Russell Wilson has been criticized for the past few weeks. He has been called tentative, indecisive and inaccurate. Perhaps the worst of the criticism was his reputation as a game-manager, as if the team only wins because he doesn't screw things up.
To make it worse, he was going up against legend Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. The script said that Wilson was going to melt under the pressure. The script was wrong.
Wilson outshone Manning from the opening kickoff to lifting the Lombardi Trophy. He completed a higher percentage of his passes, had a higher average yards gained per pass attempt and threw more touchdowns. He also had no turnovers, while Manning had three.
Manning may be one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, but on Sunday it was Wilson who was the better player in the Super Bowl.