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Russell Wilson sets record for postseason passing yards by a rookie

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We previously detailed many of the records set during the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs this weekend.

Another was set by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson threw for 385 yards as the Seahawks nearly rallied from a 20-point fourth quarter deficit to shock the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. In doing so, Wilson broke a 75-year old record for passing yards in a postseason game by a rookie. The record was previously held by Washington Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh.

Wilson completed 24 of 36 passes with two touchdowns and an interception (on a Hail Mary attempt on the last play of the game) to rally the Seahawks from a 27-7 deficit to take a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds to play.

Baugh threw for 335 yards in a 9-3 win over the Chicago Bears on December 12, 1937. Wilson and Baugh are the only two quarterbacks to throw for 300-plus yards in a playoff game as a rookie.It’s another feather in the cap for the Seattle rookie. The Seahawks entered training camp with three quarterbacks vying for the starting job. Wilson beat out incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and free agent signee Matt Flynn for the job and never looked back putting together a remarkable rookie season.Seattle entered the last two offseasons with uncertainty over who would be their starting quarterback next season. With Wilson’s emergence, it’s a question the Seahawks shouldn’t have to be forced to answer again for a long time to come.

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67 Responses to “Russell Wilson sets record for postseason passing yards by a rookie”
  1. xplicitpits says: Jan 14, 2013 10:56 PM

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  2. stratomaticfan says: Jan 14, 2013 10:57 PM

    Meh. Maybe if they didn’t spot them a 20-0 lead, they could have had a balanced attack. Atlanta played a lot of soft D with a big lead.

  3. drewfl says: Jan 14, 2013 10:59 PM

    It’s hard not to root for this guy

  4. jameyjame says: Jan 14, 2013 10:59 PM

    this kid is easily offensive rookie of the year,,,all the hype around luck and rg3,,,,and this kid could turn out to be better than both,,,he has that it factor not many guys have. he’s a smooth operator and if it weren’t for bonehead pete carrol,,he would have his first playoff win.

  5. imsmarterthanyou says: Jan 14, 2013 11:01 PM

    yesterday.

  6. seacolt213 says: Jan 14, 2013 11:02 PM

    @jameyjame

    You know Wilson won his 1st playoff game last week, right?

  7. joey49er says: Jan 14, 2013 11:05 PM

    Russell is a good qb but where was he in the 1st half of the game?

  8. specialagentjohnnyutah says: Jan 14, 2013 11:05 PM

    This is why RW is awesome.

    HeraldNet – Seattle
    John Boyle ‏@johnpboyle
    QB Russell Wilson wasn’t in the locker room for cleanout b/c he was watching film. Seriously.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 14, 2013 11:07 PM

    This happened Sunday? Man they took their good sweet time crunching the numbers on this stat hey?

    They just had to make sure that everything was “up to code”.

  10. stampnhawk says: Jan 14, 2013 11:10 PM

    If my stats are right, he went 10 for 11 in the second half….the only incompletion was the hail mary interception as time expired. Remarkable.

    Finally, finally, it looks like the leader that the Seahawks have been looking for for a long long time.

    Hasslebeck was a good player in his prime for a year or two, but was never a leader that rallied his teammates and made them better like Wilson. To do this calmly and without going nuts, or making dumb risky decisions, shows great poise for a guy that age.

  11. pixelito says: Jan 14, 2013 11:11 PM

    I prefer Quarterbacks with real names, as opposed to ones with names that sound like some video game.

  12. dennisatunity says: Jan 14, 2013 11:16 PM

    Record-setting games, beating Tom Brady, trouncing the 49ers, squeaking by Aaron Rodgers, tying Peyton Manning’s rookie record for TDs (with significantly fewer INTs), vanquishing the Bears and Jay Cutler twice in the same OT game, best 3-game outburst of points in 60 years, the rookie QB who lasted longest in the playoffs, passer ratings for the second half of the season that are unreal, 4th quarter comebacks that can’t be believed.

    Yeah…all this was because Atlanta played soft defense. He is one of the best in 2012. And it’s early, but he just might be one of the best ever.

  13. kylexitron says: Jan 14, 2013 11:17 PM

    I don’t care if you don’t like the Seahawks, Pete Carroll, Richard Sherman, etc….you can’t not root for a guy everyone wrote off as too short to ever be an NFL QB – basically being as good or better than any QB in the league since about week 8.

