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November 4, 2012

Seattle beats Vikings 30-20

SEATTLE — Russell Wilson found himself admiring Adrian Peterson breaking tackles and Marshawn Lynch bullying his way through a pileup.

 

The matchup between the top two rushers in the NFL didn't disappoint.

 

The difference was Seattle's rookie QB.

 

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 slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter mostly on the legs of Lynch, with a few key passes by Wilson tossed in.

 

"I am a fan," Wilson said. "Watching those two guys run the football you don't see it too often in this lifetime."

 

Those passes in the fourth quarter kept alive two long drives and capped another strong day by Seattle's improving quarterback. Wilson threw a pair of touchdowns to Golden Tate and another to Sidney Rice. His 11-yard strike to Rice in the first quarter came when Wilson bought time moving out of the pocket then found Rice sprinting across the back of the end zone.

 

Tate later caught a 6-yard touchdown before making a highlight reel leap that nearly became disastrous. Tate took a short screen pass, danced away from a couple of defenders near the line of scrimmage, then jumped over Minnesota cornerback Josh Robinson at the goal line, just getting the ball over the line before it was knocked loose on a big hit by Everson Griffen.

 

"For me it was a feeling," Tate said of his leap. "I felt like someone was coming, which he was, and I felt like he was going to go low. Sometimes I'm wrong, sometimes I'm right."

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