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Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings: First quarter recap and second quarter discussion

An ugly first quarter for the purple

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve completed one quarter of play at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings have gotten off to a rough start as they trail the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 10-0.

The Vikings won the opening coin toss and, in a rare move, chose not to defer to the second half and instead elected to receive. On the first play from scrimmage, Kirk Cousins threw his eighth interception of the year, as he was picked off by Deion Jones on a pass intended for Justin Jefferson, giving the Falcons the ball near the Minnesota 30-yard line.

The Falcons cashed in on the turnover, as on 3rd-and-11, Matt Ryan found Julio Jones for a 20-yard touchdown, giving the visitors a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the contest. After a three-and-out on the Vikings’ next possession, Atlanta added a 50-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo to extend their lead to 10-0.

Atlanta moved into Minnesota territory again, but Jeff Gladney chased down Falcons’ running back Brian Hill and forced a fumble that was recovered by Eric Wilson for a turnover. On the next play, Cousins found Irv Smith Jr. for a 38-yard gain into Atlanta territory, and that’s how we end the first quarter of play. The Vikings are at the Falcons’ 40-yard line as we move to the second quarter.

It was a rough first quarter for the Vikings, as they trail the Falcons by a score of 10-0. Come join us for the second quarter of play!