Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Marvin Mitchell (55) during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
SEATTLE - Percy Harvin made an impact in his season debut, returning a kickoff 58 yards late in the first half to set up Russell Wilson's 19-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, and the Seahawks rolled to their franchise-record 13th straight home win beating the Minnesota Vikings 41-20 on Sunday.
Harvin made his anticipated Seattle debut after missing the first 10 weeks of the regular season following hip surgery. His kickoff return proved one of the biggest plays as Seahawks improved to 10-1 and stayed on top of the NFC heading into their bye week.
Wilson and Marshawn Lynch wouldn't let Harvin's debut take the entire spotlight. Wilson had two touchdown passes, while Lynch had two touchdowns running and one receiving. Wilson completed 13 of 18 for 230 yards and a career-best passer rating of 151.4.
Christian Ponder threw a 38-yard TD to Jarius Wright in the first half for Minnesota (2-8), but threw two poor interceptions in the fourth quarter.
"We had a chance in that fourth quarter and we just shot ourselves in the foot a number of times in that fourth quarter to let that game get away from us," said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.
The Vikings had a total of four turnovers in the game. They allowed 20 points off of those turnovers, something coaches say just can't happen on the road in a hostile environment.
"They are a good team. They are a good defense, one of the best in the league, but we were moving the ball up and down the field, we just had too many turnovers," Ponder said. "That showed in the scoreboard. I made my mistakes in the second half. It's tough, tough loss."
The Vikings quarterback struggles are well-documented this season, and Sunday's loss did nothing to stop more questions and opinions from being raised.
"I want to get out there against Green Bay," Ponder said. "I want to forget about this one and try and redeem myself."
"We'll sit down on Monday and talk about the things we need to do for this next opponent, and what we got to do gameplan-wise, talk about personnel as well," Frazier said. "So, we'll come on Monday."
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