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Quick hits: Walsh’s miss ends Vikings’ comeback attempt in playoff loss to Seahawks

By Andrew Krammer

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings had more than a chance.

They had what looked like a certainty. Blair Walsh lined up for the go-ahead, 27-yard field goal and missed wide left, sending the Vikings (11-6) into the offseason with a wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Walsh misses — Kicker Blair Walsh’s redemptive regular season looked to be carried into the postseason. He made 3-of-3 kicks, giving the Vikings their only points of the game until he missed the potential game winner with less than 30 seconds remaining. He pushed a 27-yard attempt wide left to seal the Vikings’ loss.

Big-play Rudolph — Down 10-9, the Vikings regained possession with less than two minutes to go. And consecutive plays to tight end Kyle Rudolph proved to be the difference. First, Rudolph worked past safety Kam Chancellor and drew contact. Teddy Bridgewater attempted the pass just in time, turning a would-be hold into a 19-yard pass interference. He found Rudolph again for a 24-yard completion down the sideline, putting the Vikings in field goal position.

Mistake-free, until… — The Vikings played mistake-free football through three quarters, incurring just one penalty and not turning it over. They carried a 9-0 lead into the fourth quarter, until Russell Wilson turned a botched snap into a 35-yard completion. He then targeted cornerback Josh Robinson and came away with a touchdown to Doug Baldwin. On the next drive, running back Adrian Peterson had the ball punched out on a reception in the fourth quarter. Peterson’s fourth lost fumble of the season — his most since 2009 — gave the Seahawks a premium possession in Vikings’ territory. They turned that into a 46-yard field goal and 10-9 lead with roughly eight minutes left in the game.

Defensive struggle — The Vikings shutout the Seahawks in the first half, leading 6-0 heading into intermission. Everson Griffen led a disruptive defensive line, with Wilson left scrambling throughout the game. Without Marshawn Lynch or Thomas Rawls, the Vikings largely shut down Christine Michael and forced the Seahawks to be one-dimensional. The Seahawks only found the end zone when cornerbacks Terence Newman (ankle) and Trae Waynes (wrist) left to injury. Josh Robinson entered and allowed the Seahawks’ lone touchdown in the flat to Doug Baldwin.

Brief RB swap — Following the fumble, Peterson returned on the next drive and took one carry for one yard. Trailing 10-9, the Vikings gained possession with roughly five minutes left. Instead of Peterson, Jerick McKinnon took over at running back as the NFL’s leading rusher remained on the sideline donning a coat. Peterson returned in the Vikings’ comeback drive, starting at their own 39-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. Peterson took 23 carries for 45 yards on the day. McKinnon caught three passes for 22 yards, but allowed a sack in the fourth quarter to force 3rd-and-long.

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Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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