View game action images from Sunday as the Vikings took on the Falcons.
The Vikings feasted on turnovers that have plagued the Falcons in recent games, ran the football better than anyone had against Atlanta this season and won their fourth-straight road game to move into sole possession of first place in the NFC North on Sunday.
Anthony Barr forced two fumbles (one recovered by Minnesota), and Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn intercepted Matt Ryan in the Vikings 20-10 victory to improve to 8-3 on the season with five games left.
Adrian Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher, stayed atop the mantel with 158 yards on 29 carries, including a 35-yard TD to break open the game in the fourth quarter.
Peterson powered a ground game that totaled 191 yards against a team that entered the game as the stingiest against the NFL in against the run (87.4 yards allowed per game).
He moved into 18th place all-time on the NFL's career rushing yards list, passing O.J. Simpson (11,236), Corey Dillon (11,241) and John Riggins (11,352). Peterson now has 11,354 rushing yards, 94 rushing TDs and 99 total scores.
The Vikings blended runs and passes, particularly to running backs and tight ends, to move 78 yards for a touchdown on their second possession of the game.
Bridgewater found Peterson for a gain of 18, Zach Line for 8, and Rudolph for 12 on his first three passes of the drive. Bridgewater converted a third-and-8 with a 16-yard completion to Diggs. The rookie, who turned 22 Sunday, however, was penalized for taunting after spinning the football in celebration.
The Vikings overcame the penalty that moved the ball to the Atlanta 31 with a 13-yard completion to Rudolph, and Mike Wallace drew a pass interference penalty that spotted the ball at the Atlanta 1. Peterson powered through a play later.
After opening the season with five straight wins and a plus-five turnover margin, the Falcons (6-5) have lost four of five and are minus-eight in turnovers during that stretch.
The Vikings gave up a 46-yard run on the Falcons fourth snap of the game, but Barr hustled down the field and punched the ball away from rookie Tevin Coleman. The ball was recovered by Antone Exum, Jr., who started in place of Harrison Smith (knee).
An interception in the end zone ended Minnesota's next possession when Bridgewater tried to hit Rudolph, but safety Ricardo Allen didn't bite on a ball fake. Rudolph led the Vikings with seven catches for 53 yards as the Vikings played keep away for much of the day against Ryan and Julio Jones, who entered the game with 1,189 receiving yards. Minnesota was able to limit Jones to five catches for 56 yards.
That was with a secondary that was missing Smith and other starting safety Andrew Sendejo.
In addition to Barr's forced fumble in the first quarter, he came up big late. Barr broke up a deep pass attempt from Ryan to Coleman on a wheel route. He ended that possession by blitzing on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 48 and forced a fumble to give the ball to the Vikings on downs.
Peterson followed with the 35-yard touchdown three plays later.