Joe Ovies

Super Bowl Talking Points: #AllRussellWilsonEverything

Posted February 3

1. Russell Wilson has a Super Bowl ring. It’s an incredible finish to a chapter filled with doubters and second guessing. Even those who will tell you they always believed in Wilson’s potential couldn’t have predicted this level of success so quickly.

Now Wilson starts another chapter as quarterback of the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, with expectations raised even further going forward. As we’ve grown accustomed to during his career, Wilson will approach the new challenge with his typical determination.

And this observer can’t wait to see what happens next for Wilson.

Witnessing the career arc of Wilson winning games for NC State at Carter-Finley Stadium to orchestrating touchdown drives against the Denver Broncos at the Super Bowl is mind blowing. No cynicism or ironic detachment, it’s truly unreal.

2. Wilson threw two touchdowns and completed 18-of-25 passes for 206 yards. While the Seahawks offensive line, including another former Wolfpacker in JR Sweezy, gave him premium protection throughout the night, he once again kept plays alive with his feet. Wilson avoided taking a single sack and didn't turn the ball over. It also helps when Wilson didn't have to throw a pass from 12:57 of the second quarter to 7:58 of the third quarter. 

3. Peyton Manning put together a heartwarming tribute to his brother Eli’s past season at MetLife Stadium.

Manning finished the Super Bowl with 280 yards on 34-of-49 passing, but he spent the opening quarter having as many pass attempts as the Seahawks had third down conversion. Manning's interceptions had everyone saying "Omahahaha," including one that was returned for a touchdown by game MVP Malcolm Smith.

While Manning's performance makes it difficult to reconcile his record-breaking season, the rest of the team had an uncharacteristically sloppy night. There were Denver derps including a safety to start the game and allowing Percy Harvin to return a kickoff for a touchdown at the start of the second half. There was the curious game-plan to dink-and-dunk down the field and John Fox's head-scratching decision to punt the ball down 29-0 in the third quarter.

It truly was a collective failure by the Broncos.

4. Speaking of Harvin, the wide receiver was worth every penny despite playing only three games this season for Seattle. He only caught one pass for five yards, but his two runs for 45 yards and kickoff return were difference makers. 

5. The Super Bowl featured plenty of #goacc, including other former NC State players Steven Hauschka and Nate Irving. North Carolina was represented by Sly Williams. Virginia Tech's Kam Chancellor made a defensive impact. Then there was Demaryius Thomas showing that if you wanted to have the ball knocked out of your hands for a critical fumble, you're at the Super Bowl, and you can do that.

6. Outside of mass transit woes in New Jersey, which didn't prevent a full stadium at kickoff, much of the concerns about a "cold weather Super Bowl" melted away with game-time temperatures hovering around 45 degrees. 

Each seat held a care package containing hand warmers, ear muffs, lip balm and hats equipped with LEDs programmed to change color during the halftime performance. MetLife Stadium was so prepared for frigid condition that it even had heat lamps installed over auxiliary press seating.

Speaking of halftime, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers put on a spirited performance. Was it an all-time classic? No, but it was certainly entertaining.

All in all, New York and New Jersey did a great job hosting the Super Bowl. Perhaps they got lucky with a window of warmer weather between snow storms, but seeing Times Square and Herald Square transformed into a football fantasy land would have been nice experiences regardless of conditions.

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  • mittnfriends Feb 3, 10:07 p.m.

    "Cam Newton isn't close to Russell Wilson"

    Cam does more with less. Hence,

    "They need players all around vs Newton. They need receivers... OL..."

    Cam haters are too easy.

  • vt94hokies Feb 3, 9:40 p.m.

    The Panthers have a huge way to go to get to becoming an elite NFL team. They don't like to spend money. They surely don't have all of the talent, and Cam Newton isn't close to Russell Wilson. Wonder why? Maturity. Brain cells. Focus. I kinda hate that the Panthers will have to spend all of this money on Newton. They need players all around vs Newton. They need receivers, DB's, OL, before anything else.

  • mittnfriends Feb 3, 9:33 p.m.

    I hope Cam Newton (self proclaimed Superman) was watching and takes note of how Russell Wilson,... View More

    — Posted by myperspective

    "And I'm like, 'why not us', like my dad used to say to me, 'why not u'" and add a bunch of the same old, tired, talking points of "praise god for looking out for my teams success and not our opppent's", "All credit to my teammates" blah blah blah.

    Russell lucked up and was drafted to an exceptional team. Cam (who has superman like qualities on the football field) was drafted to a struggling team. He has been the consistent bright spot since he was drafted. The defense didn't show up until this year.

    So, you continue to think Cam should act like a boring old prude (not that there's anything wrong with that), but as long as he continues to work on his game the Panthers will be in good shape.

  • myperspective Feb 3, 9:03 p.m.

    I hope Cam Newton (self proclaimed Superman) was watching and takes note of how Russell Wilson, only a little older than Cam, conducted himself with poise, maturity, and humility...and walked off the field a winner! Keep looking in the mirror Cam! Shine up that "S"!

  • mittnfriends Feb 3, 8:37 p.m.

    The ultimate talking point is everyone should have put their silly insecurities aside and listened to Richard Sherman.

    See his interview last March where he stuck it to Skip Bayless.

  • vt94hokies Feb 3, 5:58 p.m.

    Chancellor is the best strong safety since Troy Polamalu, Bob Sanders and Rodney Harrison.

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Bud Foster turns out as many DB's as any Coach out there. He runs the schemes like the Pro's do. Cam will jar your toe nails when he hits you too. Wilson should be claimed by both schools. Super athlete deserves all of the love we can give on here. He's a phenom.

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 3, 5:35 p.m.

    Chancellor is the best strong safety since Troy Polamalu, Bob Sanders and Rodney Harrison.

  • Gunnstigator Feb 3, 4:18 p.m.

    One more thing: Wilson spoke about both State and Wisconsin, so I don't understand the comments trying to discredit State as one of his schools; both should be happy and proud of what Wilson has accomplished.

  • Gunnstigator Feb 3, 4:12 p.m.

    Congrats to the Hawks. Wilson had a good game, but Seattle's D had a great game, and was instrumental in the win.

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 3, 2:18 p.m.

    Mr. Evans all Dilfer, and Wilson had to do was not turn the ball over. Something Manning does often in the playoffs. Also Manning padded his Stats when he was down thirty. Russell looked like a Vet and Manning looked like Ryan leaf.

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