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Simpson declined to reveal what was said, only that “it wasn’t racist.”
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.”
• 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.
|New England||5:30 PM|
|LA Lakers||1:00 PM|
|St. Louis||12:00 PM|
|North Dakota St||2:00 PM|
|Penn State||4||1st Half 15:21|
|(14) Texas||12:00 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||12:00 PM|
|Stony Brook||12:00 PM|
|(21) Georgia||12:00 PM|
|Wake Forest||12:00 PM|
|(4) Notre Dame|
|(24) Oklahoma||1:00 PM|
|St Johns||1:00 PM|
|William & Mary||1:00 PM|
|Boston College||1:00 PM|
|(16) North Carolina|
|(2) Connecticut||1:00 PM|
|Virginia Tech||1:00 PM|
|Wichita State||1:05 PM|
|(18) Miss State||2:00 PM|
|North Texas||2:00 PM|
|(12) Texas A&M|
|(11) Arizona State||2:00 PM|
|Missouri State||2:00 PM|
|(20) Iowa||3:00 PM|
|(1) South Carolina||3:30 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|