Oh to be a rookie quarterback in the NFL right now. Or at least be one of the three that will be playing this weekend. There is of course Andrew Luck, who will lead the Colts into Baltimore Sunday. However, the late afternoon game on FOX will feature two rookie quarterbacks going facing off, with hopes of getting that first playoff win.
It will be Robert Griffin III versus Russell Wilson when the Washington Redskins host the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon on FOX.
Robert Griffin III
RGIII and Washington got their act together in the last seven games to reach the playoffs. Of course, they did go and knock off the beloved namesake and his Texas team. But hey, it is what it is!
Not a lot of people thought Washington could get into the playoffs, especially after they went 3-6 and lost to the Carolina Panthers. But Mike I tell ya, anything is possible in the National Football League.
Meanwhile, Seattle decided to go with Wilson, who happened to be a third round pick, instead of Matt Flynn, who they signed away from Green Bay.
But look at the wins Wilson has gotten this season! He’s been able to lead the Seahawks to wins over Dallas, New England, Chicago, Minnesota and San Francisco. Okay sure, there was that questionable Green Bay win, but hey a win is a win and that’s what winning is about. (Whaaa?)
There hasn’t been a rookie quarterback to lead his team to the Super Bowl. (Note: the NBC Sports link has great graphics and more information.)
Over time, there have been a few close calls. During the ’99 season, Shaun King led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NFC championship game against the St. Louis Rams, who were led by Kurt Warner and the Greatest Show on Turf. Tampa Bay lost that game. Of course, there was that whole thing with the Bert Emanuel catch and what not. Just watch the video, it is fun, plus you get to hear John Lynch yell “damn it.”
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers quarterback, led the Steelers to the AFC title game during the 2004 season. Roethlisberger won all 13 games he started. However, the Steelers lost to the New England Patriots 41-27.
The most recent quarterback to lead his team to a conference title game was Mark Sanchez. I hear he plays for the Jets. Joe Flacco also led his team to the AFC title game.
Unfortunately for Seattle and Washington, only one of these two teams will have a chance to even play for an NFC title berth.
Maybe RGIII leads the Skins to a win, maybe Wilson leads the Seahawks to a win. Maybe Tony Romo interferes in the game and tries to cost both teams the victory. MAYBE!
Regardless, both Griffin and Wilson have proved themselves thus far. Now they’ll get to show what they’re all about in this new season.