In yet another wild playoff game, one that was historically cold, there was a tight one-point game, decided by yet another calamity. This time, by the Minnesota Vikings, who fell 10-9 to the Seattle Seahawks and were eliminated from playoff contention.
The entire game, the Vikings seemed to have the upper hand. Blair Walsh kicked three field goals, giving them a 9-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. Then, it only took two minutes for everything to take a turn for the worst.
It wasn’t a great game for quarterback Russell Wilson, but in the fourth, he recovered an awry snap, finding Tyler Lockett for 35 yards. That then set up the touchdown for the Seahawks, which would be the only touchdown of the game.
The Vikings would regain possession, RB Adrian Peterson would fumble, and the Vikings returned the ball right back to Seattle. That gave the Seahawks the lead on an ensuing field goal from Steven Hauschka.
Then, the Vikings charged back. Less than two minutes to go. Thanks to Peterson and timeouts, they drove the ball from all the way back from the 19-yard line to the Seattle 9. Field goal territory. And that was when it happened. The kick that got away.
Walsh had the game on his foot. He had scored all nine points for Minnesota, and now, he had to make just one more field goal that would probably win the game for the Vikings. Then, once the play started, the ball was terribly held. Laces out. Walsh completely missed as the ball took a left turn. Game over. The Seahawks won.
“I didn’t do my job,” Walsh said. “It’s my fault. I didn’t come through for us.”
Despite the loss, head coach Mike Zimmer was not ashamed at all, like Walsh was. He has faith in the future of his organization, as well as what they accomplished this year.
“I’m proud they’re my team,” Zimmer said. “I think this team has proved a lot of things to a lot of people this year.”
Richard Sherman was proud of the Seahawks as well, and was happy that they did not give up. However, he did have faith in not just the team, but a larger force.
“The football gods were with us today,” Sherman said, then added. “If there’s a second left, there’s a chance.”
The Seahawks will move on and face the Carolina Panthers next week in Charlotte.