Fourth quarter

Peephole perspective: The Vikings scored a touchdown on a fourth-down pass, then iced the game with a late interception and return to set up a TD run with 2:48 to play.

Player of the quarter: Javon Walker. Just signed by the Vikings because of an injury to Sidney Rice, Walker scored on the fourth-down pass – a 25-yarder to give the Vikings the lead.

Play of the quarter: It appeared the Seahawks had stopped the Vikings’ first drive of the quarter. But on fourth-and-2, rather than kick a game-tying field goal, Sage Rosenfels passed to Walker for the TD.

Stat of the quarter: 14, as in points scored by the Vikings in the final seven minutes.

The bigger picture: Rosenfels took over for the Vikings and got the offense moving against the Seahawks’ No. 2 defense. Rosenfels capped a 10-play, 87-yard drive with the 25-yard TD pass to Walker on fourth down with 7:09 to play. Rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond had Walker covered on the play, but the Vikings’ just-signed wide receiver came up with the catch in the end zone.

When the Seahawks got the ball back, they were backed up at their own 7. But that lasted one play, as Whitehurst threw a nice pass to Golden Tate along the sideline for a 41-yard gain. The Vikings, however, came right back as Marcus Sherels intercepted a Whitehurst pass and returned it deep into Seahawks territory. Sherels was the cornerback Tate beat on the long pass play.

The Vikings capitalized, as Ryan D’Imperio lunged into the end zone on third down for a 7-yard TD that made it 24-13.


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