilson engineered key drives when they mattered most. He was able to quickly rebound from his fourth interception and march 69 yards for a touchdown to bring the Seahawks within one, and then drove the team 50 yards after Seattle recovered the muffed onside kick.
And I shouldn’t have to talk about the two dimes to Doug Baldwin and Kearse in overtime.
But Wilson and the offense will have to be prepared to score a lot of points against the Patriots in Glendale. Earl Thomas reportedly has a dislocated shoulder, while Richard Sherman‘s elbow has been sprained. Both players told the media Sunday that they will play in the Super Bowl, but who knows how effective they will be against the great Tom Brady?
Expect a relative shootout in the Super Bowl, but seeing Russell Wilson this year, he will rebound from his poor performance in the NFC championship to put on his usual magic show in the Super Bowl.