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The Seahawks came back to defeat the Vikings and Twitter exploded

Minnesota Vikings v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Five weeks into the 2020 NFL season the Seattle Seahawks have played five games and recorded five victories. The Week 5 win over the Minnesota Vikings was the first time all year that the Hawks did not hold a double digit lead at some point in the second half, with the 21-13 margin in the third quarter representing the largest lead of the game for Seattle.

That said, while the Hawks have made their earlier games this season interesting, defeating the New England Patriots on a goal line stop of Cam Newton and sealing the victory over the Dallas Cowboys with an interception, the win over the Vikings required late game heroics from the offense. In fact, after an absolutely awful first half for the Seahawks on both sides of the ball, Seattle needed some late game magic from both the offense and defense Sunday.

Discussing the fourth quarter is jumping ahead of things, though, as the first half of the game was a completely different story, as the Seahawks battled not just the Vikings, but another familiar opponent during the first half.

So, what does one of the most potent offenses in the NFL do when it gets the ball to start the third quarter following a dismal first half performance? Exactly what everyone knew they were going to try to do: establish the run.

And that’s exactly what Seattle tried, but to no one’s surprise the run-run-run-punt strategy did not work.

Following that the sequence, however, the Seattle defense forced a three and out from the Minnesota offense, got the ball back and put together a scoring drive that quickly led to Will Dissly’s first touchdown since September 2019.

That was quickly followed up by a DK Metcalf touchdown.

And then Chris Carson wanted to make sure the running game stayed involved as well.

What, y’all don’t like dots? Okay, fine. Here’s the actual clip of the play.

That gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the night, a lead Seattle couldn’t hold as Minnesota came back to score two touchdowns and take a 26-21 lead. That led to a crucial fourth down stop of the Vikings that gave the Seahawks possession with less than two minutes to go and needing a touchdown to win. Pete Carroll was even generous enough to leave Russell Wilson a timeout to use while orchestrating the game winning drive that ended with this touchdown pass.

And just like that the Seahawks became the first team in the NFL with five wins this season and held on to first place in the NFC West heading into the bye week.