    Now if only we knew why for the first half of the Atlanta game, the coaches weren’t setting him up to play his game.

    I predict next season or the season after, Wilson will be calling his own plays ala Manning.

  14. udub says: Jan 14, 2013 11:17 PM

    He also set a postseason record for most seconds wasted at the end of a half by a rookie.

  15. Canyonero says: Jan 14, 2013 11:18 PM

    As an Arizona Cardinals fan, I am sort of freaking out..

  16. illinininer says: Jan 14, 2013 11:18 PM

    Does that even count as an interception? I mean, he did complete it to one of the better wide receivers in the game…

  17. jasonculhane says: Jan 14, 2013 11:20 PM

    Russel Wilson had a great year. But c’mon. The NFL had 4 Rookie quarterbacks in the playoffs. Very entertaining, but lets get back to the days where television ratings don’t drive wins and losses. I’d like to get back to actually seeing who the best teams and players are, in other words put competition number one please.

    The NFL is obviously pushing the next generation quickly here don’t ya think:)

  18. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 14, 2013 11:21 PM

    Well that’s what happens when your supposedly “amazing” defense allows the falcons to score 20 points in 30 minutes…you have to pass.

  19. cosmoscrush says: Jan 14, 2013 11:25 PM

    No doubt Wilson is a talent, but since the Rookie of the Year is determined by regular season play, RGIII is the clear choice.

    Aside from their statical wins, RGIII won 7 Rookie of the Week awards vs. Wilson’s one.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2013 11:28 PM

    A yard was way longer back in 1937. But quarterbacks weren’t much taller than Russell.

  21. themackstrong says: Jan 14, 2013 11:31 PM

    Rookie of the year- without question.

  22. bert1913 says: Jan 14, 2013 11:32 PM

    This is just the beginning. Russell had to split time with Matt Fylnn and Travaris Jackson this past training camp and preseason. Just imagine next year after Russell has the whole off season, preseason and training camp as the starter.

  23. commonsensedude says: Jan 14, 2013 11:33 PM

    I’m a Redskins fan who can’t stand the Seahawks as a team but even I love Wilson. What’s not to like about this guy? He’s a great young quarterback and an even better guy. He’s going to have a great career and it’s going to be fun to watch him get even better over time.

  24. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jan 14, 2013 11:35 PM

    Not to take away from Wilson but the Seahawks and Colts were both just in the Playoffs 2 years ago and just needed that extra piece to get them back. The Redskins have sucked for a long time and RGIII picked them up and carried them to the playoffs on 1 leg.

  25. wnstonchill says: Jan 14, 2013 11:38 PM

    I’ll be the first to say, I was the guy who said that Russell Wilson was a waste of a 3rd round draft choice by the Seahawks. (I’m tasting CROW, daily!) I also think Pete Carroll deserves an enormous amount of credit for having the guts to hand the starting QB job to the guy who actually earned it and gave them the best chance to win and not the guy making 19.5 million over the next 3 years.
    I wish Russell Wilson nothing but the best!

  26. chrismatthewsucks says: Jan 14, 2013 11:39 PM

    “Russell is a good qb but where was he in the 1st half of the game?”
    Ask the niners D he dropped 30 on them in the 1st half.

  27. jameyjame says: Jan 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    cosmoscrush says: Jan 14, 2013 11:25 PM

    No doubt Wilson is a talent, but since the Rookie of the Year is determined by regular season play, RGIII is the clear choice.

    Aside from their statical wins, RGIII won 7 Rookie of the Week awards vs. Wilson’s one.
    ____________________________________

    not the clear choice,,,the sexier choice,,,,wilson is the better player long term. rg3 is like a ferrari,,,fun to drive,,but in the long run,,give me a honda,,,dependable and long lasting.

  28. ningenito78 says: Jan 14, 2013 11:59 PM

    I gotta be honest. I wasn’t anywhere near the Russell Wilson bandwagon this year. Until Sunday. That kid looked nothing like a rookie. To do what he did on the road in the playoffs was nothing short of amazing. That kid can straight play.

  29. ningenito78 says: Jan 15, 2013 12:01 AM

    Yeah…all this was because Atlanta played soft defense. He is one of the best in 2012. And it’s early, but he just might be one of the best ever

    Easy now guy.

  30. larrybrown43 says: Jan 15, 2013 12:02 AM

    Had RGIII not gotten hurt, Mr Wilson would’ve been hand gliding in Cabo San Lucas this past weekend.

