Indianapolis Star
National Football League
Seattle 21, Minnesota 7
When: 8:15 PM ET, Monday, December 10, 2018
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Temperature: 48°
Head Official: Brad Allen
Attendance: 69007

Chris Carson rushed for a touchdown and Justin Coleman returned a fumble 29 yards for a score, both in the final three minutes, as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the visiting Minnesota Vikings 21-7 Monday night.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked two field goals as the Seahawks (8-5) won their fourth in a row and extended their lead in the race for the NFC's first wild card to 1 1/2 games over the Vikings (6-6-1). Minnesota lost for the third time in four games.

The Seahawks rushed for 214 yards, including a 40-yard scamper by quarterback Russell Wilson on Seattle's lone touchdown drive. Carson's 2-yard run with 2:53 remaining gave Seattle a 14-0 lead. Carson finished with a game-high 90 rushing yards on 22 attempts.

On the Vikings' second play from scrimmage after Carson's touchdown, Jacob Martin sacked Kirk Cousins and the ball popped loose. Coleman recovered it and racing down the sideline for a score.

Minnesota's only touchdown came on a 6-yard pass from Cousins to Dalvin Cook with 1:10 left.

The Vikings had 276 yards of total offense -- 2 more yards than the Seahawks' total. Cousins completed 20 of 33 passes for 208 yards, and Cook rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries.

Wilson connected on 10 of 20 passes for 72 yards.

After Janikowski kicked his second field goal of the game, a 35-yarder to make it 6-0 with 13:22 remaining in the game, the Vikings used a 48-yard pass from Cousins to Stefon Diggs to finally reach the red zone.

Minnesota got a first down at Seattle's 4-yard line. Latavius Murray rushed for 2 yards before Cousins' pass toward the back corner of the end zone was long. Cook rushed for 1 yard on third down, setting up fourth-and-goal. Cousins' pass over the middle for tight end Kyle Rudolph near the back of the end zone was knocked away by Seattle safety Bradley McDougald.

The Vikings attempted a field goal on their next possession, but Dan Bailey's 47-yard try was blocked by Bobby Wagner.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Seahawks got a 37-yard field goal from Janikowski with 14:11 left in the second, capping a 13-play, 70-yard drive.

Seattle moved into the red zone again in the final two minutes of the first half but came up empty, as Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks intercepted a pass that Wilson was trying to throw away after losing his footing.

The Seahawks played without their top wide receiver, Doug Baldwin, who was sidelined due to a hip injury.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
Minnesota   Seattle
Dalvin Cook Player Chris Carson
13 Attempts 22
55 Yards 90
4.2 Avg Yards 4.1
0 Touchdowns 1
13 Long 11
Receiving
Minnesota   Seattle
Stefon Diggs Player Tyler Lockett
4 Receptions 5
76 Yards 42
19.0 Avg Yards 8.4
0 Touchdowns 0
48 Long 14
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Minnesota 276 77 199 1 0 1 2.0 0
Seattle 274 214 60 2 2 0 2.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • Seattle will play their next game on the road against San Francisco. The Seahawks have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Miami. The Vikings have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .600 after a loss.