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Zimmer told Vikings: We outplayed them, I’ve never been more proud

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings on the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants on December 27, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Giants 49-17. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer tried to put a positive spin on his team’s loss to Seattle on Sunday, telling his players that he was proud of their effort and believed they had played better than the Seahawks.

“We had a hell of a year,” Zimmer told the team in the locker room immediately after the game. “We didn’t win today, but we outplayed them. We didn’t win but we outplayed them. I’ve never been more proud of a team than I am of this team. . . . Thank you for all the effort you gave.”

Whether the Vikings really outplayed the Seahawks is debatable. The Seahawks had 129 passing yards; the Vikings had 125. The Seahawks had 97 rushing yards; the Vikings had 58. The Vikings had 14 first downs; the Seahawks had 13. Each team had one turnover. This game was every bit as evenly matched as the 10-9 final score indicates.

So while Zimmer has every reason to be proud of his team, the Seahawks would surely take issue with the idea that they were outplayed.

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  1. juice08 says: Jan 12, 2016 8:55 AM

    Zimmer is as delusional as his fanbase.

    He’s a good coach, but he’s incorrect here.

  2. warwiac says: Jan 12, 2016 8:55 AM

    Played well enough to win, anyhow. semantics.

  3. whodey83 says: Jan 12, 2016 8:57 AM

    They were outplayed. Had it not been for the idiot kicker they’d be in the divisional round. Nobody gave them a chance. How you miss a 27 yard field goal and have the audacity to apologize on camera is beyond me.

    “This ones on me”. Yeah, no $heet.

  4. buds4grant says: Jan 12, 2016 8:58 AM

    Bugaboo

  5. armchairqb says: Jan 12, 2016 8:59 AM

    Zimmer’s right. The Vikes deserved that win.

    Upside is, Seattle never knows what to do with good luck. Witness the end of last year’s SB. They’ll figure out a way to blow it.

    I’m betting Carolina blows their doors off this weekend.

  6. iamthorny says: Jan 12, 2016 9:00 AM

    Did he tell Blair Walsh he outplayed former Viking Steven Hauschka?

  7. BecauseIdRatherBeACheaterThanALoser says: Jan 12, 2016 9:00 AM

    Wouldn’t really go that far. The Vikings offense didn’t really do anything. Well actually, they didn’t do anything.

    You could say that the Seattle D outplayed them, not allowing a TD, and forcing a crucial turnover during a critical point in the game.

    As to the other side, You could also say that Seattle outplayed them on offense. They had more total yards, and ultimately, more total points.

    Seattle better team overall. Kick deserved to be missed. Next.

  8. grandsonofcoach says: Jan 12, 2016 9:01 AM

    As one pro coach puts it, “Stats are for losers.” Anybody who watched every minute of that game saw that the Vikings outplayed Seattle. And I’m not a fan of either team.

  9. vikingforlife says: Jan 12, 2016 9:03 AM

    The Seahawks can take every bit of issue with that speech that they want. Who really gives a fly rat’s ass what they think??? I know Coach Zimmer doesn’t, for sure! He knows what a phenomenal team he has. Just trying to start crap, right???

  10. codythao35 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:04 AM

    Looking at Vikings 2016 schedule, they will be back in the playoff again next year. With the draft of couple more players the could go all the way. Zimmer is a great coach and we can see that the future is very bright.

  11. youngs79 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:04 AM

    By outplaying them, I believe he is referring to the team being in a position to win the the game on a chip shot field goal. Having the lead for 3 1/2 Quarters did not hurt either.

  12. realdealsteel says: Jan 12, 2016 9:05 AM

    Yeah..we out played them. Right.

    That’s what losers say.

    Sorry Mike, but the Seahawks out played you. They made plays when they had to. And that’s what playoff football is all about.

  13. usedjock says: Jan 12, 2016 9:05 AM

    And as he left the locker room someone heard him mumble “laces out Dan”

  14. ickky says: Jan 12, 2016 9:06 AM

    They played well against a good, if not great team.
    They didnt win the game, but I never expected them to be there anyway. They will be back next year, in position for AP to fumble in a big game again.
    Skol vikes

  15. floratiotime says: Jan 12, 2016 9:06 AM

    Shankapottamus.

  16. kcflake says: Jan 12, 2016 9:07 AM

    Zimmer is Right. The Seahawks got lucky. AP and the kicker screwed their team. It is sad to see the better team not advance in the playoffs.

    Oh Well. My team won. Go Chiefs.

  17. keepingitlogical says: Jan 12, 2016 9:07 AM

    whodey83 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 8:57 AM

    They were outplayed. Had it not been for the idiot kicker they’d be in the divisional round. Nobody gave them a chance. How you miss a 27 yard field goal and have the audacity to apologize on camera is beyond me.

    “This ones on me”. Yeah, no $heet.
    _________________________

    Really?! How many points did Walsh have? How many points did your Offense have? How many times did Walsh turn the ball over? How many times did your All-Pro RB turn the ball over? Your Offense is to blame for this loss, pure and simple. They were outplayed!

  18. blakemize says: Jan 12, 2016 9:07 AM

    whodey83 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 8:57 AM
    They were outplayed. Had it not been for the idiot kicker they’d be in the divisional round. Nobody gave them a chance. How you miss a 27 yard field goal and have the audacity to apologize on camera is beyond me.
    ________________

    I guess I didn’t realize it took audacity to apologize, thought it took humility, accountability and character.

  19. lenthevikesfan says: Jan 12, 2016 9:08 AM

    You can look at numbers all you want. If you watched the game you’d have to agree. The experience of the Seahawks is what pulled it out in the end. Yeah Walsh missed a field goal at the end but we also let them score 10 points at the end of the game. Can’t put that on him. Great year after being reminded all off season by GB fans that were a bottom feeding joke of a franchise. Then they had to watch us take their title. Winning the game would’ve been awesome but we were winners during the season and have a good looking run ahead of us. No troll can deny that without lying to himself. SKOL Vikings. Go Pats!

  20. codythao35 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:08 AM

    Looking at Vikings 2016 schedule, they will be back in the playoff again next year. With the draft of couple more players the could go all the way. Zimmer is a great coach and we can see that the future is very bright. Outplayed Seatle in terms of yardage, not really but Vikings defense dominated their offense. Remember, defense win championship. Vikings will be much much better on offense and defense next year.

  21. scoops1 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:10 AM

    Vikings are 1-0 in Moral Playoff victories

  22. kingdooley says: Jan 12, 2016 9:12 AM

    coach talk….

    next

  23. otis52gsh says: Jan 12, 2016 9:13 AM

    Still lost

  24. neer music says: Jan 12, 2016 9:15 AM

    They were outplayed from the viewpoint that missing a kick with a 96% conversion rate determined the game.

  25. ketch20too says: Jan 12, 2016 9:15 AM

    Maybe they should hang a participation banner.

  26. h0metownzero says: Jan 12, 2016 9:17 AM

    Settling for 1 point losses are why the Vikings will never win the big one. The culture of losing is alive and well in MN.

  27. sdsmooth says: Jan 12, 2016 9:18 AM

    Once again the refs got the best of my beloved Minnesota Vikings. I don’t get it. Why do all the calls always go against my team?

    And another point. Did you notice that the Packers won on Sunday? They always have the refs on their side.

