Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson became the first player in NFL history with 4,000 or more passing yards, 30 or more passing touchdowns and 500 or more rushing yards in a single season.
Thanks to a scintillating final stretch, Wilson finished 2015 with 4,024 passing yards, 34 passing touchdowns and 553 rushing yards.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton came close to joining Wilson as the only quarterbacks to reach all three milestones, but he fell 163 passing yards short. The likely NFL MVP, Newton threw for 35 touchdowns and rushed for 636 yards, but he finished with 3,837 passing yards.
No player could compare with Wilson’s final seven games.
From Week 11 on, Wilson threw 24 touchdowns against just one interception, while completing 71 percent of his passes and averaging 8.8 yards per attempt. He also ran for almost 200 yards and another touchdown, as the Seahawks won six of their final seven games to make the postseason. Wilson’s passer rating over the final seven games? A sizzling 132.8, which marks the highest ever for a quarterback from Week 11 on (minimum five starts). His 24 touchdown passes are also the most ever from a quarterback over the final seven games of a season.
Wilson finished first in the NFL in passer rating at 110.1. He was also third in completion percentage (68.1) and sixth in passing touchdowns.
On a team scale, Wilson set new franchise records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. He broke both marks during Sunday’s 36-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Newton is still the front runner to win the MVP, but Wilson has a very strong case of his own. He provided the fuel for Seattle’s in-season revival, while also putting together a collection of statistics never before seen during an NFL season. Regardless of whether or not he wins any hardware, Wilson’s 2015 season will live on as one of the greatest ever from a quarterback.