Vikings vs. Seahawks: Final Grades and Analysis for Minnesota

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Vikings vs. Seahawks: Final Grades and Analysis for Minnesota

Final Score:

Seattle Seahakws 30 Minnesota Vikings 20 

The Seattle Seahawks stayed perfect at home, moving to 4-0 with a 30-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch proved to be a lethal 1-2 punch for the Seahawks, Wilson throwing for three touchdowns and Lynch rushing for 124 yards and a score.

Adrian Peterson was phenomenal for the Vikings, running for 182 yards and two scores, but the rest of the offense was pitiful, accounting for 94 yards.

Both teams move to 5-4 on the season. The Vikings play the Lions at home next Sunday in what now becomes a must win for the Vikings to keep any realistic playoff hopes alive.

Seattle Seahawks 30 Minnesota Vikings 20

The Seahawks extend their lead to 10 points again as Steven Hauschka converts a 40-yard field goal.

The Vikings continue to miss too many tackles in letting Seattle march into their territory. Marshawn Lynch did the most damage, picking up 23 yards on a dump off from Russell Wilson.

Seattle Seahawks 27 Minnesota Vikings 20

The Vikings get a little help from the refs and Blair Walsh nails a 55-yard field goal to pull the Vikings to within a touchdown.

Adrian Peterson ripped off another huge run, this time a 28-yarder to get the Vikings out to mid-field. Brandon Browner takes a personal foul to give the Vikings 15 more yards. Percy Harvin left the field after being tackled behind the line of scrimmage, it looked like a bad ankle injury, but no word yet on the severity, or if he'll be back.

The Vikings looked to let the play clock expire before getting off the field goal, but the refs missed it. Walsh's kick would have been good from 65-yards. 

Seattle Seahawks 27 Minnesota Vikings 17

Russell Wilson engineers another long Seattle scoring drive, capped off by a 3-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch to put the Seahawks up by 10.

Golden Tate was the main Seattle weapon on the drive, taking two quick hitches for nice gains and then picking up a huge first down after hanging on after taking a huge hit from Antoine Winfield.

The Vikings do themselves no favors, with both Brian Robison and Everson Griffen taking offsides penalties in the red zone to breath new life into the Seattle offense.

Halftime Score

Seattle Seahawks 20 Minnesota Vikings 17

Russell Wilson continues to pick apart the Vikings defense with short passes and moves the Seahawks on another long drive. Wilson makes a nice effort on a 4th and 1 to pick up a first down. 

Golden Tate makes a couple of Vikings miss on his way to an 11-yard touchdown after a short pass from Wilson to give Seattle the lead. Kevin Williams blocks the extra point to keep it a three point game.

Minnesota Vikings 17 Seattle Seahawks 14

The Vikings get a big assist when Marcus Trufant gets called for pass interference 24 yards down the field. Ponder with a couple of completions to get deep into the red zone and then Adrian Peterson scores from 2-yards out for his second touchdown of the year.

The Vikings defense comes up with a stop on Seattle to set up Minnesota's next possession. Adrian Peterson continues to dazzle, with spectacular runs that pick up 39 yards. Percy Harvin then explodes up the gut for another 15-yard gain. The drive stalls there, but Blair Walsh is perfect from 36-yards out and the Vikings go up by three.

Seattle Seahawks 14 Minnesota Vikings 7

Russell Wilson leads a methodical 78-yard drive down the field and caps it off with a 11-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Sidney Rice for a touchdown. Wilson is carving up the Vikings defense by buying himself time in the pocket and on rollouts and then throwing accurately to his receivers.

Minnesota Vikings 7 Seattle Seahawks 7

Turnovers will kill you in this league.

Marcus Trufant makes a great strip while helping tackle Percy Harvin and the Seahawks get the ball on the Minnesota 17-yard line. After a couple of Marshawn Lynch runs, Russell Wilson throws a perfect 6-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate dragging across the back of the end zone a half a step ahead of A.J. Jefferson. Not much Jeffeson could, do, just a perfect throw by Wilson.

Minnesota Vikings 7 Seattle Seahawks 0

Or that score could read: Adrian Peterson 7, Seahawks 0. 

In a battle of the 7th ranked rush defense in the league against the NFL's leading rusher, the early advantage goes to Adrian Peterson. Peterson carried a pile for 5 yards on the game's first play and then broke a tackle behind the line of scrimmage before making two beautiful cuts against the grain and finding 74 yards of daylight to the Seattle 2-yard line. After an incompletion, Peterson finished the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown plunge to give Minnesota an early lead.

You can see the game on Fox and follow along live with us as we provide live game grades and analysis and follow up with final grades shortly after the game.

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