  28. chawkup says: Jan 12, 2016 9:20 AM

    If it makes all you Vikings fans feel better, Seahawks were very fortunate that Walsh missed that kick. There. I said it. Now, as hard as it is, let it go and look forward to next season. You have a really good young team and an excellent coach. If your QB takes a few significant steps forward, you will be poised to win championships in the coming years.

  29. peoriaviking says: Jan 12, 2016 9:20 AM

    Those stats include the fluke Russel Wilson muffed snap play that set up the touchdown. Vikes drove the ball at the end of the game to the 9 yard line to set up the win. But for the 27 yard shank, they would have gotten the win. Zimmer is a football God.

  30. shortmandan says: Jan 12, 2016 9:21 AM

    Who gives a crap if they outplayed them? They LOST.

  31. doubleogator says: Jan 12, 2016 9:21 AM

    Give Walsh a break, he scored the only points making the three field goals in horrible conditions. He’s a pro athlete but he is also human. Nicklaus misssed short putts , Brooks Robinson made errors, Joe Montana threw interceptions etc. The people on here bashing the kicker more than likely never played competitive sports in their lives, if they had they might understand rather than saying demeaning things…

  32. skimbell says: Jan 12, 2016 9:25 AM

    “…We didn’t win but we outplayed them. I’ve never been more proud of a team . . . “

    Well, if losing makes Zim proud, he’s going to be bustin’ his buttons in Minnesota for a long time.

  33. blakeden says: Jan 12, 2016 9:25 AM

    You can out play who ever you want….But if you don’t out play the score board you lose

  34. 4sacroc says: Jan 12, 2016 9:25 AM

    Scoreboard.

  35. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:25 AM

    I am so proud of little Teddy.

    He looks so cute running around out there – trying to play football.

  36. blowpackblow says: Jan 12, 2016 9:26 AM

    He must be thrilled! MN didn’t score an offensive touchdown in TWO games vs Seattle this year. It shouldn’t have come down to a kick if Bridgewater could get to pay dirt.

  37. mikeinminny says: Jan 12, 2016 9:27 AM

    He is right. With the exception of RB and maybe another position or two, Seattle is man for man simply a better team. He should be proud of the effort that his young team put forth. As a fan, I sure am.

  38. schmokes says: Jan 12, 2016 9:27 AM

    The “We outplayed them” t-shirts are on order.

  39. stevent92 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:27 AM

    Seattle’s largest chunk of yards came out of busted play that look like it was on the playground instead of a football field.

  40. stealthjunk says: Jan 12, 2016 9:28 AM

    The scoreboard is usually the best indicator of which team outplayed the other.

  41. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2016 9:29 AM

    This is why as a Vikings fan I think Zimmer was a bad hire. He doesn’t need to be filling his players heads with lies. You didn’t outplay the Seahawks. You lost. Don’t let them believe they were good enough when the offense only put up 3 FG’s.

    We need a RB that doesn’t fumble and a QB that can throw more than checkdowns. HOpefully we make a play for RG3 in the offseason so we can upgrade the position.

  42. nightryder10 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:29 AM

    “We didn’t win but we outplayed them.”

    What the NFL is all about, really.

    Imaginary victories are so much more satisfying.

  43. h0metownzero says: Jan 12, 2016 9:30 AM

    Some teams just aren’t built for the playoffs.

  44. dukeearl says: Jan 12, 2016 9:30 AM

    grandsonofcoach:
    “Anybody who watched every minute of that game saw that the teams played even the whole game”
    There fixed it for you.

    Vikings would not have even been in a position to win if it hadn’t been for a phantom PI called against Kam Chancellor.

    Without that Phantom call, The Vikes either go for it on 4th down or punt the ball.

  45. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 12, 2016 9:31 AM

    So he lied to them?

    Wide left. 27 yards. The child beater bungle. Same old Vikings.

    >

  46. slopes16 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:32 AM

    Maybe I’m old school, but usually when a team outplays another team they score a touchdown.

    The Vikings scored three FG’s, one of which was off a muffed punt. Then missed one going into the wind

    The Seahawks scored 10 and elected not to kick a FG earlier in the game going into the wind. Wilson also had a wide open TD pass to Baldwin go incomplete because the ball was held up in the wind.

    Seems like the game played out pretty evenly.

    10-9 Seahawks. Give credit where credit is due.

  47. dukeearl says: Jan 12, 2016 9:32 AM

    stevent92 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:27 AM
    Seattle’s largest chunk of yards came out of busted play that look like it was on the playground instead of a football field.
    ******************
    Yeah, and the Vikings were only in position to go for that FG because of a phantom PI call against Kam…

  48. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2016 9:32 AM

    Those stats include the fluke Russel Wilson muffed snap play that set up the touchdown.
    —————-
    A fluke is when something happens that becomes a gift in your favor. Wilson made that play himself with his athleticism. I wish Teddy could do something like that.

  49. yyc2phx says: Jan 12, 2016 9:33 AM

    Statistics are for losers … I don’t care if we out played them. THEY WON! Just another game I can call my grandkids about “if, ands or buts”… Damn kickers

  50. seahawkgary says: Jan 12, 2016 9:34 AM

    Didn’t the Seahawks kicker miss a field goal? Only bad if it was the Vikings huh!

  51. h0metownzero says: Jan 12, 2016 9:37 AM

    The Vikings fate was sealed as soon as Bruce Irvin called Teddy out for being a coward.

  52. realdealsteel says: Jan 12, 2016 9:37 AM

    –codythao35 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:08 AM
    Looking at Vikings 2016 schedule, they will be back in the playoff again next year. With the draft of couple more players the could go all the way. Zimmer is a great coach and we can see that the future is very bright. Outplayed Seatle in terms of yardage, not really but Vikings defense dominated their offense. Remember, defense win championship. Vikings will be much much better on offense and defense next year.
    ——————————————-
    And the Vikings will go out again in a one and done fashion because let’s just talk about the elephant in the room….Bridgewater isn’t a NFL caliber QB. Period.

  53. scotrugby says: Jan 12, 2016 9:39 AM

    Let’s not overanalyze this. Zimmer, the team and the fans should be proud. They had a great season. Who actually thought at the beginning of the season that they would win the division? Very few if any.

    This team will build on this and come back strong next season.

    Congrats Vikes fans, you have a nice little team here.

  54. fartweasel says: Jan 12, 2016 9:41 AM

    As a Vikes fan I love coach Zimmer. No nonsense, holds his team accountable. And he is right to a point. His players (most) did play well. They fought hard. I wish, however, that he would hold his coaches, namely Norv Turner to the same tough standard.

    The offensive philosophy on Sunday was to play conservative, settle for field goals and let our defense win the game. Well, we all saw how that worked out.

    Passive play calling, especially in the playoffs wins you nothing. Hopefully next year Zimmer takes a more hands on approach to what’s happening offensively. Or….Turner is set out to pasture.

  55. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:42 AM

    Seems like the Vikings are becoming jus like their fans, obsessed with their moral victories, not actual victories.

    They won their Super Bowl last week, now their team’s season is over!

  56. krismn22 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:43 AM

    Is it just me or does anyone else think those comments were meant directly for Walsh? He might as well have said “We outplayed them. We didn’t win because our kicker is a human being who didn’t execute on our last play of the game.”

