NFL: NFC Wild Card – Seattle vs Minnesota

NFC Wild

In the first NFC Wild Card game the Seattle Seahawks play the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis in what is expected to be one of the coldest games n the season. At kickoff the score in the outdoor stadium is -6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Seattle won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. The Vikings take the kickoff on the three yard line and run it to the 12.

On a third and one for the Vikings, Seattle jumps offside for a five yard penalty…and a Vikings first down. Fourth and one on the 46 yard line, the Vikings go for it and make the first down with a quarterback sneak from Teddy Bridgewater. On a fourth and four the Vikings punt the ball. Seattle takes over on the 29 yard line. The punter John Ryan was injured on the play.

The Seahawks fails to convert a third and seven after a missed pass; the Seahawks have to punt the ball, the snap is low and the punter tries to run for the first down but does not make it. The Vikings take over at the Seahawks 29 yard line.

The Vikings fail to convert a third and goal on the four yard line and make a field goal attempt. The kick is good. 3-0 Vikings.

The Seahawks bring the kickoff out of the end zone but only get as far as the 16 yard line.

At the end of the first quarter, the Vikings are leading 3-0 and the Seahawks have the ball on the 33 yard line.

Vikings challenged the spot of the ball of a third down conversion. The ruling stands – first down for the Seahawks on the 38 yard line – and Minnesota is charged with a time out. The Vikings only have one time out left in the half. With over 12 minutes remaining in the first half, Seattle takes their third and final time out of the half to avoid a delay of game penalty. The Seahawks fail to convert a third and four. Seattle punts the ball. The snap was again low but they managed to get the punt off this time. Minnesota takes over the ball at the 28 yard line. The Vikings go three and out and have to punt the ball. Seattle takes over the ball on the 39 yard line.

Seattle has had a number of issues with getting the ball hiked in time. With no more time outs, the Seahawks are penalized five yards for a delay of game penalty. On a fourth and 13 on the 30, the Seahawks go for it but fail to convert the down. Minnesota takes over the ball on the 23 yard line.

After failing to convert a third and 13 the Vikings must punt the ball. The Seahawks take over the ball on the nine yard line and run it to the 15 before being tackled. On a third and 5 Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws an incomplete pass that drew a defensive pass interference call…and a first down for the Seahawks. On a third and eight Russel Wilson floats a ball to the end zone that is incomplete. The Seahawks punt the ball – the snap is good this time – and the Vikings take over the ball on the 10 yard line with 1:03 left in the half.

The Vikings choose to “take a knee” and head into the locker room for halftime…and to warm up.

At halftime the score is 3-0 Minnesota.

Clock management and the cold temperatures were an issue in the first half.

Minnesota opens the second half with a kickoff to Seattle. The ball goes into the end zone and Seattle takes over the ball on the 20 yard line.

Doug Baldwin makes a one handed catch to convert a third and 10 for Seattle. The ball is on the 37 yard line. The Seahawks fail to convert a third and one..losing two yards on the play. Again the play clock is an issue and Seattle must take a time out to avoid a delays of game penalty. Seattle goes for it on fourth down and the pass is intercepted and run back to the 46 yard line.

Seattle is charged with a 15 yard personal foul penalty for roughing the passer. The Vikings have a first down on the Seattle 28 yard line. The Viking fail to convert a third and 14; they make a 43 yard field goal attempt. The kick is good and the score is 6-0 Minnesota.

Minnesota kicks off the ball for a touch back; Seattle takes over the ball on the 20 yard line. The Vikings sack Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson for a nine yard loss – it’s second and 19. Wilson goes down again; it’s third and 23. On fourth and 10 Seattle kicks another punt and the Vikings get the ball on the 37 yard line; but a 15 yard horse collar penalty moves the ball to the 48 yard line.

The Viking throw an incomplete pass on second and seven but a defensive pass interference call give Minnesota a first down. On a third and two Seattle sacks the Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for a six yard loss. The Vikings make a 47 yard field goal attempt…the kick is good. Minnesota lead 9-0 with two seconds left in the third quarter.

The Minnesota kickoff was a touch back in the end zone. The Seahawks take over the ball on the 20 yard line.

The Seahawks end the third quarter with a 15 yard play.

After three quarters, the Seahawks have only eight first down and 141 yards of offense.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Seattle gets an illegal contact penalty for an additional five yards. A high snap and a broken play but Seattle survives the play and makes it first and goal from the four yard line. Seattle finally puts a score on the board with a touchdown. The extra point is good. The score is Minnesota 9 – Seattle 7.

Seattle kicks off the ball and the Vikings bring it out to the 21 yard line.

On a second and five Adrian Peterson of the Vikings fumble the ball and Seattle recovers the ball on the 40 yard line.

Russell Wilson goes for the whole 40 on a pass, the pass was incomplete. On thrid and seven Seattle converts the down with forward progress on the 29 yard line. Wilson escaped a 20 yard loss by throwing the ball away. On third and nine, Wilson again throws the ball away. On fourth and nine, Seattle makes a 46 yard field goal. The kick is good giving Seattle the lead 10-9 with a little over eight minutes remaining in the game.

Seattle kick off the ball into the end zone and the Vikings bring the ball out to the 32 yard line.

Minnesota quarterback Teddy bridgewater is sacked for a nine yard loss; it’s third and 18. With a fourth and five, the Vikings will have to punt the ball. Seattle fair catches the ball at the 29 yard line. The Seahawks go three and out and will have to punt the ball on a fourth and one. The Vikings take over the ball on the 19 yard line with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

The Vikings have all three of their time outs and the two minute warning if they can keep the ball moving for a chance to pull out a win. Bridewater is sacked making it a third and 16. After an incomplete pass Minnesota must punt the ball. Seattle takes over the ball on the 25 yard line with a little over two minutes left in the game.

On a third and five Seattle gets a penalty on an incomplete pass to make it fourth down and a punt for Seattle. Minnesota gets the ball on the 39 yard line with 1:42 and two time out remaining. The first donw pass was incomplete. On second and 10 Seattle is charged with defensive pass interference. First down for Minnesota on the Seattle 42 yard line. The Vikings break away for a long pass and run to the 20 yard line. The Vikings fail to convert a third down and will attempt a 27 yard field goal with only 26 second remaining in the game. The kick is no good! Seattle retains a one point lead 10-9. Twenty-two seconds remain in the game; Seattle does not have to make a play.

Seattle wins 10-9!

The Seahawks will travel to North Carolina next week to play the Carolina Panthers.

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