Wilson rallies Seahawks past Vikings with late TD toss
Russell Wilson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf with 15 seconds to play as the Seattle Seahawks remained undefeated with a 27-26 victory against the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night at an empty CenturyLink Field.
The winning drive came after the Vikings eschewed a short field-goal attempt that could’ve given them an eight-point lead with 2 minutes left. Instead, Alexander Mattison was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 from Seattle’s 6-yard line.
Wilson completed 20 of 32 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Seahawks (5-0) overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit. Wilson also had a team-high 58 yards rushing and Chris Carson added 52 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins was 27 of 39 for 249 yards and two touchdowns, both to Adam Thielen. But Cousins had a fumble and an interception as Seattle scored 21 points in the opening 6:51 of the second half to take a 21-13 lead.
The Vikings (1-4) lost running back Dalvin Cook, who entered the weekend as the league’s leading rusher, early in the second half. Cook had 17 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown in the first half, but suffered an apparent leg injury while being pushed out of bounds following a reception on Minnesota’s first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.
Mattison replaced Cook and rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries, but couldn’t get the last yard the Vikings needed.
Wilson completed his first 15 attempts before a 40-yard pass for David Moore in the end zone with 32 seconds left in the third quarter came loose when the receiver hit the ground.
Cousins’ third-quarter fumble gave the Seahawks the ball on Minnesota’s 15-yard line and Wilson hit Metcalf on a 13-yard scoring strike two plays later, giving Seattle its first lead at 14-13.
An interception by linebacker K.J. Wright on the next play from scrimmage gave the Seahawks the ball on the Minnesota 29. Carson rushed up the middle on the next play, breaking several tackles on his way to the end zone to make it 21-13.
A 3-yard touchdown pass to Thielen with 3:44 left in the third pulled the Vikings within 21-19, but Cousins was stopped on a two-point conversion as Minnesota attempted to tie the score.
The Vikings took a 13-0 halftime lead on an 8-yard scoring run by Cook to cap their opening possession and a pair of Dan Bailey field goals, from 52 and 46 yards. The latter came with 15 seconds left in the second quarter.
–Field Level Media