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Vikings take it to the Matts
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Minneapolis • The Philadelphia Eagles were soaring after a big win in the snow the week before. This game was inside. Adrian Peterson was missing. The stage was set for another step toward the playoffs.

Well, Matt Cassel and the Minnesota Vikings just made the flight path a bit bumpier.

Cassel passed for two touchdowns and 382 yards, the most by a Minnesota quarterback since Brett Favre was here, and ran for another score to lead the injury-depleted Vikings to a 48-30 victory that snapped a five-game winning streak by the Eagles.

"I don't think you can ever count out our players. We've had some difficult moments this season, for sure, but I always believed," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Even early in the week I said, 'This game really doesn't have to be this close,' except for the fact that we were going with so many guys in backup roles."

With Peterson and Toby Gerhart out, third-stringer Matt Asiata, a former University of Utah running back, rushed for his first three career touchdowns. Greg Jennings caught a career-high 11 passes for 163 yards. The Vikings (4-9-1) produced quite the spoiler performance without their top two running backs, top two tight ends and top three cornerbacks. This was their highest score since a 50-10 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 20, 1998.

"Got great camaraderie. Got good leadership. So as you can tell, nobody's letting down for anything," Cassel said

Nick Foles threw for a career-high 428 yards and second-half touchdown scores to DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz and Jason Avant, but he was picked off by former teammate Shaun Prater at the Minnesota 5-yard line in the third quarter. League rushing leader LeSean McCoy had 38 yards on only eight carries after posting a career-high 217 yards last week.

Foles finished 30-for-48, including 10 completions for 195 yards to Jackson, but he took four sacks and misfired on several downfield passes. After the interception, Jackson was caught on camera shouting at the coaches.

Asiata needed 30 attempts to total 51 yards, but he helped the Vikings control the clock after taking an early lead.

Eagles lose • Asiata, Cassell lead Minnesota to an unlikely victory.
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