Originally written January 13, 2013 on Fox Sports:
The clock finally struck midnight late Sunday afternoon (how does that happen?) in Atlanta for the Cinderella Seahawks and their remarkable rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Then it didn't ... Then it did ... Call me crazy? Maybe, but let me explain. Cinderella (aka Seattle) was going to the ball (the NFC Championship Game) in San Francisco. Had her reservations booked. Then Atlanta went all wicked stepmother on the Seahawks and stole the game back after blowing leads of 20-0 and 27-7 to defeat Seattle in a fairytale finish 30-28. All thanks to a three-play, 41-yard drive that took quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons just 23 seconds to counter after the Seahawks took a 28-27 lead with just over 30 seconds left in the game. First of all, it was a great game -- well officiated and well played by both teams. I want to talk about two plays, one at the end of the first half and one at the end of the game, both of which figured prominently in the outcome. Let's start wi...
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