Adam Thielen remained near the top of NFL receiving statistics and the Vikings record book after a disappointing loss to Seattle 27-26 at CenturyLink Field Sunday night.
An 80-yard receiving and two touchdown game put Thielen tied for the NFL lead in receiving touchdowns (6) with Mike Evans of Tampa Bay
Thielen is also tied for the second-most receiving touchdowns through the opening five weeks of a season in Vikings history.
His first touchdown of the night pulled Minnesota to within two points trailing 21-19, capping an 11-play, 72-yard drive after allowing 21 unanswered points.
Minnesota dominated play early leading 13-0 at halftime on a Dalvin Cook rushing score and two Dan Bailey field goals.
Thielen’s first touchdown tied Stefon Diggs for the ninth-most receiving touchdowns by a Viking in franchise history.
He moved past that with his second touchdown on the Vikings next drive to take the lead 26-21. The Vikings marched 92 yards in 15 plays, one of the biggest a 12-yard connection between Kirk Cousins and Thielen on third-and-six from the Minnesota eight yard line.
The duo hooked up on second-and-goal from the six on a Thielen showcase of his footwork around the front left pylon.
"We can be a dang good football team," said Thielen, who had 80 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the loss. "You saw it tonight, you saw it the last couple weeks. We just need to finish, make one more play."
The Vikings played the second half without Dalvin Cook who sustained a groin injury and is scheduled for an MRI Monday. Alexander Mattison played well in his stead gaining 112 yards on 20 carries.
All that stood between the Minnesota Vikings and their second win of the season was one more play made. Instead, it was MVP candidate Russell Wilson making the plays for Seattle, and the undefeated Seahawks escaped a rain-soaked CenturyLink Field with the win.
Trailing by five points, the veteran quarterback led his team on a 13-play, 94-yard drive, ending with a 6-yard strike to DK Metcalf to take the lead with 15 seconds left in the game.
Metcalf has five touchdown receptions this year, one behind Thielen and tied with Baltimore’s Mark Andrews and Green Bay’s Robert Tonyan.
Seattle had the opportunity to close out the game because the Vikings failed to seal the game on offense. With just a half-yard to go on fourth down deep in Seahawk territory, Mattison was stuffed at the line of scrimmage, turning the ball over to Seattle for their final drive.
"If we get the half a yard, we win the game," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. "I told them in the headset 'we didn't come here for this, let's go win it.'"
(Forum News Service's Robb Jeffries contributed to this story)