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Turning Point: Opportunistic Defense

Chris Claiborne

Big plays were the order of the day for both teams on offense, but on defense it was only the Vikings that made the big plays when they counted most.

Fans who didn't see Sunday's game would have thought the Vikings offense was the power player in a high-scoring 39-26 win. But, in fact, it was the defense that did much of the damage and created the turning point of the game. After a first half in which the Vikings defense was burned for plays of 33, 47, 55 and 23 yards — all that led to Atlanta points — the Vikings needed a lift, and the...

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