For the second time in three weeks, Blues prop Aaron Woods has played a better Origin game than he ever has before.
Maligned Blues halves Mitch Pearce and Trent Hodkinson have kept their haters at bay, combining beautifully to steer their side to a 28-16 series-leveling win.
Take a look at the key stats from Queensland captain Cameron Smith and Blues prop Aaron Woods after State of Origin II.
Blues hooker Robbie Farah was troubled by his shoulder injury throughout Game Two, but pushed through the pain to help NSW level the series.
Blues enforcer James Tamou predicts there will be "shots fired early" in the Suncorp decider in three weeks time.
Forget about Game Three or even this weekend, there is every chance we might not see Billy Slater again this season with the risk of shoulder surgery looming.
Blues coach Laurie Daley took a swipe at criticism his side has received this year, praising his "little old battlers from NSW" after their Origin II win.
Queensland captain Cameron Smith and coach Mal Meninga questioned a controversial disallowed try in Origin II but accepted the side must improve for Game Three.
The key points to take from NSW's series-levelling Origin II win in front of a record crowd at the MCG as the teams prepare for a series decider.
NRL.com rates the performances of all 17 Queensland XXXX Maroons players in Holden State of Origin Game Two.