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Percy Harvin proved worth the wait.
Making his Seattle debut 11 games into the season, Harvin turned in two electric plays to power a 24-point first half for the Seahawks — tying the most they have scored in any half this season.
And from there the Seahawks cruised to a 41-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday in front of 68,235 at CenturyLink Field.
Marshawn Lynch also scored three touchdowns and Walter Thurmond added an interception return for a score as the Seahawks blew it open late.
It was Seattle’s 13th straight home game in a row, setting a franchise record, while also improving to 10-1 for the first time in team history.
Harvin, who hadn’t played since last Nov. 4 at CenturyLink Field when he was a member of the Vikings, turned in a highlight-reel one-handed catch to pick up 17 yards on a third-and-10 play that led to a Lynch touchdown run midway through the second quarter.
Then, with regular kickoff returner Jermaine Kearse out of the game with a concussion, Harvin returned a Blair Walsh boot 58 yards to set up a 19-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin with 10 seconds left in the first half.
That gave Seattle a 24-13 halftime lead and the Seahawks cruised from there as its defense made Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson a non-factor throughout — he finished with 65 yards on 21 carries with a long of 13 — and forced four turnovers.
Seattle coaches had said they would ease Harvin, acquired from Minnesota in the offseason for three draft picks, including a 2013 first-rounder, into the offense, and indicated he would not return kickoffs.
But after he saw just two snaps on the first two possessions of the game, he was on the field regularly the rest of the way through the first three quarters.
His first reception as a Seahawk came with 8:50 to play in the second quarter. Lined up in the slot, he broke toward the sideline and reached high with his right hand to bring in a pass from Wilson as he was tackled for a 17-yard gain.
That led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Lynch — his second of the half — to put the Seahawks ahead 17-10, which proved to be a lead Seattle would keep for good.
After a Minnesota field goal with 48 seconds left, Harvin — annually among the best kickoff returners in the NFL during his Vikings career from 2009-12 — got his first chance as a Seahawk. He took the kick four yards deep, broke quickly through a big hole, and might have taken it all the way if not for a tackle by Minnesota’s Marcus Sherels.
Percy Harvin, Seahawks roll past Vikings, 41-20
Seattle Times | Nov 18