Despite a late comeback bid by the Vikings, the Seahawks held on for a 37-30 win in a back-and-forth battle on “Monday Night Football.”
Minnesota (8-4) went into halftime with a 17-10 lead, keeping Seattle (10-2) and its raucous home crowd in check for most of the game’s first 30 minutes. The Seahawks were far from finished, though, ripping off 24 unanswered points, highlighted by a 60-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to David Moore late in the third quarter and a Rashaad Penny touchdown run following a Kirk Cousins interception.
The Vikings entered the night hoping to keep pace with the Packers in the NFC North division race and they nearly had enough to dig out of a 17-point hole in the final quarter. Laquon Treadwell was left alone for an easy 58-yard touchdown reception and then Kyle Rudolph had a one-handed snag in the end zone to bring Minnesota within one possession of the Seahawks with just over seven minutes to play.
The Vikings got the ball back with just over three minutes remaining, but that’s when Seattle’s defense stepped up. Minnesota opted to go for it on 4th-and-3 from their own 42 before the two-minute warning but Cousins’ pass to Irv Smith was off the mark. Chris Carson, who had a stellar day with 102 rushing yards and a touchdown, helped run out the clock to propel the Seahawks to the top spot in the NFC playoff hunt.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights of Vikings vs. Seahawks.
Vikings vs. Seahawks live score
Seahawks — 37
Vikings — 30
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)
5:18 — Anthony Harris 20-yard interception return (Vikings 14-7)
1:02 — Jason Myers 29-yard field goal (Vikings 14-10)
0:00 — Dan Bailey 47-yard field goal (Vikings 17-10)
9:02 — Rashaad Penny 1-yard rush (tied 17-17)
5:49 — Jason Myers 29-yard field goal (Seahawks 20-17)
0:13 — David Moore 60-yard reception (Seahawks 27-17)
13:30 — Rashaad Penny 13-yard reception (Seahawks 34-17)
12:59 — Laquon Treadwell 58-yard reception (Seahawks 34-24)
7:19 — Kyle Rudolph 3-yard reception (Seahawks 34-30)
0:21 — Myers 36-yard field goal (Seahawks 37-30)
Vikings vs. Seahawks updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
Final: Seahawks 37, Vikings 30
11:28 p.m.: The kickoff is fielded by C.J. Ham but the Seahawks force a fumble and Seattle recovers, putting the finishing touches on the win.
11:26 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SEAHAWKS. Carson is stopped on third down, setting up Myers’ 36-yard field goal with 21 seconds left. Seahawks 37, Vikings 30.
11:20 p.m.: Carson breaks between the tackle for an 11-yard gain for a first down as the clock strikes 2:00. Vikings have just one timeout left.
11:17 p.m.: Cousins’ pass is incomplete and the Vikings will turn it over on downs.
11:17 p.m.: Minnesota is faced with a 4th-and-3 with 2:31 remaining from their own 42.
11:14 p.m.: Rudolph has a 19-yard reception to move the chains right off the bat for the Vikings.
11:13 p.m.: Metcalf is unable to weave his way for the first down on the screen play. Vikings should get the ball back with three minutes and change remaining.
11:11 p.m.: Wilson tries his signature scramble but is tripped up and taken down for a 13-yard loss to make it third-and-19 with just over four minutes to go.
11:06 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, VIKINGS. Kyle Rudolph extends for out a one-handed snag to reel in a touchdown score and make it a one-possession game with seven minutes to play. The extra-point attempt is brutally missed, though. Seahawks 34, Vikings 30.
11:03 p.m.: Tre Flowers is called for pass interference, allowing the Vikings to set up shop at the Seattle 25.
10:56 p.m.: Metcalf comes up a first-down grab but the football is jarred loose by the Vikings and is recovered by Minnesota. The officials, however, rule it as an incomplete pass. After review, the play is decided to be a fumble after all.
10:52 p.m.: The Vikings stop the Seahawks but Pete Carroll pulls out a fake punt that goes for 29 yards to the Minnesota 39.
10:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, VIKINGS. The Seahawks have massively broken coverage and Cousins finds Laquon Treadwell for a 58-yard touchdown score to slow the momentum. Seahawks 34, Vikings 24.
10:39 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, SEAHAWKS. Wilson dumps off to Penny out of the shotgun and Penny breaks a series of tackles en route for the score. Seahawks have scorched the Vikings for 24 unanswered points. Seahawks 34, Vikings 17.
10:36 p.m.: Cousins’ pass to Diggs is juggled and then picked off by Tre Flowers at the Minnesota 25. Danger time for the Vikings.
End of third quarter: Seahawks 27, Vikings 17
10:30 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, SEAHAWKS. David Moore is left wide open and Wilson hits him with a perfectly-placed ball for a 60-yard touchdown with five seconds to play in the quarter. Seahawks 27, Vikings 17.
10:24 p.m.: Seattle shuts down Minnesota after just five plays, forcing another punt.
10:17 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SEAHAWKS. Myers connects on a 29-yard attempt to give the Seahawks their first lead of the night off the Vikings turnover. Seahawks 20, Vikings 17.
10:07 p.m.: Seattle forces Cook to fumble and Bradley McDougald is on it at the Vikings 26. Big momentum shift for the Seahawks.
10:03 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, SEAHAWKS. Rashaad Penny takes a shotgun pitch in from a yard out to cap off the scoring drive. Vikings 17, Seahawks 17.
10:02 p.m.: First-and-goal for the Seahawks after a 25-yard Carson run and a late-hit penalty on Xavier Rhodes.
10 p.m.: Metcalf’s 8-yard reception gets Seattle across midfield and into Vikings territory.
9:50 p.m.: Cousins is stripped on third down as the ball rolls loose but the Vikings fall on it. Minnesota will punt from its own 9.
9:48 p.m.: A touchback gets the second half started and the Vikings will start from their 25.
Halftime: Vikings 17, Seahawks 10
Possession: Seahawks 18:40, Vikings 11:20
First downs: Seahawks 11, Vikings 9
Third downs: Vikings 4-6, Seahawks 3-6
Total yards: Seahawks 182, Vikings 180
Rushing yards: Seahawks 85, Vikings 55
Passing yards: Vikings 125, Seahawks 97
Penalties: Vikings 1-10, Seahawks 0-0
Turnovers: Vikings 0, Seahawks 1
9:34 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, VIKINGS. Dan Bailey’s 47-yard attempt is through the uprights and Minnesota heads to the locker room with a touchdown lead in Seattle. Vikings 17, Seahawks 10.
9:34 p.m.: Cousins completes a pair of quick seconds to get Minnesota to the Seattle 30 with exactly a second left. Vikings are setting up for the field goal.
9:31 p.m.: Cook gets to the Seattle 49 on a screen play with 12 seconds remaining. Vikings take a timeout.
9:26 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SEAHAWKS. Jason Myers converts a 29-yard field goal to bring the Seahawks within four with 58 seconds before half. Vikings 14, Seahawks 10.
9:20 p.m.: Seattle is back in the red zone after Rashaad Penny’s 13-yard run to the Vikings 12.
9:13 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, VIKINGS. Minnesota deflects Wilson’s pass and Wilson attempted to bat the pass down but instead knocks the ball back up to Anthony Harris who makes the interception and cashes it in for the touchdown. Vikings 14, Seahawks 7.
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.