Vikings get it done in Atlanta, move to 10-2 with win

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It’s eight wins and counting for the Vikings.

The offensive fireworks didn’t come with the same frequency that they have in some of those other wins, but the Vikings found enough of them to outlast the Falcons 14-9 for their 10th win of the season. That leaves them a half-game back of the Eagles for the top seed in the NFC pending the outcome of Philly’s Sunday night matchup with the Seahawks.

The final firework in Sunday’s win came when Case Keenum hit Adam Thielen for a 22-yard gain on a third down with just under four minutes left on the clock. That hookup moved the Vikings into field goal range a play after the Falcons used their final timeout. Two Latavius Murray runs provided another first down that eliminated the need for more points and allowed Keenum to take a knee after the two minute warning.

Keenum’s strong season continued as he went 25-of-30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. His first scoring throw went to Jerick McKinnon in the first half and he capped a drive of more than eight minutes with a toss to Kyle Rudolph on the first play of the fourth quarter. Keenum hit nine different receivers over the course of the afternoon and Murray chipped in 76 yards on 16 carries for a balanced attack that went perfectly with their unyielding defense.

Matt Ryan finished the day 17-of-30 for 173 yards and Julio Jones was limited to two catches for 24 yards to end a recent run of strong play from the Falcons offense. Their first drive of the second half ended with a field goal, but they punted twice around the long Vikings touchdown drive and Matt Bryant missed a field goal in the fourth quarter that would have put a bit more pressure on Minnesota as time wound down.

They’ll need to bounce back in a hurry as Thursday brings a visit from the Saints and two straight losses would be a severe blow to their playoff hopes. The Vikings will head to Carolina next Sunday for another date with a team vying for the NFC South crown before returning home for two of their final three games of the regular season.

82 responses to “Vikings get it done in Atlanta, move to 10-2 with win

  1. Feels good to get the win, especially hearing all week about the Falcons being over the SB Hangover blah blah and once again not many people believing the Vikings could win this.

  2. The Vikings toughest test yet. ATL is firing on all cylinders – that defense is legit. So glad Vikings came away with a win. Great job, Vikings – on to Carolina.

  3. This was the hardest game left on the schedule so it’s no surprise the final score was low. The Vikings defense limited Matt Ryan from doing damage and the Atlanta defense stopped the Vikings from rolling.

    10 wins is the best record at this time of the year since 2009 and I cannot wait to see what the final record is going to be for the Vikings.

  4. Huge win. Going into Atlanta to beat the red hot Falcons, shutting down Julio, and keeping that offense out of the endzone.

    Weeks 11-14 have been a big hump for the Vikings. If they can pull out a win next week, going 4-0 in that stretch, it should be smooth sailing. At least as smooth as the NFL ever gets.

  5. Should be interesting to see how the eagles and seahawks play tonight. Rooting for the seahawks but they are ridiculously overrated. But then again the eagles may be also. unless they aren’t.

  6. Rhodes might just be the best corner in football. Very impressive game by the Vikings. This team is different than the same old Vikings. Kudos to Mike Zimmer and Rick Speilman. This team is the real deal.

  7. Vikings continue to be ranked by some in the national media behind teams like the Saints and Rams (and they beat both of them), but I’m loving it!

  8. Hats off to Atlanta for one heck of a battle. As we thought, this was a close match-up. Vikings red zone defense was key, holding the Falcons to only field goals. So many times MN could have folded like a deck of cards, but they kept battling — something that makes this team different from seasons past. Steady goes Keenum with another great day.

    As a reasonable Vikings fan, I thought we would probably string up a couple loses with this recent schedule (Redskins, Lions, Atlanta, Panthers) — but we’re exceeding expectations. This team is fun to watch. Next up!

  9. Their biggest win this season. If they beat Carolina next week, its looking like Vikings Patriots next Super Bowl. The team that has never won versus the team everyone wants to lose.

  10. I loved Keenum’s post-game interview. Q: “You’re on an eight-game winning streak. How are you putting together these wins?” A: “We just score more points than the other team.”

