Patriots (6-1) 28, Vikings (2-5) 18
What went right for the Pats ...
1 Goal-line stand — With the game tied 7-7 with 1:07 to play in the first half, the Vikings were faced with a fourth-and-1 on the Patriots’ goal line. Instead of kicking, Minnesota went for it. Led by Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes, the Pats stopped them short.
2 Randy who? — Three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Those weren’t the stats for former Patriots superstar WR Randy Moss — who finished with only one catch for eight yards. The stats were those of the guy who many thought would step up in Moss’ absence — Brandon Tate. Tate’s 65-yard TD catch-and-run gave the Pats a 14-10 lead and all the momentum they needed to win it.
3 Balanced attack — The Pats looked much better on the offensive end yesterday than they have their last two times out. Tom Brady threw for 240 yards and a touchdown, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns of his own — his first-ever multi-score game. Most of the production came in a second half which saw New England score 21 points and end any Vikings threat.
What went wrong ...
1 All-Day Adrian — The Pats did stop Adrian Peterson on one important run. But for the most part, Peterson had, well, a very Peterson day. He rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 50 yards. Not having Patrick Chung at safety for the game certainly helped Peterson’s cause.
2 No fumble Favre — For a guy who turns the ball over as much as Brett Favre does, the Pats certainly didn’t do much to harass the Minnesota QB. They knocked Favre down a few times (and out of the game), but did not record a sack. Devin McCourty’s interception was Percy Harvin’s fault.
3 Where does the time go? — The Pats lost the time-of-possession battle by more than 10 minutes. Credit that to a poor first half in which New England’s production only amounted to five first downs and 109 total yards. Tough to score when you can’t stay on the field.
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