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

BY Sid Saraf • January 10, 2016

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:


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:

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