Leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII the health of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and return man Percy Harvin would be one of the game’s biggest x-factors against the Denver Broncos.
He was just that as he made an instant impact with a 30-yard run on their first possession and effectively clinched the game with his kick return for a touchdown to start the second half.
It’s that electrifying and game-breaking type of skill-set that Harvin has that had teammate Richard Sherman write in his MMQB.com column that with a healthy Harvin next season, the Seahawks can be among the best offenses in the NFL.
“Percy Harvin faced all the criticism in the world while fighting back from injury, and arrived at the perfect moment, joining the offense that was built around him. At the beginning of the season, we hoped to use him on a variety of motion-sweep plays just like those he ran in Minnesota. Take the defense one way, run Marshawn at them the other way, like he’s our Adrian Peterson. Without Harvin, we were just biding time. With him, our offense is one of the NFL’s best.”
With Harvin sidelined for all but a few snaps during the regular season the Seahawks still managed the ninth best scoring offense with 26.1 points per game and 17th in yards, but was overshadowed by the league’s best defense.
With Russell Wilson getting better by the day and unheralded receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse making clutch plays in the postseason and one of the top two-three backs in the league, Sherman isn’t off-base in thinking the Seattle offense can be mentioned in the same breath with the league’s elite.