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Seahawks vs. Bears: Russell Wilson's Late-Game Heroics Help Dispose of the Bears

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a first down in overtime against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-17 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterDecember 2, 2012

It took a 97-yard touchdown drive with less than 30 seconds to go to put the Seahawks back in the driver's seat. A 17-14 lead with 24 seconds remaining looked all too good for Gus Bradley's defense.

Heading into Chicago's last drive, they had only allowed seven points in the second-half, yet quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall decided to make things incredibly interesting for Pete Carroll's club.

In the midst of a collapsed pocket, Cutler threw a bomb down the right sideline, which was timed perfectly as Marshall hauled in the grab for 56 yards. Two plays later kicker Robbie Gould proved that he is indeed as good as Gould.

His 46-yard field goal sent the game to overtime, however, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson decided to take back any momentum that was lost on the Bears final drive. Seattle elected to receive the kickoff knowing it would take a touchdown on the opening drive to send Chicago packing.

As if a 12-play, 97-yard drive at the end of the fourth quarter wasn't impressive enough, Wilson wanted to make sure he mailed in his third game winning drive of the season. So, he put every member of the Seahawks offense on his back and the 'Hawks covered 80 yards on 12 plays and burned up 7:27—their longest drive of the game. Rice's 13-yard touchdown reception to win the game marked his seventh touchdown grab of the season.

#Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: 3rd game-winning drive this season that came in final 2 min of 4th quarter or in overtime

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 2, 2012

I'm just curious how the argument of Wilson being too short to play quarterback in the NFL is holding up? Without question, his play on the field backs up a legitimate case No. 3 has made for being named Rookie of the Year.

Of course because of the media hype surrounding RGIII and Andrew Luck, it wouldn't ever happen, but if you dig deep into the stats I couldn't confidently say RGIII and Luck have better cases than Wilson. The third-round pick out of Wisconsin has 19 touchdowns and is zeroing in on Peyton Manning's rookie record for touchdown passes (26) in a season.

With four-games left to play, can he do it? At his current rate, he would fall short, but knowing Wilson, he will probably end up breaking it. ESPN's Mike Sando puts it best when it comes to Wilson.

Russell Wilson is like the surfer who disappears under the wave and you think he had to crash, but then he emerges on other side.

— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@espn_nfcwest) November 25, 2012

There's no quit in him and he showed it again today. It's easy to see he prefers playing in a tight game compared to a blow out. The best players always rise up when their back is against the wall, and at age 24 Wilson is undoubtedly mature beyond his years. 

Today's game was the fourth straight game where the rookie quarterback played turnover free football. Not to mention it was also the fourth game in a row where he had a quarterback rating above 100.

Wilson may not be as flashy as the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in this years draft, but he does have the ability to lead his team the deepest into the playoffs.

 

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