    Money!!

  11. 10-2. We Packers fans wish we could be Vikings fans.
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    Why, so we can save a few bucks not having to pay anyone to clean our trophy cases?

  12. Either way, the Vikings’ win is good for GB This, the Packers’ win, and the Lions’ loss helps the Packers in the WC race.

  13. It wasn’t pretty, but they did what they had to do against a good team on the road. They played physical and owned the clock. It’s a formula that should serve them well moving forward.

  14. trophylessvikings says:
    November 30, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    The Rhode is open. Jones>Rhodes

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    Two catches for 24 yards. Rhodes>Jones, in fact Rhodes>all NFL receivers. The best shut down corner in the NFL.

  15. chiefsfolife says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Vikings will fold in the playoffs as always. Only a matter of time until Keenum stinks it up.

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    The Vikings sure won’t tank as badly as the chiefs have. It’s like they need to clean Arrowhead with Tidy Bowl.

  16. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Falcons, the Falcons beat themselves.

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    Translation – “I have Vikings on my mind.”

  17. Not a fan, but the Vikings are legit. Whatever team makes it out of the NFC to the big dance will have definitely earned it.

  18. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    Either way, the Vikings’ win is good for GB This, the Packers’ win, and the Lions’ loss helps the Packers in the WC race.

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    Zippy – no one here cares about the mold and gold.

  19. chiefsfolife says:

    December 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Vikings will fold in the playoffs as always. Only a matter of time until Keenum stinks it up.

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    At least the Chiefs are saving their fans the worry and folding early this year.

  20. I never doubted the Vikings this season like the past. I pick the Vikings to beat redskins, rams, Lions, Atlanta and Carolina. They will win all their next 4 games as well. They will host championships here in mn as well as super bowl trophy. It’s their destiny this year.

  21. Who the one and done idiots on thi thread? Must be Erin fans. Rhodes Island rocks. And Vikes did it with no sacks or turnovers. Can win out and beat anybody the way they are playing.

  22. chiefsfolife says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Vikings will fold in the playoffs as always. Only a matter of time until Keenum stinks it up.

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    Chiefs lost to the Jets. The J.E.T.S.
    The Chiefs are folding in the season LOL

  23. usdcoyotesfan says:

    The Vikings didn’t beat the Falcons, the Falcons beat themselves.

    Hey Wiley Coyote, according to you, every week the other team beats themselves when they play the Vikings. THAT’S GREAT!

    As long as it’s a “W”…

    Meanwhile, the Puke wins in OT at home against a horrible TB team, amidst all the beer belly aching Booing fans…

    SKOL!!!

  24. nhpats says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    14 points against the Falcons? One and done.
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    A rocket scientist you aren’t.

    The Vikings were content to run out the clock instead of scoring the third TD.

    Once again, the Vikings held one of the top offensive teams to under 10 points.

  25. It’s been a while since the Land o’ Loons bandwagon fans had their hopes raised high and then cruelly dashed. I guess it’s time. And here’s hoping they give game manager Keenum a big, long-term contract.

  26. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    Either way, the Vikings’ win is good for GB.
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    You apparently have forgotten how Atlanta trounced your Packers when Rodgers was at full strength.

    If the Packers somehow finish tied with the Falcons, they still lose.

  27. 10-2 is better than you!
    I really hope A-aron is playing week 16 so we can break your season again.

    I see the cheesers are already preparing for their 1 and Done wild card mantra, if they even make it in at 9-7.

  28. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    It’s been a while since the Land o’ Loons bandwagon fans had their hopes raised high and then cruelly dashed. I guess it’s time. And here’s hoping they give game manager Keenum a big, long-term contract.
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    Everyone faces adversity. How people deal with it determines the winners from the losers.

  29. chiefsfolife says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Vikings will fold in the playoffs as always. Only a matter of time until Keenum stinks it up.
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    To bad the Vikings don’t play the Chiefs this year. The Chiefs would find out exactly how terrible they really are. If you can’t beat the Jets you should probably keep your mouth shut.

