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8-3, 1st in NFC North

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)

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.

Team Stats

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

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