- Joe Flacco
- Baltimore Ravens
- Ravens 33, Giants 14
- 25-for-36, 309 YD, 2 TD, 0 INT
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- Russell Wilson
- Seattle Seahawks
- Seahawks 42, 49ers 13
- 15-for-21, 171 YD, 4 TD, 1 INT
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The Pregame Pressure
There was plenty of pressure facing Joe Flacco heading into the Baltimore Ravens' matchup with the New York Giants. The Ravens were coming off three straight losses and Flacco's poor play had recently resulted in the dismissal of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. A win over the Giants would clinch the AFC North title for the Ravens and guarantee at least one home playoff game.
This was a very important game for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. A win over the San Francisco 49ers would keep alive their NFC West title hopes, as well as the possibility of a first-round bye. Seattle had lost three straight to San Francisco and a win in this game would be a huge confidence boost should the two teams meet for a third time in the playoffs.
The In-Game Performance
Flacco's brilliant play led the Ravens to a convincing 33-14 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions. He completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a score and avoided any turnovers or sacks. He helped Baltimore produce touchdowns on each of their first three possessions. He was outstanding on third down, helping the Ravens convert 11 of their 18 opportunities.
Wilson has produced several impressive performances during his stellar rookie campaign, but this might be his best work to date. He completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 171 yards and four touchdowns, as the Seahawks torched the 49ers. Three of Seattle's first four possessions resulted in touchdowns, and Wilson was instrumental in the Seahawks converting 11 of 13 third-down opportunities.
The Post-Game Pick
Flacco and Wilson both delivered dynamite performances to lead their teams to convincing victories over difficult opponents. This is a very tough call, but I'm going to give Wilson a slight edge. He didn't put up the same passing yards as Flacco, but he played in inclement weather and faced a more challenging defense. Wilson's four touchdowns passes and gaudy third-down percentage put him over the top. -- Daniel Jeremiah