As of Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks still hadn’t received the news they were hoping for regarding wide receiver Percy Harvin. Last week, Harvin endured a beating against the New Orleans Saints and after being roughed up a bit, it was determined he had suffered concussion-like symptoms. Now, he may miss the NFC Championship this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Harvin has been going through standard protocol all week when it comes to concussion testing, but up to this point he has not been cleared to play. With not much time remaining, things aren’t looking too good for the multi-dimensionally talented wideout.
While it’s a tough time for Harvin, individually, the Seahawks’ world isn’t coming to an end. If Harvin were to miss the game, Seattle would not be put in a rough spot in the least bit. After all, they’ve gotten to this point without Harvin for the majority of the season.
This will surely be a battle between running games — and two of the league’s best, nonetheless. The biggest factor in Seattle’s two games against the Niners during the regular season, offensively speaking, has been running back Marshawn Lynch. Rushing for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the two contests this season, Lynch has been a constant for the Seahawks regardless of the game ending in a win or loss.
The Niners’ defense is one of the best in the game in stopping both the run and the pass, but Lynch has found success against them before. Without Harvin, they’ll lean heavily on “Skittles” in this one, and I’m sure he will be able to bust out a couple of big runs on his biggest stage to date.
As for the passing game, Russell Wilson hasn’t lit it up in terms of yardage through the air. But, his efficiency has kept the Seahawks atop the NFC all year. The decisions he makes are almost always the best ones possible, and he’ll be counted on more than ever to get his team to the Super Bowl. Without Harvin, it obviously limits the portion of the playbook set out for him.
But, what Wilson has been fantastic at doing all season is getting the ball to different targets. He’s used to throwing it to plenty of guys. This year, he’s targeted 13 different receivers and has thrown touchdowns to nine of them. Wilson’s offense is one of the top rushing teams in the game, but his efficiency will allow Seattle to win this game when it’s all said and done — with or without Harvin.