The weather out­side is fright­ful in Min­neapo­lis

Sea­hawks, Vik­ings try to ig­nore bit­ter for bet­ter

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Dave Camp­bell

min­neapo­lis» Six weeks ago, the Seat­tle Sea­hawks left Min­nesota with a laugher 38-7 vic­tory over the Vik­ings.

Well, the Sea­hawks have re­turned for a re­match, and the Vik­ings won’t be ex­tend­ing a warm wel­come.

Sun­day’s tem­per­a­ture at kick­off is ex­pected to be around zero de­grees.

“You’ve got to make it work. Just use it to your ad­van­tage. No­body likes be­ing cold, but you’ve got to be com­fort­able be­ing un­com­fort­able,” Vik­ings wide re­ceiver Ste­fon Diggs said.

Yes, the Sea­hawks have be­gun their quest for a third straight Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance with the op­por­tu­nity to avenge last year’s crush­ing loss to New Eng­land. Sure, the Vik­ings have se­cured their first home game in the play­offs in six years. This wild-card game is most likely to be re­mem­bered, though, for the ther­mome­ter.

“This is noth­ing. This is what we do. This is why we’re in Min­nesota in the first place,” Vik­ings de­fen­sive tackle Shar­rif Floyd said.

One key to the Seat­tle’s suc­cess is the roll that quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son has been on.

He fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son on a his­toric high, with 24 touch­down passes and only one in­ter­cep­tion over the fi­nal seven games. He be­came the fran­chise record-holder for sin­gle-sea­son touch­down passes (34) and the first 4,000-yard passer in Sea­hawks his­tory, and led the NFL in passer rat­ing for the sea­son at 110.1.

The Sea­hawks have not had run­ning back Mar­shawn Lynch on the field since Nov. 15 against Ari­zona, when he at­tempted to play through an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury. Lynch had eight car­ries for 42 yards and a touch­down in that game, sat out the fol­low­ing week against San Fran­cisco, and un­der­went surgery Nov. 25.

Lynch fully par­tic­i­pated in each prac­tice this week, putting him on track to re­turn, but late Fri­day the Sea­hawks ruled him out af­ter an­nounc­ing he didn’t travel to Min­nesota.

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