Seattle Sehawks Brave The Cold, Advance After Hooked FG
The Seattle Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings and 50,000 football fans braved the treacherous weather conditions Sunday for the NFL Wild Card playoff game in Minneapolis. The temperature at TFC Bank Stadium was -6 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -25.Advertisement
It was reportedly the third-coldest game in NFL history and coldest in Vikings’ history. Amidst the cold, the Seahawks escaped with a 10-9 victory to advance to the NFC Divisional Round where they’ll face the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte next Sunday. |Box Score|
The victory was sealed after Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal that would have given the home team a 12-10 lead with 22 seconds left. The Seattle Seahawks were in big trouble heading into the fourth quarter, trailing 9-0 before Russell Wilson’s short TD pass to Doug Baldwin early in the fourth quarter. In the next possession, Adrian Peterson fumbled for the Vikings, setting up a game-clinching field goal by Steven Hauschka. (WATCH Video Highlights above)
With 1:42 left in the game, the Vikings drove deep into Seattle’s territory aided by a pass interference penalty on Kam Chancellor. As the Vikings drained the clock for what appeared to be an inevitable victory, Walsh missed the winner after making all three of his earlier attempts. It was heartbreak all around as Minnesota’s season came to a crashing end.
“A lot of people would’ve folded up and said, ‘That’s it,’ but we’ve got a team full of fighters,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said, while praising his team’s ability to bounce back from a 9-0 deficit.
Pete Carroll, the Seattle Seahawks coach, acknowledged that his team enjoyed good fortune. “I think we were fortunate that we got the win. A lot of those times, guys make those kicks. There’s a high percentage that they make them, but you’ve still got to do it.”
Seattle will now face Carolina Panthers next Sunday. Back on October 18, the Panthers defeated Seattle Seahawks 27-23 in a thrilling road victory. It is expected to be another grueling contest.