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Thursday, December 30, 2004


What happened?

With all those offensive weapons whats the deal.

Dropping the last game against the Packers hurt... since they lost the division title.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Vikings tip Lions 28-27

The Vikings took a big step toward their first playoff berth in four years - with late help from the Lions.

Detroit botched an extra-point kick with 8 seconds left that would've tied the game, allowing Minnesota to seal a 28-27 win Sunday.

The Lions went 80 yards in 1:29 to pull within a point on Joey Harrington's second touchdown pass to Roy Williams. Then, Don Muhlbach's snap bounced to holder Nick Harris, who was tackled before he could get the football spotted for kicker Jason Hanson.

Randy Moss recovered the onside kick for the Vikings (8-6).

Despite losing five of their previous seven games, Minnesota can win the NFC North with a victory Friday at home over Green Bay and at Washington.

In the awful NFC, Minnesota could even be a wild-card team without another win.

The Lions (5-9) officially fell out of the postseason race with their seventh loss in eight games, a heartbreaker they'll be thinking about for a long time.

Daunte Culpepper, who was 25-of-35 for 404 yards, threw three touchdown passes and Moe Williams scored the go-ahead TD on an 11-yard run with 1:37 left.

Nate Burleson, who had five receptions for 134 yards, caught a career-high two TDs. Moss and Culpepper hooked up for the longest play of their careers, an 84-yard TD, and Moss finished with four catches for 102 yards.

Harrington was 25-of-44 for a career-high 361 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. Williams, in and out of the game with a hip injury, had seven receptions for 104 yards and scored for the first time in almost two months. Kevin Jones was held to 79 yards and a TD after running for more than 150 yards the previous two games.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Hawks Drop Vikings To 7-6

from the offical site of the Minnisota Vikings
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks dropped the Vikings to 7-6 with a 27-23 victory at the Metrodome. Hasselbeck threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns to give the Seahawks their seventh win of the season and an edge in the playoff race.

The Minnesota Vikings opened the game with a successful drive led by running back Onterrio Smith. Smith picked up 32 yards on five carries. Kicker Morten Andersen capped the drive off when he connected on a 48-yard field goal. Andersen was given a chance at the field goal after the Seahawks were flagged for having 12 men on the field. The Vikings moved 45 yards on eight plays and took 4:18 off the clock.

Hasselbeck came out hot connecting on his first three passes to take the Seahawks into Vikings territory. Hasselbeck went three of four passing on the drive picking up 37 yards. The Seahawks' drive stalled and kicker Josh Brown pulled a 38-yard field goal wide left giving the ball back to Minnesota.

Smith produced on the Vikings' second drive of the game as well. He rumbled into the endzone from five yards out finishing a 72-yard drive for Minnesota. The Vikings took 3:23 off the play clock with six plays. Andersen hit the PAT and Minnesota grabbed a 10-0 lead with 3:42 remaining in the first.

Hasselbeck remained hot on Seattle's second possession. He led the Seahawks on an 80-yard drive finished with a 35-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Bobby Engram. Hasselbeck picked up 58 yards threw the air including the 35-yard touchdown pass to Engram. The Seahawks moved quickly downfield covering 80 yards on six plays taking 2:30 off the clock.

Following a three and out possession by the Vikings, Seattle stormed down field to take the lead. Running back Shaun Alexander scored on a 12-yard pass reception from Hasselbeck. The play that pushed the Seahawks into scoring position was a 36-yard catch by tight end Ryan Hannam. Hannam was running alone in the left flats, pulled in the reception and set Seattle up for the score. Hasselbeck led the offense on a 76-yard drive in only six plays.

Minnesota answered Alexander's touchdown but could only muster a 32-yard field goal to pull within one point of Seattle, 14-13. The drive moved 61 yards in five plays. The bulk of the yards came when Culpepper found wide receiver Randy Moss over the middle for a gain of 54 yards. Andersen split the uprights with 9:48 remaining in the second quarter.

Minnesota's cornerback Brian Williams intercepted Hasselbeck on Seattle's first play following Andersen's kick.

Culpepper and Moss took advantage of Williams' interception when they hooked up to give Minnesota a 20-14 lead. The Vikings took ten plays to move 49 yards. Culpepper found Moss in the left corner of the endzone from three yards out.

Seattle took no time to regain the lead. Hasselbeck found a wide open Darrell Jackson in the corner of the endzone from 19 yards out. The Seahawks moved 60 yards in just 2:01. Jackson scored with 3:05 remaining in the first half.

Safety Brian Russell recorded his first interception of the season when he jumped in front of a Hasselbeck pass to open the third quarter. Russell returned the pick 41 yards to the Seahawks 14 to set up a 31-yard Andersen field goal. Andersen's kick gave the Vikings an early second half lead, 23-21.

The Seahawks jumped in front 24-23 when Brown split the uprights from 33 yards out. Hasselbeck moved Seattle 60 yards on nine plays and took 5:16 off the clock. Brown's field goal was good with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter.

Following a slow drive by Minnesota's offense, Vikings' defensive tackle Kevin Williams recorded his 10th sack of the season when he dropped Hasselbeck for a nine yard loss on third and four to force a punt.

Minnesota went three and out after Williams' sack and quickly gave the ball back to Seattle.

The Vikings stopped a productive Seahawks' drive in their own territory with another sack. Linebacker Chris Claiborne sacked Hasselbeck for a loss of three on third and seven. The sack pushed the Hawks out of field goal range and they were forced to punt.

Minnesota committed its first turnover of the game with 6:35 remaining on a bad hand-off exchange between Culpepper and Smith. The turnover was costly giving Seattle the ball at the Minnesota 26. Six plays following the turnover Brown connected on a 28-yard field goal to push Seattle's lead to four, 27-23.

The Vikings had two opportunities to jump ahead of Seattle and steal the win. The first ended when Moss was intercepted by Seahawks' safety Michael Boulware in the red zone. Moss was running the reverse pass and tried to fit the ball in the corner of the endzone but Boulware made an impressive interception to end the drive.

Minnesota's second opportunity came with under a minute to go in the game. Culpepper connected on three straight passes to bring the Vikings to the Seattle 28. An off sides penalty on the Seahawks pushed the Vikings to the 25. On the last play of the game, Culpepper rolled to his right, avoided a sack and was able to get the ball to the back of the endzone. The ball was tipped and tight end Jermaine Wiggins saw it bounce off his hands.

The Vikings travel to Detroit next Sunday to take on the Lions in an NFC North game.