NFL Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota|
(Sunday, November 11th)
Final Score: Minnesota 34, Detroit 24
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Adrian Peterson ran for 171 yards and a
touchdown on 27 carries as the Minnesota Vikings grabbed a big win with a
34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions in NFC North action from the Metrodome.
Peterson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his career and
leads the NFL with 1,128 yards. His 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth
quarter sealed the win for the Vikings (6-4), who snapped a two-game losing
streak going into the bye week.
"I take a lot of pride in the hard work I put in every week," said Peterson.
"I just kept pounding today, and knew it was going to be feast or famine.
Eventually we were able to break through and get the big plays."
Christian Ponder snapped out of his funk with a solid performance as he passed
for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-32 attempts. He was coming off an
11-of-22, 63 yard and one interception performance in a loss to Seattle last
week. He had eight interceptions over his previous five games.
"This was an incredibly important win because we were playing a divisional
opponent at home," said Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier. "And if you want
to be a good football team, these are the games you have to win. Today, we
were able to do that."
Calvin Johnson finished with his best game of the season as he had a career-
high 12 catches for 207 yards and his first touchdown since Week 3. Matthew
Stafford passed for 329 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on 28-
of-42 attempts for the Lions (4-5), who were riding a two-game winning streak
coming into Sunday's action.
"We had to work hard the whole game to get anything done," said Detroit head
coach Jim Schwartz. "We ran better in the second half and that opened up our
passing game, but we didn't play well enough in any phase to win the game."
The Lions were trailing by 14 points early in the fourth quarter, but they
made it a one-score game with a 6-play march that covered 80 yards as Stafford
hit Titus Young from a yard out to make it a 24-17 game. An unnecessary
roughness call on Minnesota and 25-yard catch by Johnson highlighted the
Each team was then held to a three-and-out before the Vikings were able to put
some distance thanks to Peterson. On the second play, he took a handoff down
the right sideline and ran into the end zone on a 61-yard score.
Johnson fumbled a catch on Detroit's next touch and that led to a 33-yard
field goal from Blair Walsh for a 34-17 advantage with 4:36 to play.
Johnson's second touchdown catch of the season came from 11 yards out with
1:53 to play, but Minnesota was able to kill the rest of the clock to seal the
Detroit had to punt on its first possession of the game thanks in part to an
illegal block call on Ryan Broyles.
Minnesota faced a 3rd-and-10, but Ponder went deep and Jarius Wright came down
with the ball on a 54-yard play to the 1-yard line. Two plays later, Wright
caught a pass in the left corner of the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Lions' second possession went worse than their first as Stafford was
picked off by Chad Greenway to give Minnesota the ball back at the Detroit 25.
Detroit's defense stood firm, though, and Minnesota got a 48-yard field goal
from Walsh for a 10-0 lead.
Following an exchange of punts, Detroit put together an impressive drive to
get on the board. Stafford was 4-for-4 for 52 yards and added a 9-yard run,
but was sacked for an 11-yard loss on a 3rd-and-5 at the Minnesota 12 and
Jason Hanson's 41-yard field goal made it a 10-3 game less than four minutes
into the second quarter.
Minnesota again put together an impressive drive as Peterson had runs of 15
and 14 yards and the team got into the red zone. The Detroit defense, though,
again held and a 23-yard field goal from Walsh with 4:41 to play made it a
Minnesota's second drive of the third quarter bore fruit as a 23-yard field
goal from Walsh capped the 9-play, 43-yard drive for a 16-3 lead with 5:11 to
play in the frame.
Detroit, though, came right back with its best drive of the game. After a 20-
yard catch by Johnson, Stafford again looked for his big target and tossed the
ball downfield. Johnson made the leaping catch for a 50-yard gain. Two plays
later, Stafford found Brandon Pettigrew in the right corner of the end zone
for a 16-yard score to make it a 16-10 game with 2:55 left in the third.
Minnesota answered with a march of its own. The 8-play, 62-yard drive was
finished when Ponder found Kyle Rudolph out to the left and he took it down
the sideline for a 20-yard score. Peterson ran it in for the 2-point
conversion and it was a 24-10 game with 14:15 to play.
Minnesota will play at Chicago following the week off. Four of its final six
games are on the road ... Detroit fell to 2-4 on the road, but the team begins
a three-game home stretch next week against Green Bay ... Minnesota took both
games against Detroit this season ... Rudolph finished the game with seven
catches for 64 yards ... Mikel Leshoure, coming off a three-touchdown
performance last week in Jacksonville, had 13 carries for 43 yards for Detroit
... Minnesota controlled the ball for almost 34 1/2 minutes ... Detroit went
just 1-for-9 on third downs.
11/11 18:04:19 ET