  30. nhpats says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    14 points against the Falcons? One and done.

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    Said the fan of the kings of the weaker conference.

  31. Admittedly I watched far more of the Pats/Bills game than the Vikings/Falcons game, but watched when I could. If there’s a better CB in the league than Rhodes, I don’t know who it is.

  32. Bridgewater is a joke – another shining example of the failure of drafting a running back who thinks he can throw the ball as your QB.

    Hopefully these kind of players are never given a starting job ever again – they are pure gimmicks and are part time players in a position other than running back.

  33. The D looked strong and the offense played smart given the deep Falcon safety play. Looks like the Vikes will be champs of both the NFCN and the NFCS.

  34. laserw says:

    Bridgewater is a joke – another shining example of the failure of drafting a running back who thinks he can throw the ball as your QB.
    Hopefully these kind of players are never given a starting job ever again – they are pure gimmicks and are part time players in a position other than running back.

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    Another shining example of a crude poster who absolutely makes no sense and is the ULTIMATE example of a TROLL.

    Seriously, everyone who read that post became dumber because of it.

  35. Wait, I’m confused…..this “soft” “fraud” of a team that was supposed to be “exposed”, just keeps winning. The “overrated” defense just held one of the best offenses to 3 field goals, and completely shut down arguably the best WR in the game…..but somehow they don’t beat teams, their opponents “beat themselves”. Just keep doubting the Vikings, they’ll just keep winning! Pssst, your jealousy is showing. #real deal #legit #better football, for better people.

  36. Will this finally be an end of the idiotic speculation over whether Keenum should be starting? In an alternate universe where Bradford lasted the season without injury (we’re dealing in hypotheticals here…), the Vikings would not be sitting here with a 10-2 record.

  37. nhpats says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    14 points against the Falcons? One and done.
    ))))))))))))))))))

    The Vikings clocked the ball at the end.You didn’t watch this game. If they wanted to put up more they could have.

  38. Best post-game quote was by RT Rashad Hill. “Coach told us at halftime that Keenum got hit twice, so we decided that was unacceptable.” Keenum didn’t get touched in the 2nd half.

    Last year was proof, without a good OL, you can’t win in this league.

  39. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    It’s been a while since the Land o’ Loons bandwagon fans had their hopes raised high…

    Yeah, 2015 was so long ago.

    The Vikings aren’t like the Packers, who have gone DECADES without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season.

  40. Safe to say the Vikings will win the division. It remains to be seen what happens after that.The last 15 years, the division has been won by the Packers 9 times, Vikings 3, Bears 3. The Packers have been to the playoffs the last 9 seasons, tying a record. When the Vikings can do that, maybe their fans will learn how to post on other teams stories like adults.

  41. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    December 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    When the playoffs start, everyone is 0-0. Remember that’s how the playoffs work, vike fans.
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    You should know how that works too Carl. That’s why your team was exposed year after year as a fraud in the playoffs when handed a free pass in the regular season by league officials.

  42. grubbyolebowski says:
    December 3, 2017 at 7:45 pm
    Safe to say the Vikings will win the division. It remains to be seen what happens after that.The last 15 years, the division has been won by the Packers 9 times, Vikings 3, Bears 3. The Packers have been to the playoffs the last 9 seasons, tying a record. When the Vikings can do that, maybe their fans will learn how to post on other teams stories like adults.

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    Well…. it certainly hasn’t taught the Packers fans how to act like adults anywhere

  43. grubbyolebowski says:

    Safe to say the Vikings will win the division The last 15 years, the division has been won by the Packers 9 times, Vikings 3, Bears 3. The Packers have been to the playoffs the last 9 seasons, tying a record. When the Vikings can do that, maybe their fans will learn how to post on other teams stories like adults.

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    The Vikings have done much better than the Packers at winning the division and making the playoffs.

    Your Packers took decades to finally win the Division four years in a row.

