The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos on Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8. While Malcolm Smith took the game’s MVP honors, Russell Wilson put together a masterpiece worthy of the award, as well.
Statistically, it was nothing special, but it was solid. Wilson threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 18-25 passing. He also carried the football three times for 26 yards. He played within himself and didn’t turn the football over, something Manning did three times. The second-year quarterback finished with a quarterback rating 123.1, his fourth-best of the season.
When you look past the statistics and watch the film, you’ll see he was nothing short of spectacular. Entering the game, the Broncos said that they wanted to make him roll left because they felt he couldn’t throw well from that side. While they executed their game plan, Wilson still made them pay.
He made a number of high-quality throws while rolling to his left. On top of that, he still made his usual plays standing tall in the pocket and rolling out to his right. Wilson did a good job making changes at the line of scrimmage and managed the game very well. Wilson stood tall in the pocket in the face of pressure and made perfect throws, something Mr. Manning did not do.
Simply put, he was the complete package and did everything right for Seattle. He threw the ball well and ran the ball well. While he may only have two years of experience, he played well above that of your average NFL sophomore. He was also smart and made good reads before the snap, as well as after.
While linebacker Malcolm Smith was named the MVP (he finished with nine tackles, one interception and one touchdown), don’t overlook the contribution of Russell Wilson. He saved his best for last as he put together his best performance of the season on the game’s biggest stage.
If you go based on stats, Smith was rightly named the MVP. However, the flawless play of Wilson makes him a strong case for the award, as well.