    The route was on.

  31. gobigred55 says: Jan 15, 2013 12:08 AM

    I was trying to think of who Wilson reminds me of . The best I could come up with is Steve Young. Not your prototypical qb, but very athletic and very smart. Both look to pass first, but can pickup first downs and chunk plays with their legs. Both are built well and not just run fast, but run smart.

  32. jameslongstaffe says: Jan 15, 2013 12:09 AM

    Russell Wilson looks like the answer for Seattle, & what a steal in the 3rd round. Former baseball player/QB that can run like the wind & is quite intelligent with good character… Not sure how nobody else saw that coming lol. He is awesome!

  33. eaglebobby says: Jan 15, 2013 12:17 AM

    It wasn’t Wilson’s fault they lost this game. It was Carroll’s fault, plain and simple. And another fumble–almost two lost fumbles by Lynch. I mean, Seattle gets the first turnover, and Lynch has a good run before he loses a fumble that Atlanta turns into a FG.

    Carroll then decides to go for it on 4th and 1 and instead of giving it either to Lynch or letting Wilson carry it on the read option–by the way, there was NO ONE on the left side of the defense to stop him on that play, they give it to Michael Robinson who gets stuffed for a loss. If you’re going to call that play, you might as well kick the FG–at least you got points on the board.

    And then, Wilson takes the sack near the end of the first half–however, I put this on Carroll again. 13 seconds with no timeouts, you’re an experienced NFL coach–you know Atlanta is probably going to bring the house–why not kick the FG–so that’s at least 6 points they threw away.

  34. stahi says: Jan 15, 2013 12:17 AM

    Russell Wilson is the kind of QB that could make you like a team you normally wouldn’t think of liking, just because he’s entertaining. Just one guy.

    Then there’s Richard Sherman who takes a crap on all of that and you hate the Seahawks. JUST ONE GUY.

  35. mrgroovesd says: Jan 15, 2013 12:26 AM

    Wilson has my vote for ROTY. He showed poise like he’s been there before with bringing the Seahawks back in the game.

  36. tjh9985 says: Jan 15, 2013 12:34 AM

    Aside from their statical wins, RGIII won 7 Rookie of the Week awards vs. Wilson’s one.

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    Rookie of the week is based on fan voting and therefor completely meaningless. Look at week 16. RG3 won rotw throwing 200 yards 2 tds 1int vs one of the worst teams in the league over Wilson having 4 tds 0 int vs the best defense in football. Most retarded award ever conceived and Bob won so many because of the bandwagon.

  37. dabearsk says: Jan 15, 2013 12:38 AM

    Makes me feel a little better after seeing him dominate some teams the last part of the season and in the playoffs like he did in the second half and overtime against my Bears! Think the kid is gonna be pretty tough for the next couple of years despite his height. Loved that he was watching film instead of packing up…congrats Seattle.

  38. realfann says: Jan 15, 2013 12:40 AM

    Cap Newton was great last year too. Let’s see how Wilson does when defenses have figured him out.

  39. jlv3gem says: Jan 15, 2013 12:44 AM

    Oh yeah he lost

  40. dstep24 says: Jan 15, 2013 12:53 AM

    Not to take away from Wilson but the Seahawks and Colts were both just in the Playoffs 2 years ago and just needed that extra piece to get them back. The Redskins have sucked for a long time and RGIII picked them up and carried them to the playoffs on 1 leg.

    ——————-

    Actually, no. Once Griffin was reduced to one leg, he was completely ineffective. He carried them to the playoffs on two legs, then when he couldn’t flee the pocket, and was forced to throw from it, he was absolutely dominated.

  41. lionsdraftguy says: Jan 15, 2013 1:14 AM

    The best part about the Seahawks is how they absolutely destroyed the San Francisco Forty Whiners and that arrogant classless Jim Harbaugh.

  42. finsphan says: Jan 15, 2013 1:17 AM

    love Wilson, but if luck, rg3 or tannehill was drafted by this team they would be as or more successful, all he has to do is not lose, this is the best all round team in the league. great defense, good receivers and te’s, great o line, great special teams and beast running game, plus a coach who is not afraid to take chances. very similar in San Fran.

