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Luke Willson of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring on a two point conversion during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on Jan. 18, 2015 in Seattle, Wash.
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson in overtime to cap an improbable comeback and give the Seahawks a 28-22 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Kearse’s catch came 3:29 into the extra period and on the sixth play of Seattle’s opening drive.

The play naturally set off a thunderous reaction from the 12th Man crowd at CenturyLink Field.


The game-winning catch was set up by a 35-yard pass to Doug Baldwin on 3rd-and-7 one play before. It also finished off an unlikely comeback by the Seahawks, who were down 19-7 after the Packers kicked a field goal with 10:53 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Seattle scored with 2:09 left to cut it to 19-14, then recovered an onside kick and scored again on Marshawn Lynch‘s 24-yard touchdown run with 1:25 to go, taking a 22-19 lead after a successful two-point conversion that saw Wilson complete a desperation heave into the end zone.

The Packers quickly drove down the field, and Mason Crosby kicked a 48-yard field goal to force overtime. That led to the Seahawks’ game-winning drive and Kearse’s game-winning catch.

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The Seahawks advanced to Super Bowl XLIX with the win. They’re attempting to become the first repeat champions since the New England Patriots in 2003-04.

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