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(Sunday, September 20th)
Final Score: Minnesota 27, Detroit 13
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes and Adrian Peterson ran for one score as Minnesota continued Detroit's misery with a 27-13 win at Ford Field.
Favre completed 23-of-27 attempts for 155 yards while Peterson had 15 carries for 92 yards for the Vikings (2-0), who have won three straight going back to last season.
Favre started his 271st straight game and broke the record held by former Minnesota defensive end Jim Marshall, who started 270 straight games from 1961-79.
"Today was really not a whole lot different than week, last year, every game that I play in," said Favre. "At this point I'm pretty grateful. I know how difficult it is."
Visanthe Shiancoe and Percy Harvin each caught a touchdown pass for Minnesota, which has won four straight and 14 of the past 15 meetings with Detroit.
Matthew Stafford connected on 18-of-30 passes for 152 yards and had his first career touchdown pass, and was picked off twice. Calvin Johnson had five catches for 51 yards and a score for the Lions (0-2), who have now lost 19 straight games and nine in a row at home. Kevin Smith had 24 carries for 83 yards.
"We had battled pretty good and were in good position to come out in the second half," said Lions coach Jim Schwartz. "We lost the game but we're going to come back Monday and work hard. We want to win. We are not going out there and lay down and saying the Vikings are going to win. They were better than us today and that's how I see it."
Detroit is creeping up on a dubious record. If the team loses its next seven games, it will tie the record set by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Trailing by three at the start of the second half, the Vikings held the Lions to a three-and-out and used a 10-play drive that covered 39 yards and was capped on a Ryan Longwell 26-yard field goal to tie the game
On the second play of the Lions' ensuing drive, Smith fumbled the ball and Minnesota recovered. Peterson wasted no time as on the first play he took a handoff, broke a tackle and raced into the end zone on a 27-yard score for a 17-10 lead.
In a drive that spanned the third and fourth quarter, Minnesota took a 20-10 lead on Longwell's 46-yard boot between the uprights with 9:56 to play. Minnesota ran nine plays on the drive and ate up almost six minutes of the clock.
Detroit was driving on its next touch, but Stafford was picked off by Chad Greenway and Harvin's three-yard score with 5:58 to play sealed the win for Minnesota.
Jason Hanson's 48-yard field goal with just under three minutes to play completed the scoring in the game.
"I think they had some confidence," said Stafford after the game. "That first drive when they got us to go three-and-out, I don't think we had gone three- and-out the whole game. We were moving the ball well in the first half and putting points on the board and they did a good job playing defense."
Minnesota started the game with the ball and were moving down the field, but Favre and Peterson mixed up a handoff and Ernie Sims fell on the ball, giving Detroit possession near midfield.
The Lions converted a fourth down on the drive, but stalled at the Minnesota 12-yard line and settled for a 30-yard field goal from Hanson with 5:05 to play in the first.
Detroit's defense did a good job containing Peterson and Favre over the next several minutes as they forced three consecutive three-and-outs from the Vikings.
After the third punt, the Lions went on a successful scoring drive to increase their lead. Four consecutive carries between Smith and Maurice Morris got the ball across midfield. An unnecessary roughness followed by a personal foul from Minnesota gave Detroit 1st-and-goal and Stafford found Johnson near the goalline and Johnson leaned in to give Stafford his first touchdown pass and Detroit a 10-0 lead with 5:40 left in the first half.
The Vikings finally got the kinks out of their offense on the ensuing drive and put points on the board. Peterson got things going on the first play with a 22-yard run. Favre later converted a third down and on 2nd-and goal at the one-yard line, Favre rolled out to the right and hit Shiancoe in the end zone to make it a 10-7 game going into the break.
Detroit has lost its last five games by double-digits...Minnesota has not given up a 100-yard rusher since Ryan Grant did it for Green Bay on November 11, 2007, a span of 25 games...Both teams totaled 265 yards in the game...Bernard Berrian led Minnesota receivers with six catches for 46 yards...Rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew had four catches for 40 yards for Detroit...Favre has won 14 of his last 16 games against Detroit...Detroit has given up 72 points this season. Last season, the team gave up the second-most points in NFL history.
09/20 20:27:05 ET
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