It is a story of rivals. The San Francisco 49ers will be traveling north to play their NFC West rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, to determine which team will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. There will be many experts that will analyze the strong defenses of either team or the almost unstoppable running games both squads can put on the field.
The one factor that will get the most attention this weekend will be the match-up between quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. One quarterback has been in this game before, and the other quarterback is now trying to make his mark on the NFL playoffs.
The biggest question is who is the better quarterback of the two?
If you would examine the two quarterbacks’ regular season, the answer would clearly be Wilson. This season, Wilson had more passing and rushing yards than Kaepernick. He also threw more touchdowns and won more games than Kaepernick. Wilson helped his team get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and Kaepernick was forced to play on the road for all of his playoff games. Statistically, Wilson was also the better quarterback in both match-ups this season.
On the other hand, you just cannot look at that stats from the match-ups between the two players; you must look at the other factors. During their first meeting, Kaepernick was missing his favorite target, Michael Crabtree, and just could not get anything going. Also, Kaepernick orchestrated a game-winning drive to defeat Wilson and the Seahawks at San Francisco this season. By having to go on the road already this postseason, Kaepernick has showed poise in the playoffs in two hostile away games. He not only outperformed both of his opponents in these games, but he also showed that he was not just a one-year fluke last season.
After reading both of these arguments, who is the better quarterback between the two players?
The best thing about this debate is that both players are so young and are so early in their careers. This will probably not be their last meeting in the playoffs and will certainly fuel the rivalry even more between these two teams for next season.
I guess we will see this weekend who is king of the gridiron for this season. Who is the better quarterback will be determined down the road of their careers.