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6-5, 2nd in NFC South
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Hold up, wait a minute on Tevin Coleman

Try not to get flustered at this next statement: Even if Devonta Freeman returns, keep Coleman. Reserve-duty Coleman offered little for fantasy in the past, but he's arguably the top handcuff option in the league now. Four downs (Insider)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn on retiring Kobe Bryant, "I think it's the respect I have (for him) as a leader, as a champion; the mindset that he brings to ball where he's one of the best scorers and he's like, 'You're going to try and stop me, and I'm going to score anyway.' "

Stugotz's Weekly Game Notes (2:43)
Stephen A.: Ryan not as big time as I thought he was (1:37)

Atlanta slumping out of playoff picture

A team that once sat perched among the leagues elite with a 5-0 start has won just once in the past six games. Will the Falcons get back on track? Playoff picture

Julio Jones disappoints

Jones had been on fire, averaging 137.8 receiving yards and 16 fantasy points over his last four games. But he met his match against the Vikings' defense, which held him to just 56 yards receiving and five points. Fantasy losers

No debate about this Minnesota Viking (1:54)
Peterson shines for Vikings in win (1:25)
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Captain Munnerlyn on defending Julio Jones

Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn dishes on the performance of his team's defense in the win over the Falcons, his interception, how Minnesota's defense prepares for games and covering Julio Jones.

Ricardo Allen one of few bright spots

His diving interception in the end zone saved a touchdown and helped negate a bad fumble by Tevin Coleman that put the defense back on the field in the first place. It was the second consecutive week Allen had an interception after a Coleman fumble. Game balls

Quinn stands behind Ryan (0:42)
AP goes off in win over Falcons (0:51)

Final: Vikings 20, Falcons 10

  • MIN QB T. Bridgewater: 20-28, 174 yds, INT
  • MIN RB A. Peterson: 29 rush, 158 yds, 2 TD
  • ATL QB M. Ryan: 22-31, 230 yds, TD, 2 INT
  • Box score

AP passes two on all-time rushing list (0:19)

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Falcons lost a TD in third quarter on a clipping penalty. Only seventh clipping call in NFL this season. First for Clete Blakeman crew.

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1dMichael Rothstein

Calvin Johnson: If record broken, congrats due

Should Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown or Atlanta's Julio Jones break Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving record this year, Johnson said he would offer them congratulations.

Ryan picked off in end zone

A promising Falcons drive came to an end when Matt Ryan threw an interception in the end zone, his second pick of the game. Ryan has thrown 5 interceptions in his past two games, after having just seven in the first nine games of the season. His four red-zone picks are the most in the NFL this season. Follow live

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

VIKINGS 7, FALCONS 3 (Halftime): The emphasis for the Falcons coming into the game was the ball: taking care of it and creating turnovers. Well, a Tevin Coleman fumble and Matt Ryan interception didn't help matters, although Coleman was bailed out by teammate Ricardo Allen's leaping interception. The Falcons have to find a way to get into the end zone. Fortunately for the Falcons, Vikings Blair Walsh missed a 51-harder before halftime.

Team Stats

Passing Yards280.05th
Rushing Yards112.815th
Points For23.613th
Points Against21.3Tied-13th

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