December is upon us, which means the NFL playoff picture is getting tighter, making the “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Vikings (8-3) and Seahawks (9-2) hugely important for the NFC standings.
Take Seattle’s current playoff situation, for example: The Seahawks enter Monday fifth in the NFC playoff bracket, which would mean a road wild-card game against the Cowboys. A win over the Vikings, though, would elevate Seattle all the way up to the No. 2 seed with a first-round bye and guaranteed home game in the divisional round.
The Vikings, meanwhile, can keep pace with the Packers for the NFC North divisional lead with a win and inch closer to a potential winner-take-all meeting with Green Bay in Week 16.
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Needless to say, a single game can significantly impact a team’s outlook for the remainder of the season, and Monday’s battle in Seattle is no exception.
There figures to be plenty of points on the board as the Seahawks and Vikings ranks sixth and seventh, respectively, in points per game this season. Both quarterbacks have been lighting it up recently as well: Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins have combined for 34 passing touchdowns and just four interceptions since October. The stronger passing defense could be the decider.
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Vikings vs. Seahawks scoring plays
8:16 — Dalvin Cook 2-yard rush (Vikings 7-0)
0:14 — Chris Carson 1-yard rush (tied 7-7)
Vikings vs. Seahawks updates, highlights
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9:08 p.m.: Cousins is flushed out of the pocket and has to throw it away, ending Minnesota’s drive at their own 42. Another punt coming.
8:58 p.m.: Wilson finds Jacob Hollister on third down but he is caught a yard short of the first down. Seattle will punt it back.
8:53 p.m.: Seahawks lock up the Vikings on third down near midfield to get the stop. Minnesota will punt it away.
End of first quarter: Vikings 7, Seahawks 7
8:44 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, SEAHAWKS. Carson plunges in for a walk-in 1-yard touchdown to answer the Vikings score. Vikings 7, Seahawks 7.
8:42 p.m.: Russell Wilson’s quick pass to D.K. Metcalf has Seattle set up at the 1 after a 19-yard gain.
8:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, VIKINGS. Dalvin Cook receives a toss from the 2-yard line and makes his way in for the score with ease. Stefon Diggs’ 27-yard end-around run on the prior play helped set up the touchdown. Vikings 7, Seahawks 0.
8:24 p.m.: Cousins is under massive pressure but dumps it off to C. J. Ham for 36 yards to the Seattle 38. Big play for the Vikings on their opening drive.
8:23 p.m.: Carson makes his way to the medical tent and Seattle punts it away. Kirk Cousins and the Vikings are set to get going on offense.
8:20 p.m.: Seattle tries to establish the run on its first drive but the Vikings stop a toss to Chris Carson on third-and-1 near midfield. Carson is down and being attended to by the medical staff.
8:16 p.m.: The Vikings kick off and the Seahawks will get started at the 27.