Associated Press, Published November 04 2012
Lynch leads Seahawks past Peterson, Vikings
It was in other areas where the Vikings could not match what Peterson was doing.
“Adrian is a beast. Adrian was amazing today. He should get tomorrow off and we should all go to work,” Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen said. “It is just embarrassing, two weeks in a row and it is absolutely embarrassing. I apologize to our fans; we have to get this thing fixed.”
Peterson ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns, his best game since 2008, but Minnesota could not overcome three first-half touchdown passes by Russell Wilson and 124 yards from Marshawn Lynch in Seattle’s 30-20 win on Sunday that could have greater implications later in the season.
Minnesota lost for the third time in four games and this one stings more because of how dynamic Peterson was in the first half. He went for 74 yards on the second play of the game, getting tracked down at the 1-yard line before scoring two plays later. His 144 yards on 12 carries was the best first-half performance of Peterson’s career. He had runs of 74, 24, 16 and 15 in the opening 30 minutes.
And then he disappeared. Peterson had just five carries for 38 yards in the second half with 28 coming on one run. His last carry came with 13:06 remaining and the Vikings trailing 27-20. In the final 11:49, Minnesota had possession for all of 56 seconds.
“Usually when we run as well as we ran the ball today, that’s a good sign for our football team, all the way around. We weren’t able to capitalize on a terrific day by him, a great day,” Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said. “To run the ball as well as he did against the fifth ranked rushing defense in our league and to not come away with more as a team is disappointing.”
Seattle ran out the final 5:27, converting a pair of fourth downs and relying on the legs of Lynch while Peterson was left to watch.
“I always want the ball more,” said Peterson, who had his best day since running for 192 vs. Green Bay in the 2008 season. “That’s just my mentality, especially when I’m hot, but I go out and do my job no matter what the play call is.”
The matchup between the top two rushers in the NFL didn’t disappoint, with Peterson’s elusiveness causing headaches for Seattle’s defense and Lynch’s bullying runs giving headaches to the Vikings.
Lynch had a 3-yard TD run in the third quarter to give Seattle a 10-point lead. He ran for 69 yards in the second half and added two receptions that included a key 24-yard screen pass that led to Steven Hauschka’s 40-yard field goal with 6:23 left and a 30-20 Seattle lead.
“His physical style. There were a couple of times I said to myself, ‘Nice move, nice cut or whatever,’” Peterson said of Lynch. “He does a great job of being physical, and that’s what I’m all about, so he has my utmost respect.”
Minnesota 7 10 3 0 – 20
Seattle 14 6 7 3 – 30
Min – Peterson 1 run (Walsh kick), 13:15.
Sea – Tate 6 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 8:52.
Sea – Rice 11 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 3:15.
Min – Peterson 4 run (Walsh kick), 11:46.
Min – FG Walsh 36, 5:25.
Sea – Tate 11 pass from Wilson (kick blocked), :44.
Sea – Lynch 3 run (Hauschka kick), 4:09.
Min – FG Walsh 55, 1:47.
Sea – FG Hauschka 40, 6:23.
A – 67,584.
First downs 16 28
Total Net Yards 287 385
Rushes-yards 27-243 45-195
Passing 44 190
Punt Returns 3-1 2-21
Kickoff Returns 3-79 1-19
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-0
Comp-Att-Int 11-22-1 17-25-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-19 1-8
Punts 3-48.3 4-48.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 6-33 4-49
Time of Possession 24:00 36:00
RUSHING: Minnesota, Peterson 17-182, Harvin 4-24, Ponder 5-23, Gerhart 1-14. Seattle, Lynch 26-124, Wilson 9-27, Turbin 5-21, Tate 2-21, Robinson 3-2.
PASSING: Minnesota, Ponder 11-22-1-63. Seattle, Wilson 16-24-0-173, Rice 1-1-0-25.
RECEIVING: Minnesota, Peterson 3-11, Harvin 2-10, Jenkins 2-8, Simpson 1-14, Reisner 1-13, Ellison 1-4, Gerhart 1-3. Seattle, Rice 4-54, Tate 4-28, Miller 2-47, Lynch 2-26, Robinson 2-22, Turbin 1-9, Baldwin 1-6, Kearse 1-6.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: None.