Commentary: Wilson’s comeback should have been entrenched in playoff lore – but won’t be

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wilson2ATLANTA — An incredible comeback should have gone down in NFL Playoff lore Sunday.

Regrettably, it won’t.

Let’s be honest, no Seahawks fan will ever forget Russell Wilson leading the Hawks back from a 20-point fourth quarter deficit. It was magical. It was historic. It was simply legendary. Wilson led three touchdown drives in one quarter when they needed it most. In the playoffs. On the road. Few veterans could do something like that – and yet the rookie did.

This wasn’t John Elway in “the Drive.” This was Russell Wilson in “the Drive Times Four.” He was the hero. But because the Seahawks lost, it won’t be remembered like it should.

Fifty-eight times in playoff history, a team has trailed by 20 or more points at the half. Only once have they come back to win. Sunday was supposed to be number two. Sunday was supposed to be the most historic comeback win since Frank Reich rallied the Buffalo Bills against the Houston Oilers in 1992. Wilson’s name should be next to Reich’s.

But tragically, it won’t.

Wilson will get our accolades. He’ll get our praise. But he won’t be entrenched in playoff lore yet – even though he did everything to deserve it.

We all remember Elway’s 98-yard game-tying drive against the Cleveland Browns on the road in the 1986. But had the browns won in overtime, and not the broncos, it would’ve never been named “the Drive.”

We also remember Donovan McNabb’s incredible 4th and 26 conversion to lead the Eagles past the Packers. But had Green Bay won, the words “4th and 26” would have no meaning today.

I think we all know that Seattle sports teams need to do extraordinary things to get the recognition we deserve. What Russell Wilson did today was worthy of that recognition. It was worthy of being headlined in playoff history books – and worthy of unconditional praise for many years to come.

There’s no doubt that Wilson will have a chance to make many more playoff memories. Before it’s all said and done, I suspect his resume will include a bunch of historic and career-defining postseason drives. But the one today was supposed to be the first. It was supposed to be remembered forever. It was deserving of everyone’s praise.

Instead, it’s simply a great effort that fell short. And it’s not Wilson’s fault. To me, that’s the biggest disappointment of all.

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  • Tylynn Agee

    Couldn't agree more! He has been so amazing for us and no one is more deserving of having a win as big as Sunday's should have been for us. It wasn't his fault…and it sucks but I cannot wait until August to watch him do it all over again!

  • Sarah V.

    Watched your post game show last night and you literally brought tears to my eyes. Russell Wilson is an amazing player along with the whole Seahawks team. They deserved the win yesterday. But unfortunately we didn't get it. Thank you Aaron for sharing all of the great commentaries throughout the season. Your show is the only one I'll watch, you do an amazing job. I can't wait for pre-season!

  • David Hart

    Great Team…Great Players…Great Coaches..Great Season….Great Future! Most memorable moment…Ken Norton Jr (I have a picture of myself with his dad the boxer) giving "words of inspiration" to his defense during the Redskin's game. Go Hawks!

  • Jim S.

    Aaron, I appreciate your sports commentaries and coverage of Seattle sports. Not to take anything away from the rest of the Seahawks, but I feel Russell Wilson has done a lot for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle sports in general. When Russell Wilson came on board as a third round draft pick I'm sure he signed with a fairly low salary. Has Seahawks Management made any adjustments in his salary for what he has done for our team? As an HR person I believe in paying an employee what they are worth and Management shouldn't wait until it is time to negotiate his salary to compensate hi, personally I think we should make him a franchise player right off the bat. His skills, sportsmanship, and demeanor are much appreciated and should be rewarded!

    What's your opinion?