Detroit 34, Minnesota 28

Sunday, December 11, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 11, 2011
WHERE: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: John Parry
ATTENDANCE: 63988

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 7 7 7 28
Detroit 21 10 0 3 34

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 2-11 1-5 1-6 L5
Detroit 8-5 4-3 4-2 W1

Recap


Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions came up with a goal-line stand late to post a 34-28 victory over the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Stephen Tulloch recovered a fumble in the end zone and Alphonso Smith returned one of his two interceptions 30 yards for a score for Detroit (8-5), which ended a two-game skid and increased its chances of reaching the postseason for the first time since 1999 despite a shaky ending.

Detroit scored 24 points off three turnovers in the first half and led 31-14 at intermission. The Lions, however, nearly let the 17-point led slip away.

The Vikings (2-11), playing without star running back Adrian Peterson for a third straight game, suffered their fifth straight loss. They made it interesting at the end, though, as second-year pro Joe Webb replaced rookie Christian Ponder early in the second half and nearly led a stunning comeback.

Webb drove the Vikings to the Lions’ 1-yard line with nine seconds left, but Cliff Avril burst through the line and stripped him. Time expired as both teams hastily chased after the bouncing ball.

Webb’s 65-yard touchdown run cut the Lions’ lead to 31-21 with 4:21 left in the third, and he drew Minnesota closer with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Toby Gerhart with just under eight minutes to play.

It was a shocking turn of events after the Lions posted their highest scoring first half in 26 years.

Detroit's defense set the tone early as Avril stripped Ponder on Minnesota’s first play from scrimmage and Tulloch recovered in the end zone. 

Smith’s first interception on the next series set up Stafford's 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie Titus Young.

Smith then made it 28-7 with a 30-yard interception return. Jason Hanson kicked a 30-yard field goal after Lorenzo Booker fumbled deep in his own territory and Detroit led 31-14 at the half.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Minnesota   Detroit
Joe Webb Player Keiland Williams
7 Attempts 12
109 Yards 43
15.6 Avg Yards 3.6
1 Touchdowns 0
65 Long 8
Receiving
Minnesota   Detroit
Percy Harvin Player Titus Young
10 Receptions 4
69 Yards 87
6.9 Avg Yards 21.8
1 Touchdowns 1
16 Long 57

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Minnesota 425 269 156 4 0 0 5.0 0
Detroit 280 72 208 4 2 3 4.0 4

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Oakland. The Lions have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .615 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against New Orleans. The Vikings have a W/L % of .154 after a win and .154 after a loss.
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