Seahawks beat Vikings on DK Metcalf catch from Russell Wilson

Judy W. Faulk

“We just believed,” Wilson told NBC after the game. “We believed that if we got the ball back, something great was gonna happen. And we just kept saying that on the sideline: ‘Stay neutral.’ Kept believing, kept believing. . . . And sure enough, we made a great stop. We got the ball back and we went up and down the field.”

Zimmer left his offense on the field for a fourth-and-one try from the Seattle 6-yard line when a field goal would have given Minnesota an eight-point lead. The Seattle defense got the stop it needed, handing the ball back to Wilson with just less than two minutes remaining and 94 yards to go. Wilson completed a 39-yard pass to Metcalf on fourth and 10 en route to the winning touchdown.

“It was about half a yard,” Zimmer said in a postgame video news conference. “If we got the half a yard, we win the game. So I was trying to win it. I told him in the headset, ‘We didn’t come here for this. Let’s go win it.’ ”

The Seahawks remained unbeaten, improving to 5-0. Wilson completed his first 15 passes on his way to a 20-for-32, 217-yard performance. He threw an interception and had three touchdown passes in all, two of them to Metcalf.

Most seem to regard Wilson and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the early-season MVP front-runners. Wilson famously, or infamously, has never received even a single MVP vote. He continues to show this could be his season, rallying the Seahawks after they were shut out during a first half in which the Vikings controlled the clock and the game.

“It means we haven’t done anything yet,” Wilson said in his televised interview. “We want to stay the course. We want to stay neutral in the process. But to be 5-0 is a good thing. We’ve had some great teams before, as you know. This is one of our best ones, for sure. We’ve got a long ways to go. We’ve got to stay the course.”

Cousins connected on 27 of 39 passes for 249 yards as the Vikings dropped to 1-4. Cousins lost a fumble and threw an interception during a ragged second-half stretch for the Vikings in which a 13-0 lead became a 21-13 deficit. The Seahawks scored 21 points in less than two minutes as Wilson threw touchdown passes to tight end Will Dissly and Metcalf and tailback Chris Carson ran for a touchdown.

But Cousins and the Vikings steadied themselves. Cousins threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Adam Thielen for a 26-21 lead. Tailback Alexander Mattison ran for 112 yards for the Vikings, taking over after Dalvin Cook exited with a groin injury.

“Honestly the message in the locker room is, ‘We can be a dang good football team,’ ” Thielen said. “We saw it tonight. We saw it the last couple weeks. We’ve just got to finish. . . . Man, one more play, one more yard, one more stop, things like that. It’s just we’re so close. And that’s probably why it’s so disappointing. It’s so frustrating. It’s humbling, honestly.”

Cousins called the defeat “gut-wrenching, heart-breaking . . . disappointing,” and said: “Obviously we all have a sick feeling as we head back to Minnesota.”

Zimmer said he had no regrets about his fourth-down choice.

“We came here to win,” Zimmer said. “And so I’m not going to second-guess any of that stuff. We didn’t get it done. Everybody else will. Let them do it.”

Said Cousins: “If we get it, then obviously we could close out the game. So hindsight’s 20/20. We don’t have the benefit of that. We’re making tough decisions. We had run for roughly 200 yards. We needed an inch and we weren’t able to get it.”

Cousins, Zimmer and the Vikings ultimately didn’t have the answers. Wilson and the Seahawks did.

“Unbelievable game,” Wilson said. “It’s always a heavyweight fight, me and Kirk. I feel like me and Kirk always have crazy games. It goes all the way back to college between Wisconsin and Michigan State. I’m grateful for this team. I’m grateful for who we are and what we’re doing. We’re 5-0 going into the break, which is a blessing.”

October 11, 2020 at 11:17 PM EDT

Vikings pass up field goal, fail on fourth and one

By Mark Maske

Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer left his offense on the field for a fourth-and-one try from the Seattle 6-yard line when a field goal would have provided an eight-point lead.

The Seattle defense got a stop and now the Seahawks have a chance to win.

(Vikings 26, Seahawks 21 with 1:57 left in the 4th quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 11:06 PM EDT

Russell Wilson throws interception

By Mark Maske

The Minnesota defense contributed a big play as linebacker Eric Wilson intercepted a pass by Russell Wilson.

(Vikings 26, Seahawks 21 with 5:45 left in the 4th quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 10:36 PM EDT

Cousins regroups with touchdown pass to Thielen

By Mark Maske

Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, perhaps surprisingly, regrouped after allowing 21 quick points by the Seahawks, aided by a pair of Cousins turnovers. The Vikings steadied themselves and Cousins threw a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Adam Thielen.

A two-point conversion attempt failed. (Seahawks 21, Vikings 19 with 3:39 left in the 3rd quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 10:26 PM EDT

Another Cousins-to-Thielen TD moves Vikings back in front

By Mark Maske

The Vikings have regained the lead in this back-and-forth game with another lengthy drive. Kirk Cousins threw a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Adam Thielen to cap a 15-play, 97-yard march.

