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Falcons 10, Vikings 20: Atlanta continues losing skid, falls to 6-5

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Another Sunday, another loss.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when the Atlanta Falcons started the season 5-0? It seemed so long ago.

The Falcons dropped to 6-5 and pushed their losing streak to four with a 20-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

As has been the case for the past six games, the Falcons offense struggled mightily, turning the ball over and failing to put up points.

It's ugly, but let's see what happened:

First Quarter

Adrian Peterson started the game off with an 11-yard scamper, but the Vikings would punt three plays later. Peterson's initial gain was a precursor for the type of game he would have.

Atlanta's offense responded with a three and out after Tevin Coleman was given the ball on three straight plays. He picked up a total of nine yards.

Now it was time for Minnesota to score. Peterson punched the ball in for a one-yard score after the Vikings put together a 13-play, 78-yard drive that took over six minutes.

The Falcons' next offensive possession ended in one play after Coleman broke off a 46-yard run before fumbling. The ball was recovered by safety Antone Exum, giving the Vikings the ball at Minnesota's 21-yard line.

The first quarter ended with a huge discrepancy in the plays that were run: the Vikings had 22, and the Falcons ran just four plays with no pass attempts.

Second Quarter

Two plays into the second, Ricardo Allen recorded his third interception on the season after he picked off a pass intended for Kyle Rudolph.

The Falcons were able to drive down the field, but a costly unsportsmanlike penalty on Terron Ward in the red zone backed the Falcons up, and they ended up just putting three points on the board.

Atlanta defense forced a punt, and the offense had a chance to put more points on the board. But Matt Ryan was intercepted by Captain Munnerlyn on a pass intended for Nick Williams to give the Vikings the ball back inside the 30.

Blair Walsh missed a 51-yard field goal with :06 remaining in the quarter, and Minnesota took a 7-3 lead into the half.

Third Quarter

Stop me if you've heard this before.

The Falcons made it into the red zone before being undone by another turnover. Ryan, targeting Jacob Tamme, was picked in the end zone by Terence Newman.

The Vikings put up three more points — a 29-yard field goal — and took what looked to be an insurmountable 10-3 lead.

Facing a third-and-seven with :22 left in the third, Ryan was sacked by Everson Griffen, ending the quarter on a somber note.

Fourth Quarter

Things didn't improve in the final quarter.

Minnesota started the the fourth with a 14-play, 67-yard field goal drive that took over eight minutes off the clock. Now it was a two-score game at 13-3.

Eric Weems gave the Falcons great field position with a 44-yard return to set the offense up at the 39-yard line. As was the case for the entire game, things didn't go as planned and Ryan was sacked and fumbled on fourth down.

Peterson's 35-yard touchdown run three plays later was the dagger, giving Minnesota a 20-3 with a little over four minutes remaining.

The Falcons offense was able to move the ball on its final drive with the no huddle against a Vikings defense that played a bit softer. Ryan capped the drive off with a one-yard touchdown pass to Nick Williams to make it a 20-10 game.

The ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful and the Vikings ran out the clock to give the Falcons their third consecutive home loss.

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