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NFL fans were just treated to yet another classic prime time game during the 2019 season. On “Monday Night Football,” the Seahawks — on the strength of four consecutive second-half scores — rallied to defeat the visiting Vikings, 37-30.  

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. The Vikings, if the playoffs started today, would make the playoffs as the NFC’s sixth seed. 

About Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football team based in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) West division. They joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The Seahawks are coached by Pete Carroll. Since 2002, they have played their home games at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field), located south of downtown Seattle. They previously played home games in the Kingdome (1976–1999) and Husky Stadium (1994, 2000–2001).
Seahawks fans have been referred to collectively as the “12th Man”, “12th Fan”, or “12s”. The Seahawks’ fans have twice set the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd noise at a sporting event, first registering 136.6 decibels during a game against the San Francisco 49ers in September 2013, and later during a Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints a few months later, with a then record-setting 137.6 dB. The Seahawks are the only NFL franchise based in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and thus attract support from a wide geographical area, including some parts of Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska, as well as Canadian fans in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Walter Jones, and Kenny Easley have been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame primarily or wholly for their accomplishments as Seahawks. In addition to them, Dave Brown, Jacob Green, Dave Krieg, Curt Warner, and Jim Zorn have been inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor along with Pete Gross (radio announcer) and Chuck Knox (head coach). The Seahawks have won 10 division titles and three conference championships. They are the only team to have played in both the AFC and NFC Championship Games. They have appeared in three Super Bowls: losing 21–10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, defeating the Denver Broncos 43–8 for their first championship in Super Bowl XLVIII, and losing 28–24 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

Seahawks vs. Vikings final score: Seattle rallies in second half …

About Vikings
Vikings were Scandinavians, who from the late 8th to late 11th centuries, raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across wide areas of Europe, and explored westwards to Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. The term is also commonly extended in modern English and other vernaculars to include the inhabitants of Norse home communities during what has become known as the Viking Age, 798–1066 AD. This period of Nordic military, mercantile and demographic expansion constitutes an important element in the early medieval history of Scandinavia, Estonia, the British Isles, France, Kievan Rus’ and Sicily.Facilitated by advanced sailing and navigational skills, and characterised by the longship, Viking activities at times also extended into the Mediterranean littoral, North Africa, and the Middle East. Following extended phases of (primarily sea- or river-borne) exploration, expansion and settlement, Viking (Norse) communities and governments were established in diverse areas of north-western Europe, Belarus, Ukraine and European Russia, the North Atlantic islands and as far as the north-eastern coast of North America. This period of expansion witnessed the wider dissemination of Norse culture, while simultaneously introducing strong foreign cultural influences into Scandinavia itself, with profound developmental implications in both directions.
Popular, modern conceptions of the Vikings—the term frequently applied casually to their modern descendants and the inhabitants of modern Scandinavia—often strongly differ from the complex picture that emerges from archaeology and historical sources. A romanticised picture of Vikings as noble savages began to emerge in the 18th century; this developed and became widely propagated during the 19th-century Viking revival. Perceived views of the Vikings as alternatively violent, piratical heathens or as intrepid adventurers owe much to conflicting varieties of the modern Viking myth that had taken shape by the early 20th century. Current popular representations of the Vikings are typically based on cultural clichés and stereotypes, complicating modern appreciation of the Viking legacy. These representations are not always accurate—for example, there is no evidence that they wore horned helmets, a costuming element that first appeared in Wagnerian opera.

Trailing 17-10 at intermission, 24 unanswered points by the Seahawks gave them a seemingly insurmountable lead less than two minutes into the fourth quarter. One play after the Seahawks tied the score on Rashaad Penny’s one-yard touchdown run, Seattle defensive end Rasheem Green’s forced fumble of Cook was recovered by Bradley McDougald just outside the Vikings’ red zone. The turnover set up Jason Myer’s second field goal. 

Seattle stretched their lead to 10 points on their next possession, with Wilson hitting David Moore on a 60-yard touchdown pass. Two plays after Moore’s touchdown, an interception by Tre Flowers set up Rashaad Penny’s second touchdown of the night to stretch Seattle’s lead to 34-14. The pick was Cousins’ first in 202 pass attempts, a franchise record. 

