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January 19, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks Second Thoughts

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson, left, celebrates Seahawks offensive lineman Garry Gilliam’s touchdown catch on a fake field goal play in third quarter. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson, left, celebrates Seahawks offensive lineman Garry Gilliam’s touchdown catch on a fake field goal play in third quarter. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

So, another day when there are no Second Thoughts. Instead, there is just continued awe at a game as amazing as any of us have seen.

I’ve been attending Seahawks games since the very first year, 1976.  And I can’t think of anything to top that. How could there be? Never before has there been a comeback like that to result in a Super Bowl trip.

Seattle’s media guide lists only comebacks of 18 points or more. There have been only four of those. Maybe there have been others of 16 or 17. Regardless, this ranks among the greatest comebacks in the team’s 638 games in the regular season and post-season.

That it then also resulted in a Super Bowl appearance makes it simply as amazing as any game in team history.

I’m watching a replay as I type this and seeing these score in the upper left-hand corner and then seeing the plays on the screen, it’s hard to believe the Seahawks won.

In fact, this rather cool USA Today graphic, Seattle’s odds of winning were never very good until suddenly they were really good.

As we know, those odds eventually landed at 100 percent, even if in some of the most improbable of ways.

For now, a few more thoughts on the game that was (even if for a long time it wasn’t):

1. As noted, I watched the replay when I got home. I know Green Bay fans are picking at the conservative play calling, and I definitely see it with some of the early fourth down calls at the 1. The way the Packer defense was playing, seems worth the risk to go for it and get the touchdown, and at the least pin Seattle at its 1 at a time when nothing was working for the Seahawks offense.

But I’m not sure I agree with the criticism of the play calling after the Green Bay interception with 5:04 left and the Packers with the ball at their own 43. Knowing Seattle will call time, you have to run the ball there. Green Bay did and Kevin Williams, who has been such a sterling addition, made a big play to stop Eddie Lacy for a four-yard loss. Green Bay then ran again and Michael Bennett tackled Lacy for a loss of two. At that point, you have to run the ball at the risk of a dumb turnover. Still, those plays by Williams and Bennett were huge to stop a drive at a point when everything was pointing green Bay’s way. One first down there and the game is probably over.

2. Speaking of that sequence, I’ve seen nothing to explain why Morgan Burnett simply went down when he got that interception with 5:04 left. It looked like he had lots of room to run — who knows, maybe a touchdown? Instead, he just went down — the play-by-play says he “went down on his own.” I saw Packers players and coaches motioning for him to get down.  I guess the thought was not to risk a fumble or something. But it also seemed symbolic of much of the way the Packers were all day, seeming afraid to take the gamble that would have sewn up the game, and always keeping the Seahawks in it.

3. At the risk of having things thrown at me by him, I’ll note it almost seemed odd to see Doug Baldwin on the final stats sheet with six catches for 106 yards considering he didn’t have a catch until there was 6:51 left in the third quarter. Baldwin got 70 of his yards on three catches in the final 3:30 of regulation and OT.

4. We’ve all written often about Seattle’s success in plumbing the depths for talent. Still, it’s worth noting that Seattle had two TDs scored by undrafted free agents (Garry Gilliam, Jermaine Kearse) and a two-point play scored by a fifth-round pick (Luke Willson). True, lots else had to happen to allow those guys their moment in the sun. Still, it speaks to the kind of team put together by John Schneider and crew.

5. And Oh Canada! was big for the Seahawks with Jon Ryan throwing a TD, Willson catching the two-point play, and Chris Matthews — the 2012 CFL Offensive Rookie of the Year — recovering the on-side kick. For those who wondered why Matthews was active the last few weeks ahead of some others, there was your answer.

6. Here’s a fun statistical note — the Seahawks are now 319-319 in regular season and playoff games, the first time they have been .500 since their first game (and I know that technically, that’s not an average so this is really the first time Seattle has ever really been .500). Seattle started 0-5 before winning its first game.

Here, also, the rest of the Seattle Times coverage:

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