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January 30, 2014

Seattle will win its first Super Bowl

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Lynch's success on the ground has allowed Wilson to make plays through the passing game. Wilson barely topped the century mark through the air against New Orleans, but in the NFC Championship he completed 15-of-25 passes for 215 yards and a crucial third quarter touchdown. Wilson's performance in his last game is exactly what Seattle needs for its quarterback, who has thrown 52 touchdowns in his first two full seasons, which is second all-time behind Dan Marino's 78. Denver can't win unless Manning has a big game, but Wilson just needs to convert timely third downs and avoid turning the ball over.

Coming out of Wisconsin, Wilson stood just 5-11 and most didn't giave him a chance to be a successful NFL quarterback, but here he is starting in the Super Bowl. This moment won't be too big for Seattle's mentally tough signal caller. But don't get it twisted, Wilson is a dynamic weapon for the Seahawks offense. If Denver's defense doesn't account for him on every play, Wilson might mess around and win the game MVP. Wide receiver Percy Harvin left the divisional round game against the Saints with another concussion, but he will be active Sunday evening. Harvin might get hurt again, but before that potentially happens he could leave his mark on the game with a big play on offense or in special teams.

In the 11 days since Sherman's outburst with FOX reporter Erin Andrews, the Seattle cornerback has been the most talked about player in any sport. Sherman and his secondary mates hold the key to quieting the talk of the Manning greatest of all-time narrative. Manning's matchup against the ballhawking secondary is the most fascinating Super Bowl storyline in quite some time. Manning could cap off one of the greatest quarterback seasons ever if he can win Sunday, or he will lose his second Super Bowl in three attempts. Unlike 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Manning won't be tricked into throwing at Sherman, he'll just ignore whatever receiver is matched up with the Seahawks polarizing defender.

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