Super Bowl Talking Points: #AllRussellWilsonEverything
Posted February 3, 2014
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.