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Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
Business | By Patricia Jimenez

Vikings beat Jaguars 25-16, stay in NFC postseason hunt

Vikings beat Jaguars 25-16, stay in NFC postseason hunt

StarTribune.com reported Saturday that Zimmer will prowl the sideline Sunday as the reeling Vikings face the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

Standout safety Harrison Smith and starting center Joe Berger will not be on the field with the Minnesota Vikings when they play at Jacksonville on Sunday.

Bradford finished the game with a 24-of-34 completion ratio for 292 yards and a touchdown.

"You never know how fast it's going to happen", Bradley said.

That kind of attitude plays well in the testosterone-filled National Football League locker room, and the players rallied around him even as he admitted to being much harder on them in practice during their recent slide.

"I didn't joke with him", Bradford said. But they made mistakes that extended drives and allowed a very average offense to score a touchdown and take the lead in the fourth quarter of the game.

That was just a sign of things to come as Minnesota had numerous chunk plays in a 25-16 win over the Jaguars, including three of which that went for 40-plus yards. "He lit the secondary up today". The unit also got robbed of a turnover against Buffalo, when officials inadvertently whistled a play dead as running back LeSean McCoy was getting the ball stripped out of his grasp.

On fourth and 1 at the Jacksonville one-yard line, defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks jumped past the Vikings offensive line and dropped Minnesota running back Matt Asiata for a loss.

Minnesota (7-6) forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and Bradford found Rudolph for a 3-yard touchdown to seal the game with 2:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. We had some good catches-and-runs. "I think we have to be more critical".

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After another subpar performance by quarterback Blake Bortles and receiver Allen Robinson, the Jacksonville Jaguars put them in a room so they could "get on the same page". "He made some incredible plays, so I'm out there trying to do everything I can to put us in the best position to score and win the game". He helped Jacksonville make the playoffs four consecutive seasons (1996-99) and was voted to five consecutive Pro Bowls (1997-2001).

Kicker Kai Forbath is a ideal 6 for 6 on field goals and has made all of his extra points since replacing Blair Walsh.

That brought about some good-natured barbs from the players as they saw an opportunity to rib a coach who has never misses a moment to get after his players. "Whether Bridgewater remains as the backup the next few seasons or is traded remains to be seen, but the Vikings appear to believe there is a lot more upside with Bradford than Bridgewater".

The Vikings would then put the game away with a nine-play, 54-yard drive which was capped off by a three-yard touchdown pass from Bradford to Kyle Rudolph, extending their lead to 25-16. It took them four games to get their first victory and only the Cleveland Browns (0-12) and San Francisco 49ers (1-11) have worse records this season.

The Jaguars responded how their offense has often responded this year after a big defensive play, by going three and out once again. "Obviously, we need to stay in this and it was extremely important. You can't win out until you win the first one".

Retired Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith was inducted into the franchise's ring of honor at halftime.

"They're all competing, but he's really standing out", said Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who fell to 14-47 in four seasons.

Marqise Lee caught five passes for a career-high 113 yards, further establishing himself as Jacksonville's go-to guy down the stretch. Zimmer had a patch over the eye and was at times wearing sunglasses.

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