  43. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 15, 2013 1:18 AM

    sneaky slippery pete ‘the snake ‘ carroll made the right choice picking this guy

  44. onlyifiwasasdumbasu says: Jan 15, 2013 1:24 AM

    that great for a kid that will R.O.Y runner up… not hating… I love what RW has done…. but RW didn’t have to play half the season without his two best reciver… and didn”t have to be the inspiration for his Defence to play better… and didnt have to overcome come an over the hill head coach who cares more about winning without Elway than he did about the health of the franchise QB… but Great job DangeRuss Wilson

  45. udub says: Jan 15, 2013 1:35 AM

    I love how I get a bunch of thumbs down for pointing out an obvious flaw. What, can’t criticize people anymore?

    Pressures on end of the Rose Bowl….horrible clock management.

    End of a bad first half in the division round playoffs, chance to get some momentum… horrible clock management.

    Don’t they say twice is a trend?

  46. larryboodry says: Jan 15, 2013 1:38 AM

    If I had a ROY ballot, it would look like this…

    Wilson
    Kaepernick
    RGIII
    Luck

    As a Bears fan, I was fortunate enough to see three of them play against my team…I believe all four of them are special talents.

  47. brendank11 says: Jan 15, 2013 1:44 AM

    No doubt Wilson is a talent, but since the Rookie of the Year is determined by regular season play, RGIII is the clear choice.

    Aside from their statical wins, RGIII won 7 Rookie of the Week awards vs. Wilson’s one.

    ———————————————————–

    You’re aware that ROW awards are via fan voting correct? Wilson didn’t even win ROW the week he torched the 49ers for 4 TDs. Griffin won with 1 TD pass and all around inferior stats. Not that I’m saying one or the other should certainly be ROY, but you CANNOT count ROW awards as a reason. Wilson spent the year hidden in the Northwest, and ignored far too long (though the national lovefest has been strong for a couple weeks now).

  48. defscottyb says: Jan 15, 2013 1:50 AM

    Everyone knows if RG3 wasn’t hurt vs. the Seahawks the Skins win that game. Up 14-0 then he got hurt. Actually he got hurt on the play before he threw the td to make it 14-0… downhill from there. Skins win win the NFC East easily next year, Hail!

  49. raideralex99 says: Jan 15, 2013 2:30 AM

    This is too funny first it’s RG3 … no wait Andrew Luck … no wait Russell Wilson … give it a rest.
    Remember last year it was Cam Newton or how about JaMarcus Russell.
    Let these QBs play for afew seasons before putting them in the Hall of Fame.

    Also if the NFL would have scheduled the west coast team playing the late game like they did with Washington … perhaps the game would have had a different outcome.

  50. selbyrj82 says: Jan 15, 2013 2:38 AM

    I am ecstatic to see what comes of the rookie of the year race. This years rookie class, I believe, is the best ever in terms of performance as rookies. If all the rookies continue to play at this level, and stay healthy, I also do not see how they could not continue to be the best rookie class of all time, hands down.

    3 playoff QB’s, all of whom played at an exceptionally high level, and all deserving the award on some level in Wilson, RGIII and Luck. Tannehill, though not quite ROY caliber (especially when matched against the other rooks) had a very good rookie season. Then there is Alfred Morris and Doug Martin. Again, 2 guys who if not for the overbearing performance of their rookie QB counterparts, would be frontrunners. Both performed at exceptionally high levels not just for rookies, but simply for RB’s in the NFL. These two show potential to be fixtures in the NFL for years to come if they keep up the pace, wreaking havoc for opposing defenses, and leaving fantasy owners everywhere chomping at the bit to get them on their rosters.

    Hats off to the rookie class, and best wishes for continued success and maintenance of good health to all of them. In addition to performing well on the field, they all seem to be nothing short of respectable, class acts off the field as well. I’m eager to see what the future brings for them, what other members of their rookie class are poised for a breakout next year, and of course what is in store for the upcoming rookie class. It is going to be a lot to live up to.

  51. hendeeze says: Jan 15, 2013 2:58 AM

    “But I threw an interception as time expired, just like before… How come we didn’t we win?”
    -Russell Wilson

  52. onebucplace says: Jan 15, 2013 5:11 AM

    Wilson reminds me of Shaun King of the Bucs — except King wasn’t given TDs and victories by the refs.

  53. franklinandbashandflorio says: Jan 15, 2013 5:16 AM

    Hate the coach. Like the Quarterback.

