Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson connected with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse on a 35 yard-touchdown pass with 11:41 left in overtime to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 and advance to the Super Bowl.
Wilson, who threw four interceptions in the game, got hot when it mattered the most as his final two throws were his best of the game.
The Seahawks trailed the Packers 19-13 after scoring with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter but they recovered the ensuing onsides kick. Four plays later they had the lead thanks to a 24-yard touchdown run by running back Marshawn Lynch with 1:33 left in regulation.
Wilson then connected with tight end Luke Willson on an ill-advised lobbed pass from across the field for the two-point conversion and the Seahawks had a three point lead.
The Packers answered quickly, however, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers led his team into field goal range with time running down. Kicker Mason Crosby tied the game with a 48-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
After winning the toss in overtime, Wilson hit wide receiver Doug Baldwin with a deep pass down the right sideline for 35 yard on third down from the Seahawks 30 yard-line to set up the game-winning score.
Rodgers and the rest of the Packers offense struggled to turn the Seahawks early turnovers into many points and that came back to bite them. The Packers finished the game 3-of-14 on third downs and that also played a huge roll in them losing.
The Seahawks will now go back to the Super Bowl for a second straight year and they will face the winner of the AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.
This will mark the first time in 10 years that a defending champion has made it back to the Super Bowl.