There were four quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and each of them saw serious starting time with their teams. But it wasn’t Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, or Brandon Weeden who tied the rookie passing touchdown record of 26 set by Peyton Manning in 1998. Nope. That would be done by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the 75th player selected this April. Wilson came into Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams just one short of the mark, and in charge of a team that had scored 150 points in its last three games.
As it turned out, the Rams were a stern foe. They allowed much less to Seattle in the Seahawks’ 20-13 win. Wilson had to wait until late to tie the record, when he hit fullback Michael Robinson on a 10-yard score with 2:16 left in the third quarter. That score put the Seahawks up, 13-10, and after the Rams tied it up in the fourth quarter with a Greg Zuerlein field goal, it took Wilson using his legs to decide the game. He ran it in with 1:45 left to tilt the outcome.
The 11-5 Seahawks were eliminated from consideration for the NFC West title as the San Francisco 49ers took their second straight division crown with a 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals. So, they’ll take their act on the road, facing the winner of tonight’s matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins.
Wilson finished the game with 15 completions in 19 attempts for 250 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he was responsible for a total of 30 touchdowns, adding four on the ground. Both Luck and Griffin have accounted for 26 total, and we’ll see how many RG3 can amass against the Cowboys on Sunday night.
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