2 gems from ESPN Stats & Info tracking

ESPN researchers from the Stats & Information department charted every snap of the Patriots' 28-18 win over the Vikings, and here were a few of the nuggets uncovered by Dan Riccio, John Parolin and Hank Gargiulo:

1. BenJarvus Green-Ellis totaled 108 rushing yards in the second half, becoming the first player to rush for more than 100 yards against the Vikings in a half since 2002 (Michael Vick). Green-Ellis gained 63.4 percent of his rushing yards by attacking All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams and three-time Pro Bowler Pat Williams up the middle. In the first six games of the season, Green-Ellis averaged 2.9 yards per carry up the middle. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry up the middle on Sunday.

2. The Patriots' tackling on third down was a big part of the win. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre completed 7 of 8 passes for 81 yards on third down, but the Vikings converted only three of the completions into a first down. Favre threw short of the first-down marker on five of his eight third-down throws.