  54. jammer88 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:05 AM

    Russell Wilson is no Cam Newton or RGIII, but he had a great year. Unfortunately it was with the terrible Stinkhawks. The Stinkhawks are one of the very few teams that have never won a superbowl and I don’t think the stinkhawks ever even been to the show. Every couple of years the stinkhawks have a half way decent season and make it to the playoffs and actually one time won the division and a playoff birth with an 8-8 record. Oh well, next season the Stinkhawks will be back to their stinky form and will play, well, like the Stinkhawks.

  55. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 15, 2013 6:29 AM

    There is no comparison between Russell Wilson and Sammy Baugh. Wilson already is better.

  56. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jan 15, 2013 7:20 AM

    shoot, if the replacement refs were still in there, they’d have just awarded golden tate a touchdown on that last play…

  57. jackdaniels1 says: Jan 15, 2013 7:24 AM

    So Pete Carroll did something right for once. Now, if only the Seahawks had a coach

  58. jeffesky says: Jan 15, 2013 7:33 AM

    I think its funny that people don’t give the Falcons any credit for being a very good football team. This wasn’t a case where they wanted to let Seattle back in the game. It was a playoff game and you had two teams expecting to win a physical matchup. Good football teams battle,its sudden death so it was with this game. Fight to the end. It shows both wilson and ryan have what it takes to be good for a long time. I think next time Russell will be better as he now has a playoff win and a loss. hawks will need to improve by claiming thier dividion and getting home field. Going to be tough in that division with the Niners and Rams. If AZ gets a healthy Kolb back they were 4-0 to start the season. Wilson will have to get better because its going to take 13 wins next year.

  59. giantsfanlewis says: Jan 15, 2013 7:59 AM

    Brownsalwaysrebuilding

    The Seahawks made the playoffs at 7-9 two years ago. That’s not being a piece away from making it back, that’s getting lucky to be in such a trash division that you can make it at 7-9

    Larrybrown43

    The route was on in Atlanta to and Wilson lead them back from that one. No saying if Wilson leads them back with rgiii isn’t hurt

  60. phillyhouse222 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:04 AM

    stratomaticfan says:
    Jan 14, 2013 10:57 PM
    Meh. Maybe if they didn’t spot them a 20-0 lead, they could have had a balanced attack. Atlanta played a lot of soft D with a big lead.

    ————————————————–

    I usually don’t respond to the stupidity in this blog, but that was so dumb, it required you to be put in your place.

    Obviously you didn’t watch the game, because the Falcons were blitzing him, and didn’t play “soft.” In fact, the Seahawks had the LEAD with 31 seconds remaining in the game. So are you saying the Falcons allowed Wilson to just score on them so they could come back for dramatic effect?

    Or maybe you just enjoy posting asinine comments?

  61. rfoster75 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    well philly house, he’s not totally wrong. I see your point also. But a 2o point lead in the NFL is a pretty big lead. You need to start throwing the ball if your the down team, and teams are going to stretch their defense to defend against that. But none the less, an impressive outing for the rookie.

  62. trollingthisbridge says: Jan 15, 2013 9:39 AM

    Rookie of the year and it’s just too bad he’s got Shirley yapping his mouth on defense, because so many people wanted to see Roddy White and Julio Jones shut Shirley up, which they did nicely when they burned him like toast. I wanted to see Wilson win this one, but I wanted to see Shirley get beat more.

  63. elliottcovert says: Jan 15, 2013 9:41 AM

    I think this is a good reason why voting for the major awards (offensive/defensive POY, ROY, MVP, etc) should take place after the postseason.

    Then again, if that was the case then the awards would likley be skewed very heavily to the championship teams. Solve one problem, create another I guess.

  64. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Jan 15, 2013 12:22 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan and this dude is the real deal. Gifted, fast, bust most importantly, SMART. I’m a big fan. I wish he was in da burg

  65. larryboodry says: Jan 15, 2013 1:00 PM

    Let me correct myself…

    If I had a ROY ballot, it would look like this…

    Wilson
    RGIII
    Luck

    Forgot Kaepernick is 2nd.-year guy.

  66. finsphan says: Jan 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    kaepernick is not a rookie people! this is his second year! someone put him in the rookie of the year talk, 1. he is not a rookie 2. he only played 7 games in the regular season. get a clue

  67. beastmode5150 says: Jan 15, 2013 2:39 PM

    Russell is a good qb but where was he in the 1st half of the game?
    ——

    Joey49er, he was marching the team down the field numerous times to the tune of 190 passing yards and 40 rushing. Pete should have kicked two field goals.

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