Although both have had career-defining seasons and share great respect for one another, the similarities between Manning and Wilson just about end there.
Let’s take a look:
1. Tale of the Tape
Here’s a glance at Manning vs. Wilson by the numbers:
Peyton Manning: 37 (DOB: 3/24/76)
Russell Wilson: 25 (DOB: 11/29/88)
Height & Weight:
Peyton Manning: 6-foot-5, 230 pounds
Russell Wilson: 5-foot-11, 206 pounds
Peyton Manning: 16 seasons (1st overall selection, 1998 draft)
Russell Wilson: 2 seasons (75th overall selection, 2012 draft)
2013 Passing Statistics
Peyton Manning: 450-for-659 passing (68.3 percent), 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns, 10 interceptions (QBR: 115.1)
Russell Wilson: 257-for-407 passing (63.1 percent), 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns, 9 interceptions (QBR: 101.2)
Peyton Manning: $15 million
Russell Wilson: $526,217
Take a look below to see the best highlights from both Manning and Wilson this season:
Aided by the league’s stoutest defense and a strong ground attack led by bruising back Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks’ formula for success doesn’t require Wilson — who threw for just 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns this season — to pass as much.
Although their playing styles are markedly different, neither quarterback is mistake-prone. Manning threw 10 interceptions (659 attempts) this season while Wilson tossed just nine (407 attempts).
5. Traditional vs. Unconventional
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Manning fits the prototypical mold of a conventional, dropback, pocket passer.
Conversely, at 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, Wilson is much shorter and lighter than most NFL quarterbacks. Although he had an extremely successful collegiate career at NC State and Wisconsin, many scouts wrote him off due to his lack of traditional size.
But instead of allowing it to discourage him, Wilson used the reservations about his size as motivation to become an even better quarterback.
He told NFL.com:
I kind of wanted to go against the odds. I was a 5-11 quarterback, I had big hands, I could run. I was not going to let being a 5-11 quarterback stop me. My height doesn’t define my skill set and my intelligence for the game.”
One thing Wilson can do more efficiently than Manning is use his feet. The 25-year-old Richmond, Virginia, native ran for 539 yards this season while his much more stationary adversary actually finished in the red, totalling -31 yards on the ground in 2013.
If the Seahawks ultimately prevail against the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, Wilson would own the highest regular-season rushing total registered by a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in history.
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