Luke Wilson on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix & Two-Point Conversion: I Misjudged It the Least

The Seahawks tight end attempted to make sense of the seemingly inexplicable scoring play in the NFC Championship game.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix watches Luke Wilson catch the football on a two-point conversion in the NFC Championship game—Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix watches Luke Wilson catch the football on a two-point conversion in the NFC Championship game—Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports.

PHOENIX—For as many missed opportunities as there were in the Green Bay Packers' loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, the two-point conversion with just 85 seconds left is among the most painful.

What causes so much anguish is that the Packers actually appeared to be in position to break the play up. When quarterback Russell Wilson heaved the ball to tight end Luke Wilson, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was right there seemingly ready to pounce and cornerback Sam Shields is right behind them.

Almost inexplicably, Clinton-Dix is caught flat-footed as he watches the receiver catch the football.

"To be honest, I think all three of us kind of misjudged it, kind of a very odd play and not how it was drawn up by any means," said Luke Wilson in Arizona this week. "But I maybe misjudged it the least."

The two-point conversion followed Marshawn Lynch's 24-yard touchdown run with 1:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. When the bruising running back crossed the goal line, the Seahawks would go up by one point, 20-19, and elected to go for the two-point conversion, which would make it a three-point game.

If the Packers could have foiled the two-point conversion, Mason Crosby's 48-yard field goal with just 19 seconds left would have been for the win and not the tie.

Electing to pass the football, the Seahawks split three receivers to the right side of the field while Luke Wilson is the lone tight end on the left side of the formation.

Russell Wilson rolls to his right and, once again, it seems as if the Packers are in good position to thwart the conversion. There's good coverage in the back end while Julius Peppers applies almost immediate pressure on his rush.

The Seahawks quarterback has to buy time and is heading for the sideline, but he's running out of real estate. Sam Barrington breaks through a block by Lynch and actually hits Wilson as he makes a last-ditch lob to the opposite side of the field.

Meanwhile, Luke Wilson doesn't give up on the play. After blocking Nick Perry, he disengages and releases from the linebacker.

"I'm actually kind of not even in a route, but the play broke down," said Wilson. "It's a sprint right, and I'm just kind of blocking on the backside. And then I turned around. It was supposed to be a quick play and obviously it wasn't. And I saw Russell scrambling around, so I just tried to give him an option to throw."

Wilson backpedals toward the end zone, where Clinton-Dix comes up to meet him.

When the ball finally arrives from its high trajectory, the rookie safety from Alabama is seemingly trapped in a mental state that lasts only a split second, not knowing whether to leap for the ball or make the tackle. Luke Wilson actually has to exit the end zone to haul in the football at the one-yard line.

All Clinton-Dix can do, however, is make an awkward lunge and watch Wilson as he momentarily bobbles the football before wrapping his hands around it. It's puzzling. Baffling. Perplexing. Maybe even bewildering.

Luke Wilson attempted to get inside the mind of Clinton-Dix, the player that came up with two big-time interceptions earlier in the game.

"Some things you're not used to, like a guy throwing from over there and lob one up to the other side, you're not really used to defending that," said Wilson. "Again, it was just kind of a misjudged football."

Had Clinton-Dix somehow batted the ball away or hit Wilson short of the goal line, it might be the Packers that are preparting for the Super Bowl this week instead of the Seahawks.

Even former Packers executive and current Seahawks general manager John Schneider was at a loss for words on the two-point conversion and how the whole comeback transpired.

"The two-point conversion was unbelievable," said Schneider. "Russell Wilson and Luke made a heck of a play. When you go back and watch the game, it’s amazing how it went down. I’m not quite as positive as Pete (Carroll) is all the time. I was thinking to myself how I was going to address each player after the game, what I was going to say to the coaching staff.

"I was going to be like, ‘Hey, we had a great season. We’ll get them next year. Let’s have a great offseason.’ All those things are running through my mind, and then at the five-minute mark, things just started snowballing there. Anxiety, depression, you can throw it all in there. It was nuts.”

