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February 2, 2015 at 7:50 AM

Pro Football Focus grades the Super Bowl

Here’s the Pro Football Focus Gradebook from the Super Bowl:
  • Chris Matthews capitalized on his opportunity–his +3.1 receiving grade was the highest for both teams.
  • After struggling two weeks ago vs GB, Russell Wilson bounced back with a +2.5 passing grade as well as +1.1 rush grade. He vastly outplayed his NE counterpart (he who shall not be named), who graded at an MVP-worthy -2.4.
  • Marshawn Lynch graded at +2.3 on the run but what makes that figure even more astounding is that the combined O-Line/Willson run blocking grade was -9.6.
  • Touched on this in the content email that Wilson could exploit NE with the deep ball and he did. He went 5 for 8 and 178 yards on passes over 20+ yards.
  • For a team that blitzed about 21% of the time, the Pats only blitzed on 5 of 26 dropbacks (19.2%).
  • The only real weak spot for Wilson this game was if he was under pressure. On only seven dropbacks, he only completed two passes, scrambled twice, and took three sacks.
  • Most of the running was done to the left side of the field. 14 of the 29 rush attempts were between left tackle and center.
  • Lynch with his seemingly normal 8 missed tackles forced. NE skill players combined for 9 missed tackles forced.
  • Rush attempts: Lynch 24, Wilson, 3, Robert Turbin 2
  • Chris Matthews had his way early with Kyle Arrington catching both targets for 89 yards. Once Brandon Browner started covering him, he got shut down only catching one of his two targets for only nine yards.
  • Doug Baldwin with an understandably quiet game since Darrelle Revis was on him. He did catch his only target but only for three yards.
  • Targets: Jermaine Kearse 6, Matthews/Lockette 5, Lynch 2
  • Targets by NE secondary players: Malcolm Butler 6, Browner/Ryan 4, Arrington 3
  • Postgame fodder was that Tom Brady dissected the Seattle defense…but wasn’t forcing him to dink and dunk the ultimate plan? A LOT of green on the defensive side for the Hawks. Bobby Wagner with the highest overall grade at +4.0 that also included a team-high +2.4 run defense grade.
  • Michael Bennett with a solid +3.3 pass rush grade that included five QB hits.
  • Stops made: K.J. Wright 5, Wagner 4, five with 2
  • Shane Vereen caught 11 of his 12 targets yet only had a +0.1 receiving grade.
  • Targets: Tharold Simon 11, Wagner 9, Wright 7, Kam Chancellor/Byron Maxwell 6, Sherman 3
  • Easy to play the Capt. Hindsight role but the injury to Lane was huge. He only played 10 snaps grading at +0.2 but was playing well. His replacement, Simon, got torched (again). He had a -5.0 coverage grade allowing seven receptions on 11 targets. Julian Edelman caught four of five passes for 56 yds 1 TD with Simon as the primary coverage man. Simon, in two playoff games, played 114 snaps and finished with a -9.0 coverage grade.
  • As forecasted, Jon Ryan with a nice +1.5 game. He vastly outplayed his NE counterpart who graded at -2.2.
Signature Stats
  • Our PFF QB Rating correlates with the overall grading of both QBs. Wilson with a vastly higher PFF Rating at 107.57 vs 88.0.
  • Wilson’s 226 Yards in the Air was the highest for him all season.
  • Coming into the game, Wilson had a 49.2% deep passing accuracy rate. In the Super Bowl he had a 62.5% Accuracy Rate.
  • 38 of Brady’s 51 attempts were thrown in less than 2.5 seconds.
  • Small sample size but Chris Matthews had an absurd 9.91 YPPR. It was easily the highest, with teammate Lockette in second with 3.47.
  • Seattle’s O-line came up with one of its best performances of late. They allowed only three pressures, combining for a Pass Blocking Efficiency of 90.4. Considering how quickly Brady threw it, Pats O-line allowing 11 QB pressures shows how flawed they are.

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