The Minnesota Vikings made a late drive to put themselves in position to beat the Seattle Seahawks in the final minute of Sunday's Wild Card Game, but stunningly, a chip-shot field-goal attempt never came close to going through the uprights.
Minnesota got into field-goal range and then worked the clock. Trailing 10-9 with 26 seconds left, the Vikings sent out kicker Blair Walsh to try to get the team to Arizona with a 27-yard field goal. What happened next was nothing short of unbelievable.
The field goal by @BlairWalsh3 goes wide left.— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 10, 2016
Just like that, Minnesota's season was over. The reactions said it all:
Seattle wins on missed FG by Blair Walsh pic.twitter.com/eZQqc2btJP— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 10, 2016
Walsh doesn't typically miss under such circumstances, per ESPN and ESPN Stats & Info:
Before that last kick, Blair Walsh was 33-for-34 from inside 30 yards in his career. pic.twitter.com/GYEgfeeBkO— ESPN (@espn) January 10, 2016
Blair Walsh: now 15-16 on FG attempts when game-time temperature is 20 degrees or less after that miss— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 10, 2016
Seattle will play against the top-seeded Carolina Panthers next weekend for a spot in the NFC Championship Game.