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.
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.
- Ben Estes