MINNEAPOLIS - The Seahawks escaped University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium with both a last-minute win - thanks to a missed field goal by Vikings kicker Blair Walsh with less than 30 seconds to play - and very little to report on the injury front.
Seattle won Sunday's wild-card playoff game by a final score of 10-9 to advance to next Sunday's divisional round against the NFC South champion and No. 1-seeded Carolina Panthers.
Jon Ryan was the team's only reported injury during the game, with the Seahawks punter hurting his nose after coming down hard on his face following a first-quarter run with the football on a punt gone wrong.
Postgame, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Ryan's nose "looked terrible" and that it "might be" broken, gesturing to his own nose while adding, "It looks like this one." Ryan was able to finish the game, though, and Carroll didn't indicate that the injury would affect Ryan's status for next week.
Even though the Seahawks got out of Minnesota relatively healthy, "just a couple things, nothing significant yet," was Carroll's comment when asked if his team suffered any other setbacks outside of Ryan's, the primary injury storyline heading into Sunday's game was that of running back Marshawn Lynch, who practiced in full every day this past week after missing the team's previous seven games while recovering from surgery on his abdomen.
Lynch was listed as questionable on the final practice report of the week before being downgraded to out this past Friday night, shortly after the team landed in Minneapolis. Carroll recalled what went into Lynch not traveling with the team for this weekend's game.
"We finished practice and after practice I went right to you guys to talk to the media, just going [on] what I had seen," Carroll said, referring to Friday's workout that finished just before the team departed. "But when [Lynch] went back to his locker and sat down he just didn't feel it, didn't feel like he could go, and that's it. Just didn't feel like he had it.
"There wasn't enough time to build the confidence he needed that he could come here and do something, so that's it."
At this point, Carroll said Lynch's status for next week's game against the Panthers remains uncertain.
"I don't know," Carroll said. "We'll just wait and see and take it one day at a time."
The Seahawks hit the road and traveled to Minnesota for the second time this season for the NFC Wild Card Playoff matchup at TCF Bank Stadium and escape with a 10-9 victory to advance to next Sunday's NFC Divisional round.