The Seahawks leave for Arizona Sunday morning, at which time the focus will truly shift to Super Bowl XLIX and the challenge of beating the New England Patriots to conquer the greater challenge of winning two Super Bowls in a row.
What happened a week ago Sunday, though, will live forever regardless of what happens now.
As one measure of how amazing Seattle’s comeback was, check out the win probability chart below from Pro Football Reference.
I actually hadn’t seen it until tonight when I was doing some research and clicked on the box score for last week’s game and saw the chart.
For some reason, the chart really struck me as indicating just how quickly the fates of the two teams turned last Sunday. And even moreso, for indicating how long it was that the Seahawks had such a low percentage for winning the game.
If you go through the play-by-play that is below the chart on the above link, you can view the actual win probability percentages for each play.
Seattle was at 50.3 percent after the first play of the drive following the Richard Sherman interception on Green Bay’s first drive — a play that snapped with 11:16 to play in the first quarter. Seattle never again had a win probability above 50 percent until the Marshawn Lynch 24-yard touchdown with 1:33 to play in the game.
One thing that’s really interesting is how much the win probability changed after the Luke Willson two-point play, going from 67.4 to 91.2 percent by assuring that Green Bay couldn’t win with just a field goal
In a game that featured 135 plays, Seattle had a win probability of 50 percent or better on just 18.
All of which, I guess, just sort of confirms what we all knew at that time — that game was something else.