  57. packmanfan says: Jan 12, 2016 9:43 AM

    Us Packers fans have no right to put down Vikes fans for losing this one when we don’t have any recent games play off games to show for it.
    Sure, we beat Washington, but just how good were they?
    And we have yet to play the Cards in their house.
    I really cannot expect my Packers to win when they haven’t proved that they can for years.
    Wait to brag and rub it in until after everything and not before.

  58. nightryder10 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:44 AM

    Years from now, Vikings fans will think back fondly on the Zimmer “moral victory dynasty” era.

  59. whynotjustadmitit says: Jan 12, 2016 9:44 AM

    He took a group of kids (literally) to a 1 point loss to a SB team, in the first round of the playoffs, on a last second shank…..a year after going 7-9.

    Average age on the Vikings is 25.58 which is 3rd youngest in the NFC. Rams are #1 at 25.09.

    With his demanding coaching, and the fact that at his age this is his first team, I can understand where he’s coming from.

    And the Seahawks were outplayed on ALL sides of the ball.

  60. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:44 AM

    I suggest that coach Zimmer petitions the rules committee to remove scoreboards from any Vikings games. Let these fine losing players retain their dignity.

  61. duanethomas33 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:45 AM

    Moral victories… and still no Super Bowl wins.

  62. packmanfan says: Jan 12, 2016 9:46 AM

    Packers fans rubbing it in to Vikes fans for this loss is the pot calling the kettle black.
    Sure, the Pack have SB wins and are awesome blah, blah, blah. But what have they done for us currently and recently? More times they get to the playoffs and lose than win. Is that really anything to be proud of and to brag about to Vikes fans? No, it isn’t.

  63. daddeeo says: Jan 12, 2016 9:46 AM

    This loss is on Peterson. A veteran/go to player must know how to protect the ball for crying out loud. If that fumble doesn’t happen then Seattle doesn’t have possessions to take the lead.

  64. joker65 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:46 AM

    Tough loss, they played well enough to win. The team is getting better, and should be better next year.

    Defense is good. Offense needs improvement. Oline is a big issue. QB – hes been steady, while not outstanding. I would like to see him push the ball down field with more consistency. Part of that could be WR play, his experience, and Oline issues, more likely a combination of those things.

    AP is still good, but he is nearing the end, and his untimely fumbles. Ugh. The shine went off that guy for me when he hit his son. I would not mind seeing them get rid of him, even if the replacement isn’t as good.

  65. kerzondax says: Jan 12, 2016 9:49 AM

    From a Packer fan … well done Vikes. HELL of a year. Have another great one next year. I LOVE this rivalry.

  66. joker65 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    Zimmer is easily the best coach they have had since Denny Green. I hated Tice and Childress. Didn’t really like Frazier either.

    Coaching makes a difference. I think they finally found a good one.

  67. gohawks2015 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    Listen, heartbreaking way to lose, believe me as a very long time Hawk fan I understand the hurt. That said, the cold was a factor as you all said it would be, perhaps more so than the Hawks truly realized. (not me I lived in Minny for 3 years, but the team who had to adapt on the fly as a result).

    Offense was disadvantaged and D magnified as a result for both teams.

    IF the Vikes had scored a TD on any of their chances that they settled for FG’s on we wouldn’t be having this talk. For that matter IF the Vikes got 1 more yard on the play before the blown (yes it was a choke, he clearly had the yips and yanked it) attempt we wouldn’t be having this talk. But you didn’t because our D stopped you short. Again.

    Fact is the Vikes played well. They represented in a tough environment against a tough experienced opponent. I respect that effort as a Hawks fan and a fan of football.

    But the ONLY thing that matters this time of year is the final score at 0:00 in the 4th.

    Find…a…way.

    I fully expect to meet again in the playoffs as both teams are young. Now your Vikes have some experience to draw from. Respect goes out to your teams effort in combination with the cold slowing our offense. Yet we still had more yards despite 5 minutes less time of possession.

    Bottom line is the Hawks scored a TD when we had the chance to do so, and kicked a 46 yd FG as well. AND the D held you out of the end zone. That and sometimes things happen when execution is needed in that or any other pressure situation. TRUST ME as a Hawks fan I know.

    You have to snap, catch and kick it. 2 of the 3 things happened correctly.

    Execution, poise, and never quit, always keep fighting.

    GO HAWKS!

  68. minson15 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:51 AM

    Zimmer’s gameplan worked to perfection, unfortunately his players didn’t execute on every single play. They fought hard and played really well, but didn’t get the victory. As a Seahawk fan I was impressed by the Vikings Defense and the sportsmanship of the whole team.

    No fights/scuffles throughout the whole game when both teams were going at it. The cold had a lot to do with both passing offenses which Minnesota definitely benefited more from (Since Teddy doesn’t really throw deep).

  69. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Jan 12, 2016 9:53 AM

    Outplayed them maybe
    Outscored them not so much

    Doesn’t matter how you play
    The outcomes based on what the
    Scoreboard has to say….

  70. fmaluf says: Jan 12, 2016 9:56 AM

    The vikings outplayed the seahawks. Is not debatable. The vikings nedeed only a chip kick to win the game. The seahawks had more yards but lose the field position battle. The seahawks watched hopeless the vikings drive to field goal range. The only reason we are having this debate today is beacause the kicker missed a field gol that was made 99% of the time this season.

  71. footballfan72 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    whodey83 says:Jan 12, 2016 8:57 AM

    They were outplayed. Had it not been for the idiot kicker they’d be in the divisional round. Nobody gave them a chance. How you miss a 27 yard field goal and have the audacity to apologize on camera is beyond me.

    “This ones on me”. Yeah, no $heet.
    At least he owned his mistake, put the only 9 points on the board the Vikings scored but it’s all his fault they lost. Let’s give Peterson a pass cause his fumbles are part of his game right?

  72. sbchampsagain says: Jan 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    The Vikings were the better team, but didn’t score enough.

    Gotta score TDS, not FGs in the playoffs.

  73. daytontriangles says: Jan 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    You say you outplayed Seattle, yet the only person who scored any points at all is also the one everyone blames for the loss.

  74. leprekan says: Jan 12, 2016 10:05 AM

    The Vikings played better in the conditions that were present. If not for one busted play that resulted in a huge gain for the Seahawks, it would have been an entirely different outcome. If Munnerlyn just contains Wilson instead of going for the kill he doesn’t find Lockette for that big gain and they probably don’t score a TD there, plus that one gain put them ahead of the Vikings in offensive yards gained. It’s just how it goes sometimes.

  75. pinkmist4 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:08 AM

    Look at all the crying. The Hawks D outplayed a very good Vikings D. By a smidge. Saying anything else is just trying to make themselves feel better…..

  76. gohawks2015 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:09 AM

    fmaluf says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:56 AM
    The vikings outplayed the seahawks. Is not debatable.

    ====================================

    Wrong it is very debatable.

    1) Why didn’t you have more points? Is it the fault of the ONLY VIKING TO SCORE all game that you didn’t have more points ALONE or is that a team thing? THINK ABOUT IT.

    2) How many TD drives did you have? How many did the Hawks have?

    3) How many points were on the scoreboard as a result of 1 and 2 as a result.

    Listen, as I stated above I respect the effort, and you had a CHANCE to win DESPITE your team coming up short 3 other times on drives, and getting ‘interesting’ PI call on the final drive, and being within 1 yard of being able to ICE IT the play before, having the WX advantage as you claimed you would.

