Championship weekend is in the books and we now know which teams will advance to SuperBowl 49 on February 1 in Glendale, Arizona. Let’s take look back at the games and see who got the job done and will play in the SuperBowl in 2 weeks.
-The Seahawks defeated the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Up until the fourth quarter it looked like a different story. Seattle had an awful first half as Russel Wilson went 2/9 for 45 yards and 3 interceptions (Twitter). However, the momentum would start to turn in the second half, starting when the Seahawks appeared to be lining up to kick a field goal on fourth down. The play would turn into a fake as the holder (punter Jon Ryan) scrambled to his left and threw a 19 yard touchdown pass to Clint Gresham (espn.go.com). At this point it was 16-7 Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers for the most part held his own and looked pretty good dealing with his calf injury all things considered. At the beginning of the fourth quarter Rodgers led the Packers down the field again and Green Bay got another field goal, making the score 19-7 with 10:58 left to go. After some more punts and turnovers from each team, Seattle scored on a 1 yard Russell Wilson scramble, making the score 19-14 with 2:13 left. Seattle would successfully onside kick the ball, giving them the ball at midfield. Seattle scored quickly on a 24 yard touchdown run from Marshawn Lynch and a 2 point conversion, making the score 22-19 with 1:33 left. Green Bay would then march down the field and Mason Crosby nailed a 48 yard field goal, tying the game up at 22 with 19 seconds left in the game. Seattle won the overtime coin toss and got the ball, and they went down the field in 3 minutes as Russell Wilson rebounded from a tough 3 quarter slump. Wilson threw a 35 yard pass to Doug Baldwin, and then threw the beautiful game winning 35 yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse, giving Seattle the 28-22 victory. They advance to the SuperBowl for the second year in a row, and Green Bay goes home after a valiant effort with a banged up Aaron Rodgers.
-The New England Patriots crushed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. New England jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, highlighted by a 1 yard LaGarrette Blount touchdown run and a 1 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to James Develin (espn.go.com.) The Colts got their only score in the 2nd quarter on a Zurlon Tipton touchdown run, making the score 14-7 with 4:54 left to go in the 2nd quarter. The Patriots got a field goal at the end of the half, making the score 17-7 at halftime. From there, it all went downhill for Indy. The Patriots scored 4 touchdowns in the 2nd half with 2 Tom Brady touchdown passes and 2 LaGarrette Blount touchdown runs. Brady finished the game going 23/35 for 226 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Blount rushed 30 times for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns. New England got their run game going after rushing for 14 yards against the Ravens, adding balance to their offense. The Colts simply could not keep up with the Patriots in all aspects of the game. New England advances to the SuperBowl (Brady and Belichick’s 6th appearance in the SuperBowl) and Indianapolis goes home after an impressive playoff run highlighted by their victory in Denver last week.
So, on February 1st, 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, SuperBowl 49 will be:
The New England Patriots vs The Seattle Seahawks, 6:30 PM Eastern, NBC
I hope you enjoyed the games this weekend and are looking forward to what should be a great game in 2 weeks. I will be back here next week with my SuperBowl preview, pick and a poll for all of you loyal readers to vote on who YOU think will win the SuperBowl. Stay Tuned!
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