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Russell Wilson was surprise star of ‘Monday Night Football’ Manning broadcast

Peyton and Eli Manning’s alternate broadcast of “Monday Night Football” between the Ravens and Raiders on ESPN2 was an enormous success, with followers handled to an alternate perspective featuring the two Manning brothers telling tales and offering superior evaluation to the sport because it unfolded.

They additionally welcomed in a quantity of visitors all through the evening, together with Charles Barkley, Ray Lewis, Travis Kelce, and notably Russell Wilson, who was alongside for the experience throughout the sport’s wild ending because the Raiders gained in additional time. The finale didn’t want something further to make it extra thrilling than it already was, however the Seahawks quarterback had an attention-grabbing back-and-forth all through that resembled three NFL legends chatting at a bar.

Wilson lent his brain to assist present superior evaluation on each the offensive and defensive play calls, serving to the Mannings establish what coverages the protection was in, once they had been blitzing, what audibles the QBs had been calling and extra in way more advanced element than any conventional broadcast staff.

More than that, nevertheless, Wilson was candid and confirmed off his persona. As the sport was going into additional time, the Super Bowl champion admitted he hated the NFL’s present rule for the additional interval.

“This thing drives me crazy. We go into overtime and play the 10 minutes, and if no one scores, we all end in a tie and everyone goes home? How terrible is that?” Wilson mentioned.

He then urged an attention-grabbing – and totally wacky – various if the sport remains to be tied after the 10-minute further interval.

“The Raiders come out for a second coin toss, and they win it. So now, I get to choose, I get one kick. You get to choose, are we going to kick it, or are they going to kick it? You got to kick it from the 35,” Wilson mentioned.

If the kicker makes the kicks, you groups wins. If he misses it, your staff loses.

Perhaps that iteration of the thought can be a stretch, however what about penalty kicks, like in soccer, the place every kicker will get a set quantity of makes an attempt from the 35? That model of the thought may be loopy sufficient to work.

The missed alternative got here when Derek Carr’s OT third down cross on the purpose line – after a game-winning landing was referred to as down on the 1 – bounced off Willie Snead’s arms and changed into an interception. Social media identified the similarities to Wilson’s game-losing interception in Super Bowl XLIX towards the Patriots, however the Mannings didn’t convey it up.

However, they did convey up Wilson’s spouse, Ciara, who wore a dress modeled after his jersey to the Met Gala.

“[Ciara’s] got a ring that I wanted… I didn’t get it,” Peyton mentioned, referring to when Wilson’s Seahawks beat his Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

“Well, I [want] a ring that Tom [Brady] has… I need to go get, too,” Wilson responded – referring to the fateful Super Bowl a year later towards Brady’s Patriots.

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