Examining the two quarterbacks playing in Super Bowl XLIX

Seattle’s quarterback in Super Bowl XLIX is one of the youngest in the game, has already won a Super Bowl, and has won two straight NFC championships. New England’s quarterback is a future first ballot Hall of Famer, and is making his sixth Super Bowl appearance; with his last championship coming in 2004. Both quarterbacks were impressive during the 2014 season, as they led their respective teams to division tiles, and No. 1 seeds in the playoffs.

Russell Wilson

Wilson is playing in his second straight Super Bowl. It’s the third year of his career. (Courtesy of Seahawks.com)

While Tom Brady still surpassed the 4,000 total yard mark in 2014, his numbers took a small dip as a result of the Patriots’ reliance on their rushing attack. Brady saw his yards per game dip from 271.4 in 2013 to 256.8 in 2014, and his total yardage drop from 4,343 to 4,109; he also attempted 46 less passes. The future Hall of Famer was really good at limiting turnovers this season, as he threw a pick on 1.5% of his pass attempts; his touchdown percentage (percentage of touchdowns thrown on pass attempts) was a solid 5.7%.

Russell Wilson also put together a solid year under center for the Seahawks, as he threw for nearly 3,500 yards. Wilson wasn’t asked to make as many throws in the offense as Brady, but he was nearly as accurate (62.4% compared to 64.1%) and averaged more yards per completion. The third year quarterback was also really good at limiting the number of interceptions he threw during the regular season, as  he only tossed picks on 1.5% of his pass attempts. He also threw a touchdown on 4.4% of when he dropped back to pass.

The biggest difference between the two quarterbacks is their respective mobility. Wilson carried the ball 118 times this season and averaged 7.2 yards per carry (849 rushing yards); while Brady only carried it 36 times (57 rushing yards)…for an average of 1.6 yards per carry.

Brady fumbled the ball zero times, Wilson fumbled it 13 times.

2014 Regular season passing comparison

Russell Wilson Tom Brady
Completions/Attempts 282/452 373/582
Completion Percentage 62.4% 64.1%
Yards Per Completion 12.4 11.0
Yards Per Game 217.2 256.8
Total Yards 3,475 4,109
Touchdowns 20 33
Interceptions 7 9

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