The Vikings began the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at Seattle in a precarious spot. Trailing 24-13, they probably needed to play at the top of their capabilities to have any real upset chance against the NFC West-leading Seahawks.
Well, that didn’t happen. Quarterback Christian Ponder, who’s struggled with turnovers all season, threw a pair of early fourth-quarter interceptions, which allowed Seattle to break the game open.
The first pick, by linebacker Bobby Wagner, set up a six-yard Marshawn Lynch TD catch with 13:22 left. Less than one game minute later, Ponder was picked again, with cornerback Walter Thurmond taking it back for a score. Suddenly, Seattle had a 25-point lead.
After that interception, Ponder was pulled in favor of Matt Cassel. Cassel would fare no better early on; he was intercepted by defensive lineman Clinton McDonald on his third play from scrimmage. This set up a field goal, giving Seattle a 41-13 lead with 10:14 left.
Yes, it got out of hand that quickly.