UPDATE 10:25 p.m. EST: The Seattle Seahawks will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX Feb. 1. New England beat the Indianapolis Colts in a 45-7 blowout.
The Seattle Seahawks completed an improbable 16-point comeback victory on Sunday to outlast the Green Bay Packers and punch their ticket to a second-straight Super Bowl.
Overcoming five turnovers, and thanks to an on-side kick recovery, 157 rushing yards from running back Marshawn Lynch, and two clutch throws from quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle beat Green bay 28-22 in overtime.
But the heroics of Wilson and receivers Jermaine Kearse and Chris Matthews also made the Seahawks the first team in the last 10 years to make consecutive Super Bowl appearances.
Not since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004 has a team gone to back-to-back Super Bowls and actually won. The Packers, in the 1996 and 1997 seasons, made two straight trips and lost the second.
Seattle looks to become just the eighth franchise in the Super Bowl era to repeat as champions, a prestigious club that includes Green Bay, Miami, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Dallas and New England.
For the first three-and-half quarters, the Seahawks couldn’t muster much offense and Wilson threw all four of his interceptions in the first half.
But Wilson and the Seahawks kept pressuring Green Bay, starting with a seven-play, 69-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Wilson with 2:09 remaining in the game and the score 19-14.
Matthews would then snatch the subsequent on-side kick from Green Bay tight end Brandon Bostick, putting Lynch in position to rush for his 24-yard score and a 22-19 lead.
Green Bay and quarterback Aaron Rodgers forced overtime with a seven-play, 48-yard drive and a 48-yard field goal from kicker Mason Crosby.
Six plays in overtime later, and Wilson would hit Kearse with a 35-yard bomb to lockup the NFC title.
They move on to player either the Patriots or the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.