MINNEAPOLIS SEAHAWKS 30, LIONS 10 — MINNEAPOLIS -- Whether a Young left-hander or some guy named Joe is running the show, the San Francisco 49ers know they're going to win. And their opponents know the 49ers are going to win, too.
"If we've got time on the clock, we're going to get the ball into the end zone," Jerry Rice said. "We've always got somebody in the ideal position to make a big play."
Steve Young was in the ideal place at the right time yesterday. He came off the bench at halftime to relieve Joe Montana and rallied the 49ers over the Vikings, 20-17.
Young's 34-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor with 29 seconds to go enabled San Francisco to become the first team in National Football League history with three seasons of 14 or more victories.
"Both of them are offensive stars," San Francisco's Charles Haley said. "Steve told me last week that quarterbacks are expected to win the game. His goal this week was to pull it out at the end."
Minnesota coach Jerry Burns wasn't surprised when Young did.
"It epitomizes the whole season. We had our chance to win the game, and we couldn't stop them," Burns said. "I just had a premonition they'd go right down and score and we wouldn't stop them. The secondary play was sick. The pass rush. The whole thing.
"They know how to win, and this team doesn't. Any time you win, you can feed off that success. You know that, in the past, you've come back and won games. This team hasn't done it."
NFC Central champions last season, the Vikings finished in last place for the first time since 1984. They ended the season with a four-game losing streak.
"You really have to be scratching to find anything positive," Burns said. "When I saw that guy shoot that gun at the end, that was the most positive thing I saw."
San Francisco 0 0 3 17 20
Minnesota 3 7 0 7 17
Min-FG Reveiz 34, 12:20.
Min-Walker 9 run (Reveiz kick), 12:02.
SF-FG Cofer 29, 10:45.
SF-FG Cofer 35, 1:43.
9/SF-Rice 14 pass from Young (Cofer kick), 6:23.
Min-Anderson 1 run (Reveiz kick), 11:46.
SF-Taylor 34 pass to Young (Cofer kick), 14:31.
First downs 22 19
Rushes-yards 25-121 20-98
Passing 281 181
Return Yards 22 28
Comp-Att-Int 25-44-1 17-38-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 6-12 2-11
Punts 6-33 7-41
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-50 5-30
Time of Possession 33:33 26:27
RUSHING--San Francisco, Young 6-59, D. Carter 10-27, Rathman Henderson 5-15, Montana 1-5. Minnesota, Walker 13-63, Gannon 2-29, Anderson 3-5, Dozier 2-1.
PASSING--San Francisco, Montana 10-20-1-88, Young 15-24-0-205. Minnesota, Gannon 16-37-1-180, Walker 1-1-0-12.
RECEIVING--San Francisco, Rice 9-118, Taylor 4-71, B. Jones 4-43, Henderson 3-27, R.Lewis 2-13, Sydney 1-9, Williams 1-7, D. Carter 1-5. Minnesota, A. Carter 5-54, H. Jones 3-35, Walker 3-31, Jordan 2-41, C. Carter 2-13, Dozier 1-12, Anderson 1-6
MISSED FIELD GOALS--None.
SEATTLE -- The Seattle defense couldn't have picked a better time to score its first touchdown of the season.
The Seahawks returned a fumble for one score and intercepted a deflected pass to set up a field goal during a wild 3 1/2 minutes in the third quarter yesterday, as they rolled past Detroit.
"They scored 10 points. Ten points," Seahawks safety Eugene Robinson said. "That says something about our defense, and that says something about how much we wanted to win this game."
Robinson scooped up the loose ball and scored the go-ahead touchdown after Rodney Peete was hit from the blind side by Vann McElroy.
"I was just the recipient of a great play by Vann McElroy," Robinson said.
The Seahawks had to wait until the Houston-Pittsburgh game was completed last night to find out whether their season was over. Pittsburgh's loss eliminated them.
But whatever happened, the Seahawks figured they proved something after they won nine of 12 games after starting 0-3.
"We're a good team," running back Derrick Fenner said. "We had critics say we were going to go 3-13. That's ridiculous. I think they were talking about Denver. We started out 0-3, but everyone just hung together and we came back and got the job done."
Detroit 0 10 0 0 10
Seattle 7 3 10 10 30
Sea-Fenner 1 run (Johnson kick), 11:59.
Det-FG Murray 24, 8:42.
Det-Sanders 16 run (Murray kick), 13:06.
Sea-FG Johnson 43, 15:00.
Sea-Robinson 16 fumble return (Johnson kick), 2:24.
Sea-FG Johnson 25, 5:35.
Sea-FG Johnson 37, 7:14.
Sea-Fenner 9 run (Johnson kick), 10:17.
First downs 12 27
Rushes-yards 17-87 33-151
Passing 106 209
Return Yards 28 45
Comp-Att-Int 12-30-1 21-33-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 5-43 2-16
Punts 5-43 1-31
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 8-37 5-45
Time of Possession 22:35 37:25
RUSHING--Detroit, Ware 1-30, B. Sanders 9-23, Wilder 4-23, Peete 3-11. Seattle, Fenner 18-75, Williams 11-53, Krieg 2-15, Jones 2-10.
PASSING--Detroit, Peete 11-25-1-135, Ware 1-5-0-14. Seattle, Krieg 21-33-2-225.