Seahawks vs. Vikings final score: Seattle rallies in second half …

Cousins took advantage of blown coverage moments later, hitting Laquon Treadwell for a 58-yard score. Cousins would then make it a four-point game after connecting with tight end Kyle Rudolph for a three-yard score with just over seven minutes left. 

After Seattle’s defense forced a turnover on downs, an 11-yard run by Chris Carson — who rushed over 100 yards on Monday night set up Myers’ 36-yard field goal while icing the Seahawks’ sixth straight win over the Vikings. 

Let’s take a deeper dive into how Seattle pulled it off:

Why the Seahawks won

Quite simply, they made more plays. Minnesota started pretty well, getting a big chunk of yardage on a C.J. Ham dump-off and stealing momentum with their pick-six off Russell Wilson’s batted pass, but the Seahawks one-upped them, forcing two turnovers and scoring 17 points in a six-series span in the second half. That’s called resiliency, with Wilson leading the way, never once losing his cool after the early turnover and consistently extending plays with his trademark elusiveness. Pete Carroll’s group was also just smart, creative and aggressive, from the fake-punt conversion to the methodical ground game fueled by both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny (176 combined yards). The defense may have got away with a few penalties, but its physicality was also apparent, particularly when the Vikings attempted to mount a comeback in the game’s waning minutes.

Why the Vikings lost

It certainly wasn’t because of Kirk Cousins, despite the QB’s infamously winless “Monday Night Football” record. He took a while to start taking shots against a vulnerable Seattle secondary, and his receivers dropped too many targets, but otherwise, Cousins looked calm and collected, especially as he pulled Minnesota within four, guiding the team to 13 unanswered points, in the final quarter. They lost because of their costly mistakes — Cook’s fumble during a tie game, Diggs’ bobbled ball that led to a late pick, Dan Bailey’s missed extra point during their rally, a kick-return fumble to end their comeback attempt. Poor tackling also exacerbated a frequently victimized secondary, while Xavier Rhodes also did his best to hand Seattle points, save for a late forced fumble that came after an apparent benching.

Turning point

When we look back at the 2019 Vikings season, you have to wonder if we’ll look back at this moment as the one that changed the course of the playoff run: Cook’s lost fumble with 8:56 left in the third. Not only did the turnover, which came on the very first play of the Vikings’ drive and right after a 4:20 TD series from Seattle to knot the score at 17, ensure the Seahawks would get a prime chance at taking the lead, but it also forced arguably Minnesota’s offensive MVP to the sidelines, with Cook sustaining a shoulder injury on the play and never returning. After the fumble, Seattle rattled off 17 straight points to go up 34-17 and bury Minnesota just enough.

Play of the game

Wilson’s perfect 60-yard floater to a wide-open David Moore was pretty to look at, and so was the Seahawks receivers’ post-score celebration. Kyle Rudolph also made a heck of a one-handed snag of Cousins’ fourth-quarter TD to pull the Vikings within one score. But Tre Flowers’ pick while covering Diggs probably tops them all. Flowers was a little handsy along the sideline but still deserves all the credit in the world for his awareness, stealing the ball from Diggs’ juggling hands to give Seattle possession deep in Vikings territory.

Quotable

Kirk Cousins simply cannot allow 400-plus yards on defense and expect to be considered an elite quarterback.”

Those words are courtesy of Minnesota-area reporter Brian Murphy. And they do ring true, as long as you get the joke. This night was all about the Seahawks continuing their climb in the West, but we all know the headlines are coming: Cousins still winless on Monday night! And you know what? If there’s one thing Vikings fans should take solace in moving forward, it’s that their guy under center actually looked really good in this game. If Minnesota fails to win the division and Cousins keeps playing as he has for much of the year, it’s not going to be anywhere near his fault, no matter what the critics say.

What’s next

The Seahawks (10-2) are now on a campaign for the NFC West title, and they’ll have another chance to boost their standing in Week 14, when they travel to Los Angeles for a Sunday night showdown with the Rams (7-5) on Dec. 8. The Vikings (8-4), meanwhile, will be desperate to rebound to keep pace with the Green Bay Packers (9-3) in the NFC North, and they’ll be up against another rival in the Detroit Lions (3-8-1), at home on the same day.

