The Seattle Seahawks came back to defeat the Minnesota Vikings 10–9 in the first NFC wild-card game Sunday. It was a cold, low-scoring affair. Here are the big plays that ultimately decided who moved on:
- In the first quarter, Seattle botched a punt, giving Minnesota great field position that ultimately led to the game’s first score, a field goal.
- The Vikings would tack on two more field goals before the Seahawks began mounting their comeback. Doug Baldwin contributed to the effort with a spectacular one-handed catch on what ended up being a scoreless drive.
- The Seahawks finally broke through on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, scoring one play after Russell Wilson turned a sailing snap into a huge gain.
- On the next drive, Adrian Peterson fumbled, giving the ball right back to Seattle.
- Peterson’s turnover set up a go-ahead field goal for the Seahawks. But the Vikings still had a chance to win, and Teddy Bridgewater drove his team down the field for a potential game-winning field goal. But with less than 30 seconds to go, Blair Walsh hooked the kick left.
The Seahawks will play the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round.