    Bottom line: The Vikes didn’t take full advantage of their opportunities and the Hawks DID. Therefore your team did NOT outplay Seattle.

  77. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 12, 2016 10:10 AM

    If the Vikings fix their Offensive line, it will be very hard to stop them. That was their weakness.
    Bridgewater is fine, but his line is a run Blocking line,
    just how they played their Offense, short passes.
    With Peterson getting older the line will be replaced with pass blockers for McKinnon to take the RB position and change it to a more “Receiver than Running back role” Jerrick is after all the fastest man on the Vikings team.
    Pretty tough to find open receivers when you only have one good one! Wallace is a one and done..
    Good luck to him and his one trick pony talent!

  78. pinkmist4 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:12 AM

    “The vikings outplayed the seahawks. Is not debatable.”

    Ummm, yeah, actually it is. Shut AP down ALL DAY! +/- 2 ypc. That and 10 > 9…..

  79. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 12, 2016 10:12 AM

    Kicking field goals doesn’t win you games. And they had their home, cold advantage. Whatever helps mike sleep at night.

  80. yessams says: Jan 12, 2016 10:13 AM

    Zimmer handing out the participation trophies!

  81. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:13 AM

    maybe, because we did outplay them.

    tough loss, this team is going to be fun when we get Mankato

  82. billbrasky72 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:13 AM

    Zimmer is right. They did outplay Seattle, but it wasn’t by much. Teddy clearly outplayed Wilson in a good defensive struggle…17/24 for 146 and 86.5 rating vs. 13/26 for 142 and a 63.3 rating and nearly half his yardage coming on one broken play.

  83. shiftyshellshocked says: Jan 12, 2016 10:15 AM

    Yeah. We need a quarterback who can throw the ball past the first down stakes. This team has an evil defense but we’re are missing a few parts on offense to seal the deal. Teddy is definitely no more than a game manager. Just being honest.

  84. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 12, 2016 10:16 AM

    Did you give them hot chocolate, brownies and a participation ribbon in the locker room, Mike?

  85. woodbridgekid73 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:18 AM

    Seahawks dominated the 4th quarter when it counted.

  86. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 12, 2016 10:19 AM

    It was a heart breaking loss. I have great hope in the future. You take away a fluke play that Wilson made, the Seahawks basically got shut down all game. You best believe another draft,free agency and training camp are only going to improve this good Viking team. It’s a perfect time to be moving into the new stadium, this team should be really good for some time. Thanks to Mike Zimmer.

  87. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:20 AM

    Zimmer is right.

    The Vikings finally beat the Packers once. They have nothing left to prove to any of you chumps.

  88. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 12, 2016 10:20 AM

    Zimmer has forgotten more about football than you or any of the commenters on here will ever know.
    He is absolutely correct.

  89. weepingjebus says: Jan 12, 2016 10:21 AM

    I’ve enjoyed the Vikings fan videos of the kick, but it raises an interesting question about which are more entertaining, the over confident ones (Seahawks fans chanting before getting Butlered) or the resigned folks who have clearly been here before (Vikings, Browns fans after kick-six). Thumbs up for confidence, thumbs down for business as usual.

  90. btjorgensen says: Jan 12, 2016 10:25 AM

    If Walsh makes the FG, Minnesota knocking out Seattle is one of the great stories of the 2016 playoffs.

    What Zimmer has done in 2 years is nothing short of amazing. That defense was abysmal and it’s now one of the top units in the League.

    The Vikings are improving and I think that regardless of who you think outplayed who, the Vikings proved that they’re a worthy adversary to the Seahawks.

    I’m hoping for a rematch next season.

  91. son681 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:25 AM

    Watching videos of Vikings fans when they lost made my day yesterday:)

  92. beastmode5150 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:26 AM

    Hey, he has to say that. What’s he gonna say, “we got out passed, out rushed by Christine Michael, and overall out gained while having the ball for 6 more minutes”?

  93. h0metownzero says: Jan 12, 2016 10:26 AM

    Zimmer’s musings makes me nostalgic for some of the great Viking moral victories of all time, like their 4 Super Bowl victories, etc.etc. etc. etc. etc. etc……..

  94. beastmode5150 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:28 AM

    Jan 12, 2016, 6:18 AM PST
    Once again the refs got the best of my beloved Minnesota Vikings. I don’t get it. Why do all the calls always go against my team?

    And another point. Did you notice that the Packers won on Sunday? They always have the refs on their side.
    ——-
    Wait what? Lol

  95. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2016 10:31 AM

    I don’t understand how my fellow Vikes fans keep saying that we outplayed them but didn’t win. If we made the FG, we would have outplayed them. Considering it was our entire offense, it was pretty crucial and not an afterthought.

  96. minneanderthals says: Jan 12, 2016 10:34 AM

    So all of you that are saying the Vikings outplayed the Seahawks last weekend would also admit that the Packers outplayed them last year?

    Hear that?

    That’s the sound of Minnesota fans’ heads exploding.

  97. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Jan 12, 2016 10:34 AM

    Packer fans will eat crow this weekend, your bandwagon season will come to end to another epic defeat at the hands of the mighty Cardinals!

  98. qbarrel says: Jan 12, 2016 10:35 AM

    whodey83 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 8:57 AM
    They were outplayed. Had it not been for the idiot kicker they’d be in the divisional round.

    ————————-

    Idiot kicker? How about that idiot running back that the Vikes pay 7X what Walsh makes, yet who comes up small in big games and who can’t stop putting the ball on the ground in crucial situations?

  99. Marsh1976 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:38 AM

    If you’re going to outplay somebody you need to score a touchdown. The only time the Vikings even got into scoring position was when the Seahawks let them get down there with stupid penalties. I think the Seahawks were much more affected by the cold than they thought they would be. No way of knowing what its really going to be like until you experience it. I’m very happy and relieved they escaped with a win. Thank you Vikings.

  100. pinkmist4 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:40 AM

    “You take away a fluke play that Wilson made, the Seahawks basically got shut down all game.”

    I wish I could take just one play away from games, my Hawks would have 3 rings…..

  101. krm62015 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:40 AM

    Each team got their breaks, the Seahawks handed the Vikings the first score on a bad snap. The Vikings handed the Seahawks the game on a bad hold/kick. This game was pretty much dead even and ole Mother Nature kicks their butts. The refs did give a couple of phantom calls ie the PI on Kam, and the roughing the passer on Avril. Walsh will never say it but Sherman almost blocking his previous make made him speed up his motion and push it away from where Sherman comes from.

  102. PCa Survivor says: Jan 12, 2016 10:41 AM

    The Redskins played well enough to win too. So did the Bungals. This is the Marvin Lewis coaching tree where moral victories count more than winning on the field.

  103. linemanguy74 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:45 AM

    Geez starting to sound like a Packer coach and QB

  104. ybthatway says: Jan 12, 2016 10:46 AM

    Zimmer is right.

    The Vikings finally beat the Packers once. They have nothing left to prove to any of you chumps.
    ————————–
    Yes, be proud of your Participation Trophy!!!!

