|Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes in Seattle's 30-20 win over the Vikings on Sunday. (US Presswire)|
Death, taxes and the Seahawks winning at home. Not much is guaranteed in life, but those three things are. Rookie QB Russell Wilson threw for 173 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks (5-4) improved to 4-0 at home Sunday with a 30-20 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings (5-4) at CenturyLink Field.
How big was the win? The victory moves the Hawks into the No. 6 spot in the NFC and makes them 4-0 at home for the first time since the team's Super Bowl season of 2005.
In an NFL where passing is en vogue, the Seahawks and Vikings turned back the clock with their power running games. Both teams had more rushing yards than passing, with the Vikings gaining 243 rushing and 44 passing. The Seahawks were a bit more balanced -- 195 rushing to 190 passing.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who came into the game as the NFL's leading rusher, will most likely keep that title for another week. Peterson rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. But the Vikings inexplicably stopped giving him the ball in the second half. Peterson racked up 144 yards in the first half but had five carries in the second half.
Minnesota QB Christian Ponder didn't help take any pressure off Peterson. The second-year quarterback went 11 of 22 for 63 yards. Ponder also threw an interception and finished with a quarterback rating that was only slightly higher than his age. He's 24, his QB rating was 37.3.
As bad as Ponder was, Wilson was the opposite. The Seattle rookie was confident and accurate and was only held back by a receiving corps that dropped three passes in the first half. Wilson threw three touchdown passes, including an 11-yarder to Golden Tate late in the second quarter that gave Seattle the lead for good at 20-17. Tate caught two of Wilson's three touchdown passes. Wilson finished 16 of 24 and has yet to throw an interception at home.
Wilson wasn't the entire Seattle offense, though. There was a Beast Mode sighting. RB Marshawn Lynch bruised the Vikings' defense for 124 yards, including 69 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
When the game turned: With the Seahawks clinging to a 20-17 lead midway through the third quarter, Seattle took possession on its 28. The Seahawks then went on a 72-yard, 9-play, 6:15 touchdown drive that gave them a two-score cushion and essentially put the game away. Lynch capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Highlight moments: On the second play from scrimmage, Peterson ran 74 yards to the Seattle 1-yard line. It would have been a touchdown, but Peterson was caught from behind by Seahawks DB Brandon Browner. ... Speaking of Browner, the athletic cornerback sealed the game in the fourth quarter with a pick of Ponder.
Top Shelf performances:
- Vikings RB Peterson -- 17 carries for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
- Seahawks WR Tate -- 4 rec., 28 yards, 2 touchdowns.
- Seahawks RB Lynch -- 26 carries, 124 yards, 1 TD.
- Seahawks QB Wilson -- 16 of 24, 173 yards, 3 touchdowns.
What they said about Golden Tate's two-touchdown performance:
- Seahawks QB Wilson -- "He's got a great desire to get in the end zone, which is awesome."
- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll -- "It's really nice to see Golden and Sidney [Rice] come alive today." Rice led the Seahawks with four catches for 54 yards in the game.
What they said about Peterson's 144-yard first-half performance:
- Seahawks DE Red Bryant -- "At halftime, we were like, 'we don't need the coaches to tell us [Peterson's] kicking our ass.' We focused up."
Numbers you should know: 385. The Seahawks totaled 385 yards of offense, a season-high. The number is even more impressive considering the Vikings came into the game with the NFL's 12th best defense. ... After running for 144 yards on 12 carries in the first half, Peterson had five carries for 38 yards in the second half. ... With his three touchdown passes Sunday, Wilson has nine touchdown passes and no interceptions in home games this season.
Injury update: Seahawks LB K.J. Wright left the game with a concussion. Vikings WR Percy Harvin was forced out of the game with an ankle injury, but he did eventually return. He also suffered a separate hamstring injury in the game.
Going forward: Seahawks -- With a 4-0 record at home, the Seahawks are probably going to like what they see on the schedule next week: a home game. Seattle will host the Jets before its Week 11 bye. Vikings -- Minnesota is losing ground fast in the NFC North. In the last two weeks, the Vikings are 0-2 and the rest of the division is 6-0. Minnesota will have a chance to make up ground. Their next four games are against division opponents, including next week's home game against Detroit.