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Continued: Vikings' Asiata carries 30 times, scores three TDs

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 16, 2013 - 6:39 AM

Simpson declined to reveal what was said, only that “it wasn’t racist.”

Curious decision

The Eagles trailed by only 15 points with 6:26 left in the third quarter when coach Chip Kelly elected to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 24.

Harrison Smith and Chad Greenway stopped running back LeSean McCoy for no gain on third-and-1. Rather than punt, Kelly called for another handoff to McCoy, who ran into a wall of defenders up the middle for no gain.

Kelly challenged the spot, but the call was upheld. The Vikings used that favorable field position to take a 27-9 lead on Blair Walsh’s 38-yard field goal.

“I thought that we could have made it and I also thought if we don’t make it, we’re in trouble,” Kelly said. “If we can’t get a half of a yard, it tells you what the day’s all about. They didn’t blitz. It wasn’t like there was an all-out coming at us. We needed to come off the ball and get some movement at the point of attack and dig ourselves out of that hole right there.”

Etc.

• Cornerback Shaun Prater grabbed his first career interception in the third quarter.

• Jared Allen had two sacks and four quarterback hits.

• Defensive end Brian Robison had his fifth consecutive game with a sack. Allen and Robison had two sacks each in a game for the first time since last October.

• Cordarrelle Patterson passed the 400-yard receiving mark, the seventh rookie in Vikings history to do so. Randy Moss (1,313 in 1998) has the record.

• Defensive backs Harrison Smith and Robert Blanton, former college teammates at Notre Dame, led the Vikings with eight tackles each. Middle linebacker Audie Cole had seven.

• Walsh tied his team record with seven touchbacks in the game. He made field goals of 21 and 38 yards, and was wide left on a 55-yarder.

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