NFL Game Summary - Minnesota at Seattle|
(Sunday, November 4th)
Final Score: Seattle 30, Minnesota 20
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Russell Wilson had three touchdown passes to
lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings at
Wilson went 16-for-24 with 173 yards while Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 26
times for 124 yards and a score for the Seahawks (5-4), who snapped a two-game
losing streak. Golden Tate caught two touchdowns passes while Sidney Rice
caught the other score.
"Marshawn was fantastic at the line of scrimmage for us," Seahawks coach Pete
Carroll said. "Russell played really well and did a great job handling all the
situations and the different plays and things that we did."
Adrian Peterson had a huge game as he finished the contest with two scores and
182 yards on 17 carries for the Vikings (5-4), who have dropped their past two
games. Christian Ponder threw for just 63 yards on 11-of-22 passing with an
interception in the loss.
"We are struggling in a lot of areas right now," said Minnesota head coach
Leslie Frazier. "We were not able to capitalize on Adrian's day and that's
difficult to swallow. We need to have more balance."
Minnesota started the game with the ball and it didn't take long for the team
to get in the end zone. On the second play, Peterson took a carry around the
right end for 74 yards before getting hauled down at the 1-yard line. Two
plays later, he punched it in for a 7-0 lead less than two minutes in.
Seattle had to punt on its next touch, but Percy Harvin fumbled on a run and
the Seahawks recovered at the Minnesota 17. Three plays later, Wilson found
Tate in the end zone from six yards out to tie the game.
Following a Minnesota punt, Seattle started at its own 22 and got to midfield
when Wilson and Rice got together on a 23-yard play. Four plays later, Wilson
threw a lateral to his right for Rice, who then fired a pass down the field
for 25 yards to Zach Miller. Facing a 3rd-and-9 at the 11-yard line, Wilson
found Rice in the end zone for a 14-7 lead with 3:15 left in the first.
The Vikings tied the game with a drive that spanned the first and second
quarters as the 11-play, 80-yard march was capped on a Peterson 4-yard score
to make it 14-all with 11:46 left in the half.
Minnesota's next possession saw it take the lead back as a 36-yard field goal
from Blair Walsh with 5:25 to play gave the team a 17-14 advantage.
Seattle, though, came right back to take the lead. Several short gains got the
ball across midfield then a 22-yard catch by Miller got the ball to the
Minnesota 25. Two plays later, Wilson and Tate got together for an 11-yard
score. The extra point was blocked and it was a 20-17 game going into the
Seattle's second possession of the third quarter was a successful one. The
drive appeared to stall as Wilson was sacked on third down, but an offside
call on Minnesota gave the team five yards and another chance which Wilson
converted on a 6-yard play to Tate. Lynch then took the ball 23 yards down to
the 9-yard line and he punched it in from three yards out for a 27-17 lead
with 4:09 to play in the third.
Minnesota crossed midfield on its next drive, but it stalled and the team went
with a 55-yard field goal attempt from Walsh that he nailed to make it a 27-20
game with under two minutes to play in the third quarter.
After each team punted once, Seattle padded its advantage with a 40-yard field
goal from Steven Hauschka to cap a 9-play, 38-yard drive for a 30-20 lead with
6 1/2 minutes to play.
Ponder was then picked off by Brandon Browner and Seattle was able to get the
first downs it needed to kill off the rest of the clock.
Seattle hosts the Jets next Sunday before going on its bye week ... Minnesota
hosts Detroit next week, also before going on its bye week ... Seattle snapped
a two-game losing streak to Minnesota and now holds a 7-5 lead in the series
... Seattle controlled the ball for a full 36 minutes and totaled 385 yards,
compared to just 287 for Minnesota ... Rice finished the game with four
catches for 54 yards along with the 25-yard pass.
11/04 23:05:45 ET