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- October 31, 2010 - 10:19 PM
FOXBOROUGH, MASS. -- Just when you think you've seen it all, the Vikings provide more material.
There were no shortage of story lines after the Vikings lost 28-18 to the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Brett Favre got knocked out of the game and needed eight stitches in his chin after taking a nasty shot in the fourth quarter. Randy Moss sounded off in a bizarre press conference that left everyone wondering if he wishes he still played for the Patriots.
The defense had an awful second-half performance and couldn't make the big stop when needed; Percy Harvin had a big game despite injuring his left ankle on the second possession; and the Vikings are now tied with Detroit at the bottom of the NFC North at 2-5.
Should be another interesting week of drama at Winter Park.
We'll have plenty on Favre's injury and Moss' press conference online shortly. Here are some other news and notes from the locker room:
Percy Harvin was the last player to leave the locker room after getting treatment on his sprained left ankle. Harvin injured his ankle on the Vikings second possession of the game. He caught a pass over the middle and got his foot stuck in the turf as he cut upfield.
“It’s hurting pretty bad,” he said. “It probably was adrenaline [that kept him going] and wanting to win real bad. My motto is, if I can play then I’ll go out there and give it everything I’ve got.”
Despite being limited, Harvin had a huge performance with six catches for 104 yards.
“I couldn’t do much but I was able to fight through it,” he said. “I’ll go see the trainers [Monday] and the doctors and we’ll know more then.”
Peterson falls just short
Adrian Peterson rushed for 92 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, and he also caught five passes for 50 yards. But it’s the one yard he didn’t get that frustrated him.
Peterson was thrown for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the final minute of the first half. The Vikings elected to go for the touchdown rather than an easy field goal, and Peterson got stuffed at the line.
“That was a tough one for me to swallow,” he said. “I hold myself accountable on that one.”
Peterson said he saw a crease inside.
“I just tried to cram it in,” he said. “After seeing the replay, if I could do it again, maybe I would have kept it outside.”
Rough second half for defense
The Vikings held the Patriots to 107 total yards, five first downs and nine yards rushing in the first half. But in the second half the Patriots rolled up 255 total yards, 13 first downs and 113 yards rushing.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis had only four yards rushing on four carries in the first half. He finished with 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 2-yard touchdown with 1:56 left. Green-Ellis became only the fourth individual to rush for 100 yards against the Vikings since 2006.
“Obviously we didn’t tackle,” Jared Allen said. “I think he was hit at the line of scrimmage almost every time. If you don’t tackle people in this league they’re going to do stuff.”
Said cornerback Antoine Winfield: “They came out the last drive and pretty much ran the ball down our throat up the middle. That’s not something that’s happened around here the last couple of years.”
Rough day for secondary
The secondary had three critical mistakes that the Patriots took full advantage of.
A gaffe by safety Madieu Williams set up the Patriots first touchdown. Williams covered Tate on a deep throw down the middle and made a break on the ball. But the ball somehow went through his arms, didn’t touch his body and landed in Tate’s arms.
Cornerback Asher Allen bit on a fake by Tom Brady on a busted play and gave up a 65-yard touchdown catch by Brandon Tate in the third quarter.
“I have to just stay on him longer,” Allen said. “You never want to make excuses. We were in man-to-man and that was my man. No matter how long it takes, you still have to stay on him.”
Allen also missed a tackle on Danny Woodhead’s 16-yard catch on third-and-12 on the game-clinching drive. Woodhead caught the short pass and Allen was in position for the tackle, but he slipped off and Woodhead ran for the first down with 3:45 remaining.
“That’s unacceptable,” Allen said. “If I make that tackle, we’re off the field and we probably win the game.”
-- The Vikings did not record a sack for the third consecutive game. They went back-to-back games without a sack for the first time since 1991 last week. We'll see if we can find out how long it has been since they have gone three games without a sack.
-- The Vikings had the ball for 35:08 compared to 24:52 for the Patriots.
-- Linebacker Chad Greenway has led the Vikings in tackles every game this season.