Relive all the action from Monday night’s shootout right here:

SEA -3, O/U 48.5

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Season Leaders

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K. Cousins

3032 YD, 23 TDS, 4 INTS

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K. Cousins

3032 YD, 23 TDS, 4 INTS

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R. Wilson

3177 YD, 26 TDS, 4 INTS

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R. Wilson

3177 YD, 26 TDS, 4 INTS

rushing

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D. Cook

223 ATT, 1046 YD, 12 TDS

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D. Cook

223 ATT, 1046 YD, 12 TDS

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C. Carson

231 ATT, 981 YD, 5 TDS

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C. Carson

231 ATT, 981 YD, 5 TDS

receiving

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S. Diggs

50 REC, 905 YD, 5 TDS

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S. Diggs

50 REC, 905 YD, 5 TDS

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T. Lockett

63 REC, 831 YD, 6 TDS

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T. Lockett

63 REC, 831 YD, 6 TDS

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@Seahawks

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December 3, 2019, 4:32 AM

@Vikings

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December 3, 2019, 4:30 AM

Thanks for spending your Monday evening with us. We’ll be back on Thursday to live blog Cowboys vs. Bears.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:29 AM

So, as stated earlier, we’ve got a new pecking order in the NFC at the moment:

Saints, Seahawks, Packers, Cowboys, 49ers, Vikings are your current playoff teams, in that order.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:29 AM

@Seahawks

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December 3, 2019, 4:29 AM

And Travis Homer gets the recovery, I believe. Two huge special-teams plays for him tonight.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:28 AM

Wow. That’ll do it. Malik Turner stuck his elbow into the ball and knocked it out of CJ Ham’s hands.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:27 AM

@Seahawks

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December 3, 2019, 4:26 AM

Why exactly did Seattle snap that ball with six seconds on the play clock? They left the Vikings extra time for no reason.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:26 AM

And suddenly things have gotten much more interesting again. Not sure why I thought Seattle could run out the clock after the previous first down, but the Vikings’ chances hinge on third 3rd and 7 right here.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:24 AM

@Seahawks

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December 3, 2019, 4:20 AM

Instead Carson just trucks a couple guys and likely seals the win. Seahawks are gonna go to 10-2 and take over the No. 2 seed, while the Vikings will drop to 8-4 and remain in the No. 6. The 49ers slide to No. 5.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:20 AM

Since I noted Penny’s presence earlier, I should note that Carson is out there now for the potential game-icing series.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:19 AM

I was about to say this was a good call and then Cousins threw incomplete on fourth down.

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Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:17 AM

You gotta think Diggs will make a play at some point on this drive. Cousins spent a considerable amount of time talking to him on the sideline when Seattle had the ball.

Bryan DeArdo

December 3, 2019, 4:15 AM

Rudolph coming alive late in the game, two big catches on previous drive and another one here.

Bryan DeArdo

December 3, 2019, 4:14 AM

Well, Kirk Cousins has a chance to lead a game-winning TD drive with three minutes left in a Monday Night Football game against a fellow playoff team. Hard to script a more appropriate ending.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:13 AM

Yeah. I’m used to seeing young QBs like Duck Hodges making a mistake like that. I’m guessing Seattle will play it safe here, but this is Pete Carroll we’re talking about, so anything is in play.

Bryan DeArdo

December 3, 2019, 4:11 AM

@Vikings

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December 3, 2019, 4:11 AM

Oh, Russ. Horrible decision right there. Not only did he have room to run if he wanted to, he had plenty of time to get rid of the ball and instead lost 13 yards on a sack.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:11 AM

@Vikings

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December 3, 2019, 4:10 AM

This is where running games are so vital in the NFL, in the fourth quarter of one-possession games. Having two backs at this juncture is even better. Seattle has both. Vikings have a tough run D but you gotta wonder how tired they are.

Bryan DeArdo

December 3, 2019, 4:10 AM

Seahawks using Penny ahead of Carson down the stretch is pretty notable.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:09 AM

@Vikings

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December 3, 2019, 4:08 AM

Every Seahawks game is so weird.

Jared Dubin

December 3, 2019, 4:08 AM

@Vikings

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December 3, 2019, 4:07 AM

@Seahawks

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December 3, 2019, 4:06 AM

Wow, crucial missed point after. Now Vikings will need a FG to win it.

Bryan DeArdo

December 3, 2019, 4:06 AM

Beautiful touch by Cousins there too. And throws it to only a place Rudolph can catch it.

Bryan DeArdo

December 3, 2019, 4:06 AM

@Vikings

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December 3, 2019, 4:05 AM

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