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National Football League
New England 24, Minnesota 10
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 2, 2018
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Temperature: 53°
Head Official: Craig Wrolstad
Attendance: 65878

Tom Brady threw for 311 yards and the tiebreaking touchdown Sunday as the New England Patriots retained the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture by subduing the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in Foxborough, Mass.

Brady, who completed 24 of 32 passes, found Josh Gordon over the middle for a 24-yard scoring strike with 35 seconds left in the third quarter that made it 17-10. Fullback James Develin added his second short scoring run on the Patriots' next drive, going 2 yards with 10:54 remaining in the game to set the final score.

New England (9-3) maintained a three-game lead on Miami in the AFC East and remained a game behind Kansas City, which held off Oakland 40-33, for the top seed in the AFC with four weeks left in the regular season.

Minnesota (6-5-1) missed on a chance to make up ground on Chicago, which remained 1 1/2 games ahead in the NFC Central despite its 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants. The Vikings also lost the NFC's second wild-card spot to the Washington Redskins, who play Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 32 of 44 passes but for just 201 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

New England had little trouble slicing through the Minnesota defense on its first possession, ripping off an 81-yard, eight-play touchdown drive. Develin plunged over from the 1 with 9:33 left in the first quarter.

A 15-play drive by the Patriots in the second quarter resulted in just three points as the Vikings made a goal-line stand, forcing a third-down incompletion from the 1. Stephen Gostkowski's 20-yard field goal upped the margin to 10-0 at the 5:45 mark.

Minnesota's offense finally found its dangerous wide receivers, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, during a successful two-minute drill to end the first half. Diggs caught passes of 24 and 10 yards to help push the ball to the 5, and Thielen caught his first pass of the game with 15 seconds left in the half to make it a 10-7 game at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
Minnesota   New England
Dalvin Cook Player Sony Michel
9 Attempts 17
84 Yards 63
9.3 Avg Yards 3.7
0 Touchdowns 0
32 Long 8
Receiving
Minnesota   New England
Stefon Diggs Player James White
5 Receptions 7
49 Yards 92
9.8 Avg Yards 13.1
0 Touchdowns 0
24 Long 42
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Minnesota 278 95 183 1 1 1 0.0 0
New England 471 160 311 3 1 2 2.0 0
Upcoming Games
  • New England will play their next game on the road against Miami. The Patriots have a W/L % of .778 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Vikings have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .750 after a loss.