Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Rams.
Russell Wilson was the 75th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The one-time NC State standout and former Wisconsin hurler has never missed a game in nine NFL seasons. He’s become more of a focal point when it comes to the offense of the Seattle Seahawks as time has gone on. He’s a Super Bowl champion and a seven-time Pro Bowler.
But it hasn’t mattered if the team has played at home or traveled to St. Louis or Los Angeles and, in some ways, who the head coach has been. More times than not, the Rams have made life miserable for the highly-talented quarterback and his club.
Be it Jeff Fisher, interim head coach John Fassel for three games in 2016 and current sideline leader Sean McVay, the franchise has had a habit of chasing down the Seahawks’ chef and limited his cooking time.
In Saturday’s 30-20 home loss to McVay’s Rams (via Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com) in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Wilson suffered through a dreadful afternoon. He connected on only 40.7 percent of his passes (11-of-27) for 174 yards and did find wide receiver D.K. Metcalf for a pair of scores. But he also served up a pick six and was sacked five times by Aaron Donald and company.
The numbers are stunning. Including playoffs, the nine-year pro has faced this divisional rival 19 times and owns an 8-11 record as a starter. While he’s thrown more than twice as many touchdown passes (27) as interceptions (12), he’s been sacked an astounding 77 times in those contests. This season alone, Wilson was sacked a combined 16 times in three games vs. Los Angeles, five-plus times in each outing.
After a 5-0 start this season, the Seattle Seahawks faded a bit when it came to the offensive side of the football. And three clashes with the Rams — which amounted to a combined 56 points — was part of the undoing for Pete Carroll’s squad. Wilson was under siege against the likes of Donald, Leonard Floyd and coordinator Brandon Staley’s defense this season. And the team went out with a whimper rather than a bang.