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Russell Wilson’s late TD lifts Seattle Seahawks to franchise’s first 5-0 record

Russell Wilson’s late TD lifts Seattle Seahawks to franchise’s first 5-0 record

Russell Wilson entered Sunday night’s game with 33 career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most of any quarterback since Wilson entered the league in 2012.

No. 34 might have been as improbable as any.

Wilson took the Seattle Seahawks 94 yards in less than two minutes, unfazed by the rain that drenched CenturyLink Field all night or the two fourth-down plays he faced against the Minnesota Vikings’ defense. Wilson and DK Metcalf kept the final drive alive by connecting on fourth-and-10, then capped it off when Wilson found Metcalf in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 6 with 20 seconds left.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“There is just so much character that goes into being able to have that much poise, to be that clear, to function like that so beautifully throughout those opportunities,” coach Pete Carroll said of Wilson. “He’s just as good as you can get. I don’t know how anybody could ever be better than what he continues to show us in those situations. He’s as good as you can get.”

Wilson threw another touchdown pass to Metcalf earlier in the game and three total Sunday, giving him 19 on the season. That’s one shy of Peyton Manning’s record for the most through a team’s first five games in NFL history. Wilson, the early-season MVP front-runner, set the record through three games (14) and tied Manning’s record through four games (16).4

As hot as Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense were heading into Sunday, they came crashing back to earth early against Minnesota (1-4). Wilson was 7-of-7 in the first half but managed only 40 yards through the air and lost 27 yards via four sacks. His 35 rushing yards accounted for more than half of Seattle’s 66 total yards en route to a 13-0 halftime deficit. That marked only the sixth time in Wilson’s career that the Seahawks were held scoreless in a first half.

They rallied back in the third quarter, scoring 21 points in 1 minute, 53 seconds, thanks in part to takeaways on consecutive Minnesota possessions. Defensive end Damontre’ Moore got the first one with a strip-sack of Kirk Cousins that linebacker K.J. Wright recovered. Wright then made a leaping, one-handed interception, hanging on to the ball after dropping three would-be picks last week.nfl cheap jerseys nike

The first of Seattle’s three straight third-quarter touchdowns was a 19-yard pass from Wilson to tight end Will Dissly, who got his first score of the season almost exactly a year after he tore his Achilles tendon in an Oct. 13, 2019, game at Cleveland. The next two came on a 13-yard slant pass to Metcalf and a bulldozing, 29-yard run by Chris Carson.

Wilson finished 20-of-32 for 217 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau, he is 28-7-1 in his career in night games (defined as 5 p.m. or later local time) for a .792 winning percentage, the best by any quarterback with 10 or more such starts since the 1970 merger.