When the Seattle Seahawks play the Washington Redskins in the NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, two of the most exciting quarterbacks on two of the hottest NFL teams will embark upon an experience they never encountered in their young careers.
Two will enter, one will remain.
Robert Griffin III leads a Redskins team which has won seven straight, put up a regular-season record of 10-6 and won its first NFC East title since 1999.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are on a five-game winning streak, finishing the season 11-5 and returning to the playoffs after a one-year absence.
The last time the two teams met in the playoffs was the 2007 NFC Wild Card Game and Seattle won at home, 35-14. Seattle has not won a playoff game on the road since 1983. During the regular season, Seattle has not won in Washington since 1995.
Statistically speaking, the quarterbacks are so closely matched it is difficult to point out a glaring advantage for either player. Both are among the top three players mentioned (alongside Indianapolis' Andrew Luck) as the NFL Rookie of the Year.
Here are both quarterbacks' 2012 regular-season statistics:
Robert Griffin III (15 Games)
Passing: 258-393 for 3,200 YDS, 20 TDS, 5 INTS, 65.6 PCT, 8.14 YPP
Rushing: 815 YDS, 7 TDS, 6.8 YPC, 40 first downs
Russell Wilson (16 Games)
Passing: 252-393 for 3118 YDS, 26 TDS, 10 INTS, 64.1 PCT, 7.93 YPP
Rushing: 489 YDS, 4 TDS, 5.2 YPC, 30 first downs
In a league highlighted by quarterbacks and their ability to run the offense, both RGIII and Wilson have excelled at their position and led high-scoring offensive attacks for both teams.
The Seahawks average 25.8 points per game, ranking ninth in the NFL. The Redskins average 27.2 points per game, ranking fourth in the league.
The Seahawks are third in the NFL in rushing yards per game, the Redskins are first. The Seahawks are 27th in the league in passing yards per game, the Redskins 20th.
This much-anticipated matchup between two promising young players at the same position puts an added excitement to this Sunday's playoff game. Both players add an extra dimension to the quarterback position, as they are among the new breed of offensive directors on the field.
Both Griffin and Wilson are setting the tone for future NFL teams and the model of what the quarterback position will need to be. A younger, more athletic, mobile, faster player with agility, poise and patience.
The Seattle Seahawks visit the Washington Redskins in the NFC Wild Card Game Sunday, January 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
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