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Vikings players of the week: Week 12

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By Christian West

Here are the standout players on offense, defense and special teams from the Vikings 24-14 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Offense: WR Percy Harvin

Harvin has rare athletic abilities and they were on full display Sunday. He showed that he also has the ability to go up and get the ball in traffic, when he caught a pass between two defenders inside the Falcons' 5-yard line to set up the Vikings' first touchdown. He also showed excellent feet to get both of them down on the improbable 4th-and-13 conversion for the second touchdown. He caught all eight passes thrown his way for 95 yards and the aforementioned touchdown, and added five carries for 11 yards. He was the Vikings' offense on Sunday.

Defense: DT Kevin Williams

Williams started to play like the Pro Bowler he once was last week against the Raiders and continued his strong play this week. He was disruptive in the backfield, forcing RB Michael Turner to redirect behind the line of scrimmage on a few plays and caused a fumble on a sack of Matt Ryan that the QB was able to recover. This is the Kevin Williams the Vikings have needed.

Special teams: WR Percy Harvin

It might be a bit of a copout to double dip with Harvin, but was the most deserving player. The punt-coverage team allowed another long punt return — a 42-yarder to Eric Weems — and Marcus Sherels did nothing of note returning punts, gaining five yards on three returns. But Harvin's 104-yard kickoff return after the Falcons scored a touchdown to make it 24-14 gave the Vikings a real shot of making it a ballgame. While the drive led to no points, his return gave them a chance. 

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