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E-mail Bobby Wagner leaped over the line of scrimmage George Fant Color Rush Jersey , swatted Dan Baileys field goal attempt and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns.Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didnt care.Im not stressing about that. I made the play. They called what they called, Wagner said. Theres times in games where things happen all the time. Im not stressing on it. It was a big block and well definitely take it. It was amazing.More Vikings coverageMiami cornerback Howard doubtful for Vikings-Dolphins gamePreview: Fresh off miracle win, Dolphins visit VikingsNew Vikings OC Stefanski: Its about the players and not the playsVikings coordinators: Identity of the offense, history of Vikings kicker problems and moreVikings QB Cousins on DeFilippo firing: Thats something I take personallyWagners block midway through the fourth quarter was the catalyst in a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night that pushed Seattle to the brink of a playoff berth.Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a 2-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman capped off the Seahawks fourth straight victory with a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown 18 seconds later.What was an ugly and mostly forgettable first three quarters turned into a Seattle party in the fourth as the Seahawks (8-5) moved to the brink of wrapping up a wild-card spot in the NFC. One win in Seattles final three games &#37413;?including matchups with lowly San Francisco and Arizona &#37413;?should be enough to put the Seahawks into the postseason.Its really about the defense. I loved the way they played, they played so hard and so spirited, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. It was almost poetic after last weeks game that Bobby would get to block the field goal and he pulled it off and did it. That was an incredible play.Minnesota (6-6-1) twice had scoring chances in the fourth quarter when it was still a one-score game but was turned away each time. Minnesotas chances of winning the NFC North took a major hit with its second straight loss, but the Vikings still hold the No. 6 spot in the NFC.Part of it is being better on third downs. We havent really done a good job there. Part of it is being better in the red zone, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. We had the ball on the 2-yard line and didnt score.But much of the conversation centered on Wagners block of Baileys 47-yard attempt with 5:38 left and whether it was entirely legal. Wagners jump through a gap in Minnesotas offensive line was fine, but it appeared he used his teammates to gain leverage, which allowed him to come through and block the kick. A flag was initially thrown but was picked up by the officials.Wagner said he attempted it four times in practice without a problem but acknowledged it could be tough to pull off the play during the fourth quarter of a tight game.When I did it in practice I was pretty fresh, Wagner said.Zimmer said he asked for an explanation of what happened but wasnt given one. He was told he couldnt challenge.Quite honestly, I didnt see what happened. I was told what happened, Zimmer said.Seattle took possession and Russell Wilson immediately scrambled 40 yards deep into Minnesota territory. Five plays later, Carson scored and Seattle finally had a cushion. Two plays after that, Jacob Martin sacked Minnesotas Kirk Cousins and the ball popped to Coleman, who weaved his way for the clinching touchdown.Cousins threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dalvin Cook with 1:10 remaining, but Seattle recovered the onside kick.I feel like all of our losses we, as an offense, we are so slow Rashaad Penny Color Rush Jersey , Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said. Our defense is keeping us in games. And were not pulling our side of the bargain.Wilson had one of the worst passing games of his career, completing 10 of 20 attempts for career-low 72 yards and a baffling interception late in the first half, one of the many mistakes by Seattle that allowed Minnesota to hang around. But Seattles ground game was outstanding against one of the better run defenses in the NFL. The Seahawks finished with 214 yards rushing, led by 90 yards from Carson.Sebastian Janikowski hit field goals of 37 and 35 yards to account for all of Seattles scoring until the closing minutes.If you run it 40-something times, you ought to win. That was pretty good, Carroll said.FOURTH QUARTER WOESMinnesota hung around despite failing to run a play in Seattle territory until there was 4:16 left in the third quarter. Cousins was 20 of 33 for 208 yards, most of that coming late. But he failed to get the Vikings into the end zone from inside the Seattle 5 while trailing 6-0 early in the fourth quarter.The Vikings had first-and-goal at the Seattle 4 but turned the ball over on downs with 9:06 remaining. Two short runs and an incompletion brought up fourth-and-goal at the 1, and Cousins pass for Kyle Rudolph was knocked away by Bradley McDougald. Baileys field goal was blocked on Minnesotas next drive.REACHING 100Minnesota fell to 0-6 when allowing its opponents to run for at least 100 yards. The Vikings came in to the week giving up 99 yards per game on the ground, good for seventh-best