- Andrew Luck
- Indianapolis Colts
- Colts 35, Lions 33
- 24-for-54, 391 YD, 4 TD, 3 INT
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- Russell Wilson
- Seattle Seahawks
- Seahawks 23, Bears 17, OT
- 23-for-37, 293 YD, 2 TD, 0 INT
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The Pregame Pressure
Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts were facing tremendous pressure heading into their road game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. A victory over the Lions would let the Colts maintain their status in the AFC wild-card race and keep alive their slim hopes of winning the AFC South. Luck would be facing a desperate Detroit team that needed a win to keep its own postseason chances afloat.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks also faced a great deal of pressure heading into a road battle against the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks needed a win to maintain their status as the NFC's final wild-card team, and to stay alive as contenders in the NFC West. Worth noting: Wilson and Seahawks had won just once on the road before Sunday's contest.
The In-Game Performance
Luck put together an outstanding performance, leading the Colts to a 35-33 win over the Lions. The rookie signal-caller threw for 391 yards, tossed four touchdowns and rushed for 33 yards. He overcame a 12-point deficit in the final three minutes of the game by tossing two touchdown passes, including a game winning connection with Donnie Avery as time expired. Luck had very little support from his running game, but he still found a way to deliver a win. His three interceptions were the only negative aspect of his performance.
Wilson was phenomenal in the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the Bears, throwing for 293 yards, tossing two touchdowns and rushing for 71 yards. In the final minutes of regulation, he led the Seahawks on a 97-yard scoring drive, capping it off with a 14-yard touchdown pass with less than 30 seconds left. After the Bears tied the game to force overtime, Wilson led the Seahawks on an 80-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a 13-yard touchdown strike to Sidney Rice.
The Post-Game Pick
Both of these talented rookie quarterbacks were instrumental in their teams' big road wins. However, I believe Wilson had the more impressive performance. He didn't have as many passing yards and touchdowns as Luck, but he was more efficient and avoided turning the ball over. Also, his ability to make plays with his legs helped keep several drives alive for Seattle's offense. -- Daniel Jeremiah