The sum of all those numbers was 10 – as in the Seahawks’ 10th victory, as they slapped a 41-20 loss on the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on Sunday before a crowd of 68,235.
The victory extended the Seahawks’ winning streak to six, and improved their NFC-leading record to 10-1. The Seahawks also remained unbeaten at CenturyLink Field this season, and ran their home-field winning streak to a franchise-record 13 in a row.
And, the Seahawks have won 10 games for only the seventh time in franchise history – and it’s the first time they’ve done it in back-to-back seasons.
The Vikings got the ball first, but the Seahawks got on the board first. On the third play of the game,
But the Vikings then drove 66 yards in 13 plays to a 32-yard field goal by Blair Walsh with 4:40 left in the quarter. The Vikings converted on third-and-7 and third-and-4, and then got a dreadful pass interference penalty call on
The Seahawks then scored on the final play of the quarter, a 4-yard run by Marshawn Lynch.
The second quarter began the same way the first quarter had – with the Vikings taking a kickoff, following Lynch’s TD run on the final play of the opening quarter. But this time the Vikings drove 80 yards in six plays to a game-tying TD, as Jarius Wright beat Richard Sherman to take a 38-yard pass from Christian Ponder in the end zone. The Vikings’ QB was 4 of 4 on the drive for 72 yards.
Then the Seahawks drove 79 yards in nine plays to a 1-yard TD run by Lynch. Wilson passed to
But the Vikings then drove to a 45-yard field goal by Walsh with 48 seconds left in the half.
That’s when Harvin broke a 58-yard kickoff return, setting up Doug Baldwin’s nice grab in the end zone of a 19-yard pass from Wilson to make it 24-13. Baldwin made the leaping grab despite being hit by Andrew Sendejo at the same time the ball arrived.
Wagner, the Seahawks’ middle linebacker, had at least three tackles; while Wright, on a third-and-1 play, made a nice play to drop tight end John Carlson for a 1-yard loss to end the Vikings’ first possession. Wagner and Wright led the way all day, finishing with nine tackles apiece.
Thurmond then one-upped Wagner by picking off Ponder’s pass that was intended for Cordarrelle Patterson and returned it 29 yards for a TD to make it 38-13 with 12:30 to play.
The Vikings then switched to QB Matt Cassel. But his third-down pass was tipped by
The Vikings then used a 32-yard run by Toby Gerhart and a 30-yard pass from Cassell to John Carlson to get to the Seahawks’ 9-yard line, but linebacker