In the second half, Minnesota allowed Seattle to go off for 27 points while managing to record just 13, ultimately falling away from home in a tough road environment. But when Russell Wilson targeted Xavier Rhodes, they sure did. RB Rashaad Penny was effective as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield, with 15 carries for 74 yards and one touchdown plus four catches for 33 yards and one touchdown. There was no sense of panic as players tried to digest how they went from a fairly dominant first half to a third-quarter collapse to not being able to finish their late-game comeback.
Yes, he had that DPI in the fourth quarter, but his juggling interception was awesome.
The Vikings' historic come-from-behind win against the Broncos in Week 11 wiped out a first-half performance that exposed weaknesses on all sides.
The Minnesota Vikings said that Cook was questionable to return but he never made it back to the field, which helped shut down the Vikings' offensive attack. Batted ball to the ground but instead tipped it directly to safety Anthony Harris, who returned it for a touchdown (giving the Vikings 14-points).
The normally solid tackling linebacker looked very bad trying to tackle Vikings fullback C.J. Ham and Ham rumbled for 36 yards down to the Seahawks' 38 early in the first quarter.
While there's value in doing things that the other team might not expect, at some point, you're going to have to just do what you do well better than the other team. And while Cousins did indeed play well, he had a chance to make a big throw with the game on the line, and he didn't. However, the Seahawks did the obvious and kicked the ball short.
The Saints have already clinched the NFC South with their 26-18 win on Thanksgiving over the Falcons and can not fall lower than the No. 4 seed in the postseason standings.
In Week 7 against the Detroit Lions, Marvin Jones Jr.'s annihilation of Minnesota's secondary (four touchdown catches) was outdone by Kirk Cousins' 337 passing yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions and a 141.1 rating in the Vikings' 42-30 victory. But the reality is that they need to win out to ensure a playoff spot.
What's interesting is how the team termed it a shoulder injury, but Cook said it was a chest injury. Right now, they're both playing like Pro Bowlers.