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Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

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Highlight: Vikings at Seahawks

SEATTLE (AP) Bobby Wagner leaped over the line of scrimmage, swatted Dan Bailey's field goal attempt and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns.

Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didn't care.

''I'm not stressing about that. I made the play. They called what they called,'' Wagner said. ''There's times in games where things happen all the time. I'm not stressing on it. It was a big block and we'll definitely take it. It was amazing.''

Wagner's block midway through the fourth quarter was the catalyst in a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night that pushed Seattle to the brink of a playoff berth.

Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a 2-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman capped off the Seahawks' fourth straight victory with a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown 18 seconds later.

What was an ugly and mostly forgettable first three quarters turned into a Seattle party in the fourth as the Seahawks (8-5) moved to the brink of wrapping up a wild-card spot in the NFC. One win in Seattle's final three games - including matchups with lowly San Francisco and Arizona - should be enough to put the Seahawks into the postseason.

''It's really about the defense. I loved the way they played, they played so hard and so spirited,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ''It was almost poetic after last week's game that Bobby would get to block the field goal and he pulled it off and did it. That was an incredible play.''

Minnesota (6-6-1) twice had scoring chances in the fourth quarter when it was still a one-score game but was turned away each time. Minnesota's chances of winning the NFC North took a major hit with its second straight loss, but the Vikings still hold the No. 6 spot in the NFC.

''Part of it is being better on third downs. We haven't really done a good job there. Part of it is being better in the red zone,'' Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. ''We had the ball on the 2-yard line and didn't score.''

But much of the conversation centered on Wagner's block of Bailey's 47-yard attempt with 5:38 left and whether it was entirely legal. Wagner's jump through a gap in Minnesota's offensive line was fine, but it appeared he used his teammates to gain leverage, which allowed him to come through and block the kick. A flag was initially thrown but was picked up by the officials.

Wagner said he attempted it four times in practice without a problem but acknowledged it could be tough to pull off the play during the fourth quarter of a tight game.

''When I did it in practice I was pretty fresh,'' Wagner said.

Zimmer said he asked for an explanation of what happened but wasn't given one. He was told he couldn't challenge.

''Quite honestly, I didn't see what happened. I was told what happened,'' Zimmer said.

Seattle took possession and Russell Wilson immediately scrambled 40 yards deep into Minnesota territory. Five plays later, Carson scored and Seattle finally had a cushion. Two plays after that, Jacob Martin sacked Minnesota's Kirk Cousins and the ball popped to Coleman, who weaved his way for the clinching touchdown.

Cousins threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dalvin Cook with 1:10 remaining, but Seattle recovered the onside kick.

''I feel like all of our losses we, as an offense, we are so slow,'' Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said. ''Our defense is keeping us in games. And we're not pulling our side of the bargain.''

Wilson had one of the worst passing games of his career, completing 10 of 20 attempts for career-low 72 yards and a baffling interception late in the first half, one of the many mistakes by Seattle that allowed Minnesota to hang around. But Seattle's ground game was outstanding against one of the better run defenses in the NFL. The Seahawks finished with 214 yards rushing, led by 90 yards from Carson.

Sebastian Janikowski hit field goals of 37 and 35 yards to account for all of Seattle's scoring until the closing minutes.

''If you run it 40-something times, you ought to win. That was pretty good,'' Carroll said.

FOURTH QUARTER WOES

Minnesota hung around despite failing to run a play in Seattle territory until there was 4:16 left in the third quarter. Cousins was 20 of 33 for 208 yards, most of that coming late. But he failed to get the Vikings into the end zone from inside the Seattle 5 while trailing 6-0 early in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings had first-and-goal at the Seattle 4 but turned the ball over on downs with 9:06 remaining. Two short runs and an incompletion brought up fourth-and-goal at the 1, and Cousins' pass for Kyle Rudolph was knocked away by Bradley McDougald. Bailey's field goal was blocked on Minnesota's next drive.

REACHING 100

Minnesota fell to 0-6 when allowing its opponents to run for at least 100 yards. The Vikings came in to the week giving up 99 yards per game on the ground, good for seventh-best in the NFL. Seattle had 136 yards rushing in the first half.

