Unusual Low Scoring Game; Vikings Pull Off Victory

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IOctober 12, 2008

Vikings 12, Lions 10

It was an unusually low scoring game in Minnesota as the Vikings defeated Detroit 12-10. There was not much offense. The score was 3-2 at half time. The Minnesota defense caused Lions’ quarterback Dan Orlovsky to run into the back of the end zone and then as time ran out, Jason Hanson connected on a 40-yard field goal.

The second half brought a much more interesting game. Dan Orlovsky threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Georgia Tech graduate Calvin Johnson for a touchdown. It looked like Detroit could possibly win, right? WRONG!

Gus “Bus” Frerotte and Bernard Berrian hooked up for an 80 yard touchdown pass to bring the Vikings to 12-10. The Lions still had a chance to win, but… Ryan Longwell hit a 42-yard field goal to win the game and seal the deal for Minnesota. The Detroit Lions are still winless.

Throughout the game Frerotte was 18/33 with 296 yards passing and the Berrian touchdown pass. He also threw a pick to Leigh Bodden. Lions’ Orlovsky had the safety but other than that he was 12/21 with 150 yards and the touchdown pass to Johnson.

Rookie rusher Kevin Smith had 62 yards on five carries. Getting the majority of the carries was former Bengal Rudi Johnson who only had 38 yards. All-Day Adrian Peterson had 111 yards rushing but surprisingly did not garner a touchdown.

Both wide receivers, Calvin Johnson and Bernard Berrian, led their teams receiving wise. Johnson with four receptions, 85 yards and Berrian, five receptions 181 yards. Minnesota’s Bobby Wade had 71 yards as well.

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