Vikings 31

(4-2, 2-1 away)

Seahawks 13

(4-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, October 22, 2006

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 3 7 14 731
SEA 7 3 0 313

Top Performers

Passing: B. Johnson (MIN) - 171 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Taylor (MIN) - 26 CAR, 169 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Jackson (SEA) - 7 REC, 136 YDS, 1 TD

Vikes KO Hasselbeck, end Hawks' 12-game run at home

SEATTLE (AP) -- For years, teams facing the Seahawks at home have tried silent snap counts, blaring music during practices and other tricks to combat Seattle's notoriously raucous crowd noise.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson figured out a way to take the crowd and the Seahawks out of it on the same play.

Seahawks' Luck Runs Out
For two months, the Seahawks appeared to be dodging the curse of the Super Bowl losers. They were 4-1 despite some nasty injuries. The schedule appeared to be one of the easiest in football. A last-second win over the Rams last week appeared to put the Seahawks on course to win the NFC West and avoid the tradition of the last five Super Bowl losers finishing with a losing record. But it took only 47 seconds into the third quarter for the bad luck to strike the Seahawks.

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Henderson rolled into Matt Hasselbeck's right leg early in the second half of a tie game, sending the Pro Bowl quarterback to the locker room for the remainder of Sunday with a sprained knee.

Then the Vikings' Chester Taylor romped for most of his career-high 169 yards on a pivotal, 95-yard run -- the longest in Minnesota history -- as the Vikings stunned the battered Seahawks 31-13 on Sunday to end Seattle's team-record 12-game home winning streak.

Qwest Field was so quiet, you could hear another Seahawks star fall.

"I think they were a little shocked, a little rattled without their leader out there," Henderson said after his knockout, which did not appear to be intentional. He also had a team-high nine tackles and intercepted backup Seneca Wallace.

Already without his league MVP Shaun Alexander, Seattle coach Mike Holmgren announced Hasselbeck will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury. When pressed on how injured the most important player of his intricate offense is, coach Holmgren turned terse.

"I'm not going to say anything about what it is. He's getting pictures taken tomorrow," Holmgren said.

So ended an NFL afternoon in which both Super Bowl quarterbacks from last season went out with injuries and did not return: Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out with a scary blow to the head in an overtime loss to the Falcons.

Minnesota won its second straight thanks to a 15-yard halfback option pass from Mewelde Moore to tight end Jermaine Wiggins that broke a 10-10 tie in the third quarter, just as Hasselbeck was walking gingerly into the locker room. Taylor followed with his record romp.

Seattle (4-2) lost at home in the regular season for the first time since Dec. 6, 2004, against Dallas. But the Seahawks know they many have lost more than that.

"When you lose your quarterback, that's a fairly dramatic thing," Holmgren said.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Minnesota stayed aggressive defensively, knocking Matt Hasselbeck (right) out of the game and completely shutting down the Seahawks' run game. Minnesota turned the pressure up on Seneca Wallace, who took over for Hasselbeck, bringing several different blitz looks.

Minnesota established the run game and attacked the Seahawks' secondary vertically with play-action passes. The Vikings ran right at the smaller, faster Seahawks defense, taking over the line of scrimmage with their powerful offensive line. The Vikings' balanced attack took advantage of Seattle, making a number of explosive plays.

This dramatic: Hasselbeck was 7-for-17 for 127 yards and a touchdown. Wallace, a fourth-year veteran who has never started an NFL game, was 14-for-25 for 134 yards passing and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble in his own end zone while Ben Leber sacked him. Kevin Williams covered the ball for Minnesota's final score.

"For the circumstances, I think I did all right," Wallace said.

Henderson got tangled in a block from fullback Mack Strong and then swung the left side of his torso into Hasselbeck's lower right leg, which was planted after he had just thrown an incomplete pass. Hasselbeck crumpled to the ground immediately, rolled over and then tried to get up.

When he could not put weight on the leg to stand, he fell again and angrily pounded the turf while trainers rushed to his side.

"I was falling to the ground and Mack Strong kind of pushed, I definitely didn't mean to do it," Henderson said. "It was definitely an accident, I hope he gets back soon."

Hasselbeck was taken to the sidelines with his weight on the shoulders of two trainers. Soon, he was walking carefully and flexing his leg behind Alexander, who was wearing a team sweat suit while missing his third consecutive game because of a broken foot.

Meanwhile, Brad Johnson found Marcus Robinson for 28 yards and Richard Owens for 15 more on the drive to get to the Seattle 7. A holding penalty led to a 3rd-and-goal from the 15.

Johnson then handed to Moore, who ran right as if on a sweep. Moore stopped to loft a pass into the outstretched hands of Wiggins, who had slipped behind Ken Hamlin and Michael Boulware for a 15-yard touchdown.

"I haven't thrown a pass since my senior year in high school," said Moore, a native of Baton Rouge, La. "I've got the highlight film. I can show you, baby."

Game notes

Minnesota WR Troy Williamson left midway through the first quarter with a concussion. His head hit the ground after getting shoved by Ken Hamlin while leaping for a high pass. Williamson said he was unconscious for 10 seconds. But both he and coach Brad Childress think Williamson will play against New England next weekend. ... Taylor's TD run was the longest the Seahawks have ever allowed, topping the famous, 91-yard run by Bo Jackson into a tunnel in the Kingdome during a Monday night game in 1987.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1416
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5967
Total Yards332290
Yards per play5.64.3
Total Drives1413
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-20-1
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

minFG11:44Ryan Longwell 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 38 yds, 3:20
seaTD10:11Darrell Jackson, 72 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yds, 1:39
seaFG14:16Josh Brown 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 45 yds, 2:18
minTD8:03Marcus Robinson, 40 yd pass from Brad Johnson (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 84 yds, 6:18
minTD8:57Jermaine Wiggins, 15 yd pass from Mewelde Moore (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yds, 5:10
minTD5:06Chester Taylor, 95 yd run (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 95 yds, 0:00
seaFG14:15Josh Brown 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 5:39
minTD7:54Kevin Williams, fumble recovery (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 0 yds, 0:06