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Rapid Reaction: Seahawks Win Another Primetime Thriller

Notes, takeaways, and reaction from the Seattle Seahawks' 27-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings


For the third time in as many home games, the game was on the line with a team headed towards CenturyLink Field's north end zone looking for a game-winning score. 

And unlike the previous two games when the Seahawks defense got stops to preserve wins, it was Seattle's offense looking to take a late lead this time, and as he has done so many times in his stellar career, Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks offense came through, with Wilson hitting DK Metcalf on fourth-and-goal for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 27-26 win. 

With the victory, the Seahawks head into the bye with a 5-0 record, their first 5-0 start in franchise history. Here are five rapid reactions to yet another dramatic Seahawks win.

*1. Even on a challenging day, Russell Wilson and the offense had enough magic in them. *

The Seahawks managed just 66 yards of total offense while getting shut out in the first half, with Russell Wilson taking four sacks, meaning Seattle had just 13 net passing yards. And with the Seahawks looking to retake the lead in the fourth quarter, Eric Wilson made what, at the time, appeared to be the play of the game, intercepting Wilson on a throw down the right sideline.

But after the defense made a huge fourth-down stop to give the Seahawks the ball back with 1:57 left, Wilson and the offense had 94 yards and a feisty Vikings defense standing between them and victory.

Wilson started the drive with a 17-yard scramble, part of a 58-yard rushing night. Then, after three incompletions brought up fourth-and-10 with the game on the line, Wilson hit DK Metcalf down the left sideline for a 39-yard gain. After a patented Wilson spin-move escape from pressure, he hit Tyler Lockett for 17 more yards, then the Seahawks got it all the way to the 6 on another Metcalf catch. Three more incompletions followed, including a near-game-winning catch by Metcalf, bringing up another fourth-and-ballgame situation, and again it was Metcalf coming through, going low to haul in his sixth catch of the night, a 6-yard score that gave the Seahawks the victory.

For Wilson, who was 20 of 32 for three touchdowns and an interception, giving him a 100.7 passer rating, it was his worst game, statistically speaking, of the season. But given his added production on the ground, as well as the huge plays down the stretch in what was his 34th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, it was also just another example of why Wilson is an MVP favorite.

2. The defense gave up some points and yards, but also came up with some huge plays.

It wouldn't be accurate to call Sunday's performance by the defense great or dominant, not with the Vikings gaining 449 yards and putting together three long touchdown drives, including a 97-yarder to take a fourth-quarter lead.

But what Seattle's defense did do was play well enough early to keep the Seahawks in it when the offense was struggling, and come up with some massive, game-changing plays in the second half that were critical to the win. 

Two turnovers, a sack/forced fumble by Damontre Moore that was recovered by K.J. Wright, and an impressive leaping, one-handed interception by Wright on Minnesota's next possession, led to two quick Seahawks touchdowns as part of a 21-0 run in the third quarter. 

The Vikings settled down and got their offense back on track with two touchdown drives to retake the lead, but the defense came through with another huge stop, this time on fourth-and-1 with the Vikings trying to put the game away, giving the offense one last chance to win the game. Cody Barton and Bobby Wagner, who finished with 14 tackles apiece, teamed up for that crucial stop along with Mayowa. 

Then after Seattle's go-ahead score, the Vikings had one last chance to try to get into field-goal range, but Benson Mayowa put the game on ice with a sack/forced fumble that cause the clock to run out.

3. Metcalf's red-hot start continues.

DK Metcalf came into Sunday's game tied for the NFL lead in receiving yards with 403, so gaining 93 yards wasn't a huge deal on the surface, but the way he got those yards this time made it his best game of the season. Metcalf had three catches heading into Seattle's final possession, then had catches of 39 yards on fourth down, 15 yards to get the Seahawks into the red zone, then the 6-yard catch on fourth down to win it. 

Metcalf is now up to 496 yards through five games with five touchdown catches, putting him on track to have one of the best receiving seasons in team history.

4. Jarran Reed was a force.

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed recorded four tackles, one for a loss, in Sunday's game, but those numbers don't begin to illustrate how big of a headache he was for Minnesota's offensive line. Reed's day started with a tackle for loss of the league's leading rusher, Dalvin Cook, and he continued to be a handful the rest of the game, drawing a holding call that helped end one Minnesota drive, getting involved in a third-and-1 run stuff of Cook to force a punt, and just being an overall challenge for Minnesota's interior line. 

Joining Reed with big defensive line performances were Mayowa and Moore, who as mentioned above, both had sacks that forced fumbles, and L.J. Collier, who had a sack while also teaming up with K.J. Wright for a stop on a 2-point conversion.

5. Michael Dickson and Seattle's special teams continue to shine.

Early in the game, when little was going right for the Seahawks, one bright spot was the play of punter Michael Dickson and the rest of Seattle's special teams units, and for the fifth time in as many games, the Seahawks benefited from some outstanding special teams plays. 

Dickson punted five times, with four of those downed inside the 20, including two that were downed inside the 5-yard line by Ugo Amadi, who also had a tackle in punt coverage. And both times the Vikings returned kicks, the Seahawks stopped them inside the 25-yard line, including a third-quarter stop that featured a huge hit from Damontre Moore not long after the defensive end had forced a fumble on defense to set up a score. 

Finally, receiver David Moore made a great over-the-shoulder catch on a long punt—no easy feat given the conditions, made a man miss, and returned it for 15 yard to give the Seahawks good field position that they would turn into their first touchdown of the night.

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