This just in: Percy Harvin is really good at football. There’s no question this offense begins and ends with Adrian Peterson, who is the best RB in the NFL. And it looks as if the Vikings have the answer at QB with Christian Ponder. But there’s also no disputing that Harvin is the Vikings most dynamic weapon, and he proved that again on Sunday against the Falcons.
It’s important for the Vikings to get Harvin involved in the offense every week, but his inclusion in the game plan this week became even more important when Peterson was ruled out because of an ankle injury. Atlanta knew Harvin would be a focal point in the offensive game plan, yet Harvin was still able to produce.
Harvin had 8 receptions for 95 yards, including a 4th-quarter highlight-caliber 39-yard grab in the back of the end zone that pulled the Vikings to within 3 points of the Falcons and made the game interesting. He also had 5 rushes for 11 yards to help Toby Gerhart shoulder the load with Peterson on the mend. Later in the 4th quarter after the Falcons had seemingly sealed their victory with a TD, Harvin took the ensuing kickoff from 7 yards deep in his own end zone and dashed 104 yards to the Atlanta 3. The return is the longest non-scoring play in NFL history. Unfortunately the Vikings were unable to punch the ball in, and ultimately the Falcons prevailed with a 24-14 win.
Add it all up, and Harvin had 210 total yards on 14 touches against the Falcons, which adds up to 15.0 yards per touch. For the season, Harvin has 1,187 combined yards this season on 95 touches, which averages out to 12.5 yards per touch. Here are a few more notes on Harvin’s performance against Atlanta…
– Harvin is the Vikings record-holder for career games of 200+ net yards, and he added to his total on Sunday. Harvin now has 6 such games, which is two more than Chuck Foreman, Tommy Mason and Adrian Peterson.
– With his 8 receptions, Harvin moved into 4th place all-time in Vikings history for most catches in a player’s first 3 seasons (182). Harvin is now 4 receptions behind Jermaine Wiggins for 3rd place on the list. Ricky Young (224) is in 2nd place, and Randy Moss (226) is in 1st place.
– With 5 rushes for 11 yards on Sunday, Harvin added to his career record and single-season record for rushing yards and attempts by a WR. Harvin has 477 career rushing yards on 66 career attempts, and 235 rushing yards on 33 attempts for the season.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Toby Gerhart
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