For much of their Week 5 “Sunday Night Football” game, things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Seahawks, yet somehow they still managed to steal a 27-26 victory from the Vikings thanks to a late touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to D.K. Metcalf.
Wilson, who looked like the league MVP front-runner in the first four weeks, struggled mightily in the first half as Minnesota controlled the time of possession; it nearly doubling Seattle for the game, too (39:28 vs. 20:32). The Vikings’ slow, steady approach seemed to do a great job of stifling Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense.
At least until midway through the third quarter, when Seattle put up 21 points in less than two minutes. Wilson was finally able to get something going in the deep passing game, hitting tight end Will Dissly for a 19-yard TD over the top to cut Seattle’s deficit to 13-7. On the ensuing Vikings possession, Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright recovered a fumble in Minnesota territory, setting up another quick touchdown strike from Wilson to Metcalf, giving Seattle its first lead at 14-13. On the first play of the next Vikings drive, Wright picked off a Kirk Cousins pass. That set up a 29-yard touchdown run by Chris Carson, giving the Seahawks a 21-13 lead.
The Vikings were able to withstand that avalanche, though, and they retook the lead with 7:08 remaining in the fourth quarter Adam Thielen’s second receiving touchdown of the night, a 6-yarder from Cousins, to cap a 97-yard drive. And after Eric Wilson picked off Russell Wilson, it looked as if the Vikings might be able to run out the clock.
They went with what worked all night long: the slow, ground-and-pound attack. They got deep into Seattle territory. On fourth-and-1 from the 6, Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer opted to try to end the game and went for it. The Seahawks’ defense made the stop with 1:57 left on the clock, giving Wilson one last chance to further legitimize his MVP candidacy.
Wilson did just that, leading the Seattle offense 95 yards with clutch throw after clutch throw, finally finding Metcalf across the middle of the end zone on fourth-and-goal to give the Seahawks a 27-26 lead with 20 seconds remaining.
After a failed 2-point conversion try, Minnesota just needed a field goal. But as Cousins wound up to throw a Hail Mary, the ball was knocked loose and ruled a fumble with no time remaining, ending the game.
Wilson finished a modest 20-of-32 passing for 217 yards with three TDs and an interception, while also adding 58 yards rushing. It was his worst outing of the season, but he once again proved his ability to come through in the clutch, thanks in large part to his favorite target. Metcalf finished with six catches for 93 yards and two TDs.
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Seahawks vs. Vikings score
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11:28 p.m. — FINAL : Seahawks 27, Vikings 26. Cousins’ arm is hit before he can release a Hail Mary and it’s ruled a fumble with no time remaining.
11:24 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, SEAHAWKS. Holy cow. Wilson hits D.K. Metcalf across the middle of the end zone on fourth-and-goal and Seattle takes a 27-26 lead with 15 seconds left. The 2-point conversion try is no good.
11:23 p.m. — Seahawks use their final timeout. It’s fourth and goal from the 6-yard line with 20 seconds left.
11:15 p.m. — Minnesota goes for it on fourth down and Seattle gets the stop. Seahawks take over at their own 5-yard line, 1:57 left to play.
11:11 p.m. — 2-minute Warning. It’s fourth down and 1, Vikings’ ball at the Seattle 6-yard line.
11:10 p.m. — Minnesota uses its first timeout. It’s third down and 4, Vikings’ ball at the Seattle 9-yard line with 2:35 remaining.
11:02 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Eric Wilson picks off Russell Wilson’s pass and the Vikings take over at midfield with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter.
10:55 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. Cousins finds Thielen again, this time for a 6-yard TD. Minnesota leads 26-21 with 7:08 left in the fourth quarter.
10:47 p.m. — Seattle uses its first timeout with 10:25 left in the fourth quarter. Minnesota has it, third and 3 at the Seahawks’ 35-yard line.
10:38 p.m. — END OF 3Q: Seahawks 21, Vikings 19. Minnesota has it, second and 8 at its own 5-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
10:37 p.m. — Seahawks punt from plus territory again, and Ott downs this one at the 3-yard line. Minnesota ball, 19 seconds left in the third quarter.
10:30 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. Cousins bounces back and leads a scoring drive as he hits Thielen for a 3-yard TD. Minnesota fails on the 2-point conversion and Seattle leads 21-19 with 3:39 left in the third quarter.
10:21 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS. Chris Carson rumbles forward for a 29-yard TD and now Seattle leads 21-13 with 8:02 remaining in the third quarter. Boy, that escalated quickly.
10:20 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Seahawks get the ball right back as KJ Wright comes up with a one-handed pick at the Minnesota 36-yard line with 8:19 left in the third quarter.
10:18 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS. Wilson hits DK Metcalf for a 13-yard TD and the Seahawks lead 14-13 with 8:19 left in the third quarter.
10:15 p.m. — Huge break for the Seahawks as they successfully challenge and recover a fumble at Minnesota’s 15-yard line, 8:58 left in the third quarter.
10:04 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS. Wilson goes over the top to Will Dissly for a 19-yard TD. Vikings’ lead is cut to 13-7 with 9:55 remaining in the third quarter.
10 p.m. — The Seahawks defense is able to force a stop and Seattle gets the ball at its own 42-yard line with 11:37 left in the third quarter.
9:55 p.m. — Another Seattle punt starts off the second half. Minnesota takes over at its own 15-yard line, 13:05 left in the third quarter.
9:35 p.m. — HALF: Vikings 13, Seahawks 0.
9:32 p.m. — Cousin’s pass to Adam Thielen in the back of the end zone is broken up on third down. Bailey hits a 46-yard field goal and the Vikings lead 13-0 with 10 seconds left in the half.
9:29 p.m. — Vikings use their last timeout. They have the ball, second and 7 at the Seattle 28-yard line with 24 seconds remaining in the half.
9:22 p.m. — Seattle goes three and out. Rough night so far for Wilson. Minnesota gets the ball back at its 15-yard line with 1:54 remaining in the half.
9:15 p.m. — Minnesota punts for the first time tonight after a big third and 1 stop by Jarran Reed. Seattle has the ball at its 40-yard line, 3:14 left in the half.
9:10 p.m. — Two drives, two punts for Seattle. Hard to get in a rythm when you barely see the ball. Minnesota gets it back at its 12-yard line, 5:28 left in the half.
9:01 p.m. — Another long drive for the Vikings ends with a 52-yard field goal by Dan Bailey. Minnesota leads 10-0 with 8:33 left in the half.
8:51 p.m. — End of 1Q: Vikings 7, Seahawks 0. Minnesota has the ball, first and 10 at its own 41-yard line.
8:45 p.m. — Seattle stalls out in Minnesota territory. Michael Dickson’s punt is downed by Tyler Ott at the 2-yard line, 3:46 left in the opening quarter.
8:33 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. A nice lengthy Minnesota drive ends with an 8-yard TD run by Dalvin Cook. Vikings lead 7-0 with 8:48 remaining in the first quarter.
8:25 p.m. — Vikings get the ball to start the game. Looks like typical ugly Seattle weather tonight.
7:30 p.m. — Russell Wilson was rocking a Sue Bird jersey as he arrived to the game. Expect him to throw some dimes tonight.
( Updates will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET )
Packers vs. Saints start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|
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