We all remember where we were on January 18, 2015. The Green Bay Packers were on track to upset the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks in their own stadium to reach their second Super Bowl in five seasons.
Despite leading 19-7 with less than three minutes remaining, the unthinkable happened.
Seattle pulled the game within five points but still required a successful onside kick to keep its season alive.
Then, one of the most painful plays in Packers history took place. With the onside kick flying towards Jordy Nelson for what would've been a routine catch, Brandon Bostick jumped up in attempt to catch the ball. He couldn't hold on, leading to a Seattle recovery.
We all know what happened from there.
However, what if things had gone differently in overtime? AI is here to paint a far happier picture for Packers fans.
AI rewrites an alternative ending to Packers-Seahawks NFC title game
We asked ChatGPT to help erase this painful memory, and instead provide an alternative ending to the most heartbreaking of playoff defeats.
Here's what it came up with:
"In a stunning turn of events, the 2014 NFC Championship Game between the Packers and Seahawks reached its climax in a nail-biting overtime period. With both teams battling for a spot in the Super Bowl, the game took an unexpected turn. As the Seahawks prepared for a crucial play deep in their own territory, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews made a perfectly timed interception, dashing the hopes of Seattle fans. The Packers quickly capitalized on the turnover, with Aaron Rodgers leading his team to a game-winning field goal, securing their ticket to the Super Bowl."- ChatGPT
If only. I like that ending far better than the real one.
The Packers had outplayed the Seahawks for 57 minutes but couldn't finish them off. Victory would've set up an Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady Super Bowl two weeks later.
If there's any positive takeaway, it's that Seattle should have won that game but lost in even more heartbreaking style. Handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch almost certainly would've secured the game-winning touchdown. Instead, Russell Wilson's pass was intercepted on the goal line.
It could all have gone differently had the Packers not made a million errors in the final moments of the NFC Championship Game. They would've gone to their second Super Bowl with Rodgers against a team they had already beaten in the regular season.
Who knows how winning that game could've changed history? Perhaps Mike McCarthy, now a two-time Super Bowl champion, would've stayed longer. Maybe the team wouldn't have lost its way in 2015.
One thing is for sure: The 2014 NFC Championship Game will forever be one of the worst defeats in Packers history.