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Percy Harvin could be the difference for the Seahawks offense

Harvin's Role In Seahawks' Offense

NEW YORK (AP) -- He caught just one pass during the regular season, and did nothing but watch from the sidelines when the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to get to the Super Bowl.

Funny, though, how many people can't stop talking about Percy Harvin.

"Percy is an atomic bomb," Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette said. "He is the ultimate weapon for our offense."

"When he gets in the game, I think everyone has to yell, `He's in! He's in! There he goes, number 11, number 11," said Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. "He is a guy that can make it happen from everywhere on the field. You have to watch him."

So far there hasn't been much to watch in Harvin's brief tenure with the Seahawks, unless you happened to be at the bank when he deposited the first chunk from the $67-million contract he signed after being acquired from the Minnesota Vikings for a handful of draft picks. There was a time near the end of the season when the odds of Harvin being put on injured reserve for the year were a lot better than they were of him playing in the Super Bowl.

But in the Super Bowl he is, and the speedy receiver who can't seem to stay on the field could be a difference maker against the Broncos.

It's a possibility Harvin is eager to embrace.

"I've been hearing X-factor and this talk," Harvin said. "This is not my first rodeo. I've played in a lot of football games and I've been effective at doing that. I'm not worried about anything other than what I've always done, and that is go out there and play football the way I know how."

No one has ever doubted Harvin can play football. He caught passes - and lots of them - from Tim Tebow at Florida, and had some electrifying catch-and-runs in the four years he played for the Vikings.

What Harvin has had is trouble staying healthy, from migraines that seemed to always occur at the wrong time to the hip injury the Seahawks didn't see coming. And just when it seemed he might be healthy enough to give Seattle a playoff boost, he suffered a concussion when his head bounced off the turf of CenturyLink Field after leaping for a pass in the end zone in the second quarter of a 23-15 divisional playoff win over New Orleans.

His season stat line is a disjointed one, with Harvin on the field for a total of just 40 snaps. Including the New Orleans game he's caught just four passes for 38 yards.

Hardly the kind of numbers that might keep Denver defensive backs up at night worrying. But worry they do, because Harvin can line up anywhere and do things that can change games once he gets the ball.

"You have to know your history on Percy Harvin," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "You have to go back and watch the film at Minnesota, see how they used him there, and see that he can do some things. You have to understand he is a guy that can play every position from the backfield to the outside to being in the slot."

Just a few weeks ago, the Seahawks were about to give up on Harvin. His roster spot was too valuable to waste, and if it weren't for an impressive workout session with quarterback Russell Wilson that doubled as a postseason tryout the day after the regular season, Harvin would likely have been done for the year.

He almost gave up himself.

"I'm going to be really blunt and straightforward. If it wasn't for my teammates being there for me the way they were, I might've just shut it down," Harvin said. "Just being discouraged, there came a point in time where the training staff didn't know whether it was a smart idea to try to come back in the same season. I probably would've been done with the season if it wasn't for my teammates."

If the playoff game with New Orleans is any indication, expect Harvin to get a lot of touches Sunday night. He'll be used in the slot and split out wide, and he will be the primary kickoff and punt returner for the Seahawks.

Break a return or a tackle or two on a route, and it's entirely conceivable he plays a deciding role for a team that doesn't have a lot of explosiveness without him.

"I want to hold up my end of the bargain and do the things I was brought here to do," Harvin said. "I'm looking to go out there, play a great game and try to make some plays for my teammates. Just being out there with them gives me joy."

Playing in the Super Bowl could salvage a season for Harvin and make up for a lot of frustration for him and the coaching staff.

And playing well in the Super Bowl could give Seahawks' fans a lot of joy, too.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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Rick February 02 2014 at 12:20 PM

Talk talk talk.........Broncos....watch em...!

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Vicky Chapman February 02 2014 at 11:00 AM

Go Seahawks!!!

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carp940 February 02 2014 at 10:53 AM

Get your kleenex ready Broncs Fans Seahawks are going to come out and punch Denver in the mouth and keep punching them in the mouth all game long plus Bad Peyton is going to make a appearance and throw 3 or 4 int's Seahawks get 5 takeaway's and win 34 to 17

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ruestertwo February 02 2014 at 11:03 AM

And then you woke up ......wet

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carp940 February 02 2014 at 10:58 PM

How You Like Me NOW CHUMP!!

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Joe4mnm February 02 2014 at 11:15 AM

To Carp940, After the game get back on here and give us your comments on how accurate you were on Peyton's 3 interceptions and Seahawks winning by 17...

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carp940 February 02 2014 at 11:22 AM

Sure I'll get back on to tell you I said so If You tell us about your Date with that 100yr. Old CowGirl who rides the little pony in Denver went

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carp940 February 02 2014 at 11:02 PM

Well Joe YOU were right I did miss the score by quite a few because I didn't think Denver Would SUCK thatBAD!!

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obamasam0r0nl February 02 2014 at 10:16 AM

The Seahawks need an " atomic bong". Maybe they could stone the Broncos and Peyton. Otherwise Seahawks fans, I hope that you at least enjoy the halftime show.

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puff13puffpass February 02 2014 at 1:48 PM

Can we borrow yours?????

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beverlyamy1 February 02 2014 at 9:11 AM

blah blah blah,broncos win 31-17.

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mrslicky2 February 02 2014 at 8:06 AM

i just hope sheman gets beat all day so he can shut his yap.

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beverlyamy1 February 02 2014 at 9:12 AM

frisco lost...let it go.

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leftydap52 February 02 2014 at 7:38 AM

FACT: The average ranking of offensives that the SEAHAWKS have faced all year was 23rd which is why their defense seem impenetrable. THE SEAHAWKS HAVE FACED ONLY ONE TEAM ALL YEAR WHO'S OFFENSE WAS AS POTENT AS THAT OF THE BRONCOS AND THAT WAS THE SAINTS. The Bronco OFFENSE set a scoring record for an NFL season, this year not to mention Peyton also set records for THROWING TOUCHDOWNS with 55.

Despite Peyton's dismal record in playoffs and Superbowls (which is 1 - 1) the guy is a field general who's understanding of defenses is unsurpassed.

TAKE DENVER MINUS THE 3 POINTS.

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leftydap52 February 02 2014 at 7:32 AM

I just read a story about security for the SUPERBOWL which reminded me what ALEC BALDWIN sad this past week. He insisted that small children not be patted down at AIRPORTS. THIS MAN IS NOT ONLY A LOUDMOUTH PUNK.....BUT A COMPLETE MORON. When TSA agents cease patting down small children....then terrorists will begin to use them to carry bombs onto airplanes. HEY ALEC.....leave the security to the ones hired to do it.....and stick to acting. Which by the way sucks at best.

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elnpet February 02 2014 at 6:37 AM

Ho Hum. Lets get on with the game. This was said just to upset the Broncoes. Go Peyton.

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bnnmarv February 02 2014 at 7:04 AM

Yea go Peyton, go sell your pizza.

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beverlyamy1 February 02 2014 at 9:13 AM

hes your superbowl m.v.p. also little lady.

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gjorgejimenez February 02 2014 at 2:09 AM

PS, If Denver's defense gets some good, solid, hard, and decisive hits on Lynch, I say the law of attrition takes it from there. …I then wouldn't expect him to be such a formidable opponent in that later part of the game.

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timjofred February 02 2014 at 11:21 AM

"Ifs" and wishes is all the Broncos got.

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