Vikings pillage and plunder Seahawks

Up until today, Seattle's Qwest Field was the place where teams came to lose. Seattle hadn't lost a home game since the Dallas Cowboys pasted the Seahawks on Monday Night Football on December 6th, 2004, but their streak stopped today at 13 straight home wins as the Seahawks lost at home to the Vikings 31-13 and in the process, may have lost starting QB Matt Hasselbeck.

Things got off on a good start for Seattle when, trailing 3-0, Hasselbeck audibled at the line of scrimmage and hit WR Darrell Jackson who had gotten behind CB Antoine Winfield and then proceeded to take it in for a 72-yard touchdown, putting Seattle up 7-3.

After Seattle added a 42-yard Josh Brown field goal to go up 10-7 early in the second quarter, Minnesota QB Brad Johnson hit a streaking WR Marcus Robinson down the right seam on 3rd-and-17 for a 40-yard touchdown to tie the score at 10.

When the teams returned to field for the second half, Seattle got the ball first and on third-down, Hasselbeck misfired on a pass to RB Maurice Morris. What appeared to be a rather innocuous play, could mean the season for Seattle, as Hasselbeck was rolled up on by LB E.J. Henderson who had been blocked on the play by FB Mack Strong.

The crowd grew eerily silent as Hasselbeck was helped off the field by two trainers, able to put no weight on his right knee. Preliminary reports are that it was an MCL sprain, but head coach Mike Holmgren noted in his postgame press-conference that they will get "pictures" taken of his knee first thing tomorrow to know the extent of the damage.

Seattle punted and Johnson drove the Vikings to Seattle's seven. After a holding penalty took the ball back to Seattle's 15, Johnson handed the ball to RB Mewelde Moore who ran like it was a sweep to the right side. Moore then pulled up and hit TE Jermaine Wiggins in the back of the endzone for the go-ahead score.

But the Vikings weren't done yet. Second-string QB Seneca Wallace was unable to lead Seattle's offense to an answering score and P Ryan Plackemeier nailed a 58-yard punt that was downed at the Minnesota five yard-line.

Then RB Chester Taylor took a handoff over the left side, broke two tackles and outraced Seattle's defense for a 95-yard touchdown, sealing the win for the Vikings.

Taylor's run is the longest from scrimmage this season in the entire NFL and it broke the backs of the Seahawks' defense.

Now Seattle will prepare to head back to a place of many horrors for them, Arrowhead Stadium where the suddenly potent Kansas City Chiefs, who just downed AFC West foe San Diego, will be ready and waiting. Top Stories