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Seattle Seahawks will defend their title against the Patriots in the Superbowl as Tom Brady leads New England to massive blowout over rival Colts

  • Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more on Sunday to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts
  • The Patriots won their eighth AFC championship — their sixth under Brady and coach Bill Belichick. They will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1.
  • Earlier, Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game
  • Will play the winner of the AFC title game between Indianapolis and New England
  •  With the team trailing 19-7 and just five minutes on the clock, some fans started to leave the game early missing the triumphant comeback

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19:15 EST, 18 January 2015

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The Patriots won their eighth AFC championship — their sixth under Brady and coach Bill Belichick. They will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1.

Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more on Sunday to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. 

New England (14-4) opened a 14-point lead in the first half and then broke it open in a driving rain with three third-quarter touchdowns and another to start the fourth.

The Patriots won their eighth AFC championship — their sixth under Brady and coach Bill Belichick. They will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1

The Patriots won their eighth AFC championship — their sixth under Brady and coach Bill Belichick. They will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry watches as the Patriots triumph in the AFC championship

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry watches as the Patriots triumph in the AFC championship

Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more on Sunday to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts

Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more on Sunday to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts

That made it the second-most lopsided game in AFC championship history.

Brady completed 23 of 35 passes for 226 yards. Blount ran 30 times for 148 yards.

Andrew Luck completed 12 of 33 passes for 126 yards with two interceptions for the Colts (13-6).

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up the championship trophy

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up the championship trophy

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) spikes the ball after catching a five-yard touchdown pass during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) spikes the ball after catching a five-yard touchdown pass during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts

Earlier in the day the Seahawks confirmed their spot with a stunning comeback.  

Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game.

The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years, and will play the winner of the AFC title game between Indianapolis and New England.

Outplayed much of Sunday and plagued by five turnovers, the Seahawks (14-4) trailed 16-7 with 2:09 remaining.

Seattle Seahawks players celebrate the recovery of an onsides kick late during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18

Seattle Seahawks players celebrate the recovery of an onsides kick late during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18

Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game

Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game

The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years, and will play the winner of the AFC title game between Indianapolis and New England

The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years, and will play the winner of the AFC title game between Indianapolis and New England

That’s when Wilson ran 1 yard for a TD.

Seattle recovered a bobbled onside kick at the 50, and Marshawn Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run.

Wilson’s desperate 2-point conversion pass was hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19.

Seattle Seahawks' Chris Matthews recovers an on side kick during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers

Seattle Seahawks’ Chris Matthews recovers an on side kick during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy looks down as he walks off the field after overtime of the NFL football NFC championship

Green Bay Packers’ Eddie Lacy looks down as he walks off the field after overtime of the NFL football NFC championship

But Aaron Rodgers led the Packers (13-5) to Mason Crosby’s fifth field goal, from 48 yards with 14 seconds to go.

Then Wilson and Kearse struck.

Despite early setbacks, the Seahawks had been favored to take both the game and this year’s Superbowl, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who quoted the oddsmakers line that the Hawks were a 7.5 point favorite to beat Green Bay.

Seattle Seahawks' Ricardo Lockette celebrates after during overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game

Seattle Seahawks’ Ricardo Lockette celebrates after during overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game

But with the team trailing 19-7 and just five minutes on the clock, some fans started to leave the game early missing the triumphant comeback. 

‘There’s a rule: You never leave a big game early,’ wrote Eric Edholm at Yahoo.  

Reaction to the improbable last minute victory quickly spread across social media.

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson holds up the George Halas Trophy after overtime

Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson holds up the George Halas Trophy after overtime

‘HELL OF A GAME,’ tweeted CJ Spiller. ‘Seattle showed why they are the champions wasn’t no quit in them congrats Seahawks but also to packers on their season.’

‘Does #obamacare cover anxiety disorder from watching the #packersvsseahawks game?’ joked analyst Akbar Gbajabiamila.

 

 

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