  105. ragnarthegreat says: Jan 12, 2016 10:47 AM

    the Vikings played well and the game came down to a couple of plays, (the missed kick, the fumble, the muffed snap for a miraculous play). the game was up for grabs until the very end. For a team that didn’t make the playoffs and this year won the division, there is a lot to be proud of. For playing a superbowl caliber team this well, there is a lot to be proud of. As a side note, what would you expect the head coach to say? Jeez there is a lot of hate out there. momma said, “if you can’t say anything nice, ………”

  106. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2016 10:50 AM

    The Redskins played well enough to win too. So did the Bungals.
    —————
    Say what? The Bengals, yes. But he Redskins lost by 3 scores. I don’t think that is playing even close to well enough to win.

  107. jimmysee says: Jan 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    There’s no way Vince Lombardi would have made that speech in the locker room after that game.

    Lombardi’s speech to the team would have been unquotable.

    And Vince is the guy that Super Bowl trophy is named after.

    By the way, he coached the Packers.

    That’s when they started calling it Titletown.

  108. son681 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    1 and done

  109. gohawks2015 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    Hawks at Vikes facts:

    97 Rushing yards vs. 58 (NFL Rushing leader stuffed)
    129 Passing yards vs. 125
    226 total yards vs. 183
    5-14 on 3rd down vs. 3-13
    Each had one turnover
    1-1 in redzone vs. 0-2
    27:34 time of possession vs. 32:26

    The Vikes played hard. Got some breaks, and gave some but by NO MEASURE that matters outplayed Seattle.

    10 – 9 in the end is all that matters at 0:00

  110. travlinful says: Jan 12, 2016 10:58 AM

    Vikes played very well, but no moral victory matches up to an ugly win.

    Go Hawks!

  111. toolkien says: Jan 12, 2016 10:59 AM

    What’s the name of the “played good enough to win trophy” again?

    To the delusional end of the Viking fan base, take a look a few years ago, within the division, at the Lions. Do you really think the Vikings are as good as they were? And look what they got out of all the “franchise QB, great defense, Calvin Johnson” talent. They got TWO wild card round washouts. AND THE VIKINGS AREN’T EVEN THAT GOOD. You’ve probably maxed out this “window” of opportunity. Bridgewater will never be anything more than a mediocre QB. So unless some sort of HOF caliber inside linebacker/safety combo appears, along with a bevy of other good to very good defensive players. the Vikings have, again, probably hit their high water mark this year.

  112. sethandfalon says: Jan 12, 2016 11:01 AM

    Outplayed the Seahawks except for in Total Yards, passing yards, rushing yards, yards per play, touchdowns, fumbles, kicking, punting, big plays, etc. They played well enough to win and should have won, but they didn’t exactly outplay the Seahawks unless you’re just talking about Time of Possession.

  113. travlinful says: Jan 12, 2016 11:01 AM

    “what would you expect the head coach to say?”

    Well, I remember a very angry coach McKay when asked about his pathetic defense during Tampa Bay’s historic losing streak said something like, “I’m all for it.”

    and Jim Mora made a similar comment while coaching the Aints. They can be more honest you know.

  114. dallasdominates says: Jan 12, 2016 11:02 AM

    The only question I have is, how has all of these retread coaches been hired, fired, re-hired, and this is Zimmer’s first football team. I remember how god-awful they were with Fraizer. This coach is the real deal. Vikings stole a good one here.

  115. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 12, 2016 11:03 AM

    How is any Seahawks fan debating they got outplayed…..obviously they didn’t watch the game. YOU GOT LUCKY SEATTLE!!! Plain and simple.

  116. stellarperformance says: Jan 12, 2016 11:05 AM

    pinkmist4 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 10:40 AM
    “You take away a fluke play that Wilson made, the Seahawks basically got shut down all game.”
    I wish I could take just one play away from games, my Hawks would have 3 rings…..
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Uhh…not so fast. If we could all take away one play, the Packers would own at least one of your three rings….maybe two.

  117. squeakywheeler says: Jan 12, 2016 11:06 AM

    And the players are now lined up to collect their parcipitation trophies.

    Can’t believe Zim said that. Just lost a lot of respect right there. Wow!

  118. lscottman3 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:08 AM

    sometimes it just isn’t your day, when the muffed snap went for a long gain, i just said to myself, man that is a play that does not bode well for the luck factor in every game.

    one thing you can never calculate when saying next year…, is the impact of injuries. How many significant injuries did the vikings have this year, what if they get the injury bug next year?

    Why not give RGIII a tryout?

    Teddy is just not durable and at his height, not what it takes to win, he is no Brees.

    Zimmer is good, but he has to learn a few more tricks of the trade.

    One last thing, i would never bring in a figure from a losing past, Bud grant the legend, was a loser in the final game, bad karma

    And bring back the human mascot, make amends

    ramblings off

  119. dwarftosser says: Jan 12, 2016 11:08 AM

    Report comment
    lenthevikesfan says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:08 AM
    You can look at numbers all you want. If you watched the game you’d have to agree. The experience of the Seahawks is what pulled it out in the end.
    ——————————————————————–

    Experience? No, the most incredible streak of lucky breaks ever is what pulled it out at the end. Peterson’s fumble that went right through the hands of a Viking and then right to a Seahawk, the missed FG.. etc. Nobody gets more lucky breaks than Seattle. It’s absolutely amazing.

  120. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 12, 2016 11:08 AM

    Oh ya I forgot, 80% of Seahawks fans just started watching football about 3 years ago….now it makes sense

  121. ybthatway says: Jan 12, 2016 11:09 AM

    How is any Seahawks fan debating they got outplayed…..obviously they didn’t watch the game. YOU GOT LUCKY SEATTLE!!! Plain and simple.
    —————————-

    Hey….I know it hurts….but time to come back to reality. Your team got beat, deal with it……..

  122. ybthatway says: Jan 12, 2016 11:14 AM

    How is any Seahawks fan debating they got outplayed…..obviously they didn’t watch the game. YOU GOT LUCKY SEATTLE!!! Plain and simple.
    ———————————–
    Hawks at Vikes facts:

    97 Rushing yards vs. 58 (NFL Rushing leader stuffed)
    129 Passing yards vs. 125
    226 total yards vs. 183
    5-14 on 3rd down vs. 3-13
    Each had one turnover
    1-1 in redzone vs. 0-2
    27:34 time of possession vs. 32:26
    ————————————-
    Can you please explain to us all, which of the above stats backs up your delusional statement?

  123. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2016 11:14 AM

    Teddy is just not durable and at his height, not what it takes to win, he is no Brees.
    ————
    Ummmm…..Teddy is 6’2. Not sure what the heck you are talking about! I think we need to replace him because he lacks the physical skills, but height is not his problem.

  124. nhpats says: Jan 12, 2016 11:19 AM

    Sorry Mike…..the scoreboard says otherwise….

  125. nhpats says: Jan 12, 2016 11:20 AM

    dobberdubinsky says:
    Jan 12, 2016 11:08 AM
    Oh ya I forgot, 80% of Seahawks fans just started watching football about 3 years ago….now it makes sense

    —————-

    What’s sad about this statement is that even if true, these new fans have already witnessed their team win more SBs than Vikings fans who have been cheering their team forever. Think about that.

  126. powersnatch0102 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:25 AM

    Zimmer wasn’t referring to stats. He was referring to big plays made at big times. Seattle had more talent and the Vikings did pretty well against their Goliath. That’s what Zimmer was referring to.

