GLENDALE, Ariz. - In Seattle's regular-season finale against the NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals, Russell Wilson added a couple more accolades to what has already been a record-setting fourth season in the NFL for the Seahawks quarterback.
Wilson completed 19 of his 28 passes (68 percent) for 197 yards and three touchdowns through three quarters of play in his team's 36-6 win on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. The numbers he put up helped establish a pair of franchise records, as Wilson set high marks for passing yards (4,024) and passing touchdowns (34) in a single season.
"The fact that Russ had a huge season, he broke a couple franchise records in yards and touchdowns, was great," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said postgame. "We've all seen it happening and it's fitting that we would be able to do that."
To set the team record for touchdown passes, Wilson found tight end Chase Coffman for an 8-yard score in the game's second quarter, surpassing Seahawks Ring of Honor member Dave Krieg, who threw for 32 touchdowns in 1984. Later in the game, Wilson connected with Coffman again, this time reaching 4,000 yards passing on the year to become the first Seahawks quarterback to ever throw for 4,000 yards in a single season. Wilson outpaced Matt Hasselbeck's previous franchise-mark of 3,966 set in 2007.
"It's obviously a good thing," Wilson said of his record day. "It's constant progression. Every year I just want to get better. Every year I think that that's my mission, but ultimately, the ultimate mission is to win, and we've been playing winning football. We've been playing a lot of winning football lately, and that's a key thing.
"All the receivers, the tight ends, the running backs, they played a major role in that, and most importantly, the offensive line making a lot of blocks and being big up front, so that's to those guys. I think the most important thing is that we won today, though. That's the only thing that really matters."
Winning may be all that matters to Wilson, but it's hard to hide the historic run he's enjoyed.
Wilson finished the 2015 regular season with a 68.1-percent completion rate, 8.3 yards per attempt, 34 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, and an NFL-best 110.1 passer rating, which doubles as the 15th-best single-season mark of all-time. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Wilson is the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,000 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and 500 rushing yards in a single season. And his latest performance helped the playoff-bound Seahawks improve their record to 10-6, which means Seattle has finished with double-digit wins in every season since Wilson has been under center (11-5 in 2012; 13-3 in 2013; 12-4 in 2014).
"To get back to 10 wins again, that's huge," Wilson said. "That's a testament to our football team and what we've been able to do over the past four years."
Half of the team's wins in 2015 came away from home, with all five of those coming in a row to close the season in a road-run that started in Week 7 at San Francisco, continued in Week 8 at Dallas, in Week 13 at Minnesota, in Week 14 at Baltimore, and after Sunday, in Week 17 at Arizona. That streak bodes well for a Seahawks team that must go on the road again to open postseason play, starting with next weekend's wild-card matchup, a game that Wilson said he's looking forward to.
"We've been battle-tested all year and it's been a journey," Wilson said. "We've enjoyed the journey, and the journey's not over yet. We want to be able to tell our story, and hopefully we can tell it in the right way, the way we want to tell it. But how you do that is by the preparation, the hard work, the film study, the extra early mornings on Mondays and Tuesdays, and after on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and then as you add it up, as you add those weeks up, hopefully great things happen.
"So nothing has to change, I just think that ultimately we have to keep our tempo, stay on schedule, make the plays - make your lay-ups as I always say, and then when the game-altering-plays come - the G.A.P. plays, go ahead and capitalize on them."
In their final game of the regular season the Seahawks dominated the NFC West Champs on the road with a 36-6 victory in Glendale, Ariz.