Ahead of the divisional round playoff matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, it's hard not to think about the last time the two teams faced off in the postseason: The 2015 NFC Championship Game.
The defending champion Seahawks came back from down 16 points to win the game in overtime and head to their second consecutive Super Bowl.
Let's take a trip down memory lane.
Paul Allen raises the 12 Flag
When you first turn on this classic game, you'll notice the late Seahawks owner Paul Allen raising the 12th man flag before kickoff. Considering how badly Allen is missed at CenturyLink Field it's a welcome sight and brings back a lot of nostalgia, and even some tears.
Jon Ryan's fake field goal
The beginning of the game is something you want to forget and thankfully given the ending we can. Down 16 points in the third quarter and in need of a spark, head coach Pete Caroll calls for a fake field goal after punter Jon Ryan asks for it: a play that wasn't put into the playbook until that week.
What results is one of the most iconic plays (and photos) in franchise history: a 19-yard touchdown pass to Garry Gilliam. Ryan became the first punter in NFL postseason history to throw a touchdown pass.
Farewell Jon Ryan, the shot put gawd pic.twitter.com/Jl1ZHQUHtR— new-age analytical (@benbbaldwin) August 20, 2018
Jon Ryan's O-Face is the image of the 2014 season. Close the books. No more submissions. pic.twitter.com/6G4Q8rneeI— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) January 19, 2015
Seattle gets within a possession
Fast forward to near the end of the fourth quarter: The Packers have gotten a field goal to take a 19-7 lead. The Seahawks have the ball third-and-goal from the one-yard line with 2:15 remaining. Quarterback Russell Wilson keeps the ball on the zone read to get into the endzone untouched, pulling Seattle within 19-14.
Touchdown Seahawks, 1-yd run by Wilson. #GBvsSEA— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 18, 2015
The onside kick
The Seahawks needed to recover an onside kick to have a chance to win the game. Miraculously, Brandon Bostick, a tight end on onside recovery to block only, tried to catch the ball and dropped it allowing Seattle's Chris Matthews to gain possession of the ball.https://twitter.com/ClevFartin/status/1214974568118525952
Beast Mode takes the lead, Wilson follows it up with magic
Four plays later, Marshawn Lynch breaks a 24-yard run to take Seattle's first lead of the day. Then on the two-point conversion, Russell Wilson scrambled long enough to throw across the field to Luke Wilson to gain a three-point lead. With 1:25 remaining, the Seahawks have the lead.
That 1:25 was too much time, however. Aaron Rodgers took Green Bay down the field and tied the game at 22 to force overtime.
Tavaris Jackson wins the coin toss
For the overtime coin toss, the Packers brought out multiple team captains including Aaron Rodgers. The Seahawks sent out... backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson who won the toss.
The Packers send out their stars for the coin toss and the Seahawks send out Tarvaris Jackson. Backup QB FTW. pic.twitter.com/apTFWfkdsp— Ryan S. Lalonde (@RyRyLalonde3) January 18, 2015
For the OT Coin Toss, we sent out the Kicker, Punter and Backup QB lol— Ryland Spencer™ (@RylandSpencer) January 19, 2015
Russell Wilson calls game....and conference
After Tarvaris Jackson did his job, it was Russell Wilson's turn. The Seahawks score and they're the champions due to the NFL overtime rules. He did just that when he connected with Jermaine Kearse on a 35-yard touchdown pass to win the game and the conference.
Aaron Rodgers would drive the Packers down the field to setup the game tying field goal for OT. But Russell Wilson led a 6 play drive capped off by this touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse (he had a rough game as well). (2/4) pic.twitter.com/szFOzg4vO8— #MovingTheChains (@_MTCPodcast) January 9, 2020
For those that want to relive the entire game, here it is.