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Vikings drop to 2-9; fall in Atlanta 24-14

Down 17-0 at halftime, the Vikings still gave a valiant effort.

Toby Gerhart, filling in for Adrian Peterson, scored on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter. Then, after Dominique Franks inadvertently touched a punt the Falcons were trying to run away from, allowing the Vikings to recover, Christian Ponder went to Percy Harvin for a 39-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-13 to make it 17-14.

After a Matt Ryan touchdown to make it 24-14 Atlanta, Harvin took the ensuing kickoff seven yards deep in the end zone, found a wall of blockers to the right and took off right in front of the Falcons bench. Christopher Owens dived to make a saving tackle at the 3.

The Vikings got it to the 1 and decided to go for the touchdown on fourth down. But Sean Weatherspoon burst into the backfield and stuffed Gerhart right after he took the handoff, throwing him for a 2-yard loss. The Falcons ran out the clock and sent the Vikings to their ninth loss of the season.

Next: Sunday December 4 vs. Denver Broncos, noon CT.

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