BY Steve Rudman 06:30AM 10/08/2014

Wilson, Harvin span gamut in Monday corker

Russell Wilson not only produced numerous big plays, but one of the more unusual games by a quarterback in Super Bowl-era history.

Percy Harvin had three touchdowns called back in Seattle’s 27-17 win at Washington Monday. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

While fantasy owners sank into despair (or cried themselves to sleep) over three Percy Harvin touchdowns scotched by penalties, Russell Wilson produced one of the most remarkable games of his NFL career Monday night in Seattle’s harder-than-it-had-to-be 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field. His big plays aside, Wilson’s was one of the most unusual performances by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

Wilson threw for 201 yards (touchdown passes to Jermaine Kearse and Marshawn Lynch) and ran for a Monday Night record 122. That marked the second time Wilson exceeded 200 passing and 100 rushing yards in the same game. He had 210 and 102 at Indianapolis last season.

Wilson is the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) with two such games, including regular season and playoffs.

Donovan McNabb did it for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002 and again in the 2003 playoffs, and Michael Vick had 200-100 doubles for the Atlanta Falcons in 2004 and for Philadelphia in 2010.

Tobin Rote, who played from 1950-66, mainly with Green Bay and Detroit, also had two such games, one in 1951, the other in 1952, playing for the Packers, according to Elias Sports Bureau. But since Rote, these are the six games that featured a 200-100 double by a quarterback:

Year Date Quarterback Team Opp. Pass / TD Rush / TD
2002 Oct. 6 Donovan McNabb Eagles Jaguars 230/2 100/1
2004 Jan. 11 Donovan McNabb Eagles Packers 248/2 107/0
2004 Oct. 31 Michael Vick Falcons Broncos 252/2 115/ 0
2010 Dec. 19 Michael Vick Eagles Giants 242/3 130/1
2013 Oct. 6 Russell Wilson Seahawks Colts 210/2 102/0
2014 Oct. 6 Russell Wilson Seahawks Redskins 201/2 122/1

Note that three of the six games were played Oct. 6, including the two by Wilson.

Wilson also went 2-for-2 on red-zone passes against the Redskins with both resulting in a touchdown. Wilson improved to 9-for-11 (81.8%) on red-zone passes this season, second in the NFL behind Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (11-for-13, 84.6%). Last year, Wilson’s completion percentage in the red zone was 50.9 percent.

In four career appearances on Monday Night Football, Wilson has thrown nine touchdown passes, no interceptions and has a passer rating of 123.05.

Flag fest

If not for two penalties on James Carpenter and one on himself, Percy Harvin would have had one of the great games in the history of Monday Night Football. But the three flags wiped out a trio of Harvin touchdowns, a 16-yard run and 26-yard catch on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, and a 41-yard catch in the fourth.

Carpenter nullified the 16-yard run with a holding penalty, Harvin was nailed for a false start on the 26-yard catch, and Carpenter was found guilty of a unnecessary roughness call on the 41-yard TD play. Carpenter’s last penalty — pouncing on a Washington player when he was already on the ground — was particularly stupid because Harvin was well on his way to a TD before Carpenter’s gaffe.

Harvin is the first Seattle player to have three TDs wiped out by penalty in the same game. And since 2000, when play-by-plays became electronically searchable, there has been no instance of the Seahawks having even two touchdowns erased by penalty in the same game – much less by the same player.

In the Pete Carroll era (since 2010), the Seahawks have had 12 TDs nullified by penalties, including Harvin’s three Monday.

The Super Bowl-bound Seahawks of 2013 had four TDs erased, including two Wilson passes to Golden Tate covering 29 yards against the New York Giants Dec. 15 (illegal touch pass on Tate) and a seven-yarder against the St. Louis Rams Dec. 29 (Russell Okung holding).

In the Carroll era, the only player aside from Harvin to lose two touchdowns to penalties was returner Leon Washington, who had an 81-yard punt return against Cleveland nixed in 2011 and an 86-yarder against Buffalo wiped out in 2012. Carroll’s 12 “lost” touchdowns:

Year Date Opp. Scorer Touchdown Penalty
2010 Sept. 19 Den Justin Forsett 6-yard run Sean Locklear, holding
2011 Oct. 23 Clev L. Washington 81 punt ret Kennard Cox, illegal block
2012 Nov. 11 NYJ M. Lynch 8-yard run John Moffitt, holding
Dec. 16 Buff L. Washington 86 punt ret Byron Maxwell, illegal block
Dec. 30 StL Zach Miller 28-yard rec. A. McCoy, interference
2013 Sept. 29 Hou J. Kearse 25-yard rec. Kearse, pass interference
Oct. 17 Ariz Golden Tate 54 punt ret M. Morgan, illegal block
Dec. 15 NYG Golden Tate 29-yard rec. Tate, illegal touch
Dec. 29 StL Golden Tate 7-yard rec. Russell Okung, holding
2014 Oct. 6 Wash Percy Harvin 16-yard run James Carpenter, holding
Percy Harvin 26-yard rec. Harvin, false start
Percy Harvin 41-yard rec. Carpenter, unnec. rough.

Notice that Carpenter is the only player to commit more than one of the touchdown-erasing penalties.

Although Monday marked the first time Carroll has lost three touchdowns in a game as a result of flags, it’s not the first game in which he three times lost points. On Oct. 24, 2010, Olindo Mare had field goals of 31, 41 and 56 yards zapped by flags. But in each case, Mare successfully converted field goals on the same drive after the penalties had been assessed.

Since 2000, only one Seahawks player other than Harvin had three touchdowns cancelled by penalties.

In 2001, Shaun Alexander lost an 18-yard TD pass from Trent Dilfer against Jacksonville due to an interference call on Koren Robinson. In 2002, Alexander had a 20-yard TD run called back because of a holding call on Robbie Tobeck. And in 2003, a nine-yard TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Alexander went up in smoke when TE Itula Mili was nailed for an illegal shift.


  • jafabian

    Great piece Steve. When I was watching MNF I kept thinking about Marques Tuiassoppo’s career game vs. Stanford. If the game was closer who know what Russell could have done?
    The Flag Fest on MNF was frustrating. While I appreciate a well officiated game as much as anyone else, there comes a point where they have to realize this is football, not chess.