Five things that could mess up the Broncos, Seahawks

Even the greatest players have a weakness. For Peyton Manning, it's a total lack of mobility, which...

Even the greatest players have a weakness. For Peyton Manning, it's a total lack of mobility, which means the Seahawks defence could look to come after him. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

Everyone remembers the magical moments that happen every Super Bowl Sunday, but for every hero, there's also a goat messing up.

Behind nearly every big play, is something going wrong at the other end.

Here's a look at five things that could go horribly awry for NFC champion Seattle on the big day and five more that could mess up AFC representative Denver's plans to hoist the Lombardi trophy for the first time since the John Elway era:

FIVE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG AND GROUND THE SEAHAWKS

1) Russell Wilson 1.0 remains AWOL – The first version of Wilson took the NFL by storm a season ago, while this year, Wilson has been merely solid, instead of at times dominant.

The 2012 Wilson completed a higher percentage of his passes, ran for five touchdowns vs. one in 2013 and had a far higher QB rating (71.7 vs. 58.9). That version also headed into the post-season with 16 TDs against just two interceptions in his previous eight contests. This Wilson threw 13 TDs and five interceptions in the second half of the season and only completed 58% of his passes in Seattle's two playoff wins, only one of them for a score.

The old Wilson crushed the 49ers in Week 15, throttling one of the NFL's top defences for four TDs on 71.4% accuracy. This Wilson barely got by the Niners and spent Week 15 completing only 41% of his throws against Arizona, averaging a season-low four yards a throw. Denver's going to put up points, so the good Wilson is going to have to show up to take pressure off of his defence.

2) The Beast gets tamed – Usually, as Marshawn Lynch goes, so goes Seattle's offence. He's run for 12, 11 and 12 touchdowns the past three years and rushed for at least 1200 yards. He's added three more TD runs in the post-season and scampered for 250 yards, helping to turn the tide against San Francisco.


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