Vikings' third down and red zone success drives win over Falcons

Vikings' third down and red zone success drives win over Falcons

Vikings' third down and red zone success drives win over Falcons

After Matt Bryant's third field goal gave the Falcons a 9-7 lead early in the third quarter, the Vikings took control with a bruising drive that included three third-down conversions.

THIRD DOWN DIFFERENCE: The Falcons were leading the league with a 48 percent conversion rate on third down.

The Falcons offense couldn't push forward against the Vikings defense, and they struggled on third down only converting 1-for-10. McKinnon, an Atlanta, Georgia native, then did the Dirty Bird dance in the end zone.

Ryan was just 16 of 29 for 173 yards, and the Vikings totally shut down Julio Jones.

Remmers had been ruled out Friday of his fourth straight game, missing the previous three with a concussion. He rushed for 74 yards.


Keenum threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Rudolph to put the Vikings back in the lead in the second half.

NOTES: The Falcons were without two of their top five defensive backs, with CB Desmond Trufant (concussion) and nickel back Brian Poole (lower back) hurt last week in the victory over Tampa Bay. "I thought [Case Keenum] didn't try to force the ball into places that it didn't need to go, so I think when you have some opportunities and some zones, you take them and you keep the clock running and the field position going". He was sacked twice by the Falcons. The star receiver was held to a pair of catches for 24 yards.

The Falcons were able to get to the Vikings 27-yard line late in the game, but Bryant missed a 45-yard field goal that would have made it a 2-point game.

The loss could be a crucial one for Atlanta, which came into the day trailing New Orleans and Carolina by a single game in the NFC South. I want to believe that Atlanta wins, but I am not completely confident they can beat this very tough Minnesota Vikings team.

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