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8-3, 1st in NFC North
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Peterson runs for 2 TDs; Vikings beat Falcons

Adrian Peterson ran for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Matt Ryan threw two more interceptions, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the slumping Atlanta Falcons 20-10 on Sunday.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

VIKINGS 20, FALCONS 10 (FINAL): The Vikings are back atop the NFC North after an important road victory in Atlanta, during which Adrian Peterson carried 29 times for 158 yards and the Vikings controlled Julio Jones without safety Harrison Smith. Minnesota is now 8-3, a game ahead of the Green Bay Packers in the North, and managed to control the game against the leagues top run defense. The Vikings also put pressure on Matt Ryan without blitzing him much, and forced three turnovers.


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

Peterson moves up rushing list again

After passing O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon earlier in the game, Adrian Peterson moved past John Riggins on a 35-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. The Vikings RB has 158 yards on the day, and 11,354 for his career, good for 18th in NFL history.

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

Peterson back over 100 yards

After being held to 45 yards last week, Adrian Peterson has 105 so far today, as the Vikings lead the Falcons 10-3 in the fourth quarter. It's Peterson's 48th career 100-yard game, the most by any running back since the start of the 2000 season. Follow live

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.

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

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

VIKINGS 7, FALCONS 3 (HALFTIME): The Vikings posted 212 yards of offense in the first half. They used a quick passing game to get Teddy Bridgewater going, and they turned a long Tevin Coleman run into a turnover when Anthony Barr swatted the ball out of Colemans hands. But theyre only up 7-3 because of their inability to finish a couple drives. Teddy Bridgewater threw an interception in the end zone on a pass he probably could have thrown further for Kyle Rudolph, and Blair Walsh missed a 51-yard field goal before halftime. The Vikings have contained Julio Jones with bracket coverage, and havent needed to blitz Matt Ryan. But with 16 first downs, two takeaways and 17:05 of possession time, the Vikings probably feel like they should have a larger lead.


Peterson moves up rushing list

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has 48 yards rushing today, giving him 11,244 for his career. He passed both Corey Dillon and O.J. Simpson on the NFL's all-time rushing yards list today, moving into 19th place. He needs 109 yards to pass John Riggins. Follow live

Bridgewater picked off in end zone again

Teddy Bridgewater was intercepted on a pass thrown into the end zone for the 3rd time this season, which trails only Sam Bradford (4) for the most in the NFL. The Vikings still lead 7-0 early in the second quarter. Follow live

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings ran for 241 yards in their win over the Falcons last year. Theyve already got 53 rushing yards today, with Adrian Peterson posting 33 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the first quarter. Teddy Bridgewater is 8-for-10 for 100 yards, hitting five different receivers. Hes posted 41 of his passing yards on a pair of screens to Peterson and Rhett Ellison.

Peterson close to historic milestone

Adrian Peterson entered they day needing 41 rushing yards to pass O.J. Simpson for 20th on the all-time list and 46 rushing yards to pass Corey Dillon for 19th. He has 20 late in the first quarter. Follow live

Peterson extends TD streak

Adrian Peterson powered his way in from one yard out to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead over the Falcons. It's the fourth consecutive week he's scored a rushing touchdown, giving him 7 for the season. Follow live

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater beat the Falcons and threw for a career-high 317 yards in his first NFL start last September. He'll look to go 2-0 against the Falcons today.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Birthday boy Stefon Diggs turns 22 today. The Vikings wide receiver will look to celebrate with his first big game since his 40-yard touchdown catch on Nov. 1 against the Bears.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings inactives vs. Falcons: S Harrison Smith, CB Trae Waynes, LB Edmond Robinson, C Nick Easton, T Jeremiah Sirles, DE Justin Trattou, QB Taylor Heinicke. Antone Exum will get his first career start at safety in place of Smith.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings and Falcons will both be without key starters in an important game between two playoff contenders. Devonta Freeman won't play for Atlanta, while Minnesota will try to contain Julio Jones without the help of safety Harrison Smith.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

With Harrison Smith out on Sunday against the Falcons, the Vikings will give second-year safety Antone Exum his first career start, according to a league source. The Vikings have had high hopes for the converted cornerback, who should give them a better option in coverage than Robert Blanton. Smith's injury doesn't figure to be a long-term ailment, but if Exum performs well on Sunday, he might have a chance to eventually unseat Andrew Sendejo.

Team Stats

Passing Yards188.1Tied-30th
Rushing Yards141.93rd
Points For21.1Tied-22nd
Points Against18.43rd

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