Seahawks advance to Divisional Round

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Blair Walsh missed a late chip-shot field goal as the Seattle Seahawks edged the Minnesota Vikings 10-9 to progress in the NFL play-offs.

Walsh hooked his 27-yard effort left of the posts with only 26 seconds remaining on the clock, leaving the packed stands at a frigid TCF Bank Stadium in almost complete silence, the Vikings' Super Bowl dreams having been left in tatters.

Temperatures in Minneapolis dipped below freezing in Fahrenheit, making the game the third coldest in the league's history, although the Vikings' 88-year-old former coach Bud Grant made light of it when he came out wearing a short-sleeved polo shirt to make the coin toss.

Conditions made life tough for both quarterbacks, and big offensive plays were few and far between, with the longest gain of the entire game only 35 yards, and that was on a busted pass play from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett.

Walsh put the Vikings 3-0 up with a 22-yard field goal in the first-quarter, the Vikings having been handed a short field when Seahawks punter John Ryan could not complete a kick and was forced to run on fourth down – he failed to make the first down and ended with a bloody nose for his troubles.

Those were the only three points of the first half, but Walsh converted from 43 and 47 yards in the third quarter after promising Vikings drives were halted.

The game was broken wide open early in the fourth quarter when Lockett's 35-yard gain, which came after Wilson fumbled a shotgun snap, helped set up a three-yard touchdown pass to the red-hot Doug Baldwin, who scored for the 13th time in nine games.

An Adrian Peterson fumble gave the Seahawks the ball back less than a minute later and Seattle were able to drive into position to set Steven Hauschka up for a 46-yard field goal to give them the lead for the first time in the game.

Both teams had their next two drives end in punts, and the Vikings were left with 1:42 to try and engineer a match-winning score.

A pass interference call on Kam Chancellor and a 24-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Kyle Rudolph helped the Vikings move down to the Seahawks nine-yard line with 26 seconds remaining, giving Walsh the chance to be their hero.

But the 26-year-old, who missed five regular season field goals as well, was unable to split the uprights after a seemingly perfect snap and hold to send the Seahawks through to a meeting with the top-seeded Carolina Panthers next weekend.

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