With running back Adrian Peterson out due to injury, reserve Toby Gerhart was given the starting role and wide receiver Percy Harvin carried the offense.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for 262 yards to Christian Ponder's one touchdown and 186 yards, and the Vikings defense really had no answer for him.
Heading into halftime, the score was 17-0 in favor of Atlanta, and Minnesota's offense and defense both looked like they needed life support.
In the second half, the Vikings played better, going on a small run to threaten the Falcons lead, but it was not quite enough. Questionable play-calling on a late game fourth down certainly didn't help their cause either.
The Vikings finished with just 64 rushing yards, 4-13 on third down completions and with 109 less total yards than the Falcons.
Here are a few things we learned about the team yesterday.