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8-3, 1st in NFC North
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Not the easiest road to the playoffs

Minnesota holds a one-game lead over Green Bay heading into Week 13. With the Seahawks, Cardinals and Packers still on the Vikings' slate, the postseason is anything but a guarantee.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer had some interesting things to say on Monday about the Vikings' developing identity as a power running team. Especially this year with the Vikings playing outdoors, he wants them primed to produce in cold weather.

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Rushing his way up the record book

Adrian Peterson shot up the record books on Sunday. He passed O.J. Simpson, Corey Dillon and John Riggins on the all-time rushing yards list all on the same day.

Peterson leads all running backs again

Adrian Peterson paced his position in fantasy points on Sunday with 29. It was Peterson's 21st career game with at least 25 fantasy points, which moved him into a tie with Jim Brown for the sixth-most by any running back since 1960. Fantasy fallout

Minnesota in good shape for playoffs

Consider last Sunday's loss to fellow NFC North contender Green Bay an aberration. The Vikings bounced back on the strength of their best player, running back Adrian Peterson, and again sit in the drivers seat in the NFC North. Playoff picture

No debate about this Minnesota Viking (1:54)
Peterson shines for Vikings in win (1:25)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on the Vikings 20-10 win over the Falcons: "I don't know why, but this was a very important game for me. To come back, fight, scratch, to get to 8-3, it was big. The win  which came after the Vikings 30-13 loss to the Packers last Sunday  put Minnesota a game ahead of Green Bay in the NFC North. It also came in the building where Zimmer coached in 2007, in a season where the Falcons went 4-12 and the coaching staff was cleared out after Bobby Petrino left in the middle of the season for Arkansas.

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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.

Adrian Peterson shines in win

He broke into the top 20 on the NFLs all-time rushing list, passing O.J. Simpson, Corey Dillon and John Riggins. Peterson posted his 48th career 100-yard game and powered a Vikings offense that seemed ready to lean on him from the start of the game. Game balls

Zimmer: This was a big win for us (0:45)
AP goes off in win over Falcons (0:51)
Peterson's keeping his eyes on the prize (0:37)

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.

Team Stats

Passing Yards186.831st
Rushing Yards146.41st
Points For21.0Tied-23rd
Points Against19.45th

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