 

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor at Cheesehead TV and its "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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murphy's picture

January 29, 2015 at 10:34 am

That ball had a better arc and more hang time than most of Masthay's punts.

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January 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

If I recall, HHCD really didn't even look up at the ball. I think they were so far from the play, HHCD didn't think it was even coming until the very last second, then it was too late to jump. He never saw it I don't think.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 29, 2015 at 02:11 pm

I agree. He was covering the guy, but he ball was coming in like a punt and he likely didn't see it. Why would he? how many throws in the redzone are like that?

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

This is just me but I thought Dix looked clueless most of the season. Very surprised in his play or lack of. Missed assignments, missed tackles, lack of being in the right spot, the whole nine yards.
The 2 point play cemented my assessment of him. I could care less what others thought, this guy for a first round pick looked like a bust.

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murphy's picture

January 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm

"This is just me"

Agreed.

" I could care less"

Clearly.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 29, 2015 at 02:32 pm

Great to hear from the viking faithful.

Shocking those people would hold a negative opinion of anything related to the Packers

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FITZCORE1252's picture

January 29, 2015 at 02:56 pm

Why are you here? Leave, and take mouse, errr, horse with you.

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4thand1's picture

January 29, 2015 at 05:34 pm

drunkin bastard

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Lphill's picture

January 29, 2015 at 06:00 pm

Dix a bust? how many rookie safties make an impact their first season? its a learning process, he will be a pro bowler, plenty of seasoned players had a chance to make an impact in this game and they did not get it done, so your blaming Dix? if you want to see draft busts just look at that team from Minnesota.

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ben's picture

January 30, 2015 at 06:26 pm

Dix was lucky on his 1st INT against the Seahawks. It was a great defensive play by Tramon, and the ball literally fell into dix's arms. Right place at the right time.

Dix was even luckier on his 2nd INT. A well thrown ball beats him for 6. It was a terribly under-thrown by 3.5 yards. Wrong place, the right time. His only responsibility on that play was not to let anybody behind him and he got beat deep.

Even you morons would pull your head out of TT's butt long enough to see the 2 pt conversion was a poor play.

The packers would have been better off with Dix falling flat on his face than him coming up a few lucky plays this year. We are now stuck with him for the next 5 years like we were stuck with AJ Hawk after he was schemed into some plays & 1 lucky year. Dix is a below average athlete. He is terrible over the top in coverage and takes horrible angles. He is lucky to get a hand on a ball carrier in the open field. Dix maybe the worst OPEN-field tackler I've ever seen.

When he has time to line somebody up he can bring the wood a bit & he's not bad in man to man coverage. But Dix will never be of pro-bowl or super-bowl caliber. He'll only be worthy of the 1st round pick in your delusionally biased eyes. Sorry homers.

The Packers won't win a superbowl because of Hasean. But with the greatest QB to ever play the game they could win one despite Hasean, like they did with bush and hawk.

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ben's picture

January 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

ok dannyBS, "the receiver didn't get behind him."

http://www.packers.com/media-center/videos/Clinton-Dix-somehow-reels-in-...

pause @ 5 to 5.5 seconds. That is beat deep.

if Russell leads his receiver dix is beat by 5 yards not just 3.5. he's the single high safety and is suppose to keep everything in front of him. He blew the coverage.

"he was deep as he needed to be to make the play." (only because the ball is so horribly under-thrown. a good throw and Dix isn't even close!)

Did nick Collins make a great play on his SB INT/TD? maybe maybe not. but he did make great plays and just wasn't in the right or wrong place at the right time.

Nick also ran a 4.36 40, Dix a 4.58.

NIck was a very good open field-tackler. Dix has looked silly trying to tackle in the open-field. HE WIFFS! Dix also can't cover over the top which is a problem at the safety position.

HaHa is the most over-rated packer safety since Atari Bigby. Time will tell, and like I've said before, I'll cut your comments now and past them here this time next year.

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Phillip Rosencrans's picture

May 20, 2015 at 04:00 pm

GTFO you Vikings troll!!! You gotta be a very pathetic individual to come to a Packers website and impersonate a Packers fan and talk all kinds of stupid BS like you have. Get a life dude!!

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