The Seattle Seahawks beat the Detroit Lions in their NFC Wild Card match, 26-6, for the team’s fifth consecutive playoff win in their postseason opener and a date with the high-powered Atlanta Flacons next weekend at the Georgia Dome. The reason for Seattle’s constant success? An unrelenting defense and a great coach in Pete Carroll certainly helps, but the one true constant variable in the playoff success for the Seahawks over the past few years is Russell Wilson. His steady play and big numbers in the postseason arguably make him the guy any team would want the most, excluding Tom Brady, under center in late January.
Wilson had another stellar night against the Lions, throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions on 224 yards passing and an astounding completion percentage of 77 percent. When looking at his statistics each of the years he has made it into the playoffs, it’s easy to see why many coaches would want Wilson on their team. He’s thrown 18 touchdowns to nine interceptions over his playoff career, totaling well over 2,500 yards while completing 62 percent of his passes. Seattle’s 8-3 postseason record over the past five years is one of the best in the NFL, and Wilson has had perhaps the biggest role in that success.
The Seahawks are now a win away from heading back to the NFC Championship. Atlanta’s offensive prowess provides a reason to be concerned, but the dome atmosphere combined with a suspect Falcons defense also means that Wilson will have an atmosphere where he could thrive in and have a big impact on the outcome of the game. After all, with history as a guide, Seahawks fans can ‘put their trust in Russ’ in elimination games.