Seattle Seahawks Storm in Third Quarter in Win over Minnesota Vikings

The Seattle Seahawks were facing a 17-10 halftime deficit at home on Monday night football against the Minnesota Vikings. This would be a huge game for a bunch of reasons.

One of them was because of playoff positioning. With a Seattle win, they would move to the number two seed in the NFC and with a loss, they would move to the number six seed in the NFC.

The Seahawks outscored Minnesota 17-0 in the third quarter and it sparked them to a 37-30 win over the Vikings in this game.

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On Minnesota’s first drive in the game, Dalvin Cook scored on a 7-yard rushing touchdown. Cook finished with 29 yards rushing on nine carries and a score. He also caught three passes for 35 yards receiving.

Dalvin Cook left the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter and he did not return. Cook expects not to miss any time.

What was interesting is that after that drive, Russell Wilson told his teammates that they would respond here. Well, they did when Chris Carson scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown.

He rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries and a score. Carson also caught one pass for seven yards receiving.

With the game tied at seven in the second quarter, Russell Wilson tried to bat down a pass that was deflected, but it went into the hands of Anthony Harris and he returned it 20 yards for a touchdown for the Minnesota Vikings.

Seattle tied the game at 17 in the third quarter on a Rashaad Penny 1-yard rushing touchdown. Penny rushed for 74 yards on 15 carries and a score. He also caught four passes for 33 yards receiving and a touchdown.

With the Seattle Seahawks leading 20-17 in the third quarter, Russell Wilson threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to David Moore. Moore caught two passes for 65 yards receiving and a touchdown.

D.K. Metcalf was the leading receiver in this game for Seattle with six receptions for 75 yards receiving.

Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Rashaad Penny in the fourth-quarter. Wilson completed 21-of-31 passes for 240 yards two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 13 yards on four carries.

Russell Wilson’s leadership and play are one of the reasons why Seattle is currently in first place in the NFC West. This is a team that I thought wasn’t going to make it to the playoffs this season.

I know that people love for Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens to win the MVP, but Wilson has been better than him.

Kirk Cousins threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Laquon Treadwell for Minnesota in the fourth quarter. That was Treadwell’s only reception in the game.

With 11:18 remaining on a fourth-and-3 from Seattle’s own 32-yard line, they sensed the momentum in this game shifting and the Seahawks ran a fake punt and Travis Homer rushed for a 29-yard gain.

With 9:40 remaining in regulation, D.K. Metcalf fumbled which was forced by Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings recovered it. Well, they called it an incomplete pass on the field at first and then Minnesota challenged the play and they won the challenge.

Kyle Rudolph caught a 3-yard touchdown pass one-handed from Kirk Cousins with 7:14 remaining in regulation. Cousins completed 22-of-38 passes for 276 yards two touchdowns and one interception.

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Rudolph caught four passes for 50 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Stefon Diggs caught four passes for 25 yards receiving.

Alexander Mattison rushed for 22 yards on four carries. He also caught four passes for 51 yards receiving.

Minnesota got the ball back with 3:27 remaining in regulation. On a fourth-and-3 from their own 32-yard line with 2:31 remaining in regulation, Kirk Cousins threw an incomplete pass intended for Irv Smith Jr.

Jason Myers drilled a 36-yard field goal with less than 25 seconds remaining.

C.J. Ham fumbled the kickoff return for Minnesota. Malik Turner forced it and Travis Homer recovered it.

This was a huge win for Seattle in this one. They move into the number two seed at the moment in the NFC. The San Francisco 49ers (10-2) drop into the five seed in the NFC.

The Minnesota Vikings will stay in the sixth seed in the NFC at the moment. They are still a game back of the Green Bay Packers (9-3) for first place in the NFC North.

They will play each other in Week 16 in Minnesota and that game could very well decide the division.

The only teams that Minnesota needs to worry about at this point in the season are the Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears (6-6).

The Vikings and Chicago will play each other in Week 17. It may not come down to that game, but you never know.

The New Orleans Saints (10-2) move into the number one seed at the moment in the NFC.

Minnesota (8-4) will host the Detroit Lions (3-8-1) next Sunday.

Seattle (10-2) will be on the road against the Los Angeles Rams (7-5) next Sunday night.

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