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

09:30  03 december  2019
09:30  03 december  2019 Source:   ap.org

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The Seahawks were held to a field goal following Cook's fumble but took a 27-17 lead on their next possession when Moore ran free through the Vikings secondary and Wilson hit him in stride. Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes appeared to think he had safety help over the top

Photos: Seahawks take over 1 st place after win against Vikings . With the Vikings getting the ball back and a chance to take the lead, Seattle got the defensive stop it needed and then a first down and field goal that ran out the Seattle is 10-2 and moved into first place in the NFC West , ahead of the

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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.

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Penny scored one touchdown rushing and one receiving, and Wilson hit David Moore on a 60-yard touchdown pass as the Seahawks scored 24 straight points to take control before needing to hold on late as the Vikings tried to rally.

BOX SCORE: SEAHAWKS 37, VIKINGS 30

Seattle (10-2) moved into a tie with San Francisco atop of the NFC West but holds the tiebreaker. The Seahawks have the inside track to the division title with four games left.

“Just couldn’t be more excited to have that kind of win and put us at 10 wins, that’s a nice spot for this time,” Carroll said. “We kick it into the fourth quarter and now it’s finish time.”

Minnesota (8-4) fell a game behind Green Bay in the NFC North and is only one game ahead of the Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card race. They lost star running back Dalvin Cook to a shoulder injury when he fumbled midway through the third quarter in what became a major turning point.

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The Seahawks remain a thorn in Mike Zimmer’s side as the only NFC team he has failed to beat as Vikings coach. Cousins was efficient and made smart decisions in the first half, allowing Minnesota to take a Zimmer placed importance on remedying the issues with the pass defense over the bye

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Cook said he believes he should be able to play next week and took responsibility for the fumble.

“Everybody acts like this is the end of the world, we lost one game tonight,” Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said. “We're 8-4 we have four games left, three division games. This isn't the end of the world, we still have a lot of good football left to play.”

Wilson wasn’t great, but he came up with key plays as Seattle won its fifth straight. He had a forgettable first-half moment trying to bat down a deflected pass only to watch Anthony Harris intercept the ball and return it for a touchdown. Wilson was 21 of 31 for 240 yards.

The key was the running of Penny and Chris Carson. Seattle rushed for 218 yards, the most allowed by Minnesota this season. Carson had 102, including a 1-yard TD. Penny added 74. The Vikings were giving up just 94 yards per game rushing.

“Our running game has been a staple of our offense. That’s our foundation and both of those guys are amazing backs. They’re really coming on,” Seattle offensive lineman Duane Brown said.

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Thielen led the Vikings with 110 yards and the first of Cousins’ 34-yard touchdown passes, which occurred less than two minutes into the game. Stalled at the goal line: The Vikings were forced to settle for a short field goal after taking possession at the Q4, 3:22 remaining. Vikings 37 , Jets 17.

Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins was 22 of 38 for 276 yards but couldn’t connect with Irv Smith Jr. on fourth-and-3 at the Vikings 42 with 2:31 left. Jason Myers’ 36-yard field goal with 21 seconds left provided the final margin for Seattle.

“I think we have a football team that can go on the road in a tough environment and get a win. I think this is an opportunity we missed. It's disappointing,” Cousins said.

It was a wild second half featuring 40 combined points and four key turnovers — three by Minnesota.

Seattle pulled even at 17 on Penny’s 1-yard TD run. On Minnesota’s first play of the next possession, Cook was stripped by Rasheem Green, and Bradley McDougald recovered. It was the first of two critical turnovers that led to 10 points for Seattle.

The Seahawks were held to a field goal following Cook’s fumble but took a 27-17 lead on their next possession when Moore ran free through the Vikings secondary and Wilson hit him in stride. Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes appeared to think he had safety help over the top, but no one was there as Moore sprinted for his second TD catch of the season on the next-to-last play of the third quarter.

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It means if the Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings (8-3) Monday at CenturyLink Field they will have first place in the division with four games remaining If the Seahawks can win out over the final five games of the regular season—versus Minnesota, at the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina, then home

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The first play of the fourth quarter was forgettable for the Vikings as well. Cousins’ pass for Stefon Diggs was intercepted by Tre Flowers, who may have gotten away with pass interference, but deflected the pass and made a juggling interception at the Minnesota 25. Three plays later, Wilson found Penny on a screen pass and Seattle had a 17-point lead.

Minnesota’s rally started with Seattle’s own blown coverage as Cousins hit Laquon Treadwell for a 58-yard TD. Seattle seemed poised to add on, helped by a fake punt that Travis Homer took for 29 yards, but DK Metcalf fumbled and the Vikings recovered at their 28 with 9:34 left.

It took barely 2 minutes for Minnesota to pull within 34-30 as Cousins connected with Kyle Rudolph for a 3-yard touchdown and another brilliant one-handed catch by the Vikings’ tight end. But that was as close as Minnesota would get.

“We’re in control and that’s a great thing. We like having that,” Wilson said.

FLU BUG

Moore and Flowers were both among a group of Seattle players that missed time this week as a flu bug circulated through the locker room. Tyler Lockett was another who was slowed by illness and was held without a catch for the first time since the 2017 season.

INJURIES

Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff suffered a concussion early in the second half and was ruled out. Cook immediately went to the locker room after his fumble with a shoulder injury and did not return.

UP NEXT

Vikings: Return home to host Detroit on Sunday.

Seahawks: Travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams on Sunday night.

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a football player kicking a ball: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers (21) intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Minnesota 37-30.

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