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Stats That Stood Out: Vikings-Seahawks in Week 5

The Vikings were unable to make the clinching conversion or one of two stops on fourth down in the final two minutes and suffered a 27-26 heartbreaking loss to the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday Night Football.

Minnesota showed resiliency but fell to 1-4.

Here are three stats that stood out:

1. 0-for-7 but 2-for-2

It almost was a blueprint, upset victory.

Minnesota racked up 31 first downs on 83 offensive plays and netted 449 yards while hanging onto the football 39:28, doing all kinds of underdog things right.

Seattle was limited to 18 first downs on 52 offensive plays that netted 314 yards. The Seahawks held the ball for just 20:32 but came up with key plays when they needed them most. Of course, a team can make up for a lack of offensive plays if it gets three touchdowns in a four-snap span like the Seahawks offense did in the third quarter.

Minnesota was able to limit Seattle without a conversion of a third down. The Seahawks were 0-for-7 on third down but made up for that inadequacy by converting a pair of fourth downs on their final do-or-die drive.

The Vikings converted six of the 14 third downs they faced. Minnesota also earned more snaps with a fourth-down conversion on its first and its second possession. The Vikings, however, were unable to seal the victory when they were stopped short on their third and final fourth-down attempt of the night, a run for no gain on fourth-and-1 with less than two minutes remaining.

2. Rush yards per play

Even with Dalvin Cook leaving the game on the first Vikings offensive play of the second half, Minnesota stayed committed to the running game. The Vikings rushed 41 times for 201 yards, an average of 4.9 yards per carry.

Playing from behind, the Seahawks rushed 16 times for 124 yards, for an average of 7.8 yards per carry that was much higher than Seattle's average of 4.4 through Weeks 1-4.

Quarterback Russell Wilson inflated Sunday's average for Seattle, totaling 58 yards on five rushes (11.6 yards per carry). None was bigger than his 17-yard run to open the final drive. The run gave the Seahawks breathing room from their own end zone, instantly taking away some of the field position advantage that the Vikings banked on when they didn't convert the fourth-and-1.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson (eight attempts for 52 yards) did his best damage on a 29-yard touchdown run to put Seattle up 21-13.

According to Next Gen Stats, Carson's score gained 24 more yards than expected, earning status as a "remarkable rush." The 24 yards above expectation ranked 10th among runs across the NFL in Week 5 (excludes Monday and Tuesday games).

Alexander Mattison also ranked in the "remarkable rush" category. His 25-yard run gained 15 more yards than expected and ranked as the 16th-longest above expectation.

3. Almost equally improbable

Wilson, whose completions (20), completion percentage (62.5), passing yards (217) and passer rating (100.7) were season lows, completed passes at a better rate than expected, according to Next Gen Stats.

His 62.5 percent exceeded the expected rate of 58.3, for a positive difference of 4.2 percentage points that ranked eighth-highest in Week 5.

Wilson's night included the 11th and 12th least likely completions of Week 5.

His 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Dissly only had a completion likelihood of 29.7 percent. His 39-yarder to DK Metcalf only had a 31.3-percent likelihood of a completion.