The Seattle Seahawks were admittedly aided by a bit of luck thanks to a former SWAC quarterback during their historic 28-22 comeback win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
There was punter Jon Ryan throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to reserve lineman Garry Gilliam on a fake field goal with Seattle trailing 16-0 late in the third quarter.
Then there was Seattle’s Chris Matthews recovering an onside kick that bounced off the hands of Packers tight end Brandon Bostick setting the stage for a Marshawn Lynch touchdown scamper to give the Seahawks a brief fourth quarter lead.
Russell Wilson then completed the shortest Hail Mary in NFL history to tight end Luke Willson as Green Bay defenders stumbled to defend the pass.
In overtime, Seattle sent out former Alabama State quarterback Tarvaris Jackson as part of its coin toss brigade.
Most of America was thinking “What in the hell is T-Jack doing out there?”
Green Bay subsequently loss the toss, to which Jackson — donning a heavy coat and beanie on his head — exclaimed “we’ll take the ball.’’
Wilson, who had thrown four interceptions in regulation, hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown to send Seattle to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season.
After drying the tears from his eyes following the emotional win, Wilson, who is known as the ultimate team player, gave some credit to Jackson for Seattle’s win after the game.
“How about Tarvaris Jackson winning the coin toss, too?” Wilson said. “That guy, I don’t want to break his luck, but I mean, that guy is something else, man.”