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Final gun report: Seahawks 30, Vikings 20

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, Lions, Vikings defense, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin Updated: November 4, 2012 - 6:07 PM

Postgame snapshot from CenturyLink Field in Seattle where the Seahawks beat the Vikings 30-20.

Good news: Adrian Peterson’s comeback story continues to pick up steam. Peterson busted off a 74-yard run on the second play of the game. It was the second longest run of his career and he scored the first of his two touchdowns two snaps after that. Against a Seattle rushing defense that came into the day ranked fifth overall, allowing 84.9 yards per game, Peterson had 144 yards on 122 carries in the first half alone. He finished with 182 yards and now has 957 rushing yards for the season to go along with 150 receiving yards.

Bad news: The Vikings defense continues to have difficulty stopping rookie quarterbacks and continued having struggles stopping the run. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson became the third rookie signal caller to beat the Vikings this season. Wilson completed 15 of 23 passes for 167 yards and had three touchdown passes. He didn’t turn the ball over, rushed for 29 yards and was sacked only once. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch meanwhile rushed for 124 yards on 26 carries, becoming the fourth player in as many weeks to top 100 yards rushing against the Vikings. Lynch scored a 3-yard TD in the third quarters as well. Oh, and the worries about the Vikings feeble passing attack just hit code red after Christian Ponder went 11-for-22 for just 63 yards with an interception.

Extra point: Percy Harvin came into the game dealing with soreness in his right hamstring and seemed to aggravate that injury on his first reception of the second half. He missed some time as he stretched the hamstring out, then returned to action and suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his left ankle on his next carry. But again, Harvin fought through the injuries and stayed in the game. Harvin finished the day with two catches for 10 yards and four rushes for 24 yards.

Next up: The Vikings will host Detroit in Week 10 in their final game before the bye. The Lions delivered a 31-14 road blowout of Jacksonville on Sunday. In the first match-up with Detroit this season, the Vikings won 21-14 at Ford Field thanks to a pair of special teams touchdowns.

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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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