After Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed his improbable two-point conversation pass to Luke Willson Sunday, a key play in the 28-22 win over the Packers, he said that if he tried that pass 100 times he would “never” complete it.
Wilson laughed as he said it. But he was also making the point that it was a pretty darn unique play and not one that would occur very often.
Almost immediately, though, North Carolina State fans began comparing the play to one Wilson pulled off in 2010 in a game against North Carolina (you can see the play below).
The play in question was a fourth-and-two touchdown pass to Owen Spencer in which Wilson had to scramble around before finding a receiver who wasn’t open at all but somehow made the catch to help pull off a comeback win. Fourth downs, like two-point plays, sort of involve little risk when it comes to throwing the ball, one reason they may more often result in plays that seem improbable.
I asked Wilson about the 2010 pass today and he agreed that the play had some similarities, though as you can see, he didn’t have to throw the ball across the field as he did Sunday. He did, though, says that the UNC play ran through his mind before he pulled off the two-pointer Sunday.
Here’s what Wilson said today:
Yeah. The two-point play, a great play by Luke Willson. I mean just to catch that ball in the end zone just a crazy play. We needed it obviously and Aaron Rodgers made a couple great plays and take them down to get the field goal, so we needed that. But, yeah I did have a similar play at N.C. State. It was fourth-and-two, I believe my junior year in college, and playing a great team at University of North Carolina, UNC, and we had a sprint out and I kind of had to spin around, move around, and then throw it to the back right corner to Owen Spencer and he caught it for a touchdown, and we needed that touchdown to win the game. That kind of took me back before as soon as he called the play, I knew what play he was going to call but (Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell) Bevell, as soon as he called it that’s what I was thinking: ‘okay, maybe we might have to make a play.’ I told the guys in the huddle, ‘hey be alive, stay alive.’ It was a great play by Luke [Willson] and that was pretty awesome.
Here you can watch the North Carolina play and judge for yourself which is the more amazing.
The common thread is Wilson and leading comebacks — NC State came back to win the 2010 game 29-25.
Alas, there is no record that Wilson’s miracle pass in 2010 resulted in a seismic reading.