I thought the hyped-up duel between the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick was going to be close last night. Boy, was I wrong! Instead, Wilson and the Seahawks totally washed out Kaepernick’s 49ers on a cold rainy Northwest evening in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Football. In doing so, Seattle clinched a playoff spot and stayed in the hunt for the NFC West division title.
Wilson went 15/21 (71%) for 171 yards with 4 passing touchdowns. Kaepernick was 19/36 (53%) for 244 yards with one touchdown. And Wilson clearly showed more poise and had a much better clutch performance than Kaepernick. The duel clearly went to Wilson who needs one more touchdown to tie Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdowns by a rookie QB.
With the Seattle defense AND offense showing up big time last night, the Seahawks made it look easy in dominating the number one ranked team in the NFL. The Seahawks are surging at the right time and can play against any team right now. With their playoff games likely played on the road, however, they will need to put together complete efforts like they have in their last few games. Under Wilson, I think they have a shot in the playoffs. It’s going to be an interesting post-season.