Final: Vikings 14, Lions 13
The final game in the Metrodome turned into the Cordarrelle Patterson show.
The rookie wide receiver scored both touchdowns for the Minnesota Vikings as they beat the Detroit Lions, 14-13.
Patterson scored the only touchdown in the first half on a 50-yard run. On the play, Patterson looked as if he was going to throw the football before tucking it under his arm and slicing his way through the Detroit defense.
The Lions answered with 13 points in the second half to take the lead, but a 50-yard punt return by cornerback Marcus Sherels gave the Vikings the ball on the Lions 8-yard line. Quarterback Matt Cassel hit Patterson for the go-ahead touchdown with more than half of the fourth quarter remaining.
Patterson also set the Vikings' single-season record for kick return yards in the third quarter with a 20-yard return. He finished with 51 yards on three returns to give him 1,393 for the season.
Patterson finished the game with 136 all-purpose yards. He had two carries for 54 yards and two catches for 31 yards.
Minnesota running back Matt Asiata finished with 115 yards on 14 carries.
For the Lions, it ends a disappointing season with four consecutive losses. At one point this season, Detroit was 6-3 and in control of the NFC North.
One bright spot for the Lions was running back Reggie Bush finishing with 32 yards in the game to give him 1,006 yards this season. Bush is the first running back to top 1,000 yards since 2004 for Detroit.