And then there were two. In two weeks, we’ll be watching the Seattle Seahawks attempt a repeat against the New England Patriots in Arizona. The Seahawks took the hard route in a come-from-behind win in dramatic fashion in an overtime thriller. The Patriots cruised to an easy win and ran up the score for their ticket to the big show.
Here are the best gifs from Championship weekend:
The Packers seemed in control playing at Century Link Field against the Seahawks. They built up a 16-0 halftime lead on the back of four Seattle turnovers, but were unable to capitalize leaving plenty of points on the field and settling for field goals with conservative play calling. Eventually, Aaron Rodgers and company found the end zone through the air on this 15 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Rodgers doesn’t need to see if the ball was caught. Details.
The Seahawks had found a way to get back into the game after a fake field goal turned into a touchdown and Russell Wilson crossed the goal line on a 1 yard run to cut the Packers lead to 19-14. The ensuing onside kick was successful as Packers rookie tight end Brandon Bostick was unable to come down with the ball and secure the Packers chances to end the game without fanfare. Just over 30 seconds later, Marshawn Lynch would run it into the end zone untouched and successfully executed the two point conversion to take the lead 19-22 with just 1:25 left in regulation. Someone get Bostick the number for witness protection.
The Packers would drive quickly, getting into field goal range with Mason Crosby nailing a 48 yard field goal to send the game to overtime. Seattle won the toss, elected to receive and wasted no time in gouging the Packers defense that eventually gave up the game winning 35 yard touchdown from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse. Gave over. 22-28. The only thing thicker than the Seattle fog this morning is the level of smug in the air.
The Patriots steamrolled the Colts and were able to score at will. When the two teams played earlier this year, Indianapolis could not contain New England’s rush attack and it appears the Patriots wanted to run the ball again. LaGarette Blount pounded out 148 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Here he is on his first of the game, a one yard push just five minutes into the first quarter. Colts appeared to have suffered Blount force trauma on this play.
New England went up 14-0 headed into the second quarter when the Colts were finally able to put together a scoring drive. Zurlon Tipton runs in a one yard touchdown, almost identical to Blount’s, for the only points Indianapolis would earn in the game. Luck threw a dismal 12/33 passing and two interceptions while the Colts would only gain a total of 83 yards on the ground. It started to get ugly for the Colts after this score. This was the only true highlight I could muster for you poor Colts fans.
The Colts defensive meltdown would lead to the Patriots moving the ball at will and scoring four more touchdowns and a field goal for the remainder of the game. At some point, Tom Brady clearly got tired of throwing to their skill players and decided to give left tackle Nate Solder a chance at glory. Here’s Solder rumbling for a 15 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Every time this gif replays, I keep hoping the Colts will catch him before the end zone, but they don’t.