Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson may not have gotten the win in Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, but he did become the first player in NFL history with 300 or more passing yards and 100 or more rushing yards in the same game, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Wilson did all he could to overcome the magnificent St. Louis special teams units, completing 23 of his 36 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, with another 106 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in a turnover-free performance.
The loss was an odd one, as neither team turned the ball over, and the Seahawks produced 463 yards of total offense to outgain the Rams by nearly 200 yards. Seattle also converted six of its 12 third downs while putting up three touchdowns and two field goals in nine drives.
Unfortunately for Wilson and Co., the Rams piled up 201 yards in the return game, highlighted by running back Benny Cunningham's 75-yard kick return and wide receiver Stedman Bailey's 90-yard punt return touchdown on a trick play.
Additionally, the Seattle defense struggled for a second straight game, allowing Rams quarterback Austin Davis to complete 18 of his 21 pass attempts for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite all the issues around him, Wilson, with the help of a late stop by the defense, had Seattle in position to get the ball back down by just two points with nearly three minutes remaining.
Perhaps realizing that they were unlikely to stop Wilson, the Rams executed a fake punt on 4th-and-3 from their own 18-yard line, with punter Johnny Hekker hitting Cunningham for an 18-yard gain.
Though he didn't get to see the field again, Wilson still made his way to a bit of NFL history. To put his performance into perspective, there have been just 22 occurrences since 1960 of a player reaching even 250 passing yards and 75 rushing yards in the same game, per Pro-Football-Reference.com's play index.
Narrowing the criteria further, there have been just four occurrences of 250 passing yards combined with 100 rushing yards, though Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has done it twice, most recently in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In the coming years, it won't be surprising if Wilson, Newton and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick—perhaps joined by Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel—duke it out for these sorts of records. In today's NFL, 300-yard passing games are a regular occurrence, and each player is a threat to top 100 rushing yards whenever he takes the field.