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Falcons running back Devonta Freeman a bright spot in return against Vikings

ATLANTA – On a day where the Falcons struggled to convert on third down and score in the red zone, Devonta Freeman shined in his return to game action.

Atlanta converted just one of 10 third down attempts and was 0-for-1 in the red zone. For more on the Falcons' third-down problems on Sunday, click here.


Freeman missed Atlanta's previous two games with a concussion. Against the Vikings, Freeman rushing for 74 yards on 12 carries was one of the bright spots in Atlanta's offensive performance.

"You feel his energy right from the get-go," head coach Dan Quinn said of Freeman. "It's the competitor of who he is and what he stands for. We felt some of the good runs by him right away. We feel different with him because of the energy he can provide. For him getting big runs and converting for us, those are big for us."

Some of Freeman's best runs came from when he was stopped and fought for the extra yards to keep the play alive. Freeman relishes in the opportunity to make plays for his teammates.

"It felt good just to get back out there and feel that contact and be able to compete with my brothers," Freeman said.

The Falcons recorded 102 yards on the ground against a formidable defense in the Minnesota Vikings and Freeman was a big part of that success on Sunday.

"He shows how great of a player he is," quarterback Matt Ryan said. "We had some opportunities in the run game that were close. It's always good to have him back, he's going to make a ton of plays for us down the stretch.

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