Seahawks roll past Vikings to capture 10-1 start


Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) calls out a play at the line during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson threw for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch ran for another two and the Seahawks routed the Minnesota Vikings, 41-20, to become the first team in the NFL to 10 wins.

The Seahawks led or were tied for the lead for the entire game.

Steven Hauschka kicked a 50-yard field goal and Lynch ran for a 4-yard score in the first quarter to help the Seahawks gain a 10-3 lead after the first quarter.

In the second, the Vikings tied the game when Christian Ponder threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright. It was the last time the game was tied.

The Seahawks responded with Lynch’s second rushing touchdown of the game and Doug Baldwin caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Wilson at the end of the half to give Seattle a 24-13 lead at the break.

After a scoreless third quarter, Seattle scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth to put the game away for good.

Lynch scored his third touchdown of the day, this time a reception from Wilson to give the Seahawks a 31-13 lead. The Vikings next possession saw Ponder throw a pick-six to Walter Thurmond, who returned it 29 yards for the score.

Minutes later, Hauschka kicked his second field goal of the day and the Seahawks took a dominant 41-13 lead.

The Vikings scored again late in the quarter to make it 41-20, but at that point the Seahawks had all but captured the win.

Percy Harvin made his highly anticipated debut but was limited on the field. He caught one pass for 17 yards and had a kick return for 58 yards, but was otherwise fairly quiet.

Minnesota ran 20 more plays (70-50), gained 13 more total yards (336-323) and had nearly 10 more minutes of possession (34:09-25:51) but they were plagued by turnovers, coughing up the ball four times.

Ponder threw two interceptions and his backup, Matt Cassel, also threw a pick. The Vikings also lost a fumble. The Seahawks had no turnovers.

Wilson was 13-of-18 for 230 yards and two touchdowns, helping extend Seattle’s winning streak at CenturyLink Field to 13-consecutive games, a new franchise record. Wilson has never lost a game at home in his career.

Wilson’s 151.4 passer rating was the best of his career.