The ProBowl game is over, and the Seahawks in the game showed why our team is going to be a force next season. Against the league’s best players, the Seahawks in the game shined.
Jan 26, 2013, Honolulu, HI, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles during the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Russell Wilson is the most notable. He threw 3 TD passes with 0 picks leading the NFC to the win. His 147.1 rating was the highest of any of the 6 QBs who played in the game.
Most people believe he should have been named the games MVP, but that award went to Minnesota TE Kyle Rudolph. I wasn’t surprised though; leagues never seem to give rookies the MVP award for any all-star game no matter how well they play.
Marshawn Lynch added a TD and led all rushers. Leon Washington had 167 kick return yards including a 92 yarder that set up a score. Left tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger both dominated. Even safety Earl Thomas shined in this game. He had an interception and a key pass breakup to go along with his 2 tackles.
Unlike recent ProBowl games, the defensive effort in this game was decent. You might not think that from the 97 total points scored, but it’s true. The AFC averaged just 1.4 yards rushing, and the NFC averaged just 2.9. There were also 6 sacks in this game, 3 by each team. Considering that blitzing and stunting is forbidden, and the games best offensive linemen are in the game, that’s an impressive sack total.
Notably absent from this game was Richard Sherman. The league’s best CB and first team All-Pro was not on the ProBowl roster for reasons that simply make no sense.