In a very important NFC game with playoff implications, it was the home team Seattle Seahawks outlasting the Minnesota Vikings 37-30. At 10-2, the win moved the Seahawks into the second seed in the NFC, having the tiebreaker over the 49ers in the NFC West.

Both teams set out to establish the run and both seemed to be successful at first. The Vikings struck first with Dalvin Cook getting the touchdown while the Seahawks quickly answered with a Chris Carson TD.

Minnesota’s next score came in unusual circumstances. After having his pass deflected, Russell Wilson seemingly tried to deflect the deflection but floated the ball in the air just enough for Anthony Harris to get the pick and the touchdown to put the Vikings up 14-7.

After trading field goals to end the half, Seattle marched back down the field with Rashaad Penny getting the score. On the ensuing drive, the Vikings suffered some terrible luck as Cook and Stephon Diggs got injured on the same play. Diggs ended up returning but Cook was out for the rest of the game and really hurt the Vikings’ chances.

After a Seattle field goal made it 20-17, Wilson unleashed his arm as he launched a 60-yard strike to a wide open David Moore to put the Seahawks up by 10.

Things went from bad to worse for the Vikings as Tre Flowers was covering Diggs and made a phenomenal interception. That pick resulted in another Wilson TD and things looked out of reach for Minnesota.

It was at this moment a switch flipped and the Vikings suddenly improved. Almost immediately, Kirk Cousins found an incredibly wide open Laquon Treadwell for a 58-yard touchdown.

And then after a DK Metcalf fumble that was recovered by Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings suddenly got back to the end zone thanks to a highly skilled Kyle Rudolph catch. The missed extra point made it a four point margin but Minnesota had momentum at this point and had nearly seven minutes to get a winner.

That winner never came as a Seahawks field goal, in addition to the Vikings turning the ball over on downs as well as on a fumble, ended the game in favor of the Seahawks.

A huge win for the Seahawks, they now have a Sunday night game against the Rams before facing the Panthers and Cardinals. A Week 17 clash against the 49ers may be a possible Sunday night flex game if it’s for the NFC West. The Vikings have to play all three NFC North rivals at home as well as visit the Chargers in Los Angeles. Their Monday night matchup against the Packers in Week 16 will be huge for the division title.

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