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Belichick wins 250th with Pats in 24-10 victory over Vikes

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots have thrived in the final month of the season since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's arrival.

They're hoping their 24-10 victory over the Vikings is the start of another memorable December.

Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots coach in Sunday's victory over Minnesota.

Including his 37 regular-season and postseason wins with the Browns, Belichick has 287 wins overall.

Brady completed 24 of 32 passes and has 579 touchdown passes, including the playoffs, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most all time. He also has 508 regular-season TD passes, which ties him with Brett Favre on the career list. Manning is first with 539 and Drew Brees is next with 518.

James Develin added a career-high two touchdown runs . New England finished with 471 yards. Brady said the diversity of their attack was his biggest takeaway.

''Seven guys running, eight guys catching - that makes it hard for them to defend us,'' he said. ''Hopefully we can keep it going.''

The Patriots (9-3) have won eight of nine since starting the season 1-2. Belichick improved to 65-13 in December. Brady is 59-11. Both marks are NFL records for the most wins during that month for a coach and player.

The Patriots have clinched their 18th straight winning season. It is the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is held by the Cowboys at 20 seasons from 1966-85.

Minnesota (6-5-1) has lost two of its past three. The defeat prevented Minnesota from gaining ground on the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears, who lost 30-27 in overtime to the New York Giants.

The Vikings entered the game allowing the third-fewest rushing yards in the league (93.6 per game). But New England was able to spread them out, rushing for 160 yards.

Kirk Cousins kept Minnesota in the game early, before faltering down the stretch. He finished 32 of 44 for 201 yards and touchdown but had two late interceptions.

Brady improved to 5-0 against Minnesota, one of five teams (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Tampa Bay) he has a perfect regular-season record against.

With New England leading 10-7 in the third quarter, Stephen Gostkowski missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide right at the 6:26 mark. It snapped a streak of 35 straight makes in the regular season of less than 50 yards, going back to October of last season.

The Vikings tied the game on the ensuing series with Dan Bailey's 39-yard field goal.

But the Patriots bounced back, needing just four plays for Brady to cap a 75-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon that put the Patriots back in front 17-10.

Following Minnesota's punt, the Patriots picked up where they left off. This time they needed only six plays to set up a 2-yard TD run by Develin that made it 24-10.

The Vikings survived a challenge by Belichick of a spot on a fourth down rush by Latavius Murray on their next possession. Belichick's challenge led to a brief verbal exchange between him and receiver Adam Thielen. It included linebacker Kyle Van Noy coming to his coach's defense.

''Everybody's out there battling,'' Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. ''Sometimes football comes down to a yard. ... But Bill's fiery. We see it every day.''

But facing a fourth-and-11 seven plays later, the Vikings turned it over on downs after Cousins' pass to Laquon Treadwell came up short.

Thielen said it's a wakeup call for the Vikings.

''Obviously we've got to get better. I've got to get better,'' Thielen said. ''I didn't make the plays I needed to.''

Minnesota got the ball back quickly after Brady threw his first interception in five games to Eric Kendricks. But a pass into the end zone by Cousins was tipped by J.C. Jackson and intercepted by Duron Harmon .

''Every guy on the offense, they're hungry. You know, just like the defense. We're all hungry,'' Patriots receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said. ''We all know our role and we embrace it.''

SPOT ON

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer pulled out his red challenge flag at just the right time late in the first half to help get his team on the scoreboard.

The Vikings successfully challenged the referee's spot after an apparent first down completion to Rob Gronkowski. It left the Patriots with a third-and-1 on their 26.

Minnesota stopped the ensuing run by James White and New England was forced to punt.

Cousins went to work in the two-minute offense, opening Minnesota's drive with completions of 24 and 23 yards to Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. He added another 10-yard completion to Diggs four plays later to set up a 5-yard touchdown pass to Thielen that trimmed the Patriots' lead to 10-7 at the half.

RUN BRADY RUN

Brady reached another milestone: 1,000 yards rushing in his career.

Brady hit the mark on a 5-yard scramble in the first quarter. He slid to a stop, popped to his knee and signaled for a first down.

He finished with two rushes for 5 yards. He avoided losing a yard when he kneeled down on the final play of the game .

''I'm not trying to go backward,'' he said. ''I don't want us to go backwards anymore.''

Never considered much of a mobile quarterback, it took Brady 19 years and 265 games to reach the 1,000-yard milestone - the most by a player since the merger. At 41, he is also the oldest player to reach 1,000 career rushing yards since 1970.

