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2016 Wild Card Playoffs: Vikings vs. Seahawks Recap

It was a hard fought game in the cold and it came to a heart-breaking end

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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Minnesota Vikings for the second time this season, winning this afternoon's game to a score of 10-9. Both defenses did well, as both teams were only able to score one touchdown combined.

The game started out slow, with Minnesota taking the opening kickoff but they were forced to punt and the Seahawks would take over. The Seahawks would go three and out, but they would turn the ball over when punter Jon Ryan failed to execute a fake punt. Minnesota would take over deep in Seattle territory, but a field goal was all that they were able to muster. The rest of the first half went by with both teams being forced to trade punts.

The Seahawks would take the kickoff to open the second half and Russell Wilson would be intercepted by Trae Waynes, who took the ball back to the Minnesota 46. Five players later, the Vikings would kick a field goal. The Seahawks would be forced to punt on their next drive and the Vikings would go on another drive that would end with a field goal.

The Seahawks would take the ball and go on an 80 yard touchdown drive. The most important play of the drive came on first and 10 on the Minnesota 39. The Seahawks would fumble the ball for a loss of five, but Russell Wilson would recover the fumble and hit Tyler Lockett 35 yards to get to the Minnesota  four. Two plays later Russell Wilson would hit Doug Baldwin for a three yard touchdown.

Adrian Peterson would fumble on the next drive and Seattle would take over at the Minnesota 40. The Seahawks would gain 12 yards and they kicked a field goal to give themselves their first lead of the game. The teams would trade punts for the rest of the fourth quarter. The Vikings would get the ball one last time and they would drive down to the Seattle nine. The Vikings would try to kick a 27 yard field goal, but Blair Walsh's kick sailed wide left and the Vikings would lose the game.

The Seahawks will travel to Carolina to play the #1 seeded Panthers. The winner of the Packers-Redskins game will travel to Glendale, Arizona to face the Cardinals. This is Pete Carroll's eighth playoff win as the head coach of the Seahawks.