Frozen out: wide left

SEA­HAWKS 10, VIK­INGS 9 Min­nesota flubs short field goal as Seat­tle wins

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Dave Camp­bell

min­neapo­lis » Rus­sell Wil­son and the Seat­tle Sea­hawks needed more than three quar­ters to warm up at Min­nesota, their quest to avenge last year’s Su­per Bowl loss nearly frozen be­fore it be­gan.

The Vik­ings, af­ter grit­ting through this grind-it-out wild card-round play­off game, booted their chance to beat the two-time de­fend­ing NFC cham­pi­ons. Blair Walsh’s 27-yard field goal try into the frigid wind hooked left with 22 sec­onds re­main­ing, hand­ing the Sea­hawks a 10-9 vic­tory over the stunned Vik­ings on a Sun­day in below-zero weather that tied for the third-cold­est NFL game ever.

“A lot of peo­ple would’ve folded up and said, ‘That’s it,’ but we’ve got a team full of fight­ers,” Sea­hawks cor­ner­back Richard Sher­man said.

The Sea­hawks (11-6) didn’t score un­til Rus­sell Wil­son’s short touch­down pass to Doug Bald­win early in the fourth quar­ter. Then, a fum­ble by Adrian Peter­son for the Vik­ings on the next pos­ses­sion set up a field goal by Steven Hauschka.

The Vik­ings (11-6) took the ball for the de­cid­ing drive with 1:42 left at their 39 and, aided by a pass-in­ter­fer­ence penalty on Kam Chan­cel­lor, drove deep into Seat­tle’s ter­ri­tory. Af­ter drain­ing the clock for the seem­ingly in­evitable win, Walsh sim­ply missed the win­ner af­ter mak­ing all three of his ear­lier at­tempts.

“That’s called grace,” Chan­cel­lor said. “That’s all it is.”

Seat­tle will play Sun­day at Carolina in the divi­sional round.

“I think we were for­tu­nate that we got the win,” Sea­hawks coach Pete Car­roll said. “A lot of those times, guys make those kicks. There’s a high per­cent­age that they make them, but you’ve still got to do it.”

Jim Mone, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Min­nesota Vik­ings kicker Blair Walsh (3) is de­spon­dent af­ter miss­ing a po­ten­tial gamewin­ning 27-yard field goal with 22 sec­onds left Sun­day.

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