Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel tried to get Patterson involved early, as the rookie had a team-high 58 receiving yards on three catches in the first half. Patterson was then held in check until breaking off one of the biggest plays of the afternoon late in the fourth quarter.
Amid the snowfall and with Minnesota trailing 22-19, Patterson took a short pass and turned it up the field 79 yards for a go-ahead score with 45 seconds remaining. Patterson received good blocking early in the play and then used his speed the rest of the way to outrun the defense in what turned into a crazy ending, as the lead changed five times over the final 2:05.
Patterson, who was targeted seven times, now has two receiving touchdowns in 2013 and an offensive touchdown in two straight games, as he tallied his first rushing touchdown last week. The Vikings are back in action Week 15 vs. Philadelphia.
In the second quarter of Sunday's 23-20 overtime win vs. Chicago, Patterson lined up at tailback and took a pitch from quarterback Christian Ponder 33 yards for a touchdown on just his fourth career carry. Patterson avoided at least four tackles, breaking two on his way to the end zone.
Patterson finished with two carries for 27 yards, while adding one catch for 4 yards. He was targeted four times.
The Vikings are back in action Week 14 at Baltimore.
In leagues that reward for special teams yards, Patterson is a decent Fantasy option. Unfortunately, in most standard and PPR formats, he's yet to blossom. Though, Patterson did show some potential for a late-season surge in Week 12 at Green Bay, when he totaled a career-high eight catches for 54 yards.
Patterson now heads into Week 13 vs. Chicago looking to build off his Week 12 performance. Wide receivers have had moderate success against the Bears. They have averaged 142.3 receiving yards and 20.4 Fantasy points per week through 11 games. Wide receivers have also totaled 11 touchdowns against Chicago.
The Vikings don't exactly have a great passing offense. The Vikings are averaging 207 passing yards per game (25th). They also have just 11 passing touchdowns, which is tied for the third-fewest amount in the NFL.
Patterson could be considered a desperation Fantasy option in deep PPR formats Week 13, but the first-round pick still isn't a great option in standard formats.
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