Earlier this season, the Minnesota Vikings were the first-half team -- ending games in frustrating fashion as four straight opponents had second-half comebacks to beat Minnesota.
The Vikings tried to flip the circumstances Sunday at Atlanta. Only this time it was another disappointing finish in a 24-14 road loss. Minnesota is 2-9 this season and has to fight the urge to tack on moral victories.
For the second straight week, the Vikings showed some fight while trailing by double-digits into halftime. Running back Toby Gerhart was stopped for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line with just over four minutes remaining as Minnesota tried to claw back from a 17-0 halftime deficit and the 7-4 Falcons ran out the clock.
Here are five things learned at Atlanta:
1. The shorthanded Vikings can't handle any more injuries, especially in the secondary.
Two weeks ago, Minnesota lost top cornerback Antoine Winfield to a broken clavicle in his first game since Week 4. Last we...