Seahawks-Vikings is most watched early Sunday wild-card game on record

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Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks and Jeremy Lane #20 celebrate after Lane broke up a pass in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Seahawks’ comeback win over the Vikings is the most-watched early Sunday NFL wild-card game on record.

NBC said Monday that Seattle’s 10-9 victory in frigid conditions averaged 35.3 million viewers, up 25 percent from the 28.3 million for last year’s Bengals-Colts matchup in the same slot.

Records go back to 1988.

In the late Sunday game, the Packers’ 35-18 win over the Redskins averaged 38.8 million viewers on Fox for the biggest audience in television since the Super Bowl. That’s down 8 percent from the 42.3 million for last year’s Detroit-Dallas matchup, which drew the third-highest viewership in NFL wild-card history.

The four games last weekend averaged 32.5 million viewers, up 9 percent from the 29.9 million last season.

Seattle moves on to face the Carolina Panthers next Sunday at 10:05 a.m. on Q13 FOX. Coverage begins at 6 a.m. on the home of the Seahawks.

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