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Seahawks' comeback doesn't miss at Minnesota

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: MICHAEL WORKMAN - Seattle and Minnesota players react as the Vikings' last-minute field goal fails, leaving the Seahawks on top 10-9 in their NFL playoff game Sunday at Minneapolis.In the third-coldest temperatures ever for an NFL playoff game, the wild-card Seattle Seahawks rallied to knock off NFC North champion Minnesota 10-9.

The Vikings’ Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal attempt in the final minute, and Seattle moved into the next round and a Sunday, Jan. 17 date with Carolina — which had the best regular-season record in the league at 15-1.

The Seahawks erased a 9-0 deficit with two scores in the fourth quarter, as they took a 10-9 lead over the Vikings.

Seattle’s bogged down after that, giving the Vikes the opportunity to come back themselves.

But, with 22 seconds left, Walsh pulled his short three-point try to the left — hitting the ball square on the laces — and Seatte then ran out the clock.

Walsh had given the Vikings their 9-0, hitting from 22 yards in the first quarter and 43 and 47 yards in the third quarter.

Seattle got back in it with an 80-yard touchdown drive in seven plays, scoring on Russell Wilson’s 3-yard pass to Doug Baldwin. Wilson’s improvised first-down pass to Tyler Lockett after a botched snap from center saved the Hawks’ first good march of the afternoon.

Wilson finished 13 of 26 passing for 142 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

Still, the Vikings were moving again until the Seahawks stripped running back Adrian Peterson of the ball and recovered the fumble, setting up a 12-play drive for Steven Hauschka’s 46-yard field goal, which proved to be the winning points.

Peterson ran 23 times for 45 yards, while Seattle’s Christine Michael had 21 carries for 70 yards starting for the injured Marshawn Lynch.

Seattle (10-6 in the regular season) has won nine of its last 11 games.

Minnesota (11-5 in the regular season) came in off a win over Green Bay that gave the Vikings the division crown and their first home playoff game in six years.