Super Bowl XLVIII Recap – NFL FootballTuesday, February 4, 2014 13:53
Russell Wilson true MVP, Seahawks defense among best ever.
Super Bowl XLVIII Recap
While true that Seattle’s defense was the dominant force in the game, because the MVP can only go to one player, Russell Wilson had to be the MVP. His clutch 3rd down conversions in the 1st quarter, 4 out of 6 to keep two FG scoring drives alive, were what made the romp possible. He kept Peyton, desperate for a rhythm, off the field, while tiring out the Denver D and resting the best D in the league, frothing at the mouth to get back in the game and wreak havoc upon one of the best offenses the NFL has ever seen. This makes the Seattle D one of the best defenses of all time, up there with the 1985 Bears and mid to late 1970′s Steelers…and more recently those Ravens teams. Almost every time Peyton completed a pass, 2 or 3 Seahawks were there to make sure no additional yardage was picked up. Denver had just 27 yards rushing on 14 attempts. Peyton completed a Super Bowl record 34 passes, but for just 280 yds, a meager 8.2 yds per completion.
Back to Wilson, after the first quarter, he continued to play mistake-free ball and throw accurate lasers, eventually finishing with 18/25 completions for 206 yds, 2 TD, 0 picks…but no Seahawk had big offensive numbers – the leading rusher was WR Percy Harvin with 45 yds in 2 rushes as Lynch was held to just 39 yds on 15 carries. No receiver had 70 yds.
Below is what I wrote about Russell when he won the Marino Award Week 13 this season, a Mon night win over the Saints…
The Dan Marino Award – Russell Wilson, SEA…22-30 310 yds, 3 TD, 0 Int. 8 att, 47 yds. My favorite QB in the league, and I fell in love watching him in Aug 2012 rookie pre-season games. Unbelievably accurate passer, tight spiral, strong arm…nifty, shifty, classic running style – little flash, but quick enough to pick up solid yardage and always smartly seeking the safest route, sacraficing a few extra yards but expertly avoiding heavy hits. His head and attitude set him apart as well – sharp, composed, confident, heavily goal-oriented, and a top notch work ethic. Hopefully a Super Bowl champion come early February.
This is a cross-post from Speedburner on Sports. View the original post here.
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