Patriots Advance to Week 14 of Regular Season with a Win Over the Vikings

New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, during the 2014 Patriots vs Vikings game. Photo from Wikimedia

On December 3rd, 2018, week 13 of the NFL regular season, the New England Patriots defeated the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium with a score of (24-10). Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, achieved 1,000 career rushing yards. Being 41 years old, Brady is also the oldest to reach the milestone since 1970.

The Vikings won the coin toss and the Vikings quarterback, Kirk Cousins, began the game with an incomplete pass to the Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Cook gained just two yards on the next play and the Vikings were forced to punt the ball back into the Patriots’ possession. The Patriots put points up on the board early in the first quarter (7-0) after Pats fullback, James Develin, scored on a one yard run.

Vikings kicker Dan Bailey missed a 48 yard field goal in the Vikings’ only attempt to score in the first quarter. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 20 yard field goal in the second quarter, putting the Pats up (10-0). The Vikings quickly answered back with a touchdown from wide receiver Adam Thielen just before halftime (10-7). Bailey missed yet another field goal opportunity but maked up for it after making a 39 yard field goal late into the third quarter (10-10). Pats wide receiver, Josh Gordon, was able to score a touchdown after making a catch from Brady for 24 yards just before the end of the third quarter (17-10).

Early in the fourth quarter, Develin rushed for 2 yards in order to score against the Vikings, putting the Pats up (24-10). The rest of the game remained scoreless for both teams. The final score was 24-10 with the Pats going (9w - 3L) in week 13 of the regular season and the Vikings going (6w - 5L - 1D).

In week 14 of regular season, the Pats will be facing the Miami Dolphins, while the Vikings will be up against the Seattle Seahawks.

Gabriel Matnog

Gabriel Matnog, or Gabe as he prefers to be called, is a returning member to the Blue and Gold. This year, Matnog is determined to learn more about journalism. Currently, he hopes to focus on writing for the sports section since he enjoyed writing about numerous sports last year. Some of his friends have gone to South Korea for the World Junior Championships and is rooting for their success. Aside from precision shooting, Matnog enjoys a plethora of other sports including golf, snowboarding, and lacrosse. On weekends, if it is possible, he will do some homework and hit the golf field. His favorite extracurriculars include speech and debate as well the Boy Scouts (even though he completed it and currently is considered an “Eagle Scout”). Eventually, he aspires to be a chemical engineer and go to MIT, since he is good at math and science and comes from a long line of scientists.

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