  127. jeydrade says: Jan 12, 2016 11:28 AM

    GB fan, and I say MIN outplayed SEA for the most part.

    SEA made some plays, but in the end SEA got extremely lucky.

    You win some and you lose some. Last year they got lucky a guy not named BOSTICK botched an onside kick last year. Then they were unlucky Wilson threw a pick in the SB.

    Both are good teams, but someone has to be the hero or the goat.

  128. gohawks2015 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:33 AM

    ybthatway says:
    Jan 12, 2016 11:14 AM
    How is any Seahawks fan debating they got outplayed…..obviously they didn’t watch the game. YOU GOT LUCKY SEATTLE!!! Plain and simple.

    and

    Can you please explain to us all, which of the above stats backs up your delusional statement?

    ===========================

    Ok man. I can’t fix it for you to see the obvious even if you were inclined to do it. I will say this much, yes, it was fortunate the kick was missed. FeelsBadMan. I get it.

    The fact it was missed is on the Vikes and their kicker (with a little help from Sherman almost blocking the previous attempt perhaps?).

    But why no TD’s for Teddy and the Vikes with 5 min more TOP?, Why did the NFL rushing leader get STUFFED over and over again? Why didn’t the Vikings take advantage when the had the chance to do so? The Hawks had nothing to do with it? Please.

    The stats, to include the final score make the case.

    The Vikes did NOT lead in ANYTHING but Time of Possession. PERIOD.

    10- 9 Deal with it.

  129. summitmech says: Jan 12, 2016 11:36 AM

    Everyone in the world expected the Vikings to lose this game. One guy said it would be by “less than a field goal”. He couldn’t have worded that more accurately.

    Anyways, shove off haters. The Vikings had a far better season than ANYONE in the WORLD expected. We hoped to just make the playoffs. We took over the north and almost beat a team considered to be one of the hottest in football. One that was expected to blow us out again.

    GREAT season Vikes. We’re all excited to see you go even further next year!

  130. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2016 11:37 AM

    Zimmer wasn’t referring to stats. He was referring to big plays made at big times.
    ———–
    Seems to me that Seattle had more big plays at big times than we did, the fumble strip and the botched snap play come to mind. Sigh.

  131. bkostela says: Jan 12, 2016 11:39 AM

    The Seahawk punter miss handling the snap (and then diving on his face) gave the Vikings their first three points, and their furthest penetration into Seattle territory. That play was as fluky as the FG miss at the end, although it won’t rest the same in people’s minds, given the circumstances. (If the FG miss happened on the first drive, and the punt happened after the two-minute warning, we would be hearing about the idiot punter instead of the idiot kicker.)

    Those two plays cancel out, and the game was pretty much even-steven the whole way through besides that. And as a fan of neither team, I thought it was the best game of the wild card weekend.

    Zimmer can tell his guys whatever he wants, but “outplaying someone” is typically something only losers take solace in. He can tell them he is proud of them – he should be – for an 11-5 record and division title.

  132. ktm300xcwe says: Jan 12, 2016 11:40 AM

    Did he tell Blair Walsh he outplayed former Viking Steven Hauschka?

    9 pts for Walsh, 4 for Hauschka so there is that.

  133. Rdog says: Jan 12, 2016 11:42 AM

    …Except in the 4th quarter. You know, the last quarter in the game before the game ends and a winner is decided.

  134. coachkilla6 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:44 AM

    Media: “How do you feel about the execution of your offense?”

    Zimmer: “I’m all for it.”

    That’s how the conversation should have gone.

    Still
    Keeping
    0
    Lombardi’s

  135. gohawks2015 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:48 AM

    summitmech says:
    Jan 12, 2016 11:36 AM
    Everyone in the world expected the Vikings to lose this game. One guy said it would be by “less than a field goal”. He couldn’t have worded that more accurately

    =======================

    You had a great year. I for one respect the effort and you came very close.

    See you all soon I anticipate.

    GO HAWKS

  136. snowlock2013 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:48 AM

    In the sense that everyone predicted the Seahawks could just show up and beat us by 30 points, we did outplay them. Plus, it’s amazing to keep it that close when we played the whole game with a tackling dummy at the QB position.

  137. gohawks2015 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:49 AM

    ktm300xcwe says:
    Jan 12, 2016 11:40 AM
    Did he tell Blair Walsh he outplayed former Viking Steven Hauschka?

    9 pts for Walsh, 4 for Hauschka so there is that.

    =================

    Nice point. I stand corrected. ONE as you point out did outperform the other…

  138. purpleguy says: Jan 12, 2016 11:51 AM

    Meh, the Hawks made the plays they needed to win and the Vikes didn’t.

    Probably the most accurate statement would be that the Vikes played with the Hawks and looked like a playoff team. We all know the team to the east, that the Vikes beat for the NFCN when all the “marbles were on the table”, wouldn’t have made it that close of a game. But in the end, the Vikes are now yesterday’s news for the 2015 season while the Hawks and Pack continue, so more power to them.

  139. luvhatepeace says: Jan 12, 2016 11:51 AM

    A lot of haters on the Zim it sounds… Statistics count for nothing, but the Vikings did out-play an NFL elite team. Hawks are the better team at this point in their progression, but the Vikings almost beat an elite team in a big game with almost all of Seatle’s guns gunning. Yes, the Vikings out-played the Hawks…. EOS

  140. glac1 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:52 AM

    outplayed them? 0 touchdowns, costly turnovers, no quarterback play and a loss….. The defense was good but the weather kept them from getting blown out as much as anything…

  141. sportnorcal says: Jan 12, 2016 11:55 AM

    Is that the NFL equivalent of a participation trophy?

  142. keepingitlogical says: Jan 12, 2016 11:58 AM

    toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says:
    Jan 12, 2016 10:34 AM

    Packer fans will eat crow this weekend, your bandwagon season will come to end to another epic defeat at the hands of the mighty Cardinals!

    ________________________

    BUT……at least they will have the chance to lose next weekend.

  143. lavamachine says: Jan 12, 2016 11:59 AM

    Best coach you have had since Denny Green.
    If your GM can stop trading up to draft 1st round picks who can’t learn a route tree you can compete.

    Great to have you in the NFC North. It will be nice to take in a game at your new stadium and not have to pee in a reading barn stall.

    Where do you go to get your pigtails and purple tights cleaned at the end of the year?

    Congrats on your NFC North title.

  144. josephec says: Jan 12, 2016 12:04 PM

    All of you Packer fans, Seahawks fans, Pats fans, and Steeler fans who have nothing better to do than troll these comments can go suck it.

    The Vikings were a 4 win team just two years ago, and no, they didn’t win the lottery with a HOF QB draft, but at least
    e’s not throwing games away and doesnt get flustered under good NFL defenses, and we’ve been through all that.

    So now we are building depth at key positions and beating teams like Seattle (save for a shanked kick) and Green Bay.

    In case you haven’t noticed, the Vikings aren’t all about AP anymore. Seattle blew us out a couple of months ago, and we came back and JUST PLAIN SHUT THEM DOWN for three quarters plus in a playoff game. They ran the ball, threw short passes in front of those HOF holding DB’s, and kept Wilson in the pocket, pressured him and limited his rushing. AP actually took just a portion of the snaps.