He has averaged 1.7 yards per carry and 3.8 yards per game, with his most ''prolific'' season in 2002 when he ran for a total of 110 yards.

INJURIES

Vikings: CB Trae Waynes was evaluated for a concussion in the second quarter and ruled out for the rest of the game.

Patriots: S Patrick Chung was helped off the field in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Vikings: At Seattle for ''Monday Night Football'' matchup on Dec. 10.

Patriots: At Miami next Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Cook 33 RB
84 RuYds, 22 ReYds, 8 RECs
10
FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
311 PaYds, PaTD, INT, 5 RuYds
16
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:54
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
10
24
Touchdown 10:54
L.Waddle reported in as eligible. J.Develin up the middle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
50
yds
3:12
pos
10
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:35
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 0:42
T.Brady pass short middle to J.Gordon for 24 yards TOUCHDOWN. NE 12-Brady 508th career TD pass ties Favre for 3rd-most all-time. NE 12-Brady 579th career TD pass (including postseason) ties P. Manning for most all-time.
4
plays
75
yds
1:45
pos
10
16
Field Goal 2:24
D.Bailey 39 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
12
plays
41
yds
4:01
pos
10
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:15
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 0:15
K.Cousins pass short right to A.Thielen for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
74
yds
1:37
pos
6
10
Field Goal 5:48
S.Gostkowski 20 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen. NE 3-Gostkowski 12th career 100-pt season ties Akers Hanson & Stover for 4th-most all-time.
15
plays
68
yds
8:16
pos
0
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:33
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen. NE 3-Gostkowski 1711 career pts ties Lowery for 14th all-time.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:33
L.Waddle reported in as eligible. J.Develin up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
81
yds
3:52
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 26:39 33:21
1st Downs 16 27
Rushing 5 11
Passing 11 14
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 3-12 7-14
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 278 471
Total Plays 59 71
Avg Gain 4.7 6.6
Net Yards Rushing 95 160
Rush Attempts 13 39
Avg Rush Yards 7.3 4.1
Net Yards Passing 183 311
Comp. - Att. 32-44 24-32
Yards Per Pass 4.2 9.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-18 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-55 7-60
Touchdowns 1 3
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 5-39.8 4-35.5
Return Yards 65 84
Punts - Returns 1-4 3-29
Kickoffs - Returns 2-61 2-55
Int. - Returns 1-0 2-0
Kicking 2/3 4/5
Extra Points 1/1 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 2-3 -67%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Vikings 6-5-1 073010
Patriots 9-3 737724
183 PASS YDS 311
95 RUSH YDS 160
278 TOTAL YDS 471
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.7% 201 1 2 70.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.3% 3490 23 9 99.1
K. Cousins 32/44 201 1 2 10
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 84 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 312 0
D. Cook 9 84 0 32 10
L. Murray 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
111 466 5
L. Murray 4 11 0 5 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Diggs 14 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 49 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 84 839 6
S. Diggs 5 5 49 0 24 4
K. Rudolph 82 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 463 2
K. Rudolph 3 3 38 0 23 3
A. Robinson 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 5 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 187 4
A. Robinson 9 5 37 0 10 3
A. Thielen 19 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 5 28 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 98 1166 9
A. Thielen 10 5 28 1 9 8
D. Cook 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 8 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 194 1
D. Cook 10 8 22 0 5 10
L. Treadwell 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 279 1
L. Treadwell 2 2 13 0 9 1
C. Ham 30 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 85 0
C. Ham 2 2 11 0 6 1
L. Murray 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 135 0
L. Murray 2 2 3 0 2 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-8 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-38 1 0.0
E. Kendricks 8-8 0.0 1 0
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-10 0 0.0
A. Barr 6-0 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-14 0 1.0
L. Joseph 5-2 0.0 0 0
A. Harris 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-9 3 0.0
A. Harris 5-2 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-17 0 11.0
D. Hunter 4-2 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-7 0 3.0
M. Alexander 3-1 0.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 3.0
E. Griffen 2-3 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-13 3 3.0
H. Smith 2-2 0.0 0 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-22 0 3.0
S. Richardson 2-1 0.0 0 0
H. Hill 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 1 0.0
H. Hill 2-1 0.0 0 0
B. Gedeon 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-10 0 0.0
B. Gedeon 1-2 0.0 0 0
S. Weatherly 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-8 0 3.0
S. Weatherly 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-5 0 3.0
T. Johnson 1-2 0.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-4 1 0.0
X. Rhodes 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Johnson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-6 0 0.0
