2. Defense had answers at every turn
Early in the game, the Vikings defense was dictating the terms. Anthony Barr had a sack on the game’s first snap and Anthony Harris ended Atlanta’s second possession with an interception. As Atlanta kept battling and got to the “grind it out” stage of the game, the Vikings defense had an answer for every move. Even when Atlanta got inside the Minnesota 5, the Vikings defense bowed up as Harris snagged his second interception of the game, this one in the end zone. For the meaningful part of the game, the Vikings held Atlanta’s star trio of receivers in check and they also kept running back Devonta Freeman from being a difference-maker. Matt Ryan was pressured on seemingly every snap and the Vikings came away with four sacks while holding Ryan to a passer rating of 85.8.