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That number would be higher if not for Wilson’s knack for escaping trouble. It was apparent on Wilson’s first TD pass where he escaped the rush in the pocket and allowed time for Sidney Rice to break past the secondary deep. Wilson, throwing off his back leg, laid the deep ball perfectly into Rice’s arms to give the Seahawks an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“We have scramble drills once the quarterback leaves the pocket,” Rice said. “I had seen the defender run down behind me once he thought Russell was going to run. As soon as he ran down I just ran the opposite way and got behind and Russell threw it up and it was a perfect ball.”