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Instant Reaction: Vikings 20, Falcons 10

The Falcons and the Vikings face off in a conference matchup on Sunday afternoon in the Georgia Dome. Take a look at these photos from the game.

Despite a continued emphasis on controlling the ball, the Falcons committed three turnovers on Sunday, and as a result fell to the Minnesota Vikings, 20-10.

Tevin Coleman lost a fumble at the end of a 46-yard run, and Matt Ryan threw a pair of interceptions—the latter of the two, corralled by Terence Newman, came in Minnesota's end zone. Coleman found pay dirt on an outside run several plays earlier, but a clipping penalty on Tony Moeaki negated the score.

That drive, ultimately, proved to be the turning point.

His one big mistake notwithstanding, Coleman turned in a solid performance. Filling in for Devonta Freeman (concussion), the rookie RB gained 110 rushing yards on 18 carries, good for a 6.1 average. Philip Wheeler had a good day, too, finishing with a team-high 11 tackles (six solo).

Atlanta's D fared well for three quarters and held Teddy Bridgewater to 20 completions on 28 passes for 174 yards. Ricardo Allen had a crucial interception in the first half. But the offense had a rough afternoon and, with less than five minutes left in regulation, were undone by a failed fourth down conversion attempt.

Blair Walsh then kicked a field goal on the ensuing possession. Although Nick Williams caught his first career TD with 1:28 remaining, it was too little too late.

This defeat has put the Falcons' backs up against the wall. Now 6-5 and on a four-game losing streak, it'll take a lot of corrections to make the postseason. A playoff berth is certainly possible—Atlanta didn't start 5-0 by accident—but it won't be easy.

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