Ray Finkle put it best. “Laces Out” *&%[email protected]# ! The ball sailed wide left after the Vikings had done a masterful job of containing Russell Wilson and the Seahawks playing “almost” mistake free football. The Vikings D had held Seattle impotent all day long creating turnovers the offense converted into field goals versus touchdowns. Still, the lead held most of the game, until ultimately the Vikings fell 10-9 on the fated Finkle flame out.
Vikings K Blair Walsh was the goat, but up to that point he had been the entire game for a Vikings offense that couldn’t put it in the endzone all day making difficult kicks in the coldest of environs.
The cold was brutal. Adrian Peterson was contained with eight and nine men in the box and put the ball on the ground late. He took responsibility for the loss afterwords via the media. That’s what leaders do, but with eight and nine in the box the Vikings couldn’t find a way to protect their QB on passing downs. The Seattle D was able to play Peterson so heavy because they went one on one in coverage a LOT. They gave up plays but turned it up a notch once the ball got inside the red zone.
Seattle DL Michael Bennett was in the Vikings backfield all day but was also having a huge issue with the cold and his wheels. Regardless the Seattle D was able to rise to the occasion when needed while Vikes QB Teddy Bridgewater was playing a conservative but masterful game.
The Vikings D, especially the back seven brought their A game giving Russell Wilson very little to throw at while holding his running mostly in check for about 45 minutes. It is however, a game that is 60 minutes long.
The biggest play of the contest came in the fourth when the ball was snapped a touch early (before Wilson was ready) sending the ball sailing past Wilson’s left shoulder. He managed to recover the ball while looking downfield on one knee, get up, locate WR Locket and make the throw just as he got wiped out by a quickly closing Vikings D. Locket did the rest putting the ball inside the five with excellent after the catch running. It was a big time play made by big time players.
The Zebras missed two intentional grounding calls on Wilson. Once in the shadow of his own goal line and later in the fourth. Both plays could very well have been game changers. You shouldn’t have this in playoff football. NFL lets the fans of both teams down.
Ultimately the offense couldn’t come through for a Vikings defense that played more than well enough to win, on most days. In the end the Vikings lost the game which equals a Seahawks win, but if I’m a ‘Hawks fan, I’m enjoying this victory, because next weeks game versus the Panthers is going to be a whole different animal. Good teams win on bad days. Seattle did that.
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