    Short of a SB, there’s really nothing to win here anyway, and I dont think the Vikes are contenders just yet. I don’t think the Vikings or their fans care much about moral victories and such, But, what we have here is real progress. No aging patch-job FA veterans, ( well, there’s one DB ) lots of good solid draft pick ad a coach who knows how to develop these guys into great players.

    All of thhose who posted ” they did’t win” or “participation trophy” type posts here are fans of teams that have sucked for a while ( Seahawks for 30 years) and when you were in that position all you wanted to see is some watchable, competitive football first, and then you can start talking about trophies. Pundits put this team on 5 wins this year, and kept talking about how taking the division from Green Bay was some sort of a physical impossibility, but no, they took the division with 11 wins, and came within a shanked chipshot kick from eliminating the most insufferable fanbase in the NFC short of the Packers from the tournament. So bite me.

  145. coachkilla6 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:11 PM

    No Lynch, no Rawls, no Graham, no Willson. In your house. Still couldn’t beat them.

    GB beat them by 10 with all those guys healthy (except maybe Rawls).

    The shadow under which your team lies is getting darker by the day.

  146. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 12, 2016 12:12 PM

    That Vikings defense abused Wilson the whole game. The game plan was perfect, but their offense couldnt do anything. 9 points at home is usually loss, their offense didnt out play Seattles offense, their defense was fantastic.

  147. imodan says: Jan 12, 2016 12:13 PM

    Out playing someone means you scored more points and won the game. Yeah Zimmer can tell his players he’s proud of the effort but to go all Little League coach and try to make the boo boo better by saying what he did isn’t being genuine. That said I for one am happy to see the Vikes relevant again if only because it’s so danged entertaining reading the comments between Vikes and Pack fans. I really never knew the hatred that existed between those two fan bases.

  148. aj66shanghai says: Jan 12, 2016 12:25 PM

    First off, re: Seahawks bandwagon fans…
    It is absolutely true that a large number of Hawks fans are recent additions. Why? Because Seattle is a city of transplants, and in the last 20 years the success of companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks have brought a lot of people to Seattle. People who are making good money. Now there is plenty to do in Seattle, but the Seahawks are king and when they are good, the city is all about it. So yeah, they attract a lot of new fans, just as the city attracts new people.

    I was born in Virginia, raised in Seattle now I live in Shanghai. All of my friends growing up were from anywhere but Seattle, and now they mostly have moved elsewhere. But that doesn’t make any of us less of a fan of our adopted team, or make us any less knowledgeable about the sport. It does kinda make you look like a dumb hick for not understanding WHY Seattle gets new fans, but that’s cool because it immediately tells me that I can safely disregard anything else you have to say.

    Second, despite a few over-confident fans on here, Seattle fans were pretty worried about this matchup. I was thinking to myself that i was more confident they could get a win in Carolina than Minnesota. It was an ugly game all around and I don’t see much point in debating who outplayed who – Vikings should have won but I am happy to watch at least one more Seahawks game this year. Seahawks had to lose that game at Atlanta in heartbreaking fashion, which lit the fire in them to win the SB the following year. So Viking fans you can hope this loss will do the same for your guys.

  149. Marsh1976 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:32 PM

    Yes, The Seahawks were very fortunate to survive wild card weekend and move on. But survive they did. Now, bring on the Panthers.

    I sure am happy to hear it will be somewhere between 50 and 60 degrees warmer in Charlotte than it was in Minneapolis. I believe it was the beyond extreme cold more than the Vikings play that kept that game close. I think Russell Wilson (and everyone else on the team too for that matter) was shocked at how truly difficult that was.

  150. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 12, 2016 12:33 PM

    seahawkgary says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:34 AM

    Didn’t the Seahawks kicker miss a field goal? Only bad if it was the Vikings huh!
    ___

    Uh, no. No he didn’t. Didn’t you watch the game?

  151. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 12, 2016 12:36 PM

    I can’t wait for Carolina to be eating their crow when Seattle comes to town. Reminds me of when Green Bay got smoked by the Giants after being 15-1.

  152. fatsolio says: Jan 12, 2016 12:36 PM

    Outplayed them as the Seahawks got more total yards, had a better 3rd down conversion rate and was more effective in the red zone and only got into position to win with the help of a very bad defensive pass interference call.

    Sounds like a smart guy.

  153. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 12, 2016 12:39 PM

    The fact is, both teams had one first and goal situation in the game. The Seahawks scored a touchdown and the Vikings scored a field goal. That’s the difference. In that sense, the Seahawks outplayed the Vikings.

    If Walsh had made the chip shot, the Vikings would have outplayed the Seahawks. He missed it, so they didn’t. It was that close.

    At this stage in their development, I don’t feel bad about saying that the Vikings are even with the Seahawks.

  154. gohawks2015 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:43 PM

    josephec says:
    Jan 12, 2016 12:04 PM
    All of you Packer fans, Seahawks fans, Pats fans, and Steeler fans who have nothing better to do than troll these comments can go suck it.

    =============================

    Personally speaking I don’t have any problem with your team, and do note the improvement in many areas they’ve shown.

    I think the WX impact on the teams – especially the offenses was significant. My suspicion is it would be very different if the WX was better and perhaps the game not as close (not like the first game, but not as close as it ended up). Not that that suspicion has any weight because that’s not what the situation was so be that as it may.

    That said IT SUCKED for both teams, and was a major impacting element for performance – on both sides.

    What I do have is an issue with people not dealing with fact in an honest way. The Vikes played well, and probably have the makings of an ongoing competitor in the future.

    We will meet again I have no doubt. But claiming you “outperformed” the team that just beat you when you had no quantifiable proof and MANY chances to prove it where it mattered strikes me as coach bluster to say something to salvage a shred of positive out of a painful defeat.

    GO HAWKS

  155. bpurd says: Jan 12, 2016 12:44 PM

    Seattle had more total yards and more points. Yet the Vikings out played them. Come on. It was an even game. It came down to who will make the last play or who will make the last mistake. Congrats Minnesota it was you. If yhis game were played in a dome Seattle would have tan them off the field.

  156. chawk12thman says: Jan 12, 2016 12:50 PM

    Coach Zimmer told his team exactly what any quality coach would tell them. Indeed, they far exceeded expectations and showed promise for next season. The defense is one of the very best in the NFL and AP is a great back that makes teams load the box. All that is missing is for Bridgewater to put the ball down field more often.

    Congrats to the Vikings on a great game plan and for doing so well this season……..Like the Seahawks last year in the SB, when they lost the game at the end on that slant pass – (the only one to be picked off in the red zone all year) – you have to do your best to get over this and get ready for next season.

    That said; the scramble by Wilson after the pass snap, the “forced” turnover by Peterson were two very big plays by the Seahawks. True, the failure to convert the chip shot at the end was clearly significant and that is why they don’t just give the offense 3 points for getting into the Red Zone. However, because Sherman had just barely missed blocking the previous field goal, Walsh rushed the kick and with the laces facing him, he failed to follow through completely and pulled it….That wouldn’t happen if not for the pressure, the cold, the fear of the Seahawk rush……….

    Good hard nose football game. Fun to watch and glad no one was taking cheap shots, fighting with coaches, showing no respect, etc……

  157. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:58 PM

    I’m not understanding these “we outplayed the Seahawks” comments at all. I watched the game start to finish and I didn’t get that feeling at all. The Vikings struggled moving the ball except when penalties helped them. You can say the same with the Seahawks, but I saw a mostly evenly played game.

