Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that it was striking to see some of the lesser-known
"I think it was extraordinary last night to see
Kearse had a 23-yard touchdown catch, Baldwin a 10-yard scoring reception. Smith won MVP honors after returning an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and tying for the team lead with 10 tackles.
He was targeted five times, tied for the team lead with Doug Baldwin. Kearse ended the postseason with seven grabs for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
It's clear quarterback Russell Wilson has faith in Kearse, who caught 22 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season. Kearse helped build that trust with two touchdown catches against Denver in a preseason game.
“He was one of the guys that I said at the beginning of the year that I thought was going to be lights out for us,” Wilson told the News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash. “I really noticed that in the offseason and then rookie minicamp when I was with him. I just noticed he caught the football.”
Aldon Smith jumped offside on a 4th-and-7, which gave Seattle a free play, and Russell Wilson hooked up with Kearse, who made a leaping catch over Carlos Rogers in the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown with 13:52 remaining in the game. He also added a 9-yard reception in the next offensive series.
Kearse caught two of the five passes thrown his way for 44 yards and a touchdown in a 23-17 victory. Seattle will travel to MetLife Stadium for a clash against the Broncos in the Super Bowl.
Among their minor contributors were wide receivers
Also chipping in were wideout
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