Seahawks v Packers. NFC Championship Game. The Miracle.

Wow.  When I thought I had seen it all over the last 2 seasons on the sidelines, this game happened.  It is hard to look back on the game yesterday and really fathom what happened.  I made it a point several times yesterday to take the camera from my eye and to just look around.  It was hard to see how deflated the fans were, and to hear how quiet it was at moments.  But for the most part, the fans held on to hope and were ready to explode to a raucous insanity at the drop of a play.  The fake field goal brought a little spark, but it wasn’t anything the fans did, until the 4th quarter, to keep the game in hand.  The Defense played absolutely lights out, with their backs against the wall, and no help from the offense, to keep the game close.

Key plays by the Canadian punter and Canadian receiver caused a wild turn of events.  When the Hawks needed a miracle, it happened.  Time and time again.  And as the tide turned, the crowd rose from its slumber and quickly turned into a rabid beast.  I wish that sound and feeling could be bottled and shared to everyone so they can experience what we all experienced on the field that day.

Easily the loudest moment I can remember in that Stadium was after Russell’s 1-yard TD rush, followed by a wild Hail-Mary 2-point conversion.  I mean the place was bonkers.  The Seahawks actually had come back.  As we headed to Overtime, the great Tavaris Jackson kept his coin-toss pick record in impeccable fashion, giving the Seahawks the ball first, and the following infamous word’s came to my mind; “We want the ball and we are going to score.”

That was the second-worst moment(Superbowl 40 loss) in Seahawks playoff memory for me when Hasslebeck said those words.  But to get that sweet redemption against the Packers, in this fashion…  Wow.

Now I need to figure out how to get in to shoot the Big Game!

All images edited with the new VSCO Film 06 pack.

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This season I carpooled with some video guys who had a call time 5 hours before kickoff, so I would show up very early before anyone was on the field and walk the stadium stairs and just take in the sites, visualizing what kind of chaos would ensure in a few hours.  It really is such a calm, peaceful place to spend the early morning hours.

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Katherine McPhee, one of the OG American Idol stars, rehearsing the National Anthem.

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One of my partners in crime, Mike Fiechtner.

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Chris Pratt, Hollywood star.

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Macklemore, Pete Carroll and Chris Pratt.

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Dave Kreig.

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Gov. Jay Inslee with a Q13 reporter.

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Game hadn’t even started yet and this kid was bummin’ on the outcome.

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Jay Glazer with Fox Sports.

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Mike Silver, NFL Network.

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Jordan Babineaux, former Seahawks defender.

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Steve Largent, my all-time favorite Seattle sports athlete, with Macklemore.

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Offensive lineman Gary Gilliam was all smiles, and he hadn’t yet caught his touchdown reception thrown by the punter.

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Interception #1.

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GB 3-0 SEA, 1st quarter.

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Fumble in 3, 2, 1…

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GB 6-0 Sea, 1st quarter.

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Packers special teams players were making this gesture the entire game.  It just didn’t seem to work that well in the end.

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GB 13-0 SEA, 1st quarter.

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GB 16-0 SEA, 2nd quarter.

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Interception #2.

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Maxwell interception in the 2nd quarter.

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Interception #3.

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At the time, I regretted taking a photograph of the scoreboard because I didn’t want to have a reminder of the game’s outcome.

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Halftime.

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Originally BeastMode was planning to wear all gold cleats.  The NFL threatened that if he showed up in those cleats, he would be ejected from the game.

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Will Tukuafu plays full-back, defensive end, and wide-receiver.  He also has a beautiful family, and a gnarly beard.

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The flight crews of the helicopter and jets that provided the pre-game fly-over.

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Linebacker Mike Morgan and coach Heath Farwell watching the “City Comparisons” video on the jumbo-tron.

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O’Brien Schofield was upset that his teammate was sitting on the bench, looking dejected as the Seahawks were down 16-0 in the 3rd quarter.

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Fake field goal alert.  It was executed so well, every Packer defender in this image had left the ground in an attempt to block the fantom kick.

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16-7, 3rd quarter.

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Holding, on the Packer’s offense, all day long.  No flags.

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From my perspective while shooting the game, which I have yet to watch on television, this sack by Cliff Avril on Aaron Rogers was the start of the comeback.

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The 5th attempt to Kearse.  4 of which were intercepted.  This one fell incomplete.

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BeastMode’s incredible catch and run for a touchdown, which was then ruled that he stepped out of bounds at the 9 yard line.

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Wilson ran the ball in a couple plays later from the 1 yard line.

GB 19-14 SEA, 2:09 left in the 4th quarter.

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Reaction to the Onside Kick.

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BeastMode goes for 23 yards and the score, and grabs his junk, again.

GB 19-20 SEA, 1:25 left in 4th quarter.

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Ridiculous Hail-Mary toss for 2-pt conversion.

GB 19-22 SEA, 1:25 left in 4th quarter.

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Packers drive right down the field and kick a field-goal to tie the game.

22-22, end of regulation.

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“We want the ball and we are going to score.”

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Russ to Doug for 35 yards.

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Russ to Kearse for the 7th time, for 35 yards, for the SuperBowl.

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 GB 22-28 SEA.

Final!

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Earl Thomas played much of the second half with a dislocated shoulder.

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11 Comments

  1. Jessi wrote:

    Wow. Just wow. Every single image is so incredible!! The game was amazing to watch, but reliving it through your blog post was equally amazing! I mean, wow. I always enjoy seeing your photography, thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, It was step by step of the game! You could make a book! Love it! Made me almost feel like I was there! Always proud of you and your great eye!

  3. Jonnathan wrote:

    I cannot tell you enough, how much I enjoyed all these great shots. every. single. one.

  4. Kendra wrote:

    unreal. honestly!

  5. Annie wrote:

    Amazing! Living abroad I only got to see clips of the game. These photos are so great!

  6. Raziel wrote:

    Awesome post with stunning photos and moments. I really enjoyed this, keep up the extraordinary work!!

  7. Denise wrote:

    I love photography! It’s amazing how pictures can tell a story and stir the emotions even more than watching a video clip. These shots of the game are absolutely beautiful. Amazing, Jeff, just amazing! I have tears in my eyes. Thank you!

  8. Tim Rogers wrote:

    Great Work… Iv added your shots to a Facebook Album for SSFC/Hawks Photographers… Loved your unique style.. Great Work JM… Tim Rogers – Please join the group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/163295017152261/

  9. Carmen wrote:

    AMAZING FOOTAGE! You are talented, thank you so much for sharing!

  10. Denise Hicks wrote:

    Well done, nephew…thanks for getting us up close and personal …. being land-locked still produced some great cheering from Idaho. You speak your heart and compassion with your photos!

  11. Alz wrote:

    Those images at the end are amazing! The joy on the players faces running to Kearse are absolutely the best!!