In December 2002, Vick enjoyed one of the best games of his
career against the Vikings, rushing for 173 yards - the most
by a quarterback since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger - and two
touchdowns on just 10 carries. He accounted for 346 of the
Falcons' 379 yards.
Vick missed the 2003 meeting between the teams with a broken
right leg, but gets another chance to face the Vikings on
Battling a left hamstring injury, Vick completed 15-of-27 passes
for 167 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in last
week's 24-16 victory at Buffalo. He also rushed for 64 yards on
Vick also had plenty of help from Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett.
Dunn carried 15 times for 97 yards and Duckett rushed for 75
yards and a touchdown.
Including playoffs, the Falcons have won nine of their last 10
games at the Georgia Dome.
After throwing eight interceptions without a touchdown in two
disappointing losses, Daunte Culpepper finally found his rhythm
last week in the Vikings' 33-16 victory over New Orleans.
Culpepper completed 21-of-29 passes for 300 yards and three
touchdowns against the Saints.
Taking over as the feature back, Mewelde Moore rushed for 101
yards on 23 attempts.
Matchup to watch: Falcons defensive tackle Rod Coleman, who had
two sacks and a forced fumble last week, lines up against left
guard Chris Liwienski.
Series: Vikings lead, 14-7.
Next week: Minnesota has its bye
Atlanta hosts New England, October 9.
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