After sinking three field goals earlier in the game, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh had a chance to send his team to the Divisional Round to take on the Arizona Cardinals.
To the horror of Vikings players and fans in an ice-encrusted US Bank Stadium, Walsh yanked his 27-yard kick left of the uprights, shocking the Seahawks and helping them snatch a fortuitous win.
“Crazy things happen in the playoffs,” said Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. ”It was an ugly game, we didn’t play very good on offense. That’s on me. I take the blame for that. We’ve got to be better, but look, we kept battling. You’ve got to keep battling in the playoffs. You’ve got to keep battling every opportunity you’ve got. Our defense was lights-out for us tonight. They made so many big plays for us that kept us in the game.”
The Seahawks rallied from nine points down late in the third quarter to take the lead in a game that had kicked off with temperatures at minus six degrees Fahrenheit (minus 21 Celsius) – the third coldest game in NFL history.
Although the final box score will show this as a win for the Seahawks, the Vikings simply handed them the game. Failing to maintain their two-score advantage and kick a routine field goal to win the game, this is a loss that will forever haunt the Vikings.
At this point, the only thing Vikings players and fans can do is hope it serves as motivation for next season.