If Blair Walsh's missed field goal mirrored Brandon Bostick's muffed onside kick as the decisive play, Wilson's ability to turn a botched snap into Seattle's biggest offensive play in Sunday's victory was reminiscent of the 11-yard dropback and heave to Luke Willson for an unlikely two-point conversion in last year's fate-altering NFC Championship Game.
Where skeptics see charmed pixie dust and an avalanche of fluky plays trailing Seattle's postseason runs over the past three years, coach Pete Carroll cites Wilson's unflappability and creativity in the face of adversity.
"We've seen so often the magic that comes out of him sometimes," Carroll said after Sunday's come-from-behind victory. "He had a number of plays today that he was in trouble and he got out of it right away.
"It's a rare play but he does stuff like that and we have come to count on it and it's been a factor for us when we've needed it. Just in that little sequence in that touchdown drive, there's some real magic in there."
But this Seahawks nucleus with six playoff wins in three years also deserves credit for displaying the mental toughness of champions.
"The elements made it as challenging as a game could be," Carroll said of the effects of the third-coldest game in NFL history.
"It's just an awareness that all great players have it," Belichick explained last January. "I think he just has it at a higher level. It's really impressive."
Wilson's Houdini act isn't luck. It's a unique, borderline-bankable skill dovetailing the best of his mental and physical traits.