Sensing how close they were to winning a Super Bowl, the Seahawks made a bold move last offseason, trading a first-rounder and other picks to the Minnesota Vikings for talented but enigmatic wide receiver Percy Harvin and then quickly signing him to a six-year contract reportedly worth $67 million. But they didn't exactly get bang for their buck during the regular season, as Harvin started the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a hip injury and played in just one game and made just one catch before the hip injury flared up, sidelining him until the playoffs. He made three catches for 21 yards in the divisional round, but he suffered a concussion that sidelined him for the NFC championship game. Harvin was at full-strength during the Super Bowl and finally made the kind of impact plays that the Seahawks envisioned when they gambled on him during the offseason. After a botched Broncos snap led to a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the Seahawks capitalized with a long field-goal drive. The key play was an end-around that Harvin nearly took to the house. He flashed from the right side of the field to the left sideline before veering toward the end zone. Harvin ran for a 30-yard gain, but it would have been a touchdown had his cleat not brushed up against the chalk. He took another handoff for 15 yards and had one reception for five yards, but his biggest contribution came on special teams. On the opening kickoff of the second half, Harvin fielded the ball after it bounced high off the turf. He ran right through the middle of the Broncos ranks, swerved left toward the open field and left a pair of Broncos grasping at air as he broke free. Once that happened, no one was catching him, as he is one of the league's fastest players. The 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown put the Seahawks up, 29-0, and it served as the proverbial pin in the balloon for a Broncos team already with long odds at a comeback. The Seahawks obviously will want him to be more involved in the passing game and that will happen if Harvin can stay healthy and develop chemistry with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. But he is the kind of dynamic playmaker that can change a game in a few different ways. Just put the ball in his paws and get the heck out of his way. The Seahawks are paying him a lot of money, but if Harvin keeps doing what he did in the Super Bowl, they will be more than cool with cutting those fat paychecks every week.
Christian Murdock, MCT