Former Vikings first-round pick catches 3 touchdowns in Week 4

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Cordarrelle Patterson
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Cordarrelle Patterson /

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson hauled in three touchdown passes on Sunday for the Atlanta Falcons.

Now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, Cordarrelle Patterson caught a total of three touchdown passes in his final three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. For the Falcons on Sunday, Patterson only needed four quarters to catch three touchdown passes.

The former first-round draft pick of the Vikings did his best Cris Carter impression for Atlanta on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Falcons, Patterson’s three trips to the end zone didn’t result in a win.

Instead, Atlanta fell to the Washington Football Team by a final score of 34-30 thanks to another former member of Minnesota’s roster, Taylor Heinicke, tossing a go-ahead touchdown pass with less a minute to go in the game.

Former Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has a career day for Atlanta Falcons

Patterson‘s first trip to the end zone on Sunday came early in the second quarter when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan found the receiver wide open deep down the field. Patterson easily hauled in the pass and walked into the end zone for six.

Touchdown No. 2 of the day for Patterson saw the former Vikings receiver catch a pass around the Washington 10-yard line and then proceed to juke his way into the end zone in classic Cordarrelle Patterson fashion.

Patterson’s third and final score on Sunday was also his best. Ryan threw a pass in the direction of the former Minnesota receiver, who then proceeded to “Moss” the defender covering him to add six more points to Atlanta’s total on the scoreboard.

When the final whistle blew, Patterson ended up finishing with five catches for 82 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to his receiving numbers, the former Vikings first-round pick also rushed for 34 yards on six carries.

With his three trips to the end zone on Sunday, Patterson has already matched his career-high for touchdown catches in a season (four), which was set in 2013 when he was a rookie with Minnesota.

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