MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Even as Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh trotted out for what his coach called a “chip shot” game-winning field goal try, ever-optimistic Seattle coach Pete Carroll kept right on believing his Seahawks weren’t done yet.
Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds, keeping the Seahawks’ dreams of returning to the Super Bowl for a third straight season alive with a 10-9 victory over the Vikings in the wild-card playoff game on Sunday at frigid TCF Bank Stadium.
After making three field goals in the first three quarters, Walsh’s try to win the game missed to the left badly, and the Seahawks (11-6) moved on to face top-seeded Carolina next weekend.
“We were still talking like something good was going to happen, all the way through the kick,” Carroll said. “And he missed it. There was a lot of believing and a lot of hope at that time when it was all but hopeless.”
That’s been the season for the Seahawks. They started 2-4, dealt with safety Kam Chancellor’s holdout and just didn’t look like the same team that won the Super Bowl two years ago and were inches away from winning…