Shut out over first three quarters, Seahawks beat Vikings 10-9

The Seahawks couldn't get out of their own way over the first three quarters Sunday but Russell Wilson and the defense turned up the heat in frigid Minneapolis in the fourth quarter, completely flipping around the game and sending Seattle to Carolina next for the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

The Seattle Seahawks were absolutely abysmal on offense over the first three quarters of Sunday's wildcard game against the Minnesota Vikings but a 35 yard hook up between Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett sparked the club, leading to a fourth quarter comeback for an improbable 10-9 win.

The much-discussed elements were a factor in this game from the beginning with Seattle's normally reliable long-snapper Clint Gresham dribbling two grounders to Jon Ryan and Vikings kicker Blair Walsh inexplicably missing the go-ahead 27-yard field goal with just 26 seconds remaining.

Offense was tough to come by for both clubs with the teams combining to convert just eight of 27 third down attempts and producing just 409 total yards, 226 of that coming from the victorious Seahawks.

Michael Bennett was a constant disruptor on defense for the Seahawks and Kam Chancellor ripped the ball away from Adrian Peterson in the fourth quarter to put Seattle in position to take a fourth quarter lead.

Russell Wilson was largely ineffective for much of the game, overthrowing numerous targets and tossing an interception. His remarkable improvisational ability, however, helped him scoop up a snap that initially slipped through his hands and left him scrambling, only to avoid an onslaught of Vikings pass rushers and find Tyler Lockett for the game's longest play from scrimmage -- a 35 yard reception in the fourth quarter that culminated with Doug Baldwin catching the only touchdown of the game.

After Chancellor was flagged for pass interference on Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (and beaten for a 24-yard reception a play later), it looked like a foregone conclusion that Walsh would give Minnesota the win. Instead, Walsh ruined his previously perfect day (three for three on field goals) by pushing the ball left, leaving some members of the Seahawks quite literally looking to the heavens in thanks.

With the win the Seahawks advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, traveling to face the top seed Carolina Panthers next week. Top Stories