The highlight plays from Sunday’s first NFC wild-card game.

By SI Wire
January 10, 2016

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.

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