Another late reader. Another hit by Wilson. Another victory for the Seahawks.
“I don’t know how anyone could be better than what they keep showing us in these situations,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s as good as you can get. ”
Wilson capped a 94-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf at fourth base with 15 seconds left, and the Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-26 on Sunday night.
Seattle improved to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, with Wilson delivering more prime-time magic and another late comeback on a soggy October night in an empty stadium.
Over the course of his career, Wilson has won 34 career winning games when tied for or behind in the fourth quarter and overtime – regular season and playoffs combined.
And it will be among his best.
“I think that’s one of the three or four most impressive things I’ve seen about this team,” Seattle linebacker KJ Wright said.
Wilson finished 20 of 32 for 217 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn’t his best performance – he had a pass intercepted by Eric Wilson on a reckless attempt midway through the fourth – but he made key throws late.
Seattle’s last practice included a fourth and 10 conversion on a 39-yard pass to Metcalf early in possession. Seattle appeared to get a winning touchdown at Metcalf on second base, but he lost the ball as it was touched from behind. Given another chance on the fourth and the goal, Metcalf opened the cut through the end zone and Wilson threw a fastball into a small opening.
“It happened at a clutch moment… and I just saw DK running across the field and I just tried to zoom him in there in a narrow window,” Wilson said. “He just had an incredible capture, an incredible game. ”
Kirk Cousins of Minnesota finished 27 of 39 for 249 yards and two TD assists in the second period to Adam Thielen. Alexander Mattison rushed for a career-high 112 yards in place of Dalvin Cook after sustaining a groin injury in opening possession in the second period. But Mattison was stopped fourth and 1 at Seattle 6 with 1:57 to go, setting the stage for another Wilson comeback.
It’s a decision by Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer that will certainly be called into question. A basket would have given Minnesota a 29-21 lead and forced Seattle to score a touchdown and a 2-point conversion just to force overtime.
Instead, the Vikings (1-4) were marked with another crushing loss in a difficult start to the season.
“It was about half a meter. If we get the half yard, we win the game. So I was trying to win it, ”Zimmer said. “I told them on the helmet, ‘We didn’t come here for this. Let’s go win. ”
Meanwhile, the Seahawks are entering their week off with the best start in franchise history. Even the 2013 team that won the franchise’s only Super Bowl title started 5-0.
It didn’t look like another Wilson return was possible with Minnesota leading 13-0 at halftime. But Seattle suddenly ignited in the third quarter, with a 21-point shoot-off that took less than 2 minutes. Wilson hit Will Dissly and Metcalf on TD passes sandwiched around a Cousins fumble. After Cousins’ pass was intercepted by Wright, Chris Carson scolded 29 yards and Seattle had a 21-13 lead.
It only took eight games combined and suddenly a 13-point deficit was an eight-point lead.
But Cousins did not bow. Mattison proved to be a more than capable replacement for Cook, and Cousins got hot. He was 6 of 8 for 64 yards and a 3-yard TD pass to Theilen in Minnesota’s next practice, reducing the deficit to 21-19.
After Seattle kicked a second time inside Vikings territory, Cousins led 97 yards to Minnesota, capping the run with a 6-yard pass to Thielen. The 15-game drive was 8 minutes behind and gave Minnesota a 26-21 lead with 7:08 remaining.
On both drives combined, Cousins finished 10 of 13 for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
“Lots of pieces that we would love to have back, and that’s kind of the nature of this business when you lose,” Cousins said.
KEEP COOKING (ING)
Cook’s TD run in the first quarter has given him a TD in every game this season. He joined Mike Evans and Tyreek Hill as the only player to score in each of the first five games of the season. Cook is the first Minnesota player to accomplish the feat since Randy Moss in 2004. But he left in the third quarter with a groin injury. He tried to come back for a game, but ran cautiously and stayed on the sidelines for the rest of the game.
Zimmer said Cook would have an MRI on Monday.
STREAK THE CLOSURE
Seattle was shut out in the first half for the 10th time in Carroll’s tenure. This is the first time the Seahawks have won. They were 0-8-1 in the previous nine.
Wilson now has 19 touchdowns in five games. It is the second largest in league history. Peyton Manning had 20 touchdowns in five games in 2013.
Vikings: Minnesota come home to welcome winless Atlanta next Sunday.
Seahawks: Seattle has its farewell next week before heading to Arizona on October 25.