Final Score: Vikings 24, Seahawks 13
Sage Rosenfels entered the game for Minnesota with about 12 minutes left in the game. He completed five of the six passes he attempted on the drive for 71 yards. On fourth-and-4 from the Seattle 25, Minnesota went for it and threw a pass into the corner for Javon Walker, who made a juggling catch over Walter Thurmond and before safety Jamar Adams could come crashing over.
Some guy wearing the No. 81 made a 42-yard catch in the fourth quarter, and I had to look at the roster to realize it was Golden Tate. Oh yeah, he does play for this team. You just may not have seen him too much. He gave Seattle the ball at midfield, but two consecutive incompletions and then Charlie Whitehurst threw a pretty bad interception that was picked off by Marcus Sherels. Whitehurst gets credit for preventing the touchdown with the tackle.
The Vikings scored on a 7-yard pass to Ryan D’Imperio with 2:48 to go ahead by double digits.
Minnesota begins the third quarter with — what else — a third-down conversion. The Vikings converted four of eight third-down plays in the first half and converted a third-and-3 to begin the second half.
And then Brett Favre gets picked off on an interception that can only be described as one of those “What the hell?” kind of throws that Favre makes. You can almost see it working. He’s like, “So last drive of the first half, we grind it out 16 plays on our leather behinds, and get a field goal. Do I really want to do that again? Nah. What the hell, I’m going deep.”
And that might have worked against Marcus Trufant last year. Heck, you couldn’t blame a quarterback for deciding to huck it deep. But this is Trufant circa 2010 and he ran Greg Camarillo’s route better than Camarillo did. Either that or he was just faster because he settled under the ball and picked it off.
The first play of the next possession was a 42-yard pass to Mike Williams, and Seahawk fans can be forgiven if they didn’t quite know what it looks like to see a wide receiver gain yards after the catch, but that’s what it looks like. There’s even a term for it. YAC = Yards after catch. Not that folks in Seattle needed to know that the past couple of years for all that’s happened.
The drive ended with Olindo Mare’s 34-yard field goal, kicked with 12:25 left in the third quarter.
Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck has been taking more hits as the game has progressed, and he was sacked by Letroy Guion to end Seattle’s second possession of the second half.
Tarvaris Jackson came on to replace Brett Favre as starting quarterback midway through the third quarter.
Charlie Whitehurst came on to replace Matt Hasselbeck with just under 6 minutes left in the game. Hasselbeck finished the game 9-for-17 passing for 126 yards. He was not intercepted.
The biggest deficiency for Seattle in this game other than third-down defense has been special-teams coverage. Asher Allen returned a punt 35 yards in the third quarter, and there was a 73-yard kickoff return in the second quarter that set up Minnesota’s first touchdown of the game.
Summary: Seattle was outgained 223 yards to 98 yards in the first half yet was still tied.
Wow, Earl Thomas is fast. Like really fast. Like so fast he really didn’t even put a move on Brett Favre so much as change directions.
Thomas intercepted a pass that was deflected and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown.
Darius Raynaud answered Thomas’ interception with a 73-yard kickoff return, and Adrian Peterson scored on a 24-yard run, bouncing off a hit from cornerback Josh Wilson and Earl Thomas.
A worthwhile note: Leon Washington returned the kickoff after Peterson’s touchdown so that’s a role you can expect to see him in.
With 11 minutes left in the first half, Seattle gained its first first down in more than 18 minutes with a completion to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and then the Seahawks went and did it again with a 42-yard completion to Deion Branch.
Mansfield Wrotto’s name was finally mentioned with 10:05 left in the second quarter. He was penalized for a false start, and it should be stated clearly that he has played quite well so far.
Olindo Mare kicked a 38-yard field goal with 8:26 left in the first half, putting Seattle ahead 10-7.
Green Bay tied the score with 1:12 left in the first half on a 28-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell. That capped a 16-play drive.
Summary: Brett Favre passed for more than 80 yards in the first quarter. Matt Hasselbeck didn’t even pass for 20. The Vikings drove the length of the field while Seattle failed to gain a first down after its first offensive play from scimmage. But the score remained 0-0 as Seattle had one takeaway when Chris Clemons sacked Brett Favre, forcing a fumble, and then stopped the Vikings on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 2 in the final 2 minutes of the period.
For the second consecutive year, the Metrodome’s wireless speed has serious, serious issues. We’re eschewing the Live Chat! for that reason. Sorry.
Instead, we bring you a more traditional game thread with Lofa Tatupu starting at middle linebacker, his first game this month.
The Seahawks gained one first down on their first possession, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck remained upright throughout the four plays Seattle ran from scrimmage.
Minnesota’s first possession ended when Chris Clemons sacks Brett Favre, forcing a fumble that is recovered by Colin Cole, giving Seattle the ball at the Green Bay 28.
Three running plays to Leon Washington produced 9 yards rushing. Olindo Mare made a 38-yard field-goal attempt on fourth down, but a 5-yard penalty pushed it back for a 43-yard attempt, which Mare missed wide right.
After two possessions, Seattle has run seven offensive plays, completed one of three passes and missed a field-goal attempt.
Aaron Curry’s name is called for the first time in the game halfway through the first quarter. Unfortunately for him, it is for an offsides penalty after he was unimpeded to the quarterback. He assisted on the tackle of Adrian Peterson on the next play.
“Welcome to the Target red zone.” That’s what the PA announcer said after a 5-yard completion to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe put Minnesota at the Seattle 18. Yes, even scoring opportunities can be sold in the NFL.
Seattle made a goal-line stand to keep the game scoreless, stopping Minnesota on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 2. The Vikings handed off to Adrian Peterson for that play and Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane got penetration. Peterson was stopped for no gain and Seattle took over on downs.