NFL Game Summary - Minnesota at Seattle|
(Sunday, November 17th)
Final Score: Seattle 41, Minnesota 20
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marshawn Lynch rushed for two touchdowns and
hauled in another score to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 41-20 victory over
the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Russell Wilson went 13-of-18 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns, while
Lynch compiled 54 rushing yards on 17 carries and added two grabs for nine
yards for the Seahawks (10-1), who have won a franchise-record 13 straight
"We haven't done anything yet. 10-1 is great but our goal is to win the whole
thing," Wilson said of Seattle's stellar start to the season.
Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder completed 13-of-22 passes for 129 yards
and a touchdown with two interceptions, one of which was returned 29 yards for
a touchdown by Walter Thurmond III.
"I made my mistakes in the second half," Ponder admitted. "It's a tough loss.
As an offense, specifically me, we need more."
Backup Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in the fourth and finished 5-of-13 passing
for 78 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 65 yards on 21 carries, while Jarius Wright caught
three passes for 69 yards and scored both touchdowns for the Vikings (2-8),
who were coming off a 34-27 victory over Washington.
Ponder's day was doomed from the start, as he was sacked and lost the football
on the third play from scrimmage. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald pounced on
the loose ball at the Minnesota 33, setting up Steven Hauschka's 50-yard field
goal that made it 3-0 less than four minutes into the game.
Blair Walsh countered with a 32-yard field goal on Minnesota's ensuing touch
to even the score, but the Seahawks used a quick 4-play sequence late in the
quarter to grab a 10-3 edge.
Wilson found Doug Baldwin for 44 yards on the second play of the series and
Ricardo Lockette followed with a 27-yard grab before Lynch surged in from four
Minnesota answered again on its ensuing possession when Ponder hit Wright on a
38-yard scoring strike, but the Seahawks sandwiched a pair of touchdown
drives around a Walsh field goal to take a 24-13 lead into halftime.
Lynch highlighted the first march with a 23-yard pickup before capping it with
a 1-yard TD surge that made it 17-10 Seattle midway through the second.
After Walsh responded with a 45-yard field goal, former Viking Percy Harvin,
who was making his debut with the Seahawks, returned the ensuing kickoff 58
yards to the Minnesota 46.
With 40 seconds left in the half, Wilson quickly moved the team inside the
Minnesota 20 before finding Baldwin for a 19-yard touchdown that sent Seattle
into the locker room with an 11-point advantage.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Bobby Wagner picked off Ponder on
Minnesota's second play of the fourth and returned it nine yards to the
Two plays later, Wilson bought time in the pocket before flipping a shovel
pass to Lynch, who waltzed into the end zone for a 6-yard score that made it
31-13 less than two minutes into the final frame.
Thurmond put the game away three plays later, as he picked off Ponder and
returned it 29 yards for a 38-13 cushion.
Cassel took over under center on Minnesota's next series, but the results
stayed the same, as McDonald intercepted Cassel's second pass and returned it
three yards to the Minnesota 15, setting up Hauschka's 26-yard field goal.
Cassel added a 21-yard scoring strike to Wright late in the fourth to account
for the final margin.
Harvin was activated from the physically unable to perform list earlier in the
week after recovering from hip surgery on Aug. 1. He last played in the NFL on
Nov. 4, 2012 as a member of the Vikings against Seattle ... The Seahawks have
won six straight overall ... Zach Miller led Seattle's receiving corps with 69
yards on four catches ... Minnesota racked up 19 first downs compared to 16
for Seattle ... Minnesota outgained Seattle, 336-323.
11/17 20:41:30 ET