Championship Round In Review

NFC Championship: (1) Seattle Seahawks, 28, (2) Green Bay Packers, 22 (OT)

Despite settling for field goals on numerous drives, the Packers jumped to a 16-0 lead. A Seahawks’ fake field goal touchdown narrowed the lead to 16-7, and eventually 19-14 with a little over 2:00 left. The Packers botched the ensuing onside kick, and the Seahawks marched downfield and took a 22-19 lead. However, Packers placekicker Mason Crosby nailed a 48-yard field goal—his fifth of the game—to push the game to overtime. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson connected with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse on a 35-yard touchdown to end the game.

The Packers’ late collapse was unforeseen. As road underdogs, odds favored Seattle before the game, but their win probability dipped to 8.5% at one point.

AFC Championship: (1) New England Patriots, 45, (4) Indianapolis Colts, 7

Compared to the NFC Championship, this game wasn’t nearly as close. Offensively, the Patriots were balanced. Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 23 of his 35 pass attempts for 226 passing yards, three touchdowns, and zero picks, while RB LeGarrette Blount added 148 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries, Colts QB Andrew Luck was 12-of-33 for 126 yards, zero touchdowns, and two picks. RB “Boom” Herron rushed for 51 yards on ten attempts.

The Patriots had yet another strong playoff performance. For the second consecutive year, the Super Bowl will feature both conference’s top-seeded team.

Super Bowl XLIX: (AFC #1) New England Patriots @ (NFC #1) Seattle Seahawks

Sunday February 1, 2015, 6:30 PM EST, NBC, Glendale, Arizona

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