Following one of the best games of his NFL career, Russell Wilson explained his performance in Seattle’s 31-17 victory by say, “Sometimes, I think I’m meant for these situations.”
And that might sound braggadocios if not for the fact that, well, it appears Wilson really is meant for these situations. With his performance Saturday, which Pete Carroll described as “Impeccable,” Wilson put himself in some very impressive company when it comes to postseason quarterback play. Wilson went 15 for 22 for 268 yards and three touchdowns against Carolina, good for a 149.2 passer rating. Even more impressive, he was 8 for 8 for 199 yards and three touchdowns on third down, and all three touchdowns came on third-and-7 or longer.
The Seahawks are now 5-1 in the playoffs since Wilson became Seattle’s quarterback in 2012, and he has thrown nine touchdowns and just one interception, which came on a last-second Hail Mary in a loss to Atlanta. With Saturday’s performance, Wilson raised his postseason passer rating to 109.6, which is the best in NFL history for a quarterback with 150 or more attempts, according to STATS, Inc.
Here’s the rather impressive postseason passer rating list Wilson now tops: