Green Bay / Munich – The Green Bay Packers have booked the last ticket for the Championship Games.
Head Coach Matt LaFleur’s team won 28:23 in a gripping and open playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers now face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game (in the night from Sunday to Monday at 0:40 am live on ProSieben and ran.de)
First touchdown in the first drive
The hosts got off to a good start. The first drive closed Aaron Rodgers with a touchdown pass on Davante Adams. The Seahawks, however, only got a field goal in the first quarter.
In the second phase of the game, the hosts extended their lead by running back Aaron Jones in the end zone.
The Packers’ defense also worked. They initially stopped the Seahawks’ running game and also put a lot of pressure on quarterback Russell Wilson out. Seattle came again in field goal distance. However, kicker Jason Myers shot from 50 yards away.
The Packers’ offense remained the more effective: Jones ran into the end zone again on the third try at 1:33 minutes before half-time, leaving Green Bay with a solid 21: 3 lead.
Two touchdowns by Marshawn Lynch
Only in the third phase of the game did Seattle also have its first touchdown. The Seahawks took risks, even played their fourth attempt and were rewarded with a touchdown from the running back icon Marshawn Lynch,
Now things went very quickly: Rodgers operated Adams touchdown for the Packers.
Wilson operated Tyler Lockett – Touchdown for the Seahawks.
With 28:17 for Green Bay it went into the last quarter.
The Seahawks offense worked better than it did in the first half as Wilson was now leveraging his mobility. He put Lynch in a good position and he had his second touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, however, so Seattle was still five points behind.
Graham with the decisive first down
With a remaining game time of 2:41 minutes, the Seahawks decided not to play their fourth attempt with eleven yards remaining. Instead, the punt took place.
In retrospect, that was perhaps a mistake: Rodgers led his Packers to two first downs, so Green Bay could let the time run down afterwards.
The decisive pass to the last first down was made by former Seahawks player Jimmy Graham. The decision as to whether this was a new first try or not was made after video review and cost Seattle her last timeout.
Rodgers: We enjoy the moment
“We enjoy this moment. We got into the game well and ended it well,” said Rodgers. “It is something special to be in the NFC championship game now. The moment is made even more special by the fact that the last pass went to Jimmy, who played for Seattle for two years.”
Rodgers threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Seahawks playmaker Wilson had 277 passing yards and a touchdown pass and also ran 64 yards. None of the quarterbacks made a turnover.
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