Russell Wilson is tired of the short jokes, tired of the knock he can’t lead a team. But Sunday he silenced both misconceptions and as a result will lead his team into the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos February 2. In what was a fitting end for an NFC Championship Game, the Seattle Seahawks — and Wilson — simply made more plays when it mattered.
The late touchdown strike to Jermaine Kearse and Cam Chancellor‘s interception with seven minutes to go in the fourth put the Seahawks ahead for good. Richard Sherman‘s interception of Kaepernick in the end zone sealed the deal. The defense was dominant, Wilson was poised but will they have the same success against the Denver Broncos? Not likely.
For one, Russell Wilson has never experienced the hoopla of the Super Bowl. But that won’t matter. I look at what the Broncos bring to the table on defense as the number one reason the Broncos could — and should — come out with a victory. The Broncos are second in the league in defense and are giving up just 69 yards per game — a postseason best — but the Seahawks feature the number one rushing attack in the NFL. But last I checked, defense wins championships.
We haven’t even factored in the mastery that is Peyton Manning. That mastery eats up a lot of time off the clock. I see Peyton controlling the tempo in a game he knows he can win in a situation he’s more than familiar with. I also like Denver’s offense in any matchup but especially against the Seahawks. Peyton will frustrate the Seahawks secondary all day with his precision. That’s not a knock to Seattle, they deserve to be here and earned that right by beating some seriously stacked teams. But things change when you leave the friendly confines of home for a Super Bowl. Sometimes the odds just aren’t in your favor.
I wish them the best, I hope Russell Wilson proves me wrong because it wouldn’t be the first time Wilson had to overcome perception. Time will tell, but in this game the Broncos are just too much of a well-oiled machine to trip up in the Super Bowl.