Seahawks escape with 10-9 victory over Vikings after kicker's gaffe

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Seahawks Vs. Vikings: Winter Elements Could Even Out Wild-Card Battle


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks needed more than three quarters to warm up at Minnesota.

Then, the Vikings kicked away 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 afternoon in their wild-card round playoff game in below-zero weather that tied for the third-coldest NFL game on record.

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

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The Vikings (11-6) took the ball back 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 missed the winner. He made all three of his earlier attempts.

Seattle will play next weekend at Carolina, where the Panthers had a first-round bye in balmy mid-50s weather.

Huddled around sideline heaters and wearing huge capes, the Seahawks sideline on the shaded side of the stadium was a largely lethargic place for much of the game. Trailing 9-0, Wilson nearly took a huge loss on first down when he fumbled a shotgun snap. But the quarterback who Vikings coach Mike Zimmer called "Houdini" during the week darted right and found Tyler Lockett wide open for a 35-yard completion to set up the score to Baldwin.

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during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) tackles Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) calls a play during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball against Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan (9) lands after jumping over Minnesota Vikings linebacker Casey Matthews (59) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) hands off the ball to running back Christine Michael (32) during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looks at the scoreboard during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball against Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) runs the ball after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Minnesota Vikings players celebrate after cornerback Trae Waynes (26) intercepted a pass during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) makes a touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrate a touchdown with wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (32) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (24) during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) tackles Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) as Wilson throws during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) chases a loose ball during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cassius Marsh (91) and defensive players react to a play during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) misses a field goal during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Vikings fans react after an NFL wild-card football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) after an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks off the field after an NFL wild-card football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Fans watch during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (32) celebrates after an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Chancellor, who ripped the ball away from Peterson, quickly became the goat after his penalty and subsequent missed tackle on tight end Kyle Rudolph's 24-yard reception to the 18. But Chancellor and all of his "Legion of Boom" buddies were amazingly celebrating a few seconds later after Walsh's miss.

Replays showed the laces on the ball were turned in - instead of facing out - by holder Jeff Locke.

The Seahawks left their last visit to Minnesota with a 38-7 victory, pure domination on both sides of the ball that left no doubt that Dec. 6 afternoon they'd be a legitimate contender to reach their third straight Super Bowl even without the ear-splitting advantage of their home by the bay at CenturyLink Field.

For all their skills, experience and swagger, though, the combination of these conditions and a well-prepared, embarrassed-by-the-previous-performance Vikings team proved to be quite the challenge for the Seahawks.

This was a fittingly frigid finish for Minnesota's two-year stint outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium during construction of the new covered downtown stadium. For the first au naturel postseason game here since the NFC championship game in 1976, the grizzled coach of that team, Bud Grant, served as an honorary captain. He strolled out for the coin flip in a Vikings cap and a purple short-sleeved polo shirt, looking ready for a round of golf.

The 88-year-old Grant got a roar of approval from the crowd, most of which was dressed in as many layers as those purple replica jerseys would allow. The announcement of the minus-25 degree wind-chill factor a few minutes later drew an equally loud cheer.

Every mistake and break was magnified in a game like this, and the Vikings were the benefactors for the majority of the first three quarters.

Punter Jon Ryan had to pick up a low snap on Seattle's first possession and, avoiding a potential block, tried to run up the middle before being upended by Jason Trusnik well shy of the first down. Ryan landed on his face, bloodying his nose, and the Vikings turned the shortened field into their first field goal.

Wilson, who led the NFL in passer rating after racking up a remarkable 24 touchdown passes with only one interception over the last seven games, was essentially reduced to a scrambler in the deep freeze. He had to run around a lot, too, against a relentless defense that was missing three key players in the previous matchup but back to full strength for this one.

The Seahawks, who scored 30-plus points in six of their last seven games, were all out of sorts on offense, with trouble getting some of the plays off in time.

Facing the wind in the second quarter, Wilson had Baldwin wide open behind the safeties at the goal line, but the ball hung in the air and was easily batted down. Headed the same direction toward the open end of the stadium in the third quarter, Wilson overthrew Chase Coffman, and Trae Waynes intercepted the deflected pass to set the Vikings up for another field goal. Cliff Avril's roughing-the-passer penalty gifted Minnesota 15 yards on that drive.

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32. Cleveland Browns (3-13)

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31. Tennessee Titans (3-13)

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30. Dallas Cowboys (4-12)

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29. San Francisco 49ers (5-11)

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28. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

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27. San Diego Chargers (4-12)

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26. Miami Dolphins (6-10)

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25. Baltimore Ravens (5-11)

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24. Chicago Bears (6-10)

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23. Detroit Lions (7-9)

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22. New York Giants (6-10)

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21. New Orleans Saints (7-9)

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20. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)

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19. Oakland Raiders (7-9)

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18. Indianapolis Colts (8-8)

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17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10)

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16. Buffalo Bills (8-8)

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15. St. Louis Rams (7-9)

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14. Atlanta Falcons (8-8)

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13. Washington Redskins (9-7)

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12. Houston Texans (9-7)

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11. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

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10. New York Jets (10-6)

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9. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)

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8. Green Bay Packers (10-6)

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7. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)

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6. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)

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