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Vikings Win 8th Straight with 14-9 Victory Over Falcons

ATLANTA — Eight — in a row— is great.

The Vikings claimed their eight consecutive win and second in a row on the road on Sunday by grounding the Falcons offensive attack and grinding against Atlanta's defense for a 14-9 victory.

The Vikings (10-2) scored the eventual final points of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter when Case Keenum found Kyle Rudolph over the middle for a 6-yard touchdown.

The pass on the post route ended a 15-play, 89-yard drive that lasted 8:15. The possession was extended by three separate third-down conversions.

Keenum found Laquon Treadwell for a gain of 9 on third-and-3 and Jarius Wright for a gain of 4 on another third-and-3. Latavius Murray gained 7 on a third-and-1 to set up a first-and-goal at the Atlanta 8.

Keenum completed 25 of 30 passes for 227 yards with two touchdowns for a passer rating of 120.4.

Adam Thielen led the Vikings with 51 yards on four receptions, and Rudolph totaled 36 yards on four catches as the Vikings had nine players with at least one catch.

Murray led Minnesota's rush attack with 76 yards on 16 carries, and Jerick McKinnon added 24 yards on nine attempts.

Minnesota's defense held a high-flying offense scoreless for the final 25-plus minutes of the game.

Matt Ryan was limited to 16-of-29 passing for 173 yards and a passer rating of 72.9, and Julio Jones totaled just 24 yards on two receptions. Devonta Freeman added 74 yards on 12 carries for a team that moved the ball with some success but sputtered on third downs.

After converting its first third down of the game, Atlanta went 0-for-9 the rest of the way.

The Vikings offense was 6-for-12 on third downs and held the ball for 34:02.

The Falcons (7-5) got on the board first with a 38-yard field goal by Matt Bryant. The boot capped a 16-play opening drive that covered 58 yards in 7:24.

Atlanta received a new set of downs after a pass interference penalty against Mackensie Alexander and also converted a third-and-6 with a 16-yard pass to Levine Toilolo and a fourth-and-2 with a short toss to Tevin Coleman that gained 15. A holding penalty and two incompletions, however, stalled the drive.

The Vikings turned to the run game on the final play of the first quarter and got an 8-yard rush by Murray.

Minnesota followed by running on six of its next eight plays. C.J. Ham and Murray each converted third-and-1s. Murray followed his chain-mover with a 30-yard run to the Atlanta 2.

View game action images as the Vikings face the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during Week 13.

Keenum connected with McKinnon for a 2-yard touchdown pass two plays later and a 7-3 lead with 10:01 remaining in the first half.

The Falcons answered with another field goal when Bryant was true from 36. Atlanta quickly moved from its own 17 with three explosive plays: a 13-yard completion to Julio Jones, a 20-yard completion to Marvin Hall and a 17-yard reception by Mohamed Sanu. The catch by Sanu followed a 10-yard run by Devonta Freeman.

Minnesota was able to limit Atlanta to 5 net yards after the Falcons advanced to the 23 and force the field goal.

The Falcons opened the second half with another field goal-netting drive to take a 9-7 lead with 11:57 left in the third quarter. This time, Bryant was good from 47 after a key challenge by Zimmer.

Officials initially ruled a third-and-3 pass from Ryan to Sanu as a catch, but reversed the call after review.

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