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Seattle Seahawks could again leave Minnesota Vikings out in the cold

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was held to a season-low 18 yards rushing Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner and the Seahawks in a 38-7 loss to Seattle last month in Minnesota.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was held to a season-low 18 yards rushing Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner and the Seahawks in a 38-7 loss to Seattle last month in Minnesota. AP

6. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) at 3. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)

TV: noon Sunday, KXAS/5 Line: Seahawks by 3 1/2

Playoff records: Seahawks 14-13; Vikings 19-27

Last playoff game: Seahawks lost Super Bowl 28-24 vs. New England Patriots, Feb. 1, 2015. Vikings lost wild-card game 24-10 at Green Bay Packers, Jan. 5, 2013.

2015 leaders: Seahawks: QB Russell Wilson 329-483 for 4,024 yards, 34 TDs, 8 INT; RB Thomas Rawls 147-830, 4 TDs; WR Doug Baldwin 78-1,069, 14 TDs. Vikings: QB Teddy Bridgewater 292-447 for 3,231 yards, 19 TDs, 9 INT; RB Adrian Peterson 327-1,485 11 TDs; WR Stefon Diggs 52-720, 4 TDs.

Notable: Zero will be a key number in this game. Not in points or turnovers, but temperature. That’s the predicted high for Sunday in Minnesota, where the Vikings host their first outdoor playoff game since December 1976. Seattle’s been hot lately, going 6-1 down the stretch with wins over three playoff teams (Steelers, Vikings, Cardinals). The offense has averaged 32 points over past seven games and the defense has 11 takeaways. Their biggest rout of the season was a 38-7 win in Minnesota a month ago when they held Adrian Peterson to 18 yards rushing and allowed the Vikings a total of 125 yards. Running back Marshawn Lynch, who had abdominal surgery and missed the past six games, didn’t make the trip. Seattle has won at least one playoff game in its past seven trips to the postseason. Minnesota went 2-4 against playoff teams this season. The Vikings rely on Peterson, the NFL rushing champ, to set the offensive tempo since second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater exceeded 250 passing yards only twice this season. The past 10 touchdowns against Minnesota’s defense have been passes, and 15 of the past 17 over the past eight games have been through the air.

Stephen Schroats

INJURY REPORT

SEAHAWKS: OUT: TE Luke Willson (concussion), RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen). PROBABLE: DE Michael Bennett (toe), S Kam Chancellor (pelvis), DT Jordan Hill (toe), CB Jeremy Lane (oblique), WR Tyler Lockett (hip), T Russell Okung (calf), G J.R. Sweezy (concussion). VIKINGS: OUT: DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle). PROBABLE: DE Everson Griffen (shoulder), DT Linval Joseph (foot), RB Adrian Peterson (back), WR Adam Thielen (shoulder, back).

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