Devastating: Why the Green Bay Packers lost at Seattle

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Jan 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tackle Garry Gilliam (79) catches a 19 yard touchdown pass from Jon Ryan (not pictured) on a fake field goal past Green Bay Packers safety

Sean Richardson

(28) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

4 Key Moments

While there were occasions throughout the game that affected the ultimate ending, I wanted to single out the ones I believe to be most impactful on the outcome (in no particular order):

January 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end

Luke Willson

(82) catches a pass for a two point conversion against the defense of Green Bay Packers free safety

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

(21) during the second half in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

– Fake FG: It gave Seattle their first points and surely kept their hopes alive long enough to pull the win out at the end.
– Onside Kick: Was the moment where any fan watching immediately got that full-on feeling of dread that the collapse was probably imminent.
– 2-point conversion: Where Murphy’s Law had unequivocally taken hold of the game for Green Bay.
– OT Coin-Toss: Of anything the area where Green Bay had the least chance to affect it directly, but when they called ‘Tails’, you felt Green Bay probably wasn’t seeing the ball again

Anyone could point at any single spot here to try finding the perfect culprit for the loss. That would be massive oversimplification; hell, just narrowing down to these four instances probably is as well, just to a lesser degree.

But combining them together does at least give a better picture as to just how bad things had to go in the final moments to steal defeat from the jaws of victory for the Packers.

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