One is “too short”, one came up short

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Just as the Grinch’s heart grew “three sizes that day!”, Russell Wilson must have grown three inches in his play.

16/27 for 293-yards, 3 touchdown and no interceptions.  Plus, 5 rushes for 17-yards.  It all adds up to a 133.7 Rating and a QBR of 91.4.

You may already know, but in case you don’t, QBR is a rating system that is scored from 0-100, based on how the quarterback’s play increased his teams chances of winning.  

The last time a Seattle Seahawks quarterback had that much of an impact in a game was week three of the 2008 season.

I cannot remember the last time I watched a game and thought: “Wow, that Seahawks quarterback just won the game for us.”  On Sunday, Russell Wilson did just that.

On His Back!

He put the offense on his back in a game where star running back Marshawn Lynch ran for just 41 yards. Down by 13 points in the fourth quarter, Russell lead the Seahawks to 2 touchdown drives.

One was a touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, and the other was a pass to Sidney Rice.

Wilson’s other touchdown was a great pass, followed by a great catch by Doug Baldwin, who had 2 receptions for 74 yards on that scoring drive.

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Welcome back Doug! Baldwin, had 2 receptions for 74 yards and a HUGE TD!

The New England Patriots got the ball back with 1:14 to go in the 4th quarter.  They had already squandered all of their time outs.  Tom Brady threw a pass out of bounds, got sacked by Jason Jones,  and skipped a pass to Aaron Hernandez which brought up a 4th down withe 17-yards to go from their own 13 yard line.

After a quick pass to Wes Welker, Bobby Wagnerdrilled Welker at the 29 yard-line, 2 yards short of the first down.

Bring on the Victory Formation!

Of course, the Patriots had several chances to put the Seahawks away long before that final drive.

At the end of the first half, Russell Wilson fumbled the ball near mid-field and the Patriots recovered it.  With 1 second left in the half, Tom Brady threw the ball out of the back of the end zone. More. . .