Falcons running back Tevin Coleman makes a first down gain during the second half against the Buccaneers in a NFL football game on Sunday, November 26, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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By the numbers: Third-down conversions key for Falcons versus Vikings

The Falcons have prided themselves on their recent surge in third-down conversions and now sport the No. 1 percentage in the NFL. They are No. 16 in third-down defense.

The Vikings, their opponent Sunday, excel on the critical down as well - both offensively and defensively. The Vikings are No. 1 on offense and No. 2 on defense in third-down percentage.

What for that key when the Falcons (7-4) meet the Vikings (9-2) in a key NFC matchup with playoff implications.

Here is how the teams stack up statistically:

Statistic                    Falcons              Vikings

Total offense            No. 6 (373.4)      No. 5 (375.7)

Passing offense       No. 9 (256.5)      No. 12 (251.3)

Rushing offense      No. 10 (116.8)    No. 6 (124.5)

Total yards                No. 6 (4,107)       No. 5 (4,133)

Points                          No. 11 (24.1)       No. 8 (24.6)

Total defense           No. 10 (321.8)     No. 5 (290.4)

Passing defense      No. 8 (207.9)       No. 11 (214.9)

Rushing defense     No. 20 (113.9)     No. 2 (75.5)

Turnover margin     No. 19 (plus-4)   No. 12 (minus-3)

Sacks                            No. 9 (30)             No. 9 (30)

Sacks allowed          No. 5 (16)              No. 1 (12)

3rd down offense    No. 1 (48.1)          No. 2 (45.6)

3rd down defense   No. 16 (39.1)        No. 1 (28.5)

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