(Vikings 26, Seahawks 21 with 7:08 left in the 4th quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 10:23 PM EDT

Seahawks used Wilson-to-Metcalf TD to cash in on Cousins fumble

By Mark Maske

This game has turned around rapidly and the Seahawks have the lead on Russell Wilson’s second touchdown pass, this one to wide receiver DK Metcalf, after the Seattle defense recovered a Kirk Cousins fumble.

The football slipped from Cousins’s hand while he was being pressured on a passing attempt. The officials called it an incomplete pass. But the Seahawks challenged and the play was overturned on the replay review, being called a fumble recovered by Seattle.

The Seahawks took possession at the Minnesota 15-yard line. Wilson’s pass to Metcalf covered the final 13 yards.

(Seahawks 14, Vikings 13 with 8:19 left in the 3rd quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 10:22 PM EDT

Another Kirk Cousins turnover leads to another Seattle touchdown

By Mark Maske

Kirk Cousins and the Vikings are coming undone and the Seahawks have taken control of the game. Cousins threw an interception to linebacker K.J. Wright and Seattle turned in into a 29-yard touchdown run by tailback Chris Carson.

The Seahawks have scored 21 points in a span of 1 minute 53 seconds, aided by a fumble lost and an interception thrown by Cousins. (Seahawks 21, Vikings 13 with 8:02 left in the 3rd quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 10:12 PM EDT

Russell Wilson throws touchdown pass to get Seattle on the board

By Mark Maske

That quickly, the Seahawks are back in the game. Russell Wilson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Dissly. Seattle needed only four plays to cover 58 yards.

And now the Vikings must operate without injured tailback Dalvin Cook. (Vikings 13, Seahawks 7 with 9:55 left in the 3rd quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 10:10 PM EDT

Dalvin Cook injured

By Mark Maske

Tailback Dalvin Cook was injured on a second-half play for the Vikings. He appeared to grab the inside of his left leg after caching a pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins and running toward the sideline. Cook was taken to the Vikings’ locker room.

(Vikings 13, Seahawks 0 with 12:32 left in the 3rd quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 9:45 PM EDT

Vikings shutting down Russell Wilson and Seahawks

By Mark Maske

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is an early-season front-runner for the league MVP award, considered by many to be a co-favorite at this point with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. He had 16 touchdown passes in Seattle’s first four games, tied for the most in NFL history for a quarterback in the first four games of a season. He is seeking his third straight home game with at least five touchdown passes.

But he and the Seahawks were shut down and shut out by the Vikings in the first half Sunday night in Seattle. The Vikings controlled the clock with their running game on offense. The Minnesota defense played deep in the secondary and harassed Wilson with its pass rush. And the Vikings lead the Seahawks, 13-0.

Tailback Dalvin Cook ran for 65 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota. Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 15 of 21 passes for 140 yards. The Vikings ran 41 offensive plays, to 18 for the Seahawks, and held the ball for more than 20 of the 30 minutes. They had scoring drives of 12, 17 and 11 plays. One field goal drive took more than 10 minutes off the clock.

Wilson completed all seven of his passes but for only 40 yards. He was sacked four times. He and the Seahawks will need to play far better in the second half if they’re to remain unbeaten. (Vikings 13, Seahawks 0 at halftime)

October 11, 2020 at 9:06 PM EDT

Vikings use long drive to add to lead with field goal

By Mark Maske

The Seahawks downed a punt at the Minnesota 2-yard line but the Seattle defense couldn’t capitalize. The Vikings held the ball for 17 plays and 10 minutes 13 seconds and added to their lead with a 52-yard field goal by kicker Dan Bailey.

Along the way, Minnesota converted on fourth and one from midfield. Tailback Dalvin Cook has 50 rushing yards and the Vikings have run 28 offensive plays in the game, to eight for the Seahawks. (Vikings 10, Seahawks 0 with 8:33 left in the 2nd quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 8:38 PM EDT

Dalvin Cook’s touchdown puts Vikings in front

By Mark Maske

The Vikings have the early lead in Seattle with a terrific 12-play, 77-yard opening drive. Tailback Dalvin Cook scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run.

Kirk Cousins completed five of seven passes for 57 yards on the drive. (Vikings 7, Seahawks 0 with 8:48 left in the 1st quarter)

October 11, 2020 at 7:31 PM EDT

What to watch for during Sunday night’s Vikings-Seahawks matchup

By Mark Maske

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets another chance to make his league MVP case before a national television audience on “Sunday Night Football” against the Vikings.

The Seahawks are 4-0 and Wilson has been mentioned alongside Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as an early-season MVP front-runner. Wilson has never received even a single MVP vote.

Wilson’s 16 touchdown passes are tied for the most ever by a quarterback through a team’s first four games of a season. Peyton Manning also did it in 2013. Wilson aims for a third straight home game with at least five touchdown passes.

The Vikings are off to a disappointing 1-3 start. Quarterback Kirk Cousins never has been known for his success in high-profile games or against top teams.

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