A Final Tally of All Records and Stats for Russell Wilson's Rookie Year

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2013

A Final Tally of All Records and Stats for Russell Wilson's Rookie Year

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    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has finally reached the end of his rookie season after being selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. 

    As the last rookie QB alive in the 2012 NFL playoffs, Wilson made an impact that will never be forgotten this year. He broke various records while leading the team to the playoffs. 

    Wilson's incredible year almost didn't happen, though, as he had to fight Matt Flynn for the starting job in the preseason. He won and has never looked back. 

    Now that his season has finally ended in the divisional round of the playoffs with a loss against the Atlanta Falcons, it is time to take a moment and reflect on just how great Wilson truly was in 2012. 

    In the following slideshow, we will break down Wilson's statistics and highlight his various records and accomplishments. 


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    The knock on Russell Wilson coming into the season was his height, but it proved to be a non-factor thanks to his outstanding athleticism. Wilson's ability to escape pressure allowed him to create and manipulate passing lanes all year long. 

    The end result of his athleticism was an outstanding statistical line for the 2012 regular season.

    He ended up throwing for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. The numbers gave him a great 100 quarterback rating, as he completed 64 percent of his passes on the year. 

    Wilson was also effective on the ground. He compiled 489 yards and scored four times while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. 

    Despite being a third-round pick, Wilson took command of the offense and used his versatile skill set to put together a shockingly good stat line. 

Best Passer Rating for a Rookie Quarterback

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    Russell Wilson was so good throwing the ball that he shattered Ben Roethlisberger's rookie record for passer rating thanks to his pristine 100 rating. 

    Wilson was not the only rookie to break through this barrier, as Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins ended up with a 102.4 rating on the season.

    It is more impressive that Wilson broke through the barrier because he was a third-round pick. Griffin was expected to perform highly as the No. 2 overall pick. 

    It just goes to show how accurate and decisive Wilson was with the football. There are veterans who have never managed to have such a high rating over the course of a season, which is nothing but a good thing for the Seahawks moving forward. 

Tied Peyton Manning's Mark for Rookie Touchdown Passes

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    If you had guessed before the season that Russell Wilson, a third-round pick, would tie for a spot in the NFL record books next to Peyton Manning, you need to stop reading and go play the lottery. 

    Back in 1998, Peyton Manning threw 26 touchdown passes in his rookie year with the Indianapolis Colts

    Fast forward to 2012, and Wilson has done the very same thing. Again, it's more remarkable than Manning's number simply because Wilson was not expected to even come close. 

    Wilson throws touchdowns with ease, and if his improving play is any indication, he could be sharing more and more records with Manning someday. 

Threw for the Most Yardage in a Postseason Game by a Rookie

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    The Seattle Seahawks wound up losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC divisional round, but rookie quarterback Russell Wilson still had a great performance. 

    Wilson threw for 385 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as the team went on to lose in the final seconds of regulation. 

    His 385 yards through the air broke a rookie record for the most passing yardage in a playoff game, previously set by the Washington Redskins' Sammy Baugh in 1937 with 335 yards.

    While Wilson's total wasn't enough to garner a win, it was impressive nonetheless. 

Best Touchdown-Pass-to-Interception Differential for a Rookie in NFL History

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    Not only did Russell Wilson produce jaw-dropping numbers in his rookie year, he did something that is perhaps even more valuable—he limited turnovers. 

    Wilson only threw 10 interceptions in 16 games. Combined with his 26 touchdowns, he now owns the NFL rookie record for pass-to-interception differential, which came in at 16 (26-10). 

    When an NFL quarterback throws 16 more touchdowns than interceptions in his rookie campaign, it is a safe bet he has a very bright future in the league.

    This is just another feather in his cap at this point, but breaking this record is very underrated. 

Playoff Victory

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    Russell Wilson was great all year long and continued that into the postseason in the NFC Wild Card Round, when the Seattle Seahawks took on the Washington Redskins. 

    Wilson was outstanding as the Seahawks won 24-14. He threw for 187 yards and one touchdown while finishing with a 93 quarterback rating. He added 67 yards on the ground as well. 

    Wilson and the Seahawks went on to lose in the NFC divisional round to the Atlanta Falcons, but Wilson turned in a gritty performance despite the loss. 

    Defeating the Redskins was a massive win for the franchise and showed the team is heading in the right direction for the future under the leadership of Wilson. His great rookie season is just the first of what could be many exceptional years. 

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