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Vikings 30, Cardinals 24

TDs on special teams, D help Vikes end skid

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings returned, literally, to their winning way.

Xavier Rhodes took back one of his two interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for a score, helping Minnesota stop its four-game losing streak.

"It's been a long, long, long month, but it's good to feel this again," said coach Mike Zimmer, who urged his team multiple times last week to stop chasing those momentum-shifting plays and focus instead on fundamentals. "It's good to see the fight that the players had, to see the hard work."

The Vikings held onto their first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC North, with a rematch against the Lions looming on Thursday.

After scoring twice each on defense and special teams during their NFL-best 5-0 start, the Vikings failed to produce a return touchdown over their past four games until this breakthrough. They also sacked Carson Palmer four times, their most since their last victory six weeks ago, and held Arizona to 27 net yards after halftime.

"I don't know if it's an exhale. It definitely gives you a little bit of confidence, gets things back feeling normal a little bit," Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said. "We needed that one."

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Vikings 30, Cardinals 24 11/20/16 [Last modified: Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:44pm]
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