Tom Brady‘s return to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots was the climax of the NFL weekend for every reason imaginable. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback marched right in and became the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader, passing Drew Brees for the record on Sunday evening.
But Brady wasn’t the only quarterback to set a record on Sunday. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also made history in their victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Oddly enough, Brady didn’t register a single touchdown in his highly-anticipated return to Gilette Stadium, but the Bucs got the victory over the Patriots thanks to a missed field goal that bounced off the goalpost in dramatic fashion.
Russell Wilson sets yet another record
The Seahawks marched into San Francisco and took care of the 49ers as Trey Lance made an appearance in the second half and tossed a pair of touchdown scores. All eyes were on Lance, but it was Wilson who made history as he became the fastest player in NFL history to get to 100 wins, according to a tweet from Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The others on the list are good ones, including Brady himself and Peyton Manning. But Wilson achieved the feat six games quicker than Manning, and that is quite an accomplishment for the former Wisconsin star.
After a dicey offseason full of trade rumors and displeasure about the organization, Wilson has dialed in and has the Seahawks at 2-2 in the NFC West, arguably the toughest division in the NFL.
At the rate Wilson is going, he should continue to set more records with the Seahawks and earn himself a shrine at the Pro Football Hall of Fame after his playing days are over.
Wilson sets his name with some other NFL legends
This is quite a list to be on. So far in his career, he has 100 victories, a Super Bowl trophy, and seven trips to the Pro Bowl in his 10th season in the league. For some perspective, Brady has 233 career victories, nearly 50 ahead of Brett Favre and Manning, who are tied for second place on the list.
Every year the top quarterbacks are tossed around for discussions of the NFL MVP award, yet every year Wilson’s name gets overlooked despite his impressive numbers. In 2020, Wilson was just eight yards shy of a career year for passing yards, finishing with 4,212, and he tossed a career-best 40 touchdowns as Seattle once again made the playoffs and captured the NFC West crown.
This year might be more difficult, but the Seahawks should compete for a playoff spot. The Arizona Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 start, and the Los Angeles Rams are 3-1 after dropping their first game of the year to Kyler Murray’s team on Sunday. The 49ers are also 2-2, so things could get really interesting in the division for the remainder of the year, but having Wilson under center always gives Seattle a good shot at winning football games.
The Super Bowl-winning QB should continue to set records
At age 32, Wilson isn’t slowing down one bit. To start the season, he has yet to toss an interception through four games and has been blistering opposing defenses. Even in a Week 3 loss against the Minnesota Vikings, Wilson still posted 298 yards and a touchdown through the air.
The next four weeks are favorable for Wilson and company, with games against the Los Angeles Rams on a huge Thursday night showdown, then the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
A victory over the Rams on prime-time would be huge for Seattle and Wilson, and if he can continue winning games, more records could be headed his way down the road.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.