in the NFL. Seattle had 136 yards rushing in the first half.OTHER CENTURY MARKThielen tied Cris Carter as the fastest Minnesota player to reach 100 receptions in a season, both accomplishing the feat in 13 games. Carter did it in 1994 when he finished the year with 122 catches. Thielen is the first Minnesota receiver to get to 100 catches since Randy Moss in 2003. But Thielen didnt get his first catch until midway through the third quarter. He finished with five catches for 70 yards.UP NEXTMinnesota: The Vikings return home to host Miami on Sunday.Seattle: The Seahawks play their final road game Sunday at San Francisco. RENTON, Wash. (AP) Once Pete Carroll was finished answering for the shortcomings of a disappointing playoff loss, the oldest coach in the NFL started articulating why he's so excited about what the future holds for the Seattle Seahawks.After listening to his enthusiasm it's no wonder Carroll signed a contract extension to stick around Seattle a few more years to see if this group of Seahawks can develop into another championship team."That connection they have to what we are asking them to do, and the willingness to practice that on a regular basis, to bring their attitude and bring their energy all the time, that's rare. It's special," Carroll said on Monday. "And that's what gives me the thought; I can go back a few years, I said the same thing four, five, six years ago, whatever it was now, you know? You can tell that the nucleus and the core of the team that you need to have a championship club is here."Carroll's feeling about the direction of the Seahawks after an unexpected 10-6 regular season and opening-round playoff loss to Dallas mirrors that of many of his veterans who believe Seattle is on a similar track to its 2012 team that unexpectedly made the playoffs with a mix of young talent and important veterans Doug Baldwin Color Rush Jersey , and a year later won a Super Bowl.No one is going as far as to expect Seattle is going to be playing for a championship a year from now, but the Seahawks overhaul last offseason ended up being a quicker rebuild than most expected and has them in a place with fewer question marks headed into 2019.Instead of continuing a rebuild, the Seahawks could be more supplementing with the belief they are a contender."We're pleased with the progress that we've made with the guys we have, so we know we're adding to. We don't feel like there's big voids and big holes, so we're going to add," Carroll said."To make this roster more competitive across the board is really the intent and make guys have to work harder to hold their spots and have to get better to do that. That's right at the heart of what we're all about, so we're really looking forward to that."In the short term there was still disappointment about last Saturday's 24-22 loss to Dallas that ended Seattle's season.Much of the frustration about Seattle's loss centered on the offense and a game plan that seemed conservative and slow to adjust.Carroll tried to deflect criticism being thrown at offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, pointing out the success the offense had during the season both developing the top running offense in the NFL and having one of the best scoring teams in franchise history.Seattle was held to just 73 yards rushing by the Cowboys and was 2 of 13 on third-down conversions."For somebody to look at this game and (say) somebody didn't do this or didn't do that, and try to hold that against them or whatever, is really unfair. Hold it against me, I'm the guy that's in charge of this thing," Carroll said."There's nowhere to look at an individual guy, it's a team thing. But I'm on top of it and I'm the one to be pointed at. We couldn't have been more committed to being an aggressive football team than we were this year."Carroll did note that perhaps they were asking too much for starting offensive guards J.R. Sweezy and D.J. Fluker to play against a top defensive line after missing time with injuries. Fluker had not played in three of the final four regular-season games because of a hamstring injury, and Sweezy played against the Cowboys with a chipped bone in his foot."They hadn't been able to practice full speed for some time. (Fluker) had some plays a couple weeks ago, but no preparation for that and no preparation (last) week to speak of," Carroll said. "They were very limited in the prep. That's why I felt like it was a lot to ask of them but we went for it, and that's the way we decided to do it."Eventually Carroll is hoping the playoff disappointment against Dallas is the same kind of catalyst as the playoff loss to Atlanta in January 2013. That Seahawks team felt they let a chance slip away and it became a driving motivation in their championship run a year later."It was a blast," Carroll said of the season. "I love that game (vs. Dallas). I know it was ugly and hard at times and all that, but I loved that we were in it fighting and clawing and scratching up and down the sidelines seeing guys find their belief and again rediscover that belief and why we should keep believing."Sure enough, Russell hits Tyler (Lockett) and here we go. We're coming back. It's an exciting part of it. This season was just kind of the tip of it with so much more. There's so much more out there."



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