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Updated: February 3rd, 2014 2:19pm
How did they fare? A review of players, coaches with Minnesota ties

How did they fare? A review of players, coaches with Minnesota ties

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

We put together a list of players and coaches with Minnesota connections leading up to the Super Bowl last week. We've removed several players with little to no impact on the game.

How did the notable names perform?

Let's take a look:

Seattle players

Percy Harvin. Played 54 games for the Vikings as an electric return man and receiver from 2009-2012 before the Vikings traded him to the Seahawks.

How'd he do?

Returning after missing most of the season with various maladies, Harvin was his electric self. He carried the ball twice for 45 yards and had a five-yard catch.

More importantly, he housed a kickoff 87 yards to jumpstart Seattle's second half. The Seahawks already controlled the game at that point, but Harvin returned to the field to have an impact, and appeared to take the wind out of Denver's sails.

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Tarvaris Jackson. The former Vikings quarterback started or backed up between 2006 and 2010 before joining the Seahawks in 2011. He was with the Bills in 2012 before returning to Seattle as a backup this season.

How'd he do?

He took three snaps at the end of the game with Seattle was so comfortably ahead. Statistically, 0-for-1 on passes.

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Steven Hauschka. The undrafted kicker was cut in 2008 before playing a game in Minnesota.

How'd he do?

The kicker went 5-for-5 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals. If you're keeping track at home, he had more points than the Denver Bronocs.

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Seattle coaches

Pete Carroll, head coach. He was the defensive backs coach with the Vikings from 1985-89. He was a candidate for the Stanford head coaching position in 1989, which went Denny Green. He was again passed up for Green, in 1992 when the Vikings had a head coach vacancy.

How'd he do?

This season officially launched Carroll into the conversation for best coaches in the NFL. The dominating Super Bowl win, then, served as the exclamation mark to that statement.

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Darrell Bevell, offensive coordinator. He was offensive coordinator of the Vikings from 2006-10 under Brad Childress.

How'd he do?

Excluding a two-play drive to close the half and the final 'kneel down' drive of the game, five of Seattle's seven offensive drives ended in points. That's a good day against a pretty good defense.

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Denver players

Eric Decker. The receiver doesn't have any Vikings ties, but he grew up in Cold Spring, Minn., and played football and baseball for the Gophers. He was drafted in the third round in 2010.

How'd he do?

He had one catch for six yards. He also returned a punt for nine yards. His second-lowest total production came in the year's biggest game.

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Denver coaches

Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator. He played for the Vikings from 1992-95.

How'd he do?

He had the unenviable position of trying to gameplan for an offense which added Percy Harvin. Seattle hung 43 points on the Broncos, so little needs to be said about Denver's defensive performance.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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