OTHER CENTURY MARK

Thielen tied Cris Carter as the fastest Minnesota player to reach 100 receptions in a season, both accomplishing the feat in 13 games. Carter did it in 1994 when he finished the year with 122 catches. Thielen is the first Minnesota receiver to get to 100 catches since Randy Moss in 2003. But Thielen didn't get his first catch until midway through the third quarter. He finished with five catches for 70 yards.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: The Vikings return home to host Miami on Sunday.

Seattle: The Seahawks play their final road game Sunday at San Francisco.

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Key Players
K. Cousins 8 QB
208 PaYds, PaTD, 5 RuYds
12
FPTS
C. Carson 32 RB
90 RuYds, RuTD
15
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:10
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 1:10
K.Cousins pass short middle to D.Cook for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
70
yds
1:25
pos
6
21
Point After TD 2:35
S.Janikowski extra point is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 2:49
K.Cousins sacked at MIN 18 for -7 yards (J.Martin). FUMBLES (J.Martin) [J.Martin] RECOVERED by SEA-J.Coleman at MIN 29. J.Coleman for 29 yards TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
0
20
Two Point Conversion 2:53
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. R.Wilson pass to T.Lockett is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 2:53
G.Fant reported in as eligible. C.Carson up the middle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
63
yds
2:45
pos
0
12
Field Goal 13:26
S.Janikowski 35 yard field goal is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
8
plays
43
yds
3:39
pos
0
6
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 14:15
S.Janikowski 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
13
plays
70
yds
6:39
pos
0
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:11 31:49
1st Downs 16 19
Rushing 5 13
Passing 9 4
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 2-10 3-11
4th Down Conv 0-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 276 274
Total Plays 56 64
Avg Gain 4.9 4.3
Net Yards Rushing 77 214
Rush Attempts 21 42
Avg Rush Yards 3.7 5.1
Net Yards Passing 199 60
Comp. - Att. 20-33 10-20
Yards Per Pass 6.0 3.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-9 2-12
Penalties - Yards 4-51 4-45
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 1
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 5-39.2 5-44.0
Return Yards 64 17
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-17
Kickoffs - Returns 3-64 0-0
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 1/2 3/3
Extra Points 1/1 1/1
Field Goals 0/1 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-4 -25%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-3 -33%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Vikings 6-6-1 00077
Seahawks 8-5 0301821
199 PASS YDS 60
77 RUSH YDS 214
276 TOTAL YDS 274
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.6% 208 1 0 89.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.6% 3698 24 9 98.4
K. Cousins 20/33 208 1 0 12
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 55 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
87 367 0
D. Cook 13 55 0 13 13
A. Thielen 19 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 28 0
A. Thielen 1 8 0 8 7
K. Cousins 8 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 108 1
K. Cousins 3 5 0 4 12
S. Diggs 14 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 53 0
S. Diggs 1 5 0 5 7
L. Murray 25 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
114 470 5
L. Murray 3 4 0 2 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Diggs 14 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 76 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 88 915 6
S. Diggs 6 4 76 0 48 7
A. Thielen 19 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 70 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 103 1236 9
A. Thielen 7 5 70 0 35 7
D. Cook 33 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 28 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 222 2
D. Cook 7 5 28 1 17 13
L. Treadwell 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 295 1
L. Treadwell 3 3 16 0 7 1
T. Conklin 83 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 24 0
T. Conklin 2 1 11 0 11 1
K. Rudolph 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 470 2
K. Rudolph 5 2 7 0 5 0
A. Robinson 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 187 4
A. Robinson 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
H. Hill 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-5 1 0.0
H. Hill 7-1 0.0 0 0
A. Harris 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-11 3 0.0
A. Harris 6-2 0.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-12 0 1.0
A. Barr 5-2 1.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-20 0 1.0
L. Joseph 4-6 0.0 0 0
B. Gedeon 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-14 0 0.0
B. Gedeon 4-4 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-16 3 3.0
H. Smith 4-3 0.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-42 2 0.0
E. Kendricks 3-4 0.0 1 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-22 0 3.0
S. Richardson 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-18 0 12.0
D. Hunter 2-1 1.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-7 0 3.0
E. Griffen 2-1 0.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-4 1 0.0
