One more yard. One more stop.
All that stood between the Minnesota Vikings and their second win of the season was one more play made. Instead, it was MVP candidate Russell Wilson making the plays for Seattle, and the undefeated Seahawks escaped a rain-soaked CenturyLink Field with a 27-26 win over Minnesota on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Trailing by five points, the veteran quarterback led his team on a 13-play, 94-yard drive, ending with a 6-yard strike to DK Metcalf to take the lead with 15 seconds left in the game.
Seattle had the opportunity to close out the game because the Vikings failed to seal the game on offense. With just a half-yard to go on fourth down deep in Seahawk territory, backup running back Alexander Mattison was stuffed at the line of scrimmage, turning the ball over to Seattle for their final drive.
"If we get the half a yard, we win the game," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. "I told them in the headset 'we didn't come here for this, let's go win it.'"
Seattle came up on the winning side of many pivotal plays down the stretch, but it was Minnesota that dominated the beginning of the game.
The Vikings took a 13-0 lead into the locker room thanks to timely third- and fourth-down conversions. Dalvin Cook fought through several tackles early on and was rewarded with an 8-yard touchdown.
But a flurry of three Seattle scores in the third quarter erased the lead for Minnesota, aided by a pair of Kirk Cousins turnovers. Wilson connected with Metcalf after a Cousins fumble, then Chris Carson had a 29-yard touchdown run following a Cousins interception.
"We had two turnovers, they had two short fields," Zimmer said. "I think the one touchdown they ran in, I think guys were frustrated, trying to strip the ball instead of making the tackle.
"Seattle makes their living off turnovers, that's how they win games."
To compound Minnesota's third-quarter struggles, running back Dalvin Cook exited the game with a leg injury. Mattison filled in admirably in the loss, rushing for 112 yards.
"We can be a dang good football team," said receiver Adam Thielen, who had 80 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the loss. "You saw it tonight, you saw it the last couple weeks. We just need to finish, make one more play."