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Sport Seahawks outlast Vikings, rocket to top of NFC West

07:01  03 december  2019
07:01  03 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Seahawks take over 1st place in NFC West, beat Vikings 37-30

  Seahawks take over 1st place in NFC West, beat Vikings 37-30 SEATTLE (AP) — By the time the playoffs arrive, the Seattle Seahawks are going to feel just fine in a close, tight game. Even when they’re comfortably ahead, the Seahawks have a way of making the final minutes more than a little unnerving. “Close games are cool, aren’t they? I like them,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll joked. “Maybe the 17 points was too much. Maybe we shouldn’t have been ahead by that much.” Thanks to the combo of Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson, and one big strike from Russell Wilson, the Seahawks built a big second-half lead before holding off the Minnesota Vikings for a 37-30 win Monday night.

With the win, the Seahawks are now 10-2 and in front of the 49ers for first place in the NFC West . Conversely, the Vikings — who lost starting running back Dalvin Cook to an injury during the third quarter — fall to 8-4 and a full game behind the Packers in the NFC North division race.

Both squads seemingly bound for the playoffs, the Seahawks and Vikings still have shots in claiming NFC West and NFC North titles, respectively. With the Seahawks having already clinched a winning season, Wilson has become the only player in NFL history to produce a winning campaign in each of

SEATTLE — The Minnesota Vikings drew first blood Monday night, but it was the Seattle Seahawks who eventually prevailed 37-30  in a NFC heavyweight bout that vaulted them into first place in the NFC West and into position for a first-round bye.

a group of football players playing a football game: Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at CenturyLink Field.© Steven Bisig, USA TODAY Sports Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at CenturyLink Field.

BOX SCORE: SEAHAWKS 37, VIKINGS 30

Taking advantage of the depleted Vikes after halftime, the Seahawks initially clicked in nearly every phase — a 60-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson, ruthlessly running the ball, pulling off a fake punt and generating multiple turnovers — while posting 27second-half points as they wrested the division lead from the San Francisco 49ers. However blown coverage on a 58-yard fourth-quarter touchdown catch by Laquon Treadwell and a DK Metcalf fumble that led to another TD kept the game in doubt until the end.

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The Seahawks now own the conference's No. 2 seed with plenty of opportunities to move up and ensure they'll play all of their January games at CenturyLink Field, where they've won 10 consecutive playoff games dating back to the 2005 postseason. That string of success has fueled all three of the franchise's Super Bowl drives.

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It was quite a turnaround after Seattle's defense was carved up on Minnesota's opening possession — a six-play, 83-yard blitzkrieg for a touchdown — and Wilson was victimized by a fluky pick-six near the end of the first half that he doubly enabled.

Here are three things we learned from Vikings-Seahawks:

1. Cooked: A game that began with promise for Vikings star RB Dalvin Cook — he capped the team's seamless opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown scamper — ended in disaster when he suffered a shoulder injury while fumbling midway through the third quarter, a turnover that led to Seattle's go-ahead field goal. A Minnesota offense that was already without No. 1 wideout Adam Thielen struggled noticeably after its opening possession and then had to adapt without Cook and concussed LT Riley Reiff.

Kirk Cousins had a shot at his defining moment, but it slipped away as Seahawks beat Vikings

  Kirk Cousins had a shot at his defining moment, but it slipped away as Seahawks beat Vikings Kirk Cousins had a shot at his defining moment, but it slipped away as Seahawks beat Vikings

LOS ANGELES — The Vikings got off the mat on a short turnaround and put up 31 points, but it wasn’t enough in a 38-31 loss to the Rams on Thursday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kirk Cousins completed 36 of 50 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns for a rating of 117.2

With a victory over the Vikings , the Seahawks would leapfrog over the 49ers for first place in the NFC West . Conversely, a Vikings win would leave them within striking distance of the top spot in the NFC North, as Minnesota is trying to keep pace with the 9-3 Packers.

2. Pretty Penny: The Seahawks entered the game with the league's sixth-ranked rushing attack, but it's suddenly getting an extra boost from 2018 first-round selection Rashaad Penny. After averaging fewer than 28 rushing yards in his first 21 NFL games, Penny has now racked up 203 in his last two. He scored on a 1-yard run and added a 13-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter for good measure. With proven running threats in Wilson and Chris Carson, might be time to count Seattle among teams like the Ravens and 49ers, each with the ability to ground opponents down while maintaining fresh legs in the backfield.

3. NFC playoff ramifications: Seattle's win moved the New Orleans Saints, who beat the Seahawks in Week 3, atop the NFC playoff standings. The Niners slipped from second to fifth, the top wild-card slot, and the Vikings saw their lead over the Rams for the second wild card shrink from two games to one. The Seahawks will visit the reigning conference champions on Sunday, while the Vikings host the struggling Detroit Lions.

Winners, losers from Seahawks’ 37-30 win over Vikings on ‘Monday Night Football’

  Winners, losers from Seahawks’ 37-30 win over Vikings on ‘Monday Night Football’ Ultimately, the Seahawks were able to capitalize on some big mistakes and finished the game with a narrow 37-30 victory. These are the biggest winners and losers from the Seahawk’s huge win at home over the Vikings on Monday Night Football.Winner: The Penny/Carson monster is scaryThe Seahawks proved they can win on a night when MVP candidate Russell Wilson wasn’t playing his best. They did so by employing one of the scariest two-headed rushing attacks in the NFL, featuring Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson prominently.

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The Seattle Seahawks advance to Super Bowl XLIX, after pulling out a 28-22 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers.

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