Canadians Jon Ryan and Luke Willson did their part to help send the Seahawks to their second straight Super Bowl appearance.
In the Seattle Seahawks comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers, a pair of players from north of the boarder played key roles to lift Seattle to victory.
With the team down 16-0, and on fourth down in Green Bay territory, the Seahawks sent their special teams to kick a field goal and attempt to trim the lead by three.
But why settle for three points when you can get seven?
As Regina native, Jon Ryan kneeled over ready to hold the ball for Seattle’s kicker, Steven Hauschka, it all looked like a routine field goal kick, until the ball was snapped.
As the ball was snapped to Ryan, he rolled out to the left with the football and did his best Russell Wilson impression. The punter, Ryan lobbed the ball to a wide open Garry Gilliam for a 19-yard touchdown pass, to kick-start the largest Conference Championship comeback.
Late in the fourth quarter, it was Lasalle, Ontario native, Luke Willson’s turn to make a crucial play. He is a draft selection of the Toronto Argonauts in 2012.
After an onside kick recovery by former CFL Rookie of the Year, Chris Matthews the Seahawks marched down the short field. After four plays, capped off by a Marshawn Lynch 24-yard touchdown run, it gave Seattle the 20-19 advantage (their first lead in the entire game with 1:25 to play).
After making an easy decision to go for the two-point conversion, Russell Wilson looked for Luke Willson to give Seattle the three-point advantage. When the ball was snapped, Russell Wilson was immediately under siege as three Packers were racing to sack Wilson.
Running to keep the play alive, Wilson tossed the ball across his body to the other side of the field to find the sure handed Luke Wilson to give the Seahawks the 22-19 lead.