X. Rhodes 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Siemian 3 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Siemian 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Weatherly 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-9 0 3.0
S. Weatherly 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-7 0 3.0
M. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 0 3.0
T. Johnson 0-2 0.0 0 0
J. Johnson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-7 0 0.0
J. Johnson 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
1
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
16/23 21/22
D. Bailey 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 42.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
58 44.5 24
M. Wile 5 42.6 1 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Abdullah 31 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 21.3 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 26.3 33 0
A. Abdullah 3 21.3 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
R. Wilson 3 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 72 0 1 37.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.6% 2788 29 6 111.0
R. Wilson 10/20 72 0 1 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Carson 32 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 90 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
179 794 5
C. Carson 22 90 1 11 15
R. Wilson 3 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 61 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 306 0
R. Wilson 7 61 0 40 8
R. Penny 20 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
81 413 2
R. Penny 8 44 0 17 4
M. Davis 27 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
93 418 3
M. Davis 3 22 0 13 2
T. Lockett 16 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 55 0
T. Lockett 2 -3 0 1 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Lockett 16 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 49 755 9
T. Lockett 6 5 42 0 14 6
N. Vannett 81 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 241 2
N. Vannett 1 1 12 0 12 1
G. Fant 74 T
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 9 0
G. Fant 1 1 9 0 9 0
M. Davis 27 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 139 1
M. Davis 1 1 5 0 5 2
E. Dickson 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 110 2
E. Dickson 1 1 4 0 4 0
J. Brown 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 150 5
J. Brown 1 1 0 0 0 0
D. Moore 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 413 5
D. Moore 5 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Flowers 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-11 0 0.0
T. Flowers 7-1 0.0 0 0
Sh. Griffin 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-5 2 0.0
Sh. Griffin 6-1 0.0 0 0
B. Wagner 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-45 1 1.0
B. Wagner 4-5 0.0 0 0
T. Thompson 33 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-15 1 0.0
T. Thompson 3-2 0.0 0 0
M. Kendricks 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-5 0 2.0
M. Kendricks 2-3 0.0 0 0
B. McDougald 30 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-10 3 0.0
B. McDougald 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Stephen 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-11 0 2.0
S. Stephen 2-0 0.0 0 0
F. Clark 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-8 1 11.0
F. Clark 2-2 1.0 0 0
B. Mingo 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-11 0 1.0
B. Mingo 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Ford 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
P. Ford 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Reed 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-13 0 6.0
J. Reed 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Jordan 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.0
D. Jordan 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Coleman 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-9 1 0.0
J. Coleman 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Martin 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
J. Martin 1-0 1.0 0 1
Q. Jefferson 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-8 0 2.0
Q. Jefferson 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Janikowski 11 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
18/22 38/40
S. Janikowski 2/2 37 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Dickson 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 44.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
60 48.3 23
M. Dickson 5 44.0 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lockett 16 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.7 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 5.5 19 0
T. Lockett 3 5.7 12 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 23 3:36 5 17 Punt
9:19 MIN 16 3:29 6 25 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 MIN 22 2:45 4 9 Punt
8:02 MIN 10 2:13 4 21 Punt
0:06 MIN 18 0:06 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:06 MIN 17 3:22 6 22 Punt
6:12 MIN 28 4:11 7 32 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 MIN 25 4:16 8 74 Downs
8:08 SEA 41 2:30 8 12 FG Miss
2:53 MIN 25 0:18 2 0 Fumble
2:35 MIN 30 1:25 6 70 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:24 SEA 20 2:05 3 9 Punt
5:50 SEA 11 6:39 13 70 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:26 SEA 23 3:24 7 27 Punt
5:49 SEA 40 5:43 13 59 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SEA 25 3:54 7 23 Punt
7:44 SEA 18 1:32 3 3 Punt
2:01 SEA 40 3:39 8 43 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:06 SEA 2 0:58 3 0 Punt
5:38 SEA 37 2:45 7 63 TD
1:10 SEA 46 1:10 2 -2 Game