Atlanta 24, Minnesota 14

Sunday, November 27, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, November 27, 2011
WHERE: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
HEAD OFFICIAL: Alberto Riveron

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 7 7 14
Atlanta 7 10 0 7 24

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 2-9 1-4 1-5 L3
Atlanta 7-4 4-2 3-2 W2


Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons preserved their division title hopes with a 24-14 home win over the short-handed Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons (7-4) dominated early and took a 17-0 lead into halftime, but the Vikings (3-8) didn't lay down despite playing without star running back Adrian Peterson (ankle).

After crossing the 50 only once previously in the contest, Minnesota reeled off a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive to get on the board in the third quarter. The 14-play drive matched a season long.

Atlanta has won five of six to stay in the NFC South race, moving within a half-game of division leader New Orleans, which plays Monday night against the New York Giants.

The Vikings have lost three straight.

Ryan got the Falcons off to a great start with touchdown passes to Harry Douglas and Roddy White in the first half, and he sealed the win with a 3-yard toss to Michael Palmer with 6:44 left. White had 10 catches for 120 yards.

Ryan improved to 24-4 at home in his career with 44 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. The Falcons improved to 20-0 when he has a rating over 100.

Percy Harvin had a big game for Minnesota with eight catches for 95 yards and a touchdown along with a 104-yard kickoff return, matching a franchise record.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Atlanta
Toby Gerhart Player Michael Turner
17 Attempts 19
44 Yards 60
2.6 Avg Yards 3.2
1 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 10
Minnesota   Atlanta
Percy Harvin Player Roddy White
8 Receptions 10
95 Yards 120
11.9 Avg Yards 12.0
1 Touchdowns 1
39 Long 26

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Minnesota 226 64 162 2 0 0 2.0 1
Atlanta 335 89 246 3 1 0 4.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Falcons have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .636 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Denver. The Vikings have a W/L % of .182 after a win and .182 after a loss.