Wondering if the Minnesota Vikings knew that Percy Harvin had snuck back to return a kick in the final minute of the first half of Sunday’s game?
Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer says that indeed they did, and talks about it some in this video here from Vikings.com.
His comments on the kick to Harvin —- which came with 48 seconds left in the first half and the Vikings having just cut Seattle’s lead to 17-13 — come around the 4:30 mark.
Harvin returned the kickoff, his first as a Seahawk after being acquired from the Vikings in March and then missing the first 10 games with a hip injury, 58 yards to set up a quick scoring drive that made it 24-13 at halftime and turned the game Seattle’s direction for good.
Priefer said he didn’t regret kicking it where Harvin could return it, saying “I believe in our guys. I believe in our coverage and I’m pretty aggressive when it comes to that. … we’ve been covering kicks very well since week two.”
Harvin burst through a big hole that Priefer said was part of Minnesota’s doing.
“The kick was fine,” he said. “Good hangtime. We made a mistake in coverage — we lost leverage on the right side and it snowballed from there. If we covered like we should have…. I don’t think it was anything in their scheme, we just opened up a nice hole for him and obviously as talented as he is he’s going to hit it.”
Priefer said he worried that if they just pooched it to the Seahawks then Seattle gets the ball at the 35. That’s exactly what happened, though, to start the second half when the Vikings kicked it short to keep it away from Harvin —- which was the only other time he was deep to receive — and Seattle took over at the 35, a drive that ended in a Seahawks’ punt.
“Hindsight is 20-20,” he said. “I’m not mad that we kicked to to them. I’m mad that we covered it the way we did.”