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Monday, December 31, 2012
Around the NFC West: Seahawks can finish

By Mike Sando

The Seattle Seahawks ended their 2011 season with an overtime loss to John Skelton and the 7-8 Arizona Cardinals.

They ended their 2012 regular season with the winning 90-yard touchdown drive against 7-8-1 St. Louis.

The primary difference, of course, was at quarterback. Former starter Tarvaris Jackson never led a game-winning drive or fourth-quarter comeback victory. Russell Wilson had four as a rookie while setting a Seahawks single-season record for NFL passer rating at 100.0.

Wilson completed eight passes for touchdowns with one interception during fourth quarters and overtimes this season. He had company as a strong finisher in the NFC West this season.

San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick trailed only Peyton Manning among qualifying quarterbacks in Total QBR for fourth quarters and overtimes. He was at 89.1, compared to 89.5 for Manning.

St. Louis' Sam Bradford was fourth at 78.3 despite the late interception he threw against Seattle during the Seahawks' 20-13 victory Sunday. Wilson was eighth at 74.7, just below Andrew Luck (74.7) and just ahead of Robert Griffin III (72.1).

Those numbers do not mean these players have discovered a magic formula for clutch play. It means they played pretty well in the late going this season, which sure beats the alternative.