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See Why 88-Year-Old Hall of Fame Vikings Coach Was Likely Toughest Guy on the Field Sunday


"That's not anybody, that's Bud."

MINNEAPOLIS (TheBlaze/AP) -- The toughest guy on the field on Sunday? Had to be 88-year-old Bud Grant.

The Hall of Fame Vikings coach was an honorary captain for the game. He walked out to midfield for the coin toss wearing just a Vikings short-sleeved golf shirt and a purple Vikings cap. The crowd was never louder than when he was introduced, and he waved to them as he made the walk on to the field.

It was -6 degrees outside.

But the Vikings didn't fare so well.

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a "chip shot" 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 it again last year. But Chancellor is back and made a big play on Sunday, Russell Wilson found just enough magic on offense and the Seahawks survived the third-coldest game on record in NFL history, with a kickoff temperature of minus-6 degrees.


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