Sportress of Blogitude

Russell Wilson on awful play in eventual NFC title game win: ‘That’s God setting it up’


There is no disputing that for a majority of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, Russell Wilson was the primary reason why the Seattle Seahawks were staring down a brutal home loss and a missed opportunity to reach a second consecutive Super Bowl.

Wilson was shockingly awful for much of the game — even in the 28-22 overtime win, his numbers (14-for-29 passing for 209 yards with one touchdown and four brutal interceptions) were exceedingly poor — but his late-game heroics as he led a furious comeback from 12 points with five minutes remaining in the game of course redeemed his woeful overall performance.

But it may be comments Wilson made after the game that may generate some buzz in the coming days heading into Super Bowl XLIX.

Wilson spoke to Peter King in the locker room following the remarkable comeback victory. King wrote in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” column that he asked Wilson about his four-interception performance and how it put the Seahawks in an incredibly tough spot down the stretch.

“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” Wilson told King. “I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.”

The Seahawks quarterback essentially surmised that God had a hand in his poor performance, but only to create a scenario where the ultimate outcome of the game would be that much more amazing.

Wilson also was in tears during an interview immediately after game, during which the deeply Christian quarterback also praised God, something that shouldn’t be particularly surprising as he has done the same on several occasions in the past.

“I just believe that God prepared me for these situations,” Wilson told FOX Sports’ Erin Andrews. “God’s prepared our team too as well. Like I said, I’m honored to be on this team. I’m going to the Super Bowl again.”

“God is good, all the time, every time,” he added.

Regardless of one’s particular views, Wilson’s comments that God set up the game to make it more exciting in the end is sure to elicit some provocative responses — some good, some bad — as people react to his observations.

[H/T Kissing Suzy Kolber, photo credit: Chris Littmann/Twitter]