Lots of good stuff from the guys at Pro Football Focus with their usual weekly review of the Seahawks game:
Among a host of big performances, Kam Chancellor’s game stood out the most to our PFF staff, and he gets the Game Ball in the Super Bowl XLVIII Refocused.
– A pair of wideouts, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse stood out for excellent moves made after the catch leading to touchdowns. Baldwin also provided some key run blocking.
– Russell Wilson tied his 3rd highest overall grade of the season, calmly leading the offense on long drives and making no costly mistakes.
– Russell Okung returned to his Pro Bowl form of 2012, grading positively as both a pass blocker and run blocker. Although he committed two penalties, Okung did not allow a single pressure in 30 pass block snaps.
– Max Unger had a rough time trying to handle Terrance Knighton in the run game, but it didn’t have much impact on the outcome.
– Without pressure, Russell Wilson went 17-of-22 for 199 yards, two touchdowns, and a QB Rating of 134.5.
– Wilson was pressured on just 4-of-27 dropbacks, one of which was a scramble, and he completed 1-of-3 passes for seven yards on the others. His QB Rating while under pressure was just 42.4, but it happened so infrequently that it was barely a factor.
– Percy Harvin actually had the most rushing yards with 45 on his two carries.
– Russell Wilson added 26 yards on three carries, including two scrambles for 21 yards.
– Seattle’s running backs totaled just 64 yards on 24 carries, averaging 2.67 yards per carry.
– Marshawn Lynch tied his season-low with only one missed tackle forced.
– Doug Baldwin capped off his extremely efficient postseason by catching all five of his targets for 66 yards and a touchdown.
– Jermaine Kearse caught 4-of-5 targets for 65 yards and an impressive touchdown where he spun away from multiple defenders. Wilson had a perfect 158.3 QB Rating when targeting both Kearse and Baldwin.
– Ten different defenders graded +1.0 or better in 34 or more snaps. Solid performances all-around as the entire defense missed only one tackle, compared to 12 missed by the Broncos D.
– Chris Clemons was a nuisance to the Broncos’ passing game and running game, tallying a sack, a hit, three hurries, and a batted pass, and managing to help keep the run a non-factor.
– Kam Chancellor set the tone with a huge hit on Demaryius Thomas, an interception, and three total stops.
– Cliff Avril pressured Manning constantly, with two hits, five hurries, and a batted pass. His timely hit to Manning’s arm led to the pick-six by Malcolm Smith.
– K.J. Wright defended the run and covered well, grading positively in both areas and notching seven tackles along with three stops.
– Richard Sherman saw five targets into his coverage, allowing two completions for ten yards and defending a pass.
– Byron Maxwell allowed four completions in five targets, going for 43 yards and a touchdown. However, he also forced a fumble with a beautiful, well-timed punch directly on the football, which Seattle recovered.
– While Kam Chancellor did surrender 5-of-6 completions into his coverage, they went for just 25 yards with an interception, and he allowed very little after the catch.
– Walter Thurmond was the only Seattle defender who really struggled in coverage, giving up catches on all six targets for a total of 90 yards, 64 by Wes Welker and 26 by Demaryius Thomas.
– Peyton Manning went 0-for-5 on deep throws, as Seattle effectively took that threat away.
– Not immune to pressure, Manning struggled when the pass rush got to him. In 16 pressured dropbacks (of his 50 total), Manning went 8-of-15 for 89 yards and two interceptions, also getting sacked once. That amounts to a 31.7 QB Rating while under pressure, as opposed to 99.0 when he had a clean pocket.
– Percy Harvin made his presence felt with an 87-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the second half. The play seemed to take the wind out of Denver’s sails, and Seattle continued to dominate from that point on.
– In 28 passing plays, the Seahawks offensive line allowed only two pressures, good for a season-best 94.6 Pass Blocking Efficiency as a unit.
– Cliff Avril’s seven pressures in 32 pass rushing snaps led to a Pass Rush Productivity of 16.4.
– Richard Sherman’s 0.24 Yards Per Cover Snap allowed in the Super Bowl were best among the game’s corners. Overall in the playoffs, Sherman’s YPCS mark of 0.09 was far and away the best at his position.