Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Lions 34, Vikings 24 Final
It was the Reggie Bush show today at Ford Field in Detroit. Bush finished with 191 combined yards in his Lions' debut. His 77-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was his only touchdown as he set the table for fellow running back Joique Bell to rush for two touchdowns on six carries.
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was able to do just about anything he wanted. He finished 28-for-43 with 357 yards and twp touchdowns. Surprisingly, Calvin Johnson was limited to only four receptions for 37 yards.
For the Vikings, Adrian Peterson opened the season with a 78-yard touchdown run that gave the Vikings an early 7-0 lead. The Lions shut him down for most of the game as he finished with only 93 yards on 18 carries—incredibly, that's only 15 yards on his next 17 carries.
Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder finished 18-of-28 for 236 yards, but his three interceptions killed any chances of the Vikings pulling off an upset.
1:21 left in the game. This one is over. Christian Ponder's third interception of game seals the victory for the Lions.
An interception by safety Glover Quin makes it take-a-knee-and-win-the-game time for the Lions.
Final: Lions 34, Vikings 24.
4:31 left in the game. The Vikings' defense is left with calling timeouts. The Detroit offense has been able to move up and down the field all day.
The only thing that has stopped them has been themselves—through penalties and turnovers.
6:12 left in the game. The Lions have the Vikings right where they wanted them—having to rely on their passing game to catch the Lions.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, it's another three-and-out and rookie Jeff Locke's fifth punt of the game.
Look for the Lions to attack the Vikings with the Reggie Bush on the ground and with short passes to close this one out.
8:30 left in the game. Penalties are killing the Vikings on this drive.
After Vikings nose tackle Letroy Guion gives one back to the Lions with a roughing the passer penalty on third down, rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes gets called for pass interference on Calvin Johnson on the next third down.
The Vikings are now shooting themselves in the foot.
11:23 left in the game. Something is finally going Detroit's way. An Adrian Peterson fumble, the Vikings third turnover of the game, swings all the momentum back to the Lions.
Now, in this see-saw battle, the Lions once again have a chance to put this game away with another touchdown.
13:00 left in the game. Harrison Smith comes up big on a third down to force the Lions to punt for the first time in the second half. It's only the second punt in the game for the Lions.
The Vikings will have a chance to either tie, or take the lead, if they can put together another scoring drive.
End of the third quarter. This game is turning into a track meet. With 24 points scored in the last 15 minutes, this has got to favor the Lions.
They open the fourth quarter with the ball and the lead.
If the Lions were able to play a flawless game, they would be leading by at least 17 points.
2:45 left in the third quarter. Cordarrelle Patterson gets his first NFL reception, getting the ball to the Lions' 5-yard line.
3:34 left in the third quarter. Wow! After an offsides penalty negated a sack, fumble and a Lions' recovery, Christian Ponder connects on a 47-yard completion to Jerome Simpson.
On one play Ponder looks terrible, and then Simpson pulls out an incredible catch where he laid out fully to catch the ball.
5:58 left in the third quarter. Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson finally gets a chance to touch the football. Back for six kickoffs, he finally was able to catch one in the end zone and return it for 30 yards.
8:36 left in the third quarter. Christian Ponder is flushed out of the pocket again and runs to his left for a first down.
No doubt every Vikings fan was chanting, "Don't throw it, don't throw it!"
11:39 left in the third quarter. Another Lions drive, another dip into the Vikings red zone. Reggie Bush looks like he brings to the Detroit offense exactly what they need.
13:30 left in the third quarter. Exactly the start to the second half the Lions were looking for. They forced the Vikings offense into a 3-and-out and another punt. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley sacked Christian Ponder on third down to put an exclamation point on the drive, and perhaps set the tone.
Halftime. No doubt the message in the Vikings' locker room is to start the second half strong. Christian Ponder needs to play smarter if the Vikings are going to win this game.
The Lions are going to point out all the things that have gone wrong, but down only a single point, they are in great position to take control of this game. After Adrian Peterson's first run for a touchdown, they forced him to eight negative yards on his next seven carries.
0:06 Left in the first half. Have the Lions scored a touchdown and are only a two-point conversion from tying the game, or has another cursed play happen to the Lions?
Things just cannot get any weirder for the Lions. After review, the touchdown is called and everything is good in Detroit.
0:44 left in the first half. Another drive for the Lions deep into Vikings' territory.
2:14 left in the second quarter. Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder has evened the turnover battle. Under pressure and running to his left, all he needed to do was throw the ball away, but instead he break one of the cardinal sins and tries to throw across his body.
On the play Ndamukong Suh hit Ponder's arm and DeAndre Levy intercepted the ball.
Again, the Lions still have a chance to overcome all their mistakes, and bad luck, and go into the locker room with a tie score.
2:50 left in the second quarter. OK, forget that last post. Another break for the Vikings as the Lions were once again driving in Vikings' territory.
Brandon Pettigrew fumbles away the football for the Lions' second turnover of the day.
On the play, cornerback Josh Robinson caused the fumble, and safety Harrison Smith recovered the ball.
4:05 left in the second quarter. The Lions have the ball in very good field position starting at midfield. With a touchdown and a two-point conversion, they can have this game all tied up and heading into the locker room at halftime on a high note. It will give the Lions offense a chance to catch their breath and...
That's how lucky the Vikings have been.
6:00 left in the game. Another Adrian Peterson carry, and another four-yard loss. The Lions have decided to shut him down—for now.
7:30 left in the first half. The Lions have done a very good job stopping Adrian Peterson—after his first carry of the game.
Peterson rattled off a 78-yard touchdown.
Since then, he has five carries for minus-four yards—and that includes another four-yard touchdown run.
9:36 left int the second quarter: Another break for the Vikings. The Lions defense drops another potential interception.
It still forced the Vikings to punt, but the Lions seem to keep shooting themselves in the foot. There's no way the Lions should only have six points.
14:01 left in the second quarter. The Lions need to find a rabbit's foot. After Christian Ponder finally completed a pass to his own team, he completed one to the Lions. DeAndre Levy returned an interception for a touchdown—or so he thought.
An illegal low block brought the ball back and Matthew Stafford then returned the favor by throwing the ball to Vikings' linebacker Erin Henderson.
That's two more breaks for the Vikings.
Start of the second quarter: The breaks just keep coming for the Vikings. On a 4th-and-1, the Lions are called for their first penalty of the game.
It negated a first down run by Joique Bell and forced the Lions to kick another field goal.
0:35 left in the first quarter. Break No. 3 for the Vikings when Lions' tight end Tony Scheffler drops a sure touchdown inside the Vikings 20-yard line.
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