Final: Seahawks 41, Vikings 20
In the end, the Seattle Seahawks showed exactly how good they are. After allowing the Minnesota Vikings to hang around for three quarters, they turned three fourth-quarter interceptions into 17 straight points.
It pushed a 24-13 lead to 41-13 with more than 10 minutes left in the game. The Vikings got a garbage-time touchdown for the final score, but this one was never that close.
Russell Wilson finished the game completing 13 of 18 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. His passer rating for the game was an impressive 151.4. He completed passes to 10 different receivers, including Percy Harvin who made his season debut for the Seahawks. Harvin finished with one catch for 17 yards.
Tight end Zach Miller led Seattle with four catches for 69 yards.
This was supposed to be a showcase of two of the NFL's best running backs in Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch. Peterson finished with 65 yards on 21 carries, and Lynch had 54 yards on 17 carries. Lynch did rush for two touchdowns and caught a third to help blow out the Vikings.
After a see-saw battle in the first half, the Seahawks scored a touchdown in the final minute of the first half to give them a 24-13 halftime lead.
After a scoreless third quarter in which Seattle seemed to allow the Vikings to hang around, they cranked things up and scored 17 fourth-quarter points to put the game away early in the fourth quarter.
Three interceptions on three consecutive drives for the Vikings put the Seahawks well on the way to their 10th win of the season.
Bobby Wagner started the interception parade, picking off Christian Ponder deep in Minnesota territory. It gave Seattle the ball at the 18-yard line.
Wilson only needed two plays to lead the Seahawks to the touchdown. On a 1st-and-goal from the 8-yard line, Wilson pitched the ball forward to Lynch, who easily scored the touchdown.
The second interception and touchdown came when Walter Thurmond returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown. The score came just three plays after Seattle's first touchdown of the fourth quarter.
Clinton McDonald joined the pick parade, intercepting Cassel, who took over for Christian Ponder. The Seahawks, with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback, took the ball at the 15-yard line and settled for a field goal. It was a mercy drive by the Seahawks.
In total, the Seahawks turned four Minnesota turnovers into 20 points.
The win puts Seattle firmly in place as the top team in the NFC, and well on their way to the top seed in the playoffs.