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Players of the game


Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson: Caught 10 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown the day his father passed away.


Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander: Gained 112 yards on 27 carries, also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass.


QB Matt Hasselbeck: completed 23 of 34 passes for 334 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.


Seahawks SS Michael Boulware: Recorded seven tackles, one sack, one pass defense and made a game-saving interception.


Vikings WR Randy Moss: Caught four passes for 104 yards and one touchdown with a long of 54.


Vikings S Brian Russell: Notched a game-high nine tackles, three pass defenses and one interception.


Play of the game


This game had same-old Seahawks written all over it, until the same-old Boulware intercepted a pass from Moss to WR Marcus Robinson in the Seahawks’ end zone to preserve the win. It came on a first-and-10 from the Seahawks’ 20-yard line.


Turning point


A botched handoff between Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper and running back Onterrio Smith in the fourth quarter. The ball squirted loose, and Seahawks DT Rashad Moore fell on top of it. The turnover led to a Josh Brown field goal and a four-point lead, the difference between the Vikings needing a touchdown or a field goal to win.


Sunday’s surprises


• Playing with a heavy heart when many wouldn’t have played, Jackson turned in the day’s most impressive performance.


• The much-maligned Seahawks defense, a unit that surrendered 81 points in two previous losses, allowed 132 yards and three points in the second half.


• TE Ryan Hannam usually is third on the Seahawks’ depth chart, but not yesterday. He caught two passes for 44 yards and played extensively in place of Jerramy Stevens, who was active but didn’t see as much time as usual.


Injury report


Seahawks: LG Steve Hutchinson left the game in the second quarter with the flu. DE Grant Wistrom left near the end of the fourth quarter with a right-knee injury.


Vikings: WR Nate Burleson left the game briefly in the fourth quarter with a broken nose.


By the numbers


0: points the Seahawks defense allowed in the fourth quarter.


30: percentage of third downs the Vikings converted.


455: yards of total offense for the Seahawks.


Speaker box


“We are SO streaky. We’re like the basketball team nobody wants to play because we can get so hot.”


— Alexander on the Seahawks’ season


Greg Bishop