Vikings suffer third-quarter meltdown in loss to Seahawks

Ross Houston
December 3, 2019

If the 49ers win and the Seahawks win in a Sunday night game against the Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks and 49ers would each be 11-2, tied for the best record in the conference. Well, they did it in classic Seattle fashion. The Seahawks offense outscored the Vikings offense 37-23.

Going into the game in Week 13 on Monday Night Football between Minnesota and Seattle, the Seahawks hold a narrow lead over the Vikings for the top Wild Card position, which will make for an interesting storyline and something to keep in mind throughout the game on Monday night. Tre Flowers was called for an iffy pass interference call - Seattle's only penalty of the game - but also had a great interception in the second half.

But the Vikings hardly had time to grab back the momentum, as Dalvin Cook fumbled on Minnesota's first play of the ensuing possession. (The Seahawks now hold a tiebreaker win over Kyle Shanahan's team.) If the Minnesota Vikings win, they would tie the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North lead.

When both teams emerged from the locker room, the script had completely flipped after the Vikings went three-and-out on their opening drive of the second half. Three plays later, Wilson found Penny on a screen pass and Seattle had a 17-point lead. And yet, it still seemed somehow to get to 34-30. There were a lot of good things that happened for Seattle on Monday.

The Vikings defense still surrendered a season-worst 444 yards even while safety Harrison Smith (hamstring), safety Anthony Harris (groin) and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (knee) also played despite being listed as questionable. Seattle rushed for 218 yards, the most allowed by Minnesota this season.

Chris Carson ran for 102 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown and no fumbles. And the Vikings had the ball for just 20:15 while the Seahawks held the ball for 39:45.

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