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Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons: Fourth Quarter Open Thread

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

After deferring to the second half on the opening coin toss, the Atlanta Falcons got to receive the second half kickoff from the Minnesota Vikings. Blair Walsh put the ball through the end zone for a touchback, so the Falcons got to start from their own 20-yard line. The Falcons quickly pushed into Minnesota territory thanks to a 19-yard connection from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones and a 20-yard hit from Ryan to Roddy White.

The Falcons then pounded away with the run, as Tevin Coleman got the ball on six consecutive plays. He hit a big one with a 16-yard run down to the 1-yard line, and two plays later he found his way into the end zone for an apparent touchdown. . .but the Falcons were called for clipping, pushing the ball back 15 yards. Unfortunately, on the next play Tom Johnson was called for his second "hands to the face" penalty to give the Falcons a fresh set of downs. Antone Exum got a big tackle for loss on Coleman to push the Falcons back again, and on third down Matt Ryan threw his second interception of the day, this one to Terance Newman in the end zone. The huge play by the 37-year old was his third pick in the last three weeks, and kept the Minnesota lead at 7-3.

From their own 20-yard line, the Vikings got a big pass interference penalty on Atlanta rookie Jalen Collins that moved the ball to the 45-yard line. A couple of plays later, Adrian Peterson got involved in the action again, rumbling for 17 yards to the Atlanta 29-yard line. Peterson then carried two more times to get the ball into the red zone, and then found themselves facing 4th-and-2 from the Atlanta 11-yard line. Mike Zimmer played it safe and brought in Blair Walsh, who connected from 29 yards out to put Minnesota's lead back to seven at 10-3.

Atlanta started their next drive at their own 20-yard line following a touchback, and the Vikings forced a three-and-out highlighted by a sack of Matt Ryan by Everson Griffen. As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Falcons are looking at 4th-and-19 from their own 25-yard line and will be punting the ball away.

Fifteen minutes of play remaining, folks, and the Minnesota Vikings hold a 10-3 lead over the Atlanta Falcons and are preparing to get the football back. Can the Vikings hold on for their eighth win of the season?