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Is A Spiritual Rivarly Brewing Between Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson?


On January 18, 2015, the NFC Championship game was over. The Green Bay Packers were going to Super Bowl XLIX.

With 5:13 left and the Packers leading 19-7, Green Bay DB Morgan Burnett picked off a Russell Wilson pass — the Seattle Seahawk quarterback’s fourth interception of the day. Burnett was on his own 42 yard line and had nothing left but daylight in front of him.  He could have returned the ball at least 15 yards and may have even scored with his speed.

But Burnett didn’t score.  He didn’t even try.  He quickly slid to the turf as if the game was in it’s final seconds.  There wasn’t a Seahawks player within 10 yards of him.

What happened after that is for the NFL history books.

The Packers couldn’t score and gave the ball back to Seattle.  Then, Wilson ran for a one-yard TD with 2:13 left to cut the lead to five, then his team recovered an onside kick.  A few seconds later, RB Marshawn Lynch rumbled 24-yards into the end zone.   The Seahawks were successful on an incredible two-point conversion when Wilson desperately heaved the ball up for grabs across the field that somehow found a Seattle receiver putting them up by a field goal.

The Packers tied the game with 19 seconds left to send it to overtime.  But all the momentum was with Seattle.  A six-play drive in OT sent the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl for a second straight year.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, stunned by the turn of events, walked off the field with helmet in hand without saying a word.

In a live interview on the field just seconds after the game ended, Wilson suggested that God had played a role in the outcome of the game.

“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” Wilson said after the game referring to the unlikely comeback.

When Rodgers, a born-again Christian like Wilson, was told of Wilson’s comments, he seemed irritated

“I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome,” Rodgers told an ESPN reporter.  “He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.”

Fast forward to Sunday night’s rematch between the Packers and the Seahawks that Green Bay won 27-17, as Rodgers threw for 2 TDs and 249 yards.

In the post game press conference, Rodgers seemed to take a jab at Seahawks QB Wilson.

“I think God was a Packers fan tonight,” Rodgers told reporters with a slight smirk. “He was taking care of us.”




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