Bobby Wagner leaped over the line of scrimmage, swatted Dan Bailey’s field-goal attempt and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns.
Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didn’t care.
“I’m not stressing about that. I made the play,” Wagner said.
Wagner’s block midway through the fourth quarter was the catalyst in a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night that pushed Seattle to the brink of a playoff berth.
Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a two-yard touchdown run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman capped the Seahawks’ fourth straight victory with a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown 18 seconds later.
The Seahawks (8-5) salvaged an ugly game and moved to the brink of wrapping up a wild-card spot in the NFC. One win in Seattle’s final three games — including matchups with lowly San Francisco and Arizona — should be enough to put the Seahawks into the postseason.
Minnesota (6-6-1) twice had scoring chances in the fourth quarter but was turned away each time. Minnesota’s chances of winning the NFC North took a major hit with its second straight loss, but the Vikings still hold the NFC’s No. 6 spot.