Blair Walsh’s stunning missed field goal hands win to Seahawks

The Minnesota Vikings had it. It was there for the taking.

With the NFC wild-card game on the line, the Vikings had the home crowd behind them and the Seattle Seahawks on their heels late Sunday afternoon. After a pass-interference penalty, QB Teddy Bridgewater completed a 24-yard pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph that gave the Vikings a first down at the Seattle 18-yard line with 1:23 left in the game.

Three straight runs from Adrian Peterson followed by a chip-shot field goal from Blair Walsh — who was 3 for 3 on the day — and that would be it, right?

Well, Peterson did run the ball three times, but when Walsh lined up for the 27-yard, game-winning field goal, this happened:

Oh, GOD NO! WIDE LEFT!

As the Seahawks players and coaches collapsed and embraced each other in joy, the Vikings crowd could only watch in stunned disbelief as Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took a knee and ended the game.

And it’s not like the Vikings aren’t familiar with missed field goals in crucial situations. Anyone else get a 1998 flashback to when Gary Anderson — who hadn’t missed a kick all season — botched what could have been a game-clinching field goal that would have secured them a Super Bowl berth?

Here it is, in case you don’t remember:

Man that hurts. And here’s something else that hurts. If you notice on Walsh’s kick, the laces on the football were turned in.

So, here is the obligatory: