Highlights of the clash between the Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 of the NFL
Case Keenum threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Minnesota Vikings extended their winning streak to eight straight games, keeping the Atlanta Falcons out of the endzone in a 14-9 victory on Sunday.
Keenum, who was 25 of 30 for 227 yards, hooked up with Jerick McKinnon on a two-yard scoring play in the second quarter and went to tight end Kyle Rudolph for a six-yard TD on the first play of the fourth quarter, capping an 89-yard drive that consumed more than eight minutes.
Minnesota (10-2) turned in a stellar defensive effort against an Atlanta (7-5) team that led the league in scoring a year ago and seemed to be finding its stride during a three-game winning streak, averaging nearly 32 points.
The Falcons were held without a touchdown for the first time since December 2015, when they were blanked 38-0 by the Carolina Panthers. Also, quarterback Matt Ryan’s streak of 30 straight games with a touchdown pass also ended.
Ryan was just 16 of 29 for 173 yards, and the Vikings totally shut down Julio Jones. The star receiver was held to a pair of catches for 24 yards a week after tallying a staggering 253 yards and two TDs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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 grinding drive that included three third-down conversions and ended with Rudolph’s go-ahead TD reception.
Atlanta tried to cut Minnesota’s advantage to just two points with another Bryant field goal with five minutes left, but his 45-yarder missed wide left.
Minnesota held the ball the rest of the game, finally kneeling down deep in Falcons territory as the clock ran out.
Game’s key stats MINNESOTA ATLANTA Passing C/A Yds TD Int Passing C/A Yds TD Int Case Keenum 25/30 227 2 0 Matt Ryan 16/29 173 0 0 Rushing Att Yds TD Rushing Att Yds TD Latavius Murray 16 76 0 Devonta Freeman 12 74 0 Receiving Rec Yds TD Tevin Coleman 8 22 0 Adam Thielen 4 51 0 Receiving Rec Yds TD Kyle Rudolph 4 36 1 Mohamed Sanu 3 43 0 Jerick McKinnon 5 28 1 Julio Jones 2 24 0 Total net yards 312 Total net yards 275