A recap of the Seahawks’ 41-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings before a crowd of 68,235 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME: RUSSELL WILSON
But Wilson, the second-year quarterback, proved to be an efficient playmaker once again.
He completed 13 passes, to nine different receivers, in 18 attempts and one incompletion was as spiked ball. He threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to
Put it all together and you get a passer rating of 151.4, the highest of his career.
Wilson also did what’s most important to Wilson: Win. He’s now 13-0 at CenturyLink Field and has won 21 games, which ties him for the second most by a QB in his first two seasons with the Dolphins’ Dan Marino – one behind the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger.
“That was a huge win for us,” Wilson said. “Winning in that fashion against a solid football team, and the way we did it – offensively and defensively and special teams. That’s how we want to play. That 1-and-0 mentality is alive for us.
“We need to keep that going. I think the way we practice and the way we prepare really separates us from everybody else and we have to make sure that we keep doing that.”
The Seahawks will, as long as they continue to follow their leader.
UNSUNG HEROES: THE RUN DEFENSE
“I thought the defense did a fantastic job against Adrian,” Carroll said. “He’s a fantastic football player. He can do it all. And the guys just kept him down all day long. That’s really what we wanted to do on the defense.”
By containing Peterson, and taking the lead, the Seahawks forced the Vikings to throw – and got interceptions on back-to-back-to-back series in the fourth quarter from middle linebacker
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Facing a second-and-1 from the Vikings’ 19-yard line with 16 seconds left in the first half, Wilson went to Doug Baldwin in the right side of the end zone – and Baldwin went up to grab the pass, despite safety Andrew Sendejo hitting him just has got his hands on the ball. Touchdown Seahawks, and a 24-13 lead.
Defense: Thurmond’s pick-six. He was starting at right cornerback because
“The (defensive) call got in kind of late,” Thurmond said. “We were scrambling around. They’re kind of hurried up and they ran double slants. The ball came right to me, fell in my lap, and I just capitalized on the opportunity.”
And then celebrated with a little dance. “I mean it was Rick Flair, then followed up by the Hulk Hogan, you know,” Thurmond said.
“I really didn’t know,” Harvin said when asked if he thought he was going to score. “I saw the kicker, and I was trying to contemplate whether I wanted to run him over or run around him. So I just tried to make the best play I could. He made a great play my making me hesitate. So hat’s off to him.”
Wide receiver and kickoff returner
“Other than that, we came out fine,” Carroll said.
Sunday’s win was the Seahawks’ 13 in a row at home, breaking the franchise record of 12 that was set in 2004-06.
The Seahawks also improved to 19-6 in games the week before their bye, which ties for the best pre-bye winning percentage in the league (.760) with the New York Giants.
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“I see why they didn’t bring it up. I didn’t know he had that many yards.”
They call them explosive plays, and in their past three games the Seahawks have exploded for 13 passes of 20 or more yards and 20 runs of 10 or more yards.
The interceptions by Thurmond and McDonald were the first of their careers.