After outscoring their opponents 150-30 over the last three weeks, the Seattle Seahawks offense came crashing back to earth on Sunday. The 'Hawks were limited to 20 points, a far cry from their output in Weeks 15, 16 and 17.
Yet, that didn't stop them from piling up 362 yards of total offense by game's end. Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch cranked out his fourth straight 100-yard game, and quarterback Russell Wilson recorded a 100-plus quarterback rating for the ninth time this season.
Not to mention he set a career high Sunday with a rating of 136.3. However, Wilson did fall one touchdown shy of setting the rookie single-season record for touchdown passes. Heading into Week 17, No. 3 needed two touchdowns to break the record and one to tie.
After his first touchdown pass through the air late in the third quarter, it seemed as if he would get one more shot with less than five-and-a-half minutes left to play. Wilson and company had to span 90 yards to get in the end zone for the go-ahead score, so surely the odds seemed in his favor if he could move his team into position.
Sure enough, he did move his team into position by going 89 yards on nine plays. All Seattle needed was one more yard to put six on the board, so what do they run? A designed play-action pass that would of indeed put him over the 26-touchdown threshold, but the rookie took the sure thing instead by scampering into the end zone on a quarterback keeper.
Wilson has never been worried about records, he has made that clear from day one. However, he managed to set one of the more impressive rookie records after Sunday's victory: He became the first rookie starting quarterback in NFL history to finish 8-0 at home.
Yet, that wasn't the only record that fell Sunday. He also set a franchise record by finishing the season with a quarterback rating of 100, which set a Seattle team record for the highest quarterback rating in team history. Matthew Hasselbeck previously set the record in 2005 with a rating of 98.2.
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Coming into Sunday night's game against the Cowboys, Robert Griffin III was on pace to shatter "Big Ben's" rookie single-season quarterback rating record with a 104.1 rating. But things didn't go as planned for RGIII individually.
The Redskins got the win and are headed to the playoffs to take on the Seahawks, but RGIII played a pedestrian game. He was 9-of-18 passing for 100 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. His quarterback rating ended up at 66.9 for the game, helping Wilson secure that record as well.
RGIII's rating dropped a full 10 points.
Heading into the Wild Card Round, the Seahawks will have to travel to Washington to take on the Redskins next Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Here is a schedule for next week's upcoming games that will be featured on both Saturday and Sunday:
NFL Wild Card weekend schedule: Saturday: CIN/HOU 430pm, MIN/GB 8pm ET -- Sunday: INDY/BAL 1pm, SEA/WAS-DAL 430pm ET— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 31, 2012
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