    With that being said, I will point out something that isn’t being mentioned a lot. The Vikings definitely benefited from the extra cold weather in this game. I think that is the main factor that kept this game even. If this game was played under more normal weather conditions, this game wouldn’t have been close. Seahawks would have won by at least a touchdown, but probably two.

    And the reason I say this is Teddy Bridgewater. I think Vikings fans need to face that he isn’t the answer and will most likely hold this team back in the coming seasons. If they lose Peterson for any reason (trade, release, injury, etc.), he is going to be exposed even more. There are teams completely selling out on the run and he still can’t complete passes down the field. Imagine if teams played a more balanced defensive scheme? It could get ugly.

    Completing a ton of check-down passes and an occasional pass over 5 yards might sneak you some regular season wins, but it won’t cut it in the playoffs ultimately. If not for Peterson and the defense this season, they probably wouldn’t have even been in the playoffs. Granted he manages the game ok and has a high percentage of completions, but it’s not going to cut it when it matters most.

    At the end of the day, they didn’t outplay the Seahawks. It was an even game throughout mostly because of the weather in my opinion. But they didn’t make enough plays to win the game and Seattle did. Hence, Seattle outplayed the Vikings.

  158. granadafan says: Jan 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    The Vikings had bad luck this season, but are definitely on the right track upwards for a great season next year. That defense is top notch. If Teddy finally gets it and has a break out year then watch out for the Vikings.

  159. myhawks1976 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:15 PM

    Ok…. so lets get real about this.

    In 8 quarters of football against the Hawks D, the Vikes scored a grand total of 0 offensive TD’s. That’s not outplaying ANYONE. You had 120 minutes of gametime, and couldn’t score a SINGLE offensive TD. One kick return TD and 3 FG’s in 120 minutes. The leagues leading rusher and the recognized “best back in the league” couldn’t even manage a 2 ypc avg against the Hawks on Sunday. Teddy didn’t come close to even 200 yards passing. This game was kept close by conservative game plans based on weather conditions, and that was IT.

    Now, that all being said, fix your OLine, bring in a little more secondary help, and work on finding an eventual replacement for AP and this team is young and primed to be a force for the next good amount of time. I respect the hell out of Zimmer. He’s tough, but his players love him. That’s a positive.

    Good game. Go Hawks

  160. boomdog02 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:19 PM

    Yeah, well moral victories and 50 cents gets you a newspaper.

  161. purplepackerhater says: Jan 12, 2016 4:34 PM

    Saying you “outplayed but lost” to someone isn’t claiming moral victory, it’s stating the obvious. They’ve done statistical analysis and for most of the game Seattle’s chances of winning were less than 50%, and down to 5% or so when they were lining up for the last kick.

    Anyone who watched the game knows the Vikes were in control for 90% of it. Bad plays and execution burned the Vikings and Seattle stole a victory from the jaws of defeat…it happens.

    Both Defenses played great in bad conditions, both Offenses and Special Teams struggled in same bad conditions.

    The Vikings are on the rise, but our mistakes in the game reveal the truth that we are not there…YET. Seattle capitalizing on said mistakes reveals the truth that they are there.

    Our rematch next season should be fun.

  162. teamnorsecore says: Jan 12, 2016 4:36 PM

    All the armchair QBs and armchair coaches in here make me laugh. You all have no idea the emotional roller coaster that the players and coaches go through. The game was in the bag….and then that kick happened. Zim was emotional after the game…..he spoke from the heart. What was he supposed to say “Average effort boys, we played equal to them today.” Come on! No one gave the Vikes a chance in this game but they did enough to win the game….it was right there! Was it disappointing as a Vikes fan that my team lost…yes. What is encouraging is the team accomplished more this year than 99% of people expected and the arrow is pointing up….way up. The Vikes defense is going to be stout for years to come….the offense is where the work needs to be done. Score 1 TD on Sunday and ya’ll would be hammering less on Zim’s post game comments and more on how the Vikes have no shot against the Cards…..just like ya’ll were saying before the Seahawks game. SKOL 4 Life!

  163. lindacaseauthor says: Jan 12, 2016 5:00 PM

    Why are we arguing? Outplayed? Didn’t Outplay? We all saw what happened: Teddy got us into field goal range, the shortest field goal for Blair Walsh that day, Seattle knew they were going to lose (you could tell by their faces), Walsh missed a field goal that he could make in his sleep leaving the fans in shock, and the Hawks win on pure luck. It was a travesty and maybe for some remains a travesty. But our team is so young, our future is so bright, our defense will even be way better next year and from Zim’s press conference today, improving the offense will be a priority. I wanna feel bad, but I feel optimistic even more. Add a new, beautiful stadium and I want to stop looking back and now only want to look forward. I love my Vikes.

  164. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Jan 12, 2016 5:02 PM

    First I hate both teams. I watched the game because I knew the tears from one of the fan bases would be divine. That said Zimmer is right. The Seahawks are the luckiest team I have ever seen. That botched snap should have ended the Seahawks season not given an inferior team a second chance at their post season.

  165. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 12, 2016 6:24 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 12, 2016 12:39 PM

    At this stage in their development, I don’t feel bad about saying that the Vikings are even with the Seahawks.
    _____________
    That’s the problem, though. The Vikings are not even with the Seahawks. Not really close, either. You can give yourself a moral victory and look at the box score from Sunday and say hey, it was a pretty even game. But to not take into account the weather at all makes that assessment meaningless. You want a better indicator of where the Vikings are at, look at the results of the game in Minnesota about a month earlier where it wasn’t below 0 degrees. 38-7 Seahawks with the 7 coming on a kick return. So you played the Seahawks for 120 minutes this year, 8 quarters, and you scored 0 offensive TD’s. 0. I will give you that aside from QB, the Vikings have a solid team, but there’s no way they’ll ever go anywhere with captain check down Teddy 2 gloves. They’re a fringe playoff team that will never make past the first round as long as Teddy is the QB. And AP’s only getting older. Viking fans seem to have all this optimism going into next year, but the reality is that you need a good QB to be an elite team in this league and the Vikings do not have that.

  166. artic19 says: Jan 12, 2016 7:03 PM

    Every Seahawks fan in the world had zero hope before that last kick. Even the Seahawks players were thanking their gods after that kick. If you are a Seahawks fan and before that kick thought you were going to win that game then not only are you a liar but you are and idiot.

  167. bear322015 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:59 PM

    The Seahawks offense was mostly the result of a bad snap and a broken play. I don’t think the Purple People Eaters of the 70’s ever played such dominating defense. With an average offense, the Vikings would have blown them out.

  168. twincities90210 says: Jan 13, 2016 1:26 PM

    Sounds like he’s selling a moral victory on a RIGGED GAME. Anybody who thinks the reason Walsh missed the 27 yarder because the laces were facing Walsh are lying to themselves. Earlier in the game Walsh made a 47 yarder with the laces facing the same direction.

    All PRO SPORTS are rigged and football was created by two freemasons. Stop buying into these bread and circuses. They are a weapon of mass distraction and the players and coaches could careless which team wins the Super Bowl. The NFL wins regardless and the players and coaches go home to their millions of dollars.

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