SEATTLE (AP) — Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen felt embarrassed. Not just for letting Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson control most of the second half in leading Seattle to victory, but for wasting one of the best games in Adrian Peterson's career.
"Adrian is a beast. Adrian was amazing today," Allen said. "He should get tomorrow off and we should all go to work. 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."
Lynch ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes, and the Seahawks overcame 182 yards by Peterson in a 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday that could hold greater importance later in the season.
Peterson tore through the Seahawks defense for one of the finest games of his career, yet was stuck being a spectator as Seattle (5-4) slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter mostly on the legs of Lynch, with a few key passes by Wilson tossed in.
Peterson rushed for 144 yards in the first half alone, the most in the first-half of any game in his career, including his NFL record 296 yards rushing against San Diego in 2007. Whether running in between the tackles or breaking to the edge, Seattle had no answers for trying to slow down Peterson.
He galloped for 74 yards on the second play of the game and added runs of 28, 24, 16 and 15 yards later.
Yet his performance was a footnote because the Vikings (5-4) could not slow down Wilson and Lynch.
"We can't give up 200 yards rushing another week in a row," Allen said. "We have a division game coming up and we have to forget this and move on and we have to get ready to play Detroit at home."
Putting this one in the past won't be easy for Minnesota because of the mistakes, perhaps none bigger than simply not giving Peterson more touches. He averaged 12 yards per carry in the first half and 10.7 for the game. But he got just five carries in the second half for 38 yards with 28 of those coming on one run.
Seattle made adjustments to try and clog some of Peterson's running lanes. But he simply didn't get enough carries to make a difference.
"It's surprising, but we have to have more big plays," Peterson said. "There is one I wish I could have back, slipped in the backfield, and that one definitely could have gone the distance; that is something that I think about with this loss. We had other opportunities too with the pass game that we weren't able to execute. When you're playing a good defense, especially away, you've got to be able to make those big plays."
It didn't help that Minnesota's defense spent most of the second half on the field. Seattle controlled possession for more than 21 minutes in the second half, including 12 minutes of the fourth quarter. Lynch capped a 6-minute drive with his 3-yard touchdown to give Seattle a 27-17 lead late in the third quarter. Then Seattle played keep away in the fourth. Wilson took another 5:26 off the clock that led to Steven Hauschka's 40-yard field goal with 6:23 left that pushed Seattle's advantage to 10.