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Monday, December 24, 2012
Wilson leads the way for two straight weeks

By ESPN Stats & Information

Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsRussell Wilson threw four touchdowns as the Seahawks blew out the 49ers to clinch a playoff berth.
As a reminder, Total QBR is a quarterback rating that takes into account all of a QB’s significant contributions (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles, penalties) to his team’s scoring and winning and summarizes them into one number on a 0-100 scale, where 50 is average. Since 2008, the team with the higher QBR has won 86 percent of the time.

For the second straight week, Russell Wilson topped the QBR charts, posting a 97.6 QBR Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Last week, his 99.3 QBR was the highest by any quarterback in a single game this season.

However unlike last week when he ran for three scores and threw for another, this week he accounted for all four of his touchdowns through the air.

Wilson leads the league with a 85.9 Total QBR since Week 6.

His QBR Sunday was the highest the 49ers have allowed in a game since the start of 2008 season.

Peyton Manning has posted a QBR of at least 90 in more than half of his games this season, including a 93.6 Total QBR on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

In the last five seasons, Manning is tied with Philip Rivers for the most games with a 90+ Total QBR (19) despite missing the entire 2011 season.

QUICK HITTERS
•  Matt Ryan posted a 96.7 Total QBR in Saturday night’s win over the Detroit Lions. Ryan now has four games this season with a 95+ QBR, most in the NFL. In the QBR era, there has only been one other instance of a player having four or more games with a 95+ QBR in a season: Matt Ryan in 2008.

•  Joe Flacco had a 94.4 Total QBR in Sunday’s win over the New York Giants, his highest Total QBR since Week 1 (95.1). Flacco now has a 66.3 Total QBR at home and a 31.0 Total QBR on the road, which is the second-largest home/road Total QBR differential in the NFL (Michael Vick, 52.4). Flacco will have at least one more home game this season, as the Baltimore Ravens clinched the AFC North and a home playoff game Sunday.

•  Aaron Rodgers had an 88.8 Total QBR in Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans, his fourth straight game with a QBR of at least 80. Rodgers is tied with Drew Brees for most games with an 80+ QBR (18) over the last two seasons.

TOTAL QBR AND WINNING
Total QBR can be used to quantify just how important the quarterback position has become to winning in the NFL. Looking back to previous years, the team with the higher Total QBR has won 86% of regular season games since 2008 (as far back as Total QBR goes). That is higher than the comparable mark for teams with the advantage in total yardage, turnover differential, and NFL passer rating.