    The Were the first team to win four straight. Then after not winning it in 1972, they came back and won the next six in a row.

    Yeah, that’s true, the Vikings won ten out of eleven.

    The Vikings have the most divisional titles and the most playoff appearances of any team in the division.

    Your Packers actually went 25 full regulation seasons without scoring a single TD in the playoffs.

    And 17 of those seasons we’re non winning seasons.

    So now you understand why Vikings fans wonder when Packer fans will start to act like adults.

  44. After the game Mike Zimmer told his team they haven’t accomplished anything yet. That’s 100% true and the reason the Vikings are playing winning football. All three phases perform. The next test awaits in Carolina. Proud of my team. SKOL!!

  45. codylaws says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    I never doubted the Vikings this season like the past. I pick the Vikings to beat redskins, rams, Lions, Atlanta and Carolina. They will win all their next 4 games as well. They will host championships here in mn as well as super bowl trophy. It’s their destiny this year.
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    I hope you are right, being able to win it all at home would make up for all the years of being disappointed.

    Love Zim and this team that he and speilman assembled! They are the real deal, but if being a sports fan my entire life has taught me anything along with being good, they are going to need some luck and good bounces along the way. SKOL Vikings!

  46. grubbyolebowski says:
    December 3, 2017 at 7:45 pm
    Safe to say the Vikings will win the division. It remains to be seen what happens after that.The last 15 years, the division has been won by the Packers 9 times, Vikings 3, Bears 3. The Packers have been to the playoffs the last 9 seasons, tying a record. When the Vikings can do that, maybe their fans will learn how to post on other teams stories like adults.

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    Grubby didn’t you just post that you found it amusing the number of Viking posters on a packer story but yet here you are on a Viking story. Now that’s amusing.

  47. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    Either way, the Vikings’ win is good

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    I couldn’t agree more. Thank you, from one Viking fan to another.

  48. 1. The Vikings defense is the real deal.
    2. Case Keenum is the man. Where did this come from? Good coaching, pure and simple.
    3. Atlanta is a very good team and this is the Vikings biggest win of 2017.
    4. The Vikings now have a chance for the #1 seed in the NFC.
    5. NFC N is locked up.
    6. SKOL!
    7. Carolina is susceptible to defeat. Hit Cam early and often and its over. A loss next week is possible but the Vikings will be favored and they’ll cover.

  49. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    December 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    When the playoffs start,
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    The Vikings will be the only representative from the NFC North

  50. WOW so much hate for the Vikings, I am pretty sure I know the 4 Packer fans so ashamed of their team that have new user names. Reading down through them it is so very obvious how they HONESTLY believe the NFCN belongs to the Packers, You are so funny. Other comments are just out in left field. I love the Chiefs fan comment about choking……lol UM you ARE talking about the chiefs right?
    Watching the Annalists I have to laugh at them and all the praise they are pouring on the RUM’S I mean Rams, and those Bumbs the Saints, without even referencing Minnesota beating them. I don’t believe I have EVER seen the Vikings being so balanced in all phases of their game!
    Way to go Vikingss Coaches..

  51. Vikings take top seed from the Eagles today!
    Just imagine this, If Minnesota can win out, It would be
    week 1 OFF
    week 2 Home Playoff Game with weakest Wild card team
    Week 3 HOME Playoff Game
    Week 4 HOME Superbowl!
    They can play with the Panthers, the rest of the schedule are games are ones they should be able to beat, IF they stay focused!
    I have never seen the Vikings this well rounded at all phases, they are fairly healthy
    and this may be the best Vikings team I have ever seen.

  52. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    December 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    When the playoffs start, everyone is 0-0. Remember that’s how the playoffs work, vike fans.

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    Unless you’re the top 2 seeds with bye weeks and home field advantage for rd 2 and/or 3.

  53. “nhpats says: 14 points against the Falcons? One and done.”

    How’d your Patriots do Sunday against Seattle? Yeah… I thought so.

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