Gil LeBreton

Packers victims of the Dez payback

Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse celebrates his game-winning touchdown during overtime of the NFC championship game against the Packers.
Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse celebrates his game-winning touchdown during overtime of the NFC championship game against the Packers. AP

Tony Romo was right. Some things do even out.

But whoever had the needle stuck in the Packers’ voodoo doll can probably ease up now. The curse is complete.

The Payback for Dez is no longer due.

You know how bad the Dallas Cowboys felt last week after an official’s ruling deprived them of what could have been the winning touchdown?

Double it. No, multiply it by 100.

Green Bay had a commanding 16-0 lead over the Seahawks at halftime Sunday in Seattle. The Packers still had a 19-7 lead and the football with about four minutes to go in the game.

What happened after that needed the Parental Advisory label. Hopefully families in Wisconsin covered their kids’ eyes.

The onside kick never works, right?

A fake field goal for a touchdown? Naw, the Packers should be ready for that.

The Seahawks were being outplayed so soundly, their infamous, Aggie-copied “12th Man” was down to 11.5.

The message, if the Cowboys were watching from Cabo, should be loud and clear:

Play to earn the home-field advantage. Visiting teams sometimes win these conference championship games, but the warmup to the Super Bowl is always better attempted at home.

If the NFC title game had been in Wisconsin and not the state of Washington, if the Packers hadn’t mysteriously lost to Buffalo 21-13 in Week 15, the Seahawks’ engine likely would have been frozen and unable to be jumpstarted during those final minutes.

The theme of Super Bowl XLIX week would already be set: Aaron Rodgers versus Tom Brady for the title of This Generation’s Greatest Quarterback.

“God blessed us with a few bounces,” Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said after the game.

The Seahawks are right about one thing — they are not going to be the people’s choice in Arizona.

Too angry. Too Pete Carroll smug. Too revved up on Starbucks. Too Richard Sherman for most folks.

And at the other end of the charm spectrum will be Brady and the New England Patriots. Even Bill Belichick wins that matchup over his grinning counterpart.

It should make for an intriguing week of Super-sized analysis in Phoenix. How healthy will Sherman be? How will Belichick, the week’s resident genius, handle Seattle’s ferocious defense?

Will Marshawn Lynch defy an NFL edict and speak to the media? Will Michael Bennett return that policeman’s bicycle?

See? It’s already a more interesting Super Bowl matchup than last year’s.

The Patriots have looked like Super Bowl contenders since October. The Seahawks, meanwhile, lost to the Cowboys — at home, gasp! — fell to the Rams, and were an uninspiring 6-4 team as Thanksgiving neared.

Be wary, however, of anyone who tries to tell you over the next two weeks that Carroll’s Seahawks are just paper chickens away from their loud home. That was my Super Bowl morning column a year ago, and the Seahawks proved me a fool by narrowly defeating the Broncos — OK, it was 43-8.

Surely, that can’t happen this time. Brady is too big-game-proof. Belichick is too wise. The Patriots are too balanced.

Besides, did you see the Seahawks after Sunday’s improbable victory, crying and blubbering as if they had just cheated football death?

Cowboys fans know better. The Seahawks simply benefited from a week of Green Bay voodoo.

Things evened out Sunday. Multiply it by 100.

Gil LeBreton, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @gillebreton

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