The Seattle Seahawks have posted a massive win against Minnesota Vikings on this Monday Night Football. Pete Carroll’s guys defeated the Vikes 37-30 and are now on top of the NFC West, while Vikings fell behind the Packers in the NFC North.
This was one of the best games of the season, teams coming back and forth throughout the game. After Minnesota’s superb start, the Seahawks responded with an unreal third period in which they scored 17 points, without allowing a single one. The running game was the key in those moments as hosts posted 218 yards on the ground.
“This one was a great battle,” said Russell Wilson. “It was a championship performance by both teams, a lot of great players on the field tonight. We stayed ont he course, we kept believing, offensively we ran the ball well.”
Chris Carson, with 102 yards and Rashaad Penny with 74 and a touchdown each, were superb. Penny had another through the air and was on fire after the halftime when Seahawks started their miraculous surge.
With 5:58 following the kickoff, Penny rushed for one yard, delivering a score to tie the game. After that, Jason Myers hit a go-ahead field goal for 20-17, before the moment of magic, which happened at the CenturyLink Field. With five seconds to go, one bad play of Vikes’ defense resulted in David Moore’s 60-yard touchdown after Russell Wilson spotted him downfield.
“We just stayed poised,” Wilson explained the mindset of his teammates after the halftime. “We knew that we were moving the ball.. we stayed on the course, we just kept believing, and we just caught fire, kept swinging and kept making plays.”
The Vikings were on a quest to come back, but Tre Flowers intercepted Kick Cousins’s first play of the fourth quarter, falling down at the 25-yard line in Minnesota’s turf. Afterward, Willson found Penny for a 13-yard pass to increase the gap.
But the Vikings came back immediately after that, scoring a TD in just three plays and 41 seconds. The score arrived with Cousins finding Laquon Treadwell. The guests also forced a fumble, when Xavier Rhodes hit DK Metcalf, and Mackensie Alexander recovered the football. Captain Kirk once again led his team to the end zone, only this time it was Kyle Rudolph who executed, following a 3-yard pass.
“We just made a mental mistake, missed the coverage call, and that is how they got their long touchdown play, it’s really unfortunate how that happened,” said Pete Carroll. “But that gave them a chance hang in there,and they did a good job doing that.”
Vikes had two chances to come back, but the Seahawks defense stopped them on both situations; the first time by defending the fourth-and-3, and on the second by forcing a fumble with 20 seconds to go, following their punt.
Cousins had 276 yards, 22 for 38, with 2 TDs, one interception, and is still without a win on Monday Night Football. It was his 8th straight prime-time loss on Monday.
Dalvin Cook injured his shoulder in the third, and that was a massive blow for the guests. He would end the game with 29 yards on 9 carries for a touchdown. The Vikes were bad on the ground delivering just 78 yards. Treadwell had that one catch for 58 yards, Alexander Mattison four for 51, the same as Rudolph, who had 50.
“It’s not the end of the world,” Mike Zimmer said, “four-game season left, and we’re still in good shape, we’re still a good football team.”
Among the Seahawks, Wilson delivered 240 yards, 21 for 31, also for two TDs and an interception. His primary target was Metcalf, who had 75 yards, while David Moore added 65.
One of the craziest pick-six INTs EVER 😱
— ESPN (@espn) December 3, 2019
It was fun to see how he, unfortunately, assisted Anthony Harris for a 20-yard return touchdown in the second.
The Seahawks (10-2) are on top of the NFC West now ahead of 49ers. They have two tough road games against the Rams next week, and Panthers a week after that.
Meanwhile, the Vikings (8-4) allowed the Packers to sit alone at the top of the NFC North. They face the Lions at home, and travel to LA to clash with the chargers over the upcoming 14 days.