For those who go strictly by box scores, the question concerning the Seattle Seahawks is what's wrong with quarterback Russell Wilson?
Wilson has thrown for less than 200 yards in four of the Seahawks' last five games. In fact, he completed just nine of 18 passes for a career-low 103 yards in Seattle's 23-15 win over New Orleans in the NFC divisional playoff game.
Even Wilson concedes he'll have to be more productive when the Seahawks meet San Francisco on Sunday in the NFC championship game.
"We need to get better," Wilson said. "I need to get better, first of all. It's one of those things that my confidence never wavers. Every time I step on the field, every time I place a call, I believe in it. That's never going to change for me."
The inclement weather conditions and a dominant running game by Marshawn Lynch, who rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns were major factors in Wilson's paltry passing numbers.
"Why wouldn't you keep handing it to him?" Wilson said of Lynch. "But we have a great passing game. We can do things on time, on the money. We're explosive in the passing game, have been all year. We can do a lot of things. We're versatile on offense and it makes it tough on defense.
"A lot of it is on me. That is the exciting part about it. I'm always looking for a challenge."
Wilson may not be passing for big yardage, but he's producing the most important statistic -- 26 wins in two seasons, counting the Seahawks' win at Washington last year and last week's victory over New Orleans.
Wilson's 24 regular-season wins and 15 at home are the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era, breaking the mark set by Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, who won a Super Bowl in his second season.
The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers stand between the Seahawks and the Super Bowl, and Wilson threw for 199 yards in a 19-17 loss to the 49ers when they last met on Dec. 8 in San Francisco. He needed just 142 yards in the Seahawks' 29-3 win over San Francisco in week two in Seattle.
"I've heard a lot of discussion about his numbers," said Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, an analyst for Fox Sports, "but the most important thing for Russell Wilson is he has won. Unfortunately, that gets overlooked far more than it should.
"The biggest thing is they've played some good teams, and they've relied on the things they believe in as an organization -- ball control, run the football, play great defense, protect the football. When you play that style, it doesn't lend itself to putting up gaudy numbers as a quarterback.
"I'm not sure why anyone cares about that. They're playing in the NFC championship game with a chance to go win a Super Bowl."
Wilson, a third-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2012, plays a similar game to San Francisco's second-year starter, Colin Kaepernick. Both are as dangerous running with the ball as they are throwing it.
"In terms of Colin's ability to run the football and throw the football extremely well, and my ability to throw the ball and run it, it's one of those things that I believe the quarterback position is changing a little bit," Wilson said. "You have some guys that can move around and make plays, but also there are still the Tom Bradys of the world that rip the defense by just sitting there in the pocket and throwing it all day and getting the ball out and all that.
"I like to think about the "new generation" of quarterbacks and then you have Tom Brady and Peyton Manning on the other side in the AFC playing with each other. That's a pretty interesting thing to think about.
"If you're a football fan, it can't get any better than this week. You think about the NFC championship game, us versus the 49ers, and you think about the AFC side and the Patriots versus the Broncos, that's as good as it gets."
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