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Continued: Hartman: If it was Frazier's Vikings finale, he went out a winner

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 30, 2013 - 12:20 AM

Sunday, he was responsible for both Vikings touchdowns, the first on a 50-yard run and the second on an 8-yard reception. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the run made him the first player in NFL history with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 75-yard TD reception and a 50-yard TD run in the same season.

Asked to describe his rushing touchdown, Patterson replied: “Just like the last time we were in the Dome. It was supposed to be a pass. I saw Greg [Jennings] covered at first and I was thinking about running. Then he got open and I told him when I scored that I was sorry, I saw you open at the end but my mindset was that I was going to run.”

Patterson wasn’t a factor again until the fourth quarter, although the Vikings ran only four plays in the third quarter.

The rookie, who barely played on offense at the beginning of the season, was asked if he would have liked to have been a bigger part of the offense.

“No, you really can’t think that way about that,” he said. “Coach Bill Musgrave, he is doing a good job putting me in the offense, no matter if it was late in the season. So I really can’t say what I would have done if it would have been that way the whole season. I probably would have got hurt. I don’t know, so I don’t even think about it.”

Spielman was not a very popular man when he traded Percy Harvin to Seattle, but in Patterson he appears to have acquired a player who might be even more dangerous than Harvin.

Allen quiet on details

Sunday’s game might end up as Jared Allen’s last with the Vikings after six seasons because he is set to become a free agent. The defensive end refused to reveal any details about negotiations that might be going on between his agent and the team.

“The conversations we have had are between us, and I’d like to keep it that way,” he said. “I’ve always told you guys [the media] that I’ve always been on the same page as them.

“There is no rug going to be pulled from underneath anybody. I am not naive on the business side and neither are they. The relationship here with management and the coaches has been nothing but great. I’ve made some great friends, so it will be a conversation about where they are going and where I see myself going.

“If it is on the same path, great, but if not, we will part ways. But we will do it with the best intentions for everybody.”

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. • shartman@startribune.com

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