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Lynch, Wilson lead Seattle past Vikings 30-20

Associated Press Modified: November 5, 2012 at 4:16 am •  Published: November 5, 2012
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On the ensuing possession, Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder was intercepted by Brandon Browner and Seattle proceeded to run the next 12 plays and the final 5:27 off the clock. The Seahawks converted on a pair of fourth downs and finally took a knee at the Minnesota 9 to drain the clock and snap a two-game losing streak.

Over the final 11:49, Minnesota held possession for all of 56 seconds. Ponder had a second poor outing in his last three games, completing just 11 of 22 passes for 63 yards.

"I know that I have to get better. I have to play better," Ponder said.

Wilson was dynamic in the first half and efficient in the second. He threw two touchdowns to Golden Tate and another to Sidney Rice as the Seahawks kept pace with Peterson's running. Wilson found Tate on a 6-yard TD after a Minnesota turnover, then hit Rice for 11 yards to give the Seahawks a 14-7 lead.

Peterson scored the second of his touchdowns, this time on a 4-yard run, and Blair Walsh's field goal gave Minnesota the lead late in the first half.

But Wilson closed the half with a 12-play, 80-yard drive in which he completed all five of his throws for 55 yards. Tate capped it with a leap in to the end zone, narrowly avoiding a costly turnover. Tate took a short screen pass, danced away from a couple of tacklers then jumped over Minnesota cornerback Josh Robinson at the goal line, just getting the ball over the line before it was knocked loose by Everson Griffen.

"(He) just continues to grow, every single week. Always gets better," Tate said of Wilson. "Any coaching points they stress on during the week he makes sure he fixes it and do it the way they ask. Very driven guy, wants to be the best. And he's developing into a leader on our team."

Then it was time for Lynch, who ran for 69 yards in the second half and posted his fifth 100-yard game of the season.

"We needed it," Rice said. "I wouldn't say it was a must win, but we definitely needed it."

NOTES: Peterson's yards rushing were his most since 2008 against Green Bay and most allowed by Seattle since Frank Gore ran for 207 for San Francisco in 2009. ... Seattle now holds tiebreakers over Dallas and Minnesota in the NFC playoff race. ... Minnesota WR Percy Harvin had six total touches (four rushes, two receptions) for a total of 34 yards. ... Seattle's 195 yards rushing were a season high.

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