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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Seattle Seahawks are who the Minnesota Vikings thought they were. After playing 3 quarters of better football than the Seahawks. The Vikings would have a catastrophic meltdown in the 4th quarter when the Seahawks were able to score 10 unanswered points. Even then the Vikings still had a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter. Blair Walsh who had made three out of three kicks on the day would step in and likely advance the Vikings to the divisional round. Walsh is one of the leagues top kickers and from 27 yards out the kick should of been made. Yet with the pressure on and the Vikings playoff hopes on the line. Blair Walsh hooked the kick left and the Seahawks were let off the hook. After the kick Richard Sherman just laid on the field grateful that the football gods have spared the Seahawks the loss. The Seahawks have been having an up and down season all year long. To advance to the divisional round after all of the adversity they faced this year was the reason Sherman laid there on the field after that kick. Even Michael Bennett looked up and said a prayer which was brilliantly captured by NFL film crews. The fact is this the Seahawks were quarantined for 3 quarters and really should of been put out of their misery. All of that momentum changed on one play in the game before that Blair Walsh kick. It was a bad snap by the Seattle offense which sent the ball sailing behind quarterback Russell Wilson. If the Vikings can tackle Wilson it would of been a huge loss and likely would of sealed the Seahawks fate. Instead Russell Wilson evaded a few Vikings defenders and found a wide open Tyler Lockett for a 35 yard pass. That play led to a touchdown and the Seahawks late fourth quarter surge. At the end of the day Wilson finished with 142 passing yards and a touchdown. Throwing for more touchdowns than Teddy Bridgewater who finished the game with 146 passing yards without a touchdown or an interception. The cold really hurt both teams offensive production and not one receiver or running back was able to go over a 100 yards rushing or receiving for either team. Defensively the Seahawks were slightly better as well holding Minnesota to 183 total yards compared to Seattle’s 226 total yards. The Seahawks will face the Carolina Panthers this weekend in the divisional round of the playoffs. Kick-off is slated for 1:05 P.M.
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