Vikings Hang On for First Win of the Season at Home

Vikings Hang On for First Win of the Season at Home

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Vikings Hang On for First Win of the Season at Home

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Good fortune was on the side of the Minnesota Vikings in their 30-17 home-opening win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. The Vikings jumped to 1-2 on the season with the win.

The defense prevailed late for the Vikings because they held off a “Hail Mary” attempt from the Seahawks with less than three minutes to play in the game. The Seahawks were forced to use all of their timeouts, and they simply ran out of time against the Vikings.

The Seahawks took an early 7-0 lead when D.K. Metcalf caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson in the first quarter. The Vikings answered back on the next drive with a Tyler Conklin touchdown in the red zone at the 6:37 mark in the first quarter.

The Vikings had trouble slowing down the Seahawks in the second quarter when Chris Carson rushed for a 30-yard touchdown. The Seahawks led the Vikings, 17-7, following the score.

With 5:28 left in the first half, Adam Thielen extended his touchdown streak to three games. The Vikings trailed the Seahawks, 17-14, following the touchdown. Soon after the touchdown, Jason Myers’ 37-consecutive made field goals streak was snapped after a missed field goal attempt towards the end of the first half.

Justin Jefferson gave the Vikings a 21-17 lead in the final seconds before halftime with a three-yard touchdown. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for three first-half touchdowns in back-to-back games. This was the sixth time he passed for three first-half touchdowns in his career.

In the third quarter, Vikings kicker Greg Joseph heard the jeers from last week, and he converted a 43-yard field goal. The Vikings led the Seahawks, 24-17. The Vikings’ defensive end Everson Griffen recorded his first sack of the season in the third quarter. This was Griffen’s first sack as a member of the Vikings since December 2019. The defense applied pressure on Wilson for most of the game.

Alexander Mattison filled in nicely for Dalvin Cook, as he went on a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter that set up a nice drive for the Vikings. That drive ended in a 20-yard field goal that gave the Vikings a 30-17 lead with 4:31 left in the game. The game was all but over after the Vikings ate up the clock and added that score.

Cousins tossed three touchdowns for 323 passing yards. Mattison had a great replacement performance as he rushed for 112 yards on 26 attempts on the ground.

The Vikings are back at home next Sunday when the Cleveland Browns come to town. Kickoff will take place at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Michael Daly is the Minnesota Vikings Beat Writer for TWSN and can be followed on Instagram and Twitter @michaelbraydaly.

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