MINNEAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater opened his first career playoff game by sharing the experience with teammates.
Bridgewater completed 70.8 percent of his passes (17 of 24) for 146 yards on the day. The completion percentage is the highest by a Vikings quarterback in a playoff game.
"It was a great overall team effort today, we just came up short," Bridgewater said.
As the second-year quarterback has done all season, he spread the ball around in Minnesota's 10-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card game.
In the coldest game in Vikings history (minus-6 degrees Fahrenheit at kickoff), Bridgewater completed passes to nine different targets.
"The wide receivers did a great job of understanding what we were trying to do in the passing game," Bridgewater said. "(We were) using the running backs, the tight ends and getting everyone involved."
In addition to the minus-6 degree temperature (tied for third-coldest ever), the wind chill of minus-25 degrees made the game the third-coldest game (in wind chill) in NFL history.
The young quarterback was efficient and had a passer rating of 86.5. He said that he stayed warm on the sidelines and on the field throughout the game.
"(The temperature) wasn't really a factor at all," Bridgewater said. "When you go out there on the field, it's all a mental thing and it didn't affect us at all."
Bridgewater's lead target was the Vikings leading wide receiver on the season, rookie Stefon Diggs.
Diggs caught a team-high four passes on six targets for 26 yards.
Bridgewater's longest completion of the day was a 24-yard completion to tight end Kyle Rudolph, that brought the ball to the Seahawks 18-yard line giving the Vikings the chance to take the lead at the end of the game.
Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer acknowledged that his quarterback executed his game plan.
"I think he played better today," Zimmer said. "He threw the ball well. He had a couple tipped but he did what we asked him to do today. He took what the defense gave him and tried to convert on third downs. We had a chance to win the football game."