J. Johnson 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
16/22 20/21
D. Bailey 1/2 39 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 45.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 44.7 23
M. Wile 5 45.6 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Abdullah 31 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 30.5 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 28.1 33 0
A. Abdullah 2 30.5 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sherels 35 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 8.9 24 0
M. Sherels 1 4.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 311 1 1 102.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.9% 3342 20 8 96.8
T. Brady 24/32 311 1 1 16
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Michel 26 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 63 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
144 649 5
S. Michel 17 63 0 8 6
J. Edelman 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 83 0
J. Edelman 2 35 0 20 5
J. White 28 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 329 4
J. White 6 26 0 12 11
R. Burkhead 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 106 0
R. Burkhead 7 20 0 10 4
C. Patterson 84 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 162 1
C. Patterson 1 6 0 6 5
T. Brady 12 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 32 2
T. Brady 2 5 0 5 16
J. Develin 46 FB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 5 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 6 3
J. Develin 4 5 2 2 12
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. White 28 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 92 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 74 659 6
J. White 9 7 92 0 42 11
J. Gordon 10 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 58 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 622 4
J. Gordon 3 3 58 1 24 11
C. Patterson 84 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 173 2
C. Patterson 2 2 53 0 29 5
R. Gronkowski 87 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 530 2
R. Gronkowski 4 3 26 0 15 2
J. Edelman 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 535 3
J. Edelman 8 3 25 0 13 5
R. Burkhead 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 52 0
R. Burkhead 2 2 21 0 15 4
C. Hogan 15 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 400 2
C. Hogan 2 2 20 0 18 2
J. Develin 46 FB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 41 0
J. Develin 1 1 9 0 9 12
S. Michel 26 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 50 0
S. Michel 1 1 7 0 7 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. McCourty 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-11 0 0.0
J. McCourty 5-1 0.0 0 0
D. McCourty 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-17 1 0.0
D. McCourty 5-2 0.0 0 0
K. Van Noy 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-29 1 2.0
K. Van Noy 4-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jackson 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 2 0.0
J. Jackson 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hightower 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-18 1 0.0
D. Hightower 2-3 0.0 0 0
P. Chung 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-26 1 0.0
P. Chung 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Gilmore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-5 2 1.0
S. Gilmore 2-1 0.0 0 0
E. Roberts 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-27 0 1.0
E. Roberts 2-3 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-13 0 0.0
M. Brown 1-4 0.0 0 0
T. Flowers 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-19 0 4.0
T. Flowers 1-1 1.0 0 0
D. Harmon 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-5 2 0.0
D. Harmon 1-0 0.0 1 0
O. Melifonwu 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
O. Melifonwu 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Guy 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-24 0 0.0
L. Guy 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-10 3 0.0
J. Jones 1-0 0.0 1 0
A. Butler 70 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-8 0 2.0
A. Butler 1-0 1.0 0 0
J. Simon 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-6 0 1.0
J. Simon 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Gostkowski 3 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
22/26 37/37
S. Gostkowski 1/2 20 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Allen 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 45.8 12
R. Allen 4 41.5 2 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Patterson 84 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 27.5 34 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 30.5 95 1
C. Patterson 2 27.5 34 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Edelman 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 9.7 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 6.8 23 0
J. Edelman 3 9.7 23 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 1:35 3 8 Punt
9:33 MIN 25 4:07 8 45 FG Miss
2:34 MIN 10 3:33 6 18 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:45 MIN 34 2:38 4 13 Punt
1:52 MIN 26 1:37 7 74 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:21 MIN 17 1:44 3 5 Punt
6:21 MIN 38 4:01 12 41 FG
0:35 MIN 25 1:29 3 -5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:54 MIN 29 4:44 10 27 Downs
5:25 MIN 45 0:44 3 13 INT
0:48 MIN 20 0:27 2 9 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 NE 19 3:52 8 81 TD
5:26 NE 38 2:52 6 16 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:01 NE 31 8:16 15 68 FG
3:07 NE 17 1:15 3 9 Punt
0:15 NE 40 0:15 2 49 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NE 36 0:39 3 4 Punt
12:37 NE 24 6:16 12 46 FG Miss
2:20 NE 25 1:45 4 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 NE 50 3:12 6 50 TD
6:10 NE 44 0:45 2 3 INT
4:41 NE 20 3:53 11 45 Punt
0:21 MIN 42 0:21 1 0 Game