It was a wild second half featuring 40 combined points and four key turnovers - three by Minnesota.
"He just hit me right on what I had when we played the Broncos [on November 17]", Cook said. But Minnesota only had the lead because Russell Wilson hit a batted pass up instead of down and the Vikings returned the interception for a touchdown. "I think that this was an opportunity that we missed and that's disappointing". That was 71 more yards than Minnesota had given up in any game in 2019. "They're really coming on", Seattle offensive lineman Duane Brown said. Unfortunately, that did not end up happening, as the Vikings fell to the Seahawks by a final score of 37-30. Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs was also hurt on the play, but he quickly recovered and was on Minnesota's next drive. Seattle turned a 17-10 halftime deficit to a 34-17 lead. "I thought they would be throwing the ball a bit more than they did, what they've done in the past".
In effect, the Vikings tried to compensate for their biggest weakness - the play of their cornerbacks against the pass by putting safety help over the top - and ended up hurting themselves elsewhere. Receiver Stefon Diggs dropped a pass in the first half and had a sideline catch ripped away from him by Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers, who was credited with Cousins' first interception since the October 13 win vs. Philadelphia.
It wouldn't be shocking to see Seattle win out over that stretch, making Week 17 against the 49ers a crucial matchup to likely determine the NFC West victor and one of the top two squads in the conference. Rashaad Penny carried the ball 15 times for 74 yards and a touchdown but also had 4 catches for 33 yards and another touchdown.
"We're in control and that's a great thing". Both players are smart. Tyler Lockett was another who was slowed by illness and was held without a catch for the first time since the 2017 season.
Cook was battling a chest injury earlier in the week and was listed as limited for Thursday's practice. And following the Niners' 20-17 road loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad now finds itself the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoff picture after sitting atop the conference all season up until this point.
This could be a massive loss for the Vikings, who needed to win to keep pace with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.