5 Takeaways From Seattle Seahawks' Win Over Minnesota Vikings In Wild Card Game

By Brad Berreman

The Seattle Seahawks did not score until the fourth quarter and needed some luck, but they escaped frigid Minnesota with a win over the Vikings in Sunday’s Wild Card game. Here are five takeaways from the contest.

5 Takeaways From Seattle Seahawks\' Win Over Minnesota Vikings In Wild Card Game
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5. The Legion of Boom Is Back

The Legion of Boom Is Back Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Safety Kam Chancellor forced a critical fumble from Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in the fourth quarter, which set up what proved to be the game-winning field goal. Add in plays by Earl Thomas and Jeremy Lane to break up rare downfield passes by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Seattle's "Legion of Boom" has re-announced its presence.

5. The Legion of Boom Is Back

Safety Kam Chancellor forced a critical fumble from Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in the fourth quarter, which set up what proved to be the game-winning field goal. Add in plays by Earl Thomas and Jeremy Lane to break up rare downfield passes by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Seattle's "Legion of Boom" has re-announced its presence.

4. Doug Baldwin Is One of the Most Underrated Wide Receivers In the NFL

Doug Baldwin Is One of the Most Underrated Wide Receivers In the NFL Credit: Getty Images
Baldwin made a terrific one-handed catch to keep a Seahawks drive going on Sunday, and he later caught the touchdown that put them on the scoreboard. Even adding Sunday's clutch performance to his terrific regular season finish (11 TD receptions from Weeks 12-16), Baldwin is still sure to be underrated.

4. Doug Baldwin Is One of the Most Underrated Wide Receivers In the NFL

Baldwin made a terrific one-handed catch to keep a Seahawks drive going on Sunday, and he later caught the touchdown that put them on the scoreboard. Even adding Sunday's clutch performance to his terrific regular season finish (11 TD receptions from Weeks 12-16), Baldwin is still sure to be underrated.

3. Kickers Might Be the Most Important Players In the NFL Playoffs

Kickers Might Be the Most Important Players In the NFL Playoffs Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
If not for an inexplicable missed 27-yard field goal attempt by kicker Blair Walsh (leaving aside the "laces in" aspect of punter Jeff Locke's hold), the Vikings would be moving on to the Divisional Round. The list of kickers who have succeeded and failed in big playoff moments is long, and Walsh is now the latest to end his team's season on a sour note.

3. Kickers Might Be the Most Important Players In the NFL Playoffs

If not for an inexplicable missed 27-yard field goal attempt by kicker Blair Walsh (leaving aside the "laces in" aspect of punter Jeff Locke's hold), the Vikings would be moving on to the Divisional Round. The list of kickers who have succeeded and failed in big playoff moments is long, and Walsh is now the latest to end his team's season on a sour note.

2. Having An Experienced Playoff Quarterback Matters

Having An Experienced Playoff Quarterback Matters Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Seahawks had a clear advantage at quarterback on Sunday in terms of playoff experience and savvy. It showed late in the game when Russell Wilson kept his bearings after a bad snap on a game-changing play. If the same situation had occurred for the Vikings, I don't think Teddy Bridgewater could have pulled off something similar.

2. Having An Experienced Playoff Quarterback Matters

The Seahawks had a clear advantage at quarterback on Sunday in terms of playoff experience and savvy. It showed late in the game when Russell Wilson kept his bearings after a bad snap on a game-changing play. If the same situation had occurred for the Vikings, I don't think Teddy Bridgewater could have pulled off something similar.

1. "Beast Mode" Is No Longer Needed

"Beast Mode" Is No Longer Needed Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
By most accounts, Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) was on track to play on Sunday after missing the final seven regular season games. However, he essentially ruled himself out after last Friday's practice, and did not travel with the team under what seems like odd circumstances. Christine Michael is not as good as a peak-level Lynch, but he was effective enough against the Vikings (21 carries for 70 yards), and the most important player for Seattle's offense has clearly become Russell Wilson.

1. "Beast Mode" Is No Longer Needed

By most accounts, Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) was on track to play on Sunday after missing the final seven regular season games. However, he essentially ruled himself out after last Friday's practice, and did not travel with the team under what seems like odd circumstances. Christine Michael is not as good as a peak-level Lynch, but he was effective enough against the Vikings (21 carries for 70 yards), and the most important player for Seattle's offense has clearly become Russell Wilson.

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